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Josh Freeman: I was a little too fired up

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Josh Freeman won’t be on the field on Sunday night when the Vikings play the Packers because of a concussion, but he feels confident that things will be better the next time he takes the field with the Minnesota offense.

Freeman was making his first start with the Vikings on Monday night and went 20-of-53 through the air to become the second quarterback since 1960 to throw 50 or more passes without gaining 200 yards. Freeman didn’t have long to prepare for the game with the Vikings offense, but said Friday that he thought nerves were the main reason for his poor performance.

“Looking back, maybe I was a little too fired up at first,” Freeman said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “There’s definitely a lot of correctable things, things that going into the game I would’ve banked on me being able to complete or get done on the field, but at the same time we weren’t able to do so, so I’m moving forward and just got to find a way to be better prepared.”

The Vikings were planning to start Freeman again this week before he was diagnosed with the concussion, so he’ll likely get another chance to show that nerves got the best of him against the Giants. How soon that chance comes could rely on how well Christian Ponder performs in his return to the starting job against the Packers.

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61 Responses to “Josh Freeman: I was a little too fired up”
  1. packfanaj12 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    Ah, I kinda feel bad for Minnesota… Oh wait…. No I don’t.

  2. zoellner25 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    Oh, ok, well, that explains everything.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:42 PM

    Everything is an excuse with this guy.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 25, 2013 5:43 PM

    Sounds like we have our quarterback of the future. His only problem is he gets nervous when he has to play a football game.

  5. skolvikesskol says: Oct 25, 2013 5:47 PM

    Shhhhhhhhhhh.

    - every viking fan

  6. carpalboss says: Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Dear Vikings, I hear that Jeff George would be willing to make a comeback.

  7. orangepeanut28 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Clown show…

  8. simpmcgee says: Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    I can understand the first series, maybe even the first quarter. But to miss wide open guys late in a game that was already over? That wasn’t nerves, that was Freeman taking Jared Allen’s advice and embracing the suck.

  9. glennsyank13 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Rick is a Magician has been quite humorous lately. The reason why Packers fans hate Vikings fans is because they can’t even be realistic when their team sucks. At least Rick is accepting things for what they are and is managing to enjoy himself.

  10. backdapack4evr says: Oct 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    Yeah
    Lets go with that one, too fired up!!
    It must have been funny as well with all the laughing he was doing on the sideline!!

  11. grogansheroes says: Oct 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    When a winless team cuts their starting QB in the middle of the season, it makes you wonder why another team would want said QB.

  12. matt24bucs says: Oct 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    There is just something wrong/fishy going on with this so-called quarterback- and it ain’t nerves.

  13. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 25, 2013 5:59 PM

    Hey, Josh. We don’t care, enjoy the next 10 weeks in Minnesota and get out. You made Spergynn Wynn look like Joe Montana. Get out. You’re terrible. Goodbye. Get out.

  14. drunkwino says: Oct 25, 2013 6:00 PM

    Well, cut back on the Adderall and you’ll calm down.

  15. purpleguy says: Oct 25, 2013 6:11 PM

    He certainly got Minnesotans fired up. Prediction for Sunday: Vikes lose big because we suck, there are plenty of Pack fans at the dome (because most live here where the jobs are), and next week Pack fans spout off about how their life is fulfilled by their victory and unprecedented dedicated road fandom. Well, fulfilled until they subsequently play the Saints, 49ers or Seahawks.

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 25, 2013 6:13 PM

    The Vikings are the most hapless and tasteless organization in all of sports.

  17. trollsetter says: Oct 25, 2013 6:18 PM

    Viking fans don’t care they’re hated you dolts. We are a self-loathing group as it is.

    What? Is it pretty tough to root for a team with consecutive franchise QBs?

    They say that Packer fans travel well. That’s such BS. They sprout up in every city across the US cause they liked watching competent football as kids. They don’t remember the way the packers were before Favre. They like their teams going to the playoffs. They’re like cowboys fans. A white trash version.

  18. sclobernocker47 says: Oct 25, 2013 6:20 PM

    Pretty sure “fired up” refers to what he smoked before the game.

