The Buccaneers’ coaching staff may not believe in quarterback Josh Freeman, but Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph does.
On Tuesday, Joseph called Freeman “the right quarterback” to take the team “to the next level.”
“I’m biased, he’s my friend, teammate, he’s my quarterback,” Joseph said, via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “But the thing that’s going to make Josh ‘the guy’ is his team. His team is going to make him the guy. So it’s his defense doing what defense is supposed to do, special teams making plays, offensive line blocking, receivers catching, running backs running. It’s everything that’s going to make Josh the guy.
“You look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, were not the two best quarterbacks in the league. It was the two best teams in the league. So Josh’s success is going to come from his team, just like every other quarterback. Even though you had the best quarterback in Peyton Manning, he didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. It’s just about the best team.”
Joseph thinks the team is improving, because last year’s coaching change forced the team to go “from a country club to a place where we actually conduct football now.”
Still, the folks who implemented the change are lukewarm about Freeman. And while total team success depends on total team performance, Freeman still has plenty of room to improve.
If he didn’t, the Bucs would be all in on the 2009 first-round pick.