Cure for Freeman’s interceptions – throw more check down passes

Stephen F. Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports Buccaneers franchise quarterback Josh Freeman threw four interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Bears at London and leads all NFL quarterbacks with 10 picks.

It’s alarming given his efficiency in 2010, when he threw 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

Freeman met Wednesday and will again meet with quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt Thursday and others in an effort to fix what has led to his array of interceptions in recent weeks.

“It’s really just peeling back some of the aggressive nature,” he said. “When we’re dropping back to take a shot, I’m trying to strike a dagger in the defense. More often than not this year, it’s kind of backfired. We’re going to go back and self-scout the entire season and go back and look at the interceptions.”

Raheem Morris on Freeman: The Bucs third-year head coach believes Freeman is locking on to his primary targets — often receiver Mike Williams (sixth in the NFL with 63 targets) or tight end Kellen Winslow — and not progressing to his secondary options.

“Last year, he simply did a better job of going through his progressions,” Morris said. “He’s trying to throw touchdowns. Sometimes it’s okay to throw the check-down. It’s okay to go through your progressions.”

“Right now he has a little too much confidence in what he’s doing with his arm and forcing some (throws) in there.”


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