TAMPA — While throwing for 7,411 yards and 63 touchdowns at North Carolina State, Mike Glennon was known as a strong-armed quarterback with limited mobility.
In his first pro start Sunday against Arizona, Glennon’s ability to sense pressure and evade pass rushers in the pocket will be tested by former Florida State standout DT Darnell Dockett, coming off a stellar game at New Orleans.
Dockett sacked Drew Brees three times in the 31-7 setback, adding four quarterback hits and three tackles for loss.
“I think Dockett’s a tremendous player,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “He’s strong, tough, knocks down passes. He does a lot of different things well.’’
The last time Dockett posted three sacks, the Cardinals were facing the Steelers in the 2009 Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
“Dockett’s real tough to deal with,’’ Bucs C Jeremy Zuttah said. “They try to get him in one-on-one situations and they’re confident he’ll win most of those.’’
Glennon basically ran out of necessity in college, but could find himself on the run Sunday if Dockett breaks free.
“I think there are enough things within our system that we can protect Mike,’’ offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “The mobility that we’re going to ask him to do, we’re confident he is mobile and athletic enough to get the job done.’’
Dockett’s eyes are fixed on the scoreboard, not Glennon.
“Anytime I go on the road, you can give me zero tackles, zero everything and give me a win,’’ Dockett said. “That’s good enough for me.’’
From all angles
Despite little production from DE Da’Quan Bowers through three games, Tampa Bay’s pass rush has shown significant improvement.
Eight different Bucs have already been credited with at least one sack and OLB Lavonte David leads the way with three of Tampa Bay’s 12 sacks, one more than his total for all of his standout rookie season.
“They’re not overly big, but they play physical and they play fast,’’ Arizona QB Carson Palmer said. “They show a lot of different looks and a lot of different fronts and it’s not easy to tell what’s coming and when. The pass rush is very quick, they do a lot of stunts and they’re very tenacious up front.’’
It appears Dashon Goldson heard the message from NFL headquarters, loud and clear. Signed from the 49ers in March as a high-priced free agent, Goldson was called and fined for personal fouls early in the season.
Given the NFL’s emphasis on player safety, Goldson is grudgingly changing his ways.
“It’s really tough,’’ he said. “You’ve been trained a certain way for years and you feel that you’ve been doing it the correct way and everybody’s been praising you on how you do it right. Then all of a sudden everybody thinks you’re a dirty player.’’
Goldson approached last week’s game at New England with a different mindset.
“I was a little more careful,’’ he said. “Coach (Schiano) mentioned before the game, ‘Be a little cautious.’ I had to be careful, but at the same time, I have to play football.’’
Bucs second-year S Mark Barron leads all NFL defensive backs with 28 tackles. ...The Cardinals have been outscored 28-9 in the fourth quarter this season. ...Former Jesuit standout K Jay Feely is off to a good start for Arizona in his 13th pro season, converting 5-of-6 field-goal attempts and all five of his extra-point tries.