4. No one knows Mike Glennon better than the Bucs. What do they have planned to go after Glennon and stop the Bears offense? Do they have an answer for Tarik Cohen?
I expect Tarik Cohen to get a heavy dose of Kwon Alexander. Alexander is easily the most overlooked defensive player in the NFL. He led the league in tackles last season yet it seems no one outside of Tampa knows his name. I won’t be surprised one bit if Kwon is assigned the job of shadowing Cohen any time he’s on the field.
The issue with Glennon is this – the secondary won’t have very many opportunities to make plays. With the way the receiving corps has thinned out, Glennon is likely going to be making nothing but safe, short throws to the running backs and tight ends. He was sometimes referred to as “Captain Checkdown” in Tampa, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. He does take the smart, high percentage throw more often than not, but we also know he’s not going to air it out down the field any time soon.
Glennon’s biggest enemies this weekend will be the defensive line – who have to opportunity to let loose on a guy that wore a no contact jersey in practice the last four years – and the linebackers. Besides Alexander, the Bucs also have Pro Bowler Lavonte David and rookie Kendell Beckwith that are certified play makers. Lavonte is not only solid in pass defense, he’s also a major threat as a blitzer.