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Something Greg Schiano said yesterday about the Bucs using Josh Freeman’s athletic ability was extremely ironic.
Early last season, myself and others talked repeatedly about the notion that Freeman seemed restricted staying in the pocket, per coaches’ instructions. I wrote the following in a story in September: “(Freeman) had one of the poorest games of his career in Dallas, going 10-of-28. But the Bucs might consider playing more to his strengths, including throwing on the run. ‘I think there's definitely merit to having him on the perimeter and changing the launch point,’ offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said.”
Fast forward to Wednesday, when Schiano reflected on Freeman’s season, and pay particular attention to this quote: “As the year went on, it became very clear to us that he's an incredibly accurate passer on the run, so we started moving the pocket more, and I thought he was very effective with that.” By then the Bucs were off to a 1-3 start with their offense sputtering.
A reasonable conclusion: that the Bucs will tailor their offense and playcalling more to Freeman’s strengths from the start this year, rather than doing so on the fly. That can only help as Freeman embarks on his most important season in 2013.
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