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Davin Joseph believes in Josh Freeman

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The Buccaneers’ coaching staff may not believe in quarterback Josh Freeman, but Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph does.

On Tuesday, Joseph called Freeman “the right quarterback” to take the team “to the next level.”

“I’m biased, he’s my friend, teammate, he’s my quarterback,” Joseph said, via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.  “But the thing that’s going to make Josh ‘the guy’ is his team.  His team is going to make him the guy.  So it’s his defense doing what defense is supposed to do, special teams making plays, offensive line blocking, receivers catching, running backs running. It’s everything that’s going to make Josh the guy.

“You look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, were not the two best quarterbacks in the league.  It was the two best teams in the league.  So Josh’s success is going to come from his team, just like every other quarterback.  Even though you had the best quarterback in Peyton Manning, he didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl.  Tom Brady didn’t make it to the Super Bowl.  It’s just about the best team.”

Joseph thinks the team is improving, because last year’s coaching change forced the team to go “from a country club to a place where we actually conduct football now.”

Still, the folks who implemented the change are lukewarm about Freeman.  And while total team success depends on total team performance, Freeman still has plenty of room to improve.

If he didn’t, the Bucs would be all in on the 2009 first-round pick.

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45 Responses to “Davin Joseph believes in Josh Freeman”
  1. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 16, 2013 7:50 PM

    I have faith in freeman. He has down games but we would have won two or three more games last year if there had been even the slightest semblance of a pass defense, or rush for that matter. Bucs problems are on defense.

  2. onebucplace says: Apr 16, 2013 7:50 PM

    Only players from Reuters can play for coach Schinao — everyone else are just place fillers until they can be replaced by a Reuters player. Got that tough guy.

  3. thesteelers says: Apr 16, 2013 7:53 PM

    I doubt it. No one can truly believe in him, right? But hey, at least he’s better than Sanchez.

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Apr 16, 2013 7:54 PM

    ““You look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, were not the two best quarterbacks in the league.”

    Joe Flacco is flabbergasted.

  5. wolff111 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:04 PM

    Joseph is stupid. Kaepernick is already the best QB in the league

  6. tyelee says: Apr 16, 2013 8:06 PM

    That would be more encouraging IF Freeman didn’t have 50+ games that prove otherwise!

    Hopefully the New Regime can figure something out and finally assemble a team that can win CONSISTENTLY!

  7. jeagan1999 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:07 PM

    Josh has got all the physical tools you need to be an elite QB. I hope that Coach Schiano can get him to play up to that level this year. As young as Freeman is, he could continue to get better and have a long NFL career.

  8. alstottarmy40 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:08 PM

    Maybe Some of us should learn to spell Rutgers

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:10 PM

    Don’t write this young guy off just yet. Just 2 seasons ago Josh Freeman was a rock…someone his teammates could count on. He doesn’t have the greatest cast around him, but they’re good enough to win with, especially the hamster. Having a guy like Doug Martin to keep defenses honest will prove to be a luxury for Freeman, especially considering defenses will be keying in on the RB quite heavily going into his 2nd year.

    I’m no Bucs fan, but after a dismal season for Freeman and a long offseason to prepare and get better…I expect to see a much improved Bucs team led by their solid QB. Freeman should have a chip on his shoulder all over again, and that should only help.

  10. vprkilr says: Apr 16, 2013 8:12 PM

    onebucplace says: Apr 16, 2013 7:50 PM

    Only players from Reuters can play for coach Schinao — everyone else are just place fillers until they can be replaced by a Reuters player. Got that tough guy.

    _____________________________________

    I think you mean Rutgers?? If you’re gonna be a Schiano hater, at least get your facts straight.

  11. onebucplace says: Apr 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    Uh I was referring to the news agency and certainly was not a victim or auto correct. Thank you tough guy.

