Josh Freeman And AccuracySeptember 24th, 2013
Joe just looked up quarterback stats and man, Freeman’s are just brutal. He leads (cough) the NFL in inaccuracy with a galling 45.7 percent.
Friends, that’s begging to be thrown out of town, especially in a contract year.
Yes, yes, yes. Joe knows Freeman victimized by drops. Please cite another NFL quarterback who has perfect receivers.
Joe has been trying to find accurate stats about dropped passes and cannot. The sites he finds are either wildly inaccurate (listing Vincent Jackson with two drops for example) or are simply not updated.
The thing Joe found that was interesting, most sites had Denver receivers, specifically Eric Decker, with a boatload of drops. Funny, Joe doesn’t hear people screaming from atop the Rocky Mountains about how those drops are killing Peyton Manning.
Joe knows Tom Brady has been a victim of a lot of drops. He somehow finds a way around them. That’s what good quarterbacks do.
Another funny stat: teams that appear to put the ball on the ground a lot are a combined 6-0.
Let’s be generous here. If we add the drops that Doug Martin and Kevin Ogletree have, along with Vincent Jackson and a few others, (why are people outing only Vincent Jackson for dropping passes and not Martin?), let’s give Freeman, say, 10 more completions, shall we? That gives him 53 completions on 94 attempts.
Freeman would still be in the bottom rung of completion percentage at 56.3 percent.
Sadly, this just reinforces something Joe has long thought about Freeman: He struggles to overcome adversity. He gets rattled.
Somehow, guys like Manning and Brady fight through adversity and, at times, make their teammates better. Has Freeman ever made his teammates look better? Not since 2010. It’s really the other way around. Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik has tried to stock the offense with stud players to make Freeman look better and play better.
To be fair, with tight end Tom Crabtree’s injury, Freeman has only three reliable targets, and two of them are having lousy years (see above) catching the ball. Hopefully, when Crabtree gets better, it will help Freeman out more as that should be a reliable fourth target.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal is of the mind a quarterback change for the Bucs is near.
Tampa’s offense struggled. Quarterback Josh Freeman was hurt by drops, but his shaky accuracy is the real issue. Rookie Mike Glennon was spotted warming up on the sideline in the second half. Coach Greg Schiano stuck with Freeman, but a signal-caller switch is coming. Bank on it.
Joe doesn’t see that happening. No, sorry Mike Glennon Mob, Freeman will likely be starting for the foreseeable future.
As for the distant future, 2014? Barring a major turnaround by Freeman, Joe’s not banking on it.