TAMPA — First impressions count for a lot, and the initial impression new Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford got from watching tape of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was a good one.
“My first impression of Mike is that he did a lot of good things,’’ Tedford said during his introductory news conference at One Buc Place on Wednesday afternoon.
Tedford quickly admitted he has yet to really delve into the details of Glennon’s skill set, but said Glennon displayed a lot of positive traits during a 13-game run as Tampa Bay’s starter last season.
“I think he’s got a lot of poise in the pocket,’’ Tedford said. “He doesn’t get frustrated in the pocket. He’s pretty smart with the football. When things aren’t there he’ll throw the ball away and makes good decisions.
“And good decisions come in many forms, whether you’re trying to complete a pass, throw the football away, manage the clock, whatever it may be. And so I see a lot of real positive things with Mike.’’
Glennon took over as the starter in Week 4 and went on to complete 59 percent of his passes for 2,068 yards and 19 touchdowns while throwing only nine interceptions.
“Physically he brings some real positives, but I also think there are some things he can improve on,’’ Tedford said. “I think he realizes that. I think there are some quarterback fundamentals that we can help him with.
And also, physically, I think he understands what his limitations are that we can improve on in the weight room with strength and conditioning and with fast twitch and doing some things there that may help him a little bit.’’
Tedfod thinks Glennon has the functional mobility to get out of the pocket and change the launch point of his throws.
“You don’t want to be a sitting duck in one spot all the time,’’ said Tedford, who also thinks Glennon has quickly proved to be a leader in the locker room and the huddle.
“My understanding is he’s respected in the locker room and he’ll grow as a leader, too,’’ Tedford said. “You’re a rookie, a backup and then you move into that (starter’s) role, it’s hard to grab the reins and do that.
“But my understanding is he’s a very well-respected guy in the locker room and I think that will continue to get better. The more you do it the more you feel this is you’re team and the more leadership you can provide.’’