Freeman For Two!

December 12th, 2010

Joe is hearing that movie trailer guy’s voice in his head:

From the offense that doesn’t trust Josh Freeman to quarterback sneak on 3rd-and-1 comes an all new adventure …

It will baffle Joe until his death why the Bucs rarely use Josh Freeman when they need a yard, so Joe was quite surprised to see Freeman sneaking for the critical two-point conversion that ultimately was the game-winning play.

While offensive coordinator Greg Olson was doing his usual first-half funny business, he used Freeman twice in short yardage — successfully — in the second half. Well done, Olie. Joe’s tipping his beer hoping you’re taking notes with a big freakin’ purple crayon.

As for Freeman channeling LeGarrette Blount on the two-point conversion absorbing two hits at the goal line and moving the pile, Joe will put that up against anything he’s seen in short yardage by the Bucs since Mike Alstott left the building.

The F-train cometh. Absolutely stunning.

18 Responses to “Freeman For Two!”

  1. Truebuc Says:

    where is blount?? when it comes to crunch time olsen refuses to give him the ball. last week we had plenty of time to run blount mix up the defense. olsen has to get through his thick skull blount is a bull!!! come on boys. 11-5 playoffs!

  2. ChallengerDeep Says:

    I thought I read or saw something where Freeman said he had the option to pass or run, but now I can’t find it again.

  3. RustyRhino Says:

    I don’t like letting Freeman run it, how many QB’s have we seen get a concussion doing just that this season?
    I think Blount needs start a step or two farther from the line in his set. Because when he is alone in the back field he gets moving with the extra depth, or so it looks to me. He Hits the hole(wall of lineman) and moves thru. In Short yardage he never gets the movement going forward so when he hits the line he stops. then has to start again. no flow thru the line.

  4. jason Says:

    nothing to do with this subject. i read this site every day and all the posts i dont post much myself. some of you guys on here are insane though. our bucs are 8-5 who cares how we got there. there are so many ignorant people on here who like to cry about the negative (bucyou). just dont get it its like you guys wanna be 3-13. im so proud of our YOUNG bucs.but some of you are not. yea our playcalling is questionable coaching sometimes the same but you should be positive about our team and stop your bit*****! GO BUCS PLAYOFFS HERE WE COME. TIME 2 SHOCK THE WORLD!

  5. ChallengerDeep Says:

    Jason, I agree. We should realize how lucky we are to have the young talent we have. No, we are not the Patriots (who have been flying under the radar and dominating due to the antics of the overrated Jets), but can you imagine being a fan of Carolina, Denver, San Francisco, Detroit (coming so close w/o success, until today at least), Buffalo (same as Detroit, there are hidden studs there), the fading Redskins (with the odious Dan Snyder), Arizona, Cincinnati (with their elderly chain gang), Miami ( I don’t know what to say about them, because who cares?), Cleveland, the Vikings and Cowboys with their dysfunction or even the Chargers, who have so much talent but just can’t win when it counts (and sometimes when it doesn’t count).

    Tl; dr: I agree.

  6. BamBamBuc Says:

    Not that it matters, but the 2 point conversion was not a QB sneak. It was a QB draw. The sneak was earlier on a 3rd and 1.

  7. Buc You Says:

    I swear to God I hate that Buc You fellow!

  8. BamBamBuc Says:

    Also, for those that want more info on the “5th down” play. The Skins had a first and 10 at the 12 yard line. The chain crew marked the first down at the 3, not the 2, so the pass on first down for 9 yards to the 3 was called a first down. The spot was right, the yellow line was right, the chains were wrong and the Skins were credited with a first down. That’s where the extra play came from. It shouldn’t have been first and goal from the 3, but 2nd and 1 from the 3 (the tv crew had it right). They then failed on the fade route, the run right, and the pass across the middle (should have been 4th down there, but was 3rd down due to the bad “1st down call” earlier). Then they scored on 4th down.

