As the Bucs prepare to go into the uncertainty of quarterback Josh Freeman’s contract year, they’re making sure to cover all their motivational bases.
After head coach Greg Schiano kept talking about creating competition from rookie Mike Glennon (and then trying to backtrack), new quarterbacks coach John McNulty is taking the good-cop approach in his first year with Freeman.
“Honestly, there’s not one person that said, ‘Good luck with him,’” McNulty said of his new job, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Everybody has said, ‘I’ll take him. You don’t want him? I’ll take him.’ And that’s guys who have good quarterbacks and guys who are struggling.”
Of course, McNulty was in Arizona last year, so he knows about being on a team without sufficient quarterback play.
“I know this, there are a lot of guys who would take him today,” McNulty said of Freeman. “Everybody I talk to says he’s tremendously talented, a great person, footbally savvy, will do anything you ask him to do and just really needs to have a chance to have a consistent structure around him as far as his system, his coaches and people he can kind of rely on, the players he’s playing with, all that.
“If that can kind of line up, and really, that kind of goes for anybody. But he’s kind of caught a lot of the flak for that.”
Being in the second year with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan should help, and working with a respected coach such as McNulty should as well.
If it works, all those teams who respect him so much might have a chance to get him.