History Suggests Schiano Isn’t Patient With QBsDecember 17th, 2012
A longtime pregame and postgame radio voice of University of South Florida football, Joe’s friend Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski has lots of experience studying Big East football. And it was Pawlowski who said many months ago that Bucs fans should keep an eye on Greg Schiano’s faith in Josh Freeman because Schiano was rather trigger-happy with his quarterbacks at Rutgers.
Schiano recently used three freshman quarterbacks in three consecutive seasons at Rutgers, Pawlowski said, and the coach’s track record was not one of patience at the position.
Given the current freefall of Freeman, Pawlowski astutely reminded listeners of this bit of Schiano history today on his “Gary and The Commish” show on 98.7 FM.
Joe also would point fans toward the comments of the leader of the New Schiano Order on his radio show last week. Schiano was peppered by a caller about Freeman’s future and the coach explained that he believes in Freeman but if a time comes that he isn’t confident in his quarterback that could change.
“I think that, you know, this is a guy who’s 24 years old, he’s in a new system, quarterbacking a new system, and I think he’s had some great, great moments. And I think there’s also been some that he and I both wish we could redo,” Schiano said last week. “Again, this is a guy who is definitely on the come, understands what we’re doing and is only getting better. I truly believe that he’s going to play great [against the Saints]. And if I ever don’t feel that, then that’s a different story, but I do. I believe in this kind and I believe he’s going to do a great job. The best days are ahead for Josh Freeman and for the Bucs.”
How Schiano feels about Freeman after yesterday’s debacle is unknown. But how the Bucs approach the quarterback position in the offseason will tell Joe a lot about what’s in Schiano’s head.
Joe’s supremely confident Freeman will be the 2013 starter, but if the Bucs magically end up drafting a mid-round quarterback in April, and/or upgrade Dan Orlovsky in free agency, that will tell Joe a lot about how the organization feels about No. 5.