Sullivan “Excited” About Freeman in 2013June 10th, 2013
As Joe rhetorically asked last week, virtually every football follower nods in agreement when a player says he is more comfortable beginning a second season under a coach’s reign, so why then is this same latitude not granted Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman?
In a roundabout way, Joe posed this question to Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan during the Bucs assistant coaches media day this afternoon.
Freeman having a year under his belt with Sullivan “has helped tremendously,” Sullivan said. “When you look at the conversations he and I were having last April and last May, we were on things very simple, very basic, in terms of formation. Now, he is way beyond that. He is able to conceptualize; he knows what we are trying to do. Sees the bigger picture. We are not bogged down.
“I don’t care who the player is or who the coach is. There are going to be some growing pains, there is going to be a process. We had to fight our way through that process last spring and through the preseason and even into last fall. As you recall, [Freeman] started off slow then hit a groove and then he had some things occur. I can’t emphasize enough how exciting it has been and how gratifying it has been to hit the ground running this spring with a year under the belt and everybody is so much more advanced.
“It’s the quarterback’s ability, it is Josh’s ability to be able to be comfortable and be able to not be thinking and process but, ‘Here’s the call. Here’s the actions – boom!’ He is getting that automatic ability [snaps fingers], which is where we need him to be at. So we are excited.”
As Joe has stated before, the Bucs will go as far as Freeman can lead the offense.
Not only having a year of experience in Sullivan’s offense, but a year becoming familiar with Vincent Jackson and a year becoming familiar with Doug Martin, it can only help Freeman, and the Bucs.