“Mark The Tape”September 5th, 2013
Earlier this week, popular sports radio and television personality Adam Schein decided to give his team-by-team predictions for the coming 2013 NFL season.
And while Schein is a big fan of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, and loves the order that Bucs commander Greg Schiano has brought to the team, and likes many Bucs players, there is one player that gives Schein pause.
That would be Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.
Last year in midseason, Schein famously stated he trusted Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder more than Freeman. And sure enough, come December, Freeman melted down whereas Ponder put together two clutch performances against playoff teams, at Houston and against Green Bay, vaulting the Vikings to the postseason while Freeman and the Bucs, once again, watched the playoffs on TV.
Schein strongly inferred that Freeman will keep the Bucs stuck in third place this year. Schein gave his take during “Schein on Sports,” found on the “Mad Dog Radio” channel heard exclusively on SiriusXM Radio.
“The Bucs: A third place team, winning about eight or nine games. I like the direction in Tampa Bay. I like what they did in the offseason. I like what they did with Darrelle Revis who should play this week, Week One against the Jets. I just don’t like their quarterback.
“I think at some point, Mike Glennon — in fact, if you want, mark the tape. I am just throwing that out there, if you want to, go ahead and mark the tape. — Mike Glennon is going to be the starting quarterback at the end of the year. Take that one to the bank.”
Before Joe’s readers spill their coffee on their keyboards and go hating on Schein, notice that Schein, a Mike Glennon Mob member, actually believes the Bucs could have a better record than what Joe predicted (8-8) for the season.
There are just too many questions marks on a team with a tough schedule in a brutal division and conference to believe the Bucs are playoff-bound.
Of course, if Freeman blows up, the playoffs aren’t that much of a pipe dream.