Josh Freeman trying to make Dolphins with “beginner’s mentality”

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The Dolphins signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to an extension this offseason, leaving him set as the team’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future a few years after they made him a first-round draft pick.

It once looked like Josh Freeman would get the same kind of contract with one of Florida’s other NFL teams. Freeman was a first-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2009 and gave a strong performance as the team’s full-time starter during the 2010 season, which made it look like he’d be the man in Tampa for years to come. Things unraveled for Freeman after Greg Schiano arrived as head coach, however, and he was released in 2013 before playing out his rookie deal.

Freeman made brief stops with the Vikings and Giants, but was out of the game during the 2014 season. He’s returned to the NFL with the Dolphins, where he’s battling McLeod Bethel-Thompson to be the third quarterback behind Tannehill and Matt Moore. It’s an effort that Freeman says he’s approaching with humility.

“My goal is to come here and become the best player I can,” Freeman said, via the Dolphins website. “Talking with the coaches, they are just all about everyone trying to get better at football, develop as a football player. That’s my goal. As far as spots on the depth chart, that’s up to the coaches. Obviously, Ryan has had a lot of success. Matt has had a successful career. I’m coming into it with a very humble mentality, a beginner’s mentality. [Offensive coordinator Bill] Lazor’s offense is one that I’m not really that experienced in. At the same time, quarterback is what I’ve always done and I have a lot of confidence in myself as a quarterback. At the same time, you come into it with a beginner’s mentality and just work [your] butt off.”

In a league that’s always looking for quarterbacks, it’s not unthinkable that Freeman, who turned 27 this year, could work his way back into the picture for teams with needs at the position. The Dolphins don’t qualify, but a strong showing in camp and the preseason would certainly help Freeman’s bid to restart his stalled career.

30 responses to “Josh Freeman trying to make Dolphins with “beginner’s mentality”

  1. Just think a short while ago this guy was the next purple Jesus by posters in Minnesota and we were warned the Vikings would take the league by storm.

  2. It didn’t work out in Tampa, but maybe he’ll catch on with the Dolphins or someone else. I for one wish him the best.

  3. Freeman was never very good in Tampa. His accuracy is inconsistent and he has difficulty reading defenses. His best throws in Tampa were long jump balls he would just heave to Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams…

    Once Freeman realized he was not good enough to earn a new contract he completely imploded…

    I will never forget the “deer in the headlights” look he constantly had on his face…

    Sorry but the guy is not an NFL QB…

  4. texanspat says:Jul 8, 2015 9:18 AM

    “What the hell happened to this guy?”

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    He got Schiano’d…..

  5. themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    Just think a short while ago this guy was the next purple Jesus by posters in Minnesota and we were warned the Vikings would take the league by storm.

    REALLY?
    I DARE you to find just ONE such post and re-post it here dude…

  6. he was the same qb he was in college…could look fantastic one minute, absolutely horrible the next minute…as a QB, definitely not a leader…

  7. Again Tannehill haters… Philbin is the reason Tannehill has a slow start!!! Philbin is a CONSERVATIVE, SOFT coach!!! He didn’t let Tannehill throw the long ball EVER!!! He needed to be FIRED after this last season after all the 4th quarter meltdowns!!! Freeman sould be a great BACKUP somewhere but probably not here we have Moore probably the best back up in the business just like Don Strock in the 80’s!!! FIRE PHILBIN THIS YEAR, GO FINS!!!

  8. As someone who lives in the Tampa area, I can tell you that Freeman’s issues began off the field. It’s a shame because he had a lot of talent and seemed to be developing into a great QB, but it seemed to get to his head over time. I had quite a few different friends who said they saw him black out drunk at multiple different bars several times, and there were rumors(although never confirmed) about possible drug issues.

    I for one hope he can figure it out and salvage his career, but he’s going to have to take care of all that stuff first before hoping to change anything on the field.

  9. He couldn’t stay out of the club, that’s for sure. Getting rid of him, and a couple of his club buddies was one of the few good moves made by Schiano. (We all know what happens in the club)

  10. Proof once again, just because a NFL team picks a QB in the first round, does’nt mean they HAVE 1st round talent. EX: Freeman, Ponder, Blaine..etc) Pro Scouts have a very difficult time evaluating QB talent that can transition from college to the Pros. More misses than hits….

  11. It should be very easy for Freeman to have a “beginner’s mentality” since he hasn’t learned anything since coming into the league. He relied on his natural abilities and when they started failing, he started failing. To blame Schiano for his failures is laughable. This kid has been floating around the league for years now. His failures fall squarely on his own shoulders.

