No Warm Goodbye From Freeman

November 3rd, 2012

Now the following is no knock on Josh Freeman or his verbal skills, only a transcript of a telling response from the quarterback. For Joe, it’s telling because the well spoken Freeman was at loss for words and disinterested in talking about Aqib Talib on Thursday.

Hearing this exchange on The Josh Freeman Show on WDAE-AM 620 Thursday, Freeman sounded like a guy whose mom taught him not to say anything about someone if you can’t say anything nice.

Steve Duemig: Talk about Talib a little bit. You lose a teammate; this is a business.

Josh Freeman: Yeah. I mean, it’s um. I mean I’m not a GM by any stretch. I can just speak from being Aqib’s teammate. You know, he’s a guy that, um, a heck of a football player. And you know he’s a guy that is movin’ on in his career. You know, it’s, um, it’s just, like you said, it’s a business. That’s how it goes. But you know it’s um, really, it’s the least of my concerns at the moment.

Duemig: But you don’t spend a lot of time with the defensive side of the football to begin with.

Freeman: No. Yeah, but Aqib’s just a guy that gets to know a lot of people. He’s um. But yeah, he’s been on the team.

Joe has never heard Freeman string together babble like that.

Talib was widely considered a good teammate when he wasn’t suspended, working very hard, showing up with Freeman at player-run lockout workouts, playing through pain, etc. But this comment/non-comment from Freeman tells Joe that Talib’s irresponsibililty had run its course in the locker room.

Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson is trying to keep busy and penned a story in The Tampa Tribune about how the subject of Talib was taboo among players in the Bucs locker room Friday.

Nobody’s talking candidly. Joe can only speculate why, but Joe’s confident Talib’s ex-teammates spared him a good public tongue lashing.

42 Responses to “No Warm Goodbye From Freeman”

  1. BOb Says:

    good riddance

  2. Bob Says:

    Of course , they are all scared now.time to get rid of all of raheems cancers

  3. Macabee Says:

    May have a career in politics after football!

  4. Dave Says:

    WOW. It pretty much reads : whatever, he is gone, don’t care too much, he was annoying and a constant let down and over rated. That’s life, can we move on?

  5. Dave Says:

    One other thing, that tells me all I need to know as to whether or not they made the right decision.

  6. Adam Says:

    @Bob – Dont you mean all of Gruden’s/Allen’s cancers?

    @Dave – Couldn’t agree more

  7. Phil Says:

    Agreed, Dave! Thanks Joe.

  8. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    “Yeah. I mean, it’s um. I mean” lol wtf Freeman.. that is some of the strangest dialogue I have ever read haha. He most likely didn’t care about the Talib trade or hes just really bad at having conversations with people in the media. So many “um” also.

  9. Greig Says:

    Damn, you know, It’s getting hard to, you know, listen to, you know, NFL players, you know, talk. you know, you know, you know, you know.

    Just once I’d love for the person doing the interview to stop them every single time they said “you know” and say “No, could you “you know” explain that a little more.”

    Between the you knows & the urms I’m not sure they say more than 15 actual words in an interview.

  10. FlBoy84 Says:

    Josh throws in his share of “you know” & “uhms” in most of his interviews, it’s nothing new. More likely the lack of response from most players is due to an edict from Schiano, who only likes to talk about players who are currently wearing a Buc uniform.

  11. Colorado Buc Says:

    “No. Yeah, but Aqib’s just a guy that gets to know a lot of people. He’s um. But yeah, he’s been on the team.”

    I almost fell out of my damn chair laughing at this one. Yeah hes is a guy who knows a lot of people, and yeah he’s been on our team!! Good for you Free gain seperation quickly and make sure you don’t get asked the same question twice…oh and keep throwing for 300+ yards and 2+ TDs a game

  12. RichinNC Says:

    Maybe he is jealous because Talib can fire a pistol without hurting himself.