  19. iamthorny says: Oct 25, 2013 6:20 PM

    Hate to see his numbers when he’s not “up” for a game.

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Oct 25, 2013 6:11 PM
    He certainly got Minnesotans fired up. Prediction for Sunday: Vikes lose big because we suck, there are plenty of Pack fans at the dome (because most live here where the jobs are), and next week Pack fans spout off about how their life is fulfilled by their victory and unprecedented dedicated road fandom. Well, fulfilled until they subsequently play the Saints, 49ers or Seahawks

    —–

    Your FACE!

    Oh, man! I got you GOOD!

  21. teamnorsecore says: Oct 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    glennsyank13 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM
    Rick is a Magician has been quite humorous lately. The reason why Packers fans hate Vikings fans is because they can’t even be realistic when their team sucks. At least Rick is accepting things for what they are and is managing to enjoy himself.
    …………
    “The reason Packer fans hate Viking fans”…..do you think ANY Viking fan cares? LOL!!! Your comment is the definition of irony. Do you think ANY Pack fan looks at their team through ANYTHING but Green and Gold glasses? Look in the mirror.

  22. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Oct 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    Fired up on what, shrooms? I mean those really were some good throws, if you thought your targets were Jack and the beanstalk.

    But they weren’t…

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 25, 2013 6:38 PM

    Can’t admit their team is bad? Seriously?…

    I’ve never met a Packer fan admit their team is bad even when they are terrible. They were on KFAN the day after getting destroyed by the 49ers in playoffs last year claiming to have a great defense. They can probably give a reason during that 25 year playoff drought why they should’ve won the super bowl every year. Remember Favres last pass against the Giants in the nfc championship game? Every packer fan I’ve met would tell you the WR ran the wrong route and it wasn’t Favres fault. Until he get traded to the Jets and later signed with the Vikings, of course. Pathetic. Packers.

  24. mn1288 says: Oct 25, 2013 6:39 PM

    Oooooooh Purpleguy….

  25. silencethecritics says: Oct 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    LMAO. This guy is comical. So glad he is gone from Tampa. Josh Freeman’s excuses for why he now sucks for a 2nd team makes my Bucs horrible season a little bit easier to handle.

  26. vikingsfan4life says: Oct 25, 2013 6:58 PM

    “There’s definitely a lot of correctable things, ”

    Vikings player, and the coaching staff, have been repeating this mantra since they bumbled through the preseason. The say their mistakes are correctable, but as we’ve seen, the staff and players can’t correct them. In that sense, Freeman fits right in.

  27. blacknole08 says: Oct 25, 2013 7:00 PM

    I would’ve banked on me being able to complete or get done on the field, but at the same time we weren’t able to do so, so I’m moving forward and just got to find a way to be better prepared.”

    ——————————————

    No, HE wasn’t able to. Overthrows and throws out of bounds don’t win games Josh. Vikings could have gotten better production from Ponder. He wasn’t ready to play and he shouldn’t have played!

  28. JMClarkent says: Oct 25, 2013 7:13 PM

    I thought that the league forbid players from talking to the media until they have been cleared from the concussion symptoms?

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 25, 2013 7:15 PM

    Well, at least Josh doesn’t have any abandoned children (as far as we know).

  30. krenshaws says: Oct 25, 2013 7:19 PM

    Green Bay fans are so sad. They are the Cardinal fans of the MLB, Spoiled and uneducated.

  31. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 6:38 PM
    Can’t admit their team is bad? Seriously?…

    I’ve never met a Packer fan admit their team is bad even when they are terrible. They were on KFAN the day after getting destroyed by the 49ers in playoffs last year claiming to have a great defense. They can probably give a reason during that 25 year playoff drought why they should’ve won the super bowl every year. Remember Favres last pass against the Giants in the nfc championship game? Every packer fan I’ve met would tell you the WR ran the wrong route and it wasn’t Favres fault. Until he get traded to the Jets and later signed with the Vikings, of course. Pathetic. Packers.

