Freeman-Schiano “Divorce” Looming?September 12th, 2013
Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski is not man of hyperbole. the WHFS-FM 98.7 personality generally writes and talks from his heart, after his thoughts have been filtered by his brain.
After watching Josh Freeman struggle at the New Jersey Swamplands, and watching and listening to Bucs coach Greg Schiano, and studying Schiano at Rutgers, Pawlowski wrote that he is sensing the beginning of the end of Freeman’s days in Tampa Bay, a “divorce” between head coach and the Bucs franchise quarterback.
As we entered the preseason, Mike Glennon got a majority of the offensive snaps for the Buccaneers. This was not a surprise. The surprise was how little snaps Josh Freeman received in games to get ready for the season.
The Jets had the absolute right game-plan on defense this past Sunday. The key to stopping the Bucs offense is to load the box, shut down Doug Martin, pressure Josh Freeman, and force Freeman to beat you through the air.
“I mean, that’s going to be the formula to stop our offense. It’s not a mystery,” Schiano said [of shutting down Doug Martin. “We have to throw and catch. We missed open guys, and then we dropped some passes. We have to protect better; we [allowed] three sacks, but we also were hurried. If people are going to do that, you’re going to have to be able to throw the football effectively, consistently, accurately, and move the ball down the field. We did at times, and at other times, we didn’t.”
This was the first time Greg Schiano’s words about the quarterback position has matched his actions. The question is whether this is the beginning of the end for Josh Freeman. The only way Josh Freeman can prevent this from happening is to perform well on the field.
Now mind you that Pawlowski wrote this before the public learned of Photogate.
Look, Joe has no clue if Schiano really wants to rid himself of Freeman or not. Joe is convinced Schiano wants Freeman to succeed. If Freeman succeeds and the Bucs make the playoffs, then it’s not unlikely that Schiano would get a second contract.
As for Freeman, of course he wants to succeed. That inflates his market value when he hits free agency. To suggest Freeman wants to fail here is crazy.
As Joe has been saying for months: Freeman controls his own destiny. Play well and get a fat new contract. Play lousy and back up up Carson Palmer in Arizona or bratty Jay Cutler in Chicago.