Josh Freeman Handles AdversityMay 26th, 2010
The Bucs beat reporter is fielding questions from fans, not from his Times e-mail account, but from Twitter (you can’t send a Twitter question/message without having a Twitter account). Questions that catch Holder’s eye are being answered in detail on the Times’ Bucs blog.
In the first installment of this feature, Holder decides to tackle, figuratively, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. Holder, though hesitant to make any bold predictions, suggests one impressive trait of Freeman’s is his ability to handle adversity.
Another area I think Freeman compares favorably with good young quarterbacks is in his learning curve. From all indications, he is picking things up quickly despite being put in an unenviable situation last year in which he had to re-learn an offense after the change in offensive coordinators. I think you’ll see a very big step forward in terms of savvy and understanding this fall, largely because of the time he’s spending this offseason in the film room and with his new quarterbacks coach. That should translate into good decision-making and improved timing.
Of course, the timing may take time. Remember that the Bucs quite possibly will have two rookies and one second-year wide receivers on the field in three-receiver sets this season. So it’s quite possible Freeman will put up better numbers in the latter weeks of the season as opposed to, say, September.