The Contagious Josh Freeman

September 20th, 2011

If not for the late-game heroics of the Bucs, there is no telling how many losses the team would have racked up.

But Josh Freeman has ice in his veins and a contagious virus amid his body. It’s a good virus as the Bucs freely admit his vibes spread through the team in the fourth quarter.

“He looked me right in the face, ‘We got this; we’re okay,’ ” Morris said. “I’m looking at my quarterback’s mouth bleeding; it’s kind of a situation you don’t want to look at too often. He got things rolling for us and able to come back in the fourth quarter. It’s becoming a signature move for him.”

Freeman has eight comeback wins in three seasons, which has the Bucs (1-1) feeling good heading to Sunday’s showdown with NFC South rival Atlanta (1-1) at Raymond James Stadium. Considering Morris felt his team “blinked” in a Week 1 loss to Detroit, saying even Freeman was “rattled,” the Bucs were the complete opposite in Minneapolis, with the third-year quarterback setting the tone.

“He’s very poised at any moment — he doesn’t really fear any situation,” defensive end Michael Bennett said. “A quarterback like that, a leader like that, you’ve got to feel that vibe off him where you can’t really be scared of any situation, just like him. … It’s what great leadership does. He’s such a great leader, when he’s in a moment where everybody else is frightful, he’s just like, ‘This is my time to shine.’ That’s what makes him so good.”

It’s great to know that Freeman just isn’t rattled when the heat is turned up and plays need to be made. Did Trent Dilfer every have a fourth-quarterback comeback for the Bucs? Joe cannot remember one. Yet Freeman barely into this second full season as the Bucs starter already has eight.

As Joe suggested earlier, of course, the Bucs must do something to render their first half invisibility a thing of the past. It simply isn’t fair to Freeman — or the team as a whole — to expect Freeman to bail the Bucs out time and again.

36 Responses to “The Contagious Josh Freeman”

  1. Cannon Says:

    As Tony Dungy would say, “we just need to execute better” in the first half.

  2. Jrock Says:

    Doesn’t Montana have the record for most comeback wins in the beginning of his career? I wonder how close Freeman is to breaking that record

  3. raphael Says:

    I saw somewhere that Manning had 7 comebacks in his first 31 games and Freeman has 8 comebacks in his first 31 games

  4. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Shaun King, Chris Simms, Brian Griese, Luke McKown, Brian Leftwich or Josh Johnson. None of them are Free’s caliber, and none of them could lead this team to a come back win. If they did it was blind luck. Freeman and the entire team is getting better each week.

  5. dr buc Says:

    When is he going to lead us to the Playoffs!!!???

  6. McBuc Says:

    Bucsfan…True, but no one threw the ball backwards as well as King did.

  7. d clark Says:

    Wouldn’t trade free for any QB in the league at this point. Too young, too good, too clutch. Its crazy to have a qb that if were not down by one or 2 tds in the 4th qt you expect to come back and win. FRANCHISE FREEMAN as he goes we go

  8. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    McBuc…nice one. I will say that Shaun King does well on 1010 AM. I dont always agree, but he has found his career. Maybe he can help Luke McKown find a job when he is done embarassing himself in Jax.
    Bottomline, given the crappy QBs this team has had over the years, it is about time we have a winner. Geraldine McCoy needs to take lessons.

  9. OAR Says:

    Elway has the most with 47 4th quarter comeback wins. Farve is second with 42. Dan Marino and Peyton Manning are tied at third with 37.

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    Trent Dilfer doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same article as Freeman. God, did he suck!

  11. Greg Says:

    It’s nice that he already has 8 comebacks but the big problem is he has 8 comebacks.
    I’d rather the team actually perform to their potential all game and not be in that position where Josh has to drag them kicking and screaming to a win or close loss.

  12. OAR Says:

    BTW I’m glad one of Freeman’s passes for an INT was dropped and that Graham fumble was negated from that penality or we might not have won this comeback.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Freeman is the most poised young QB I have ever seen. His composure late in the game is uncanny, and just gives the whole team confidence to succeed. This is a young, exciting, and Fun team! And as long as Josh Freeman has the ball in his hands, we always have a chance to win!
    Sometimes I still can’t believe the Bucs finally have a great QB!

