Freeman To Work Out With Chucky

June 16th, 2014
"Damnit Josh, you're like my wife. She's all over the place. Sometimes I think you want to be Rob Johnson. Now pay attention. And buy a friggin' alarm clock, will ya?'"

“Damnit Josh, you’re like my wife. She’s all over the place. Sometimes I think you want to be Rob Johnson. Now pay attention. And buy a friggin’ alarm clock, will ya?'”

Jimminy Christmas! This is just too delicious.

Apparently in a last-ditch effort to save his nosediving career, former Bucs quarterback, leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman, will work out for a week with Chucky to try to stem his NFL days from completely circling the drain.

Freeman, who totally melted down last offseason, was benched by former Bucs commander Greg Schiano after three starts with the Bucs in 2013. Afterwards, he pitched such a hissy fit, the Bucs had to throw him off the team he became such a menace.

Freeman then went to the Vikings and in one start looked about as miserable as a quarterback could. He finished the season in Minnesota and then latched on to the Giants in the offseason. His days with Tom Coughlin’s marine-like practices lasted only a handful of weeks.

Freeman is now walking the streets looking for work while NFL teams have their rosters set for training camps. In other words, Freeman might want to start looking into a Canadian work visa.

What sure smells like a last, desperate gasp to remain as a professional quarterback, Freeman, per long-time NFL personnel guru and NFL worker bee Gil Brandt, the former Bucs franchise quarterback will unite with the only coach to win Tampa Bay a Super Bowl for a series of practices.

Joe cannot think of a more oil-and-water combo than Freeman and Chucky, outside of Freeman and Coughlin. Freeman, apparently, is brittle mentally and cannot handle harsh critique, or for that matter, hollering. In other words, it seems he needs to be babied.

Chucky has about as much patience with quarterbacks as a housefly, and he’s well-known to curse in a quarterback’s ear so much the words remove any and all ear wax. Besides, Chucky is a morning guy, who wakes before 4 a.m. Freeman has demonstrated he either can’t tell time or doesn’t know how to master setting an alarm clock.

This maneuver ought to go over really well, huh?

If Freeman can somehow survive the Chucky experience, then maybe he can regain his professional career?

On the surface, though, Chucky will be Freeman’s best defender, throwing “love” all over the place to whoever will listen. Joe can just imagine Chucky saying, “This Freeman guy threw 25 and 6 with my freakin’ playbook. No offense to Greg Olson, but I thought I had burned every copy of that damn thing.”

72 Responses to “Freeman To Work Out With Chucky”

  1. You Go Joe Says:

    “Freeman, apparently, is brittle mentally and cannot handle harsh critique, or for that matter, hollering. In other words, it seems he needs to be babied.” I like this idea as more authoritarian coaches came in and realized he’s a no go. But is this true or just speculation?

  2. Luther Says:

    I expect a few F-bombs on the practice field while Gruden waits for Freeman to get up out of bed.

  3. Joe Says:

    I expect a few F-bombs on the practice field while Gruden waits for Freeman to get up out of bed.


  4. lightningbuc Says:

    Maybe Gruden can pull some strings and get the Bucs to sign JFro to a “team friendly” contract (whatever that is), as Joe suggested a year or so ago.


  5. Eric Says:

    Even Chuckies brother isn’t going to return his calls about Free.

  6. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Josh did not melt down, he was exposed, I was discussing with someone in the know over the weekend, and Freeman’s area of weakness is information retention. Meaning that you cannot install a 1/4 of a playbook with Freeman forgeting plays. Meaning its harder to adjust once plays and tendencies are on tape. even Mechanics will go out the window, after a short period of time. He cannot mentally retain the information necessary to be an NFL QB. Whether its ADHD or just mental capacity,( until I see a doctors note I cannot take Freeman’s word).

  7. Joe Says:

    Even Chuckies brother isn’t going to return his calls about Free.

    Well done.

  8. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Freeman cut Gruden a “Bonus” check to also be his wake up call. Freeman will bring the Starbucks coffee in return.

    I wonder how much it cost for Freeman to hire Gruden???

