By: Justin Pawlowski

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano spoke to the media today at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, along with a very candid interview with our buddies at

While Schiano was very thankful to Chip Kelly for not accepting the Bucs job last year, it was what Greg Schiano said about Josh Freeman that made the most noise.


Here is Schiano’s entire statement on Josh Freeman:

“I am glad you brought that up because 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 do. Really, it was about every year that I have been a head coach I step back and I evaluate every phase of our program and it starts with me. So that takes a while. I even said I didn’t know if I was the right guy, let’s figure this out.

“Then I went through every assistant coach and then as a staff, we went through every single player in a series of evaluations. But the one thing I believe in whether it is as coaches or as players, in our whole life we have grown up in competitive athletics and that competition is healthy. So I made the statement that I wanted competition at every position. My fault, but it kind of stood out at the quarterback position more than any other. Josh Freeman is our quarterback. And I believe Josh Freeman – with Josh Freeman – we will be able to accomplish our goals. So, that is my belief and our organization’s belief.

“I have been busy and I hadn’t had a chance to clear that up. I’m glad I had the opportunity to today.”

There has been a lot of talk in the media and among the fans that the Bucs will bring in competition for Josh Freeman last season, but it’s starting to look like the Bucs are just looking to improve their backup quarterback and that Josh Freeman’s job is safe.

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