Pressuring Josh FreemanSeptember 21st, 2012
Now Joe knows the Bucs’ offensive line, in particular the right side of the line, hasn’t been the best this season, even after two weeks.
Thus far, the two incumbent starters are missing. Right guard Davin Joseph is out due to an injury, and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is out, basically, because backup Demar Dotson has outplayed him.
The thinktank ProFootballFocus.com, via BSPNChicago’s Michael C. Wright, suggests that the Bucs’ offensive line may be turning into a giant turnstile.
@mikecwright: According to Pro Football Focus, Cutler has been under pressure on 44.4% of dropbacks. That’s 2nd-most in NFL (Josh Freeman No. 1 at 44.8)
Of course, Joe doesn’t care about bratty Jay Cutler. But Joe does indeed care about Josh Freeman.
Now Joe learned in high school that people can twist numbers any way they want to prove a point. This is done daily in politics. It’s also why Joe has acid reflux the way baseball has been hijacked by the unadulterated gibberish of the spreadsheeters. Why, there are actually sober minds who will try to convince you that Karlos Pena is a productive hitter, if you can imagine.
Joe’s getting at a few things: Is it really the offensive line’s fault that Freeman is under so much heat when dropping back to pass, or is Freeman holding onto the ball too long?
Or, could it be that the Panthers and Giants were playing damned good pass defense, thus, forcing Freeman to hold onto the ball longer than most quarterbacks in order for a receiver to get open?
Either way, this issue bears watching over the coming weeks.