Freeman Has Good Company In Horrible Stat

March 29th, 2013

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The TV watchers have gathered at headquarters in jolly old England to determine which quarterback in the NFL is the worst when pressured.

Even Bucs fans walking around with a white cane could tell that all too often, especially in important games, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman wilted way too often under pressure. And, yes, the numbers-crunchers have confirmed what Bucs fans already knew. But if there is any consolation, Freeman is in the same boat as a future Hall of Famer with three rings.

Yes, that would be Tom Brady.

Freeman has a completion percentage under pressure of 41.9 percent, which is just a hair over Brady’s 40.4 percent under pressure.

The difference is turnovers. Brady has but two interceptions while under pressure. Freeman leads this list by tossing a ghastly nine interceptions while feeling the heat.

To his credit, Freeman is tied with Andrew Luck on the list for touchdowns thrown under pressure, seven.

Joe has a hunch if Freeman can tune down the picks while defenders are in his face, it could translate into three additional wins.

That’s a lot.

14 Responses to “Freeman Has Good Company In Horrible Stat”

  1. Ruggyup Says:

    “it could translate into three additional wins.” Yeah, maybe but, given the scene you describe why would guys like McShay suggest my Bucs draft a 5’8″ WR like Austin? How would Freeman ever find him let alone connect?

  2. stevek Says:

    Great points Joe!

    “Three additional wins if Freeman can tune down the picks under pressure”.

    Exactly! Freeman needs to not worry about doing to much and just take care of the ball. Take care of the ball, and you win.

  3. Joe Says:


    Your premise is flawed in that you actually give credence to McShay’s mocks.

  4. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    This is exactly what I said in another comment. Too many times Dotson gets bull rushed back into freeman and without davin Joseph on the right too many times freeman had to throw balls in heavy traffic. We need to start making it easier on the kid it’s hard to throw over a 6’9″ Demar Dotson

  5. zam Says:

    I wonder what that stat looks like if you take out the intentional throwaways. I bet Brady’s looks a lot better and Freeman’s doesn’t.

  6. DjoshFreeman Says:

    Seriously? He’s one of the tallest qbs in the by your logic Dotson shouldn’t play on any team cuz the qb can’t see over him?! You are smoking man…freeman is only 25 years old, and a year older than he’s got plenty of room to only improve.

    Tavon Austin would be a wasted pick.we have three wr two of whom would start on almost every team…it’s clear josh is more comfortable out of the pocket so our offense just needs to fit his mold

  7. OptimisTroll Says:

    Seems like reducing pressure will help the most, which should happen when our expensive wall of an offensive line returns this season, instead of being on IR.

    Joseph and Nicks will give Freeman so much time that PFF won’t have many pressures to tabulate.

  8. nick Says:

    of that bottom 10 josh is also tied for most td’s under pressure, unfortunately he leads in int’s. he doest get rattled and he is poised in the pocket just bad mechanics throwing off back foot or not have feet set but this is bad considering he had that incredible year with something like 25 td to only 6 int’s. I say let him work and grow another offseason, year 2 in this system. Its on you once opening day started this is your year to S**T or get off the pot josh. Im hoping he comes through because starting over with a rookie will be just as painful as seeing josh throw behind receivers on a 5 yard pass

  9. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Wow, Tony “Oh no” Romo just got paid. Just one playoff win under his belt. I hope the Rock star doesn’t follow suit with Freeman. Don’t get me wrong, I would be happy to see Freeman get paid, but I want to see some results on the field first to earn that big pay day.

  10. Jrock Says:

    Lmao Ruggy & Joe – that’s what I thought after reading McShay’s mock. Why the hell would the Bucs draft a WR? The one position we DON’T need competition/depth in

  11. nick Says:

    well honestly our slot receiver sucked last year after having one or two good games at the beginning of the season. theres a reason why seattle is getting the love they get after trading for harvin, denver with welker. I dont wanna see our qb throwing jump balls all season because our slot wr and tight ends cant do anything underneath to take the pressure off v jack and willams

  12. Free's a boob Says:

    Too funny! Free will cease the picks when we see pigs flying over Dale Mabry. The clown has been an incompletion machine at every level. Time to get past Rah’s mancrush and find a QB with a brain.

  13. Adam Says:

    Another excuse….. it’s getting old. Everyone has an excuse.

  14. 76buc76 Says:

    Tavon Austin = Dexter Jackson