Let me start off by saying that I am in no way one of "those people" who said we should get rid of Freeman. I've seen the brilliance that he is capable of and I am patient enough to see where he can take us. Freeman may never be Eli Manning, but the Giants sure are happy they stuck with Eli after his early struggles.
Now to get to the reason why I wrote this. Schiano said in his press conference on Friday after the Vikings game, "Last night was not his most spectacular throwing game, although he made some nice throws, but some of the things that he did that no one will ever know are what are most impressive. Getting us into the right run. Redeclaring once we realized what they are doing. Redeclaring things and getting the whole offense blocking it just a little bit differently. Those are big, big things that no one knows about, but I do and the coaches do and his teammates do." We, as fans, have little to no idea what happens in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage. All we see is what the statistics reflect, i.e. completions, yardage, etcetera. And this is also what we judge him by.
"Oh Josh is looking great, he threw 3 touchdown passes." Now, touchdowns and yardage cannot be discredited as an indicator of a QBs performance, but there are many other factors that contribute not only to the QB's success but the offense's success. See Peyton Manning. Everyone knows his routine at the line of scrimmage and how that routine normally puts himself into the best possible scenario by adjusting the play call or blocking assignments. This is where Freeman doesn't get a lot of credit, mostly because we have no idea what Freeman is doing in those situations. I know a lot of you have heard Josh yell out, "Delta! Delta!" This is one of those adjustments that we don't fully comprehend.
Schiano's quote sheds a little light on the brilliance of Freeman that we will never be able to see. Who knows how much of an impact Freeman had on Martin's big night? He doesn't have to get a big block to spring Martin. He, like Manning, can and has made this offense successful by simply making sure the right play is called and the blocking is set up as it should be.
Sure there are a lot of QBs who are good at this, but these QBs have been in their offense for many years and are some of the elite QBs in the NFL (guys like Cam Newton and Sam Bradford are struggling with this). The scary thing is that he is still learning the offense. We've seen the improvement in the offense as the season has progressed (he went from crappy to awesome after the extra time on the bye week to see what he needs to change). Our offense is on the cusp of being a great offense, something I'm sure has never been said about a Buccaneer offense. While we know Josh has his fingerprints on the passing game, we do not truly appreciate the affect he has on the run game as well.
NOTE: This is my first fanpost even though I've been around a while, so let me know what you guys think.