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Turning it around won’t be easy, especially with a rookie at quarterback.

Third-round draft pick Mike Glennon threw for 275 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Panthers, but threw the ball 51 times and attempting 43, 43 and 44 passes in his first three starts.

Not a winning formula for a first-year quarterback.

“I think we’ve made some right decisions that made us better. We’ve got to make more. I think we have to look at exactly what Mike is capable (of), because Mike can do a lot of things. (We need to) make sure we’re playing to his strengths in every way because that’s two games in a row now without an interception,” Schiano said.

“At the end of the game we threw the ball on every down. Take that out and just look at the plays before that,” the coach added. “He’s efficient, he’s doing what we ask him to do. When you know you’re going to get that, now you’re going to build around that.”

Schiano said he “totally” understands the frustration of fans upset about the team’s record. He’s not concerned, though, that calls for his dismissal will become a distraction for team moving forward.

Football players at this level are very intelligent. They understand the business,” Schiano said.

“I think we all realize it’s a performance-based business,” he added. “Players and coaches, we’re paid to win. That’s what it’s about. … We’ve got to get our share.”

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