JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot from Josh Freeman

NFL_freeman4.jpgWe all know by now the story of Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell.  Apparently content to have been the first pick in the draft three years ago — and to make all the money that goes along with that distinction — Russell never has embraced his role as an NFL quarterback, and the presumed leader of an NFL offense.

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, a first-rounder last year, applies a far different attitude to his chosen field.  And it’s the kind of mindset that may have allowed Russell to fulfill the potential that carried him to the top of the draft board.

I’m taking it very seriously,” Freeman told PewterReport.com on Thursday regarding his approach to the offseason program.  “Last year at this time, obviously the draft had not occurred,
but after I got drafted it was a whirlwind.  The focus really wasn’t on
me per se, it was on who was going to be the guy — Luke [McCown] or
Byron [Leftwich]?  They were trying to get me some reps and trying to
incorporate me, but this year it’s my show.  It’s my team and I want to
win.  I want to get things done the right way.  I don’t really feel you do
that by sitting around at home.  I want to come in and work.  I want to
be as well prepared as I can be so when we get everybody back from OTAs
we can get this thing rolling.”

So what message will this send to the other players?

“It shows guys that I’m serious,” Freeman said.  “I’m young and I feel
like I have something to prove.  I think it’s the attitude the team
should have. . . .  Speaking as the quarterback of this team and in a quarterback-driven
league, if your quarterback is not playing well it’s going to be tough
winning ball games. I’m focusing on me and at the same time I’m trying
to incorporate all of the receivers and running backs. . . . You want to get all the loose
ends tied so when you get to the season there is no doubt.  Let’s go get
it.”

We assume plenty of Buccaneers fans are showing the beginnings of a smile, and possibly a desire to run through the nearest wall.  But there’s one more quote to share.

“I want to win and I realize you have to put in the work,” Freeman said.  “This is not a
league where you can get by on talent alone.  You have to know what
you’re doing.  You have to be in there working.  You have to get it done. 
It’s definitely a love of winning — beating Seattle, beating New
Orleans, and beating the Packers.  There is no feeling like winning in
this league.”

Now go ahead, Bucs fans, and run through that wall.

73 responses to “JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot from Josh Freeman

  1. I only read the headline and I agree with this story, the problem is that in order to learn anything you actually have to put in effort. The only effort Russell has put in since being drafted is improving his technique at the craps table, and attempting to win a Refrigerator Perry look alike contest.

  2. The kid shows leadership, no doubt. If his qb skills develop he’s gonna be a good one for the Bucs.

  3. Go ahead NFL fans in the UK, run through that wall!

  4. Its a shame that the Bucs ownership lacks the same committment and desire to win that Josh Freeman has.

  5. JaMarcus Russell has had plenty of chances to learn from plenty of people, and will do just as much with this chance as he did with those.

  6. I initially was not a fan of the Freeman pick but I have to admit I think this kid is going to be something good…. GO BUCS

  7. So he says all the right things in an interview. Good for him. Since when does that impress Mike Florio?
    Now lets see if he can improve on that 59.8 QB rating.

  8. Serious? Until he gets a haircut I don’t think anyone will take him seriously!

  9. Love reading this. I know he has a cannon arm, intelligence, and a good work ethic. He’ll make the right reads. My only concern is his accuracy. That’s what killed Trent Dilfer; he’d make the perfect read, throw to the right guy, then bounce it two yards in front of him. He was never accurate.
    If Freeman can get his completion up to 60%, he’ll be the Buc QB a for a long time.

  10. That this attitude would have to be shared with someone like Russell, is just plain sad.
    When he showed up at the combine with the start of man-boobs, I said the Raiders would probably still draft him #1 overall and would regret it. I had no idea that he would be this lazy.
    I read that he weighed 290 lbs after having lost weight. It is almost impossible for me to imagine how lazy this guy is to balloon up to that weight, especially at that age. He would have to be lying around eating and drinking all day to get to that big.
    Some guys get big after a while, due to injury or stopping working out when they retire. This is just gross. I can’t imagine how disappointed his team-mates are in him.

