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Bucs’ Schiano: Josh Freeman is our quarterback

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Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano was somewhat noncommittal about quarterback Josh Freeman’s future with the team following the Buccaneers 7-9 season.

Despite Freeman passing for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Buccaneers last year, Schiano said he needed to evaluate Freeman before saying he would be the team’s starting quarterback next year.

At the NFL combine on Thursday, Schiano said he’d seen enough to know that Freeman is their guy.

“Josh Freeman is our quarterback,” Schiano said, via Marc Sessler of NFL.com. “And I believe that Josh Freeman — with Josh Freeman — we’ll be able to accomplish our goals.”

It was the first 4,000 yard season of Freeman’s career but he only completed 54.8-percent of his passes and threw 17 interceptions as well. Whether Freeman will remain in the Buccaneers’ plan after next season is still in question but Freeman should get an opportunity to prove his value this season. Entering the fifth year of his career and second under Schiano, Freeman has a chance to set himself up for a big payday as he will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.

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14 Responses to “Bucs’ Schiano: Josh Freeman is our quarterback”
  1. rodthunderrustler says: Feb 22, 2013 2:51 AM

    He’s our guy.

  2. gotampabay52 says: Feb 22, 2013 4:35 AM

    If you have a good TE and a true slot wr keeping williams and jacckson on the outsudes with martin im backfield any qb can run that that system it allows you to go deep short in the middle and dump off give him checkdowns Wes would great in the slot just saying

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 22, 2013 5:37 AM

    A laughable decision. The Bucs will never be competitive.

  4. jrock3x8 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:23 AM

    i keep waiting for the quote where one of these guys says “you know what? this guy’s a bum – we’re going to cut him tomorrow unless we get a trade offer.”

    (snicker)

  5. glazrsux says: Feb 22, 2013 6:44 AM

    Now they just need a coach!

  6. randallflagg52 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:48 AM

    Who cares if he threw 4000 yards with 27 TD’s? Garbage time stats are useless.

    I have not seen Freeman step up in a big game, and THAT is why he should not be a starting QB in this league.

  7. bucforever says: Feb 22, 2013 8:27 AM

    Yeah, we all know it’s a do or die season for Josh as a Buc. That should be the best reason to look at the qb prospects at the combine and free agents. Are they really satified with the back up guy?

  8. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 22, 2013 8:31 AM

    Freeman isn’t good enough to win a super bowl or even make a deep playoff run. But he isn’t bad enough to completely tank and have the team cut ties with him. That being said, the Bucs appear to be destined for mediocrity for the next 4-5 years.

  9. fuglyflorio says: Feb 22, 2013 8:32 AM

    Someone throw Schiano a lifejacket … he’s way out of his depth.

  10. wjmoffatt says: Feb 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    Needs to consider someone latter in the draft like one of the Tyler’s, because Freeman has so many poor throws on routes as simple as slants or dump offs to the back. Way to up and down for me at least.

  11. ruggyup says: Feb 22, 2013 9:43 AM

    A bold stance for this early in the coming season. So Coach S is doing what Coach S is paid to do. Be positive and don’t waffle. One indisputable Freeman fact though, he won’t make the turnstiles sing with adoring fans.

  12. jeagan1999 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    Josh has all the physical tools you could ask for in a QB, the question is can he make better decisions and show that he can take over a game the way that Joe Flacco did in the playoffs this year?I’m not trying to make excuses for him, but he has had so many different OC’s and QB coaches during his time in Tampa…maybe…this year things will click for him…let’s not forget, even though he is a 4 year veteran, he’s still only 25-26 years old. My guess is the Bucs take a QB in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft to start grooming just in case.

  13. toosharp23 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:54 AM

    Freeman just turned 25, he’s had to endure 2 rookie head coaches, 3 different QB coaches and has been part of the one youngest team in the league with a horrible pass defense over the past 4 season.

    Until last season he had no offensive weapons, his first 3 season shouldn’t be judged because I don’t know many other QB’s who could win with Preston Parker, Sammie Stroughter, Mike Williams, Arrellious Benn, Legarrette Blount and Kellen Winslow. He began his career with rookies and no vet leadership any where on the team except Rhonde.

    I am not saying the Bucs should keep him but until they can figure a way to get Manziel in 2 years there really are not many options better than Freeman.

  14. shlort says: Feb 22, 2013 3:16 PM

    It’d be stupid for the Bucs to move away from Freeman at this point. Lots of work has gone into developing Josh since they got him in there. He is actually good. Probably the best player on that horrible team. Get him some help in the way of playmakers and he will get that team somewhere.

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