Josh Freeman’s Last Stand

April 17th, 2014
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Joe expects an ugly ending in some way between clock-challenged Josh Freeman and Giants drill sergeant coach Tom Coughlin.

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.

60 Responses to “Josh Freeman’s Last Stand”

  1. SteveK Says:

    Good morning Joe,

    Funny as hell, nice article.

  2. joseph mamma Says:

    Does anyone remember when Freeman said he wanted to be remembered as one of the best to ever play the game. How the mighty have fallen, huh?

  3. lightningbuc Says:

    Gene Hackman told David Letterman he joined the Marines out of high school because he couldn’t get laid as a teenager.

    ____________

    Now it all makes sense as to why Hackman’s mock draft doesn’t have John Manziel being picked in the first round!

  4. BoJim Says:

    Once again. Good luck Josh.

  5. getaclue Says:

    Difference is Coughlin brought him in and Schiano didn’t

  6. buc4life24 Says:

    Thats is one helleva conspiracy theory and funny at that!!

    I dont think Freeman is a mental midget and will never be able to handle the pressure after his fall from 2010 grace.

  7. buc4life24 Says:

    *I think

    Damn phone!!

  8. Espo Says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say he revives himself. He might not end up all world like I once thought but he will continue to make a living as an NFL qb.

  9. Nate_tweetz Says:

    Freeman may actually do his best to be the player everyone said he had the potential to become. I would NOT bet my house on it (I wouldn’t bet 5 bucks on it), but he just might. For some reason I got the impression from him that he thought he was better than what he was and that the league would be clamoring for his services once he was cut. I would think that being benched and jobless for the past few months might have him eating some humble pie and getting back to the basics. If he does not get it together, this will be his last chance at any hope of having any type of NFL career.

  10. Jeffobrien Says:

    Joe so over all these pop ups. Every time I come to your site it redirects me to dragon city web page and to App Store to get dragon city. I do not want dragon city just bucs news please fix this promblem. Or I’m sure I won’t be the last leaving your website

  11. biff barker Says:

    Freeman will provide an endless supply of material for the New York media.

  12. SAMCRO Says:

    Then again, this might be what Josh needed. ..out of Tampa. He definetely needs to step it up if he plans on being around awhile. Coughlin may be just that guy who finally taps Josh’s perceived potential. Good Luck NY

  13. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Last stand of the Freemanites hero. I don’t think he’ll look as bad as the MNF meltdown game (how can he do worse!?) if he gets any play time at all behind Eli, but Josh is Josh…a few seconds of brilliant play sandwiched between horrible throws, delay of game penalties, deer in the headlight stare downs, and maybe even a fumble while scrambling out of the pocket.

  14. JMN Says:

    Oh the irony is great. The career of Freeman is turning into a tragic comedy.

  15. SteveK Says:

    I hope we meet the Giants in the playoffs, and Freeman has to come in the game.

    Hahahaha hahahaha

  16. lightningbuc Says:

    ToesontheLine,

    Don’t forget his favorite move – putting his hands over his helmet earholes to pretend he can’t hear the play.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Start Spreading The News”…….bright lights….big city….hungry media…..don’t see it going well for Josh…but, everyone deserves a 3rd chance, I guess!!!

  18. MTM Says:

    Freeman will flame out quickly under Coughlin and the N.Y media. No pun intended!

  19. brandonbucfan Says:

    I don’t care..he is another exBUC. HE let us down….If I want to read about him I will go to NFL.com and read Giants stories.

  20. Harry Says:

    @lightningbuc;

    Very Funny

  21. Bobby Martin Says:

    While I do believe Freeman going to learn behind Manning is a strategic move to help him become a professional, I highly doubt NYC is the ideal fit for Freeman to avoid distractions. That being said, its another brilliant move by his agent. If he can show that he can survive Coughlin and resist the bright lights of NYC, he’ll likely get another shot to start and possibly step in for Eli who seems to be having health concerns.

    From a GM perspective Eli wants a contract extension as his runs out in 2015 and the GM wants to have some leverage so that his QB doesn’t hold the organization by the ba…s like Freeman did with Dominik. What better way than to bring out the best in Eli than bring in a veteran looking to revive his career.

