“It Could Be Some Mechanics”May 26th, 2012
Hey Mike Sullivan. What are you seeing on film from Josh Freeman and how are you specifically going to get No. 5 back on track?
That was the question posed to the Bucs’ offensive coordinator when he took to the SiriusXM NFL Radio airwaves this afternoon.
Interestingly Sullivan’s first specific referenced was Freeman’s mechanics, something former Bucs QB Jeff Carlson has pounded the drum about for years as an analyst on these here pages. Carlson has often said anyone in the know can detect Freeman’s poor mechanics from still images.
“I think when you take a look at some of the things we were able to assess on film, and some of the specifics, it could be some mechanics,” Sullivan said. “It could be some certain things that would affect the accuracy. Ultimately, though a lot it is the decisions sometimes that are made. We don’t know necessrily what was going into the decision, why the decision was made. But when you take a step back and objectively look at tape and then you analyze why the ball went where it did, and you kind of hear an explanation as far as [Freeman's] justification for that then you can start the education process about how we want to do things and when an incompletion is not only OK, it’s a good thing, when a sack is not only OK, it’s a good thing. I mean it’s all about protecting the football and making those smart decisions.”
Joe was pleased to hear this stuff from Sullivan, versus the “push the reset button” line Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik have used publicly when talking about the approach to getting Freeman back to 2010 form.
Fixing Freeman is hands down the most important task for the New Schiano World Order. If Freeman’s on the field moving well and throwing four times more touchdowns than picks like he did in 2010, it’ll be darn hard for the Bucs to come up with a losing record.