Freeman Could Have Eight Days LeftSeptember 15th, 2013
Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud penned a blistering opinion piece yesterday, one that made a lot of bold claims, including that fans should count on a benching of Josh Freeman if the Bucs start 0-3.
Stroud painted a picture of a Greg Schiano on the brink, preparing to make the Mike Glennon Mob happy — in September.
It’s hard to imagine Schiano and Freeman with a future together. If the Bucs lose to the Saints today and at New England next week, look for Schiano to pull the rip cord on his starting quarterback.
Rookie Mike Glennon might not produce wins. But if he shows signs of progress, it could buy Schiano time. Like Freeman, Schiano had better start paying attention to the clock.
Stroud also questioned the legitimacy of the I-love-you/you-love-me comments of Freeman and Schiano last week, calling them “about as authentic as FieldTurf.”
Joe has serious questions about Stroud’s line of thinking.
First, Stroud’s claim of a move to Glennon if the Bucs are 0-3 makes no allowances for Freeman’s performance. A change at QB isn’t about the record, it’s about how well Freeman plays. Freeman’s status won’t change a bit if the offense is productive.
Secondly, Joe doesn’t buy the notion that Schiano could “buy time” by making a switch to Glennon. The only thing that ”buys” Schiano a long shelf life is wins, not Glennon. Team Glazer bought a star-laden, win-now — or at least improve-now – team. Schiano can’t throw in the towel on the season with Glennon and score brownie points.
Freeman, under Schiano, was good enough to lead the Bucs to seven wins with a garbage pass defense. He’s the best QB on the roster, and Schiano needs to show that he’s enough of a head coach to get his team to improve. The talent, along with a massive coaching staff, is in place.