While appearing on NFL Network's Total Access show yesterday, Kellen Winslow praised Josh Freeman to high heavens. "The sky's the limit for [Josh Freeman]. He can be top 5, up there with the Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, he can be. And he wants to be." said the veteran tight end. "He has all the tools."
When asked what the next step would be for Josh Freeman, he suggested the no-huddle offense. "I think the no-huddle system is next for him. Calling plays at the line, not huddling up so much, just getting into more of a rhythm, pass attempts". Winslow mostly praised the restrictions placed on the defense by the no-huddle offense, as the defense will have to stick to more vanilla coverages.
And really, that would make a lot of sense for the Bucs. The Bucs ran something resembling a no-huddle offense in two-minute situations last season, but any time the clock stopped on incompletions, runners out of bounds or timeouts, the Bucs would take their time and huddle up. But when one of the elite quarterbacks runs that offense, you see them keep the tempo up without a huddle, forcing the defense to stay on the field.
For Freeman to take the next step, he has to take full control of his offense, and running a no-huddle offense while calling his own plays will be very beneficial.