“Superstar” Josh FreemanNovember 21st, 2012
There were two Josh Freemans in recent years for the Bucs.
There was the “good” Josh Freeman who damned near led the Bucs to a 2010 playoff berth, only to lose out in a tiebreaker to eventual Super Bowl champ Green Bay.
Then there was the “bad” Josh Freeman of 2011, who threw so many interceptions Bucs fans began murmuring the vulgar slur of “Trent Dilfer” when Freeman’s name was brought up.
Shoot, just weeks ago, some Bucs fans, claiming to be sane and sober, with the memories of 2011 all too fresh in their minds, were pining for Dan Orlovsky to bark signals for the Bucs, if you can imagine such a thing?
Two years ago, “Jaws,” Ron Jaworski of ESPN, thought Freeman had the makings of an NFL superstar. Now Jaws believes Freeman may be better than ever, so he told NFL insider Adam Caplan via that piece of garbage software, “Sulia.”
Two years ago I thought he was really coming on and had the potential to be a superstar. I’m seeing that superstar potential now come to the forefront. I think he’s right now in a very good balanced offense. They run the football. They use the play action, and he has been absolutely phenomenal in the red zone.
The NFL is now a red zone league. If you set up for field goals, you’re going to lose. You need to score touchdowns. The throw he made to Vincent Jackson on Sunday was an absolutely phenomenal throw before the two‑point conversion; and that throw kind of to me crystallized the year that Josh is having. He has the confidence to make that throw and trust his receivers, especially a guy like Vincent Jackson. So clearly I’m seeing a very confident quarterback that trusts the system and trusts the players that surround him.
I think clearly Freeman is on his way to becoming a superstar in this league. He’s got all the attributes you would want in a quarterback. Clearly those are being refined.
Will Freeman be a superstar? Time will tell. But in Joe’s eyes, there’s no way you can label any NFL quarterback a superstar, much less debate the principle of such gloss, until said quarterback takes a snap in the postseason.