Despite saying he wanted more competition at quarterback in 2013, the Buccaneers only addition was third-round draft pick Mike Glennon. Schiano, told NFL Total Access Monday that Freeman is his quarterback.
With rookies and veteran set to report in just 22 days (July 24) for the start of Year Two of the Greg Schiano era, the fact that Josh Freeman will be the man under center is obvious. But just for good measure Schiano decided to reiterate the point Monday night on NFL Total Access with host Andrew Siciliano.
Siciliano asked Schiano point blank who is his quarterback in 2013.
We only have one," Schiano said. "It's Josh Freeman.”
The fact that Freeman both shined and struggled in his first year under offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is well documented. Freeman put up a five-week stretch mid-season that produced a quarterback rating over 100. Freeman also had two four-interception games late in the year that contributed to the Buccaneers going on a five-game losing streak and knocking them from playoff contention.
Immediately following the season Schiano mentioned bringing in competition that led many to believe he was unhappy with Freeman as the team’s starting quarterback. Schiano has spent the better part of the offseason trying to get the point across that his statement didn’t come out exactly as he planned, and he is looking forward to seeing Freeman in his second year under Sullivan.
“I believe in competition, and Mike Glennon is going to be a tremendous quarterback in his time," Schiano said. "But we have a quarterback, it's Josh Freeman. He had a really good spring. I think it's really coming together, being in this system for a second year now and hearing the things over again after being able to study it, I'm really encouraged.
"I know Mike Sullivan, our offensive coordinator, he's encouraged. We're looking forward to big things. Josh is going to have a big year."
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