Schiano Plans To “Dig”

March 21st, 2013

Joe sure hopes what’s written below is all just a matter of semantics and not some sort of bizarre revelation of what goes on — or what doesn’t go on — in the New Schiano Order, but Joe was stunned to read Greg Schiano’s comments yesterday on figuring out the causes of Josh Freeman’s bad games.

Speaking to Tampa Tribune scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman at the NFL owners meetings yesterday, Schiano gave Freeman a lot of love and said when Freeman returns his staff will dive head first into what went wrong when Freeman was at his worst.

Umm, should that already have been dissected during last season?

“If you look at Josh’s season, in 13 games he threw seven interceptions and in three games, he threw 10,” said Schiano. “That’s it in a nutshell. Let’s find the reasons why those three games occurred and eliminate the causes. When we get Josh back in the building, we’re going to dig into his feelings on what the causes were.

Again, this could just be a matter of word selection by Schiano, because Joe absolutely can’t imagine the New Schiano Order didn’t do everything in its power last season to figure out Freeman’s freefall. Joe has to be believe Freeman’s “feelings on what the causes were” have been widely known for months.

Or perhaps not? Maybe that’s why Butch Davis was playing job fairy for former quarterbacks coach Ron Turner during the season.

18 Responses to “Schiano Plans To “Dig””

  1. Dave Says:

    I don’t think he has any intention of giving a full detailed analysis of his evaluations. Pretty sure he is just stating the obvious.

  2. CC Says:

    According to what Ive read, Schiano and staff spend endless hours at One Buc breaking down film.

  3. Vic Says:

    Agree Joe. Very odd word choices by Schiano. Like they weren’t up Freeman’s ass figuring out what was going wrong

  4. andres Says:

    Seems to me like they were up Freeman’s ass and he didn’t respond, they might be taking the DIVA approach with him now. With the NFL being reduced to a flag football league now anyway we’ll see this pansy approach more often.

  5. tampabaybucfan Says:

    I wonder if BOOGER is digging too?

  6. Big Rob Says:

    I don’t think his statement is an admission that they weren’t doing anything last season. I think he is talking from the perspective that an offseason of film study and personal reflection will give them even more incite into what went wrong. They have a ton more time in the offseason to focus on things like that. During the season they also have to study their opponents and develop game plans and everything else that comes with facing a new opponent every week.

  7. OAR Says:

    Had a buddy pick a 3 pound booger once and his head caved in!

  8. Bucfan Says:

    Actually it wasn’t just 3 games freeman was bad in. The first 4 he was just lost and couldn’t hit anything. Caught fire for the next 6. Then faded the last 6.

    I think we know what we have in freeman. If you can’t be consistent in the fl at qb then you’re going to have to find someone who can. People place a ton of blame Primarily on the defense but freeman was just as bad. One of the worst qbs on the nfl in 3rd down completion percentage. He’s not converting passes and extending drives. I still saw too many 3 and outs which put our defense in terrible positions.

    Many want to place the defense at blame against the giants redskins falcons and eagles. Truth be told: freeman didn’t do anything to convert and extend drives. Resulting in 3 and outs putting more pressure on the defense.

    Heck I remember against Denver the defense was playing stellar in the first 2 1/2 qtrs but freeman kept giving the ball back after back to back to back to back 3 and outs.

    I think too many people place blame on everything else but freeman. I like the guy. Seems like a standup dude so I hope he puts it together. But for schiano and Dom’s safety , they better have a back up plan.

  9. BucFan20 Says:

    What went wrong? Other teams found you get pressure on him he goes haywire and panics. There is one thing consistant about Freeman. He is an incosistant QB. Just look at what Dom said. Ref to Flacco??

  10. Miracle Says:

    I don’t find it unusual. Its just like any situation or problem.. Sometimes you believe you have a perfect solution until you go back and reflect on it after a period of time.

    And no I don’t believe the week after a bad game or even a bad couple of games is enough time to accurately reflect on why something went wrong.

    There was a particular pattern going on and you have to get out of it in order to see what was the cause.

    Too many people want instant solutions these days.. ha

  11. Curmudgeon Says:

    Nothing to see here. Sure they knew what the problems were. It’s just that, during the season, each week is about game preparation and there’s probably not much time to take extra reps on mechanics, footwork, etc… Once the last game is done, the guys are gone.

  12. Capt. Tim Says:

    I think this is his Vacation time, until the combine. Then they focus on The draft and free agency.

    It’s really funny, but while most of the posters here are thinking football 24-7, 12 months a year- the Players and coaches actually do take a few weeks off. I’m sure they were reviewing film all last season- during the season

    Freeman had 3 games, where he threw 10 interceptions. Two games, he was forcing the ball- trying to keep our inept pass defense of the field.
    One game- the defense was just ready for him.
    Drew Brees threw 5 ints in one game. It happens to the best of them
    If you check all the top QBs, every one has one bad game, where they throw multiple picks.

    That’s why you don’t see to many 16-0 teams. Winning is tough in the NFL!

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think Curmudgeon hit the nail on the head. I doubt they ignored the problem during the season, but whatever they tried did not work. Now they have time to delve deeper.

    Also, when Freeman first started he was a come-from-behind QB. He was always having to try to win the game after other teammates blew it. Here he is scoring more points than ever, throwing for more yards than ever…and the defense DID blow the leads.

    When throwing for so many yards, his arm must have gotten worn late in games…resulting in even worse accuracy. This rests on the defense mostly, partly on oline, and the rest on learning curve for the offense.

    It was a new offense (again) and thete were player where key players ran the wrong routes or threw to the wrong places. That should improve in yesr 2.

  14. joseph mamma Says:

    One big difference that I rarely see people make when comparing Flacco and Freeman. Both have big time arms but Flacco always has had great mechanics.

  15. Cecilia19 Says:

    Ron Turner as a head coach, Good God.

  16. jglazer Says:

    or perhaps what we found is that if you take away the jump ball, this QB has no game. Can this guy throw a pass in the middle of the field. Ok a few times a season. The good QB’s are doing this a few times a game. If you have a CB who can stick with the wide receiver on a jump ball, game over. Josh Xucks.

  17. Free's a Boob Says:

    The cause is incredibly simple…Freeman is just plain stupid

  18. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Yeah I think it’s semantics.. Schiano doesn’t appear to be a wordsmith or a great philosopher.. They had to have known the problems last year.. For whatever reason, #5 couldn’t make the proper adjustments. Maybe what he was trying to say is when they get back, they will try to figure out why he couldn’t do it. Speculation of course but my take.