Josh Freeman took his turn at the microphone on Tuesday and shared his thoughts on 2012 and what he hopes and expect this upcoming season. One thing Freeman made clear was that he and head coach Greg Schiano have a good relationship and are on the same page.
Quarterback Josh Freeman stood at the podium at One Buc Place for the first time in 2013 and discussed the upcoming season – one that could be his last in Tampa Bay – depending on his performance. While there has to be some amount of pressure running through his mind, Tampa Bay’s top signal caller seemed relaxed and at ease.
"It's interesting, because just talking to different guys, talking to my dad, talking to coach Schiano, talking to a number of people, it's all set up to be a high stress situation,” Freeman said. “But honestly, I know that's stuff I can't really control right now. All I can control is my day to day process, coming in, trying to get better, being a leader, being the best quarterback I can be for the Buccaneers and leave the rest to God.''
Since Schiano’s arrival there have been rumblings of issues between the two, but Freeman shot those rumors down Tuesday.
"The entire off-season, I've been in constant communication with coach,'' Freeman said. "I had a lot of time and sat down and talked with him about a number of things football-related, life-related. Me and coach, we've got a great relationship. Every now and then, somebody will call you and say, "Hey man, what's up with you and your coach?' But we (Freeman and Schiano) know how it is. It's something I'm not really concerned about it. I'm kind of living it and I know how it is.''
Freeman, who had a stretch of games in 2012 that was tops in the league, also had a stretch that ranked as the worst. Because of that, the organization seemed to determine to allow Freeman to have a make-or-break year in 2013 before discussing a new contract. Freeman says he isn't worried about a new deal or anything contract related, knowing those things will come with success.
"I give it all I got regardless,'' he said. "I love my teammates; I love football and I love winning. It doesn't really change anything for me. Obviously I love being a Buccaneer. But at the same time, the job is to go out and find a way to win and worrying about any sort of external forces, contract, all this stuff, you can't worry about that. It's not going to help you play better. You've got to focus on the things that will help you go out and play better on Sundays and win.''
Freeman admitted Tuesday that when watching games from last year he saw several throws and decisions that he “wishes he could have that play back.” Freeman said the losing and the inability to make the playoffs has been frustrating.
"It bothers me a lot, knowing the type of team we have and our capabilities, being close but not quite getting there,'' Freeman said. "The only reason you play this game is you want to go out and win. You want to win championships and you want to walk away and have a handful of rings. That's why you play the game. The drive is there – the intensity is there. We've just got to find a way to put it all together.''
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