Bucs O.C. Sullivan: Freeman must work on decision-making
In case you wondered what quarterback Josh Freeman is working on in the off-season, it's his decision-making, ball security and accuracy.
After throwing 22 interceptions and only 16 touchdowns in 2011, Freeman has to learn when to throw the ball away or simply eat it, according to new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
"When an incompletion is not only OK, but it's a good thing," Sullivan said of what the Bucs were working on with Freeman during an interview Friday on SiriusXM Sports radio. "When a sack is not only OK, it's a good thing. It's all about protecting the football and making those smart decisions.
"I think with the quarterback position, regardless of the system, regardless of style of play, it really comes down to those three key variables: leadership, decision-making and accuracy," Sullivan said.
Freeman had a career-high 62.8 completion percentage last year. In 2010, he threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
It's great to hear from Sullivan, especially since, to our knowledge, he has not been made available to any media since his introductory news conference. Freeman has recommitted himself this off-season, having dropped 15-20 pounds, even though the club did not request he do so.
The Bucs are using Organized Team Activities as their installation period for offense, defense and special teams. Once Freeman gets a handle on the offense under Sullivan and coach Greg Schiano, he should becme a better leader, according to his new coordinator.
"I think the biggest thing from a leadership standpoint, it's not so much a guy being 'Rah, rah' and head-butting guys and being fired up on the sidelines, but it's really that sense of preparation and that confidence that I think that other players will have in that quarterback because he knows the system inside and out," Sullivan said.