Peter King Scolds Josh FreemanOctober 15th, 2012
Yes, it’s Monday, and that means the very first thing Joe read today — and every Monday of the calendar year — was the must-read piece for football fans of all ages, the words of cricket-loving, Marriott-sleeping, popcorn-munching Peter King of SI.com.
Though the Bucs won Sunday with a strong second half, after an ugly, offensive first half, King pointed out how Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman nearly set up Kansas City with a springboard for an upset with a ghastly interception.
2. I think this is what I didn’t like about Week 6:
a. Bad decision by Josh Freeman, throwing right to Justin Houston with the Bucs headed for a score in the first quarter.
It was a terrible interception and Joe’s groan at the play said it all. It wasn’t just a bad decision by Freeman, who for reasons unknown may not have seen Houston running towards targeted receiver Dallas Clark. Freeman simply floated the pass. Never mind that pass shouldn’t have been thrown to begin with, you can’t float a pass to the sidelines, especially in field goal range.
The Bucs were fortunate it wasn’t a pick-six.
Freeman was shaky in the first half, one-hopping a pass to an open Tiquan Underwood and, with enough time to make an appointment with a dentist, threw to a totally wide open Doug Martin roughly six-inches off the ground.
Freeman rallied in the second half, fortunately. For some reason, it seems Freeman has trouble with short passes. Long passes are in his wheelhouse. Joe can’t say if this is just a quirk in his control or bad footwork or what.
That written, Joe has confidence Mike Sullivan will right Freeman’s ship.