Rough day for Bucs QB Josh Freeman in Carolina loss
Rookie QB Josh Freeman did an admirable job of positioning his team to score points during today's loss at Carolina.
The problem was once he got into scoring position, he self-destructed. Freeman threw an unsightly five interceptions, four coming in the redzone to prevent the Bucs from scoring even field goals.
"It was a tough loss and a tough day for the young man in the redzone," coach Raheem Morris said. "Up until this point, he's been really great in the red zone. Today, he just made some bad decisions, which he knows he can't make. He was trying to squeeze some (throws) in to Bryant... We've got to come out of there with points somehow. Today, we were not able to do that. So, it's back to the lab."
Freeman had some big numbers, completing 23 of 44 attempts for 321 yards, his highest passing total of the season. But the only number that mattered was his five picks.
"it's blatantly obvious we were inside their 30-yard line eight times and came away with six points the entire game," Freeman said. "That's completely unacceptable."
Morris said Freeman's belief won't be shaken.
"That's just the confidence the kid has in his arm," Morris said. "He'll get better. He'll make better decisions in some of those situations."
Freeman, though just 21, is mature enough to know throwing intercepetions is not the way to establish yourself in the NFL.
"Guys who throw a lot of picks usually don't last," he said. "It's not something I'm going to get down about. It happened."