Schein: Freeman Could Be BenchedAugust 12th, 2013
Now before Joe gets rolling here, just because he likes a certain media personality doesn’t mean Joe believes everything he/she says. No one is perfect. The last guy alleged to have been a perfect man was nailed to a tree.
Joe is a big fan of popular sports radio personality Adam Schein. The New York-based footballholic, who can be heard weekdays on Mad Dog Radio, exclusively on SiriusXM, is all worked up about the coming football season as most red-blooded Americans are, and he offered a quick Bucs take Friday.
In short, this will get the Mike Glennon Mob panting; Schein firmly believes if Josh Freeman struggles, then he will be benched.
“I think Tampa has a deep and talented offense. Doug Martin is an absolute bolt, a legit feature back. The offensive line, if Carl Nicks is healthy, will be strong. Vincent Jackson is a star. They bring in Darrelle Revis – who knows if Revis is going to be healthy? But certainly if he is healthy that is an upgrade, no question about that. But Josh Freeman is the ‘Yeah, but… ‘ when it comes to the Buccaneers,” Schein said. “And don’t be surprised if Mike Glennon at some point outplays him and plays and/or starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t think Greg Schiano is a fan of Josh Freeman at all. “
Joe does not believe this one iota. Again, Joe loves Schein, but this is just inaccurate. There is a perception out there, fueled in the offseason by unnamed sources via the fingers of prickly Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, that there is angst in the relationship between Schiano and Freeman. That simply is hogwash.
There is no way Freeman, short of him going Trent Dilfer, is benched. It is just not going to happen. Hell, if Freeman puts up Dilfer numbers and the Bucs make the playoffs, he returns next season as the starting quarterback.
The interesting element ot Schein’s take is that midway through the 2012 season, Schein said he trusted Christian Ponder more than Freeman. Sure enough, Freeman vanished in the second half of the season when the Bucs needed him the most, and Ponder, with two key wins over the playoff-bound Texans and the Packers, led the Vikings to the postseason.
Joe knows the Mike Gennon Mob sits in their backyards with pin cushions and voodoo dolls and rabbits feet hoping and praying that Glennon is the starting quarterback soon. That crowd would love nothing more than to dance on Freeman’s grave.
Let it go guys. Joe has a better chance of waking up next to curvy Rachel Watson after a long evening of wrestling between the sheets.