  9. Buccanole Says:

    Only thing capable of saving Freeman’s career is if he can find that magic lamp from Aladdin

  10. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    And the [Easy, man. — Joe] weeps. Worst public stance ever.

  11. robert8 Says:

    talent was never free’s weakness.

    you can’t fix stupid

  12. stevek Says:

    Any word on the NFLPA investigation?

    Whose the rat, Schiano or Freeman? My money is on Freewee

  13. Joe Says:

    Any word on the NFLPA investigation?


    Best series of reader comments in one thread that Joe had read in a while.

  14. Espo Says:

    Joe, do you know if these are legitimate training sessions or some sort of publicity stunt that will be televised ala “Gruden’s QB Camp?” I can see it now. ESPN’s resident qb guru revives a career. It’s a high reward low risk deal for Gruden and the network if you ask me.

  15. Macabee Says:

    Goodbye and good luck fellas! I’m taking a little hiatus for the next 37 days until training camp. Won’t have anything to opine about unless one of the following stories break:

    (1) McCoy’s 70mil extension gets done
    (2) The Bucs trade for another pro bowl Left Guard
    (3) Carl Nicks is cut
    (4) Carl Nicks files a MERSA law suit
    (5) Carl Nicks is not cut, does not file a MERSA lawsuit, comes to camp in top physical condition
    (6) A key Bucs player ruptures an Achilles tendon in a pick-up basketball game
    (7) A defensive player test positive for a performance enhancing drug
    (8) Josh McCown holds special workouts for Evans and ASJ that missed OTA workouts
    (9) Josh Freeman replaces Alex Tanney as the 4th training camp QB
    (10) A prominent rookie is arrested for public intoxication with Johnny Football at Lake Havasu

    Lol, it could happen….well, just kidding about Josh Freeman, but as Joe just reported he is making an attempt to get his career on track spending this week training with ex-Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, and next week with noted QB guru Terry Shea. So maybe……..Nah, that’ll never happen, but the other things could. Lol. See Ya in 37 days!

  16. Joe Says:

    Joe, do you know if these are legitimate training sessions or some sort of publicity stunt that will be televised ala “Gruden’s QB Camp?” I can see it now. ESPN’s resident qb guru revives a career. It’s a high reward low risk deal for Gruden and the network if you ask me.

    That’s a helluva good question. But lets be honest, who the hell (outside of Bucs fans) would want to watch a “Gruden’s QB Camp” with a borderline has-been quarterback? That might get WNBA-like ratings. A rerun of (any) 30/30 would get more eyeballs and cost nothing to rebroadcast.

    It does smell like a PR stunt, doesn’t it?

  17. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Chuckie: Let’s go Moonwalk!! Pretend it’s last call! Make it count!!

  18. lightningbuc Says:

    FLBoyInDallas Says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    And the [Easy, man. — Joe] weeps. Worst public stance ever.



    No. The worst stance ever taken by the radio show host that Joe has deleted from your post was when he knew for certain that a sale of the Bucs to Debartolo was imminent 12 years or so ago. But him hitching his wagon to JFro was pretty bad also.

  19. stevek Says:

    Can Gruden teach Freeman how to audible?

    Dude looked more comfortable kicking the football like it is the World Cup out there. Remember the first drive against the Jets?

    That series is right on par with the Butt Fumble. The ’09 QB class is a questionable bunch.

  20. Joe Says:

    Remember the first drive against the Jets?

    Trying not to.

  21. SAMCRO Says:

    I think Cleveland should seriously take a flyer on Freeman. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Freeman beat out Hoyer and Manziel? *smirk*

  22. TopDoggie Says:

    If Free would have been Chuckies QB we would have taken first in the division. Lost in the playoffs. Had high expectations for the next year. Took last place in the division. Went into a depression. Came out the following year in first in the divison for the first 12 games. Been high again. Then lost the last four games and missed the playoffs.

  23. Vincente Says:

    Gah dangit freeman

  24. Vincente Says:

    What if freeman beat out Johnny football!? That would be the best thing to happen to Cleveland since LeBron left.

