Freeman: Bucs need to "get back to basics"
Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman admits he "hasn't played near well enough to win," during the past couple weeks, when he's racked up a combined eight interceptions.
That led Freeman to do some "self-searching," and what he found was that he and the offense need to get "back to the basics" and try not to do too much.
"Point blank, we just have to run the offense," Freeman said. "That's what we've been doing, but I hate to say 'slow it down' but that's kind of what we need to do. If you look back to when we had that stretch where we were an extremely explosive offense, the stuff that we were doing wasn't anything out of the ordinary. We were doing our stuff. Obviously guys were making plays, but we were letting the system create the plays and you've got to keep that in perspective."
For Freeman, that means throwing it away sometimes as opposed to sitting in the pocket too long and taking the extra hit. It means sticking with his progressions, and "trust your training." He said the team tried to out-do itself at times following a mid-season, six-game stretch in which they averaged 33 points per game. In that period, Freeman had just three interceptions, and the Bucs won five of the games.
"Everybody has been pushing, everybody wants to go out and do well," Freeman said. "And and the end of the day, what allows you do do well is consistently running your stuff. You have these big games, you have these huge numbers and scoring all these points, and you feel like to maintain , to keep scoring this many points to one-up your previous performances, you have to put together some herculean effort, and you really don't. All you have to do is run the offense. Us being ourselves, us going out and just playing is good enough to win ballgames."
-- JOE SMITH