Schiano Down On QB’s “Calculated Risk Taking”December 23rd, 2012
The leader of the New Schiano Order offered a rare criticism of Josh Freeman after today’s silencing by the Rams.
Schiano was talking about the highs and lows of Freeman and said his quarterback needs to know more about making the right moves in the Bucs offense.
“I think calculated risk taking is a huge component of quality quarterback play,” Schiano said. “And you need to know, ‘Hey, this is a risk we’re willing to take. This is a risk we’re not.’ And again, I’ll put it on me. Certainly we have to get that communicated better. Because we have to make, and we’ve done it, you know, it’s not, ‘Oh I hope it happens some day.’ It’s already happened. So we’ve got to have it. I keep coming back to this word, consistency. We have to do it. Because there are some plays out there today that are outstanding offensive football plays, but it doesn’t matter when you sprinkle them in with the turnovers.”
As Schiano said, the Bucs and Freeman have “done it” before this season. They’ve had huge days on offense. The preparation and coaching helped get them there, but now it’s as if Freeman has lost it mentally.
Unfortunately, it’s rare, very rare, for a veteran quarterback, which Freeman is after 55 starts, to be able to fix inconsistency.