“Opposite Approach” Better For FreemanOctober 6th, 2012
One of only three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, Shaun King, would handle fourth-year veteran Josh Freeman very differently than the New Schiano Order does.
If fact, King thinks the Bucs should do an about-face with their plan for Freeman in the Bucs offense.
“I’d use the opposite approach to what Tampa’s doing now,” King said on WDAE-AM 620 this week. “You know right now they really have Josh almost being a game manager. You know they’re trying to run the football and pick their spots, which I can understand that. But I’d have to see if Josh can be elite. I can go get a game manager. I can go find Kyle Orton and get a guy and tell him, ‘Just don’t turn the football over. You know, throw the ball away if nothing is there.’
“I gotta see, can Josh Freeman be elite? So I’d give him everything we had. I’d give him the opportunity to change plays. I’d give him the opportunity to go into the two-minute [offense], speed the offense, the pace, the tempo up, if he saw fit. I mean I’d throw everything at him so I can really see what it is that I have.”
King also repeated his assertion that Freeman would benefit from a sports psychologist. King said Freeman isn’t always understanding down and distance or momentum in a game, in addition to poor decision-making with the football.
Interestingly, this week Greg Schiano made it clear that it’s important the Bucs “don’t get too nervous” and “stick to the plan.”
So it seems that King will have to wait a while to see an “opposite approach” with Freeman.