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Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan Throws His Full Support Behind Josh Freeman


Finally, someone in a position of power steps up and says what everyone in the organization should be saying every time they’re asked.

To borrow directly from ESPN.com’s NFC South Blogger Pat Yasinskas’ article this afternoon,

Josh Freeman is our quarterback, and he’s a heck of a player,” Mike Sullivan said. “While there were some disappointments at times last year, whether it was a decision on a ball that was intercepted or just some inconsistencies — you can’t take away the numbers that he put up — the franchise records offensively. I think he is so much more comfortable with what we are doing right now having had that experience.”

Why this has been so hard for Schiano or Dominik to say has been beyond me. This is absolutely no harm in saying that the guy who is going to be your starting QB is indeed your guy. You think Belichick is going to say Tebow is there to give Brady a little competition?

I have no problem with actually bringing in the guys to compete. Put some pressure on Josh, show him that there is a bailout plan. But that doesn’t mean you need to run away from questions about him.

Josh Freeman is the best QB the Buccaneers have. He’s been the best QB this team has had for a long time. (Go ahead and post who’s better in the comments and I’ll debate with ya) And finally someone who has a direct say in the team is willing to say it.

I’ve written many a time how I think this is going to be a big year for Josh. I’ve even gone as far as saying the Buccaneers should have locked him up already because he’s going to cost a hell of a lot more next year than now.

It’s nice to see that the offensive coordinator and the quarterback are on the same page. Sullivan can see some of Josh’s shortcomings. But he’s not afraid to talk about them in order to attempt to fix them. Sullivan’s job as OC will rely on how well the QB plays. He knows that if the Bucs start over, and go with Glennon this year or next, or go a completely different direction, that his seat gets really hot.

It’s in the best interest of every single person (except Mike Glennon) that Josh Freeman succeeds this year, next year, and beyond. It’s nice that finally someone is willing to come out and say it. Stop with this competition nonsense. Let’s talk about competition where it will actually matter, in getting our guys ready to compete with the New York Jets.

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  • Atlbuc40

    IMO , A 2nd year with coach Bostad and our O-line will make a huge difference in Freeman’s consistency. Not only the return of Nicks and Joseph ,but the fact of having quality depth if one of them goes down again. Glennon is only a project with the upside of a cannon and confidence.