Freeman An Interesting Pick For Jim RomeJuly 19th, 2011
Now Joe is no Jim Rome fan. Joe was intrigued when Rome first arrived on Tampa Bay airwaves in the 1990s on the old 1040 AM “The Score” back in ’95 or ’96, but his shtick got very old many years ago for Joe.
Regardless, Rome now hosts powerful national radio and television shows that surely have their pick of guests. So it was eye-opening to Joe that Rome returned from a long summer vacation yesterday and chose Josh Freeman to be a guest on his Rome Is Burning TV show on BSPN.
Maybe there’s more respect out there for the Bucs and Freeman than Joe thinks. Given the lockout, that’s not the Bucs PR staff booking Freeman and hounding show producers. That’s Rome and his team busting off a text or phone call to Freeman.
Freeman didn’t offer anything earth-shattering during the interview. He said he thinks the offense is sharp and hasn’t missed a beat without OTAs and a traditional minicamp, saying guys were very sharp on the playbook in Bradenton.
Asked about the defense, Freeman praised Aqib Talib for working with receivers in the offseason in Tampa — hmm, Joe read somewhere that Talib left town — plus Gerald McCoy and Tyrone McKenzie’s training efforts. And Freeman liked what he saw overall.
“Our defense looked good, man. They were actually throwing some stuff in our minicamp as far as pressures, stuff we wouldn’t normally see. I’m like, ‘C’mon guys, this is just supposed to be laid back, supposed to be just kind of going through some of the base schemes and gettin’ a good feel and get out there and run around as a team.’
“They’re throwing corner blitzes and double-corner blitzes and just crazy stunts and stuff.”
Freeman’s clearly raring to go when the asinine lockout ends. Joe can only wonder how much more national media will come calling if the Bucs land Freeman another toy or two in free agency and he puts up video game numbers.