Bad Josh Freeman Showed Up TodayDecember 2nd, 2012
For a minute there today, Joe thought he was watching the 2011 Bucs.
No, it wasn’t the defense which gave Joe a flashback, it was the play of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. The Bucs’ signal-caller was off target way too many times in the third quarter, and then there was an incompletion he threw where Freeman tried to force a pass into triple coverage.
If Joe didn’t know any better, Joe would have sworn the intended receiver was Kellen Winslow, Jr.
Oh, and then there’s Von Miller’s pick-six.
Freeman had a bad day. And no matter how many toys Freeman has, if he has a bad day, the Bucs offense has a bad day.
Was Freeman pressured? Sure, but he was only sacked once. Elite NFL quarterbacks find a way to adapt and overcome obstacles. Aaron Rodgers and bratty Jay Cutler would give their firstborn to have an offensive line like the Bucs have, depleted though it may be.
Those two quarterbacks not only find a way to win with inferior (or no) blocking, both quarterbacks’ teams have better records than the Bucs.
Now the Bucs need to run the table and hope Seattle drops a game somewhere. Can the Bucs win the next four? Sure. They have a downtrodden Iggles squad next followed by a mortal Saints team, a very beatable Rams group and finish the season with the Dixie Chicks, who will likely be resting key players.
But Freeman must be more consistent. He cannot have any more games where he goes all milk carton on the team for a long stretch of time.
The next time this season Freeman goes into a witness protection program like he did in the third quarter, you can kiss playoffs goodbye.
It’s high time for Freeman to step up and win a truly big game for a change.