Josh Freeman

Bucs Are Now A 50/50 Team

November 07, 2011 at 12:32pm by Scott   •  33 Comments »

Just leave the helmet on. I've seen your hair and it is definitely not championship status.
I’m taking a look at the stat sheet from yesterday’s game and, according to raw numbers, Josh Feeeman did better than Drew Brees. So why was I always sure that Brees would make plays for his team on third down and always cringing when Freeman was throwing the ball in the same situation? I would have thought that correcting his interception problem would have included him tucking the ball and running a little more. I think a couple of those third downs could have been converted with him just making a decisive move to run with the ball. Then again, they tried to score a touchdown that way and got sniffed out. Anyway, he didn’t throw any picks, so that’s an improvement. But I’m still not going to say he looked sharp. I just didn’t see it.

I’ve already read a couple things about that throw down the sideline for Kregg Lumpkin and giving him shit for jumping too soon for it. There’s no amount of jumping that would have made that a reception. If Lumpkin had tracked that ball and caught it over his shoulder and tiptoed in-bounds, he might have caught that ball. A skilled wide receiver would have made that reception. That’s not Lumpkin. Unless Lmpkin missed his mark because he ran too slow or got jammed by the defender, Freeman should have thrown a more catchable ball.

The other play everyone is talking about is the third down call with Josh Johnson in the wildcat. I’ll talk more about this later, but I didn’t mind the call. I personally would have left Freeman in there, but I don’t think it was so awful. It was the execution. As soon as Johnson lined up, I knew he was going to run the the right. Everyone did. Johnson could have easily passed that ball for a completion.

This is LeGarrette Blount‘s one mess up where I don’t bring anything up from the past. Stupid, stupid penalty. If Raheem Morris is serious about guys running gassers to pay for penalties, Blount needs to run a shitload of them.

Same with Sean Jones. That one didn’t hurt as bad because most kickoffs are touchbacks anyway, but it’s another one of those self-inflicted wounds they keep talking about.

Blount had five rushing attempts in the second half. Five. He got stuffed a couple times and that was the end of even pretending to give him the ball. The Bucs were never far enough behind to abandon Blount. Now that I think about it, I probably would have been frustrated enough to punch someone in the face, too. Who’s the guy on “House”? Was he playing? Because I’d really like to punch him. He just bugs me.

Here’s the question of the day: Is Mike Williams still the #1 receiver. I know he’s the first one Freeman looks to, but should he be? He is still having trouble catching the ball. Mike has made some fantastic catches but this year just isn’t going well for him overall. It’s inconsistent, just like the rest of the team. But honestly, I’d trust Arrelious Benn or even Preston Parker more than Williams right now. Maybe it’s just the fact that other teams are taking him away and Freeman is still forcing throws that aren’t there. If he gets left alone for a few weeks, maybe defenders give him some more room.

E.J. Biggers is a liability in coverage. Sometimes he comes up with good plays, but not often enough to justify when he gets burned. Quarterbacks know it and they target him, so it’s going to keep happening until he can get better or grow wings. I should note here that Red Bull does not actually give you wings, so if you’re reading this, E.J., don’t even bother.

I have been ignoring Connor Barth over the last few weeks and that’s an oversight on my part. Barth has been a model of consistency when the team has otherwise been very inconsistent. Connor, you get the headline pic.

I’ve sat on this entry long enough, so I’m just going to publish. Keep enjoying the comments section, though. Nothing takes the focus off of shitty writing than a good old-fashioned flame war.

33 Comments to “Bucs Are Now A 50/50 Team”


toolman (November 07, 2011 at 12:40pm:

I watched the Steelers/Ravens game last night. Bucs need to watch that film to see how the game is played. Quarterbacks were throwing and receivers were catching everything. Freeman overthrew everyone.


turfgrass (November 07, 2011 at 01:28pm:

On the Josh Johnson play, I think you mean you don’t mind the substitution, but you don’t like the play call.

