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April 16, 2013 @ 11:28 pm
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Joseph Confident In Freeman And Bucs Offensive Success in 2013

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After spending the 2013 season on injured reserve, Bucs Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph is healthy and ready to see the Bucs' offense have an even better 2013 season. Joseph said quarterback Josh Freeman can lead the Bucs to the playoffs and beyond.
One of the biggest debates this offseason among fans, media members and even some inside the walls at One Buccaneer Place is, can Josh Freeman be a quarterback that can lead Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl?

One player who has no doubt is Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph. The undisputed leader on the offensive line told the media on Tuesday he is a Freeman believer.

“I’m biased, he’s my friend, teammate, he’s my quarterback,” Joseph said. “But the thing that’s going to make Josh ‘the guy’ is his team. His team is going to make him the guy. So it’s his defense doing what defense is supposed to do, special teams making plays, offensive line blocking, receivers catching, running backs running. It’s everything that’s going to make Josh the guy.”

Freeman’s struggles with consistency have been well documented, but Joseph pointed out that even if Freeman were a league-leader, it wouldn’t necessarily guarantee a Lombardi Trophy.

“You look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, were not the two best quarterbacks in the league,” Joseph said. “It was the two best teams in the league. So Josh’s success is going to come from his team, just like every other quarterback. Even though you had the best quarterback in Peyton Manning he didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. It’s just about the best team.

“We have weapons, and have always had weapons. We just have to utilize them the right way. We have to come together and make (Josh) Freeman the player he needs to be. Upfront we need to do our job. We have the right quarterback to take us to the next level.”

Joseph, who on Tuesday noted his rehab is over and her is 100 percent and ready to go, said despite the team’s offensive success last season (ninth rated, 363.8 yards per game avg.) the players have to have the desire to improve.

“One thing we have to do is we can’t count our chickens before they hatch,” Joseph said. “We have to put in the work. Just because everything looks good on paper doesn’t mean it is going to turn out that way on Sunday. Take a step back and start from Day 1 on how to get ready for a football season and not think that we can skip pages and just jump ahead. We have to do things the right way."

The former first-round selection from Oklahoma told the media that despite being hit with injuries on the offensive line (Joseph and Carl Nicks), he wasn’t surprised that the running game still was able to have success.

“It is the guys in the offseason, the work they put in inside the film room, all the work they put in on the field,” Joseph said. “It’s it that whole change we went through going from a country club to a place where we actually conduct football business now. It is that change that really prepared those guys to be able to fill those spots. And they did a great job last year and now we have formed a lot of depth on the offensive line and it is good having that.”

Tampa Bay’s elder statesman on the offensive line said the 2013 season started Monday with the player's first day back at One Buccaneer Place, and no one can assume they are guaranteed anything.

“Last year was last year, everybody has to earn their keep here,” Joseph said. “So from me to Freeman, to Vincent Jackson or whoever it is – everybody has to earn their spot. So I look forward to some of the competition we bring here as the offseason continues and I look forward to highly competitive camp and it will make our team a lot better.”

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    Good to hear, but I especially like Davin's emphasis on production on the field rather than just words! He also is taking a leadership role for the offense and that is good. I think he will foster a team togetherness for the offense to help Free have a successful year. It is ALL GOOD! Hey and from watching the NFL Channel, I think the Bucs will be under the radar for awhile too. We even may be able to sneak up on some teams this year, but by the end I believe they will really be taking the Bucs seriously.
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    1st round pick: Star, Ertz(TE), Austin(WR) or Eifert. in this order... what do you think?
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    Forget the Revis trade-Lets do what is the best for the team ON Offensive or Defense-Each pick comes them Tampa will make that choice. I can't wait to see this offensive line hold the defense in ntack and Freeman will show everyone that the Bucs are back.GO Bucs
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    D.Joseph is a real Buccaneer-Man. Very good and humble. About the o-line/running game success: it´s the players that perform, the Offensive Coordinator who calls plays for us AND Bob Bostad. He made Wisconsins running game, he did it here, maybe the best position coach we ever had. I think he deserves some more credit too. We are very happy to have him on board, GoBucs
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    I am encouraged by it all.
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    Really encouraging article !
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    Josh had back to back 4 INT'S games, so we had offensive warts too.
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    Doug Martin rushed for over 1400 yards last season behind a make-shift offensive line. Just imagine what he cab do with Joseph & Nicks back. In the words of Dick Enberg, "Oh my!"
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    I’m already on record supporting McCoy and Joseph as the Bucs team leaders. And I put into context their words in support of the Schiano Way. All are positives for the Bucs moving forward. But some are taking Joseph words regarding the “country club” to be a swipe at Raheem Morris. I want to think not! For those who do, I want to quickly point out that the new Bucs still have some work to do and I anticipate that they will eventually get it done. But let the truth be told, the country club went 10-6 in 2010 and but for an errant call in the Detroit game, they would have made the playoffs. And as I recall, it was done on a no-frills budget, ie, no FA. Unless my memory fails me Joseph was in the tub that year as he was last year. Make no mistake about it Morris was over his head and Joseph has been absent far too much when he was really needed. So, I have to believe that his words today means he prefers and appreciates the new emphasis on football and thinks it will pay off with the desired results. I believe that too, but we can’t change facts and I don’t think Joseph has forgotten them!
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    FYI Davin. It's not the offense we are worried about. The Defense wasn't able to back up a very good offense last season.
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    “It’s it that whole change we went through going from a country club to a place where we actually conduct football business now." ------- I think that is a very telling quote, and to here it from Joseph is very encouraging. Sounds like he is ready to play for Schiano!
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