  14. Greg Says:


    Why is the font on the website jacked up today?

  15. Greg Says:

    Joe, never mind, it seems to be fixed now. Keep up the great work!

  16. tony2cents Says:

    As much as Freeman’s accomplished in his short career, it’s a shame he’s yet to pull out a win in front of a home sellout crowd. Once he experiences wins with 60,000 plus faithful roaring behind him, it’ll be on.

  17. tony2cents Says:

    As far as the ticket situation, I drove in from Orlando the other week down i-4 and into downtown, and couldnt find one buccaneer billboard. I saw at least two for the Hard Rock. The bucs need to start promoting heavy if they want their home games to sell.

  18. pierat40 Says:

    @rapheal. Josh Freeman has only started 27 reular seasons games not counting the patriots game he came into late.

  19. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Joe, the screen is zooming in for me also…increasing the font size to like 14 pt. I had to clear my cookies and history to fix it 😉

    lightningbuc Says:
    Trent Dilfer doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same article as Freeman. God, did he suck!

    I have to wonder though…consider the coaching he had and the talent around him. As much as Ian Beckles claims to have been good, the Bucs oline sucked for a good while.

    Dilfer got a good line in Baltimore and won a superbowl. Unfortunately he was old as well, so he was already on his way out.

    And I think Freeman is MUCH better…heck the stats show that. But we also had some crappy wide receivers back then.

  20. pierat40 Says:

    /doh! My typos! Regular, not reular LOL

  21. Pete Dutcher Says:

    And there goes the zooming again. I think it’s just the center portion of the page, Joe. Might want to check your template. Something is malfunctioning.

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    Sam Bradford threw a pretty good backwards pass last night that Cadi dropped for a Giant’s TD. First time I’ve seen Cadi drop a pass in a couple years.

  23. Brandon Says:

    Just off the top of my head, I think Dilfer had two in the first 5 games of 1997. I think against the Colts and Cardinals.

  24. Stevek Says:

    We need to get a speedster WR next offseason, so we can run play action and let Freeman show off that absolute cannon he has.

    IMO, DeSean Jackson, or trade up for the Oklahoma St. WR- Justin Blackmon.

  25. Architek Says:

    SteveK this team doesn’t care for speed on offense. Just trying to temper ur expectations

  26. Macabee Says:

    Joe, you’d better hurry and get this zoom problem fixed. Pete Dutcher just cleared his cookies all over your website! Now I’m not the most computer literate guy, but somehow that just didn’t sound right to me. lol.

  27. Joe Says:


    Not sure what you are speaking of. Joe has not changed any font sizes.

    Try what Pete did. Go to Internet Options and clear the cookies.

  28. Macabee Says:

    Serves me right for trying to be humorous, From now on, I’m going to stick to dry wit!!

  29. BucsnBeer Says:

    I had the same font issue earlier, it looked like the styles were getting cleared a half second after the page loaded. Not seeing it now.

  30. BucsnBeer Says:

    Ok, yeah, it’s back.

  31. Vince Says:

    Enlarged font for me too yesterday and this morning- clearing cookies as we speak. Will reload page and let you know.

  32. Vince Says:

    Update; Clearing cookies and temp files didn’t fix the enlarged font for me. It’s enlarged on my two work PC’s and was enlarged on my home PC last night as well.

  33. Mauha Deeb Says:

    I have had no problems and access the site 5-10 times a day. Google Chrome is the ish.

  34. OAR Says:

    Enlarged font is a typographers dream come true!

  35. OAR Says:

    Come on Joe, you know this font conspiracy is all your fault!
    Seriously, I have visited your site hundreds of times and have never had any issues/problems, excepting the occasional jackass or troll.

  36. Vince Says:

    Not complaining, just trying to be informative. Believe me, I dont care how large or small the font is I’ll still be logging on to Joe’s site multiple times daily for my Bucs fix.