It took three weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to completely implode this season. After an (0-3) start, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today that the Bucs have decided to bench Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. The new era of Tampa Bay football starts on Sunday against Arizona.
This move has been months in the making, and it was apparent in 2012, that Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano were not compatible. While Tampa Bay started off well in the Greg Schiano era, according to CBS Sports, the Buccaneers are (1-8) in the last nine games.
Of course teams want to win, but before the season started, Josh Freeman’s days were numbered in Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers’ staff was eager to go with Glennon. All they needed was a slow start.
Josh Freeman is on the final year of his rookie contract, and this is not the way to earn that huge pay day in free agency. There’s no way he could have envisioned this two years ago when his star was shining bright.
Other teams shouldn’t put too much stock into the Freeman’s numbers this season. It’s tough playing for a coach that doesn’t want you there, and it severely hampers a quarterbacks ability to produce when they aren’t on the same page.
Last season, Freeman threw for 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. This season the slow start resulted in two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also only completing 45 percent of his passes.