Freeman Had Clock-Management FailuresDecember 11th, 2012
First, let Joe say that it’s darn cool and admirable that Greg Schiano, a man who much prefers obsessing in the film room versus interacting with media, takes live calls from fans on his weekly radio show on WDAE-AM 620.
Chucky wanted no part of that. His professed over-the-top “luvv” for all things football didn’t extend to Bucs fans. Raheem Morris, well, he was happy to let it all hang out.
Last night on the air was an in-your-face event for Schiano. Fans were respectful but pointed and critical.
One such caller fingered Josh Freeman for costly clock management late in the Eagles-Bucs game Sunday. Playing with a precious fourth-quarter lead, the caller said, Freeman barked the call for the snap with too much time remaining on the playclock, as much as 10 seconds.
The leader of the New Schiano Order didn’t specifically agree with the caller regarding the amount of times Freeman made that mistake, but Schiano did agree Freeman screwed up by snapping the ball with as many as eight seconds left while the Bucs were trying to eat as much clock as possible.
The Bucs lost on the Eagles’ final snap — with two seconds left.
Details. Details. Details. That’s the New Schiano Order mantra. Yet the Bucs continue to botch details; 12 men on the field comes to mind. Joe can only imagine the teaching that went on at One Buc Palace yesterday.