WRAL: Glennon Ready to Prove Himself (Video)

Jason Jennings spoke with Mike Glennon today. Not a thorough interview by any means, but one of Glennon’s comments perhaps sheds a little more light on TOB’s process of choosing Glennon and releasing Wilson (WRAL.com):

“I thought redshirting was going to be great for me, but then Russell (Wilson) had the great career that he did so it kind of put me in a tough situation,” Glennon said about falling to the number two spot. “Now, I’m excited to get the opportunity to play where I kind of sat on the bench the past three years.”

Glennon has already graduated from NC State, finishing his degree in three years. As a graduate student he could have transferred without having to sit out a year. That possibility forced O’Brien to make the tough call early during spring ball.

“I have two years to do everything I wanted to do,” said Glennon. “Two years is plenty of time to win games, win championships and individually succeed.”

Also, Caulton Tudor talks briefly about Glennon as a Maxwell Award candidate (N&O.com).

In case you missed it, you can take a quick look back at Wilson’s career here. And as always, you can discuss this topic, among others, on the SFN Forums.

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22 Responses to WRAL: Glennon Ready to Prove Himself (Video)

  1. TAEdisonHokie 07/05/2011 at 8:01 PM #

    Unfortunately for Mike, he fell victim to the same issue which plagued his brother Sean at Virginia Tech. A head coach will always choose the quarterback he believes places the team in the best position to win games. At VT, it was Tyrod Taylor over Sean Glennon, and at NCSU, it was Russell Wilson over Mike Glennon. Both Taylor and Wilson were great runners, very good passers, and leaders on and off the field.

    Both NCSU and VT are heading into new territory this coming year with new starting QBs. It should be an interesting year.

  2. wolffpride 07/05/2011 at 8:04 PM #

    The dude is ready to play…I cant wait to watch. Everyone is concerned that he won’t be as good as Russell. There is this apparent hope that if he can just play near Wilson’s level then we will be alright. So I ask, what if he is better? The more I read and think about it, the more I realize what this guy can accomplish. Go Pack!!!

  3. SuperStuff 07/05/2011 at 8:46 PM #

    If he can manage the game & move the ball downfield is all I care about. I’m not looking for the next Russell Wilson. I’m looking more for a Philip Rivers type out of him.

  4. choppack1 07/05/2011 at 9:04 PM #

    Gee, Super stuff – that’s reasonable.

    You’re not looking for him to be an All-ACC QB, just an All-Pro?

    I think I understand what you mean though. You’re looking for a QB that gets out of trouble using his arm – and throws for a higher % than RW.

    I’d take RW’s decision making his freshman year, and his non-red-zone decision making his junior year.

    There’s no way he’s going to be able to make the plays RW made w/ his legs. However, he should be able to SEE a lot of things that Wilson couldn’t. If he’s a solid QB (and I think he should be), I think we’ll be a solid team in 2011.

  5. leaderofthepack 07/05/2011 at 10:24 PM #

    This year should be interesting. I do like the fact that we have an easier schedule in the beginning compared to than previous years, so that we can break in a new QB.

    I am just hoping that the line can provide better protection than previous years under RW. It always seemed like RW was running for his life.

  6. LRM 07/05/2011 at 10:33 PM #

    I just don’t see how anyone considers road games at Wake and Cincy in September an easy schedule. Cincy will have a road game to Knoxville behind it and we’ve won exactly one time (2001) in Winston since 1995.

  7. PackMan97 07/06/2011 at 12:49 AM #

    I imagine there will be a significant difference in the passes a 6-6 QB can make vs a 5-11 one. Wilson almost never threw any quick hitters across the middle or over the line. Sometimes he’d toss a quick screen, or a quick fade, but almost everything required him to be in shotgun, do at least a 5 step drop or rollout to get field visibility. Glennon will just be able to stand up and see over the line.

    It will help us run a very different offense than we did last year…that and he doesn’t have the wheels that Wilson has.

  8. JeremyH 07/06/2011 at 4:36 AM #

    I fail to see how this has anything to do with UNC-CHeat….

    Wait…was Glennon the second tutor!?!?!

    Just kidding. I think the kid will be alright, traditional pocket passing is fine by me. I’d be interested to see success on long, down the field plays. We all know he is built for the deep throw, but how accurate and can he develop timing with the core of receivers..

  9. PackerInRussia 07/06/2011 at 4:49 AM #

    I’m sure I knew this, but had completely forgotten about Glennon graduating. So, he’ll be playing two years having already graduated. How light of a load can he carry during those two years? Is that going to help him concentrate more on football or will he have to spend just as much time studying as the past 3 years?

  10. lawful 07/06/2011 at 8:33 AM #

    Packer: you sound like the BOG wanting to know how recruiting is going over on the hill 🙂

    I believe everyone will be pleasantly surprised w/Glennon. Rivers couldn’t run, but he managed to scramble as needed.

