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Schiano says he never thought about pulling Josh Freeman

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With the minutes dripping away in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Patriots, Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took a couple of steps onto the field in what some thought was a sign that the Bucs were going to pull Josh Freeman.

The timing seemed right, what with the Patriots up 23-3 and Freeman struggling once again, but Glennon did not continue further onto the turf and Freeman completed the process of guiding the team to their third loss in as many tries. After the game, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said he never considered making a quarterback change and explained when he would consider making one.

“Whenever that’s your best chance to win,” Schiano said, via Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs’ losses have had plenty of fathers, but there’s no escaping the fact that Freeman has failed to complete half his passes in any of the three games this season and that he’s now thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. It may be a relatively small sample size, but the sample isn’t looking too good for the present or any hopes Freeman might have of a long future in Tampa.

If things continue that way, the Bucs are likely to reach a point where they’ll make a change regardless of what Glennon does for their chances of winning in the short term.

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25 Responses to “Schiano says he never thought about pulling Josh Freeman”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 23, 2013 11:22 AM

    May as well go with Glennon at this point, because the Bucs are done for 2013.

  2. pftfan says: Sep 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    Freeman’s time is over. It’s time to see what the 16 Million Dollar Man can do behind the Center.

  3. bucfandango says: Sep 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    Schiano never gave much thought to anything yesterday.

  4. malkinrulez says: Sep 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Freeman was traded to Vikings soon

  5. jjb0811 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    Did the Browns actually do the right thing and trade a 1st rounder before his body of work could studied? Freeman has zero value now, he should have been traded in the offseason. its clear that Bucs Management didn’t think highly of him, but clung on to him for the sake of it. wrong choice.

  6. dasboat says: Sep 23, 2013 11:50 AM

    Tampa Bay Times articles are now behind a paywall. Good thing … less bad news to read.

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:53 AM

    …add that to the long list of “things Schiano should be thinking but isn’t”

  8. whites18 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    His completion percentage isn’t helped when his WRs are having butterfingers as hands right now. Jackson is dropping a lot of passes this year. Granted Freeman is also at fault on some, like the pass to Williams in 1st quarter in the flats, Freeman has no excuse as to why he missed, should have hit him.

  9. bucrightoff says: Sep 23, 2013 12:01 PM

    Freeman is a UFA at the end of the year. I don’t see anyone trading for him to be a rental.

  10. fordmandalay says: Sep 23, 2013 12:09 PM

    I can’t understand how Freeman is doing so poorly when the Bucs and sports pundits have been telling me he’s a soon to be elite QB for 4 years now.

  11. elmaxoh says: Sep 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    Yeah maybe he should bench him and see what Glennon can do on the field.

  12. peed1 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    It’s really is not that complicated. New England’s quarterback was better than the Bucs. New England was coached a little better than the Bucs. Switch quarterbacks Bucs win.

  13. boxer2931boxer2931 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    Schiano is a moron if he thinks a guy that has been in the league 4 years and hasn’t shown ONE sign of improvement gives him his best chance to win. Glennon can play. let him. Freeman will win you nothing. a few games here and there…but no future……time to bring glennon in…kid has moxie and a gun…..

  14. dalcow4 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:15 PM

    Tampa done. Freeman done. Schiano done.

    Marty Schottenheimer could fix this team– no joke. He is great at instilling team pride. He could take over right now and make the playoffs. (what he’d do in the playoffs is a different subject).

  15. bram0003 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    So we bench Freeman, put Glennon in and still have a losing season….both Freeman and Schiano need to go…..as well as Mark Dominik.

  16. h8glazersgobucs says: Sep 23, 2013 1:59 PM

    Wow! I didn’t realize this guy was still employed!

  17. granadafan says: Sep 23, 2013 2:06 PM

    TEBOW!

    (ducks and runs)

  18. eastcoastninerfan says: Sep 23, 2013 2:12 PM

    I initially read this as such and just shook my head:

    “Schiano says he never thought about pulling for Josh Freeman”

    Sounded about right but was surprised to hear the coach admit if freely, haha

  19. tincansailor981 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:32 PM

    “Schiano says he never thought about pulling Josh Freeman” Liar.

  20. cheapglazers says: Sep 23, 2013 2:42 PM

    What happened to all the Bucs fans saying the Buccaneers were better then the Saints and Falcons and were going to win the Division and go to the NFC Championship Game this year? Now they are looking up Carolina’s skirts. This is all the Glazer’s fault. They are like meddling kids. I still can’t believe they tried to contaminated Josh Freeman’s locker and accidentally got Carl Nicks. Idiots can’t even do that right. At least they convinced the team to not vote Josh Freeman Captain or else they would take away a few game checks. Nice work in that regard!

  21. afcdomination says: Sep 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    what is the bucs fan base thought on this? is the overriding opinion that its time to move on from freeman? I haven’t heard much about the Tampa fan base calling for his head.

  22. sclobernocker47 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    Tampa fan checking in.
    We most absolutely want his head.

    Tank4Teddy is in full swing.

  23. jkulha86 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    Pretty sure Freeman has quit on Schiano. Glennon probably starts after the bye week.

  24. madkaw3 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:41 PM

    The headlines are quite accurate. Schiano never thought. He was nothing more than an average small time college coach who has no business being in the NFL. When he is fired, I doubt he will be taken by anyone as a position coach. Pathetic loser please leave and take Freeman with you.

  25. njligernj says: Sep 24, 2013 11:27 AM

    afcdomination says: “what is the bucs fan base thought on this? is the overriding opinion that its time to move on from freeman?”

    Yes. I would have started Orlovsky in the NE and ARI game and move to Glennon after the bye if Orlovsky wasn’t good.

    I know Orlovsky is nobodies idea of a good time but we’d be 2-1 with average QB play and Orlovsky can manage average QB play (his 80 range QB rating with Indy from 2011 beats the hell out of Freeman’s 50 range rating).

    We also want to move on from Schiano, almost all the coaches, the GM (if we had to keep one of this bunch I’d keep him) and the Glazers.

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