Coincidence or not, the parallels are striking.
In the season before Mike Sullivan took over as the New York Giants quarterbacks coach, Eli Manning fumbled the ball 13 times, losing eight. Over the next two seasons, Manning fumbled a total of 15 times, losing nine roughly cutting that rate in half.
Fast forward to this season, his first as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sullivan appears to be having a positive effect on another talented quarterback who has trouble holding onto the ball. Josh Freeman fumbled 27 times in his first three seasons, losing 10. This season, he has fumbled six times but lost only one.
Not surprisingly, when the Falcons visit Tampa Bay on Sunday in a key NFC South match-up, Freeman enters with the NFLs No. 9 quarterback rating which lands him just a hair behind the Falcons Matt Ryan, 94.8 to 94.6. In addition, Freeman has vastly improved his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio from 16-to-22 in 2011 to 21-to-7 this season, giving him am...