Did The Pressure Finally Get To Josh Freeman?

January 2nd, 2011

Of course Joe is happy about the win. But there was something so frightening to Joe he, as a form of mental therapy, must write about.

Josh Freeman, for two plays, looked like Trent Dilfer today.

It was in the second half. The Bucs were nursing a lead. Freeman was rushed and flushed. As he is so adept at doing, Freeman ran out of the pocket to avoid the rush.

He neared the sideline. As he was being sacked out of bounds, Freeman decided to force a pass for roughly three yards when it appeared he was intercepted.

Fortunately for the Bucs, the Saints were called for a horsecollar. First down Bucs.

The heinous decision by Freeman reminded Joe of Trent Dilfer against the Giants at home, falling out of bounds he decides to throw the ball away, only to have it intercepted.

It was without question the most ignorant play of Freeman’s young career. Joe screamed bloody murder at the big HD screen. Others at the watering hole Joe was at were equally outraged. The common cry was “What are you doing?”

The very next play Freeman was under duress. He was about to be sacked when he tossed a short shovel pass to LeGarrette Blount who, mobbed, fumbled.

Joe put his heads in his hands and vividly was reminded of Dilfer wearing Bucco Bruce orange.

The only logical conclusion Joe could come with was that Freeman finally was letting the pressure get to him, with the Bucs chances, prayers of postseason clearly on his shoulders.

Joe obviously hopes that the win, culminating the race to 10, has forever exorcised his Dilfer demons.

42 Responses to “Did The Pressure Finally Get To Josh Freeman?”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    Pressure? That was passion Baby. Freeman is the Man!

    I want to give a Shout Out to Hire Greg Olson for changing from, Fire Greg Olson. That was a good move bro and Olie sucked last year.

  2. Troxell8t8 Says:

    Wow, 25 TD and 6 Ints, I believe on the year and you place Freeman and Dilfer in the same sentence. Ouch.

  3. Joe Says:


    Wow, 25 TD and 6 Ints, I believe on the year and you place Freeman and Dilfer in the same sentence. Ouch.

    Did you read the post?

  4. gitarlvr Says:

    I wont be offended if Josh Freeman never throws another shovel pass again. Clearly not his strong suit.

  5. McBuc Says:

    He is young joe, and will make mistakes at times.

  6. Rican Says:

    Brees does the same thing under pressure lol. Anywho the ball wasnt intercepted when he three it out of bounds, plus he was out of bounds

  7. Snook Says:

    Yes, Freeman looked pressured a couple times but comparing him to Dilfer? A bit of a stretch…

  8. CreamsiclePasties Says:

    Ha! I definitely had one of those hats

  9. Joke Says:

    I agree, Joe – terrible play. The scaries thing was that this was _after_ the also-terrible shovel pass to Blount(?) who promptly fumbled. Sometimes, you just need to let the play die.

    But Freeman’s been so awesome this year, I’m not concerned. No one’s perfect, something to learn from, still got the win, blah blah blah.

    Go Josh! Go Bucs!

  10. Joe Says:

    Yes, Freeman looked pressured a couple times but comparing him to Dilfer? A bit of a stretch…

    It helps to read the post. Geez.

  11. Snook Says:

    I did read the post. Still don’t agree with it.

  12. Mark Says:

    The guy who picked it off was WAY out of bounds. Give Freeman a break. He had a 133 passer rating for goodness sake? This is a waste of space on your blog Joe. I mean really.

  13. Jacob Says:

    Free tries to do too much sometimes. Nothing new there. He’ll have at least a throw or two a game where he makes a terrible decision….luckily the opposing team hasn’t caught many of them.

  14. McBuc Says:

    I think Joe wants you to read t5hat he exercised trhe dilfer demons…I think anyway.

  15. Joe Says:


    If the guy was out of bounds, then why throw it, why force it?

    If you want to believe that was something Joe Montana would do, fine. Joe got immediate flashbacks to stunts Dilfer pulled.

    And you are right, it’s Joe’s blog. Joe writes what comes to his mind.

  16. lakeland bob Says:

    You must me kidding.Comparing Free to Dildo?You’re a IDIOT.Go ahead and ban me like you do with anybody that disagrees with you.What a dumba$$ post.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    Damn; take it easy Bob! This is for entertainment purposes and some things are written with humor. The Bucs just won their 10th game and you’re on your way out to the Skyway. Relax Dude!

  18. McBuc Says:

    Joe is just saying those too plays scared up images of Dilfer. I hope Free gets a ring like Dilfer, but with the Bucs. It sounds like Free b rought b ack Joe’s love as the game went on.

  19. McBuc Says:

    SHould have been two plays…sorry.

  20. McBuc Says:

    I think I am typing like a am speaking…Too many adult beverages at the lodge today.

  21. Bucnjim Says:

    Speaking of the Skyway; what happened to the Captain?

  22. Patrick Says:

    It’s not looking good guys

  23. Buc You Says:

    RaheEEEEEEEEm should be getting a hefty contract extension with a big money bonus now that the Bucs season is overwith. 10 dash 6 is worth a several million dollar bump in pay. Hopefully the Glay Jays pay this man his due. Wonder how long they take?

