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Freeman Sophmore Slump?



Thats the term so frequently thrown around in this league. Will a certain player play worse than he did in his rookie campaign? Many factors go into to projecting what kind of year that player will have in his second year. I will give you my list of some of what I believe are the most important factors that will help determine Freeman's Sophmore Play in 2010, and an explaination as to why I feel he could have himself a Pro-Bowl year.  1. Coaching Staff & Scheme -  Tampa sure went through some coaches last year and lets all hope the ones who start this year are the ones who also finish. The Bucs have lost a few assistants in the course of the off-season but no real shakeups for the most part. Olson never changed the scheme after the firing of Jagodzinski and I suspect will just do a little more tweaking of his own for the upcoming year. With Olson having an Entire off-season and Training Camp to work with Freeman (as the starter) itself, should mean better play from the Qb. Remember Freeman didnt get much if any time with the starters last year in training camp. With him now being the guy he will have the opportunity to get the practice's in with the starters. That ought to go a long way for his improvement over last year.   2. Supporting Cast -  The Bucs didnt do much if anything in Free agency to give the Qb any real upgrades in his Wrs. They did snag Reggie Brown from Philly but he will never be the lead Reciever the Bucs need and will be battling for the second spot. The Front Office did however address that position in the Draft by selecting Benn & Williams. I dont want to spat out that they are the second coming of Jerry Rice or anything like that, but if they can transfer their play from college to the Pro's I believe they can become elite in this league. No Matter how you look at it Tampa Definatly upgraded its wide recieving corps from where it was at the end of last year and that has to be good for Freeman.   3. Player's Health & Conditioning -  Anyone who's seen Freeman can tell he's one hell of specimen. At 6'6 & 250 he is your dream of a proto-typical NFL Qb. He is very athletic for his size and has some speed you wouldnt think a Qb that big would have. Despite some hits last year that would send some Qb's in this league to the bench, he didnt sustain any major injuries and finished the season Healthy. In short i feel that his durability is outstanding and it is only going to help him more next year.   4. Drive & Discipline -  These are tools Freeman posesses that are just as strong as his arm. Every since he has been in Tampa he has known the Bucs expect him to be their savior and he's embraced it with open arms. From all the accounts I have heard is that Freeman is determined not to disapoint. He's watching the game tape, he's pumping the iron in the weight room, he's doing all the things you want your Franchise Qb doing to be that much better. Best thing is he is doing it on his own. He knows what it will take for him to be the Qb Tampa needed when they drafted him. Heck it wouldnt surprise me if he was at One Buc at four in the morning waiting on the janitors to let him in so he can get to it.  5. Previous Year -  Though Freeman showed some fantastic things last year he didnt exactly light it up.  If he came out last year lighting it up like Flaco or Ryan did their rookie year then I would say it would be hard to show much improvement in his play his sophmore year. He had some erratic throws last year that were costly. With this whole off-season to get more practice in he can improve alot on his accuracy and reading the defenses.       This is my take on why Freeman's Sophmore season will be a Breakout year for him and why I believe you may see him in the Pro Bowl...   Whats your take?

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