Wide Receivers Undercut Josh FreemanDecember 11th, 2012
Yes, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is feeling heat after a third consecutive week in which he missed open receivers and played a lackluster game.
Sure, he played OK against Atlanta, but missed critical throws that eventually doomed the Bucs. Against the Broncos, as Joe pointed out before, Freeman vanished when faced with adversity for at least a quarter, which allowed the Broncos to rally for a win.
Sunday, Freeman may have had one of his worst games of his career, and at the worst time no less, since it all but knocked the Bucs out of playoff contention.
But hold up, said Bucs radio analyst Dave Moore on on “The Ron and Ian Show” yesterday on WDAE-AM 620. The former Bucs tight end, while admitting Freeman wasn’t his best self with accuracy Sunday, believed at least a few times errant throws were on Bucs receivers for not running proper routes, not so much because of Freeman’s wild streak. Moore specifically fingered Tiquan Underwood for missing “sight-adjusts” based on coverage.
This is why, Moore said, Freeman often reacted angrily after an incompletion.
“The receivers weren’t adjusting and [Freeman’s bitter response] looks bad,” Moore said.
Moore also talked about how the Bucs lost more because of a lack of execution than anything the Eagles were doing.
“The Bucs were averaging four yards a carry right off the bat that was good. [Failure to move the ball early was] more about the fact the Bucs were not executing rather than Philadelphia was presenting anything they couldn’t handle. Josh wasn’t accurate with high percentage passes which he normally hits. He was throwing high and hard. It happens. If you watch a pitcher in baseball and basketball players, some days you are on and some days you are not.”
To hear the entire interview with Moore, click on the little arrow below. Audio courtesy of WDAE-AM 620.