Alstott Says Young Team Was Ideal For FreemanAugust 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.