Josh Freeman Proves MortalOctober 17th, 2010
Local scribes typed accolades. National talking heads gushed. Freeman is the real deal and he will lead the Bucs to the promised land.
Not so fast. Freeman is still a young quarterback but as Bucs general manager Mark Dominik noted last week on Sirius NFL Radio, Freeman has yet to start 16 games, a full season.
That showed today.
Freeman looked very much the young quarterback. He overthrew receivers all day. Too often, he and his receivers were not on the same page. Receivers would run hooks when Freeman expected them to run go-routes. Receivers would turn right when Freeman expected a break to the left.
Receivers were open. Freeman, for whatever reason, missed his targets.
Granted, the Saints were getting pressure on Freeman. But as he noted in his press conference ,which can be viewed on Buccaneers.com, he didn’t take the cop out and use limited time to throw as an excuse.
“That comes with a young team,” Freeman said of too common instances of miscommunication. “Fortunately for us we have room to improve. [Lack of time] wasn’t an issue.”
This is one of those games to forget. Go out, have a beer (or two), put it behind you and grind tomorrow morning at One Buc Palace.
The Rams come into the CITS next Sunday. In recent years, they have been an elixir to many teams’ woes.