Rick Stroud Calls Josh Freeman The QB To Beat


Rick Stroud of the St Petersburg Times was just featured on ESPN’s NFL Live and was quoted as saying that Josh Freeman is now the QB to beat going into training camp.

I’m not sure whether this says how good he has looked thusfar in OTA’s and Mini-Camps or how average both Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown have looked.  Freeman has been getting the majority of the snaps with the third team offense and primarily against the third team defense, so even if he was impressive, it had to be taken with a grain of salt.  On the other hand if both Leftwich and McCown have looked subpar to average, the coaching staff might just have a WTF type of call on their hands.

“We did talk last week, and when I say we, I’m talking about everyone in the building from the G.M., the head coach, Doug Williams — other people were involved and we just discussed the Josh Freeman plan,” Olson said.  “We decided we’ll go through the summer, we’ll go probably a week into training camp and we’ll revisited [sic] it again . . . we may expedite what he’s doing.

“Early when he first got here, he was forcing the football too much,” Olson said.  “If he can show he’s progressing as far as the decision-making goes, then shoot, why not?  He’s comfortable in there, he throws a great ball, he’s accurate and if he’s not turning the ball over, then gosh, maybe he will be ready to play.”

Tags: Byron Leftwich Doug WIlliams Greg Olsen Josh Freeman Luke McCown Rick Stroud

  • Mike J

    I of course was anti-Freeman Draft Day & thereafter but I have done a 180; he is what we have. He deserves the chance for some reps w/ the first stringers, it appears, plus we need to find out how he performs when the bullets start flying w/ pads & full contact.
    The well-touted rookie QBs from 2008, Ryan & Flacco, benefited from a strong running game; I checked, & Balt. was #4 in the NFL in rushing last year, & Atl. was #2. How the O-line performs will determine a lot re how any of the QBs does in 2009, here, as well.

  • bucsfan99

    I’m somewhat anti-Freeman, in that I don’t think he’s ready for the NFL at 21 with only three years of college behind him. If he’s well taught for the next couple of years, he may end up being the “franchise” quarterback the new coach loves to talk about. No, I wouldn’t have drafted him, I’d have waited for one of the big names in 2010 in case Luke doesn’t do the job–meanwhile, I’d stick with him, trade or dump Leftwich, and let Freeman carry the clipboard.

  • http://PewterPlank Dustin Staggers

    Bucsfan 99 I hope that is what the Bucs do as well, but I still want the loser of the Luke Byron derby to be around.