Fixing Josh Freeman’s FundamentalsJune 16th, 2012
There are, of course, pros and cons to the Bucs changing the coaching staff after ending last season on a grotesque 10-game losing streak.
The con is that for this year with Mike Sullivan, Freeman has this third offensive coordinator in four seasons. This is not good for a young quarterback, just ask Jason Campbell and Alex Smith.
But the pros to this move, aside from the obvious, are that different sets of eyes will be working with Freeman, trying to fix whatever ailed him in his 22-interception season in 2011.
Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and quarterback Ron Turner (Ron Turner?) have jumped in the pool head-first to try to right Freeman, so reports the Associated Press.
”At times, perhaps Josh may have been trying to do a little bit too much. I think he’s a very competitive young man,” Sullivan said. ”He’s a very talented player, and coach Turner’s done a phenomenal job with him this spring honing in on some specific fundamentals and some of his mechanics.
”We’ve talked about decision-making and the importance of it within our scheme. … The bottom line is we can’t score if we don’t have the football,” Sullivan said. ”I know that’s an over simplification, but more games are lost than are won because people are giving away opportunities.”
Bucs fans will hear a lot about “decision-making” in the coming weeks. Consider that phrase code for “not forcing a ball to a narcissistic me-first tight end who is always demanding the ball despite three defenders draped all over his back.”
That option has been eliminated.