“An Epic And Colossal Failure”September 26th, 2013
The Buccaneers demise of Josh Freeman has former Bucs QB Shaun King hot. The St. Pete native and Tampa resident is a lifelong Bucs fan and is unhappy.
King, one of three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, is very troubled by what he perceives is the mishandling of Josh Freeman since 2009.
According to King on the Ron and Ian show today on WDAE-AM 620, “Continuity, stability and a clearly defined set of standards and expectations,” were missing from the Freeman era.
“And because I don’t think that ever existed with Josh Freeman as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I think this is an epic and colossal failure by everyone within that organization,” King said. “From the time this young man got here, that organization has been dysfunctional, there’s been turmoil, and there’s been turnover and no direction. I blame them for him failing. I’ve never as disappointed as I am with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since they fired Tony Dungy. They’ve done a disservice to this kid, continually changing coordinators, quarterback coaches, never being in an environment that’s conducive to playing winning football on a consistent basis.
“And I’m saying that to say this, I have nothing against Mike Glennon whatsoever. I want him to succeed. They’re about to do the same thing to him that they did to Josh Freeman. They didn’t make this decision because Mike Glennon played at such a substantially high level in the preseason that you had to do it. They didn’t make this decision because he’s come in and captivated everyone within that organization. They didn’t make this decision because it’s the best football move. So you’re about to put this young quarterback in the same situation that you continually had Josh Freeman in. And that’s unfair.”
Now Joe can’t buy into King’s premise on all levels. Freeman returned in 2011, after a superstar season in 2010, with the same offensive coordinator and the same experienced quarterback coach (Alex Van Pelt) and head coach. That season Freeman crumbled along with his teammates as the Bucs went from 4-2 to 4-12. So what was missing, aside from better receivers?
King went on to say the Bucs screwed Freeman by not giving him a veteran quarterback to learn from.
“I had no idea what it was like to be an NFL quarterback until Brad Johnson came to Tampa,” said King, citing him being exposed to ”a disgruntled, immature Trent Dilfer” early in his career.
The cut below is arguably King’s most passionate radio appearance ever. Enjoy.