No Pressure, No ScreensDecember 7th, 2012
Josh Freeman chatted on his WDAE-AM 620 radio show last night about how the Bucs haven’t seen much pressure fronts and blitzes from opponents this season, which has led to little use of the screen pass.
The way Freeman talked about it, he almost seemed surprised, “You know, really, we haven’t seen a whole lot of pressure this season,” No. 5 said. “You know, a lot of times when you set up a screen you want to call it into pressure so it looks like a back’s trying to block blitzer, and he peels off the blitzer, you dump it to him, and there’s nothing but a wall of O-linemen downfield.”
The comment came after a caller asked Freeman whether he can audible more for screens to Doug Martin.
So why aren’t the Bucs seeing more pressure? The easy answer is that teams believe they’re getting enough heat on Freeman. But that can’t be accurate. Freeman’s taken the third fewest sacks in the NFL, among regular starting QBs.
This week Greg Schiano concurred with Joe and told media that his offensive line is providing Freeman with enough time. As for the pressure on Freeman against Denver, Schiano was very clear that it was nothing unexpected in the NFL, especially from a strong D-line, and the Bucs only allowed one sack.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles approach Freeman. Philadelphia has the second-lowest sack total in the NFC with 20. (Gulp) Only the Bucs have fewer.