Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Winning season not enough to satisfy Bucs QB Freeman

About the Author

Dan Parr

dparr@pfwmedia.com
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

NFL investigating phone prank

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 4:57 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 9:45 p.m.

Buccaneers sign P Henry

Posted Feb. 13, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Report: Bucs hire Wannstedt to coach special teams

Posted Feb. 01, 2013 @ 5:41 p.m.

Buccaneers hire McNulty as QBs coach

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Bucs WR Jackson replaces Lions' Johnson in Pro Bowl

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 5:21 p.m.

Pressure will be turned up on Bucs QB Freeman

Posted Jan. 04, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m.
Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 1:23 a.m. ET
By Dan Parr

Even though seven starters are already on injured reserve and an eighth, WR Arrelious Benn, is expected to be added to the list after hurting his knee Sunday, the Buccaneers aren't exactly limping into Week 17. They scored their biggest blowout of the season Sunday, beating the Seahawks 38-15, and are still alive in the playoff race.

The Bucs outgained Seattle 439-174, and QB Josh Freeman threw for a career-high five touchdowns, completing 21-of-26 passes. RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 18 times for 164 yards (9.1 yards per carry), which was also a career best, and WR Mike Williams and TE Kellen Winslow each had two TD catches.

Tampa Bay will have to beat the Saints — a team it lost to, 31-6, in Week Six — at the Superdome in Week 17, and it also needs both of these outcomes to get into the postseason — a Packers loss to the Bears in Week 17 and a Giants loss to the Redskins in Week 17.

The PFW spin

The Bucs clinched a winning record Sunday, getting their ninth victory of the season against a Seattle team that is still just a win away from securing the NFC West title, but Freeman wasn't ready to celebrate after the game.

"If we don't make the playoffs, it doesn't matter if we're 3-13 or whatever we are, the season is considered a failure," Freeman said. "That's our mentality and that's what we're working for."

We didn't need to hear that from Freeman to know how serious he is about making the postseason, but it was his way of sending a clear message to his teammates and anyone else following his career that he's not going to be content with a winning record alone or with posting big numbers.

Whether they make the postseason or not this season, that type of attitude, coupled with his considerable physical gifts, gives the franchise plenty of confidence that Freeman is going to have the Bucs in the playoff picture this late in the season on a consistent basis.

Comments ()


ABOUT TRUST ONLINE