  9. BamBamBuc Says:

    And for anyone saying we won ugly today, you’re right. But the whole game was ugly. The Redskins kicking game was ugly, our run defense in the first half was ugly, the officiating was ugly, the field was ugly. Both sides made a lot of mistakes, the Skins just made the last one. We can talk about Blount’s fumble, or about the Skins fumbled KR to start the second half. We can talk about the Skins horrible kicking game, or the officials (chain crew’s) horrible job that gave them an extra down.

    It doesn’t matter. The whole thing was ugly. But the Bucs got the W. The Skins didn’t hand it to them. There were mistakes all around. Benn had a good day, Blount looked pretty good. We should have gotten a TD we didn’t get because of a mishandled snap on the ONE YARD LINE. We didn’t get blown out on the field only to get a cheap W. We played just well enough to win. That’s it, nothing more. We could have won more easily, we could have lost, instead we barely squeaked it out.

  10. ChallengerDeep Says:

    How do you get that wrong? Aren’t there actual chains between the poles? How do you not notice a yard of slack?

  11. tj Says:

    Quincy black out for the year too

  12. BamBamBuc Says:

    Challenger: I think there’s only actually a chain on one side of the field, the “official” chains side. The other side, they have a down marker and a first down marker with no chain. I don’t think the officials looked at the official side, and the unofficial side had it wrong.

  13. red Says:

    I’m sorry, BamBamBuc, but I have trouble with your explanation of the phantom extra down. If the chains were wrong and the Skins were credited with the first down, shouldn’t a first down be signaled, the chains moved and the down marker reset to 1? And if the officials on the field were aware of the problem the entire time, which is apparently their explanation, why was nothing done to correct it. To consider it an honest mistake requires that several people involved in making the mistake all continued to make the mistake, but also at the same time were aware of the mistake and officiated their way around it. It just seems very improbable. Again, if the first down play earned them a first down then it earned them a first down right then, not retrospectively 4 plays later. It may seem ridiculous, but the only explanation that makes sense to me is that it was intentional.

  14. Leighroy Says:

    Anyone catch Vacation Man’s analysis basically calling Raheem a genius for going for two with the score at 15-10 after the TD? Like give me a break.

    If anything, we’d have to seriously question Raheem’s coaching acumen if he DIDN’T go for two there, and this guy wants to lick his lolipop for making a simple math decision.

    I know I shouldn’t bother with anything the 4-letter network puts out these days anymore, but I just can’t help myself from eating up anything bucs related. But that just might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Joe, you should be pleased to know that I bang it here for intelligent football talk now and always.

  15. Joe Says:


    I know I shouldn’t bother with anything the 4-letter network puts out these days anymore

    First, thanks for the compliment man.

    Second, Joe came to the conclusion about the four-letter a few years ago. Joe’s much less stressed out since he quit watching/reading their tripe.

    To be fair, their coverage of college football is the gold standard. That’s what frustrates Joe. That outfit CAN do so well if they wanted to.

  16. Josh Says:

    Hey joe cant believe you havent brought up the fact that the redskins got a extra down out the end of the game. Refs tryed to fix the game.

  17. BamBamBuc Says:

    red: The down marker on the field was correct as the officials called it. They changed it to first down (the official one on the left side of the field). It conflicted with what the network had on the screen. The network said it was already 4th down, but the down marker said 3rd and changed to 4th down on the TD play. With the clock running down, the officials were trying to place the ball quickly and get set, so when they spotted the ball on the “first down”, they didn’t stop to check the official chains on the opposite side of the field. The officials were signaling it as they had called it the whole time. It was just wrong that it was a first down at the 3. Honest mistake by the officials, bad job by the chain crew. The booth could have called for a review of the first down, but the Skins were in the hurry up at that point already.

  18. Jwalk1979 Says:

    Bambambuc, I definitely agree that this didn’t seem intentional, but it was inexcusable. Yes, washington was in a hurry up, but they actually called a timeout after that play. So, the officials on the field and in the booth had plenty of time to fix their mistake. If this was any other game than the bucs-skins, then people would be all over it!