Freeman Talking About A “100-Yard Game”October 12th, 2012
Lots of fans have been wondering what happened to the Josh Freeman that was second in the NFL in rushing among quarterbacks in 2010. And fans have been longing for those old school Freeman runs that showcased great escapability and punishing hits – on defenders.
Freeman hasn’t been seen much running this season — not for his life, not to create, and not for yardage.
But that could change in a huge way Sunday against the man-to-man trending Chiefs defense, Freeman told Steve Duemig on the Buccaneers Radio Network on Thursday.
Freeman made it clear that there’s no leash on him. He also said rarely playing this season against man-to-man defenses has limited his running, as has standing in the pocket longer because he has such great receivers and wants to give them maximum time.
“I don’t want to say that it’s any sort of an issue. I feel like everbody’s making it out to be an issue,” Freeman said. “I’m not [restricted by coaches at all]. The Chiefs are a big man-to-man team. And, you know, if I have an opportunity where I step up and there’s nobody open downfield and there’s a lane, I’m gonna to run. You know, I was talking to Donald Penn [Thursday], and we were talking about the over/under for a 100-yard game for [me]. And I’m dead serious. Do I want to run? I want to do whatever works best for the play.”
Joe hopes Freeman gets some clean looks to take off and pick up huge gains. It’ll move the chains and it might do wonders for his confidence. But Joe knows Freeman has had plenty of chances to run this season and hasn’t taken much advantage since a fancy spin move on opening day that didn’t make Greg Schiano happy.
For whatever reason, Freeman’s running instincts aren’t what they used to be. Hopefully, that changes Sunday.