Bucs management no longer feels that Josh Freeman is the future, so a player once labeled as the face of the franchise is now history.
The next move is simple. The team will look to trade Freeman by the deadline, which is October 29th. They will get a middle to low-round pick for him.
However, if a team suddenly finds they have a hole at quarterback, because of an injury or simply a quarterback not performing and producing, there is always a chance the Bucs could end up with more value.
The bottom line is this: Freeman wants out of the franchise, and the Bucs want him out of the franchise.
The next layer behind this move is this: evaluate Mike Glennon this season to see if the team needs to use an early round pick on a QB next year, because the free agent QBs are not high in quality.
There are those who think that Greg Schiano made the move to save his job, maybe buy himself another year, since he is now relying on a rookie QB. I don't believe it.
Schiano didn't make this move by himself. He had to sit down with GM Mark Dominik, along with the Glazers and his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to review the move. Benching a first-round pick quarterback, benching a five-year veteran, isn't something done just by a coach -- it is a franchise move, and everyone had a hand in it, from the Glazers to Schiano.
This next week is critical for one reason: when coaches/management/owners pull the plug on a five- year veteran and insert a rookie, it can send a signal to the team that this year is history and now the focus isn't on winning as much as it is on rebuilding. Greg Schiano must deflect that message.
He needs to candidly tell the team why the move was made, he needs to heavily reinforce the message that winning this year is still the goal. If his players don't believe it, if they don't step up behind Schiano and this move, it will be a long year, no matter who is running the offense.
The final layer behind the move is that Josh Freeman just isn't an elite-level quarterback. I've said it before and I will say it again now: he can not throw accurately.
Receivers first have to make a play just to catch the ball before they can make a play with it. His throws repeatedly are too high, too low, a step behind. Most of the time, or a good percentage of the time, he just looks out of sync.
Mike Glennon doesn't have Freeman experience, but he does have a better touch with the football, and that's another layer to the move -- game management. The Bucs believe Glennon can run the offense right now better than Freeman can.
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