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Bucs’ Glennon drops to 21st in passer rating

By Roy Cummings
Published: December 19, 2013 Updated: December 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has produced a 64.0 passer rating over his last three games. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon continues to tumble down the list of the NFL’s leading passers.

Once the ninth-ranked passer in the league with a 91.6 rating following the Bucs’ Week 12 victory at Detroit, Glennon has fallen to 21st overall with an 85.3 rating after producing a 64.0 his last three games.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano has seen those numbers, but he doesn’t believe they accurately depict the true level at which Glennon has played, particularly during last week’s loss to the 49ers.

“Has it always been great statistically? No,’’ Schiano said. “But I thought he did a lot of good things Sunday against a really good defense. I thought he was one of the brighter spots of the operation.’’

Glennon completed 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco. He also threw a late interception on a desperation fourth-and-26 play, but Schiano gave him a pass on that.

“It’s fourth-and-game there, and if we don’t make it the game is over,’’ Schiano said. “So he’s taught in that situation to not worry about turning it over, just give your guy a shot.’’

The interception was the fourth in Glennon’s last three games. He has also thrown four touchdown passes during that span, and Schiano said that is a sign that Glennon is finding ways to make plays.

“I think he’s done a good job of taking care of the football,’’ Schiano said. “I also believe he’s done a good job of taking what’s there, and sometimes, there just hasn’t been a lot there for him.’’

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