TAMPA — A small portion of Leslie Frazier’s first press conference as Buccaneers defensive coordinator was devoted to answering questions about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman signed with the Vikings shortly after he was released by the Bucs in October, but Frazier, who was the head coach in Minnesota at the time, said the situation there was never quite right for Freeman.
“Josh did a lot of good things for us in that short time that we had him,’’ Frazier said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out to where we got him a lot of snaps or ball games. He was a pro in every sense of the word, but we made a decision to try to figure out where Christian Ponder was and Matt Cassel and to get some questions answered regarding our quarterback position.
“Josh got caught up in the shuffle, and it probably wasn’t the fairest situation for him. It made it difficult for him, and for all of us as we were trying to evaluate quarterbacks during an NFL season, which is not a wise thing.’’
After making three starts last season for the Bucs, Freeman was benched and eventually released. He made one start for Minnesota but struggled in completing 25 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception.
Despite Freeman’s struggles last season, Frazier thinks the former No. 1 draft pick by the Bucs can still have a successful NFL career.
“He’s still young, and I think he has a chance to be a very good player in our league,’’ Frazier said. “He’s showed glimpse of that during his time here, so I think he can be a solid starting quarterback in our league.’’
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If LG Carl Nicks is making any progress in his attempt to overcome the injury and MRSA infection that have plagued his left foot the past two years, new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford doesn’t know about it.
Tedford and the bulk of the other Bucs assistant coaches only began moving into their One Buc Place offices this week. Tedford has not had a chance in that short time to learn anything about Nicks status.
“We haven’t had a meeting with the trainer to give us an update on what’s going on or anything like that,’’ Tedford said. “And some of the player have been through the building, but I have not had a chance to visit with him.’’
The Bucs’ search for a general manager continued Wednesday with a second interview of Lake Dawson, the Tennessee Titans vice president of football operations. The Bucs did a second interview with Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital.
General manager is not the only staff position still open. The Bucs are also looking for a tight ends coach and an offensive line coach to fill out Tedford’s staff, though Tedford said the Bucs are “in the process of finalizing the tight ends coach and solidifying an offensive line coach.’’