After years of teetering on the edge of being that “next tier” quaterback, Josh Freeman has made the discussion quite easy. No longer is his name associated with winning pieces and surging toward the playoffs cliches.
Josh Freeman is awful
Awful enough to lose his starting job and his roster spot with the 0-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, conversely not awful enough to parachute into a now 1-7 team in Minnesota. That’s right. He’s slightly better than Christian Ponder and Matt Cassell. Perhaps that text can be inscribed into his bust in Canton.
Subsequently after missing the team photo and not being voted a captain for the first time, Freeman had managed to piss off the entire front office and his teammates. The next logical solution was to ask for a trade, which no team was drunk enough to entertain.
Enter the Vikings to triumphantly pick up the QB off the scrap heap and insert him in the game against the hapless Giants days after inking him.
When you enter the scrap heap, you ultimately stumble upon garbage.
Freeman was 20-53 passing, sporting a 37.7 completion rate, the worst by a quarterback with at least 40 attempts in almost six years. In a game where the Vikings lost 23-7, the lone Minnesota touchdown was scored by the special teams. So,Freeman was unable to lead the offense to a single point against a winless team.
“I definitely need time”, said Freeman after the game.
Josh, you need a hell of a lot more than that.