The Freeman-Schiano RelationshipApril 24th, 2013
“The entire offseason, I’ve been in constant communication with coach on football-related issues, life-related things. Coach and I have a great relationship. Every now and again people would call and say, ‘What’s up with your coach?’ We know how it is and it’s something that I’m not too concerned about. I’m living it and I know how it is.” — Josh Freeman, asked about speculation that he and Greg Schiano have a bad relationship. (Transcription via WTSP-TV).
CBS Sports senior NFL writer Pete Prisco, and others in the media, have said repeatedly that Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman have a strained relationship.
Frankly, Joe doesn’t buy it and Joe finds the whole premise ridiculous.
In addition to yesterday’s Freeman quote above, Joe doesn’t see any need for Freeman and Schiano to be all huggy and tight. It just doesn’t matter, nor is it important. It’s not like Schiano is Chucky or Sean Peyton calling plays and completely up the ass of the offense.
All Freeman and Schiano need is mutual respect. And Joe’s very confident that exists. Listening to Freeman communicate over the years, Joe can say that he’s the ultimate company man. Hell, Schiano (over two offseasons) has yet to bring in any viable competition for Freeman. That’s hardly a head coach that has a problem with his QB.
Now if Freeman keeps throwing away games, and the Bucs play well around him, then Joe could surely see Schiano advising Team Glazer and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik that he wants a new QB so the team can have a shot at a Super Bowl.
Even if that happens, Joe still would doubt that Schiano and Freeman would have a bad relationship in 2013. It’s not like Schiano is going to yank Freeman in favor of Dan Orlovsky or a rookie. If Schiano sours on Freeman, it’ll be because Freeman earned it on the field.