Greg Schiano: Back Off Josh FreemanSeptember 25th, 2012
A number of Bucs fans have become positively unhinged since Sunday after the Bucs lost a close game to Dallass, where Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman turned in a lackluster performance.
As Joe pointed out yesterday, there were Bucs fans who not just suggested Freeman be benched (for Dan Orlovsky of all people), but some went so far as to argue Freeman should be cut, in part, to give the Bucs a chance of drafting Matt Barkley.
Well, while not exactly addressing Freeman’s job status (because that would be absurd), the leader of the New Schiano Order went to bat for his now-beleaguered signal-caller telling listeners on WDAE-AM 620 Monday that not only does Freeman have the option of changing plays at the line of scrimmage, but Freeman will be a stud NFL quarterback and is “going to have a great year.”
Warren in Orlando: How much latitude does Josh Freeman have [to check out of a play] once the offense is lined up and do you think he has improved since the preseason?
Greg Schiano: I will answer that backwards. No. 1, I do believe he has improved since the preseason. I think he will continue to improve. This is a new offense to him. In fairness to Josh, he is learning and executing a new offense against top NFL defenses. I think we will only get better and better in executing. His freedom to check things at the line of scrimmage — often times he has that ability. There are certain plays that are run where the purpose to just call it and to not check those plays. There are a lot of plays where Josh got us in the right play on Sunday. He needed to identify that front and to check and he did a good job of that.
Schiano went on to say that Freeman checked out of a play at the line into a new play Sunday “quite a bit more than five times.” He also said Freeman “has the green light to tuck and go.”
To listen to the full “Greg Schiano Show” from Monday, click the little arrow below.