Freeman Circus Reminiscent Of Dilfer EraSeptember 17th, 2013
Joe remembers the Trent Dilfer saga well. Dilfer became a punching bag for fans and media who staunchly believed Dilfer was holding the Bucs back from greatness in the 1990s.
Dilfer was inconsistent. He didn’t have the raw talent of Josh Freeman, but he also didn’t have receivers that compare to Freeman’s.
The Bucs’ organization? Well, they showed their confidence in Dilfer by drafting a quarterback (Shaun King) in the second round when Dilfer was still young and only a season removed from the Pro Bowl. Sound a little familiar?
Former Bucs tight end Dave Moore, a former teammate of Dilfer, hears the fans and media hounds circling Josh Freeman like sharks. And it takes him back to the Tony Dungy era.
“We spent a lot of years with Trent Dilfer in the locker room. They were always trying to bash him about something,” Moore said on WDAE-AM 620 recently. “After every game he played, it was the same conversation [like about Josh Freeman]. ‘We know. We don’t trust Trent Dilfer to win it for us. We’re going to win it on the ground with Mike and Warrick. It was the same conversation. And then he goes to Baltimore and wins a Super Bowl.”
As for Freeman, Moore summed up the QB’s Bucs future well. “His fate is really in his own hands.”
(Listen to the entire Moore interview below. Joe’s already quoted lots of good stuff from it.)