“A Pro In Every Sense Of The Word”January 15th, 2014
Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier fielded the inevitable leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman questions today at One Buc Palace, as he met with media for the first time in his new role.
Frazier could easily have said he was only going to talk about Buccaneers, but instead he offered plenty of typical coachspeak about Freeman and also went out of his way to praise Freeman’s professionalism.
“Josh did a lot of good things for us in that short time that we had. Unfortunately it didn’t work out where we got him a lot of snaps in ball games. He worked as hard as he could every week to try to prepare and be ready to go. He was a pro in every sense of the word in that way,” Frazier said.
“But we made a decision to try to figure out where Christian Ponder was and also take a look at Matt Cassel as well, as we tried to determine and get some questions answered at our quarterback position. Josh got caught up in the shuffle of that. It probably wasn’t the fairest situation for him, made it difficult for him, made it difficult for all of us as we were trying to evaluate quarterbacks in an NFL season. That’s not a wise thing. But nothing to do with Josh. He prepared and worked as hard as he could to get on the field. It just didn’t work out.”
Frazier went on to say Freeman has a “chance to be a very good player in our league.”
Frazier is a standup guy in the Lovie Smith mold. Joe trusts his take, and Frazier likely did Freeman quite a service with this public support. As Joe wrote, Frazier easily could have declined to talk about Freeman.
No, Joe’s not going so far to think Frazier will tell Lovie he needs free-agent-to-be Freeman to return.