Josh Freeman’s Last StandJuly 20th, 2013
Popular sports radio personality Adam Schein seems to like the Bucs. He’s fond of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and admires Greg Schiano.
Quarterback Josh Freeman? Schein loves his tangibles but can’t buy in based on the last two years of Freeman’s play.
Joe vividly remembers mid-season last year, Schein stated that while Freeman may be a better quarterback, he trusted Christian Ponder more. Sure enough, shortly after Schein stated this, Freeman melted down and vanished when his team needed him the most, while Ponder, with his Vikings squad on the cusp on the playoffs, rose up with probably his best two games of the year and got his team into the postseason with solid performances against playoff teams, on the road at Texas and hosting Green Bay.
In an NFL.com column rating the most important player on each team, Schein went with Darrelle Revis over Freeman, in part, because Schein believes Freeman’s days in Tampa Bay are numbered.
Over the past two seasons, Freeman just hasn’t resembled the clutch Ben Roethlisberger clone we saw in 2010. And I think this year — a contract year — will be his last as the Bucs’ starting quarterback. I know they like rookie Mike Glennon, and rightfully so.
Despite Freeman’s yo-yo play, Tampa can win games if Revis is healthy. The Bucs’ pass defense was horrible last year; now, with Revis and Dashon Goldson on board, it can be a strength. Can Revis get back to the level he was playing at pre-injury, when he was the best corner in the NFL?
Joe can’t totally agree with Schein. Is Revis important? He sure is. But if Freeman has a repeat of last year where he tossed nine picks in his last three games (four of which came against the putrid Saints’ defense), it’s awfully hard for any team to overcome that.
Joe has stated this time and again: If Freeman has a fine season and the Bucs make the playoffs, then he will return next year. No doubt about it.