Freeman Turned Halloween Ugly Into BeautifulOctober 15th, 2012
How frightening was the Bucs offense in the first half yesterday? Bradenton Herald columnist Alan Dell suggests it was too unnerving for innocent children to witness; they would have been better off being frightened out of their pants by the local ghouls and goblins who will soon knock on their front doors, and by living-room ambushes of TV commericals warning of the coming annual plague of the non-basketball association.
Dell, however, also marveled at how Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman turned from homely to Cinderella in the second half.
As he has often done this season, Freeman lost his GPS, couldn’t find his receivers and then just forgot about them. Outside of Williams’ TD catch, he completed 4 of 12 passes for 60 yards in the first half.
But Freeman is a smart guy and knows if he wants to remain the Bucs quarterback in the future he needs to take advantage of the talented receiving corps he has at his disposal — weapons such as Williams and Vincent Jackson are precious commodities and Tiquan Underwood, the man Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano cut not too long ago, is a nice security blanket.
They did a lot to earn a free dinner from their quarterback with big yardage after catches and circus catches.
It sounds simple, almost in a mocking way, to say Freeman should just throw the ball up and let his receivers make plays. The NFL is not backyard football. There’s a little more complexity than just that.
If anything, working with a new coaching staff, a new playbook and a new offense, Freeman needs confidence most of all.
Joe is hopeful the second half yesterday, and the numbers Freeman put up, will buoy his psyche.