  11. Love this kids moxy and attitude. He needs a WR so bad though. Hopefully his Jeckyl and Hyde coaching staff gets things together.

  12. Finally a good story! I must admit I hated the pick at the time. If he keeps wanting to learn and with his talents I’m on board with this guy. Maybe even Morris too. HAHAHAHA I won’t get carried away!

  13. It’s been a long time (forever?) since we had a dominant quarterback. It was exhausting winning all of those games by 10-6 scores during the Dungy years. I’m looking forward to having an actual offense.

  14. I like Josh. He seems like a good kid and a promising young player. Certainly, he knows how to create a positive buzz via his words. That being said, and with all due respect, words are just words. It can only help, but this team will still need more than a positive attitude.

  15. “I want to win and I realize you have to put in the work,” Freeman said.
    And Russell said: “I wanted to get paid and that’s already happened, so screw it! Where’s da twinkies homie!”

  16. Make no mistake about it, the inevitable rookie salary cap is going to be forever known as the JaMarcus Russell rule.

  17. JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot from a sack of nickels. That guy is a complete loser.

  18. Love it. This kid has been saying and doing all the right things this offseason…….now if they could just give him some weapons to work with, (insert Shaun Rogers joke here).

  19. This guy could be pretty dangerous…..
    Review the tape of that Green Bay-Tampa Bay game….
    And now he’s putting the work in.

  20. I like his attitude. Now , for the ownership , coaches and front office. Show us you want to win.

  21. I like Josh a lot, he definitely has a lot of potential, but they have to get him some help. Slaughter is their best receiver, I have a hard time believing most people even know who that is. The defense is pathetic, a couple of solid players but not a single playmaker. Until the Glazers show they are willing to spend a little money I won’t get too excited.

  22. i think i might be the first/only person to defend jamarcus, but honestly…hes on the raiders. lets say, just for kicks, that after he was drafted he went elway and didnt sign. so they trade him to a place with a veteran qb, a decent offense, and a strong coaching staff. he would have been well mentored, well trained, and he would have the oppurtunity to shine.
    now lets look at oakland. lane kiffen and tom cable combine for maybe a solid ST coordinator. the offense is dismal, and theres no veteran backup. he obviously has talent, otherwise nobody would have known his name in 2007.
    im not saying he can be a legit starter somewhere else, im just saying dont completely write him off yet.

  23. Great attitude! Shame he has no team around him to allow him & his work ethic to succeed…in time though, it could happen.

  24. ROFL (long time!)
    As a long time Bucs fan I was highly amused by this……. Russell may be able to learn something (attitude wise) from Freeman but that is about it…..
    As far as playing Freeman was not even flashy much less anywhere near spectacular so he still could very well be just another Russell!!! (UGH!)

  25. This kid is 22, scored huge on the wonderlic, can throw 70 yards, off one foot, rolling to his left. He’s gonna change the way people think about offense in Tampa.

  26. I am not a Bucs fan, but after reading this, I am now a Josh Freeman fan… well spoken, dedicated and level headed.. what is not to like about him? i certainly will root for him to succeed..

  27. Wow, what a breath of fresh air this guy is in a league with too many guys concern with getting paid and me first attitudes. With an attitude like this I have no doubt that this guy will have success in the league. It won’t guarantee that he is a star but if you have some skills (which he clearly does) and a strong work ethic, you can generally have a good long career in the league.

  28. And you Florio, could learn a lot from a journalist. But like Russell you’re not willing to work hard at it, when it’s easier put a negative spin on every article just to generate hits and comments like mine.
    This could have just been a very positive article for Buc fans, but spread a little Russell in for good measure to ensure hits. Sadly, I fell for it.

  29. The anti-JaMarcus. I liked this kid going into the draft last year. Strong arm, good head on his shoulders. I wish him the best

  30. JFRESH said:
    “Slaughter is their best receiver, I have a hard time believing most people even know who that is.”
    Uh, who, Webster Slaughter?
    If you mean Sammie Stroughter, I would say most people know of him better than you do.

