Josh Freeman Haters May Want To Calm DownJune 5th, 2013
There is a segment of Bucs fans who wish Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik would cut ties with starting quarterback Josh Freeman before the sun sets today (you mean there is a sun behind these clouds?).
Tired of his inconsistency, one-hop passes to running backs and streaks of ghastly interceptions, some Bucs fans want the team to simply turn the page on Freeman. And if that means starting a rookie third round pick, so be it, so Freeman’s critics say.
Aside from the glaring obvious, that’s not likely to happen, notes noted NFL analyst Evan Silva from, among other places, RotoWorld.com, so Silva Twittered Tuesday.
@dustinbuescher: What are the chances Mike Glennon is the Bucs starting QB by season’s end?
@evansilva: I’ll say 5-10 percent.
And in Joe’s eyes, that’s only if Freeman is hurt.
Look, is Joe sold that Freeman is the answer as the Bucs franchise quarterback for the next decade? No. Way too many people are hanging their hats on Freeman’s 10-win season in 2010. That’s ancient history in the NFL. His 6-15 mark against teams with a winning record scares the hell of out Joe.
But this doesn’t mean Joe has lost his mind.
Freeman is now entering the second year under a new, complex offense. Wide receivers (Mike Williams), linebackers (Mason Foster), defensive linemen (Gerald McCoy), safeties (Mark Barron), just to name a few positions, note how much smoother things are for them in the second year under the New Schiano Order. They feel they are well-advanced because they already know the system and it should translate into better play.
Joe agrees with them. So why should we agree with them but in the snap of the fingers, dismiss the take for Freeman and not give him the same latitude while playing at the most complex position on a football team?
Could Glennon do better than Freeman? Well, anything is possible, but for every Russell Wilson (third-round pick) Joe can come up with three Colt McCoys (third-round pick) who flamed out in the NFL.
Joe is not a gambling man and doesn’t like those odds.
Look, if Freeman stinks up the joint this year, he won’t get re-upped (or franchised). If he plays well and/or the Bucs make the playoffs, he’ll return.
And as it currently stands, Freeman is the best chance for the Bucs to win in 2013.
There’s no controversy.