By Jan Boger – NFLFemale.com
The final game of the preseason is over. Thank the Lawd! (LOL) For weeks in Tampa Bay the sports media gurus and the average fan who listens to sports talk radio have become experts at evaluating a player’s football capabilities. And in Tampa, the player they are evaluating is the Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Freeman.
Local sports reporters, sports talk radio hosts & their fans all have an opinion about the ability or should I say lack of ability of Josh Freeman.
This is what they are saying:
1: Josh is not a Peyton or Eli Manning.
When we compare their career stats this is true. However, Josh Freeman’s stats are equal to if not better than both Mannings for their 4th year in the NFL. Freeman had more TDs & fewer interceptions than both Mannings (NFL.com).
Josh Freeman 4,065 yards 27 TDs 17 INTs
Peyton Manning 4,141 yards 26 TDs 23 INTs
Eli Manning 3,336 yards 23 TDs 20 INTs
2: The BUCs need to get rid of Josh Freeman, he sucks.
Even if you believe he sucks, who are you going to replace him with? There were no veteran quarterbacks available once Matt Hasselbeck signed with the Colts & no rookie is good enough. Mike Glennon is not an RGIII & we saw how bad he played in the last preseason game against the Redskins.
3: Coach Schiano doesn’t like Josh Freeman; Josh is not his real choice to be quarterback because he didn’t
There is no evidence that this is true. Statistics do not support the premise that a coach will play a QB he drafts over a better QB already on the roster. 15 other head coaches are also starting QBs that they did not draft. 17 head coaches are starting QBs that they did draft (NFL.com).
4: Josh needs more practice; he didn’t play enough in preseason.
Of all the assumptions made this is the only one that I cannot disprove. But alas, I too can offer an opinion like others by asking this question, “What was there really to gain from Josh Freeman playing against 3rd & 4th string backups in preseason? “. Maybe make it possible for him to get hurt easier because his own backups were allowing him to be sacked 9 times in the preseason games he did play (Knox Bardeen- NFC South Lead Writer).
5: The success of the Buccaneer 2013 season is predicated on the success of Josh Freeman.
Josh Freeman was already doing his job in 2012. Tampa Bay was ranked 2nd in the NFL in yards per pass, 10th in passing yards, 14th in passing attempts, & 8th in yards per play (oddsshark.com). If Josh Freeman plays only as good as he did in 2012, the BUCs could end up 10-6. The 2012 pass defense alone was responsible for at least 3 losses when the Buccaneers were leading in the 4th quarter (New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington). So I don’t believe that the success of the Buccaneer 2013 season is all on Josh Freeman, it should be predicated on the success of a decent pass rush that allows the improved secondary to do their job. And, the rest of the team just needs to do their job.
So you opinionated media gurus (hah!) and fans, back up what you say, or …………JUST SHUT UP !