Mike Glennon’s return to Tampa Bay was an afternoon he’d soon like to forget. Glennon turned the ball over three times in the first half putting his team in a hole too big to dig out of in the end.
“Ultimately you’re looking for ways to improve, and when things don’t go well then you’re ultimately going to look in the mirror and figure how I can do better,” says Glennon.
It wasn’t all bad. Glennon and the Bears offense did very well on third down. They converted 50 percent of their third down situations. Now it’s just about eliminating the turnovers, and not harping on the past.
“Its just part of the NFL,” says Glennon. “You just have to move on. It’s a week-to-week league. You can never get to high never get to low. All games count the same.”
What certainly isn’t helping Glennon is the running game. After two games the Bears are averaging 72.5 yards per game on the ground. That’s 26th in the entire league.
“We’ve got to get our run game going,” says offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. “It starts with practice today. It wasn’t good enough. 15 carries in the first half with an average of 1.3. Not good enough.”
But defenses haven’t made it easy. Tampa stacked the box with seven or eight defenders forcing Glennon to throw the ball more.
“We’re going to face overpopulated boxes. We know that,” says Loggains. “There’s going to be seven, eight guys in the box every time and we have to execute better. It just comes down to that.”
But If the running game continues to struggle it will be up to Glennon to pull out wins in the end, and that doesn’t worry the starting signal caller.
“We still have confidence as an offense,” says Glennon. “We had a couple turnovers that we have to eliminate, but other than that we were moving the ball just fine.”