Bucs May Put Freeman On The "Matt Ryan" Plan

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 17, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just might be tempted to use the "Matt Ryan Plan" of the Atlanta Falcons.

The St. Petersburg Times reported on Wednesday that a meeting took place between quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, head coach Raheem Morris, general manager Mark Dominik and player personnel coordinator Doug Williams.

The result of the meeting?

Josh "The Kid" Freeman may play sooner than later for this team that has totally embraced a "youth movement."

Olson confirmed it to the Times.

"You know, maybe we get him involved early—earlier than we thought," Olson said.

The final decision could come the first week of training camp.

The report is an obvious reflection of the competition between Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. Apparently neither has totally impressed the coaches.

Speaking of Leftwich, the veteran quarterback was drilled by a rookie during Wednesday's minicamp.

Former University of South Florida defensive end Jarriet Buie got carried away during an 11-on-11 drill and hit Leftwich during a play. Hit him pretty good, knocked him to the ground.

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The shot on Leftwich drew the immediate ire of Morris. He blasted Buie verbally then threw him out of practice.

Rookie mistake, for sure.

The Buccaneers conclude their camp today, a day early. This is the last team workout before camp starts Aug. 1.

No practice on Thursday but they will play a game of paintball.

Go figure that one.