“Take The Shackles Off”September 19th, 2013
Free Josh Freeman!
That was the message this morning from former Bucs quarterback Shaun King on WDAE-AM 620. King said the Saints-Bucs game film on Freeman doesn’t look so bad when you account for the “drops” and “slips” by his targets. One of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, King said the Bucs have to stop playing scared with Freeman.
“When you take the shackles off, there isn’t as many pressure situations as when they’re on,” King explained. “When you’re in that conservative gameplan, you’re always in 3rd-and-4 having to make a play. When they let you just play, and you go a little two-minute offense a little earlier in the game, and you throw the ball on first and second down a little more, you know it takes some of the pressure of those situations. I know he’s struggling a little bit, but I think you gotta let him. I don’t think you can try and win in spite of your quarterback. I think you just gotta let your quarterback play. If he can’t do it, he can’t do it.”
King, who works for NBC Sports, dives into the Xs and Os of the trust issues on the field with Freeman. “You’ve got to trust him if you want to win these games.” Enjoy the full King interview below.