It’s The DefenseAugust 12th, 2013
Last year as the Bucs’ pass defense created a spike in local pharmaceutical sales for Nexium, Joe was of the opinion that it was Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman’s Six Flags ways that doomed the Bucs in a push for the playoffs.
Pat Kirwan seems to take a different side. The former NFL assistant coach and front office man who, among his many gigs co-hosts one of the best football shows in the free world, “Movin’ the Chains,” with Tim Ryan heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, pumped out a take that would seem to suggest Freeman’s vanishing act in the latter part of the season had nothing to do with the Bucs watching the playoffs on their couches last January.
@PatKirwanCBS: The 12 teams in playoffs last yr averaged 27 touchdown passes from offense..can your favorite team do that this yr?
Well, the Bucs — and Freeman did just that. The Bucs had 27 touchdown passes, the average Kirwan cites for a playoff team.
If one is to believe in numbers — which never do tell the whole story — the Bucs should have been in the playoffs.
But if one is to subscribe to Kirwan’s theory, the Bucs offense is playoff-ready as Joe types this, which sort of reinforces what Keyshawn Johnson told the Tampa Bay pen and mic club Saturday when he popped into One Buc Palace.
Johnson talked about how drastically the NFL has changed and that in today’s game, defense is almost an afterthought. He mentioned how the Packers lost but one game in 2011, with an NFL-record worst pass defense. Keyshawn also mentioned that Bill Belicheat doesn’t care if teams score on him because with Tom Brady, the Patriots can score just as easily if not quickly.
Now is Freeman the next Brady or Aaron Rodgers? No. Not yet, but it will be interesting to see how much he has improved with a second year under offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
For those who dismiss this, Joe only points to Alex Smith. Nearly run out of football, Smith had nothing but a revolving door of offensive coordinators and head coaches until he found stability with Jim Harbaugh. And what happened? He was a special teams fumble from leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.