The Falcons and Buccaneers are set to face off Sunday, and both teams find themselves in a position that leaves them with no choice but to win. With Atlanta at 1-4 and Tampa Bay at 0-5, the divisional matchup could be a crucial win for either side.
While they use this week to prepare, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Mike Glennon gave their thoughts about their season so far and on the upcoming game.
Glennon, who took over as the Bucs' starting quarterback during Week 4, spoke in depth about the responsibility that comes with taking over the role at his young age.
"There's guys that are a lot older than you that are still looking at you to be their leader and to be their guy," he said. "When I walk in the huddle, I know all eyes are on me and the guys are looking to me to be in control of the situation. As a quarterback everyone is watching."
Schiano said the 23-year-old's work ethic was something that quickly gained him respect among his teammates, something that Glennon hopes can carry through to the rest of the team.
"That's why it's important to always be working hard and be preparing at all times, because everyone is looking at you," Glennon said. "If you're doing the right things then everyone is going to want to follow."
Glennon also spoke about facing the Falcons' defense, a group he called really talented. He specifically pointed out cornerback Asante Samuel and what his 50 career interceptions say about the type of player he is. Still, he added that it doesn't mean he'll avoid throwing the ball where Samuel is and instead he plans to trust his receivers and his progression.
Despite their winless record, the Buccaneers have been involved in several close games and come equipped with some solid players like WR Vincent Jackson, RB Doug Martin and CB Darelle Revis. They're ready to fight for their first win of the season, but will have to go through the Falcons to get it, who are coming off their bye week refreshed and anxious to get back on the field.
Both teams have their own struggles, but they seem to be taking the same approach to the season by focusing on one game at a time and not letting anger or disapointment get in the way.
"If you let anger rule the day, I don't think that's going to promote a positive attitude when preparing," Schiano said. "Certainly immediately following defeat is anger. But you have to take that anger and transform it into drive, transform it into motivation to get it right. You have to learn from it, and you move on."