Contrary to what some on Bucs Nation feel, I like Freeman. I really do. I have been labeled as a "Freeman hater" but I am not. I am a person who has been hard on Freeman because he is our franchise QB. (At least now). I know what my eyes saw in 2010. I know it wasn't a fluke, and that's the standard that I want Freeman to play at. I know he can do it. Which is why I get so damn frustrated with him.
Two years have passed and I have been looking to see improvement in his game. I still have not seen improvement. We all know his negatives. We all know his positives as well. But that isn't the issue I have with him. I want him to play the best that Freeman can play. He may never be the most accurate passer but as long as he is able to move the offense and not turn the ball over consistently I will be content with that. My whole concern was that I felt that Schiano and Co. wanted the prototypical pocket passer which Freeman is not and they were trying to transform him into one. I think we all agree that Freeman needs to use his mobility more often to be the Freeman that we all love to see lead this team to success.
I thought that Schiano and Co. were too stubborn to change the plan on how to use Freeman and add the fact that this is Freeman's final year in his contract made me worry that we might be stuck with letting Freeman walk or signing Freeman to a long term deal and be stuck with mediocre at best success under the system that keeps him as a non running pocket passer. I have seen the reports that Schiano and Co. want to FINALLY use Freeman's mobility in his passing game. But we have heard before that the coaches would adjust but ended up not doing so. So I am going to place my faith and confidence that the coaches will use Freeman correctly and that Freeman will succeed and have a monster year and lead us into the promise land. I just hope he doesn't break my heart again.