The plan all along in Tampa was to have Josh Freeman sit and learn during his rookie season, then it seems Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik figured out that by keeping four quarterbacks on the active roster, that it would severely limit Freeman’s reps during practice throughout the season. Thusly, they traded veteran Luke McCown to ensure Freeman would receive second string reps behind starter Byron Leftwich. The problem with all of this, is that if this was a well thought out plan they would have allowed Freeman to receive those same reps during training camp, in the event something happened to the eventual starter he would have had an accelerated learning curve and be much further along then he presently is.
Now, on the heels of second year quarterback Josh Johnson leapfrogging Freeman to open the season as the team’s primary backup on game days, the team is putting Johnson in a rather precarious situation. Presumably, based on earlier reports Freeman is receiving the bulk of the second team reps, while Johnson is running the scout team. Should an injury happen to Leftwich, the team would put Johnson in a pickle as he isn’t necessarily practicing the Bucs offense and would be asked to execute it in a game with limited to no practice time running it.
Morris has steadfastly and continually reiterated that every decision the team makes is based solely and entirely with the thought of Freeman at the forefront. But the unnatural coddling of Freeman, who Morris proclaims he is married too, seems to be hindering the growth of other young players with little to no care of the damage it could ultimately cause.
If, Johnson is going to be listed as the teams backup on games days then he should also be receiving backup reps in practice until Freeman can push Johnson from backup to third string.
Should Johnson be thrust into the lineup due to injury, the team or in this case Morris is setting the entire organization up for failure.