The job of reporters and the media in general during the offseason is to attempt to get players, coaches, or front office personnel to say something that will rile up the fans.
Well, Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles on their daily talk radio show on WDAE succeeded yesterday while talking to Josh Freeman. Freeman said, ““If I give it the best I’ve got and the Buccaneers say ‘Ah, we don’t think he can play for us,’ at the end of the year and every other team in the NFL does and I end up wherever I end up doing whatever, I’ll be content because I’ll know I gave it the best I had.”
Content. His word not mine. I don’t like it. The leader of your football team, the guy who is supposed to be commanding a group of 52 other men week in and week out this coming season says he’ll be “content” if the Bucs let him go.
No no no. I’m not having it. Freeman should be saying he believes he’s an elite QB and the Bucs will have no choice but to re-sign him. Or in more politically correct words, “I’m going to give it every thing I have, and when the time comes, I think I’ll be in Tampa for many years to come.”
I want a confident quarterback. I want a guy who can’t wait to tell you how good his team is going to be this year. Honestly, I believe Josh Freeman is that guy, which is why this one confuses me.
This is a monster year for #5. He’s got everything to gain, or everything to lose. The comments make it sound like he recognizes this, but he’s kind of thinking like all of us are, we really don’t know how it’s going to go.
And while he’s right, no one knows how this season will unfold, he shouldn’t be saying it. The tools around him are there, his tools are there, why can’t the man just be confident, stand up and say, we are going to be awesome.
That’s the QB I want. Hopefully he hears that interview again, and rethinks what he said, or at least how he said it. It’s only June, and quotes don’t win or lose games, but that was a losing statement. Hopefully he doesn’t actually believe what he said.