Perhaps, it’s simply human nature to pick sides during a ripe QB controversy whether you’re a player or a coach, it becomes hard to remain neutral. With the team reevaluating Josh Freeman’s time line, on when he will be both mentally & physically prepared to handle the demands and rigors of leading an NFL team on Sundays’ one thing has become quite clear. It is no longer five dogs fighting for one bone, but rather three dogs fighting to stay alive in what should become an all out assault from one practice to the next to become the leader of the pack.
John Czarnecki, of Foxsports.com is of the mind set that the Buccaneers are one of five teams – ripe for a QB controversy too flare up in 2009. With the other four being Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland and finally Minnesota. Should Minnesota pimp Farve out in purple & gold in 09 – there is no controversy as Brad Childress will sink or swim with the two time MVP.
Bucs, led by 33-year-old rookie head coach Raheem Morris, have fostered a true quarterback controversy. Morris has embraced the entire deal, referring to it as a “national quarterback situation,” knowing that TV talking heads can’t get enough of what’s happening in Tampa. Heck, the Bucs recently dumped Brian Griese, a Gruden favorite, in a numbers crunch.
Morris fell in love with quarterback Josh Freeman when he coached at Kansas State in 2006 and that’s why he took him in the first round. Freeman was supposed to be a developmental guy this season, but he has performed so well in mini camps that the Bucs’ brain trust (Morris, GM Mark Dominik and Doug Williams) want to revisit Freeman’s status early in camp. Luke McCown was supposed to be the starter ($7.5 million over two years) and Byron Leftwich the backup. But everyone knows that ex-Giant Derrick Ward will be featured and new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski wants to run. Prediction: McCown starts, but Freeman is playing by October with Kellen Winslow helping him succeed.
Freeman starting in October means the Bucs season is in the toilets or he provides the best chance at that point in time. Either way after investing a first round pick in the future, when ever he lines up under center Morris & general manager Mark Dominik will be betting there future with the Bucs on the rookie.