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Josh Freeman: Tampa Bay Bucs' offense needs to get back to basics

TAMPA — Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he "hasn't played well enough to win" during the past two games, in which he racked up a combined eight interceptions.

After some self-evaluation, Freeman said he and the offense need to get back to basics and avoid trying to do too much.

"Point blank, we just have to run the offense," Freeman said. "That's what we've been doing. And 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."

He said the team tried to outdo itself at times following a midseason 5-1 stretch in which the Bucs averaged 33 points per game and Freeman had just three interceptions.

"Everybody has been pushing; everybody wants to go out and do well," Freeman said. "And what allows you to do well is consistently running your stuff.''

PRO BOWL PROPS: Coach Greg Schiano said he was thrilled for DT Gerald McCoy, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection Wednesday. Schiano said other Bucs were deserving but awards may come more often with team success.

"Usually what happens is (when) you win, even more guys get recognized," Schiano said. "If we win, there will be more of that to go around."

Rookie RB Doug Martin, WR Vincent Jackson and S Ronde Barber were chosen as alternates. "It's definitely an accomplishment," Martin said. "As a rookie, it's a great honor."

PRACTICE REPORT: Bucs LT Donald Penn missed his second straight day of practice Thursday because of a personal issue. G Roger Allen (groin) also did not participate.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

Josh Freeman: Tampa Bay Bucs' offense needs to get back to basics 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:55pm]
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