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Josh Freeman claims nothing is wrong and he’s better than ever

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.during their NFL football game in Tampa Reuters

The Buccaneers and their quarterback, Josh Freeman, are struggling. Tampa Bay has lost three in a row, and Freeman has thrown seven interceptions in those three games — more interceptions than he threw in 16 games last year.

So it was surprising, after today’s loss to the Texans, to hear Freeman claim that everything is just fine.

“Nothing is wrong with me,” Freeman said, via PewterReport.com. “I feel like I’m a better quarterback this year than I was last year. As crazy as that may sound, looking at the numbers, I feel like I continue to get better in preparation and execution. I feel like I’m throwing the ball as well as I ever have. It’s just things aren’t going my way.”


Freeman is right: That does sound crazy. Freeman’s completion percentage, yards per pass, touchdowns and passer rating are all down from last year, and his interceptions are way up — from six interceptions in 16 games in 2010 to 13 interceptions in nine games in 2011. Sometimes, under certain extenuating circumstances, a player can improve even when his statistics look worse. But Freeman’s numbers are so much worse this year than they were last year that it’s hard to take seriously his claims that he’s a better quarterback now than he was a year ago.

And it’s hard to see any way to say the Buccaneers are a better team than they were a year ago. Freeman seemed to acknowledge that.

“It’s just that we have not played nearly up to our potential,” Freeman said. “We are a young team and as a young team you have to understand that this is the NFL. You see some success and you can’t rest on that.”

The success the Bucs had as one of the pleasant surprises of 2010 now feels like a long time ago.

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20 Responses to “Josh Freeman claims nothing is wrong and he’s better than ever”
  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 13, 2011 8:30 PM

    if he’s playing that bad i will have to see it to believe it when they play my panthers. that dude is too good of a player. he’s made me pull my hair out enough in his short career. nfc south has the best quarterbacking in the nfl. freeman is a damn boss as far as i’m concerned

  2. chace1986 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:31 PM

    Two of his three ints were balls that his receivers failed to haul in…resulting in tip drill picks…

    I agree that Freeman isnt playing near as well as he did last year….but he is:

    A. Under constant pressure.
    B. Shakled to Greg Olson and his pitiful excuse of a gameplan
    C. Plays for a team in which a penalty flag seems to litter the field every play.
    D. Has to watch that Raheem Morris led Defense allow TD after TD after TD.

    Freeman deserves some blame…but he can only do so much.

  3. tampajoey says: Nov 13, 2011 8:33 PM

    Well if nothing is wrong and this is “better than ever” then the Bucs need to start looking for another QB.

  4. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 8:36 PM

    Freeman has been the most disappointing player for me this year. With the Pack on deck, it doesn’t look good in Tampa.

    He’s been inaccurate and his mechanics are breaking down. Keep seeing him toss off his back foot.

    This deep in the season it’s unlikely he gets it together.

    Bucs have an absurd amount of talent but they need their franchise QB to start playing like one.

  5. devinmr711 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:52 PM

    Time to unleash the great Josh Johnson.

  6. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    Josh Freeman = Delusional
    Obviously, he has no control over stupid penalties his teammates are committing. But, his mechanics and decision making seem to have regressed.

  7. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 9:01 PM

    And also….Bucs need to stop gathering turds in that locker room like Haynesworth!

    You got a young squad, why surround them with guys like Haynesworth?

  8. tyelee says: Nov 13, 2011 9:21 PM

    The NFL’s history is filled with 1 year wonders… It is starting to look like another 1 will soon be added to that list….. Josh is not living up to the media freely given title of “Franchise QB”!

  9. sethb222 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:25 PM

    @trbowman

    I agree Haynesworth is a tool, but allowing your team to fall apart because McCoy goes down and no1 else can play the 3 technique is unacceptable. Can’t allow losing or the acceptance of losing into these young players mindset.

    Management showed they believe in them and that they can still win this year by making that move. Chances are they don’t make the playoffs but allowing that detroit/Washingto losing mentality to slip into their head could set this team back really far.

  10. bucforever says: Nov 13, 2011 10:00 PM

    I guess Freeman believes that “stats are for losers” and since he is not a loser his passing and interception stats mean nothing. Well Josh and his teammates need a reality check. At this point in time they are all losers and that includes the coaching staff. I for one am in for the long haul. It will take several more drafts and maybe coaching changes to right this ship and put us back in the hunt for another Superbowl title.

  11. riverace19 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:27 PM

    Somebody needs to slap Freeman and pour a bucket of ice water on his head because he flat out sucks right now and is getting worse as the season goes along

  12. cannonballdookie says: Nov 13, 2011 10:45 PM

    trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 8:36 PM

    Freeman has been the most disappointing player for me this year. With the Pack on deck, it doesn’t look good in Tampa.

    He’s been inaccurate and his mechanics are breaking down. Keep seeing him toss off his back foot.

    This deep in the season it’s unlikely he gets it together.

    Bucs have an absurd amount of talent but they need their franchise QB to start playing like one.
    ———————————————–

    Youth doesn’t automatically equal talent. They have pretty much no proven players on both sides of the ball aside from a few linemen, and Winslow and Talib who are meh.

  13. scomibord says: Nov 13, 2011 10:53 PM

    you keep thinking that little camp. who dat nation wants you to believe that for years to come

  14. fruityromo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:57 PM

    If I can be serious for just one moment, this kid has awesome hair. We can all agree on this, I hope?

  15. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 13, 2011 11:00 PM

    The only thing wrong with freeman is that he forgot to let his hair stylist know they pushed the sears catalog winter edition shoot up to 4 instead of 6. Now he has to do the shoot with nappy hair.

  16. uwachampion says: Nov 13, 2011 11:06 PM

    Tampa sucks again and Freeman isnt the future. The Bucs got lucky with that ONE Superbowl win and have been worthless since.

  17. bossplayer213 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:12 PM

    Josh Freeman is absolutely killing my fantasy team. Not happy with this guy right now.

  18. fruityromo says: Nov 13, 2011 11:23 PM

    Julius Erving (Dr. J) called Josh and, wants his hair back.

  19. cover2blitz0 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:36 AM

    someone get the liar board on sportsnation ready

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 14, 2011 9:08 AM

    Last season the Buccaneers got easy wins against the NFC West.

    This season they are getting beat by the NFC North.

    They are the same Buccaneers.

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