Josh Freeman “Must Deliver”May 1st, 2013
If Josh Freeman didn’t feel any pressure after Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik reworked the Bucs secondary from the outhouse to the penthouse, he should have. There really is only one Buccaneer that must advance his game, the most important player on any football roster: the quarterback.
It seems Adam Schein believes there is only one other NFL player, coach or front-office man that has more pressure on him for this season than Freeman. The popular sports radio and television personality ranks Freeman as having the second-most pressure of any NFL employee for the 2013 season, so Schein wrote on NFL.com.
2) Josh Freeman
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to rock and roll. I talked to general manager Mark Dominik after the trade for Darrelle Revis on my SiriusXM show, “Schein on Sports,” and he echoed my sentiment that the Bucs have turned a huge weakness (pass defense) into a strength. In addition to trading for the All-Pro cornerback, Tampa Bay signed safety Dashon Goldson to team with Mark Barron in the back end.
There’s also a positive development on the offensive side of the ball: Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks will be back on the line as they return from injury.
What does all of this mean? Freeman has to deliver at quarterback. He has the weapons and supporting staff, with Mike Sullivan calling plays. Remember, Greg Schiano inherited Freeman, which makes it easier to dump him. If Freeman doesn’t even out his play and improve his leadership during a contract year, I think Mike Glennon, whom Dominik adroitly drafted over the weekend, will be in the mix for 2014, either as a starter or competing with another vet who isn’t currently in Tampa.
It doesn’t take a witchdoctor to read the tea leaves. The Bucs defense is greatly improved on paper, specifically the back end. Freeman has the receivers, has the offensive line, and has the elite running attack surrounding him.
If Freeman leads the Bucs to the playoffs, Joe is certain a new contract full of zeros comes his way. The Bucs miss the playoffs and, well, Joe really doesn’t want to think about it now.
Just win, Josh.