Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano will start Josh Freeman over Mike Glennon


Since leaving the “Soul Glo” business, Josh Freeman has flourished on the gridiron.

Although “excited” about rookie Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano announced Friday that Josh Freeman is the team’s starting quarterback.

“Josh [Freeman] is our quarterback,” said Schiano, 47, a clown’s pocket who thinks he’s tougher than Balls Mahoney. “I talk a lot about competition and maybe that kind of got taken out of context. I’ll put it on me; I shouldn’t have led people that way. I expect big things from Josh, and more importantly Josh expects big things from Josh. I really think he’ll have a good year.”

Taken out of North Carolina State with the 73rd pick in April, Schiano has raved about the 23-year-old Glennon’s pocket presence, smarts and throwing ability.

Regardless, removed from a 7-9 record in the NFC South, Tampa Bay’s hoping to seriously contend and the 25-year-old Freeman is the most qualified passer to help the franchise reach their goals in 2013.

Selected 17th overall in 2009, Freeman has tossed 78 touchdowns, against 63 interceptions, for 12,963 yards since debuting as a Buccaneer.

Although the former Wildcat isn’t a statistical phenomenon like Aaron Rodgers, the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Freeman has certainly been far from a bust in Tampa Bay.

On the other side of the ball, the Bucs acquired the great Darrelle Revis in April.

When healthy, the three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler is a truly tremendous cornerback whose incredible coverage skills prevent offenses from properly functioning.

Defensively, Revis is the type of superstar that could help propel Tampa Bay to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Capable of igniting the “Cigar City,” expect “big things from Josh (Freeman)” and the Buccaneers this autumn.

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