Time To Air It Out

October 19th, 2012

Just looking at a computer screen (outfits still run news stories on objects made from trees?), Joe can pretty much guess the Saints-Bucs game will be an aerial circus, or at least should be.

The Saints, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, have a defense that is as wretched as Courtney Love.

The Bucs, who proved against the Chiefs the team has the potential to short out a scoreboard, has at best a shaky pass defense, no thanks to Aqib Talib’s Adderall-popping. Even Bucs coach Greg Schiano said this week E.J. Biggers is not playing at 100 percent health.

So it would stand to reason the Saints-Bucs will torch each other’s secondaries. That’s what Josh Freeman believes, well, sort of (he’s not throwing his defensive teammates under a Greyhound).

Freeman came right out and told eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune the Bucs cannot pretend to play a game like those old Michigan-Ohio State bloodbaths where there might be 17 points scored, total.

With Drew Brees under center, New Orleans boasts the league’s top-rated passing game and the Saints have not been held below 24 points during a 1-4 start. Connor Barth is one of the NFL’s most reliable kickers, but Freeman knows the path to victory against the Saints leads through the end zone.

“In this league, three points seldom gets it done,” Freeman said, “especially when you’re playing a quarterback and an offense as talented as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.”

As Joe is wont to do, he listens to “Movin’ the Chains,” co-hosted by Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and Kirwan for the past two weeks has all but been on his knees, begging Schiano to turn Freeman loose.

Kirwan claims the Bucs have shackled Freeman. The one time where Freeman was permitted to roam outside of his cage last week in the second half, Kirwan points out, the results were clear.

Kirwan also said with “dynamic” receivers like Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, keeping Freeman under lock-and-key wastes those receivers’ talents.

It’s an interesting theory, and frankly, difficult for Joe to argue against.

9 Responses to “Time To Air It Out”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    Quite a few fans on here, myself included, have been banging the drum to pass more, run 4 and 5 wide sets, unchain freemand and use the pass to set up the run. Last week we saw that. We won’t have those results every week, of course, but being run first does not utilize the talent we have on offense.

    Completely agree with Kirwan.

  2. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    I’m just glad that the Bucs care this year. Last year you could tell they jus showed up and punched the clock… much like the Chiefs did last Sunday.

    The Bucs actually are hungry to compete and win this season. Which is really what us crazy, insane, and judgmental desk top fans, aimlessly surfing the internet really want. Sports fans want entertainment. It just so happens that most sports fan have no business questioning these guys who put their bodies on the line. Imagine an entire city calling for you to be fired because you had a few redlines on your report. Or you took a few minutes longer than the schedule to achieve the task.


    One of the few times that I gree with Kirwin. Let Freeman LOOSE!
    Our recieving corp can do DAMAGE to the Saints secondary.But we also must keep in mind that WE are kinda vulnerable at corner since Talibs absence. GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Snook Says:

    I’ve been screaming this since 2010. Freeman is worthless as an under center QB. Put him in shotgun and let the passes fly.

  5. Bucnjim Says:

    The Bucs still need to control the clock and sustain some long drives. This may be a good game to get Dallas Clark involved more.

  6. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Plaxico was just interviewed on NFL AM (NFLN). I feel for the guy. I realize he made his own mistakes and had to deal with the consequences, but he had 600 yards last year without much time to train after his release.

    He said “I just want to play football”.

    I know his history and stuff…and his age. But bringing him in for a look and a possible 1 yr deal at league minimum could be worthwhile. Don’t know where we would use him, but a guy like that knows his stuff.

    Just make it clear that he would be a backup. He’s desperate.

  7. McBuc Says:

    Pete, why would we use up a roster spot on another WR? We have a bunch of them right now, and they are playing well.

  8. SteveK Says:

    @ The Dutch Oven,

    Plexi-Glass Burress is done. He may be a better red zone option then Stocker, but that is about it.

    I say, no thanks to his services.

    Besides, our practice squad boasts 2 FREAK athlete recievers, let’s stick with them.

    Don’t feel bad for the man either, it was his choice to engage in: Drinking + Sweat Pants+ Public place of business+ a loaded gun with the safety off.
    It is a mircale that he was fortunate enough to only harm himself.

    Sweat pants, guns, and night clubs are not the best combination.

  9. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Actually his Glock has a trigger mounted safety, which is like not having a
    safety. When his pistol slipped down his pants, he drunkenly grabbed for it and hit the trigger.

    I have a Viet Nam era vet friend of mine who carries Colt 1911 45 Auto tucked into his belt on his jeans with a bullet in the chamber, hammer pulled back and the safety off. He’s never had a mishap, of course he doesn’t wear those fancy pants with an elastic waist.

    I carry a Keltec PF-9 that is double action in my jeans pocket with a round in the chamber. It would take a miracle for it to discharge accidentally.

    I was surprised that he didn’t spend some money and fight that conviction. A guy in Washington DC fought it and overthrew the law. The Bill of Rights gives all men the absolute right to bear arms. These rights are God given and are unalienable. A lien is a law. Nobody can infringe upon that right for any reason.

    Our founding fathers would never consider leaving their houses with out being armed. There was no need for police back then.