Josh Freeman looked two different players at times on Sunday against the Redskins, struggling with accuracy on some throws, then threading a needle on the next one. After the game, Freeman took to the podium, and discussed the 24-22 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Quarterback Josh Freeman was noticeably dejected after Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Washington Redskins, dropping the Buccaneers to 1-3 heading into the bye week. Below is a full transcript of his post-game press conference.
Even though you came up short there is that something to build off of offensively and for you?
“Honestly, losing [or] losses whatever you want to call it is not acceptable. There are no moral victories. Like any other week we are going to go back and evaluate the film [and] try to get better. Things are going to get better, but when you lose you didn’t play well enough to win. That’s the goal and that’s why we are all here.”Can you talk about the difference on how the first half felt for you as far as your rhythm and how the last 20 minutes felt?
“I felt the exact same the whole game. When you talk about getting in a rhythm and things of that nature, I look at it from one play at a time. Don’t let anything get you too high. Don’t let anything get you too low. Just go out and continue to fight, execute the offense to the best of your ability. We were able to make some plays.”Were you unhappy that in the last few drives you didn’t get all the way into the end zone?
“I am unhappy we lost the game. You can look back and you can point at any number of things. Ultimately it’s a team effort, team game, and we needed a touchdown on either of those two drives. Call it what you want, but we just didn’t get it done.”How do you feel about your relationship with Coach Schiano?
“I definitely feel like I have a great relationship with Coach Schiano. I spend a lot of time talking with him, matters of football, and matters of life. His door is always open. I think we definitely have a great relationship. We’ll continue to build on that and make it stronger as we go on.”
As the Redskins lined up for that field goal, can you just describe your emotions?
“In this league you can never be content, never relax. You hope for the best. When they lined up, you just hope for the best. Hope somebody gets through a block or that he shanks it. It didn’t happen for us tonight, but I definitely think that as a team we’ve just got to stick together, keep working, and when we get to the next game, find a way to end with a ‘W’.”Is it really about finishing games at this point?
“When you look at the margin of how many games are close, more often than not, overwhelmingly, games are decided within seven points. So it’s going to be a matter of playing four quarters. You never know how the game is going to go. It’s a matter of taking every opportunity and trying to maximize its potential.”Was that third down call before the field goal a safe sort of pass to get the ball closer or was it an aggressive play to try to get a first down?
“Honestly, it is depending on what type of coverage they play. The last thing you want to happen is try to drop back, run routes down field maybe somebody gets free and maybe you got to throw it out there, but it was kind of both. It has kind of a low risk [with] potential for a high reward. Just a play that we felt like we could get it out and get it into the hands of a playmaker and you know it is what it is.”–Mark Cook contributed to this report
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