The Buccaneers have moved on from quarterback Josh Freeman according to multiple reports on Wednesday, just two days after head coach Greg Schiano told the media that Freeman was his starter. Tampa Bay plans to start rookie Mike Glennon on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Josh Freeman era in Tampa Bay is almost certainly over.
Per multiple published reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made the switch at quarterback and will sit Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon for Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Since last April when the Buccaneers selected Glennon in the third round from North Carolina State, speculation has been that at some point Glennon would unseat the inconsistent Freeman during the 2013 season, but few expected it to come so soon in the season. However, few expected the Buccaneers to be 0-3 at this point.
The Buccaneers offense is ranked 31st in the NFL – just ahead the Jacksonville Jaguars – averaging only 282 yards per game so far in 2013.
Freeman was selected as the 17th-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and had his best season in 2010, leading the Buccaneers to 10 wins while throwing for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. In 2011 Freeman saw his numbers dip and the former Kansas State star threw a career-high 22 interceptions and just 16 touchdowns. The Buccaneers suffered a 10-game losing streak to finish out the season and then head coach Raheem Morris was fired.
2012 saw Freeman set personal and franchise records with 4,065 yards passing to go along with 27 touchdowns. But the Buccaneers suffered another losing streak late in the season, knocking them from playoff contention after at one point being 6-4. During the late season collapse Freeman had back-to-back four interception games. In his last 10 starts Freeman and the Buccaneers are just 1-9.
So far in 2013 Freeman is 43 of 94 for 571 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions while being sacked eight times. For his career Freeman has thrown for 13,534 yards with 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions while completing 58.2 percent of his passes to go along with a 78.8 QB rating.
Earlier this month a report came out that Freeman may ask for a trade
before the October deadline and with the latest development that very
well could be in the works.
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