Run, Freeman, Run

September 20th, 2010

Joe’s a bit fired up this morning to hear what kind of love the Bucs might get today on Sirius NFL Radio.

Heck, Mark Dominik might even be interviewed, returning for more of the rock-star love he got on the league’s radio station after the 2010 NFL Draft.

Thinking of NFL Radio got Joe remembering when the Movin’ The Chains crew, Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and special guest Bill Cowher, came to Bucs training camp this summer to talk all things Bucs.

They churned out an excellent Xs and Os interview with Josh Freeman – highlights only transcribed by Joe – in which Freeman talked about running the ball more this season. And, of course, he’s done just that.

Tim Ryan: Do me a favor? Can you use those big legs and run the rock this year? Because I think that’s a big, big asset that wasn’t probably utilized enough. Ask [Cowher and Kirwan], they know a quarterback that uses his legs, you’re going to change coverages and do other things because you have that threat from the waist down.

Freeman: No doubt. We catch a lot of man-to-man, but hopefully we won’t see as much this year because those young receivers are able to do a lot of things. But I like seeing two-man, and we really didn’t see a whole lot two-man. …But this weekend Miami has shown a lot of tendencies with their new defensive coordinator …they play a lot of two-man in a lot of third down situations. So look for me this weekend to take off a couple of those times. Yeah, if it opens up I have no problem with running. 

There was a lot more to the interview. But, needless to say, Joe is not surprised to see Freeman lighting it up on the ground this season.

With the absence of a rushing attack, Joe is just speechless watching Freeman carry the Bucs’ offense on his back. Amazing. How hard must he be to prepare for at this point?

It will be quite a fierce test for Freeman on Sunday against Pittsburgh. It might be the toughest defense the Bucs will face all season.

4 Responses to “Run, Freeman, Run”

  1. George C. Costanza Says:

    Bucs crack Peter King’s “Fine Fifteen” …. …. “Boy was I wrong about them,” he writes.

  2. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Thanks for the link George!

  3. BamBamBuc Says:

    I still think the Ravens will be the toughest D we face this year, but Pittsburgh is probably #2. It will be a good test early. It would be good to see the young WRs progress and go up and fight for the ball. They’ll need to fight for it, as the Steelers will blitz and force the ball to be put up for grabs. I think some screens to Graham could also slow down that blitz a bit to help.

  4. jaytek74 Says:

    I like Freeman more and more as he grows up and becomes a solid NFL caliber starting QB. I just hope he can be consistant and avoid having really bad games. I agree that the Steelers are going to be a tough test and we may just have to ask our offense to play smart and not lose the game for us and ask our defense to step up and win this one for us. With the Steelers QB situation and the fact that it is a home game which will be hot for Pittsburgh in their black uniforms, I think we have a chance. It would be great if we could have some long time consuming drives to wear down the Steeler Defense in the Tampa heat.