Freeman Leads NFL In Interceptions

December 11th, 2011

Coaches take credit all the time for developing quarterbacks — pro coaches, college coaches, quarterback coaches, you name it.

Has Josh Freeman developed and progressed under his 2011 coaching, or has he taken giant steps backwards?

That could be argued, but the stats (sorry, Raheem) don’t lie. Freeman’s thrown 18 interceptions this season in 12 starts, that leads the NFL and matches Freeman’s rookie total (nine starts).

Freeman is a below average starting quarterback right now and the worst in the NFC South.

From the top of the organization on down, the Bucs told fans repeatedly that the good guys are “all about No. 5.” Well, No. 5 didn’t get any weapons in the offseason outside of Luke Stocker, and No. 5 is struggling mightily. He doesn’t even look like a leader anymore.

If there’s one thing that could/should doom Raheem Morris and/or Greg Olson more than anything else, it’s the clear regression of the franchise QB. Arguably, their top priority was Freeman’s improvement.

24 Responses to “Freeman Leads NFL In Interceptions”

  1. timmer4444 Says:

    it seems that when we put so much focus on one side… our defense per say, we leave ourselfs open on the other.. correct me if im wrong, but i agree on some points in out last few drafts with adding strenght to our D-line,,, but also are we doing hurting ourselfs and their growth by not adding a defensive coordinator?

  2. Theodore Says:

    Jordy Nelson, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham. Good QBs make their own weapons, Joe.

    Freeman deserves a lots of the blame here. It’s more than coaching, it’s more than lack of weapons.

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I say again…what were the issues about Freeman coming out of K-State?

  4. knucknbuc Says:

    I think we should seriously start looking to draft rg3 this year. Idk if free has showed he should be the franchise enough

  5. thibs5599 Says:

    Gronk and graham are not good because of theor qbs. Better yes but did u watch the pats today gronk had two td that he dragged men and scored that has nothing to do with brady also he is 6 foot 7 and runs like a deer

  6. bucyea Says:

    Sick of hearing about our recievers not getting separation, have no speed, etc, ect.. Freeman needs to take responsibility for his horrific play. He’s woefully inaccurate, always throwing behind his recievers, and has ZERO anticipation on deep and intermediate passes. He’s constantly staring down his recievers, and seems to have no clue how to read coverages. his attitude seems that its always someone elses fault for his errant ducks…no, our recievers are not running wide open, but this is the NFL and there is room to put the ball in there, if he had ANY accuracy to his game.

  7. passthebuc Says:

    I’m not even close to be giving up on Freeman. However the entire coaching staff can go along with the front office.

    Always remember, cheap is cheap.

  8. eric Says:

    Starting to wonder whether Freeman is really gonna be the guy, even with a new coach.

    Confidence is shattered.

    and it shows how bad the team is when he plays poorly. They simply cant do a damn thing when that happens.

    I also question whether we have much talent. Just don’t see it.

    Major overhaul needed, unfortunately.

  9. Joe Says:


    Sick of hearing about our recievers not getting separation, have no speed, etc,

    Thank you! The Pro Football Hall of Fame is littered with receivers who couldn’t run but always got open. Steve Largent, Art Monk and Fred Biletnikoff spring to mind.

  10. tampa2ali Says:

    no matter what weapons he got freeman just aint accurate…. i agree bucyea…. freeman should of been wks ago due to horrific play……

  11. Says:

    I can’t stand it any more and I’m going to say it. Something is wrong with Freeman. By this I mean, something hes doing this year off the field is affecting his game. Either there is a Jessica Simpson somewhere or he has learned about Tampa nightlife, strippers, or hes addicted to World of Warcraft. Something. If one of my top guys did a million in sales one year and fell on his face the next year, I would assume the same thing. Its usually the booze or the concha. Had to be said. Out.

  12. Bucfan12 Says:

    Steve Largent played with a mobile qb which created passing lanes, and Biletnikoff always had speedsters around him. The bucs have nothing that comes close to stretching the field, opening up room for others. I’m not saying Freeman doesn’t deserve blame, but his receivers just do not make plays for him consistently.

