Long day, season for Bucs QB Josh Freeman
At one point early in Sunday’s game, the Falcons had nine 9:52 of possession time. The Bucs, meanwhile, had possessed the ball for just 2:04.
It was not the best predicament for QB Josh Freeman, who was faced with trying to rally from another early deficit, the biggest first-half deficit the Bucs saw this season.
Freeman couldn’t lead the Bucs out of the 42-7 hole and he had another mixed day.
He threw for 274 yards and completed an impressive 69 percent of his attempts (31 for 45), but he threw three interceptions and finished with a career high 22.
It’s been a season full of frustration, but also one filled with lessons.
“Obviously it wasn’t the season we wanted to have for any of us, but you have to sit back and look at it from a different perspective,” he said. “You have to see it one play at a time rather than pressing too hard at times. I tried that road this year a number of times, tried to make plays when the plays weren’t there to be made, and it ended up costing us games. I have to sit back and figure out what I can do better to be a better quarterback and be a better leader for this team.”
At times on Sunday, Freeman wasn’t the culprit. He was under significant pressure from the Atlanta defense much of the day, and one of his interceptions came as a result of more failed execution from his teammates.
On a second quarter attempt to RB Kregg Lumpkin, Freeman threw the ball over the middle where he thought Lumpkin was headed – that is until Lumpkin was leveled by TE Kellen Winslow who collided with him.
“That’s a play that we repeated in practice,” a frustrated Freeman said. “. . . It’s all about understanding the game plan and what we have to do. We have to come out and execute. It starts on Monday when we put in the game plan.”