After nine starts as a rookie, Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh Freeman is finally getting a crash course in reading different blitz packages. While its never too late to learn, it’s long over due and something that should have happened last season. For Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson to come out now, with this, shows just how ill-prepared Freeman was under center from a coaching standpoint.
Olson said Freeman is taking a crash course in analyzing the elaborate blitz packages he faced in 2009 from aggressive defenses like the Eagles and Jets.
“There’s an anxiety level that needs to be eliminated,” Olson said. “Have a plan when you get to the line of scrimmage. Some people wonder whether we’re putting too much pressure on Josh. We just have a lot of confidence in him, based on what he has shown us intellectually and in terms of his preparation. I’ve been around a lot of very good quarterbacks and we think this kid is on the right track to be a top player in this league.”
If anyone remembers after the Eagles game when Freeman said that he wasn’t prepared for the different blitz packages he faced, no longer has to wonder if it was because he was a rookie or whether it was because of coaching. Its obvious now that it was clearly a coaching issue.
But for the life of me, I can’t understand at this point in the off-season why its being considered a crash course and not a full blown learning session?