  12. 2ruefan says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:38 AM

    themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    Just think a short while ago this guy was the next purple Jesus by posters in Minnesota and we were warned the Vikings would take the league by storm.

    REALLY?
    I DARE you to find just ONE such post and re-post it here dude…
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    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Oct 18, 2013 1:19 PM
    Sometimes a guy goes to a new team and is better than he ever looked like he could be with his old team (e.g., Drew Brees).

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    Comparing Josh Freeman to Drew Brees is why Viking fans are known as the dumbest on the planet.
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    Whats with Viking posters and their tough talk??There you go dude I posted it and now that you lost the DARE can you disappear from this site? I can post more if you would like.

    Old Teddy We Trust had to change his username after that post. Bwahahaha!

  13. ma5terbla5t3r says:
    Oct 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    Freemon is leading this team to glory. It reminds me of Kurt Warner taking over with the Rams in 1999. This kid has wheels and a cannon arm. Peterson will open up the field big time for Freemon, who can make plays from pretty much anywhere
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    2rue I couldn’t pass up posting this one as well.

    Its like shooting fish in a barrel.

  14. Vikes spent a million on him, threw him in with no prep and the Giants D put it to him. Then he sat on the bench for the rest of the season. New humility?

  15. 2ruefan says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:38 AM
    themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    Just think a short while ago this guy was the next purple Jesus by posters in Minnesota and we were warned the Vikings would take the league by storm.

    REALLY?
    I DARE you to find just ONE such post and re-post it here dude…

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Robert Chandler says:
    Oct 7, 2013 5:28 AM
    As a Vikings fan since 1970, I am telling all the naysayers (who apparently are not very astute at evaluating football players) that Josh Freeman is the best QB this franchise has had since Fran Tarkenton – at least as far as realistic potential. Do any of you know how to assess QB play? Watching guys like Tarvaris Jackson and Christian Ponder, and scrutinizing their decision-making, footwork, set-up, release, and other factors, it has always been quickly obvious to me which ones even have a chance to make a lasting impact in the NFL. I have come to believe most “Fans” today don’t know what to look for, and base too much of their opinions on sheer stats, which tell 40% of the story at times.

    I am in the minority, I guess, but am celebrating this move today. I believe Freeman to have all of the essentials to be a star at his position and expect him to put some very productive seasons together, assuming they fix that O-Line, and rebuild that defense through the draft.

  16. Maybe instead of thinking of it as a beginning, he should be thinking of the beginning of the end.

    I doubt he has the wherewithall to do what it takes to be a starting QB in the NFL. You can’t just get by on talent alone and I don’t think he was willing to work at it. This is probably his last chance but I don’t expect him to even make the roster. Maybe he should go to Canada for a few years and try to improve as a passer.

  17. 2ruefan says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:38 AM

    themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    Just think a short while ago this guy was the next purple Jesus by posters in Minnesota and we were warned the Vikings would take the league by storm.

    REALLY?
    I DARE you to find just ONE such post and re-post it here dude…

    OK.. You found ONE.
    I didn’t “disappear” idiot.. I have a freaking JOB!

    So, because ONE person posted that… it was “POSTERS” in Minnesota?

    Can’t you just DROP the Vikings hate. It is sooooooooooooooooooo damn Old.

  18. Reading comprehension my little purple friend you are flustered. It appears there are multiple posts and because you came with the bolded dare comment I asked if you would disappear now that your bravado was shot down. But as with any Viking poster when made to look a fool they lash out with insults like a child.

  19. ampats says:
    Jul 8, 2015 9:50 AM
    The Miami Dolphins franchise is a perfect example of a beginners mentality.
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    I assume you’re referring to cheating, as compared to the long experienced new england patriots*.

  20. I don’t know why I care, but I hope Freeman makes it.

    I guess it’s because he does have some serious raw talent, and I hate seeing talent wasted.

  21. Beginners mentality? That shouldn’t be hard for Josh Freeman. To be accurate though, his problems didn’t start under Schiano, but under Morris. After a 4-2 start in 2011, Freeman was most always awful, and the offense had these inexplicable slow starts, often not scoring until the second half, down by as much as 42 points. Morris got fired. Schiano came in in 2012, and in his first season as HC, Freeman threw for 4000 yards, but his last 6 games he was once again awful, and no one could figure out why. Then he missed his football camp, had tardy issues we are told, and his relationship with Schiano and his team…went south. You can blame a lot of things on Schiano (though he cleaned some things up), but not Josh Freeman. Blame Josh for Josh.

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