Freeman, Schiano Had “Good Relationship”June 13th, 2014
As Joe heard someone say yesterday at One Buc Palace, someday, someone will write a book about what the hell happened to make Josh Freeman go mental and totally meltdown his football career.
Not even a year after throwing for 4,000 yards, Freeman suddenly lost any and all ability to read a clock, was dumped as captain by his teammates and landed on the NFL unemployment line. It was one of the most stunning career nosedives Joe can recall in any sport.
Now the haters out there immediately blamed then Bucs commander Greg Schiano for Freeman’s downfall, dreaming up wild reasons, from Schiano mentally running Freeman through the ringer so bad that Freeman lost any desire to play football to some twisted, drummed up conspiracy to set his franchise quarterback up for a fall.
The Freeman crash is a mystery to Florida International University coach Ron Turner. It was Turner who was Schiano’s 2012 quarterback coach. Appearing with Joe’s good friend, “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7, Turner stated during his time with the Bucs, Freeman and Schiano were tight.
“No, not really,” was Turner’s answer to whether he sensed brewing storm clouds in 2012. “I was there one year with him and I had a good relationship with Josh. We had Dan Orlovsky also in the room, a veteran, along with Josh. Nobody prepared like Dan so he kind of helped teach Josh what it was like to be a professional. He helped Josh mature a little bit. There was some inconsistency there, but for a while, Josh was really tuned in. Really focused in. There was a little stretch where he lost focus but was able to get it back. He did some really good things at times.
“I was really surprised at what happened afterwards. I have a lot of respect for Greg [Schiano]. He’s a very good head coach and really intelligent. I thought they had a good relationship. I know they met every Saturday morning. Greg had the quarterbacks in. I wasn’t in the meeting. He would have Dan and Josh come in and they would meet for a half-hour and talk about the gameplan and stuff. So, I didn’t see anything [untoward]. I thought they had a good relationship. I thought Greg did a great job of being patient with him and being supportive of Josh during the time I was there.”
Joe thinks that the conspiracy theorists, the ones who believe Schiano set up Freeman to take a fall, are out of their minds. Because it was the fall of Freeman that was largely the impetus for Team Glazer to wave goodbye to Schiano.
Currently, Freeman is out walking the streets. If he is looking for work in the NFL, then he’s painted himself into a nasty corner. It’s not good when teams are finishing their minicamps and going into the annual NFL summer slumber before, and Freeman has yet to find a suitor wanting to keep him on the roster entering training camp.
Right now, it sure appears Freeman’s NFL career lies in some Kansas City ashbin.