Freeman Playing Looks “Fine” To SchianoAugust 28th, 2013
Man, Bucs fans are impatient these days. Joe can somewhat understand,given that it’s been over a decade since the Bucs won a playoff game, and that was a Super Bowl.
So when Bucs fans see franchise quarterback Josh Freeman play less than Dan Marino-like, a good number of them want to start bonfires across town.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano doesn’t see it that way. He has seen more tape than fans, more practices than scribes, and believes Freeman is about where offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan wants him to be, reports Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
Although Freeman has completed just 46.2 percent of his passes and the first-team offense has yet to get into any sort of rhythm, Schiano said he’s comfortable with what he’s seen out of his quarterback.
“I don’t think you can assume his confidence is shaken,” Schiano said. “I’m not sure it is, to tell you the truth. One of the things I said is he saw things very well. Every time he came to the sideline he could tell me exactly what happened. Sometimes a quarterback comes to the sideline and ‘What happened?’ and ‘I don’t know, they’re hitting me in the back of the head’’ and you don’t know. [Freeman] knew what happened [in Miami]. He knew what he saw down the field. He knew where he wanted to go with the ball.
“Sometimes, he didn’t have time. When you watch it on tape, what you do as a coach is you write those things down and you watch it on tape and sure enough what he thought he saw was what he saw. As long as he’s seeing it, we’ll get better in protection and we’ll get the ball out of his hand and we won’t drop them. I think in his mind he feels more comfortable than he’s ever felt in this offense since he’s been a part of it. I think he’s going to be fine.’’
Look, Joe knows Schiano’s words will do little to quash the cries of the Mike Glennon Mob, who will be fogging up TV screens locally when the Bucs-Redskins preseason game is aired Friday at 7:30 p.m. on a tape-delayed basis on WFLA-TV Channel 8.
But Joe will write once again to express Joe’s confidence that Freeman will improve this season with another year of knowledge under Sullivan’s tutelage.
Now Joe has heard the screams about the offensive line thus far, but remember the offensive line was an unexpected nightmare last year and without two Pro Bowl guards and a right tackle getting benched, the line wasn’t exactly a sieve, was it? And this year the Bucs added Gabe Carimi.
No, there’s no need to panic. Yet. If the Bucs go 1-6 to start the season, then there would be evidence to panic.