Freeman Always Thought He Was “The Guy”October 8th, 2013
The end of the Josh Freeman era in Tampa was a shocker for No. 5. Unsourced reports said he was “blinsided,” but Freeman himself explained his stunning demotions for the Vikings media.
The Star Tribune took notes yesterday.
Freeman on how it ended in Tampa Bay: “I think anybody in any situation, quarterback-wise, they always think they’ve got the skill, the potential to be the guy. I’m not going to say delusional, but I think you have to see yourself, your game through a different lens. Otherwise, you’re not going to be the guy. You’re not going to be the special guy because you’re not going to truly think you deserve it when you’re opportunity comes. I think me going through this past few months, until the coach called me down to his office and told me he was making a switch, that was the first moment I realized I wasn’t going to be the guy moving forward. That hit me like that.”
Joe wonders whether Freeman totally believing he was “the guy” had to do with what he saw from Mike Glennon in practice and throughout the spring, training camp and preseason. Might Freeman have reacted differently if Glennon had won the Bucs’ starting QB job versus getting it from a guy that lost it? Bucs fans will never know.
Freeman is not starting on Sunday, but it’s reasonable to believe he’ll be “the guy” in Minnesota after that. One thing that’s very interesting about the Vikings’ schedule: after Sunday, they play three of their next four games at night in prime time — at Giants on Monday Night Football, home for the Packers on Sunday Night Football, and back home for the Redskins on Thursday Night Football.
Freeman will be on display for the entire football world. Literally, Freeman has the chance to go from the cranky, demoted QB to hot soon-to-be-free-agent commodity in less than a month.