Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has a tendency to be hopefully vague when talking to the media. Positive goals, team-centered motivation, and future aspirations usually dominate reporters’ notes whenever Freeman takes a Q&A. But on 620 WDAE’s Ron & Ian show Friday morning, the debatable franchise quarterback may have wished he worded his sentences a little better–even if we all knew what he meant.
It has nothing to do with…a contract year, finding out, oh, is he signed for this? What happened? I know God has got a plan for me, it’s all going to work out in the end. If I just give it the best I’ve got regardless…if I give it the best I’ve got and the Buccaneers say, “Ah, we don’t think he can play for us,’ at the end of the year and every other team in the NFL does and I end up wherever I end up doing whatever, I’ll be content because I’ll know I gave it the best I had.’
As I said before, we all know what he meant. He meant that he’s going to give it his all and at the end of the day, if the Bucs still don’t think he’s worthy of a franchise contract, then he’ll gladly go somewhere else. If you or I said that, it’d be fine, but I don’t want my quarterback even thinking about other teams ESPECIALLY on a contract year.
Josh has been great at not giving the fans or media any ammunition to condemn his poor play. He’s always been able to point himself in the right direction, and even in his slumps, been able to convince us that he–along with this team–is on the rise.
That’s all we want to hear. Freeman may have shown a brief lapse in judgement Friday morning by addressing any feeling of doubt. It just felt like an insurance statement. He was trying to wash his hands clean if the Bucs don’t think he can be franchise worthy (which they do or they would have cut him a while ago). Freeman has had multiple opportunities–four seasons to be exact–to prove his talents, and while he may be able to chalk up some of his losses to poor coaching and a poor supporting cast, this year it’s all on him.
Perhaps it’s all an overreaction, but that’s what happens when you’re a quarterback in the National Football League. For this to be a playoff team, we need Freeman to be bracing himself for new heights, not bracing himself for a fall.