  25. owlykat Says:

    Let me see now, the Giants now need a good backup QB, and they don’t care if he is mobile or not because they have just bolstered their OL, and their old starter threw 27 interceptions last year, so Glennon’s 7 picks last year may sound real good to them, and Glennon has a strong enough arm to hit Cruz straight down the middle. Licht needs to call them up right away and see what kind of draft choice he can pry out of them before they find out we had one of the lowest third down completion percentages in the NFL with Glennon last year! We have to unload him before the Preseason where he will look so pitiful compared to Josh we will never get a high draft pick for him. Freeman needs Alcohol Anonymous and an expensive Psychiatrist to get over the trauma inflicted by Schiano, gain his weight back, and hire a tutor to help him learn the playbook of any indoor football team that will give him a tryout next season. If he has a great indoor season next year maybe he can sign a minimal tryout third string contract in the NFL for preseason in 2016.

  26. robert8 Says:

    freeman and manzier the same team. lol that’s funny right there!

    joe would defintitely switch to joebrownsfan then.

    but imagine all the pull they would get!

  27. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    If that happened, they would have to get a kindergarten coloring book to use for a playbook.

  28. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    The public self destruction of Josh Freeman shamefully continues, with a bunch of hateful little nobodies piling on.

    Same story, until he gets fixed what ails him- if it can be fixed.
    But at least the collapse of a 24 year old millionaire seems to make some of the lower level posters here feel less pathetic- so I guess that’s something.

    TopDoggie- lol, that was the Gruden I remember! With that last place schedule in hand, he could stick beat a bunch of old guys into a winning record!

    Still, better than what we’ve seen since he left!

    Thank The Lord that Lovie came home

  29. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Enjoy your respite, macabee

  30. Espo Says:

    I wouldn’t watch it, but as far as ratings go you have to consider what else is going on right now. Not much in football. NBA just finished. Baseball takes forever and loses casual fans such as myself around this time of year. World Cup has a small fan base in this country. Just because it isn’t blockbuster doesn’t mean it isn’t a publicity stunt. And like I said, low risk high reward. If Freeman stays the same that’s expected. If he makes a roster than Gruden looks like a mad scientist once again and reminds NFL owners he is still a relevant name should he put his name in the hat again.

  31. DallasBuc Says:

    “Freeman, apparently, is brittle mentally and cannot handle harsh critique, or for that matter, hollering. In other words, it seems he needs to be babied.”
    Joe- how is this apparent? Funny that you of all people would accuse another of having delicate sensibilities or being unable to handle criticism!

  32. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    The public self destruction of Josh Freeman shamefully continues, with a bunch of hateful little nobodies piling on.”

    You act like he reads it. They can’t even PAY HIM to read a playbook, much less an anonymous blog comment.

    I think we will all survive, regardless.

  33. Dewey Selmon Says:

    best of luck free, just remember to run for the first down sometimes. used to do it alot. 6’6 248lbs. smh

  34. Stanglassman Says:

    Truth be told Freeman was signed by the Giants to be the starter in case E. Manning had trouble returning from injury. His release was only a product of Manning recovering quickly from injury nothing else.

  35. HotRod Says:

    “Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    The public self destruction of Josh Freeman shamefully continues, with a bunch of hateful little nobodies piling on.”

    I think all those fans that supported Free no questions asked for so long only to see him act like a spoiled brat after being benched because he couldn’t make it to work on time more often than your average McDonald’s cashier have a right to be a little bitter.

  36. Jim Walker Says:

    He needs to hire some Public Relations specialists as well. His reputation, along with Schiano’s, is in the toilet. I don’t expect either of them to have work this year.

  37. Buccfan37 Says:

    Joe, good choice of a word to describe Freeman. I think hissy fit sums him up well.

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Freeman needs Dr. Drew to straighten him out…..not Chucky!!!

  39. Eric Says:

    Meanwhile Schiano is positioning himself to take over for Perkins at Jones Community College.

