If Mike Glennon started at quarterback for the Bucs next season and threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns, there would be dancing. If the Bucs had brought Tim Tebow in and Tebow threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns, fans would build a shrine. Well, Josh Freeman did throw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012, franchise records. What's that guy's problem anyway? Bucs minicamp, a time-honored sweat box, is upon us. Let the Freeman bashing begin! It's time to chill, Bucs fans. The same goes for Bucs coach Greg Schiano, he of the mixed messages about No.?5, saying one thing, only to say he means another. It's time to chill because no matter what anyone says or even thinks, Freeman is going to be the guy this season, barring an injury. By the way, here are some quarterbacks who didn't throw for at least 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns last season: Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck. Here are more: Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford. And more: Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger. I'm not saying I have a problem with the Bucs not simply handing Freeman a new contract. I have issues with him, too. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve some bashing. He should be tough enough to take some poking from a stick, or eventually being pushed from Glennon, or why is he the starter? But let's get real, if only for a moment. Josh Freeman was not the reason the Bucs went 7-9 last season.
Bucs' hopes still ride with Freeman
Tampa Tribune | Jun 9