Booger Divides Freeman BlameOctober 5th, 2012
It seems everybody has a take on what might be wrong with Josh Freeman — and Joe will bring you many interesting takes on Freeman through the weekend — and that includes former Bucs defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland.
Speaking on the Rich and Booger Show this week on 98.7 FM, Booger said he assigns 30 percent of the blame for Freeman’s 2012 performance to the Bucs’ coaching staff and the “shackles” they’ve placed on the No. 5.
The other “70 percent” was given to Freeman himself. “If they would allow him to play football, then I think Josh Freeman can play,” Booger said.
The question of “shackles,” as Booger called them, is really the greatest mystery surrounding Freeman.
Joe suspects some of these alleged shackles are in Freeman’s head and how he interpreted coaching and let said coaching affect his natural instincts and confidence. Hopefully, extra time in the bye week will lead Mike Sullivan, Greg Schiano and Freeman to gel. If not, then it’s going to get ugly. Clearly, the Bucs need Freeman to return to 2010 form in order to win games.
Before this season, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Schiano talked about Freeman hitting “the reset button” and clearing his head and getting back to 2010 form.
It hasn’t happened, and Joe concurs with Booger in that it’s not all on the quarterback.
Joe remains hopeful, however. While many fans already are preparing to run Freeman out of town if he doesn’t turn into Matt Ryan this month, Joe believes there’s plenty of time to right the offense and get the most out of Freeman. It’s still just four games into a new playbook and playcaller.