    It has nothing to do with running Coughlin out of town….that’s hilarious.

  22. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    He stole a lot of money last year. I wish him nothing but karma.

  23. William Says:

    This marriage should be interesting.

    “Freeman being completely and totally broken and having to resort to selling mattresses in suburban Kansas City” says Joe

    Unless Freeman blew all his money from his rookie contract, he should still be a millionare. Work is an option for Freeman.

    …Connor Shaw is coming to Tampa.

  24. Drew Says:

    iPhone pop-ups = pain in arse

  25. Ghost Says:

    Another 1st round pick thrown away. He’s the nj giants problem now.

  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    @ODB- I like that. Karma!
    Personally, I do not wish him ill will but hope he can change his “karma” for the better.
    Boy! Tom Coughlin though! He’s in for a rough ride.

  27. Drew Says:

    NY will crucify Freeman.

  28. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “Work is an option for Freeman.”

    Has been for a while!

  29. Architek Says:

    Hopefully he can complete 3rd and short with skipping the ball on the ground!

  30. Walter Says:

    I’m getting these pop-ups too, it’s pretty lame.

    Yes, a small percentage of mobile readers (mobile only) are frustrated today. –Joe

  31. JMN Says:

    “I hope we meet the Giants in the playoffs, and Freeman has to come in the game.”

    That is if he is not in the hotel sleeping.

    “Unless Freeman blew all his money from his rookie contract, he should still be a millionare. Work is an option for Freeman.”

    Cocaine is an expensive habit.

  32. biff barker Says:

    lightningbuc Says:

    Don’t forget his favorite move – putting his hands over his helmet earholes to pretend he can’t hear the play.
    ————————————————-

    Damn you LB. I’m trying to eradicate this from my memory yet LMAO at the same time.

    Might as well throw in the classic JTF “clueless look” after throwing yet another pick. I can see Couglin’s scowl now.

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

  34. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    I’ll never be ashamed of calling people what they are.

  35. lightningbuc Says:

    Josh should be ashamed of himself.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    One bad year defines you? In that case there are several people here that should be treated badly.

  37. Theodore Says:

    Joe – You forgot late to the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of the first game.

  38. Jim Says:

    please

  39. Buc Neckid Says:

    “If he can make it there,
    He’ll make it anywhere.
    New York, New York”
    – Mr.Sinatra

  40. BBFFC Says:

    Pop ups moving me to App Store on iPhone are annoying!! Too bad I’m addicted to bucs news. However, I may be wrong but it happens more often when I “zoom” in on the text before the page is fully downloaded. Waiting an extra second to enlarge the text has helped. I’m not sure if that’s the culprit, but it’s worked a few times, maybe pop ups are random, or maybe the finger drag grabs the add? Try it and let us know please.

  41. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    A career 57.6% accuracy, 77.8 passer rating, and 24-36 w/l rate is not one bad season. And, when you are collecting millions upon millions of dollars, the unprofessionalism he showed is unacceptable for any amount of time.

    The fact that he got just two FA visits with teams with already established teams says as much. Even his old OC Olsen didn’t want him. Having physical gifts is simply not enough.

  42. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Eli Manning is not leaving the field. Josh will not see any playing time.

  43. Couch Fan Says:

    @Oil

    Exactly. Sometimes I wonder what the hell some people are watching on game days. Freeman could not do a dam thing until the 4th quarter in every game. I guess a 4th Qrt score is all that matters.

  44. Nick H Says:

    Um, no head coach is going to lose sleep over a back up QB. He’d cut him before he got so angry he retires.

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ll never forget the 2011 season when Freeman would throw a pick and trot off to the sidelines laughing with a smile on his face. That used to piss me off.

    I still supported the a-hole though.

    I thought the new staff could turn him around and knock that stupid smile off his face. I didn’t realize that the new staff was incapable of tying their own shoes though.

    God help Coughlin’s job if Eli goes down and Freeman is the back up.

    Could Coughlin be Freeman’s next victim? Schiano, Frazier and now Coughlin? If that happens Freeman will become like the plague in the NFL.

