NFL Network Fosters Bucs FallacyJuly 19th, 2013
Yes, last January when the Bucs finished the 2012 season out of the playoffs, Bucs coach Greg Schiano stated he wanted competition at every position including that of inconsistent quarterback Josh Freeman.
Given the fact Freeman is now in the final year of his contract, many did the simple math and concluded Freeman was on thin ice. A few weeks later, at the NFL combine in frozen Indianapolis, Schiano confessed he may have misspoke and that under no uncertain terms, Josh Freeman was his guy [at least through the 2013 season].
Countless times since, Schiano, in one form or another, has reiterated his position: The Bucs have a starting quarterback and his name is Josh Freeman, though Schiano oddly re-kindled the Freeman fire in May when he told a national writer that rookie Mike Glennon could win the starting job.
But for reasons unknown, people don’t want to believe Schiano, even after third-round pick quarterback Glennon himself, stated this spring he is no where near ready to start in Mike Sullivan’s offense.
Apparently Paul Burmeister hasn’t caught Schiano’s repeated direct endorsements of Freeman, including one on NFL Network this month. While introducing a piece on the Bucs’ Rookie School last night on “Total Access,” Burmeister, an NFL Network anchor, said the following:
“Head coach Greg Schiano says he expects an open competition at quarterback between Josh Freeman and third round selection Mike Glennon.”
Open competition? Really?!
Joe immediately stood up from his leather couch. Joe was out at One Buc Palace yesterday, attended Schiano’s press conference and never heard him say anything about the quarterback position. Surely a solid outfit like NFL Network had a side interview with Schiano where he talked about how the quarterback position was open? But no. There was no sound byte from Schiano, no attribution from any publication or media outlet reporting this news, nothing. Only Glennon talking about how much he has learned since he was drafted by the Bucs.
Where exactly did Burmeister get this information, that the quarterback position was open? Joe has been at virtually every Schiano media appearance since that frigid day in central Indiana when Schiano admitted he may have given out the wrong vibe about Freeman. Not once has Schiano said the starting gig was up for grabs.
If Burmeister, and ostensibly NFL Network, is just making up fiction as they go along, what else is the network conning people with?
Look, Joe loves NFL Network. Loves it. It is Joe’s go-to channel on TV. He watches it daily, easily more than any other channel. In fact, Joe was mocked on Twitter this week for watching NFL Network as opposed to the MLB All-Star Game or that shameless spread of feces from Los Angeles BSPN assaulted innocent Americas with Wednesday night.
Joe just cannot believe the NFL Network, the house organ of the NFL, would just fabricate something out of thin air that directly contradicts something an NFL coach has been preaching for months without any sound byte or attribution.
Either Burmeister is woefully ill-prepared when he goes on the air, or he and/or some producer at NFL Network has an agenda in order to generate fiction like this.
Joe’s not sure even BSPN would pull a stunt this low.