New Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt discussed some of what he expects out of his inherited pupil, Josh Freeman with Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times on Friday evening telling Stroud “I think the first thing you have to discuss is your philosophy.”
“We want him to complete 65 percent of his passes. We need him to do that and he has to get the ball to his play-makers. But what I’m talking about is to let him know exactly what we’re looking for, what we need him to do.
“You can improve accuracy by incorporating drills that put pressure on him to make decisions quickly. But he needs to be the first guy in the building. It’s the leadership aspect we need from him. He needs to be more vocal with teammates in and out of the huddle.’’
As previously mentioned earlier in the week one of the things that attracted Raheem Morris and the Bucs to Van Pelt was his work ethic.
Real leaders are born out of achievement on the field, not manufactured. The fact the Van Pelt is cutting straight to the chase and getting salty with his expectations from jump, is a positive. But asking a player to become a manufactured leader while still perfecting his craft, might be a daunting task, for any young quarterback. The fact that Freeman from all appearances is laid back and not consider a strong vocal leader at this stage of his career. Might be his biggest hurdle to over come if he plans on taking strides in his sophomore season.