Josh Freeman Will Play In A NFC Title Game

January 20th, 2011

Most Bucs fans, even those still with a blind rage against Bucs coach Raheem Morris, have warmed to Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.

The way Freeman only tossed six interceptions while leading the Bucs to many last-minute wins and a race-to-10 was impressive.

But maybe not as impressive as what he is projected to be.

Jason Lisk of Joe’s proud Big Lead Sports Network partner,, decided to go all baseball stat geek on Freeman to try to gauge whether he is a good quarterback.

After number crunching quarterbacks in their second year as a starter, Freeman’s totals, manufactured in Lisk’s contrived, convoluted calculations (which bored Joe so much that Joe longed for the days he once covered zoning board meetings), are better than the following quarterbacks:

Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Brett Favre, Kerry Collins, Joe Flacco, Boomer Esiason, Peyton Manning, Byron Leftwich, Bernie Kosar and John Elway.

All but one of those quarterbacks led their teams to a conference championship game. Of course three of those quarterbacks, Favre, Manning and Elway would go on to win Super Bowl rings.

So going by the spreadsheets, Freeman will lead the Bucs to a conference championship game someday, and perhaps beyond.

22 Responses to “Josh Freeman Will Play In A NFC Title Game”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Freeman gives us the oppurtunity to play in 4 or 5 Superbowls. If we maintains the work ethic he’s shown so far, we are going to have the opportunity that Elway, Kelly, Montana,Farve, Etc had- years of Championship level Football. His progress from year one to year two was off the charts. He’s already playing at playoff level. Any improvement at all puts him far ahead of the Pack.I am really excited about the next few years around here. Just wanna to see our O -line improved to keep Josh chasing the ring!

  2. Bucnjim Says:

    I agree! Now if we could only find that animal with a killer instinct to lead this defense for the next decade. Will the next Ray Lewis please step forward. We would like to draft you with our 20th pick in the first round.

  3. cjB Says:

    We are all reaching here but what the heck? As I extend my arms to grab my share. lol

  4. Gary Says:

    Yes sir! Lets hope so.

    Free said last offseason he was going to work on making the protection calls this season and he well in that. I would love to know what he plans to work on this offseason.

    If he makes even half the progress he did in last year this offseason, its over!

  5. Dave Says:

    The way he matured and the young weapons they put around him…
    and the young line that seems to have beeter depth than we all thought..
    and the push to make the defensive front 7 last draft and presumably this draft…

    There is no doubt in my mind Freeman will lead them to AT LEAST one SB win

  6. Theodore Says:

    Yeah, well, if Shaun King made it to the NFC title game…

  7. oar Says:

    Freeman wishes he had the defense Shaun King’s Bucs had!

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    I wish Freeman had that Defense!!! With the Skill of this young offense, it will be deadly very soon! It was dangerous this year! With that defense . . Sigh! Tampa Stadium would rival Pittsburgh and Green Bay for Banners hanging from the Rafters! Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed for our young Defense. There is hope!

  9. eric Says:

    four or five superbowls!


  10. Pete 422 Says:

    Eric don’t laugh. Nobody thought the Bills would ever play in a Super Bowl, let alone 4. I agree this team has the making of contenders for the next decade as long a Freeman and his supporting cast stay healthy. As stated above, a killer defense could make this team scary good, so I expect this years draft heavy on D-line & linebackers.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    On a scale of 1-10, I’d give Josh about 16 and rising.

    Chucky hasn’t publicly drooled over Freeman yet, but next year on MNF, Chucky will cream his jeans at least once or twice per half watching Josh.

    Pete & Cappie, I agree. A couple loose ends on defense, another year older and wiser, the upside is again off the charts.

    This team is little more than a step away from elite IMO.

    Listening to Mike Tomlin’s presser the other day, makes like Raheem that much more. These guys are a lot alike, and I can see the two of them dueling it out in the Superbowl.

    It doesn’t hurt to dream. Thomas, you should try it some time.

  12. Capt.Tim Says:

    BigMacAttack- thomas dreams! Sadly, only about Chuckie.

  13. the coach Says:

    Last year we came in 4th out of 4 teams, this year he led us to a 3rd place finish.

    Lets just see if we can make it to the playoffs with Freeman first.

  14. Patrick Says:

    I’ve actually heard Chucky say good things about Freeman a few times on MNF.

  15. Heather Lynn Says:

    *sigh* At least I am not the only one on this planet who thinks Freeman is worthy of our admiration. He is a star, rising quickly, and for the team he played with, I think he did pretty damn good last year. 22 (23 now?), and this good. Six damn INT’s all last year! Six!!! I think that’s all that needs to be said.

  16. Joe Says:


    I’ve actually heard Chucky say good things about Freeman a few times on MNF.

    When does Chucky ever not say good things about anyone on MNF? :^/

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    I can’t lie. I liked Chucky as our coach, but whenever I watch MNF, I turn the sound off & crank the tunes. I just can’t stand listening to any of the 3 musketeers, but Chucky really overdoes it.

  18. eric Says:

    Freemean is awesome. But 5-6 Superbowls? Heck I think Marino only made one and lost.

    And that was with Shula!

    Super Bowl is incredibly hard to get to and even harder to win.

  19. Joe Says:


    I can’t lie. I liked Chucky as our coach, but whenever I watch MNF, I turn the sound off & crank the tunes. I just can’t stand listening to any of the 3 musketeers, but Chucky really overdoes it.

    The only way Joe can tolerate MNF is to go to a bar where he can’t hear the audio. Your solution sounds like a good one!

    Joe does like Jaws though.

  20. The White Tiger Says:

    Love Free – and glad he’s getting love. I’ve been a big fan of this guy from the beginning – but even I’m not ready to throw “he’s-as-good-as-Favre-Manning-and-Elway” laurels at him yet!!!

    I do think he will lead this team to a championshipship game, because this team is finally more than just a defense and a good QB – we are becoming solid at every skill position on BOTH sides of the LOS!

    We reached 10-6 as the sum of our newly awesome parts…next year we’ll play as a confident team from the start – with the end in mind…

    This will be something to watch!

  21. espo Says:

    We are building a championship team. To say Freeman will play in an NFC Championship game is selling our guy short. I expect him to far exceed that. I can’t wait for another middle of the night traffic jam celebration on Dale Mabry!

  22. eric Says:

    Not even I can tolerate Chucky on MNF. Material is good but delivery is just too hokie.

    I actually think he was a little bit better on the college bowl game he did and the draft QB analysis was classic.

    Man needs to get back to coaching after milking the Glazers another year.