"I'll just say that it was a real gutsy performance in my opinion by Josh Freeman," said Olson. "Everybody's body reacts differently – it was a clean break, but it was a break – but he wasn't healthy. He came out and played with pain. On top of it, everyone made big deal about Tom Brady being involved in a car accident, I got a phone call from Todd (Toriscelli – the Bucs' Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) saying that (Freeman) was rear ended on Friday. So, he too was involved in something on Friday afternoon. So the guy played – on top of a broken thumb – after being involved in an accident."
Freeman finished the game 17-of-28 (61 percent) for 182 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while compiling a QB rating of 88.7. The second-year quarterback was inconsistent in 10th NFL start, but Olson feels like Freeman performed well despite the injury.
"Certainly there were some throws there that he would say he wished he had back," said Olson. "He left some hidden yardage on the field, but the fact that he did go in and play after very limited practice, he didn't really take a snap until Sunday morning – we gave him some snaps earlier in the week that caused the thumb to flare up a bit so we waited to 'til Sunday – so I thought he played well under the circumstances."