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: April 02, 2010, 09:27:33 AM

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JaMarcus Russell could learn a lot from Josh Freeman

Posted by Mike Florio on April 2, 2010 8:31 AM ET
We all know by now the story of Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell.  Apparently content to have been the first pick in the draft three years ago -- and to make all the money that goes along with that distinction -- Russell never has embraced his role as an NFL quarterback, and the presumed leader of an NFL offense.

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, a first-rounder last year, applies a far different attitude to his chosen field.  And it's the kind of mindset that may have allowed Russell to fulfill the potential that carried him to the top of the draft board.

"I'm taking it very seriously," Freeman told PewterReport.com on Thursday regarding his approach to the offseason program.  "Last year at this time, obviously the draft had not occurred, but after I got drafted it was a whirlwind.  The focus really wasn't on me per se, it was on who was going to be the guy -- Luke [McCown] or Byron [Leftwich]?  They were trying to get me some reps and trying to incorporate me, but this year it's my show.  It's my team and I want to win.  I want to get things done the right way.  I don't really feel you do that by sitting around at home.  I want to come in and work.  I want to be as well prepared as I can be so when we get everybody back from OTAs we can get this thing rolling."

So what message will this send to the other players?

"It shows guys that I'm serious," Freeman said.  "I'm young and I feel like I have something to prove.  I think it's the attitude the team should have. . . .  Speaking as the quarterback of this team and in a quarterback-driven league, if your quarterback is not playing well it's going to be tough winning ball games. I'm focusing on me and at the same time I'm trying to incorporate all of the receivers and running backs. . . . You want to get all the loose ends tied so when you get to the season there is no doubt.  Let's go get it."

We assume plenty of Buccaneers fans are showing the beginnings of a smile, and possibly a desire to run through the nearest wall.  But there's one more quote to share.

"I want to win and I realize you have to put in the work," Freeman said.  "This is not a league where you can get by on talent alone.  You have to know what you're doing.  You have to be in there working.  You have to get it done.  It's definitely a love of winning -- beating Seattle, beating New Orleans, and beating the Packers.  There is no feeling like winning in this league."

Now go ahead, Bucs fans, and run through that wall.

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#1 : April 02, 2010, 09:38:28 AM

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"#  BroncoBourque says:  April 2, 2010 9:26 AM

Wow, what a breath of fresh air this guy is in a league with too many guys concern with getting paid and me first attitudes. With an attitude like this I have no doubt that this guy will have success in the league. It won't guarantee that he is a star but if you have some skills (which he clearly does) and a strong work ethic, you can generally have a good long career in the league."

He put up the same stats as the other 2 rookie QB's with inferior talent. I just wish some people here can realize this kid wants to be and could be great, instead of dismissing him so quickly.


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#2 : April 02, 2010, 09:44:32 AM

Well and our tubby QB lost weight while JaMarcus has lost weight to get to 290....holy crap.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#3 : April 02, 2010, 10:24:24 AM

BUt But But... he is gonna be a bust.. the worst QB of all time... Mark Sanchez is teh talent while we got garbage, but if Gruden had been here to coach him he would be the best QB evah!!!!!!111one.           


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#4 : April 02, 2010, 11:28:16 AM

There's little doubt he'd be better if Gruden were his coach.   But he still has a shot.  Gru built a strong O line for him.

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#5 : April 02, 2010, 11:45:37 AM

their is a reason he left k-state early...actually two

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#6 : April 02, 2010, 11:45:47 AM

There's little doubt he'd be better if Gruden were his coach.   But he still has a shot.  Gru built a strong O line for him.

He would never have been drafted.


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#7 : April 02, 2010, 11:46:22 AM

their is a reason he left k-state early...actually two
Just to piss you and Java off


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#8 : April 02, 2010, 11:48:04 AM

nope...NO SHOT TO PLAY FOR SNYDER....and raheem.....

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#9 : April 02, 2010, 11:53:40 AM

nope...NO SHOT TO PLAY FOR SNYDER....and raheem.....

If that's what you think....


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#10 : April 02, 2010, 12:38:32 PM

nope...NO SHOT TO PLAY FOR SNYDER....and raheem.....

Why do you say that?  I've met Bill Snyder a few times over the years while living close to Manhattan......I've heard him first hand say nothing but good things about Josh Freeman.   Perhaps you can share your "opinion" that claims otherwise.   Or.....you can just not reply and save yourself the embarrassment.


Oh and Freeman was recruited for the 2006 season to be their starter.....Snyder was gone after the 2005 season and you are trying to tell me the head coach had nothing to do with recruiting their top signee and didn't want him?  lol whatever burnout

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#11 : April 02, 2010, 03:07:09 PM

nope...NO SHOT TO PLAY FOR SNYDER....and raheem.....

Are you kidding? Freeman was being courted to stay by Bill Snyder. The Wildcats would have been much better off than with Grant Gregory at QB.

In fact, with Freeman we probably would have gone bowling last year. One of the reasons Freeman wanted to leave was to give his close friend, Carson Coffman (brother of former Mizzou TE Chase Coffman) the shot to be KSU's starting QB. Coffman began the season as the starter (by default) and then tanked it and was replaced by Gregory, a USF transfer.

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#12 : April 02, 2010, 03:13:33 PM

SR here's a link for you.



He's saying they weren't Snyders typical type of recruits but I've heard Snyder say otherwise while not taking credit for who did the recruiting.   

Do you know who the rep was that recruited him?  A guy I knew from high school named Joe Bob Clements used to do a lot of it but I don't know if he's still with the program.


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#13 : April 02, 2010, 03:15:43 PM

lol. it made my day to see SR to relpy to smokers false claims. he might know a little about Kansas.... ;)



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#14 : April 02, 2010, 03:21:24 PM

There's little doubt he'd be better if Gruden were his coach.   But he still has a shot.  Gru built a strong O line for him.

If Gruden was here he would probably end up as a spineless confused 3rd string QB with no confidence....like Chris Simms.

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