“It’s Been An Awesome Relationship”

May 18th, 2013

Various national and local media keep pushing a line of thinking that Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman have a lukewarm relationship.

Joe, however, has heard from multiple sources that Schiano and Freeman are actually tight and respect each other very much.

Freeman addressed his relationship with the Bucs head coach yesterday on the WDAE-AM 620  “Sports Page” show.

“Actually, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Coach Schiano’s office [this offseason], talking with him around the facility,” Freeman said. “Just, you know, getting to know him better, talking about aspirations, what we’re trying to do with this team, you know, the direction.  I actually feel like my relationship with coach Schiano is probably the best of any coach. I got to know him extremely well.
“Like with anybody, the more you get to know them, the more you find out what they’re about, their morals, just what they stand for. And you know Coach Schiano is all about doing things the right way. It’s been an awesome relationship.”
None of this Freeman-Schiano love and bonding surprises Joe, though Joe doesn’t think it will be much of a consideration when the coach evaluates Freeman’s play in 2013.

15 Responses to ““It’s Been An Awesome Relationship””

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Just the fact that Glennon is here, tells us a lot about the Schiano/Freeman relationship.

  2. Stanglassman Says:

    Josh puts no energy into this interview and gave a bunch of canned answers. I know they were typical uncreative terrible questions but come on Josh you’ve got to put more effort in it than this.

  3. MTM Says:

    Yeh the relationship is great right now. Start throwing picks and see how well it is.

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    Schiano is very intelligent and this is not by mistake. It’s called coaching him up. Everybody wants Josh to aspire to the top and Coach is doing everything he can, obviously.

    Our team is going to totally Rock this year. I can’t freakin wait but for now it’s back to work.

  5. Stranger Says:


    That seems to be Josh in most interviews. He doesn’t have the shining charisma that Barber has.

  6. Bucs34 Says:

    His excitement level is down right bad. Going into a contract year and just drafting a QB in the 3rd round I would think he might want to sell himself as the true leader of this team! Well I am not seeing or hearing it. Is anyone else? GO BUCS…

  7. Bucs34 Says:

    I will say this, since the comments are so low on the article seems like a true indication that the verdict is still out on Freeman as our franchise QB. I wish him luck, but the lack of voices here speaks volumes.

  8. Vic Says:

    You didn’t just concoct a theory based on Internet comments. SMDH

  9. Walter Says:

    Lol can’t we just let the man play his last year on his contract, then go from there? Honestly, I think he’s at the very least earned the right to be the starter this year. It’s not like he had a bad year last season, a couple bad games, but it was a lot more good than bad. I didn’t hear too much complaining whenever Josh was looking like a top 10 QB before his late season collapse. I wouldn’t even really call it a collapse, it was two terrible games, I don’t really count the New Orleans game, the whole team kinda came out flat in that one, morale was bad.

  10. Bucfever40 Says:

    @Chris@Appleroof: To say that just because Glennon is here, explains everything about Freem/Schiano relationship is total hogwash! The Bucs need a solid backup QB, and Glennon was rated as the best prospect on the board, so they did what any smart organization would do, which is get a good young QB, that has the potential to pick things up quick and has the physical tools jump right in if called on(injury). It’s a no brainer, Josh will benefit because now he has some competition. Bottom line, Josh is too good a player to give up on in this stage, he’s already done some remarkable things that no other QB has ever done here, so welcome the new backup QB to the mix, Mike Glennon…..a project with a high ceiling!

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    What do you mean you dont count the New Orleans game? Was that not him who had a part in putting 0 points on the board against the worst defense in the league? Yes the whole team played bad but you cant not count it just because everyone played bad lol

  12. Couch Fan Says:

    Schiano’s/Freeman’s relationship has nothing to do with how Schiano perceives Josh as a football player. I have no doubt that Schiano respects him as a man and wants a good relationship. But best believe he wont hesitate to pull him out of a game if he stinks it up.

  13. Curmudgeon Says:

    Listening to Josh speak does not inspire confidence. i wonder if he becomes more animated and sounds more confident with his teammates.

  14. Max Says:

    If they sign Josh to another contract that have put in a clause that he goes to some speech classes. Need to teach this guy how to be a public speaker if he’s going to be the face of the franchise.

  15. scubog Says:

    So now a QB has to not only be captain of his football team he has to be captain of the debate team too? My goodness you people go to such great lengths to find fault with this fine young man; who played well in 12 out of 16 games last season. I’ve come to the conclusion that many TB fans just have to have a whipping boy……….preferably the one behind center. Over my 37 years, from Spurrier to Freeman I cant think of one QB on this team who had the public completely behind him for long. It’s like we sit back and stare at Bo Derek’s face waiting for a zit to appear so we can downgrade her to an 8.