“He’s Teetering”May 9th, 2013
Ronde Barber is preparing to launch a national media career and he’s diving right in.
The retired Bucs icon says Josh Freeman can’t be compared to elite quarterbacks yet, so he explained on CBS Sports Radio this morning.
“He’s teetering (laughs), teetering on the edge of, you know, being really special. Josh is still very young. A lot of people don’t give him the credit he deserves because he drives some people crazy if you watch him (laughs),” Barber said of Freeman. “But he has an immeasurable amount of skill. He’s big. He’s strong. At times, he’s unbelievably accurate. And he has that confidence. You know the great players, in my mind, the one’s I’ve been around, have this like unwavering confidence about going out and doing their jobs. The ones that are elite make the good decisions all the time. And Josh still has to get there.”
“I don’t know when the time will be for him. I hope it’s this year because it seems as if he’s getting pressure from everybody to finally turn into that guy.
Barber went on to acknowledge how stunning it was to see Freeman’s incredible rise and fall during the 2012 season.
“[Freeman] spends a lot of time at his job. I’ll give him that. And I respect him for the work that he puts in every week. Is it enough? That’s for Josh to determine and for his head coach to determine,” Barber said. “But he can be that [elite] guy. I won’t say he’s that guy right now. That would be lying to him and myself. He has the potential. He could be that guy.”
Joe thinks Barber put it well. Freeman is teetering, and it could go either way.