TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sort of learning as they go with rookie QB Mike Glennon.
One of the things they’ve learned is Glennon is far more capable of extending a play than they originally thought.
On each of Glennon’s touchdown passes Sunday at Seattle, he kept the play alive by scrambling away from pressure in the pocket and finding a target downfield. The Bucs are now incorporating some new rules on offense to make sure they take full advantage of Glennon’s ability to make something out of nothing.
“We’ve made an emphasis from a scramble-drill standpoint to have a specific protocol of what we want guys to do,’’ offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “And I need to do a better job of reinforcing that so that, as Mike extends the play, he’s got a chance to throw to an open receiver rather than having to scramble so much.”
The Bucs failed to record a sack Sunday for the second time in three games and have just five sacks in their past five games. Schiano said that trend will continue if the Bucs don’t do a better job of containing opposing quarterbacks.
“Our sacks have dropped off because things that we did early in the year we didn’t do in the last (five) games — we didn’t keep contain,’’ Schiano said. “We’ve had plenty of sacks or would-have-been sacks that got out, so when we start doing (containing the quarterback) we’ll get our sacks again.
“If you’re the contain (pass) rusher, you’ve got to stay outside. You can’t get nosey and go back in because you want to make a play. That’s what we have to stop doing. We’ve got to play as a unit, play as a team, and when we do, we’ll start making sacks again,”