  12. onebucplace says: Apr 16, 2013 8:15 PM

    Alright, I’ll admit to it — I can’t blame auto correct. I work for the AP and I was trying to smear the r-word people. Got me. I’m sorry I did that, I’m ashamed I did that.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:18 PM

    Adam weber will be the starter by the end of the year

  14. vegaskid21 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:20 PM

    Well what else is he supposed to say? “No I don’t trust him?” We’re not talking about Mark Sanchez here.

  15. Obama's Ballsack says: Apr 16, 2013 8:36 PM

    Somebody has to…

  16. zenrooster says: Apr 16, 2013 8:48 PM

    Dude I worked for Reuters. You are saying I have an NFL career?????

  17. how887 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:57 PM

    “Tonight on CBS 60 Minutes. Followed by Alice… RIP

  18. tinbender2000 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:18 PM

    With decent coaching I’d take Mr.Freeman on my team any day. This from a Raider fan that could care less what the Bucs do or don’t do.

  19. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:23 PM

    Do you losers feel THAT compelled to spring into action every time you lay eyes on a misspelled word? Does anyone actually respect you members of the grammar and spelling police? I think not.

  20. henryjones20 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:26 PM

    onebucplace- is reuters some inside joke or is it u just can’t spell rutgers?

  21. pb420 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:31 PM

    As someone has already mentioned it was the defense that was the main culprit of losses last season. Give Freeman a 2nd year with a stable consistent offensive game plan and I believe he can definitely turn the corner. It is a very challenging division that we are in for defenses vs the passing game. It will be impossible to improve without tremendous improvement in our defense, especially the pass rush. Here’s to hoping that it starts to come together.

  22. pb420 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:36 PM

    @captainwisdom:

    I’m not gonna jump all over someone for misspelling words. People do tend to take you more seriously if you can somewhat spell and use correct grammar however. Therefore I do not think onebucplace should quit his day job.

  23. nobby821 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    I cannot see why there is so much criticism of Josh. He threw for over 4000 yards and 25+ tds. The Bucs offense before Nicks went down and even the week after was #1 in the NFL. He’s had 3 different OCs in 3 years and has finally started something going. Think of Eli in his first year under Sullivan (not that great!) Give the guy a chance he hasn’t done too terrible.

    Also, I’m sure he would have played corner last year if they let him. Letting your defense break your heart as many times as they did last year would get to any QB.

    -fan

  24. sethb222 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    2 years ago Josh Freeman had a Top 10 in NFL history TD to INT ratio. Last year he had the most yards and TD’s in Buccaneers History.

    He can obviously be better. Had some real bad games. But so has Flacco, Eli, and Rotlisburger.

    He’s 9 months older than Andrew Luck and 6 months younger than Sam Bradford.

    Give the guy a break. He’s accomplished a lot more than those 2 “franchise” QB’s.

  25. bigwillieslowmcginest says: Apr 16, 2013 9:57 PM

    Nothing like a team that conducts football

  26. leggett17 says: Apr 16, 2013 10:32 PM

    Freeman is black…so any criticism of him if your skin tends to sunburn under a Summer sun is…wait for it – Rascist!

  27. devinmr711 says: Apr 16, 2013 10:59 PM

    If you put Freeman on the Ravens he is Joe Flacco. Nothing wrong with Freeman, its the team around him.

  28. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2013 11:16 PM

    @leggett….

    Of course it’s racist. A black QB can’t think as fast as a white QB. NOT! RG3, ‘nough said.

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 17, 2013 12:16 AM

    Freeman is a good young QB, why didnt the Bucs run Blount more? that guy is a player!! he got good weapons,just needs a TE

  30. darkflynt says: Apr 17, 2013 12:30 AM

    And how many different qb coaches and offensive cor. Has he had?

  31. milkmandanimal says: Apr 17, 2013 12:31 AM

    Last year both starting guards went out, and Joseph and Nicks should be the best guard tandem in the league. Throw in a less-than-great guy at RT, and there wasn’t crap for a line in the latter half of the season. Freeman’s never going to be Peyton Manning, a guy who can compensate for a crap line by making the perfect decision and perfect throw almost every time, but, give him a real line this year, and yeah, he’s dangerous as heck. Throws a great deep ball, some decent mobility, cannon arm, suspect accuracy on short stuff, makes crappy decisions when he gets pressure up the middle (i.e., when both his starting guards are out).