  31. Hosstyle In Tampa says:
    This kid is 22, scored huge on the wonderlic, can throw 70 yards, off one foot, rolling to his left. He’s gonna change the way people think about offense in Tampa.
    HAHHHAHHAHAHAHAH…….sounds more like a circus clown!! hahahahahah Dbag!!!!

  32. Good story! I really liked what I saw from Freeman last season but his biggest problem is going to be finding open guys to throw to! Besides Winslow they have nothing, especially since they didn’t resign Bryant.

  33. Wise man say, “Talk is cheap, it takes money to buy whiskey.” Wise man is very old but still patient and waiting for the real Bucs to show up.

  34. He’s got a ways to go, but Freeman is going to be a solid, if not spectacular, QB. I didn’t really think much of him when he left K State early, actually thought he was pretty overrated. But, if he’s as dedicated as he says, it’ll only be a matter of time for success.
    I read here he’s only 22…yeah, so give him some time, Bucs fans. Oh, and some WR’s to throw to besides Strougher and the tomato cans that are wearing the WR #’s in Tampa would be beneficial to his development!

  35. He may end up being one of the few Big 12 school quarterbacks who excels in the NFL.

  36. @Hooby: i think i might be the first/only person to defend jamarcus, but honestly…hes on the raiders.

    You dumbass, the reason the Raiders suck so much ass IS because JaMarcus is on the team. You make it sound like poor JaMarcus is being held back by being on a bad team. You’ve got it backwards, Cracky.. they suck primarily because of this fat freak’s lack of talent and utter disregard for his duties as QB of the team. The Raiders actually have enough talent to be a contender, if they could put someone under center who’s actually thinking about football, rather than fried chicken and his next run to Vegas. Get a clue.

  37. Here’s what was reported last season:
    “PewterReport.com has reported that Freeman was overweight earlier this year, and he has some documented conditioning issues dating back to his Kansas State days. On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed that Freeman weighed 270 pounds, but later clarified that comment when PewterReport.com asked if he misspoke. Freeman is listed at 6-foot-6, 248 pounds on the team roster. The Pewter Report staff has noticed that Freeman has gotten bulkier since May when he debuted at the team’s rookie mini-camp.” http://www.pewterreport.com/articles/view/6186
    Talk is cheap.

  38. …all you drive by “Buc fans” that can’t see the bigger picture of what the Bucs are trying to accomplish by building through the draft with a coach these players will ki// for kind of don’t matter in a typical front running American kind of way…do us all a favor and j**k off to your Palin posters and let the rest of us enjoy the ride of building something strong rather than the mediocrity of the endless cycle of securing free agents over 30 that give you 7-9 or 8-8 every year….like I said you kind of don’t matter because you’re too stupid to get IT…..

  39. funny to read how everyone praises Freeman.. everyone forget his jealous remarks last year that Bucs drafted him to be starter that year.. after they signed Leftwich?

  40. Here’s what was reported last season:
    “PewterReport.com has reported that Freeman was overweight earlier this year, and he has some documented conditioning issues dating back to his Kansas State days. On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed that Freeman weighed 270 pounds, but later clarified that comment when PewterReport.com asked if he misspoke. Freeman is listed at 6-foot-6, 248 pounds on the team roster. The Pewter Report staff has noticed that Freeman has gotten bulkier since May when he debuted at the team’s rookie mini-camp.” http://www.pewterreport.com/articles/view/6186
    Talk is cheap.
    ————————————
    Dude, that was a year ago. The whole article is based on his motivation this year. You’re acting like a scorned woman who remembers every single thing her ex-husband said to her before she became fat.

  41. @kappao8: I hope you’re right. I love the idea of building through the draft; I’m just not sure Dominik and Morris are the ones that will take us to the promised land.

  42. He could learn from a lot of people but he doesn’t want to… so why write that headline?

  43. Josh Freeman will be a top 10 QB in a few years, trust me… JaMarcus Russell… doesn’t care, he’s rich, fat and lazy, makes me sick.

