Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Johnson in his first two NFL starts.
He’s shown a live arm, some running ability and some intangibles. He’s also shown signs of being a late-round draft pick who is still very early in his career development. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say the Bucs have found their backup quarterback of the future.
There have been no miracles since Johnson took over. The Bucs are still a bad team. They have no running game, receivers drop passes and the defense isn’t very good. Johnson’s been far from Tampa Bay’s biggest problem, but he’s not going to stay in the lineup much longer.
It’s just logical. The Bucs are 0-5 and there really haven’t been any signs of progress. Raheem Morris has some time because the Bucs don’t want to fire a coach they just hired. But 0-16 or 1-15 without any signs of hope is enough to get any coach fired.
Morris had a plan when he took this job and it’s got to start showing through just a little bit. The Bucs are a very young team and they’re going to get younger before too long. Morris started his regime by drafting quarterback Josh Freeman.
The Bucs want to bring the rookie along slowly, but that’s going to change. Johnson will keep starting for now, but the Bucs play New England in London on Oct. 25. They’ve got a bye week after that before hosting Green Bay on Nov. 8.
That seems like a logical time to start the Freeman era.