The newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff Alex Van Pelt, has fallen head over heals for his new pupil Josh Freeman. With Van Pelt spending every waking moment since being hired with Freeman at One Buc Place this off-season reviewing film, honing his knowledge of pass protections and working on Freman’s mechanics to improve his accuracy.
Speaking at length with Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, Van Pelt had some glowing endorsements of the second year pro.
The main thing Van Pelt has learned about Freeman, he said, is that, “He’s never a second offender. If you ask him to do something, he corrects it immediately and applies it. The next week, it’s not like, ‘Hey, remember, get your feet right.’ He’s correctable. You say it one time and he’s got it. . . You’re looking for a guy like that. Instead of harping on something, he’s got it. That’s the main thing. Obviously, he’s got all the ability in the world. But the thing I love is that he’s coachable.”
That’s good news for the Bucs, because Freeman’s development is at the center of the club’s success on the field this season. Freeman has already called this offseason the biggest of his career because of the opportunity to grow and look back on his nine games of experience.
“His growth from getting in and watching the (film) and everything he did last year — from there to where he is now, you can see the growth,” Van Pelt said. “It’s huge. It’s exponential growth already. And there’s a comfort level, too. Once you’ve been in the system for a year, (you can say), ‘I understand protections, I understand all the issues that go with protections, I understand my reads, my footwork.”
Seems that all indications point towards Freeman having a great working relationship with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and his quarterbacks coach. It’s hard to beat that when your looking for a young quarterback to take that next step in his development; now mix that with a player who spends the whole offseason at One Buc refining his game, and you have a solid foundation to which a player has a legitimate chance to have success.