  13. Brandon Says:

    Don’t know if Freeman has regressed, but he sure sucks.

  14. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round, Freeman needs the heat on him.
    Freeman is the worst QB in the NFL this year.

  15. McBuc Says:

    What Freeman needs is a vet back up. Someone to mentor him, a coach is not the same as a player. They need to send Johnson packing and pick up a quality older guy looking to make a few bucks before he retires. The entire team is in shambles, and it is not because of Freeman, but Free is crashing with the rest of them. The kid has the talent, he just needs the right people around him.

  16. k_bassuka Says:

    Freeman has turned into a sorry @ss QB. He doesn’t have control of the offense, he doesn’t make the right reads, doesn’t anticipate, is not accurate, doesn’t even audible out of plays.

    I don’t know why the media (Joe included) don’t blast this guy for his lame play, I wonder if you guys are getting a fat paycheck from him because the main reason we lost today and most of the season has been because the lack of talent at the QB position and not one single article has been written about it.

  17. k_bassuka Says:

    I guess Joe did not like me post…

  18. Fed up Says:

    Time to start looking for a new QB. Since Andrew Luck is out of the question, they should look at Landry Jones, Robert Griffin or Matt Barkley (who’s coached by Monte’s son). Maybe call John Elway to convince him to trade Tim Tebow.

  19. tylund Says:

    I really think we should consider a new qb with the way freeman is playing and nothing showed how bad he is than that pick he threw to ashton yobouty

  20. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    Number 5 certainly didn’t get any protection this game either. If I hear one more person call Joseph a pro bowler I’m going to snap. Joseph is not even the best guard on the team this year.(yes Zuttah has had 8 unacceptable penalties but that is fixable) To think Zuttah’s run block is under Joseph’s is insanity. Perhaps it is because Trueblood is the undisputed worst RT in the league and Faine always has been absolute garbage at run blocking. I have no problems believing that Joseph might held back by the two guys that cookie him. Trueblood is that bad and Faine is that mediocre. Zuttah is playing better though without question.

    Penn got mangled all day. Odd since he has been top ten all year,

    Blount got a BS holding penalty which was clearly Blount just being physically dominant and shoving a guy to the ground.(cant passblock my a$$). He broke 7 tackles today. Lack of effort my a$$.

    Anyone want to teach him and Parker “High and Tight”?

    Biggers is just not a good CB. Talib is sorely missed and Ronde is being abused.

    A healthy non disgustingly hyper extended knee Bennett is sorely missed.

    McCoy has been missed but it is getting hard to miss a guy that misses games.(talib too)

    T-Jax forgot how to tackle. Completely.

    Hayes is not as bad as you’d think, but Black is even worse than you thought.

    Jones looks bad at times but is he an worse than the plethora of guys in front of him? Ruud led the team in tackles after 4 yards. Well, now we are tackling after 6 yards.

  21. Oahubuc Says:

    Watch Freeman go to a team with intelligent coaching and management and make us all cry.

  22. Oahubuc Says:

    Lots of guys on this roster will go on to have outstanding careers elsewhere.

  23. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    An injured QB, in his second year, at the age of 23, under a clearly inept coaching staff after posting a 25-6 ratio the prior year…. Yep! Time to look for a new QB…. SMH

  24. Capt.Tim Says:

    Today was a perfect example of the fall of this regime.

    As each player ran off the field- after fumbling, interception, giving up a TD, who was there to talk to them? Mr. No accountability himself- Aqib Talib. Not Raheem wanting answers, nope. Aqib.

    If this team was to have a prayer of discipline, he shouldn’t even be here. But, because they didn’t have any depth, they have choosen to ignore his selfish behavior. Time and time again.

    All these young players watch this. Then see him doing his lil rapper act, while we are losing by 30 points. Yeah, that’s how a coach and GM lose a team. When discipline is based on depth at a position, not behavior.

    Did anyone feel good about watching Talib, laughing and clowning with Blount and Williams, while we were getting trashed?

    Talib has proven to be the “bad Apple” I predicted

    When they fire Raheem and Dom, I hope they take Talib, Black, and Hayes with them. They should. Those 3 are probably the reason they are leaving.