I thought for sure it was a passing play because a run was ridiculously obvious. I guess it was so obvious, Olson thought they wouldn’t be expecting it…


Bricen (November 07, 2011 at 01:39pm:

Someone is putting weights in the receivers cleats, that’s why Freeman is overthrowing them. It’s a conspiracy.


Darren47 (November 07, 2011 at 01:54pm:

I had the same reaction after doing a stat comparison of Brees and Freeman; it didn’t seem like Freeman was nearly as dangerous, but I guess my perspective is a bit biased given his recent struggles. The team lacks discipline, the D is soft, and the offensive redzone struggles continue to keep the team from winning. The only positive way to spin this loss is that, despite all the Fck ups, the Bucs still hung in with Saints, on the road, in a game the former super bowl champs absolutely needed to have. Freeman is working his way back to his 2010 self, Blount is playing well (outside of face punching), so I think this team will remain competitive through the end of the season but I don’t think playoffs are in the cards this time around…

PS Sorry for giving you sh*t about the late posts. Take it as a compliment, you’re the #1 blogger in Bucs land.


manbearpig (November 07, 2011 at 02:51pm:

When Blount threw that punch/face push (whatever you want to label it) all I could think of was one of your posts way back when referring to Blount as “fisty mcpunchface” and it made me smile. For a second. Then it was back to watching the train wreck.


mcLovin (November 07, 2011 at 02:57pm:

I think this loss boiled down to penalties. We had the one nice drive where Blount ran the ball easily,(still kicked a field goal, but run game looked sharp). Every drive after that – when the run could have opened up the pass game – was ruined by penalties, putting us in long down and distances taking the run away. Then of course we were behind and had to throw to try and catch up. If not for penalties I think we could have hung with them running the ball, its hard to run in 1st and 20, 2nd and 15.

Can we now officially call McCoy a bust? At the least he is definitely injury prone, which will prevent him from fulfilling his potential, which in turn makes him a bust. Morris is comparing him to Stafford, maybe the third season is a charm, guess we’ll have to wait and see.


FireThemCannons (November 07, 2011 at 04:31pm:

Never been a big McCoy fan….wish we had just lost to the Saints…kept the 2 pick and gotten my guys suh…


KingBuc34 (November 07, 2011 at 04:48pm:

McCoy is to soft. Time 4 a new DT. Man am I the only one that misses Joey Galloway & Antonio Bryant? Oh well, there’s always next season. Raheem you suck as a coach,go back to being a defensive coordinator. Where you @ Bill Cowher? Please help us. Glazers you all suck sweaty camel balls & your stadium will never be filled as long as you continue to be the owners of this team or as long as you keep on bringing in people who know nothing about coaching, I.e. Raheem Morris/Greg Olson. Poor coaching ,no discipline,& crap ownership,what else could we possibly ask for as fans.


JackieMoon (November 07, 2011 at 05:00pm:

What’s up with doom and gloom? You all are starting to sound like fair weather fans. If you didn’t expect growing pains with this team you are insane.

As for McCoy being a bust, it’s much too early to tell. Skill wise, he has been progressing nicely. If he continues to have season ending injuries that will change.


KingBuc34 (November 07, 2011 at 07:04pm:

@ jackiemoon, last time I checked we are entitled to feel or say what we want, its called blogging. It does’nt make any of us fairweather fans, just because we say what we feel. If you don’t like it,that’s fine. Just don’t call people out by calling them fairweather.


BaldBuc4055 (November 07, 2011 at 08:34pm:

I have always been a big fan of Raheem, but the constant struggles at the start of games coupled with the undisciplined play, numerous penalties, and questionable play-calling suggests the coaching staff isn’t getting the most out of these players.

I’m still not happy with the team not signing a few veteran free agents to bring in leadership for such a young team. While there’s nothing wrong with a youth movement, it’s important to have some vets that can lend a guiding hand. Having Ronde around just isn’t enough. And this all goes back to the Glazers being cheap.

I’m no fair weather fan, but this season is slowly dissolving before our eyes, and I’m getting fed up with it.