  24. 2 Buc Bill Says:

    redskins are putrid

  25. Richard Says:

    I think the shovel pass was the worse play. That play wasn’t going anywhere, seeing as Blount was running TOWARDS Freeman. All his momentum was away from where he needed to go. Why not just take the sack and keep the clock running?

  26. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @LakelandBob – Joe can honestly say he’s never banned anyone for disagreeing with him. Your statement is ridiculous. Only a handful of people have been run because they won’t follow simple rules. No. 1 being don’t misquote Joe and misrepresent what he his saying. You and disagree with Joe all day long, even call Joe an idiot and explain why.

  27. Truebuc Says:

    wow. are the redskins pathetic.

  28. Brad Says:

    Disagree totally Joe. Freeman has never looked like Dilfer. To even suggest it is as bad as picking the Bucs to lose. Why put a negative spin on a great game and an awesome year for our first true Franchise QB.

  29. ChallengerDeep Says:

    I had a good rant going, but I’ll just say this – really, really unfair comparison.

    21/26, 255 YDS, 2 TD


  30. lakeland bob Says:

    To say that Freeman had a couple of plays that reminds you of Dilfer is ridiculouus.What were Freemann”s final stats?I have not checked but my guess is 24 of 32 completions.The man was horsecollared on the one play and he was under tremendous pressure when he shoveled the ball to Blount.Sorry,but I do not understand why you would write such a negative post on a day when the Bucs win their 10th game of the season and keep their playoff hopes alive.

  31. Patrick Says:

    OMG it’s a miracle. The Redskins just scored!!

    17-14. They need another stop and score.

    Packers are up 10-3 over the Bears.

    There’s still hope left.

  32. Truebuc Says:

    its all over. Packers won.
    well only 9 months till next year:) Go bucs!

  33. Mark Says:

    You certainly can write what you want…and generally speaking we appreciate it. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to call you up when your analysis is bunk. Come on man. Watch the tape. Freeman is clearly throwing the ball out of bounds on that play trying to avoid the loss of yardage. Now if he throws across the body back into the field of play then yes…it is absolutely Dilferesque. There will be plays from time to time where you’ll criticize Freeman for being inaccurate or missing check downs, or making a poor decision but I just don’t see this as one of them. And let’s face it he really doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes.

  34. Mark Says:

    call you “out” rather

  35. The White Tiger Says:

    For real? Why would throwing a late pass be of any concern – in a season where coming into the game the kid had thrown 23 TD’s and only 6 INT’s?

    I think Freeman earned a couple of goofball plays – he’s made extremely good decisions all season, and his very accurate 2nd season was AMAZING!

    Finding fault in this game is a bit like straining at a gnat, while swallowing a camel…

  36. BamBamBuc Says:

    Difference between Freeman and Dilfer on the pass going out of bounds….. Dilfer is running untouched out of bounds and still throws it to the defender. Freeman is getting dragged down by the shoulder pads, an illegal tackle, which changes the direction of the ball as it leaves his hand. Big difference. Freeman would have taken the sack if he’d thought the illegal tackle would have caused an INT.

  37. d-money Says:

    A little bit of stretch on this one Joe.

  38. gitarlvr Says:

    Not really going to get into the argument on this one. But the subject of the post… ahh does it bring back humorous memories of Dilfer’s happy feet. I will never forget the day I recieved a Trent Dilfer jersey for Christmas. I told my mom ANY player but Dilfer. Literally any other player as long as its not Dilfer. Well every other player but Dilfer was sold out. I almost decided to never wear the jersey….lol

  39. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    There is absolutely nothing about Freeman that reminds me in any way of Trent Dilfer. First of all, you will never find one QB that hasn’t made a stupid play in their career. That goes for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, etc. Dilfer just did it more frequently. Freeman was trying to make a play. The horsecollar play didn’t bother me one bit, because you could immediately see it was an obvious horsecollar and it didn’t matter what he did. I was most impressed that the guy was horsecollaring him (I think I just made that word up) and he was still able to have the strength to throw the ball. Pretty amazing. Besides, I watched it again and again, and the ball was not intercepted in bounds. The pass to Blount had disaster written all over it from the very beginning. However, it wouldn’t have been that bad had Blount not fumbled. He would have at least got a few yards ahead of the would-be sack. I know what you are getting at Joe, but I got to disagree with you on this one.

  40. BucsNBeer Says:

    The throw was a late attempt to throw the ball away that probably would have succeeded if not for the horsecollar. Freeman has the strength to do that. The shovel pass was a bad bad bad bad play under pressure and I agree the entire offense looked like they were about to collapse and the worst part about it was freeman yelling on the sidelines. HOWEVER, he and Zuttah put their heads together (with the help of coaches I’m sure) and figured it out and got back on the road to a win.

    It’s too bad we didn’t get into the playoffs, because these young guys need more games like this to get accustomed to the pressure.

  41. hdel3 Says:


    When I saw that play, I swear to you man, I had that same flash back of Dilfer from the Giants game. I believe that game was in the Old Sumbrero. Not sure. Regardless that for me is when I finally accepted that Trent just would not get it. Looking back I don’t know why it took so long. Trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt I guess. He’s not bad on BSPN but its hard to take the guy serious, especially when he critique’s other QB’s.

  42. Joe Says:


    We share the same thoughts.