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: June 16, 2013, 12:03:47 AM



Bucs want Freeman to show urgency

Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:30am
 


WILL VRAGOVIC | Times
Josh Freeman must understand the offense, read defenses and anticipate throws, Bucs quarterbacks coach John McNulty says.
 

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Everybody agrees the time is now for QB Josh Freeman if his career is going to continue with the Bucs. But coaches would like to see him demonstrate a greater sense of urgency in games from start to finish.
 
What does that mean for the laid-back Freeman? Showing more fire while keeping his cool.
 
"He's been very demonstrative," quarterbacks coach John McNulty said during last week's minicamp. "He's been very authoritative out there on the field. I think your attitude and your performance as a quarterback will bring the other guys along. I don't think he has to turn around and get on guys.

"I think it's his urgency, his inflection, his demeanor. Everything has been high energy and positive and going at a fast pace. Guys don't have a choice but to go along with him."
 
McNulty is Freeman's fourth quarterbacks coach in his five seasons. Though he has emphasized mechanics and footwork, McNulty said more important factors are Freeman understanding the offense, reading defenses and anticipating throws.
 
"A guy who has played that many years, a lot of times it comes down to footwork," McNulty said. "And those things usually have to do with being sure with where you're going with the ball and what you're doing and getting your body, your feet and your eyes to where you're going with the ball. He can throw it as well as anyone in the league."
 
Detractors of Freeman, who is entering the final season of his contract, will never be convinced he can lead a team to a Super Bowl title.

Can you imagine a quarterback who completes fewer than 60 percent of his passes but averages more than 7 yards per attempt and throws 12 more touchdown passes than interceptions hoisting the Lombardi Trophy? Not good enough, right? Freeman-like numbers. Except they belong to Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco of the Ravens in 2012.
 
Flacco passed for fewer yards (3,817 to 4,065), averaged fewer yards per attempt (7.19 to 7.29) and threw fewer touchdown passes than Freeman (22 to 27) while completing 59.7 percent of his attempts (to Freeman's 54.8..
 

TOES ON THE LINE: Something has been missing from workouts in coach Greg Schiano's second season: bellyaches.
 
"There's no complaining," DT Gerald McCoy said. "There was a lot of complaining last year, but that was to be expected. Change is never easy, and there are always some growing pains that we went through. But we know how things work around here now, and now it's just ritual. We do things over and over the same way to create a habit. And eventually it becomes ritual."

 
REVIS IMPACT: When CB Darrelle Revis practices, he will raise the level of the receivers. "It's a challenge," Vincent Jackson said. "When you're going against looks that are as hard as it's going to be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (as) you're going to see on Sunday, that's an advantage."
 



Rick Stroud can be reached at stroud @tampabay.com and heard from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WDAE-620

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#1 : June 16, 2013, 01:09:47 PM

    Freeman just needs to SHOW his teammates confidence and precise, crisp execution of plays, and they will follow. Doesn't mean completing 70% of his passes at all.
    A west-coast style offense NEEDS a higher percentage with it's reliance on short passes. Our longer-range attack doesn't need that accuracy-level, as it is built to make longer plays. And fewer of them are needed...

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#2 : June 16, 2013, 01:11:05 PM

Flacco is a super bowl winning QB who was the beneficiary of a remarkably stupid play by Rahim Moore. 

Better to be lucky than good.  A few breaks here and there is what it took for a team led by a QB like Flacco, who is, by most accounts, no great shakes.  Hard to put a finger onit, but the guy is simply not worth that money, and I think this contract will hurt the Ravens within the next few seasons when they realize he is not all that great.  Something about him...not sure what it is...


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#3 : June 16, 2013, 01:23:39 PM

Funny that when some of us, ME, voiced concern in regards to Freeman's lack of fire, it was dismissed as HATE. Seems i'm not the only one that's noticed.

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#4 : June 16, 2013, 01:25:37 PM

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#5 : June 16, 2013, 01:29:27 PM

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#6 : June 16, 2013, 02:00:07 PM



Bucs want Freeman to show urgency

Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:30am
 


Detractors of Freeman, who is entering the final season of his contract, will never be convinced he can lead a team to a Super Bowl title.

There are some on this board that don't want Freeman to lead us back to the promised land.

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#7 : June 16, 2013, 02:16:11 PM



Bucs want Freeman to show urgency

Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:30am
 


Detractors of Freeman, who is entering the final season of his contract, will never be convinced he can lead a team to a Super Bowl title.

There are some on this board that don't want Freeman to lead us back to the promised land.

Link to one Buc fan that said this...just one.  Thanks.

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#8 : June 16, 2013, 02:22:34 PM

They shouldn't want freeman to do anything but run the game. He's brilliant when he actually starts to manage it.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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#9 : June 16, 2013, 02:24:50 PM



Bucs want Freeman to show urgency

Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:30am
 


Detractors of Freeman, who is entering the final season of his contract, will never be convinced he can lead a team to a Super Bowl title.

There are some on this board that don't want Freeman to lead us back to the promised land.

Link to one Buc fan that said this...just one.  Thanks.

Have you ever heard of a guy/transvestite that goes by the screename Java?

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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#10 : June 16, 2013, 02:37:23 PM



Bucs want Freeman to show urgency

Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 4:30am
 


Detractors of Freeman, who is entering the final season of his contract, will never be convinced he can lead a team to a Super Bowl title.

There are some on this board that don't want Freeman to lead us back to the promised land.

Link to one Buc fan that said this...just one.  Thanks.

Have a look in the Tebow thread.

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#11 : June 16, 2013, 03:21:45 PM

I dont consider those people buc fans.

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#12 : June 16, 2013, 07:28:26 PM

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#13 : June 16, 2013, 07:35:47 PM

If Freeman is already displaying those things why does the article say he NEEDS to do......

Even the Watson article praised him for doing great things. There seems to be a double standard at OBP concerning Freeman since Schiano showed up.

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