Josh Freeman Must Be DisciplinedJune 25th, 2012
The 2011 season was a horror show for the Bucs. What started off as a promising season at 4-2 with two wins over playoff teams suddenly imploded into a grotesque 10-game losing streak to end the season.
The defense was particularly horrid, but perhaps no player had a worse season for the Bucs than the team’s most important player, the guy Bucs officials like to point to as being the franchise player, quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman’s play recently came under the flim microscope of Jaws, former Eagles quarterback and NFL resident quarterback guru Ron Jaworski, now of BSPN. Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com documented Jaworski’s breakdown of Freeman’s play last season.
According to ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski’s game-tape study, Freeman lost confidence, made poor decisions, and did not improve the finer points of his game.
“In 2011, Freeman threw four red-zone interceptions,” Jaws noted. “No quarterback threw more. It was part of a season in which Freeman took a step back. He struggled all year with his decision making. He tried to make too many throws that were not there.
“In addition, his ball location was not precise enough. Throws that you have to make became turnovers. Freeman has a lot of work to do. … I saw a lot of deficiencies that plague young quarterbacks. Poor decision making, lack of confidence. The physical talent is there, the consistency is not.”
Hhhmmm? So Freeman “tried to make too many throws that were not there,” eh? Smells to Joe like Kellen Winslow, no?
Jaws also noted he expects the Bucs to go heavy on play-action passes this season.
Of all the things wrong with the Bucs last year, righting Freeman may be the most important task of the New Schiano Order.