Wednesday, May 25, 2011
What about film study in a lockout?
By Pat Yasinskas
As I visited with Josh Freeman the other day, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought up a very significant point that I don’t think has been talked about enough during the lockout.
Freeman started talking about how, in addition to leading group workouts for the team, he’s been spending a lot of time studying film. Sometimes he does it with teammates, but, mostly, it’s been on his own.
“Usually, that’s something that you do with your coach,’’ Freeman said.
In the lockout, Freeman hasn’t been able to break down film with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt the way he did last offseason. That’s a plight facing quarterbacks all around the league.
Wonder how they all deal with it?
Well, I’m sure it varies, but I asked Freeman how he is handling that issue and he provided a very interesting answer.
“I have all of our (2011) opponents’ games from last season on my computer and I can put them on my projector,’’ Freeman said. “Obviously, I’m familiar with the teams in the division, but I’ve been studying the other teams that we’ll be playing. The Colts, the Bears and the Packers, I’ve been spending a lot of time watching them and trying to figure out their tendencies and nuances.’’
Freeman got the film from Tampa Bay’s coaching staff before the lockout began. Backups Rudy Carpenter and Josh Johnson got the same package. I’m not certain, but I’m guessing the Bucs are not unique in this area.
I’m pretty sure Sean Payton and his staff made sure Drew Brees got something similar. I’d also guess Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey made sure Matt Ryan had some tape to watch during and after his honeymoon. If that somehow didn’t happen, Brees and Ryan are very resourceful guys and I’m sure they could find a way to get video of their upcoming opponents.
I’m not sure if the Panthers, who have an entirely new coaching staff were able to slip rookie Cam Newton any video while he was in their building during the brief period the lockout was lifted in April.
But new coach Ron Rivera and his staff seem to be pretty sharp guys and I’m guessing they also set up some sort of video package for Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike before the lockout.