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Schiano believes Freeman can help Bucs reach Super Bowl

Josh Freeman became the first 4,000-yard passer in club history and set a team record with 27 touchdowns.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Josh Freeman became the first 4,000-yard passer in club history and set a team record with 27 touchdowns.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After time to reflect on his first season in the NFL, a rested Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he has belief that quarterback Josh Freeman can help the Bucs reach their goal of a Super Bowl.

"Josh Freeman is our quarterback and I believe that with Josh Freeman, we’ll be able to accomplish our goals,'' Schiano said. "That’s my belief and our organization’s belief. We’ve been busy working and I haven’t had a chance to clean that up so I’m glad I had an opportunity to today.''

Schiano said at the end of the season, when he indicated he wanted to bring in competition for Freeman, that statement got more attention than he intended. While he says competition is important at every position, it wasn't meant to diminish his belief in the Bucs quarterback.

"At the end of the season, the day after the final game, I probably said something that got a lot more attention than I meant for it to, and really it was about,'' Schiano said. "At that point, every year that I’ve been a head coach, I step back an evaluate every phase of our program and that takes a while. And I even said I don’t know if I was the right guy. let me figure that out first and we went through the staff and every player.

"The one thing I believe in is that competition is healthy. So I made the statement that I want competition at every position and it’s my fault, but it kind of stood out at the quarterback position more than any other.''

Freeman, who became the first 4,000-yard passer in club history and set a team record with 27 touchdowns, threw nine of his 17 interceptions in three games.

There is no single reason, but it is decision-making, right?,'' Schiano said. "He's got all the talent in the world and we've just got to make sure that we do a good job of preparing him and he does a good job of preparing himself and you go out and play. He's got the ability. We play a little better defense, and some of those losses are wins.''

[Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:21pm]

    

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