    —-

    Wait… if a receiver ran the wrong route, they’re still a Packer, and it’s still the Packers’ fault. I’ve seen the screen shot of Favre’s last pass as a Packer, and there were three people absolutely wide open, and he threw to the one guy who had three people on him.

    See, you really have no legs to stand on.

    Vikings fans are a pathetic, asinine fan base that just makes stuff up so they can *seem* smart, when in reality they’re unintelligent hicks who compare fish stories and wed siblings.

  32. GenXJay says: Oct 25, 2013 7:45 PM

    word is, a can of Campbell’s Chunky Soup contains the packets Fathead blonde chicks thumb.
    Woodmans in Wisc. are selling out of the soups. the Dahmer cannibalism outbreak has spread.
    Happy Halloween Gb-trolls

  33. tremoluxman says: Oct 25, 2013 8:25 PM

    These post of Vikes fans vs. Packers fans is really boring. It would be good for some laughs if were the least bit funny. Sounds like a bunch of middle schoolers trying to talk trash and merely sounding stupid. Get some better material or be quiet.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 25, 2013 8:31 PM

    What you see here is some very angry Viking fans, permanently infected with the rancid stench of losing.

  35. GenXJay says: Oct 25, 2013 9:03 PM

    tremoluxman,
    how does this sound?

    filthymcnasty pees sitting down.
    (yes) (no)

    please circle yes…middle school enuff4u?

  36. whatjusthapped says: Oct 25, 2013 9:21 PM

    Any excuse will work, just pick one and stick with it. Freeman has regressed and while I can’t account for reason, I’m guessing a lack of work ethic and a sense of entitlement.

    But if he this bad last week, just wait till he finds Randy Moss’s supplier, its straight downhill from there.

  37. 1bigtex says: Oct 25, 2013 9:36 PM

    So Josh Freeman believes he’ll do better next time. I agree. He certainly couldn’t be worse!

  38. darkneptune73 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:09 PM

    I will never understand Filthymcnasty1 and Tokyosandblaster’s fixation with Vikings topics. Almost like they have a hidden love affair with them,

  39. wbberry says: Oct 25, 2013 10:31 PM

    Then he’s been “fired up” for a long time.

  40. blspears says: Oct 25, 2013 10:44 PM

    Somebody on bathsalts would have had a better game then him.

  41. easywolf says: Oct 25, 2013 10:44 PM

    What a spoon fed wanker, go find jenarcus cracker russel and form the moron gang or something

  42. cstern24 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:01 PM

    Why throw the ball 50 times with a stiff ass qb when you have the best RB in the league

  43. zraskovich says: Oct 25, 2013 11:02 PM

    Rodgers is 1 concussion away from….I don’t want to say it.

  44. twesty85 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    Besides this post I haven’t posted anything in a long time. Everyone says the other teams fans are trolls all the time. You are all trolls, it’s not just one single fan base. I keep looking through the comments hoping to see something other than another fan kicking another while their down while the other fan calls them a troll. Never going to happen. Instead I see all you trolls (GB fans are truly the worst at this) calling the kettle black. You’re all PATHETIC.

  45. staffordsyear says: Oct 25, 2013 11:38 PM

    @krenshaws

    Yes Cardinals fans are spoiled but they are widely known to be the most knowledgeable fans in baseball.

  46. fordmandalay says: Oct 25, 2013 11:54 PM

    I just don’t understand this team and what they’re doing anymore. But then I have the same feeling about the Jets, the Raiders, the Bucs….

  47. gb4mn0 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:55 PM

    purpleguy says: Oct 25, 2013 6:11 PM

    He certainly got Minnesotans fired up. Prediction for Sunday: Vikes lose big because we suck, there are plenty of Pack fans at the dome (because most live here where the jobs are), and next week Pack fans spout off about how their life is fulfilled by their victory and unprecedented dedicated road fandom. Well, fulfilled until they subsequently play the Saints, 49ers or Seahawks.
    ————————————————–

    Hey purpleguy, it must be a bitter pill to realize that after just week 7 of the season all your left with is throwing a childish fit of words?

