On Monday’s edition of The Commish, host Justin Pawlowski got into a discussion about the expectations surrounding Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, saying that “There are a lot of question marks about all of the interceptions he threw last year.”
Justin went on to say “Watching Ron Jaworski break down Josh Freeman…every highlight they showed was interception after interception after interception. All but one interception was intended for Kellen Winslow.”
There’s no doubt that many of Freeman’s interceptions came when he targeted Winslow, but as Justin said, “It’s not going to be an excuse for Freeman anymore.”
Freeman’s first year of starting was very good statistically and the Buccaneers finished with a record of 10-6. During his second year of starting, Freeman threw more interceptions than touchdowns and the Buccaneers finished with only four wins.
“If the Buccaneers are going to have Josh Freeman as their franchise quarterback, they’re not doing it just to get by,” Justin said. “The hope is that Freeman is going to ultimately lead them to a Super Bowl. That’s why he’s considered the franchise quarterback.”
The Bucs were one of the most aggressive teams during the free agency period and NFL Draft. Weapons were added on both offense and defense.
“We can sit here and talk about all the moves that were made in the offseason, and yes they did put pieces around Josh Freeman, but ultimately, it is on Josh Freeman himself,” Justin said.
As Justin looked at the recent success of teams like the Giants, Patriots and Steelers, he found one common recipe to success.
“You’ve got to have a top quarterback playing at the top of his game to make it to the Super Bowl,” Justin said. “You hate to put that much pressure on a young kid like Freeman but we’ve heard it before — the NFL stands for ‘Not For Long.'”
The Buccaneers will open Training Camp on Friday, July 27th.