Is 2012 the last chance for Tampa’s Josh Freeman?
Like so many young quarterbacks around the league Josh Freeman took a step backwards in his sophomore season.
As young and up and coming stars they see peaks and valley’s, but such a dramatic turn around as Freeman and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers experienced in 2011 can bring questions and attention to the problems.
In 2010 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely missed the playoffs finishing 10-6 led by Freeman. His 2010 season was one of the most impressive ever seen by a Tampa quarterback as he completed 61.4% of his passes for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 364 rushing yards.
2011 was a different story as Freeman regressed like the economy throwing only 16 touchdowns.
His biggest problem was his decision making as he threw a total of 22 costly interceptions compared to only six last year.
Maybe Tampa’s inability to stay competitive in games forced him to try and find plays that simply weren’t there?
While the Buc’s are still committed to Freeman as their long-term franchise quarterback he has put doubt into many minds.
New head coach Greg Schiano and Freeman do have a history together. They met five years ago when Freeman lost to Rutgers in the 2006 Texas Bowl.
If Freeman continues his struggles in 2012 it is possible a new coaching staff may start to look another direction.
Remember the Bucs were sitting pretty at 4-2 in the NFC South before losing 10 straight games and finishing 4-12.