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May 26, 2011 @ 11:48 am
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Freeman Studying 2011 Opponents

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ESPN's NFC South expert Pat Yasinskas spoke with Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman about the lost film study due to the NFL lockout. Freeman revealed how he is doing that on his own without his coaches.
In the lockout, Freeman hasn’t been able to break down film with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt the way he did last offseason. That’s a plight facing quarterbacks all around the league.

Wonder how they all deal with it?

Well, I’m sure it varies, but I asked Freeman how he is handling that issue and he provided a very interesting answer.

“I have all of our (2011) opponents’ games from last season on my computer and I can put them on my projector,’’ Freeman said. “Obviously, I’m familiar with the teams in the division, but I’ve been studying the other teams that we’ll be playing. The Colts, the Bears and the Packers, I’ve been spending a lot of time watching them and trying to figure out their tendencies and nuances.’’

Freeman got the film from Tampa Bay’s coaching staff before the lockout began. Backups Rudy Carpenter and Josh Johnson got the same package. I’m not certain, but I’m guessing the Bucs are not unique in this area.

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    PewterReport.com's Take: Freeman is definitely doing the right thing by trying to get familiar with the Bucs opponents next season. The Bucs coaches are doing the same thing separately, so when the lockout ends there will be some common ground to refer to in each of their film study of the defenses that the Bucs will be facing in 2011. Even though Freeman has started 25 games in two seasons, he will play eight defenses that he has not gone up against previously in the regular season. That group is comprised of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and Dallas Cowboys. That is half of the Bucs schedule and Freeman will face some of the best defensive players in the NFL for the first time. Some of those formidable opponents feature: Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, the Bears standout linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, the Packers secondary featuring Charles Woodson, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Houston outside linebacker Mario Williams and inside linebackers Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans. As familiar as Freeman can get with these players and their defeneses he will be in better position to sustain his high level of production from 2010.
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    I try not to think about the lockout and ignore what is going on with it... although not much lately. I am so hyped up for the Bucs this coming season I HAVE to believe they wll have this thing solved within the next 3-5 weeks.
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    Hopefully he is watching with the WRs and TEs as well. Some O-lineman and RBs watching that would be beneficial too.
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    We hit the jackpot with this guy. Freeman if he keeps healthy will be the best QB this team has ever had. Assuming that Blount is not a one yr wonder and Williams and Benn continue to progress we can count on this offense to be the best in our division. If the Defense can make similar strides with the DL we really are going to have a good season ....if there is one.
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    Clearly the team leader. Just wish owners and Players Assn would step up and resolve this. Hurting Bucs as such a young team. Just glad we're not starting a new coaching staff this year!
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    Would it be against the lock out rules if Freeman invited coach Gruden to watch some film with him? I think since Gruden has another year on his contract it wouldn't be allowed. If Freeman can't be in contact with Olsen, who better then Gruden to do some film study with. If you think Gruden would'nt want to help him or the Bucs, I think you'd be wrong. Gruden loves the team, and loves to teach football, he could probably give Freeman tips that Olsen can't, after all it is his offense.
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    Yes Gruden would be beneficial but you are sorely mistaken if you think this is his offense.
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    I'll take Josh Freeman over any QB in the league. Finally a true franchise QB. Soon the NFL will recognize that Josh, or his alter ego Jose, is the best QB in the 2009 class.
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    I LIKE WHAT FREEMAN IS DOING. I HOPE THAT HE IS WORKING ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL AND I HOPE EXAMPLE MCCOY IS WORKING WITH THE DEFENSE PLAYERS. MAYBE PLAYERS LIKE DERRICK BROOKS AND WARREN SAPP AND JOHN LYNCH CAN WORK WITH THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL. SO IF THE GAME DOES START BACK. THEN TAMPA WOULD BE AHEAD OF THE GAME WHEN ITS GETS BACK TO WORK.
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    This is great to hear. Now let's hope their is a season so this information can be useful.
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    I really love this kid Freeman he has the desire to be great and not just out there getting a paycheck like Jamarcus Russel. "Go Bucs"
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    I'm giving this kid all the credit because this season will probably depend on the offenses running the ball and short passes in the earlier part of the season; whenever that is. Go Bucs!
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    The way he stiff-armed Suh last year, Clay "KidRock Hair" Matthews will get an armful of air and a facefull of sod.
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    This is the silver lining to this cloud. Rather than being spoon fed things by his coaches, he has to dissect his opponents himself. It's good experience for him. Maybe he will pick up on something they might overlook. I love this kid. He's a self starter and dedicated.
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    Freeman's first career start was against the Green Bay Packers so he has faced them before.
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