  48. gb4mn0 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:04 AM

    Genxjay is a dolt, dimwit, airhead, dopehead, dunce, nimrod, dullard, moron, dbag, lavender Larry toad.

    Hey twit dimwit, how’s that for name calling?

  49. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 26, 2013 1:11 AM

    Best…Excuse…Ever.

  50. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 26, 2013 1:11 AM

    I just don’t understand why he would ponder passing.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:28 AM

    Glenn

    99% of Vikings fans are already looking forward to the number one pic . Nobody thinks this team is good.

  52. jayniner says: Oct 26, 2013 1:38 AM

    “but he feels confident that things will be better the next time he takes the field with the Minnesota offense.”

    Remember those words…..because he will be saying them every week throughout his career as a Viking.

  53. lance19 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:12 AM

    I don’t care about Freeman either way,
    but starting a QB that just joined the team
    is a prescription for failure.
    An RB can step in & do their job in a new system,
    but the modern NFL QB’s job is too complex.

  54. ninjapleazee says: Oct 26, 2013 6:31 AM

    Brett Fav-rey on line one

  55. bunjy96 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:30 AM

    drunkwino says: Oct 25, 2013 6:00 PM

    Well, cut back on the Adderall and you’ll calm down.

    …………….
    Guess he hasn’t had time to find a bar he likes.

  56. gbmickey says: Oct 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    Poor disallusioned viking fans. The coaches and the gm sold the fanbase with smoke and mirrors, so they came a guns a blazin in the offseason with the bravado only to get emabarrassed with the pathetic 1-5 start. Now in 1 day they are playing for their Super Bowl but the inevitable will happen the Packer fans will overtake the metrodump and the Packers will once again send the viking trolls into hiding. Even playing without 6 starters their fans know what is coming. Not anywhere did I see a fan predicting they would win. How things have changed in a few short weeks. The only constant is the Packers are once again good.

    EMBRACE THE SUCK!

  57. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 26, 2013 10:46 AM

    darkneptune73 says:Oct 25, 2013 10:09 PM

    I will never understand Filthymcnasty1 and Tokyosandblaster’s fixation with Vikings topics. Almost like they have a hidden love affair with them,
    _________

    It’s really quite simple. They’re huge Packer fans and the Vikings are their biggest rival. That’s why they have their phones set to alert them whenever a Viking story is posted, so they can be the first one in with their “clever” comments. They are obsessed with the Vikings because the only thing that matters in their lives is beating their biggest rival!

  58. ejmat2 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:33 PM

    glennsyank13 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 5:53 PM
    Rick is a Magician has been quite humorous lately. The reason why Packers fans hate Vikings fans is because they can’t even be realistic when their team sucks. At least Rick is accepting things for what they are and is managing to enjoy himself.
    ——————————————————
    LOL. I’m pretty sure most or all Viking fans including myself understand how bad they suck this year. Maybe you should think of another reason other that pure jealousy. I can come up with several reasons why Viking fans hate Packer fans. Not that I hate anyone but here goes one:
    1) How about when you made fun of the people of MN when the bridge collapsed? Yeah that’s something to be happy about huh?

  59. corkumborkum says: Oct 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Vikings fan here: let me drop some knowledge on both sides who insult each other here.

    1) Vikings fans know our team sucks. It’s almost comical, even for us to watch them every week.

    2) Being a good/dedicated fan doesn’t mean you’re supposed to hate or gain some sort of status by insulting fans of the rival side. Being a fan of your chosen team is like being in a marriage. Sometimes times are good, sometimes times are bad and you work through it. We can admit we suck and that times are hard, but we can maintain a glimmer of hope every week.

    School yard insults aren’t going to change the results on the field. Now shut up and let’s watch one of the best NFL rivalries meet once again this week!

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:16 PM

    corkumborkum says:
    Oct 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Being a fan of your chosen team is like being in a marriage. Sometimes times are good, sometimes times are bad and you work through it.

    *****************************************

    So Viking fans have been the victims of domestic abuse for 50+ years?

  61. Blackpool says: Oct 26, 2013 10:17 PM

    Christ, why did my team grab this head case. Didn’t we have enough problems?

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