Freeman Says Preseason Mission “Accomplished”

August 30th, 2011

Bucs fans love what Josh Freeman is all about: work ethic, supreme confidence, winning, and good values.

So it’s no suprise that Freeman won’t be sold on the value of preseason games. They don’t count and he and the Bucs’ offense got what they needed from them, so the Associated Press reports

“It really is practice. You want to get tuned up and ready for the regular season,” said Freeman, who will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Washington. “You want to work on your base stuff, get the offense gelling together. As far as what the preseason is for, we got that accomplished.”

Joe loves the confidence and has loads of faith in Freeman, even if he looked scary and Dilferesque at times on Saturday.

Joe’s always been a you-play-how-you-practice guy, but Joe can’t be too concerned by the Bucs many mistakes. There’s just no correlation between preseason success and making the playoffs.

12 Responses to “Freeman Says Preseason Mission “Accomplished””

  1. OB Says:

    Joe, just a thought, but could have Freeman’s passing been that bad on purpose since it was so good in practice? I say this because it gets the defense on the field faster to see what they have and the practice involved in the first half and he had all day to pass against Miami and no one seems concerned.

    They know their offense but they did not know their defense and the starters were in for a half and if Miami had the ball most of the time, better to see the D. Raheem is capable of this thinking.

    Your thougths

  2. Nick2 Says:

    Joe, I hate BSPN too. On the way in to work on their radio show they asked Herm Edwards to give us a team he likes that nobody else does (he gave the Redskins) then they asked him to pick a team that he thinks is overrated and he gave the Bucs!!!! Thanks Herm nobody talks about us and then you have to go say we are overrated???? The reason I post this here is Herm said the lack of training camp will hurt the offense of the young Bucs and we are doomed for the season. He said the offense has looked shaky which ofcourse is true. He then went on to say he likes Josh Freeman??? Ok if you like Josh Freeman then you know he will get it together when it counts. More BS for BSPN!!!!

  3. Chris FWC :) Says:

    LOL Dilferesque

  4. mikeck Says:

    There is just no way to gauge a team watching the pre season games…only the coaches and players can. There may be offensive series’ where the O-line is told to block a certain way in order to evaluate a player in a zone blocking scheme. They may tell their D-line to not stunt so they can evaluate the talent of a particular lineman. They may not make offensive adjustments because they want to see how the new players or new scheme works against a certain defense over time and if the new MLB can figure it out without assistance from the D-Cord…blah blah blah.

    Simply, without knowing what the coaches are trying to accomplish, you cannot know how a team is doing. Herm should know that.

  5. Buc N' A Says:

    Another thought on the Buc’s offensive woes. Have we taken ANY shots downfield? I think Olson is keeping it VERY vanilla so teams can’t game plan us as well. Having tape of Freeman going deep to Williams 6 times in preseason would key teams to look for it. Keep it vanilla and at least add a little mystery. That’s no excuse for 5 being off target on his throws, but I think he’ll find his groove. Hell, Stella did. Go Bucs!

  6. Eric Says:

    All will be well when Rah unleashes the scheme he mercifully withheld against the hapless pats.

  7. Joe Says:


    Joe, just a thought, but could have Freeman’s passing been that bad on purpose since it was so good in practice?

    That’s kind of a stretch to suggest Freeman was tanking plays because he was so sharp in practice. Not sure what benefit that would be. It is certainly not a benefit to the receivers.

  8. David Says:

    I feel bad for season ticket holders, who have to spend full price admission to a “practice”.

  9. William Says:

    Remember the 2008 Detroit Lions went 4 – 0 on preseason to then go 0 – 16 on the regular season. Preseason is just a preparation to the season. Scores can be an illusion. Thank God real football is just around the corner. Go Bucs!!!! p.s. Hope the performance of the defense of line was not an illusion 🙂

  10. Dave Says:

    I am happy with pre-season for these reasons:
    1. Benn looks healthy
    2. The D-Line looks like they got an attitude
    2a. THe D-Line looks improved against the run
    2b. The D-Line looks greatly improved in pass rush
    3. K2 is healthy

    I am concerned about:
    1. The run blocking
    2. Freeman has not looked sharp… in any game

  11. Bucbeliever Says:

    Free did say it’s harder to get pumped for a game when u know ur not gonna finish it. Lions better watch out…Free will be hot!

    GO BUCS!

  12. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I won’t be surprised in the least if they come out looking very sharp against the Lions. Their offensive play calling has been so “base”, as Raheem puts it, that there isn’t anything at all on film for the Lions to look at. The Lions, however, have been putting quite a bit on film. We’ll see how it goes, but I bet the Bucs look fairly impressive in the season opener…silencing the doubters who scurry through these forums like cockroaches.