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YPA is a very good indicator of a QB's accuracy with respect to deep ball, and I THINK, Freeman's is about 5 YPA through PS anyway. I've yet to see him throw deep yet this PS,
and VERY rarely saw him throw deep last season, much less, complete one.
Freeman, IMO, is a big concern, as far as, a long-term franchise type QB. He just doesn't seem to have the "it" factor YET. Hopefully, the light switch will come on, but a large part of his problems seem between the ears, how fast he can process information. Something, you either have or don't have. Anticpation of where a reciever will be, also seems a big problem. He doesn't seem able to "project" where a reciever will be before he makes his cut.
Just in case you forgot, Freeman's bad year in 2011 featured some really nice passes...
Cut down on the turnovers this year, make some of those same throws, and we'll be OK on O.
That 2011 vidoe doesn't look any different from 2010 or 2009. People see what they want to see apparently. The lead highlight of the 2011 video was Freeman scrambling to the right and hitting a target for a big gain. Don't forget the comeback victories of 2011 early in the season either.
Everyone has their opinion, but frankly, I don't think that the coaching staff has had enough time with Freeman to reverse some of the faults that he got into last season. I'm just not worried yet.It's pretty clear to me that he's still too worried about throwing interceptions and is being hesitant in pulling the trigger. In 2010, there was little hesitation and more confidence. That lead to 2011, overconfidence and gambling which by the end of the season was a lot of hesitation and little confidence. Eli Manning had the same problem when Sullivan first got him, Manning started out rocky as well. Also, this is preseason, while the coaches want to win the games, the players are often working on a particular part of their game sometimes to exclusion of others - In this game, I noticed that Freeman was attempting to read defenses better than he did at Tenn, so maybe that was what Sullivan had him working on this week, or maybe not. Either way, I'm not judging Freeman until the end of the season and I refuse to worry about it because it's not as if the Bucs have any other choice at the moment. Freeman has his flaws, but he's still significantly better than most of the QB's that the Bucs have had behind center in the history of the franchise and he's still young enough to improve. I believe as his confidence improves, and Sullivans coaching comes more into play, Freeman will continue to improve, but it's going to be a process not a switch (as much as I would love to have it that way).JMO.
You were simply too smart for me.
Through three pre season games Freeman's completion percentage is.........*drumroll*....57.5% Limited number of attempts yes, but that is near his career average of 60.5%. Given the Bucs are installing a new timing offense I think Freeman is really close to where he needs to be. Conclusion? I think people fail to understand that the Bucs are starting from scratch with a new offense and defense. Greg "Rutgers" Schiano is being a bit misleading as to not calling this a rebuilding year, but it is.
Also, he hasn't thrown anymore short passes than any other starting QB. He is a 60% passer. Don't try to discredit that with claims of short passes and jump balls. It's a garbage claim born from frustration and ignorance.
Freeman attempted 155 passes that traveled under 10 yards in 2009 (53% of his attempts).Freeman attempted 265 passes that traveled under 10 yards in 2010 (48% of his attempts).Freeman attempted 361 passes that traveled under 10 yards in 2011 (66% of his attempts).SUCH ACCURACY.