Can’t Blame Josh FreemanDecember 18th, 2013
Ears still ring from all the hollering on local sports radio the past couple of days about how awful (except for two possessions) the Bucs offense was, how poorly (except for two possessions) quarterback Mike Glennon was, and how the Bucs offense seems to be getting worse by the week instead of improving.
Then, in a bizarre explanation during what seemed like a record-long press conference Monday, Bucs commander Greg Schiano, said he didn’t go back to a hurry-up offense in the loss to the 49ers, the only time the Bucs appeared to have a pulse offensively — and scored two touchdowns — because, in part, the team hadn’t practiced it in the days leading up to the game.
That’s odd; because for an offense that hadn’t been practiced, as Schiano noted, the team sure looked well-oiled and proficient using it.
Aside from the two scoring drives using the hurry-up, the Bucs had 10 possessions where they gained a grand total of 11 yards, or 1.1 yards gained per possession. That’s awfully hard to digest. As a result, the Bucs now have the worst offense in the NFL for total yards, averaging 283.7 a game. That’s worst than the Jags; worse than the bungling Bills; worse than the Dixie Chicks; worse than the miserable Raiders.
Now Joe knows the Bucs ran out of patience with leaky Rip Van Freeman, who did his best to tear apart the team and get out of town, among other things (it seemed he was averse to alarm clocks). And while the Freeman mess may have stunted the team this season, the current offensive woes cannot be blamed on Freeman.
When he was franchise quarterback, he never led the worst offense in the NFL. Never. Not even when he was a rookie in 2009. In Freeman’s years with the Bucs, the Pewter Pirates finished ninth in the NFL in offense in 2012, 21st in the heinous 2011 season, 19th in 2010 and 28th in 2009 when he was a part-time starter.
Detractors can point to Freeman as the root of all evil. But he’s been gone for some time now. No one can blame Freeman for the worst offense in the NFL, a crown of thorns the Bucs currently wear.