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Consistency... at being inconsistent

I know I'm gonna catch a lot of flack for this, but think it needs to be said. I know Freeman is a "taboo" subject anywhere in Bucs Fandom, but the massive critique against him was inconsistency. Whether that be accuracy (often confused with completion percentage) or starting slow/ finishing strong or whatever. The thing is, those same inconsistencies are still here. Let me show this a bit further.

Last year, the team (the whole team) started the season very slow. Barely beating thePpanthers, then losing 3... followed by a strong October setting team records in offensive efficiency... followed by an end of season collapse. This can also be broken down by individual game. I could pick many, but let's go with the Philly game. We started slow, had to come from behind to get the lead, then falter to lose the game. There were many others as well, the Giants game, Redskins, Falcons... and this year the first two Jets and Saints were the same. Get behind, come back, lose late.

Now, let's move past Freeman to Glennon. Most of the same inconsistencies are still there. There are strong points each game, a drive here or there, but no consistency. This is why we've been streaky, lose 8, win 3, etc. Sometimes the accuracy isn't there (sure, it's better than 40% but not stunning). We hear the same excuses as last year... dropped passes, poor tackling, injuries, lack of talent, etc... but they're all over-ridden by the statement "he's a rookie".

The one constant between last year's inconsistency and this year is the coaching/scheme. Freeman, Glennon, doesn't matter. When we rush for 30 yards one week, then 240 the next... when we control the clock for 40 minutes one week, then 20 the next... when we hold a team to 10 rushing yards one week, 150 the next... get 7 sacks one week, none the next... 7 dropped passes one week, 1 the next... these are not QB things. Not things a QB can change about a team from week to week. These are coaching things, gameplan things, scheme things. I'm not saying Freeman OR Glennon are good QBs, I'm not sure either are. But it's obviously taking the team 4 to 6 weeks to start the season before hitting stride, then after a couple successful weeks other teams figure it out and we never change plans. Same during individual games.

At some point, you have to look at what's been going on and realize the QB is not winning or losing games for us, the coaching is. And they're losing more than they're winning. I'm not sure you could plug in Tom Brady and expect much different results (although I doubt Brady would put up with this stupidity for long). So, bring it on, call me a Freemanite, Glennon hater, whatever... but the truth is the same coaching staff is getting the same results regardless of the talent on the field (which makes sense since they never gameplan/scheme to the talent's strengths).

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