  13. Ian's Gay Lisp Says:

    Freeman NEEDS to stop saying “Yeah, No…..” to start off every sentence. He sounds like a complete douche

  14. mark Says:

    Queue the interview after KII’s departure – this was a shot.

  15. jlynch Says:

    Supposedly one of the Pats already told Talib what time is was after bitching about his locker something like knocking that chip off his shoulder Takeo Spikes ?????

  16. 76buc76 Says:

    Sound’s like an athelete filtering his comment’s.He’s thinking before he speak’s.I wouldn’t be impressed if he threw Talib under the bus.Free is too classy for that crap

  17. Morgan Says:

    Freeman is a good guy but one of the worst interviews ever. The guy needs coaching on how to handle interviews. He’s boring as hell and provides very little information.

  18. Matt Says:

    Dumb response for a dumb question.

  19. Macabee Says:

    Giants just waived RG Mitch Petrus, 2010 5th rd pick out of Arkansas. Blocked for McFadden. They should take a look at this guy and put WR Owusu in the open spot on the PS. Can’t hurt to look!

  20. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    I think this may be a bit overstated. Listen to any of Free’s press conferences and he sounds like this. Stumbling over words and saying um is the norm for him. I think it’s just him trying to think of a cookie cutter answer. I don’t think this shows either way how he felt about the move.

  21. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    He’s not going to condemn Talib, when he knows there are more Adderall suspensions coming. Some players were seen projectile vomiting on the sidelines that day.

    Funny, Talib strategically timed his suspension to lessen the impact on the team in a contract year, he didn’t rat out and coordinated with the front office so that only one CB would be suspended at a time yet he gets screwed in the end.

    I think Freeman and the other players will be very careful to not provoke a verbal outburst of truth from Talib. Imagine what would happen if Aqib were to read JBF. He might register and do some commenting himself.


  22. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    You’ve outdone yourself now Miguel. I guess your saying “the little general” is passing out adderall to the whole team right? Is he selling it himself or does he buy it and pass it out to the players for free?

    I’m just glad you’re here to speak the truth…

  23. Bobby Says:

    Miguel, unlike yourself…not everyone is on some kind of mind altering substance all the time.

  24. Architek Says:

    A win for both teams, bottom line.

  25. SacBucs Says:

    Strickly for Joe..I wud give my right hand to be on the sideline of a buc game in tampa once and your all over the facilty at one buc. Do me a favor. Tell freeman to study big ben style he looks like him..since biggers suppose to be the savior tell him to watch tapes of al harris thats his footnall twin..that highandtight shhh is wat got blunt timid. He only fumbled getn stripped while movung the pile..let that boy took them four weeks to see larsen was getting pushed in freeman lap. Go Jamon! Dotson too. how long will it take to see we dont need hayward larsen cody grimm jacob cutuera quicy black biggers and all those dam TE that dont play. Last year too. Im no coach never said i was but hit regus deep not a fricking end round he aint that dam fast. Freeman our receivers are all over 6feet attack the litttle cb dude no brainer.

  26. gotbbucs Says:

    I would wager a guess that the only time Freeman was ever anywhere near Talib was in or around One Buc. When I played in college everyone pretty much stuck to their position groups, even outside of the facility. WR’s and DB’s are kind of a different breed to begin with. Freeman probably didn’t know and didn’t want to know what Talib was up to once they went seperate ways after games and practices, and that’s fine, that’s just how it goes.

    Either way, Talib’s gone, the team has moved on.

  27. Phil Says:

    Miguel, you can’t seriously be saying that Talib got screwed. They traded him to the PATRIOTS. Where else would a veteran want to play?

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I think I have a new favorite poster on this site.

  29. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Funny, Talib strategically timed his suspension to lessen the impact on the team in a contract year, he didn’t rat out and coordinated with the front office so that only one CB would be suspended at a time yet he gets screwed in the end.”


