Reflecting On Opening DaySeptember 13th, 2010
It’s been about 23 hours since kickoff, and Joe’s emotions are still running wild. There is nothing to compare to opening day of the NFL season after such a long hiatus. Hope is always alive, and when the good guys win, it’s a lasting rush.
As Joe munches his sandwich, he’s trying to take a bird’s eye view of the Bucs. And despite all the great storylines and game situations to dissect, Joe’s brain keeps going back to the franchise quarterback, Josh Freeman.
Yesterday’s game was an extraordinarily gutty performance by Freeman coming off a significant injury and scant time with his receivers in preseason. The kid showed the toughness he needs to be the commanding leader the Bucs must have on that side of the ball.
The defense is far ahead of the offense, comparitively, but the Bucs just seem to be in wonderfully good hands with Freeman, whose legs should carry the offense a long way, as well.
Sure, he struggled. He admittedly had problems with the thumb, but he made a perfect, game-winning throw and looked poised beyond his years. And all that with a collapsing pocket, a subpar running game, newbie receivers and a new injury in his head.
There are plenty to go around, but Freeman gets a game ball from Joe, as well as a copy of the JoeBucsFan.com home game.