First, I will be show some examples from Mike Glennon’s worst statistical games (Total QB Rating) as a rookie (vs. Bills) and as a second year player (vs. Browns) in order to show his improvement in ball placement and accuracy.
Mike Glennon: Ball Placement and Accuracy (Part 1)
Glennon Vs. Bills 2013
Some may wonder why I separated Ball Placement and Accuracy. This example below shows the difference. As we can see in this example, Glennon has the arm strength to get the ball to the WR with ease, however the ball placement doesnt give the WR a great chance to make a play. The ball is an accurate one. If the WR was running down the field by himself this ball would be caught in stride. The problem is the placement of the ball. Glennon leads the ball to the inside shoulder of the receiver where the defender is, giving Gillmore an opportunity at an INT. To Gillmore’s credit, this is outstanding man coverage and he’s in the WR’s hip pocket throughout the route. However, if Glennon is willing to attempt this throw then he has to play the boundary and make that throw to the receivers outside shoulder, giving his receiver the advantage, and at worst its an incomplete pass instead of a potential interception.
This play is a superb effort on Glennon’s part in regards to ball placement, accuracy and zip. Unfortunately the TD was called back because Jackson’s left heal was just out of bounds but its a great play nonetheless.
Here you have Glennon in the redzone facing a 3 man rush make just a perfect strike in between 2 defenders and right over the head of a 3rd defender to hit Vincent Jackson right in the eyes, giving him an easy target to look at. The ball is accurate…right to the eyes of the WR, its placed in the only spot that it can be for a completion given the Bills defender attempting to undercut the pass, and to add, its perfect timing because that throwing lane closed up quick with 3 defenders around the ball. The rookie Glennon makes just an elite throw to the back of the end zone right here.
Mike Glennon: Ball Placement and Accuracy (Part 2)
Now that we’ve seen an example from Glennon in his worst statistical game in his rookie year, lets look at the throws from Glennon’s worst statistical game in his 2nd year. What will be apparent is not only the location that Glennon is placing the football, but also the touch on the ball and his ability to throw receivers open with his ball placement.
Mike Glennon Vs. Browns 2014
1st and 10, ball placed right on the back shoulder for a 20+ yard gain
2nd and 8, Glennon throws an innaccurate pass to Evans who is open, leading him away and to the right of the defender instead of right over the top. However Evans drops a pass that he still got two hands on.
2nd and 4, Glennon makes up for a prior bad ball by placing this ball onto Evans outside shoulder taking the defender out of the play. TOUCHDOWN.
Here’s another view. Notice how Evans has to position his body away from the defender in order to make the catch.
1st and 10, playing the boundary line with Vincent Jackson for a 20 yard gain.
1st and 10. Glennon waits for Evans double move then throws him the ball leading him away from the safety over top, not only keeping the safety out of the play but also giving his receiver time to brace for any hits by the safety in order to protect himself.
2nd and 6, Defender is playing off on Evans, Evans hits him with a move before running straight out. Glennon throws a ball leading him to the sideline and Evans drops it. However, as you can see, if Evans doesnt come up with the catch then its simply an incompletion, the defender isn’t even relevant in the play given Glennon’s ball placement.
2nd and 6 4th qtr. Glennon uses touch on the ball in order to direct Evans where he wants him to be, throwing him open an away from the 2 defenders for a 20+ yard gain. The refs unfortunately called this an incomplete pass. Notice how Evans starts his route by the numbers but the ball leads him over to the sideline. Glennon here shows the ability to use the entire field by way of anticipation, touch and moving his targets around on the board as if it was Chess.
However, upon further review we see that not only did Glennon provide a perfect pass that only his WR could get, but Evans gets both feet down. This should have been a completion but instead the Bucs ended up punting the ball and losing the game.
So as we can see, Glennon seems to have progressed as a passer and not only began to throw the football between the defender and the boundary line, but the ball placement and touch many times takes the defender out of the play…and this is from a 2nd year QB in his 2nd offensive system with an organization that isn’t investing in him as they should.
As a side note, Glennon was 17 of 33 for 260 yards and a 51.5% completion rate, however the Bucs receivers dropped about 5 passes in this game and the refs got it wrong on that 20 yard reception to Evans in the 4th qtr. And since we’re on the subject of wide receivers dropping passes…
Mike Glennon: Drops By WR’s
Many people who have considered Mike Glennon not to be the answer to our problems have used his stats as a reason. One of the more common reasons heard is Glennon’s stats in relation to his “Top Targets” (Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Seferian Jenkins). There’s some truth to this, Jackson and Evans have made some great catches, especially Jackson. But with that said, over the past 2 seasons (Evans this season) Glennon’s targets have simply dropped passes. They had the 12th highest amount of drops in the league this past year. Here are some of the drops that have influenced Glennon’s stats.
After a penalty on the offensive line Vincent Jackson drops a pass that hit him right in the stomach on 1st and 20.
Mike Evans drops ball on simple slant route on 2nd and 14.
Vincent Drops a 9 yard pass on 1st and 10.
Wright drops a game tying TD in the back of the end zone in the 4th qtr.
1st and 10, Fullback drops the pass
2nd and 10 (Same Drive) WR drops a 12 yard pass right in the hands.
3rd and 10 (Same drive) Vincent Jackson catches the ball but fumbles (refs review and reverse the fumble as down by contact)
I hope everyone noticed that this these clips are all from the same game, and these aren’t even all the drops that occurred in the game. Glennon ended the game completing 21 of 42 for 302 yards and a 50% completion rate, but there were at least 7 drops that I counted in his game including a TD. There was one drive where Glennon had drops on 1st down, 2nd down…and on 3rd & long Vincent Jackson makes the grab but fumbles the ball, but when under review the refs called him down by contact right before he fumbled.
To conclude, Mike Glennon in my humble opinion should be a serious consideration for the NY Jets in terms of a trade. I currently hear that the asking price is a 1st round pick. Well, im not hear to say whether or not the Jets should trade a 1st rounder for Mike Glennon. What I am here to say is that I do believe that stats dont tell the entire story. I’ve watched all 19 of Mike Glennon’s games and I honestly believe that Mike Glennon in this system along with this talent is a franchise QB. Now a Franchise QB is much more valuable than a 1st round pick, but then again Glennon’s potential hasnt been realized so at this moment in time he’s still a work in progress. If I had to make a decision, I would trade a 2nd rounder for Mike Glennon. If the Bucs wanted the first then I would trade the the 1st round pick in exchange for Glennon and the Buc’s 2nd round pick.
I know that this would be outrageous today…but if im right then it wouldnt matter. If im wrong then what did it matter anyway given that the Jets would still be in the same situation that they’re currently in.
Now before I go, let me leave you with this to ponder on. The Tampa Bay Bucs have given up 2 QB’s that they’ve drafted (Steve Young, Doug Williams) that have gone on to win a total of 3 superbowls and were both inducted into the Football Hall of Fame for different franchises (Redskins/49er’s). Vinny Testaverde was also drafted and then let go by Tampa. Testaverde made it to the AFC Championship game in 1998 and was 1 quarter away from the Super Bowl with, none other than the New York Jets.
Until next time, JetiKnight out!