“I’m Convinced Josh Freeman Is Not 100%.”November 15th, 2011
Monday, former Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon, who co-hosts “The Blitz” with popular sports radio personality Adam Schein, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, broke down what he thought was wrong with the Bucs.
Naturally, Joe transcribed the discussion.
Gannon had a first-hand look at the Bucs over the weekend. He worked the game as an analyst for CBS-TV, and Friday he spent time at One Buc Palace talking to coaches and watching practice.
“After watching practice and the game Sunday, I’m convinced Josh Freeman is not 100 percent. He has a sprained thumb in his throwing hand. Last year he started the season with the same injured thumb and he struggled the first few weeks.
“They are not winning at the wide receiver position. Mike Williams I think has taken a step back. Arrelious Benn, they are not speed demons where they can just run by you. they have to have creative ways to get open and get separation and right now they are not doing that.
“[Freeman's] favorite target is his tight end, he wants to throw to Kellen Winslow. If LeGarrette Blount can’t have a big day running the football, this is an offense that is going to struggle. LeGarrette Blount was a non-factor [Sunday]. Turnovers are a big story and penalties continue to haunt the Buccaneers.”
Later in the show Gannon said he was skeptical of Bucs coaches claiming they had a plan on how to negate Texas linebacker Brian Cushing and Gannon said, in a discussion about the Redskins invoked the Bucs, “If they can’t run the football the game’s over.”