Alstott Says Young Team Was Ideal For Freeman

August 11th, 2011

What if Josh Freeman walked into a veteran ballclub back in 2009? Bucs icon Mike Alstott says if that happened Freeman wouldn’t be the leader he is today.

“Because there’s already control,” the A-Train told Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620 this week.

Alstott said Freeman has really set the leadership bar for the Bucs. The environment on the roster was ideal for a young quarterback, Alstott said, but ultimately Freeman took over the team the old fashioned way.

“He got a lot of respect from the get-go because he got thrown in there and he earned the respect from the players. So everybody’s eyes are open looking at Josh saying, ‘What do we do now?'” Alstott said. “And he’s already commanded that and he’s leading the team very well.”

Thinking back on the purge of veterans by the Bucs in 2009, Joe can’t recall anyone saying that clearing Derrick Brooks and others might be essential for a young franchise quarterback to evolve faster and set his own bar.

Interesting perspective from Alstott.

21 Responses to “Alstott Says Young Team Was Ideal For Freeman”

  1. TopDoggie Says:

    Wow is Mike a deeper thinker than the media gave him credit for?

  2. bucologist Says:

    That is truly an excellent point. It is really awesome we are starting to hear from the old buc heroes giving their stamp of approval on the direction of the bucs. Alstott and Sapp in 2 days…………

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The Bucs are building a culture that is somewhat insulated from outside influences, sort of like the Pats have done. I like it.

  4. TopDoggie Says:

    11-5 SuperBowl bound you heard it here first.

  5. Bucbeliever Says:

    All those head and neck injuries and he gives Socrates a run for his money!

  6. Chris FWC :) Says:

    It’s 12:22…I’m youngry!

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    It’s 12:22…I’m youngry!

    Now that’s funny.

  8. Gary Says:

    Nice to hear Alstott praising free, but I dont think you can say Free was the reason you let go of a franchise cornerstone on the other side of the ball. Brooks’ release was an independent situation.

  9. Brandon Says:

    Gary, everybody has their time come up. It was Brooks’ time to go. The roster was being overhauled and the young talent needed to be evaluated. There was no reason for Brooks to be there, the team was going to lose, they were going with a new defensive scheme. Guys can’t play forever. He could have signed somewhere else, but much like many others that were cast away, nobody really saw much value in them.

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hey Brandon, did you see Raheem’s presser the other day when he talked about defensive helmet headsets? I think he answered your question about how many and how it works, but as you said only one on the field at any given time is allowed.

  11. Tuggz Says:

    If you’re so youngry, why not head to Island Way Grill? Heyoooooo!!

  12. Chris FWC :) Says:

    I know BigMacAttack is youngry!

    LOL @ Tuggz.

    I’ll stop on in and say ‘HI’ to MARK Alstott.


  13. Dave Says:

    I had no problem with the purge, it was suprising, but no problem. Everyone of those vets offered nothing to another team the rest of their careers.

    The only disagreement I had was with Brooks being shown the door. They should have offered him one more year and let him choose how to go.

  14. Dave Says:


    Agree. When raheem explained about young guys only knowing this system as opposed to free agent vets coming in and not buying in because something else worked for them somewhere else, it rang true.

    Does not mean they can not add a piece or two by way of a vet going forward. I think they just have to build their brand and show success with it first for the vets they do sign in the coming years buy in easier.

  15. TBSwarm Says:

    Tuggz Says:
    August 11th, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    If you’re so youngry, why not head to Island Way Grill? Heyoooooo!!

    You mean Mugs Grill and Bar … right 🙂

  16. OAR Says:

    Youngry? Didn’t that used to be a country where snickers bars were made?

  17. Chris FWC :) Says:

    LOL @ OAR

  18. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @TBSwarm — Well said!

  19. nick Says:

    Rachel Watson is yorny

  20. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I can’t wait to see our two new RBs and see what they’ve got. Kregg Lumpkin and Mossis Madu. I don’t know a lot about Lumpkin, but I’ve seen some of Madu’s film and he has the chance to be a nice compliment to Blount. He also has the chance of not even making the team. But we shall see. I can’t wait til tomorrow night!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mauha Deeb Says:

    lol ”

    I think Joe meant Friggen delicious food.