The Poor Decision That Doomed The BucsDecember 23rd, 2012
It was early in the fourth quarter and the game was still in doubt at a two-score margin, 28-13 Rams. The Bucs had a legitimate scoring threat in the making.
The Bucs had driven deep in Rams territory with just over 12 minutes to go and on fourth down at the Rams-7, the Bucs went for broke, needing seven points.
From a shotgun, Freeman checked down to Doug Martin who was well-covered but caught the ball and managed to get three yards, far short of six points.
Why in the world are you throwing to a guy who has nearly zero chance of scoring? More important, Joe cannot fathom why a play was called where every blanketty-blank receiver wasn’t in the end zone.
You needed more than a catch, you needed six to stay alive!
No, Freeman shouldn’t have checked down to an option that had minimal chance of scoring. Worse, Freeman was sort of hung out to dry by not having all receivers in a position to score a touchdown with a ball, not tackled short.