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Josh Freeman tackling the Bucs' new offense



If you’d have asked Josh Freeman to speak in detail about the Bucs’ offense before this week, the question might have been met with a blank stare.

But now that the team’s starting quarterback has had a couple of days’ worth of instruction from his new offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, Freeman has at least a reference point.

“It’s going to be a variation of the Giants’ offense,” Freeman said today. Sullivan was formerly the Giants' quarterbacks coach.

The Bucs are just in the beginning stages of teaching their offensive and defensive schemes. But the start of the offseason program this week finally has enabled players to get an introduction.

“I’ve just got an idea,” Freeman said. “Right now, we’re just working on formations, we’re getting into (pass) protections – a whole lot of basic procedure of calling the play at the line, all the different cadences.”

And that’s just a taste of all the players will have to digest in the coming weeks and months. For Freeman, it’s a pivotal time. For a quarterback entering his fourth season, Freeman is looking to bounce back from a 22-interception season while also having to grasp a new system.

“I’d probably compare it to my rookie year, learning a new system,” Freeman said. “But I have a lot of confidence in the guys around me, whether it’s the coaching staff, the other quarterbacks in the quarterback room, as far as sitting down and getting the core of this offense and really learning it going into the season.”

Freeman said that Sullivan “wants to start real slow, go from the ground up. With a new offense, an offense with different terminology, you need to start with the fundamentals.”

The Bucs cannot do on-field work with coaches just yet, but they can do classroom work. And, at the moment, there’s plenty of that to do.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 4:31pm]


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