After two games of subdued play from Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman some are questioning if Freeman has fallen into a bit of a slump. The second-year pro Freeman has completed 58.4 percent of his passes this season, but was over 60 percent before he took on the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons in the past two games, both losses for Tampa Bay.
“No I wouldn’t say a slump. I’d say he played too really good teams the past two weeks,” said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris. “We played two really good pressure teams in Baltimore and yesterday an experienced team that we know well, they know us well, and we have to execute better. Josh is one of those guys that has continued to get better. By no means are we a finished product. His accuracy, his decision-making, all those things are getting better. We look forward to him progressing throughout the rest of the season and becoming that guy, guy that we all want him to be.”
For the season Freeman has thrown for 2,442 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. His quarterback rating is a solid at 86.4. Against Baltimore and Atlanta Freeman completed 36-of-75 (51 percent) for 343 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He compiled a 67.6 rating against the Ravens and a 61.4 rating against Atlanta.
Last week offensive coordinator Greg Olson said that for the first time he thought that Freeman was rattled by a defense. Olson doesn’t believe that Freeman is in a slump and said the team will do things to help improve his completion percentage.
“No I don’t and I recognize that two as far as the completion percentage,” said Olson. “I think that had more to do with Baltimore. I said last week it was the first time where maybe he had taken a step back. It seemed that yesterday he played very well. We are always aware of the completion percentage on that. I think there were a couple of throws that he maybe could’ve made and didn’t, but we are aware of that. I think that he played well yesterday for the most part. We felt like there were a lot of situations in that game that he hadn’t seen that he performed well in. We recognize the completion percentage and we’ll do things to help him in that regard.”
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