(AUDIO) Rich Gannon: Josh Freeman Needs to be the Hardest Working Buccaneer
Former NFL MVP and current NFL Network analyst Rich Gannon joined Booger and guest host Scott Reynolds from Pewter Report.
Gannon said that Bucs QB Josh Freeman is gifted physically and has a lot of talent but has been inconsistent like many other young quarterbacks. Gannon said he’s got to play his best football when it matters the most and the Bucs are waiting to see that.
If you’re talking about elite quarterbacks, Gannon says that their work ethic is on another stratosphere compared to young QB’s like Freeman. Gannon emphasized that he doesn’t know if Freeman is the hardest working guy at One Buc, but he needs to be if he’s not.
With such a tough NFC South this season, Gannon thinks the Bucs have enough talent to compete but will have to play some good football to keep pace. Gannon noted that the defense hasn’t been able to create turnovers like the Super Bowl champion Bucs team and they’ll have to get better at that in order to compete in such a difficult division.
Gannon, who played against Derrick Brooks, also said that the former Buccaneer great should be a first ballot hall of famer next year. Gannon said that Brooks had great skills and was a true student of the game.
“He’s a great tackler,” Gannon said of Brooks. “There’s very few guys…who you say I really hated playing against him.”
With Jon Gruden remaining in the ESPN booth, Gannon said his former coach wants to come back to the sidelines but hasn’t found the right situation to return to the NFL.
“I think the time is near,” Gannon said of Gruden’s return.