Aug 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) talks with wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) on the sideline during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Schiano: Don’t Listen to Outside Criticism, Josh Freeman Has Done Well in Camp

If you were able to attend any of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp practices in person, you probably heard some fans around you clamoring for Mike Glennon to start at quarterback.

If you’ve been on the internet or watched a television over the past few months, you would assume there is a quarterback controversy in Tampa Bay.

Greg Schiano says stop listening to the nonsense. And he’s absolutely right.


Schiano made this statement today at a press conference, and it confirms the reports that we have provided throughout training camp, and also supports the praise given to Freeman by other Buccaneers’ media outlets during the open training camp practices.

Freeman has looked sharp, and done well to keep his eyes downfield and actually scan potential receivers for a good option, connecting with various wideouts during scrimmages and drills.

His back shoulder throws have been on point, using his incredibly receivers to his advantage by putting the ball where only they can catch it, and not allowing defensive backs any hope of making a play. He has also demonstrated improved pocket presence which has drawn Schiano’s respect on multiple occasions.

So despite the hysteria on Friday evening about how “bad Freeman looked” and how long he held onto the football, Freeman is still drawing rave reviews from the head coach that seemingly “had no faith” in him earlier this offseason. Greg Schiano wanted competition at every position, and he did so at quarterback by lighting a fire under Josh Freeman. And so far during the preseason and training camp, Josh has delivered a solid performance.


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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Ok ,,, if Schiano says so : ) ,,, we’ll support him , but you can’t help but admire Glennon for his ability to shoot quick & for the scoring drives the past Pre season games , but Freeman is our starter , Ty Leo

  • PINN

    Where does the Coach offer “rave reviews”? I think by the Bye Week, we’ll have a pretty clear indication of where Freeman stands with the BUCS.

    • LeoTPP

      He said he made a Hall of Fame throw to Ogletree, and said he was one of the best he’d ever seen at standing tall in the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield.

      We already know where Freeman stands with the Bucs. He’s the starter. The fans are the ones running with this ridiculous Mike Glennon nonsense.

      • PINN

        There are some rabid fans that are wanting Freeman gone. True. But to balance that sensationalism, there are fans who feel Freeman is as godsend because he is, so far, “the best” out of a terrible track record of QB’s in the franchise. There are blindly loyal fans as well as the blindly furious ones when it come to Freeman.
        As far as Freeman being the best at standing tall in the pocket as seen through Coach Schiano’s eyes: that’s just terribly sad or incredibly funny in the most facetious of ways.

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  • Centrale

    The coach has got to walk a fine line — challenging Freeman, and at the same time working to build his confidence. I think this season Freeman is going to show improvement from having a relatively consistent staff and system for a couple of years now.

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Thx Leo , I’m having difficulty replying to comments on my posts – & also would like to know if the Staff Writing invitation is still open? Would love to give my take , certainly have the passion ,, if not , there’s always next year – Ty for posting this thread from Aug. Re: Josh & criticism. I often wonder what negative comments will benefit – we as fans are powerless over the Officials decisions , it’s doubtful the negativity will move mountains , not to mention a players performance .. Ty Leo ,