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Schiano, Sullivan, Freeman talk about Bucs' offensive issues



The attention centered on the offense again today at One Buc Place. With Greg Schiano, Josh Freeman and Mike Sullivan available to the media, here’s a sampling of some of today’s exchanges:

Sullivan on whether the playcalling needs more variety:

“There’s always going to be concerns about keeping (the defense) on their toes and yet, at the same time, establish a mindset or time of possession. It’s a constant balance and we’re continuing to work with it. Certainly when there are opportunities to take your shots and do some things down the field, we’ve got to be able to do that. As we establish who we are and what our tendencies are, it falls upon us as coaches to identify those areas where maybe we’re maybe we’re being too predictable.”

Freeman on whether the Bucs will allow him to roll out or move the pocket:

“I definitely feel I was blessed athletically. When we do get out of the pocket. . . I can make the throws that I need to make. But it’s all about the game plan. You talk about playing the Cowboys, a 3-4 team, bringing (pressure) off the edge is their No. 1 thing. It’s going to be hard to run a naked (bootleg) and having DeMarcus Ware streaming off the back side. It’s so extremely early in the season. We still have a lot of our offense that we’re yet to display on a Sunday. This week, I’m real excited about some of the stuff we’re going to have the opportunity to go out and run. I think we have a great plan of attack.”

Freeman on taking more shots down the field to Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson:

“This offense I think it’s a great offense. . . As far as (me) being handcuffed, no chance. We call plays with shots built in and a lot of opportunities. Really, going out with the mentality of playing ball-secure football, you might not take as many shots down the field, as many chances down the field. But when we get one-on-one coverage with Mike or Vincent, (we’ll take it). The problem is getting one-on-one coverage. You saw the game when we got a lot of (man-to-man) looks, both those guys made plays down the field. It’s all about the opponent you play.”

Schiano on Freeman using his mobility more often:

“Every time he leaves the pocket and takes off to run, unless you slide effectively, you risk injury. And that’s the fear. So, as long as we hit it, then I’m good with it. The minute we start spinning and hurdling and all that stuff, then I’m not good with it.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:11pm]


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