The QB Blast: Why Low Expections For Johnson?May 21st, 2010
By JEFF CARLSON
Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson (1990 & 1991) writes The QB Blast column here at JoeBucsFan.com. Joe is ecstatic to have him firing away. Carlson is often seen as a color analyst on Bright House Sports Network, and he trains quarterbacks of all ages and writes a quarterbacks blog via his company, America’s Best Quarterback.
I did a speaking engagement this past weekend and talked about experiences growing up and getting to the NFL.
As some of the words came out of my mouth, I knew I did not say them exactly as I wanted and may have communicated something other than what I had planned. So, as I read Greg Olson’s comments about the Bucs’ backup quarterback job on JoeBucsFan.com, and then saw them again in the newspaper a few days later, I could understand if Olson was trying to give his rookie free agent QB Jevan Snead some hope in his effort to make the squad come September.
But Olson defined the lack of difference between Josh Johnson and Snead so clearly:
“The good thing is we have two younger players in Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter that aren’t that much older than him and haven’t been in the league that long, so development wise, they shouldn’t be much further along,” Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “He has an opportunity to come in and compete with those guys as opposed to a four-, five-, six-, 10-year vet guy. He should be on equal footing with those guys.”
It was quite disturbing to know that Olson sees so little difference in his third year QB with starting experience and the free agent from Ole Miss.
We can all relate to walking onto a high school campus as a freshman and how much energy can be used by acclimating yourself to the new campus, teachers, etc. There is a world of difference between starting your freshman year and your junior year.
And if there is no difference between Josh Johnson and Snead, then there is certainly no differentiation between Josh FREEMAN and Snead, since their franchise QB is only going into his second year and first offseason as a pro.
Unfortunately, the Bucs expect and need Freeman to take leaps and bounds forward in his play this year, but why not Johnson?
These comments by Olson were ill-worded at best or downright offensive and certainly wrong in all aspects. There is not a player in the history of any league that would say he was not a better, more polished and prepared player in his third year than his rookie year, except for maybe Ryan Leaf.