“Don’t Try To Overmanage Him”August 12th, 2010
Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was on fire yesterday on Sirius NFL Radio, displaying a deep working knowledge of the Bucs; it almost seemed like he had a real passion for pewter and red.
Joe was impressed.
Cowher had a lot to say about Josh Freeman and how Greg Olson needs to dial the offensive playbook way back for his young receivers on opening day because they just won’t be able to handle all the speed and complexities of the game by then.
Cowher also was concerned that Freeman is so coachable he could be overcoached and lose confidence.
“You look at Josh, I think Josh is someone that can sometimes take in too much information. I think you’ve got to be very careful and let him just play. That’s the thing with a guy like Josh, just play. Believe what you see. Trust it. And then make a reaction and go with it. If it’s wrong, he’ll learn from it. But don’t try to overmanage him,” Cowher said. “Because I think Josh Freeman is a guy who is going to soak up [everything told to him], so too many people in his hear could make him too mechanical.
“And that’s the only thing I would be concerned about with the guy. I think he has everything. I think you just got to let this kid play. Let him break the pocket. Let him improvise at times. Those are the greatest plays in the world, because the defense won’t know what you’re doing because you don’t know what you’re doing.
“Let him develop as a quarterback confidently and don’t question him. Be careful because potentially you could overcoach him.”
Cowher’s take makes sense on the surface, but Joe’s never developed a quarterback before.
One person Freeman won’t have to worry about being in his ear? A veteran backup.