Keep Josh Freeman On The Bench

October 27th, 2009

Joe generally enjoys Tom Balog’s offerings in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Thankfully, it’s one of the few Gulf Coast papers south of Tampa Bay that still employs a Bucs beat writer.

(Memo to publishers and editors: See the recent circulation numbers? You aren’t going to get more readers by offering less. You think you’ll get more readers by covering sleep-inducing, stupid-ass zoning board meetings as opposed to getting fresh, original Bucs coverage? Keep dreaming, and to here’s hoping you have some sort of golden parachute when your gig evaporates.)

But today, Balog is terribly off base on this Josh Freeman situation and Joe has to set Balog straight, as much as Joe likes him.

Freeman will have two weeks of practice taking starters reps, although the team will have only two practices this week, on Wednesday and Thursday before taking a long weekend break.

Um, Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson is using Chucky’s playbook. You really think Freeman can master this in two weeks? Com’ on.

Freeman will have the rest of the season to get oriented to life as an NFL starter as the Buccaneers begin the discovery process across the final nine games, to see what they have in the 21-year-old from Kansas State.

Like the Bucs can’t do this next year when Freeman is more qualified to start an NFL game? What’s the rush? Like the Bucs will contend for a Super Bowl title in 2010 if Freeman starts now?

Freeman was the 17th overall pick taken in the 2009 NFL draft,  to become the franchise quarterback of a team that has never had one.

Just because the Bucs made a mistake in reaching for him in the first round because Freeman’s bride Raheem the Dream was in heat over “Tito” doesn’t mean Raheem the Dream should make a collossal mistake by rushing Freeman. Thereby ruining the kid, which will surely kill Raheem the Dream’s career. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

He will be entrusted to leading the Buccaneers to enough victories to enable Morris to keep his job after this season.

What Freeman does this year or maybe even next year has no bearing on Raheem the Dream’s job. If anything, waiting til next year to start Freeman might give Raheem the Dream an extra year of job security. No coach is going to get fired based on a quarterback’s first year as a starter, specifically a quarterback drafted in the first round.

If Freeman is rushed and melts down and never recovers as a result, then Raheem the Dream’s gig is certainly toast. Also remember that if Freeman is named a starter, he will go against Dom Caper’s defense with the Packers. Capers is the architect of the famed Steelers zone-blitz, a system perfected by Dick Lebeau.

Going against a Capers’ defense is not the time to rush a quarterback into service for his first NFL start.

The element that will best determine Raheem the Dream’s ability to return next year will be if Chucky is hired by any NFL team, not what Freeman does this year.

8 Responses to “Keep Josh Freeman On The Bench”

  1. Marlow Says:

    Keep preaching!

  2. Pete Says:

    Stop Preaching!

  3. Bucsfan5 Says:

    Hopefully we’re all wrong on Freeman, but in my mind if Greg Olson didn’t call plays to JJ’s strengths (bootlegs, shifting the pocket, oh wait he did call that option play in Philly…) how will he utilize the playbook to Freeman’s ability?

    Plus who’s he gonna throw to? The same Mike Clayton that quit on JJ’s 2nd pick by not even attempting to go for the ball(or the fact he suffers from what my 6 y/o daughter diagnosed Ted Ginn Jr with sunday night, catching problems)? Antonio Bryant, who spiked the ball on a low pass (out of frustration) then followed it up by alligator arming a JJ pass later?

    If we’re gonna start Freeman then I say Sammie Stroughter deserves to be a starter taking Claytons spot. Can’t really use Clayton’s blocking ability when we only run 18-20 times a game. Maybe Rah should contact Les Steckle an see what he’s up to in the offseason….

  4. Mike Says:

    I see no reason to leave Freeman on the bench. If the guy truly is our franchise then playing him early is not going to ruin him. You can bring up all the names you want but those guys were never going to be any better if that sat on the bench for 3 years. Makes no sense to me.

  5. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Joe while i usually agree with you on many Bucs topics I totally disagree with you on this one.

    Moris already opened the Freeman bottle in London and now there’s no going back – so get over it; Freeman’s starting.

    As for Chucky’s playbook vs. Olson’s playbook. Throw them both out the freaking window.

    Go back to basics Raheem. That means running the damn ball on 1st down, on 2nd down, on 3rd down then punting if you have to. Make the other team put 10 men in the box to stop your run but just run the damn ball.

    If the Bucs never get a first down running so be it – but stop this pass happy offensive play calling. Don’t try any “wildcat” crap just the basics.

    God I never thought I’d miss Dungy Buc Ball- but I do.

  6. justin Says:

    Remember the pattern the team to finish last in the nfc south wins the division the following year

  7. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey Joe why don’t you tell all your readers how you’re doing picking winners every week?

  8. Sgt Mike Says:

    I don’t care who starts as long as Raheem and his “Band of Idiots” get fired sooner than later. Bill Cowher in 2010!!