“Freeman Can’t Carry The Offense”August 16th, 2013
Now Joe has gone on record, dozens of times, stating Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman should start the season because he gives the Bucs the best chance to get to the playoffs.h
That doesn’t mean Joe hasn’t had issues with Freeman and still questions whether Freeman will ever be able to turn the corner and be thought of as a winner, not racking up needless fantasy football statistics.
Apparently, former Bucs great Ronde Barber and Joe are like-minded. Barber, after watching a poor first-half performance by Freeman (he had as many sacks as completions), Barber, now a talking head for FOX Sports, said at halftime Freeman cannot put a team on his back, so reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
@RapSheet: Ronde Barber on Fox on ex-teammate Josh Freeman: “Josh Freeman can’t carry the offense by himself. We all know that. He’s prone to mistakes”
This is why Joe has been so skeptical of Freeman. Joe always compares Freeman’s college days to Eli Manning’s. Quick, name an NFL player who Manning had as an offensive teammate? Yet Manning put the Rebels on his back and nearly got to an SEC title game (a close loss to Auburn prevented that), but did get Ole Miss to a Cotton Bowl, a New Years Day game.
Freeman, in three years as a starter, just once threw for more touchdowns than interceptions and his only bowl game came in the world renowned Texas Bowl, where the Wildcats were routed by Greg Schiano and the mighty Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
Oh, and Freeman for two years (including the Texas Bowl appearance) had a future NFL offensive starter as a teammate. Some wide receiver you may have heard of, Jordy Nelson.
Joe had thought the way Freeman practiced prior to this week, by all accounts, terrible, that he had turned the corner. Well, Freeman is having another Six Flags moment. More and more Joe is convinced this is who Freeman is and Bucs fans should learn to accept the manic swings in his performance.
Freeman’s NFL mark against teams with a winning record? A dismal 6-15.