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Buccaneers working on Josh Freeman’s decision making

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Much of the story of Josh Freeman’s sharp drop between his first and second seasons can be told with one difference between those two years.

As a rookie, Freeman threw six interceptions. In his second season, Freeman threw 22 picks and that was a big reason why the Bucs dropped from 10 wins to six wins. It’s also a big reason why there’s a new coaching staff in Tampa this year.

One of those new coaches is working to turn Freeman back in the right direction. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan spoke to Sirius XM Radio about his plans for Freeman this offseason. Cutting down on those interceptions is right at the top of the list.

“When an incompletion is not only OK, but it’s a good thing,” Sullivan said. “When a sack is not only OK, it’s a good thing. It’s all about protecting the football and making those smart decisions.”

The Bucs may have helped make one of those smart decisions for Freeman when they traded tight end Kellen Winslow. According to ESPN, 10 of Freeman’s 22 interceptions came on passes intended for Winslow. Freeman might have been over-reliant on Winslow last season, he targeted him 111 times, and defenses adjusted to the tandem.

Freeman’s problems didn’t come just on throws to Winslow last season, but changing the mix at receiver could still have a positive effect on Freeman. Especially since Vincent Jackson is one of the new additions.

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23 Responses to “Buccaneers working on Josh Freeman’s decision making”
  1. meatfish66 says: May 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    “As a rookie, Freeman threw six interceptions. In his second season, Freeman threw 22 picks ”

    *that awkward moment when 2009 never happened*

  2. mianfr says: May 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Wasn’t a rookie; drafted same year as Sanchez, Stafford.

  3. nobby821 says: May 28, 2012 10:56 AM

    The difference between Winslow and Vjax is that Vjax will make an attempt to catch the ball when thrown to in the Redzone. WinSLOW is a scrub.

    Freeman to Vjax all day, Go Bucs!

  4. nobby821 says: May 28, 2012 10:58 AM

    BTW Freeman is in his 4th year. He wasn’t a rookie when he threw 6 picks.

    Typical article about the bucs, Noone wants to do there research.

  5. krycek84 says: May 28, 2012 11:03 AM

    Freeman threw 18 int as a rookie, the 6 were in his 2nd year

  6. Marv says: May 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    The last year was Freemans third in this league. The good part was actually not his rookie but his sophmore year.

    This guy has unlimited potential. I really think he’s gonna be great with some pieces around him!

  7. outsidecontain says: May 28, 2012 11:23 AM

    Freeman wasn’t a rookie last year when he threw 6 picks.

  8. drew902brees says: May 28, 2012 11:24 AM

    Dont you do this for a living? i got an account just to correct you idiots on all your mistakes…. last year was Freemans 3rd year in he nfl

  9. preseasonchamp says: May 28, 2012 11:25 AM

    His drop was between his second and third seasons. Not first and second.

  10. 941bucs says: May 28, 2012 11:31 AM

    Offer Brees whatever he wants! Saints be slappin him around, time to slap them back!

  11. sterilizecromartie says: May 28, 2012 11:31 AM

    Much of the story of Josh Freeman’s sharp drop between his first and second seasons can be told with one difference between those two years.

    As a rookie, Freeman threw six interceptions. In his second season, Freeman threw 22 picks.
    ————-
    Last year was his 3rd year.

  12. bucrightoff says: May 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    His decision making last year was mostly awful, and I think once he lost some confidence and especially once he had Seargent Winslow in his ear, he was out there over thinking way too much. Hopefully they remind him sometimes you just go out there, play the game and trust what you see.

  13. fxws says: May 28, 2012 11:43 AM

    Coach: “Josh, when you don’t know what to do, just chuck it up for V-Jack.”

  14. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2012 11:55 AM

    Everyone wants to forget Freeman’s rookie year. He was much worse than Gabbert was last year.

  15. raideralex99 says: May 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    You can pad your stats when you have an easy schedule but it’s a different story when you play the contenders.

  16. anderds1 says: May 28, 2012 2:13 PM

    At least the Bucs got 6 wins last year, sure makes me feel better than the 4 I remember.

  17. jagsfanugh says: May 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    “thegreatgabbert says:
    May 28, 2012 11:55 AM
    Everyone wants to forget Freeman’s rookie year. He was much worse than Gabbert was last year.”

    Gabbert was the worst qb last year and this article is about Freeman. I believe in this kid as his prior 2 years he showed that he has “IT”.

  18. pb420 says: May 28, 2012 4:39 PM

    Freeman is also going to benefit from having a competent offensive coordinator for once. As an NFL quarterback, he does have to be accountable for his decisions overall. Now that some of those negative factors have left the building, I’m excited for the potential he has under wiser leadership. It’s gonna be a much better season than last without a doubt!

  19. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 28, 2012 5:36 PM

    Difference between Freeman and the other guys’ rookie years is that he got no reps and didn’t start a game until like week 8 or something. Sanchez and stafford got first team reps and much better teams around them.

  20. reporterofthetruth says: May 28, 2012 9:31 PM

    With V-Jack at WR, Freeman passes Matt Ryan in the NFC South as ## behind Brees and Newton.

  21. glazerh8er says: May 28, 2012 10:42 PM

    Based on errors that is.

  22. tyelee says: May 29, 2012 11:00 AM

    “Buccaneers working on Josh Freeman’s decision making”

    In His 4th season and only 1 decent one. ~ Good luck with that!

  23. johnmaddenslovechild says: May 29, 2012 11:51 AM

    Man a lot of you would do great at the player haters ball. Hate hate hate!!! Once freeman and V-jack get familiar.. Theres no telling what can come from it and a lot of people forget that mike williams could be puttin up numbers with V-jack taking some heat off him

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