    Funny, I wasn’t aware players had the ability to time their own suspension. Here I am thinking that the commissioner was a tough guy, yet he allows players to serve their suspension whenever they want.

    It’s also funny how you throw around accusations with absolutely no proof, but then again, that’s what you do. I’m still waiting for you to answer my question from yesterday about who is responsible for the Super Bowl talent you claim they have, yet you think the GM should be fired.

  30. Miguel El Magnifico Says:


    You time your suspension by dropping your appeal.

    In a contract year, you usually would want to play the KC and Oaktown Raiders. As a matter of fact, Aqib should have dropped his appeal after the 12th game so he could go home early and for Christmas.

    I didn’t see your question from yesterday. The Bucs are in the 4th year of this rebuild and should be competing for the Super Bowl. I believe we would be in the run with a less stubborn HC. He destroyed the depth on this team and has made it impossible to even replace injured players because of the gauntlets.

    I am not calling for the Rockstar’s head, in response to Papawill13’s ridiculous post, who thought that is was wonderful that our 1st rounders are starters. “What freaking more can you ask for?”

    I said that if he was my stockbroker he would have been fired long ago. He’s not my stockbroker.

    You were making a long list (10) of pro bowlers from our roster like the Bucs were undefeated. That’s wishful thinking and not too likely. Atlanta will probably have 5 or 6, the Bucs might get one.

    Gotta go now, Chip Kelly and the Mighty Ducks are playing a tough conference opponent, USC. They probably won’t score 70 this week against Monte Kiffin, but they just might.

  31. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    1st drive 4 plays 75 yards TD Black Mamba 1minute 5 seconds.

    OH MY!!

  32. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    2nd drive 9 plays 75 yards TD Huff 3:11

    Monte Who?

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    No Miguel, that’s not what you said. You’ve said we have as much talent as we’ve ever had, and that we have the talent to win the Super Bowl every year. So yes, that does mean you think the GM has done a good job. And no, more than just our first rounders are starting. That’s a huge exaggeration, and completely incorrect. But then again, why should I state facts with you?

  34. SacBucs Says:

    Who’s the lucky poster Hawaiian?

  35. Rican Says:

    I’m thinking its more cause they don’t want to speak against the decision Schiano made. Far different than your spin.

  36. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    3rd drive 10 plays 80 yards TD Barner 2:38


  37. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Gotta admit Miguel, Oregon is impressive. No way in hell that offense works in the NFL, but it is amazing in college. All I want for Christmas is to see Oregon play Alabama for the National Championship. If lucky arse Notre Dame didn’t win today, it would be much closer to happening.

  38. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    4th drive 10 plays 88 yards TD Barner 3:02

  39. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    5th drive This is getting too hard. On track for 70 points. Good night!


    Notre Dame went 3 ot’s to beat an unranked team.

  40. Jwayne Says:

    Oregon also allowed over 50 points scored on them! They don’t stand a chance against almost any SEC D fense! Ur obsession for Chip Kelly is beyond creepy Miguel!

  41. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    You know Jwayne, I think I agree with you, but each time I see them play, I creep a little more to the dark side. I just don’t know if Alabama can stop them. They don’t allow any substitutions on defense, because their offense is so fast paced. I do know you couldn’t pick 2 teams that are more opposite, so I think it would be a fun game to watch (a lot better than last year’s National Championship game with LSU).

    And yes, his obsession with Chip Kelly is much more than creepy.

  42. Jwayne Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    Yes it is!lol but hey at least when he’s talk”n about Chip Kelly he stops talking about The stupid ” gauntlets”. aka sprints! And i’m not gonna say for a second that Oregon isn’t a good football team. They have a very high powered offense and are very fun to watch, but that’s as far as it goes. I mean they let a struggling USC team put up 50 plus! And every year you have ur Boise state’s, TCU, Oregon’s etc with there high powered offense ( usually against week competition) always fall at the end. Defense wins championships and that’s why the SEC has won the last 6.