Freeman Ordered To “Speak Up”

October 31st, 2009

So there’s Josh Freeman in the huddle at practice with his teammates hanging on his every word as he calls a play. And there’s Jeff Faine barking at the rookie, “Speak up!”

This was one glimpse Faine gave into the maturation process of Freeman, during an interview on 1010 AM on Friday.

Faine tossed aside the politically correct ramblings that flow from most players’ mouths while addressing the media and talked about how Freeman has the physical tools but needs to work on his leadership.

Faine talked about how Freeman needs to lose his soft-spoken guy aura. “It’s one of the things I’m trying to help him with.”

Joe isn’t surprised to learn about this being an area of weakness for Freeman. And surely he can step up and take command of the team, especially if he plays pretty well.

But Joe also has to wonder. What if it becomes obvious he’s clearly not ready to take this on, especially given the pressure of a horrendous team and an angry fan base?

Raheem The Dream can’t take him out of the lineup. There’s no turning back.

5 Responses to “Freeman Ordered To “Speak Up””

  1. Tommy Says:

    Joe, besides your site is the site I visit most. Your coverage of the Bucs is top notch especially since you don’t charge for it like the other site that shall remain nameless. However, I must take issue with your constant doubt and overall negativity about Freeman starting. Every sensible Bucs fan knows that Freeman is going to have his struggles. We also know that this season is a total bust. There is no point in leaving Johnson in and continue to suffer through his learning curve just to turn around and suffer through Freeman’s learning curve next season. It makes perfect sense to use this turd of a season as maturation opportunity for Freeman. That way we can have the best shot at winning next season. Plus, there is an added bonus. With 9 games left in the season we will know this year if Freeman can save Raheem’s job. As you said these two are married to one another from a Buccaneer career perspective. Give it a chance and don’t be like all the other media outlets and just spew negativity. After all it is your fresh opinions of the Bucs that made me a regular to your site.

    Off the topic, if you want me to write for your up and coming site please email me so we can discuss.

  2. Pete Says:

    Nope no going back Joe, enjoy the Freeman Express. Even if you blow the bridge this trains going down the tracks.

  3. Blackmagic00 Says:

    This is great. Faine will be High Fives’ best coach and mentor. The Dream will owe Faine a million chest bumps. Every time I picture this I imagine a Will Ferrell comedy, kind of nasty. LOL. Anyway, Faine and High Five could be the exact leader duo this team needs. By the way sorry for stealing the High Five name, I love it.

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    You started a sentence with “But”. I like that.

  5. Joe Says:


    Thanks so much for the kind words. Joe is humbled. By all means tell your Bucs friends about Joe.

    As for Freeman, Joe of course hopes for the best.