Josh Freeman

So, Seen Any Good Movies Lately?

December 18, 2012 at 01:59am by Scott   •  10 Comments »

Keith Tandy outrushed Doug Martin. So there's that.
I didn’t forget. I haven’t been sitting back in quiet contemplation of what I was going to say about this game. There’s really nothing to say and no parts of the game worth breaking down. I considered writing an entry that said, “Everyone was shit,” and that’s it. I considered writing something totally non-football related, but then I’d be Peter King and I don’t like coffee enough or hate oatmeal enough for that. I guess it’s one of those weeks where no words can adequately express what’s going on.

It’s not as though we didn’t know how this season would turn out. If you predicted a six win season in August, that was reasonable and a decent record for an upstart team. And if they started off the season with a five or six game losing streak and then started to pick it up and really make some strides forward, you’d think everything was heading in the right direction. But the Bucs went on a nice four-game winning run that had a lot of us thinking playoffs in the first year. And then came the collapse, and all of a sudden it’s just like last year. Started off promising, ended with a splat. There’s always the chance that the Bucs win their next two games, but I don’t really care if they do or not.

It’s not because I’ve become apathetic about the team as a whole. Just their season. Each game for the past month has gotten progressively worse and they’re not going to fix whatever’s wrong in the next two weeks. So now I’m thinking about the offseason, the draft. I’m still excited about the Bucs’ potential. With Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks back in, along with Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson, they have a lot of strength in the offense. And I think the defensive line and linebacker corps is loaded with talent if they can get their starters back and play more consistently. An overhaul of the secondary is in order and, of course, Josh Freeman needs to play like he’s in a contract year since he is. There are a lot of pieces in place. And hell, if I didn’t stop being a Bucs fan during the Raheem Morris era, I’m probably never going to.

10 Comments to “So, Seen Any Good Movies Lately?”

Mark S

Mark S (December 18, 2012 at 09:18am:

The last two games have taken the wind out of my sails. It looked like we were making progress and then the cartoons ended and reality set in. Early in the season the defense helped us get a win. Then the offense took over, and now nothing seems to work. Freeman is pressing and he doesn’t play well in that mode. The OL is not blocking for shit, and no one on offense will look good when the OL is playing this bad. Even Penn is getting beat and looking undressed at times. The defense is deteriorating due to a porous secondary. The run defense is poorer because we are trying to help the DBs. Too many holes, too many injuries and too little time. I hope next year is better but I would like to see something in the next two games.

campyone

campyone (December 18, 2012 at 12:44pm:

Bucs weren’t alone Sunday, a bunch of other teams also mailed it in and started making their off-season vacation plans. Nothing to worry about, like those other teams the Bucs just decided the odds of making the playoffs weren’t good enough to justify the effort required to play a real game.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (December 18, 2012 at 01:11pm:

The Bucs absolutely HAVE to at least split one of their last two to have any kind of positive momentum going forward. A six-game losing streak going into the offseason would just be bad for business.

HouseofG

HouseofG (December 18, 2012 at 02:35pm:

I know the OL is patchwork, but it would be team mismanagement not to bring someone in next season, via draft or FA, to TRULY challenge Freeman for the starting job. I still don’t see a franchise QB there, just frustrating flashes of what could be. Franchise = consistent (and not the kind of consistent he’s been lately!).

BTW, Scott, someone else mentioned that weird log-in issue. I’m having it too. I get an error and have to page back and reload the site page to be logged in.

Matt Price

Matt Price (December 18, 2012 at 04:22pm:

I think a lot of thing boiled over, but I’m honestly pretty hopeful about this team. They are a solid team, they just need a few more pieces. And with Schiano having a year under his belt, I think he’ll get better.

Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone. And thanks Scott for all the great articles this year! :D

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (December 18, 2012 at 05:09pm:

i am also having log in issues but for our bucs there just fine all the quiters will be rooted out during the offseason my schiano and he will bring in his guys and we will be playoff contenders and with that offense with a year under its belt mabe evn the superbowl all we got to do is get 2 good dbs and another safty beacuse rhonde will be gone next year

jarldg

jarldg (December 18, 2012 at 09:04pm:

All in all, unless Josh shits the bed in these next two games, he’s had a very good season. He has the makings to be that kind of a quarterback.

The two ares of need that will be looked at in the draft with be cornerback first and foremost, then offensive line depth- unless someone like Lavonte David drops into reach.

Scott

Scott (December 19, 2012 at 01:51am:

The login issues appear to be a WordPress problem. I installed their latest update and that’s when they started. I’ll submit the problem and see if an update is forthcoming relatively soon. If not, I’ll put on my coding helmet (the one with the big lamp on the front) and see if I can fix it myself.

worker b

worker b (December 20, 2012 at 06:38am:

Freeman is fine, as long as the Bucs establish a running game first. Since his hot streak, they’ve come out throwing more than earlier in the season, and Freeman is not a ball control passer. The receivers aren’t that type either. Joseph and Nicks will help immeasurably next year because the Bucs need to be able to run even when the other team knows they’re going to run.

OL depth proved okay this year, I thought. There will be a dropoff when you lose two All Pros.

They need a pass rush as well as DBs.

avanderlay

avanderlay (December 20, 2012 at 07:19am:

Gonna need a younger Dallas Clark IMO too

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