Freeman’s Arm Tells A storyOctober 8th, 2012
It’s the universal question swirling among Bucs fans: What’s wrong with Josh Freeman?
Joe checked in with former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson (1990-1991) on the subject after the Redskins game, and Carlson weighed in saying Freeman is having mechanics issues and Bucs coaches are waiting too long in games to have Freeman go to his strength, pumping balls downfield.
“It’s those short [throws], the square-ins and the curls, and the other types of routes that the backs do that he’s going to throw in front of them a little too far and behind them a little too far. He’ll put them on the money sometimes but he’s going to be inconsistent. And that’s his issue. That does come down to mechanics. But the reason he’s bad is because he’s unsure of what he’s doing, ” Carlson said.
“You can see the way he pulls his arm back. The quarterback should extend his arm out to the receiver. He kind of flicks it and pulls his arm back to himself. That just means he’s not confident in what he’s doing.”
Joe wonders along with everyone else about what is really driving Freeman’s inconsistency and apparent lack of on-field confidence.
One thing Joe does know is that Freeman would benefit greatly from a sound running game. The Bucs are averaging a terrible 3.6 yards a carry, 24th best in the NFL entering last weekend.