REAR ENTRIES: Getting It Together
June 25, 2012 at 09:50am by Scott • 1 Comment »
JAWS ON FREEMAN: Ron Jaworski is one of the better analysts on television. He provides a knowledgable perspective from a player’s point of view but also knows how to speak, a rare combination. And he’s one of the only guys who can stand up to Jon Gruden‘s energy without getting sucked into his chaos, kind of like Pat Summerall did with John Madden, but without as much scotch. All that said, fuck Ron Jaworski.
“In 2011, Freeman threw four red-zone interceptions,” Jaws noted. “No quarterback threw more. It was part of a season in which Freeman took a step back. He struggled all year with his decision making. He tried to make too many throws that were not there.
“In addition, his ball location was not precise enough. Throws that you have to make became turnovers. Freeman has a lot of work to do. … I saw a lot of deficiencies that plague young quarterbacks. Poor decision making, lack of confidence. The physical talent is there, the consistency is not.”
All of this is 100% true. That’s not my problem with it. My problem is that it’s all common knowledge and was blindingly evident to anyone watching the games. It’s why every article about Josh Freeman‘s future has the question of “Which Josh Freeman will we see?” When I heard Jaws had studied tape on Freeman, I expected to hear how he needs to alter his footwork to get a wider base or how his throwing motion needs to be at a different angle or how he needs to be able to use his eyes better to manipulate defensive backs or SOMETHING more precise than “poor decision making”. Fans who only get their game reports from the braille edition of the newspaper could have told me that.
STOCKER NEEDS TO PROVE HIMSELF: Luke Stocker started every game at Tennessee from late into his freshman year until he graduated, was never injured and was always dependable. So it’s a little weird to hear him slapped with the “fragile” tag now that he’s a Buccaneer, but facts are facts and the fact is that he has either been out or played below 100% since his plane touched down in Tampa for the first time. And that shit’s gotta stop.
“His role will be defined when training camp starts, but I think with Luke right now, the focus is just to get better and learn the offense and define his role,” tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said. “Your role can always change for better or worse. He’s in the process now of improving on the fundamentals and techniques and doing what it takes to become a complete tight end in this league.”
The translation there is that Stocker will be competing with lesser tight ends because he’s basically starting at the ground level. I hear good things about both Zach Pianalto and Chase Coffman, both of whom could easily take snaps from Stocker if he doesn’t get his ass in gear this season. Stocker is already a willing blocker, but to secure his place on the team he needs to be an excellent blocker. He’s already got great hands and knows how to get open, so if he can become that rare “complete” tight end everyone keeps saying they want, he’ll secure his spot on the team for a long time.
In other news, the Bucs have a tight ends coach named Angelichio. I could not have told you that for any amount of money ten minutes ago.
ROSTER MOVE: The Bucs signed Mike Ingersoll, an offensive tackle, and released LB Antonio Leak. Ingersoll is a second-year player out of UNC (who played under Butch Davis) who came into the league as an undrafted free agent. He was on the Bucs’ practice squad for a while last season.
I first saw this roster move on the NFL Network news ticker during prime time. That’s how slow late-June is for real news.