Greg Schiano endorses Josh Freeman

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, who hasn’t always given quarterback Josh Freeman ringing endorsements, came pretty close to doing that Tuesday.

Although Freeman has completed just 46.2 percent of his passes and the first-team offense has yet to get into any sort of rhythm, Schiano said he’s comfortable with what he’s seen out of his quarterback.

“I don’t think you can assume his confidence is shaken," Schiano said. “I’m not sure it is, to tell you the truth. One of the things I said is he saw things very well. Every time he came to the sideline he could tell me exactly what happened. Sometimes a quarterback comes to the sideline and “What happened?" and “I don’t know, they’re hitting me in the back of the head’’ and you don’t know. He knew what happened. He knew what he saw down the field. He knew where he wanted to go with the ball."

Freeman got his most extensive action, playing 41 snaps in Saturday’s preseason game with Miami. But Freeman completed six of 16 passes for 59 yards. Schiano said there were other factors involved in Freeman’s performance.

“Sometimes, he didn’t have time," Schiano said. “When you watch it on tape, what you do as a coach is you write those things down and you watch it on tape and sure enough what he thought he saw was what he saw. As long as he’s seeing it, we’ll get better in protection and we’ll get the ball out of his hand and we won’t drop them. I think in his mind he feels more comfortable than he’s ever felt in this offense since he’s been a part of it. I think he’s going to be fine.’’

Schiano said nothing is definite, but indicated it’s likely Freeman won’t see any action in the preseason finale. Schiano implied he plans to hold out most of his starters and rookie backup quarterback Mike Glennon likely will get the start.