  11. PackMan97 07/06/2011 at 9:54 AM #

    lawful, if Glennon has as good of a sense of the line of scrimmage as did Rivers…he’d be able to scramble plenty well. That’s one of the things that made Rivers so good. Defenses either had to leave coverage to stop his scramble, or they had to let him have more time.

    If the linebackers move up to stop him, he’ll find the open man. If they stay back in coverage, Rivers had a good 5-10 yard scamper before sliding/going out of bounds. Rivers was always fantastic at making the decision to pass/through right at the line of scrimmage. It keeps defenses honest even if you can’t break 5.0 on the 40 yard dash 🙂

  12. Clarksa 07/06/2011 at 10:01 AM #

    “I just don’t see how anyone considers road games at Wake and Cincy in September an easy schedule.”

    I think by comparison they would be easier games than say at FSU or Clemson…

  13. sundropdrinker13 07/06/2011 at 10:21 AM #

    The reason Wilson had to scramble a lot had to do with the fact that he had to roll out of the pocket. It is so much harder for the line to be able to block when that happens, and he almost always had to do it. We will see a big increase in the O-line this year with a traditional drop-back passer under center. The thing I loved most about Rivers is that just when you thought he was going to be sacked by 2-3 players, he released the ball right before he hit the ground and it would result in 20-30 yards.

  14. lawful 07/06/2011 at 10:26 AM #

    I’m sure that’s part of what made Rivers special…along w/his uncanny ability to hit the RB in stride with that swing pass.

    …last time I checked, we weren’t much of a road team. Would love to know that record over TOB’s tenure. Anyone?

  15. TeufelWolf 07/06/2011 at 10:59 AM #

    …for those of you who think Philip could never run…..just for fun, go to youtube and search for something like “Rivers beats Marriman”. I would post the link but youtube is blocked in Afghanistan!

  16. Manu Ginobili 07/06/2011 at 11:02 AM #

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see how good he is. If he turns out to be as good as advertised, doesn’t it suck that we only got 5 years out of two great QB, instead of 8?

  17. coach13 07/06/2011 at 12:43 PM #

    While I don’t think @ Cincy and WF will be a cake walk, I still think he gets as much time as any previous QB has had to ease into the season.

    I think it will be hard to compare Wilson and Glennon as far as ability because their styles are so different. But the 1 area that will be compared is wins. If this makes sense, I predict a similar W-L to last year based on how shoddy I think our ooc is, which should temper some criticism.

  18. logarithm 07/06/2011 at 4:00 PM #

    I’m cautiously optimistic. I expect the taller Glennon will have an easier time finding George Bryan across the middle, for one thing. Bryan came onboard in ’07 and Glennon in ’08, so they’ve practiced together for ages and it’d only be natural for a tall laser-beam passer to hit the best tight end in the league for 6-8 yard gains on a regular basis. I expect having a traditional drop-back passer will help the younger receivers develop faster, as they’ll probably get more gametime looks than they would have with a running QB. It’ll help that the backs have some experience now and can help more picking up blocks and being receiving threats too.

  19. PackerInRussia 07/06/2011 at 5:00 PM #

    “it’d only be natural for a tall laser-beam passer to hit the best tight end in the league for 6-8 yard gains on a regular basis.”

    Just as long as he’s not hitting the TE for 2-3 yard gains on a regular basis.

  20. wolfmanmat 07/06/2011 at 5:43 PM #

    Cinci and Wake are winnable games but not cupcakes…we got some of those too. I kind of hoped Glennon would have bulked up in the last 3 years, but he’s still thin. That said, bulk on a QB sometimes messes up the throwing motion. Still, let’s hope he stays healthy. Biggest concern IMO is replacing Nate Irving. 2009 defense vs 2010 defense was unreal considering they were basically 1-2 players different. Let’s hope we see 2010 and not 2009 again.
    …Nice article. Nice to be looking at something other than UNC on the front page.

  21. tjfoose1 07/06/2011 at 6:15 PM #

    Russell didn’t make the OL worse, he made them better.

    During RW’s freshman year, our OL was young in age and poor in performance. A less mobile QB might have been killed behind that line, as RW literally almost was.

    They’ve gotten better every year, to a point of expectations of being a team strength. But they won’t be better because Wilson is gone, they’ll be better because Wilson afforded them opportunity to develop with a wider margin of error.

    The line will be loaded with 4th and 5th year players. They better be good, better have attitude, and better be blowing up holes in the defense all season long.

    RW carried them, now its time for them to carry the team.

  22. JSRy2k 07/07/2011 at 4:31 PM #

    @tjfoose: Bingo! That’s what I’ve been saying/feeling since last season ended.

    I don’t think we’ll need Glennon to be great, just good. It’s the OL we need to step up most, it’s about time under TOB for the OL to leap ahead, and I for one would LOVE to see holes blowing up in the defense!

    Looking forward to the new offense, where we don’t have to pass as much and the RB’s get to show off more.

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