  46. THETRUTH Says:

    The reality is freeman is what he has always been inconsistant !!! If you struggle throwing at a target in college he was gonna struggle as a pro ! Hell the game speeds up which makes it harder to adjust. Bucs when freeman led team were what he was as leader inconsistant should have not expected more. All qb’s that are at the top are accurate and that’s what we need.

  47. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Freeman was pushed out by a coach that didn’t want him. Didn’t want to work with him, and even tried to trade him before the season. Freeman’s unprofessionalism came from schiano treating All of his players like they were nothing. Schiano didn’t earn the respect to be a dictator. Completely different scenario than the current coughlin.

    I don’t think freeman will have firm ground to stay in the league, but let’s not act like freeman leaving was all his fault. His coach didn’t believe in him and undermined him every chance he could.

  48. BUCSLEGENDS Says:

    speaking of karma, the way some of you are talking you would think freeman was a serial rapist. I don’t like the way he and his agent handled things. their is the possilility that the kid is really depressed and depression is nothing to fool with. I for one wish well. God forbid something were to happen to him and I was throwing stones without knowing all the facts…. karma would be after my arse !!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  49. Buc1987 Says:

    BUCSLEGENDS…well then karma really is true. I was depressed for most of the 2013 season and Freeman played a big part in it.

  50. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “Freeman’s unprofessionalism came from schiano treating All of his players like they were nothing”

    Yet, all but one of the entire team responded as professionals should.

    Freeman acted like the baby that he is.

  51. Joe Says:

    Exactly. Sometimes I wonder what the hell some people are watching on game days. Freeman could not do a dam thing until the 4th quarter in every game. I guess a 4th Qrt score is all that matters.

    By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, he was just waking up.

  52. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    I believe Freeman has as much depression as he does ADHD.

    The affliction is called Bottleserviosis.

  53. lightningbuc Says:

    “Freeman’s unprofessionalism came from schiano treating All of his players like they were nothing.”

    _____

    Yeah! Can’t believe Schiano didn’t even let grown men cuss – treating ‘em like 6th graders!

    Wait? What’s that you say? Oh, that’s Lovie Smith. Nevermind.

  54. Couch Fan Says:

    speaking of karma, the way some of you are talking you would think freeman was a serial rapist. I don’t like the way he and his agent handled things. their is the possilility that the kid is really depressed and depression is nothing to fool with. I for one wish well. God forbid something were to happen to him and I was throwing stones without knowing all the facts…. karma would be after my arse !!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!

    —————————
    @Bucslegend

    you are exactly right. If Freeman had not acted like a little b!tch upon being demoted and pouted his way out of Tampa, then we would have nothing bad to say about him. But he did, thus this is his karma for quitting on this team, and community. I dont care about excuses or that he was depressed. There is no excuse that is good enough. You can baby him if you like. I wont.

  55. BUCSLEGENDS Says:

    @Couch fan, No babying going on here, I’m just a Bucs fan and a human being and as a human being I can’t let myself judge someone with out all the facts.It’s as simple as that. As a Bucs fan the season can’t get here fast enough ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK JOE’S !!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  56. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    You know who would have all the facts? His agent and his family. He lives with his brother. So, either, he’s fine or his inner circle doesn’t want to ruin the gravy train, because they just let him sign in the most pressure filled media market in the country. So, I guess they aren’t worried about his mental state. The last thing to worry about is what commentators on a Bucs fan web site think about him.

  57. pick6 Says:

    got a coach you want chased out of town? josh freeman is your man. his 2 down years have ended in 3 of his head coaches getting fired, and as it turns out all kinds of people should have been fired shortly after picking him in the 2009 draft.

  58. iamabuc Says:

    …having a feeling that a lot of people are going to be surprised….specially Joe……I keep saying there where a lot of situations here that drove JFree to insanity(specially Schiano)……he’ll come back……Couglin is no dope, he know what he’s doing…..just saying…….hold your comments, people, you might have to swallow them later…

  59. NY Buc Says:

    I spent this afternoon laughing at my die hard Giants fans co-workers. Even they aren’t using the usual homer reply of “all he needs is to be coached up by some real coaches” nonsense…they are just hoping Eli has a speedy recovery.

  60. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I would’nt be surprised to see Freeman find some success up in New York. Eventually the novelty will wear off and the Free we all know will emerge.

 
 

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