Josh Freeman’s Last StandApril 17th, 2014
When Joe learned yesterday that former Bucs outcast quarterback, leaky, sleepy Rip Van Freeman, was signed by the Giants, Joe laughed for about five minutes. To Joe, this transaction is either a desperate attempt to revive a freefalling NFL career or a sinister power move by a suit with the Giants.
After all, the two main parties in question, Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Freeman, can not be more opposite in personality, demeanor or perhaps values.
Freeman, as we found, has trouble purchasing working alarm clocks, or simply can’t tell time. Whether it was showing up late to his own football camp, missing a team photo, skipping a team breakfast, being late to a team bus to start the season on the road or, as some Vikings players attest, was late to meetings, Freeman, to be polite, was punctuality challenged.
Coughlin is such a stickler for time, he believes the World Clock runs 10 minutes ahead of every other time piece in the free world.
Think Freeman wilted under former Bucs commander Greg Schiano’s in-your-face, toes-on-the-line style? Wait until he gets a load of Coughlin, who screams at players for how they wear their pants. Coughlin is everything Schiano wanted to be, if not more. And that “more” makes Schiano look like a puppy by comparison.
Joe almost thinks this is some devilish power play scheme by embattled Giants general manager Jerry Reese to unnerve Coughlin so much that Freeman’s antics will drive Coughlin into retirement.
For Freeman, this is beyond a drastic move (or is it the Giants were the lone team to offer him work?). It sort of reminds Joe of when Gene Hackman told David Letterman he joined the Marines out of high school because he couldn’t get laid as a teenager.
If Freeman can turn around his career with Coughlin of all people, then that would be very impressive. But Joe sees this marriage ending badly, either Freeman being completely and totally broken and having to resort to selling mattresses in suburban Kansas City, or Coughlin will stomp out of New York and into retirement bliss.