Josh Freeman Can Be A “Top-10” QBJuly 15th, 2013
There is no subject — not even close — that makes Bucs fans pound on a keyboard or turn their car radios up as if they are cranking Van Halen quite like the subject of Josh Freeman.
Joe knows people in local sports radio, and virtually each guy has told Joe he could do a Josh Freeman topic each day of the week and the phone lines would constantly be full.
No subject is more polarizing than Freeman (except for perhaps, Shaun King).
Ron Jaworski, “Jaws,” the former Rams and Eagles quarterback who works for NFL Films and BSPN, recently ranked Freeman the No. 21 quarterback in the NFL — down four spots from last year — which worked up Bucs fans more than the Darrelle Revis signing.
Recently, “Jaws” called in to the “Booger and Rich Show,” heard on WHFS-FM 98.7 to discuss his Freeman findings.
“I think what I’d like for people to understand is that when I do this quarterback big board, I do study every quarterback. I go through all the throws each quarterback makes. I have an independent reel that has all of their touchdown passes, all their interceptions, all the times they have been sacked, to see if maybe it is the offensive line’s fault or the running back’s fault, a hot read or the quarterback not holding onto the ball. So I get a pretty good template on their skills set,” Jaworski said.
“I think Josh Freeman has a tremendous skill set. What is absolutely baffling to me is his inconsistency. He had a stretch of games last year where he was the best quarterback in the NFL. The Buccaneers were a red hot football team. For whatever reason, his play began to diminish down the stretch. In the NFL, all of these quarterbacks have the talent. It’s the guy who plays the most consistent week in and week out which is able to get his team to the playoffs.
“Josh has the ability to take this team to the playoffs. He must become more consistent. He must have better ball control. He has to anticipate a little bit better. When he has guys open he has to hit them. These are things he can correct to become a top 10 quarterback.”
Well now. That’s not exactly a crucifixion of Freeman, is it?
It really is quite simple: If Freeman has another up-and-down year, so too will the Bucs, and playing in the postseason will be a stretch.