Smoke Screen Season In Full SwingFebruary 22nd, 2013
Joe’s not doubting the veracity of Greg Schiano’s backpedalling yesterday when it came to desiring/not desiring ”competition” for Josh Freeman, but Joe just wants to caution fans that in the world of endless spin and misdirection that swirls through the NFL draft, one should take Schiano’s comments with a grain of salt.
Sure, Freeman is the guy for 2013, but that doesn’t mean the Bucs won’t draft a quarterback in the second or third round if they believe the value is there with the pick. Schiano didn’t say he doesn’t want a rookie QB pushing Freeman.
Also, does anyone believe Schiano was too “busy” (Schiano’s word yesterday) to fix the perception about desiring competition for Freeman that Schiano himself put out there to media seven weeks ago? He could have quashed that national story in a matter of seconds via an interview or news release. Remember, this is a man who takes pride in accounting for every last detail.
The quote above came from a young — and still media naïve — Freeman during a live NFL.com chat right after the 2009 draft.
There will be plenty more “smoke screens” bellowing over the next two months. Some will be easy to sniff out; some won’t.