The Buccaneers franchised receiver Antonio Bryant this off-season in the hopes that he would be a focal point of the passing attack. But due to a nagging knee injury that has hampered Bryant for most of the season, he has been relatively quite on and off the field. Except for the past two weeks, since he has started to practice on a full time basis, Bryant has become very skeptical of offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s game planning, play calling and killer instinct on game days.
Last week Bryant took exception to the direction that he feels Olson is more worried about developing rookie quarterback Josh Freeman rather then trying to be competitive on game days. Telling Tom Balog, of the Herald Tribune.com “He’s developing. Right now it just seems that’s what we’re going out there doing _ developing Josh more than really trying to compete.”
This week following the game against the Falcons in which Bryant had three receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown, Bryant once again lashes out and questions Olson’s motives in a close game.
“Last year, I came out here (in Atlanta) and had 100 yards in the first half,” Bryant said. “This year, two catches, 80 yards in the first half. In the second half, it’s like, ‘Come on!’
“Look, man, when you get the ball, those are the results you get. Look, Roddy White dropped balls, (Michael Jenkins) dropped balls. I got four attempts and still came up big. I have to make everything count because obviously, something ain’t right.”
Bryant suggested in no uncertain terms that offensive coordinator Greg Olson should trust QB Josh Freeman to make more downfield plays in a game like today’s, when the lead was never more than seven points.
“We have to go and trust our guy a little more,” Bryant said. “He has the talent. On a 1-10 team, you’ve got to go. . . You’ve sat here and seen this man make every throw an NFL quarterback could possibly make the first time he got in against Green Bay.
“When you have guys there, you have to put your foot on their neck and just stomp.”
Bryant who has been known to be a hostile employee in the past might just be voicing his opinion now, becuase he know his stock has dropped after a tremendous 2008 campaign. So since Bryant is healthy he wants to be feed the football to boost his stock for the chance at cashing in this off-season. Let us not forget that right now the team needs to do everything within it’s power to develop Freeman for the long haul and if that means situational football and different looks for Freeman rather then feeding Bryant the football then so be it. The future is all about Freeman development at this given point and time.