  40. WalkdaPlank Says:

    @stevek – TRUE THAT!!! Freeman should be out there with Team USA right now, he showed extraordinary kicking potential against the Jets!

  41. Wally Says:

    Freemans problems are off the field. He’d leave the house at midnight and stay out till noon the next day. He needs to clean up his act off the field and what he does on the field will improve.

  42. Chris Says:

    If freeman thought schiano was too “harsh” wait til he gets a week of chucky. Heck I’m sure he was crying every day after dealing with coughlin. Those two make schiano look like a saint to work for.

  43. MTM Says:

    Chuckie can certainly fix Freeman’s issues like he did with the 15 QB’s that went through One Buc Place. Freeman needs rehab not a QB coach.

  44. SteveK Says:

    Back from Davoe Jone’s locker,

    Is Freeman responsible for the NFLPA investigation? Was Freeman/Freeman’s agent responsible for the leak.

    Free’s fall is nothing to celebrate, and SHOW NO PITY FOR RATS.

  45. Gack Says:

    I might be wrong but Gruden might’ve said he would love to have a QB like Freeman.

  46. PRBucFan Says:


  47. Louis Friend Says:

    Have to throw Schiano a bone on this one. He cut the cancer, and for that I salute the man. Couldn’t coach on the field worth a damn, but he knows crap when he sees it.

  48. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    When can we simply let Josh go back to Kansas where he belongs. Yes he is a majestic physical specimen and has a cannon for an arm. He can throw it through a brick wall…if only he could hit the wall.

    Josh is not an NFL Q.B. What is so freaking hard to figure out. He’s a big dude, strong arm but he couldn’t hit a running back with a simple swing pass, he has the touch of a hammer. Cmon guys. Big Dog notwithstanding Josh sucked.

    Sam Wyche frequently used a humor device…we may be small but at least we’re slow…set up the expectation and then deliver the line.

    OK Josh may not have been able to hit the broad side of the barn with three throws but at least he was a mental basket case.

    Let Josh go home and get some mental help. He’s not talented enough to be and NFL Q.B. even if he did get his head on straight.

  49. Robert7 Says:

    Someone get davie a Pom Pom ……and maybe some binoculars so he can look down on the little people. What a putz.

  50. RastaMon Says:

  51. PRBucFan Says:

    He’s a bitter Freemanite what can you expect?


    Who cares he’s doing… He’s not our problem anymore. I’d rather read about Chris Sims’ spleen then that bum.

  53. Mr Magoo Says:

    Maybe this will also spur Schiano to call Dungy for advice to help revive his career. NBC and ESPN could then have competing specials with Gruden working out Free and Dungy doing Dr. Phil like analysis of Schiano’s coaching skills. Must see TV.

  54. Mr. Patrick Says:

    When the Bucs finally cut bait with Freeman, I said he would be out of the league in 3 years. I’m sticking to that

  55. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Buc realist sounds like he is discovered the source of Freeman’s issues. I don’t know who Realist’s source is- but it looks like it matches the events.

    It’s either a mental illness, or a mental limitation.
    Well, at least the kid managed 15 or 16 million over the last few years.
    Lol! Which is about 15.95 million more than robert7 and peedonBucfan will make in their illustrious careers! Lmao!

    And RobertIQ7- I don’t need no stinkin’ Binoculars. Like an eagle flying high above the world- I can still look down and spot a dang rat creeping around!

    Magoo! Lol, now that’s must see TV.
    A QB who can’t remember the play, 5 minutes after he learns it,
    A lil delusional dictator- who insist that the schemes that he lost with at a tiny college, will somehow be successful in the NFL!
    If be betting on which one shoots his pupil first,
    Gruden or Dungy!

  56. PRBucFan Says:

    Bitter isn’t better buddy.

    Neither is obviously having “millions”.

  57. Max Says:

    How great would it be to have a Freeman redemption story right in here Tampa. He comes back and we win it all. Football fairy tales.

  58. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Prbucfan- well, you are right about that.
    Freeman has millions.
    But i bet he never imagined his dreams and career could turn so bad.