  44. Lets see, how to get a lot of hits on an article that otherwise nobody would give a damn about. Oh, I know, add the Raiders JaMarcus Russell to the title and bingo! Hits galore! Genius!!
    Really though, Russell doesn’t have the mental capacity to realize the things Josh Freeman already has. If he was smart, he would swallow what little pride he has, quit football, and run off into the sunset with all his millions laughing all of the way to the bank. Sadly Russell isn’t even smart enough to do that.
    Being that he’s a Raider, I can only hope he turns things around this year. Being a realist, I’m not going to hold my breath.

  45. This is hysterical – so many notes in here echoing my feelings on Russell and Freeman. I’m a diehard Bucs guy and was very unhappy last April with the Freeman selection – wanted Maclin. And I tweeted the same Jenny Craig comment as Kermie did above! The only person Russell seems interested in taking pointers from at this point is Kobayashi. Oh, and to the Raider Nation, YOU’RE WELCOME. I was beyond pissed we let Gradkowski go – you talk about moxie. The Raiders were a competitive team when he was taking snaps.

  46. Hey, WASABUC , IMO, the ownership showed us they want to win by trading up to draft a QB in the first round (even with guys like Percy Harvin, Clay Matthews, and Jeremy Maclin still on the board).

  47. Jamarcus better hope he learns something in the “Chili’s Night Assistant to the Assistant Manager program”

  48. Freeman will be a good qb for many years to come..Not saying an MVP but he will be a very solid starter for a long time

  49. This has been a hilarious thread.
    “JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot from sesame street.”
    I lol’d.

  50. Hooby says: April 2, 2010 9:16 AM
    i think i might be the first/only person to defend jamarcus, but honestly…hes on the raiders. ….. he would have been well mentored, well trained, and he would have the oppurtunity to shine.
    ____________________________________
    Perhaps you missed the part that when Oakland jerked his fat ass off the field and replaced him with a journeyman QB, the RAIDERS shined. I think your conclusions are bass ackwards.

  51. Ray Guy says:
    April 2, 2010 1:53 PM
    Perhaps you missed the part that when Oakland jerked his fat ass off the field and replaced him with a journeyman QB, the RAIDERS shined. I think your conclusions are bass ackwards.
    ———————–
    Depends on your definition of the word “shine”. If you mean “winning less than 50% of their games”, then yes, they shined.
    But there’s no doubt they were better without Russell than they were with him.

  52. slow joe…just sit back and relax…it will work out. Will they be playoff contenders next year…no..but it will be nice to watch them grow.
    I believe in Morris more than I do Dominick other than that spectacular 2nd he got for Gaines(god bless). I think he should have kept at least Brooks and his assistants were a FAIL… all on him. But Morris, These kids are punching walls for him and he’s a lot smarter than his stuttering self sounds.
    Some of the vitriol is ridiculous..let’s all just mellow out and let them grow. I think Joel’s statement was honest and made sense. And If I were in his shoes would do the same thing….how many people complained about us not going harder for Hainsworth?…where are they now?

  53. I love Freeman’s potential. He moves amazingly well for such a big guy. With his mobility, size, and arm strength, he really does remind me of a Ben Roethlisberger w/out sexual assault charges.
    @kappao8: I hope he’s smarter than he sounds, because he sounds terrible at press conferences. I will say though, his players play hard for him.
    I remember in 1998 we were the 2nd youngest team in the league, and we eventually grew into a Super Bowl winner, mostly through the draft. I hope the same thing happens.

  54. Freeman came out of college as a 3rd year junior, he played his rookie season in the NFL at an age when most guys are going back for the senior or redshirt junior years… and now after an entire offseason to get ready he should grow by leaps and bounds..
    I would say Freeman has as much physical tools as 98% of the NFL in terms of size, arm, speed but what will make him special is his work ethic.. because in the NFL playing the QB position is 90% mental and only 10% physical.

  55. Josh had a good first year but I still dont see this huge upside that everyone else does

  56. JaMarcus Russell had somebody read this post to him. Unfortunately, he didn’t learn anything.

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