Today in NFC South history

February, 15, 2013
2/15/13
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It was precisely one year ago today that Mike Sullivan was formally introduced as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator.

As he spoke to the media, Sullivan explained what lured him away from a comfortable job as quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants.

“I will be honest with you, it was the attraction to work with a special talent like Josh Freeman,’’ Sullivan said as he formally was introduced to the media at One Buccaneer Place.

One year later, it’s obvious Sullivan’s work isn’t done.

There were moments when it looked like Sullivan was getting the most out of his quarterback. Freeman finished the season with a franchise-record 27 touchdown passes and had 4,065 passing yards. But Freeman was intercepted 17 times, including back-to-back four-interception games during a five-game losing streak late in the season.

After the season, coach Greg Schiano said he still believes Freeman has the talent to take a team to a Super Bowl, but implied that he’d like to bring in another quarterback as competition.

That makes 2013 a make-or-break season for Freeman. And you can probably say the same thing about Sullivan.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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