Louie (November 07, 2011 at 09:31pm:

This game was HUGE. Win it and the Bucs lead the division, lose it and go 1.5 games down. I foolishly bought into idea the Morris floated last week that the Bucs would start strong since they are familiar with division foes. What a load of BULLSHIT!


jampersands (November 08, 2011 at 02:21am:

@KingBuc34 Since when does writing a punctuation-less rant in the comments section of an article written by a funny dude qualify as “blogging”?


jampersands (November 08, 2011 at 02:31am:

Also, the definition of a “fair-weather fan” is pretty clear. If you only cheer for your team when they are winning, you are, by definition, a fair-weather fan. Now, I’m not saying you can’t ever complain about your team–in fact, I think just the opposite is true. But you can’t just “say whatever you want” or “say what you feel” and suddenly become beyond criticism. That’s not how words work.


manbearpig (November 08, 2011 at 07:07am:

I like turtles.


Meatmaster (November 08, 2011 at 07:12am:

Kingbuc is a douche. I knew he was an idiot when he longed for the days of Antonio Bryant and Joey Galloway. Sadly most Bucs fans are like that. They hit a skid and lose some and everybody pisses and moans. They’re like women in that they are happy when there is something wrong so they have something to bitch about. Still drinking the Raheem and Dom Koolaid over here thank you.


KingBuc34 (November 08, 2011 at 08:18am:

Eat a Dick meatmasterbater.


manbearpig (November 08, 2011 at 08:27am:



manbearpig (November 08, 2011 at 08:28am:

Group hug.


Louie (November 08, 2011 at 09:38am:

Did I browse to JBF by mistake?


FireThemCannons (November 08, 2011 at 10:01am:

I miss Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant….

Mark S

Mark S (November 08, 2011 at 10:02am:

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what the problem is. It could be a young team needs to grow up; or a lack of talent in some key areas; or, the result of no off-season OTAs; or a lack of intelligent, disciplined coaching. This late in the season, I only hope that we will take out some insurance during the off-season by signing a couple of free agents. @KingBuc, yes everyone is entitled to have their say, even you. But you are defending that right by telling others they do not have a right to their say. Grow up!


Scott (November 08, 2011 at 10:03am:

Louie, you better mean that because of the comments and not the content.


Meatmaster (November 08, 2011 at 10:15am:

So you want me to eat a dick and masturbate meat at the same time huh? That’s some kinky shit big fella!


manbearpig (November 08, 2011 at 10:15am:

I’m sure he meant comments. I’ve browsed the comment section on that site and it’s almost tougher to read than “Joe” himself.


Darren47 (November 08, 2011 at 10:26am:

Yeah, I’ve always preferred BucStats to the other blogs because Scott’s writing seems to deter the scum of Bucs fandom from commenting (as most of those types can’t read above a third grade level). I get nauseous when I read JBF’s articles/comment section, so let’s stay civil and focus on vile porn and Raheemisms.


Louie (November 08, 2011 at 10:30am:

Comments! Scott, if you ever start writing in 3rd person, I’ll hunt you down.


Meatmaster (November 08, 2011 at 10:46am:

Sorry man as soon as I get a clicky I’ll meatmasturbate and calm down and we can all hug and make up. At least you got a lot of comments on this one.


dwtalso (November 08, 2011 at 02:50pm:

Meatmaster, you’ll shower before the hug. Right? RIGHT?!


Meatmaster (November 08, 2011 at 03:26pm:

I wasn’t going to but since you asked….Figured it help us STICK together from now on.

Brick James

Brick James (November 08, 2011 at 03:32pm:

My issues are, The lack of a true vertical threat on offence, The HORRENDOUS tackling (not wraping up and bumping into whoever has the ball, Josh Freeman’s poor touch, penalties, and not giving Blount the ball enough.

Brick has spoken.


KingBuc34 (November 08, 2011 at 03:51pm:

Lmfao! I love Bucstats!


SGBuc (November 08, 2011 at 07:30pm:

A fast RB would be a wet dream right now

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