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Is Josh Freeman still the right guy in Tampa?



Ok I have had my reservations about Freeman since the first game of 2011 season. I didn't expect him to be perfect but he was out right horrible throughout the season. We hoped for improvement but we aren't really seeing much improvement on Freeman's part (coaching cant fix everything).

Buc Wild wrote a very good article about Freeman reading defenses.That isn't my real concern about Freeman. Its his ability to be accurate on short or medium passing routes. When I have seen him throw to receivers they are usually open or can make the catch if he delivers it right. K2 was the scapegoat for Freeman last year because "he targeted him too much". I have no problem throwing it to a receiver all the time as long as its a good throw the majority of the time. I wonder if he targets Jackson the majority of the time will Jackson be the blame if Freeman continues to throw inaccurate throws that are too high or too low or behind him that become incomplete or intercepted because "he cant get separation from the corner back"? I hope not.

Maybe our expectations are too high for Freeman. I personally would like the 2010 Freeman back. The confident Freeman. The one who could lead his offense down the field in clutch situations. The leader. Right now he doesn't seem confident to me. It seems like he is trying too hard to figure things out and not actually PLAYING how he can play. Of course you need to be able to read defenses and progressions and stuff like that but maybe he is thinking too much and its more mental than it is physical.

Maybe they need to pull the reins back just a bit and make the offense gear to what Freeman can do instead of experimenting with him on stuff he is struggling with. I think the addition of Martin will help him tremendously. He will be that security blanket for him he didn't have when Caddy left. The addition of the running game actually does help Freeman (Ahem..Sander) because we have a better blocker in the backfield who can catch as well if Freeman needs to check it down. And if the offense is more geared to running the ball quite often as Schiano claims then it makes Freeman more of the game manager type that can take plenty of shots down field when needed and hopefully we wont have to expect a 4th quarter comeback every game as we did last year or in 2010. If he can pull it out at the end like in 2010 its a bonus for me. If he corrects his accuracy that will be a huge bonus for me as well. But as long as he doesn't turn the ball over, and can keep the chains moving whether it be running himself to get the first or throwing on the run and get us into the endzone I'm fine with that. Freeman in my opinion is the franchise QB and its better to keep him then to get rid of him. Now its up to the coaches to use his skills correctly.

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