Freeman Had Clock-Management Failures

December 11th, 2012

Greg Schiano said yesterday that Josh Freeman missed a key detail against the Eagles

First, let Joe say that it’s darn cool and admirable that Greg Schiano, a man who much prefers obsessing in the film room versus interacting with media, takes live calls from fans on his weekly radio show on WDAE-AM 620.

Chucky wanted no part of that. His professed over-the-top “luvv” for all things football didn’t extend to Bucs fans. Raheem Morris, well, he was happy to let it all hang out.

Last night on the air was an in-your-face event for Schiano. Fans were respectful but pointed and critical.

One such caller fingered Josh Freeman for costly clock management  late in the Eagles-Bucs game Sunday. Playing with a precious fourth-quarter lead, the caller said, Freeman barked the call for the snap with too much time remaining on the playclock, as much as 10 seconds.

The leader of the New Schiano Order didn’t specifically agree with the caller regarding the amount of times Freeman made that mistake, but Schiano did agree Freeman screwed up by snapping the ball with as many as eight seconds left while the Bucs were trying to eat as much clock as possible.

The Bucs lost on the Eagles’ final snap — with two seconds left.

Details. Details. Details. That’s the New Schiano Order mantra. Yet the Bucs continue to botch details; 12 men on the field comes to mind. Joe can only imagine the teaching that went on at One Buc Palace yesterday.

10 Responses to “Freeman Had Clock-Management Failures”

  1. Raphael Says:

    IT pales in comparison to purposely putting the game into the defenses hands….one play by the offense and game over… But no we are concentrating on a few seconds….srsly?

  2. Justin Says:

    I saw this too. Screamed like a maniac. I believe it was snapped with 8 seconds on the play clock. Unacceptable. Snap that with under 2 seconds left please.

  3. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Two seconds. Ugh. That hurts so bad.

  4. SteveK Says:

    C’mon Freeman!

  5. buccanay Says:

    Remember the “RUN play” Freeman dialed up when 4th & LONG against Dallas when he had to call the play himself. Stuggles with decision-making!?!

  6. McBuc Says:

    Freeman had a bad game, but he did not lose this game. The defense lost that game, just like every other loss. Statistically speaking Freeman is in the top ten, I just cannot get why everyone is all over him right now. I get that he needs to tighten up a bit, but he is having a great year over all. This town is crazy. Penalties and a bad pass defense is what lost this game. They need to pick up a CB and a safety in FA, and draft one of each as well. The offense did enough to win this one, but the defense is just awful. Freeman is the best QB Tampa has ever had. Everyone pinign for a new 1st round guy should go look at the list of high draft pick QBs that the Bucs have signed and what happened.

    Brooks called the run play on 3rd and 8 before they even lined uip. He said the penalty changed the play calling and everyone knows they are going to run it to give the punter a better shot. I wish they would have went for the first down, but hey it is what it is. Brooks also described the play the Eagles would use to score on that last drive before they ran it. he knows his stuff, that is for sure.

  7. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    ” Struggles with decision-making!?!”

    I think they struggle with understanding.

    Remember the OC is speaking to Josh on the microphone between every play. You would think the OC might mention the clock in this situation. The fact that it doesn’t occur to Josh after 4 years is frightening.

    Norv Turner will be available next year, he’s one of the best at the 4 minute drill in the NFL. Remember the end of the 1st half against the Chargers. They killed over 4:00, scored and gave the ball back with so little time, Josh had to take a knee.

  8. SacBucs Says:

    I agree with most of the comments..IMO

    After seeing Free snap the ball all year long on the 2, sometimes barely getting it off I can see why fans are a little suspect about clock management. Josh is the Best qb we have ever had! He has issues with the short stuff. (fixable) I want him to run like he has of late. He took my advice from last year. He also learned how to slide! (perfectly) My reason, so the defense respect him if they feel he might run he can dictate there coverage. All that blitzing would’ve of stopped, if he showed DC that I will take off. Then that makes most coverages in to man up.

    When Josh was 260 he should’ve trucked a few LB’s, put a few DB on there back and let a couple of dlinemen know I’m BIG too fools. Ala Dante Culpepper! On tape so the whole league know! (Beasting) I garantee player wouldn’t try to sack him hard they would take him down yeah but no king kung suh shhh. In fear that Free might put 260 on a DT chest going full speed.

    He told me he was a better passer and I agree. I don’t want the cam newton rg3 runs just move the chains. We all know you can pass from the pocket run that shh. I know we got hecka pass catchers & runningbacks. Sooo. The defense can’t double vjax if theres a threat of the qb running..

    Just a thought don’t crucify me! Lets Get Tebow!

  9. grif4foozball Says:

    The bottom line is coach had more confidence handing the ball off than allowing freeman to attempt an eight yard pass @raphelia(moron)

  10. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    How many times will this coaching staff admit to losing games and be held accountable? I dont know what we are waiting for, get Sheridan out of town.