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By Dory LeBlanc
The Bucs had their first full-day work out in preparation for their final game at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers.
Click below for the audio, including press conferences and conference calls with San Francisco personnel.
49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick
By Tom Krasniqi
Over the last two games, Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has hit a speed bump. Glennon has completed just 50% of his passes with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Despite the bad numbers, head coach Greg Schiano is still a believer in Glennon.
"I think he's progressing," Schiano said after Wednesday's practice. "I think he's understanding things better and better. We're playing better defenses each week-- better pass rush. So it's become more of a challenge for a rookie quarterback, without a doubt. I'm pleased with his progress and we just have to keep moving him on that trajectory."
Glennon passed for just 90 yards on just 9 of 25 completions against the Bills. The Bucs amassed just 28 yards of offense in the second half. Schiano attributes the low completion percentage to more downfield passes.
"We've taken some more down the field throws which obviously the percentage is going to be less," Schiano said. "We've had some more pressure. I think one of the things you look at is not taking any sacks."
Glennon was sacked just once by Buffalo last week. Schiano says the rookie has faced two good defenses the last two weeks. Schiano told Glennon to take the day off on Tuesday just to get away from it.
"It felt a little weird," Glennon said about his off day. Glennon said not having to set his alarm clock was a nice change of pace.
If Glennon thought the Bills had a good defense, he hasn't seen anything yet. The 9-4 Niners come to town on Sunday in front of a sold out Raymond James Stadium. San Francisco has won 3 straight and have held their opponents to an average of 12 points per game over that span.
"We know that we're going against a tough defense," Glennon said of the 49ers defense. "We have to keep grinding away and stay patient."
Despite his recent struggles, the Bucs coaching staff still believes in the rookie signal caller.
"At the end of the day, I think the arrow continues to go up with him with what we've seen out on the practice field and what we've seen him do in some games," offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said on Wednesday. "I think that has helped him mature-- the fact that there's been some tough sledding."
The going has been rough lately. We'll see if Glennon can bounce back against a terrific Niners defense.
(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that Sunday’s final home game versus the San Francisco 49ers has completely sold out (a full 100% of the general seats sold, as opposed to the 85% threshold to guarantee the game will be televised locally). The game, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET, will also feature a post-game concert by national recording artists MercyMe as part of the team’s Faith and Football game theme.
"We look forward to another full house at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday as our players attempt to finish out the season with a fourth consecutive home win. It should be a great atmosphere for what promises to be a great afternoon of football followed by a very entertaining post-game concert that the entire family can enjoy,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.
As part of the Faith and Football festivities, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky will be on hand following the game to deliver a personal inspirational message. Fans will then be treated to a complimentary live concert featuring the multi-platinum band MercyMe (I Can Only Imagine).
By Tom Krasniqi
The scoreboard read-- Bucs 27, Bills 6. The defense played extremely well. The offense got a big play early from running back Bobby Rainey on an 80 yard touchdown run but the numbers after the first quarter were not pretty-- 28 yards of offense in the second half.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns, but he also tossed two interceptions and looked lost at times. Glennon finished the game by completing just 9 of 25 passes for just 90 yards. Ugly numbers indeed.
During his Monday press conference, head coach Greg Schiano was asked if he thought Glennon has taken a step backward over the last two weeks.
"No, I don't think so," Schiano replied. "I think you have to look at his body of work, especially as a rookie quarterback. He's faced two of the better pass defenses for sure."
Schiano referred to Carolina and Buffalo the last two weeks. It won't get any easier on Sunday when the Bucs host the 9-4 Niners.
Also during his Monday presser, Schiano updated the injuries. Center Jeremy Zuttah is day to day with a shoulder injury. Defensive end William Gholston suffered a head injury and is going through the concussion protocol testing.