    He’s not perfect, but he has the capability to be very good, and that’s better than a lot of the teams out there. He should have gotten his extension last year, and it’s going to be a very expensive offseason for Tampa. Presuming Nicks and Joseph stay healthy, he’s going to put up some impressive numbers.

  32. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 17, 2013 1:45 AM

    I never understood why Freeman is so frequently criticized. I understand the Bucs are in a division with elite QBs, but there are still far worse starting QBs than him.

  33. jm8ch10 says: Apr 17, 2013 5:32 AM

    Where’s Ryan Kalil when you need a Super Bowl prediction?

  34. signaturewin says: Apr 17, 2013 5:42 AM

    This guy is Roethlisberger 2.0. Put Freeman on the Eagles, Seahawks, Broncos (I’m intentionally naming teams with better weapons than TB had who need or recently needed a QB) and he is a household name.

  35. norrinradd12 says: Apr 17, 2013 6:09 AM

    The funny thing about all this is he was getting legit MVP talk in the middle of the season. When your QB throws 20 TDs and 4 INTs in a 9 game stretch and you only go 5-4, your team has MAJOR issues that have nothing to with QB.

    He started throwing a bunch of picks after they were eliminated from the playoffs and the “fans” are using that as a reason to go trade for Mallett, Cousins or draft a QB at #13.

  36. biggame28 says: Apr 17, 2013 6:32 AM

    Schiano needs to worry about that defense first.

  37. sophandros says: Apr 17, 2013 6:36 AM

    Freeman is a solid QB. However, his team got shut out by “the worst defense in NFL history” last year…

  38. wjmoffatt says: Apr 17, 2013 6:54 AM

    Great for the team and Josh that you’re standing up for him, but the guy throws to many bad balls.
    And yes they weren’t the two best QBs but seriously the RAvens were no where near one of the two best teams without Joe, that defense was crap and special teams wasn’t to much better, sure Jacoby took one back but Holliday took two back on them.

  39. trilbilly says: Apr 17, 2013 7:33 AM

    Last year Josh Freeman had 4,065 passing yards and 27 touchdown tosses. He surpassed Brad Johnson’s Bucs records that had been around for almost a decade. A record that was set in the heyday of the Bucs defense.

    Freeman isn’t the problem. If you want to see more offense out of Freeman then you need to put a better defense on the field.

  40. baddorange says: Apr 17, 2013 8:58 AM

    Great receivers in VJ, Williams, great RB’s and this guy as a QB
    He is a dud, lousy, over rated.
    NEXT concern

  41. bnwillard says: Apr 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    The only way Freeman will ever make any headlines is, if he decides to come out of the closet and be the very first out and proud gay Quarterback. You can do it, Free-Free!

  42. gonzagylot00 says: Apr 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    The Bucs are in a pretty tough division.

    The Saints could get back on top this year, the Falcons were super bowl contenders last year, and the Panthers could bounce back into form.

    Even if Freeman and the Defense improve, it won’t necessarily translate to a playoff berth.

  43. tpa43 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:34 AM

    “I never understood why Freeman is so frequently criticized. I understand the Bucs are in a division with elite QBs, but there are still far worse starting QBs than him.”

    It’s only because the Glazers overhype him and he didn’t live up to their expectations as “god.”

  44. jiggy3198 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:49 AM

    Im a Ravens fan and all I see is how much Freemans criticized, much like Flacco. Give another couple years he will be a winner. He’s got the tools

  45. tpa43 says: Apr 17, 2013 11:43 AM

    “The only way Freeman will ever make any headlines is, if he decides to come out of the closet and be the very first out and proud gay Quarterback. You can do it, Free-Free!”

    Far from it. He’s banged every girl in town!

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