Coming off a season in which he regressed and threw 22 interceptions (second-most in the league), it would be understandable if the Bucs were feeling a little uneasy about Josh Freeman on the eve of the 2012 opener. The team's confidence in Freeman is not at the same level it was one year ago, but all indications are the Bucs believe he is going to bounce back.
Freeman worked closely this offseason with quarterbacks coach Ron Turner to correct the mechanical issues that the coaching staff identified from last season’s game tape. We hear he and Turner, Freeman’s third position coach since entering the league in 2009, have established a solid rapport.
With an upgraded supporting cast thanks to the additions of WR Vincent Jackson, RB Doug Martin and OLG Carl Nicks, the Bucs are convinced that Freeman should have a much better season, closer to the form he displayed in 2010. They expect him to cut down on mental errors and provide consistency.
Anything less will give GM Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano reason to bring in competition for Freeman after the season, when he will be entering his contract year.