  59. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:
    June 17th, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Prbucfan- well, you are right about that.
    Freeman has millions.”

    78% of NFL players are bankrupt within 5 years of being out of the league. Do you expect the hard partying King of South Tampa with focus issues to be in the 22%?

    But, I’m sure he’s really grateful to Prince Valiant for defending him here.

  60. Robert7 Says:

    Wow davie… and tough. Bet your hung too. Lol

  61. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    I’m tough?
    Look at all these internet killers- talking trash about NFL players, that they would never have the guts to say in Person.
    Pretty sure Freeman would slap about 1/2 of the trash talkers here senseless- screwed up career or not.

    If someone at your job had an attention disorder- or even a substance abuse issue- I doubt most of you would hate the guy for it, or root for him to lose everything. I think most of you are better than that.

    But if it’s a player, for a team you allegedly love, that’s having problems- man, most of the people here just Hate him, and wish him the worst.

    It’s a really strange behavior, that seems to happen on the internet.

    I ussually root for the players, and don’t wish horrible things to happen to them.

    Unless they are violent jerks- like Talib.

  62. BoJim Says:

    Back, from Davie Jones Locker

    And what makes you so cool?

  63. robert8 Says:

    he chose the spotlight, not us.

    he was given every opportunity and chose the easy road out…..and also threw his team and fan under the bus when he quit on them.

    he’s a paid performer CHOSE not to perform. and you expect people not to be upset about that??? they have every right to be.

    meh, come to think of it you might be right. I think we should draft a QB, let him quit and then start smacking fans when they complain. man that’s the guy to make your hero and defend.

  64. Bucsfanman Says:

    No one should cry for Freeman nor rejoice. Last time I checked, he doesn’t pay my rent so…whatever!
    What’s ridiculous is those who blame anyone other than Freeman himself, if there is “blame”. Free’s demons are his alone, not Schiano’s, not Raheem’s, and not Leslie Frazier’s.
    Lots of guys can’t hack it in the NFL. So what?!

  65. buc4lyfe Says:

    Really Joe lol ok

    Time for a hiatus until training camp. Gruden hasn’t really done anything for a quarterback when it counts like on Sunday unless he has a veteran. the guy even said he wouldn’t have lost his job if he had this guy while I’m Tampa so good luck gruden. I’m actually disappointed because if Freeman really cared about his career and didn’t feel he was getting the coaching he needed then he should have been doing this every off-season prior to being jobless

  66. PRBucFan Says:

    Do you honestly think I wouldn’t tell that bum how I feel about what he did to our franchise if I ever got the chance?

    Should I be scared cause he’s “famous”? Ahahahaha come on now buddy.

  67. FanOfBucs Says:

    C’mon in Jash,

    Great to see you man. You’re a STUD and I’d love to hump your arm.

    You’re here to get better, and I’m going to get you back on the HORSE. You do like HORSES, right JASH?!

    Let me start by asking WHAT THE FRICK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

    Draw me up “Z-Wide-Stretch-Zebra-tango-orangutan-wire-pull-zip-seven-slash-Go-rocket-Crash” and tell me who’s your primary?! Who’s your check?! Where your protection call if BRIAN URLACHER is coming down the pipe to hit you in your mouth??!

    Ok, don’t know? Well you stink.

    I tried mannn. Show me some tape of Gannon!

  68. Ghost Says:

    Jimminy Christmas,
    Maybe the big dog can phone Chucky and assure him of what a great QB Free is. C’mon man spider y2 banana man.

  69. White Tiger Says:

    I wish the kid well, he played his heart out until Schiano cut it out of him.

    Good luck.

    Next story – hopefully not from the Moron of the “Joe’s”. This one sucked.

    In football, when you don’t perform, you get cut. In the writing-about-football-players world, when you don’t perform, you become a joe.

  70. The Dom must go Says:

    When exactly did Gruden become a QB guru? Never saw it on the side lines in Tampa….. Never drafted one????

  71. Joe Says:

    Never drafted one????

    Chris Simms?

    Bruce Gradkowski?

  72. The Dom must go Says:

    Exactly my point!!