After eight straight losses, it seems like a given that a new coach will be found for next season. I can't say how much I wish that wasn't the case. I, like everyone else, had sky-high expectations and figured at this point in the season we'd be breaking down wild card scenarios. It's a shame.
But since we're probably getting a new coach for Christmas, who will have all sorts of ideas about who goes, who stays and what direction to take the team in, I'm left wondering about decisions that will affect next year.
Some things are up for debate: the defense is arguably bad enough to warrant scrapping the scheme and going 3-4, despite the heavily invested in D-line. Some things are a practically a given: the offense needs speed at every skill position and the offensive line, in my opinion, isn't worth the money they spent on it. One position has been circling my brain more than any other though. Quarterback. What will the new coach think about him?
I like Freeman. He's young, he clearly has potential and I do think he can be a good, if not great, quarterback if surrounded with some serious weapons. But if you were the new coach and were charged with winning now, what would you do? Tampa is going to have a high first round pick. Would you go quarterback to inspire some competition? It would be easy to say players like Matt Stafford, Cam Newton, and Sam Bradford have higher ceilings than Freeman, and that another quarterback would, too--although nothing is for certain in the NFL.
And drafting a new quarterback is easily justifiable. Using a first round pick wouldn't put the team behind as much as one might think. If Freeman takes off and becomes the quarterback we all hope he can be, the team has an excellent backup quarterback that they can probably trade for a first round pick. If the new kid, whomever that may be, took off, the team could probably trade Freeman just as easily or give him a meager contract extension and keep him as an excellent back up.
It all depends on what the new regime (assuming there will be one) decides to do with free agency and the draft.
What would you do? Stay devoted to Freeman or inspire competition by stockpiling?