2013 A Make-or-Break Season For Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Josh Freeman

By John Beauchamp
Josh Freeman
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This year is pivotal for the future of quarterback Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Freeman is in the final year of his contract. The Bucs have very high expectations for Freeman and if he would like to be a quarterback in the NFL, he must perform at an exceptional level.

Ever since he started his career, he has thrown way too many interceptions. During his four years with the Buccaneers, he has played 57 games, throwing 63 interceptions — unacceptable, in my opinion.

In his second season with the Buccaneers, he played in each game throwing, for nearly 3,500 yards with 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions. That year, the Buccaneers’ record was 10 wins and six losses, the best in Freeman era.

Last season, in the games that the Buccaneers won by more than 10, Freeman didn’t have any interceptions, but when they lost to the New Orleans Saints, 44-0 Freeman threw four interceptions. It’s obvious that when Freeman doesn’t throw interceptions, the Buccaneers win.

If Freeman throws only six interceptions this year, I can just about guarantee that the Buccaneers will be in the playoffs once again, and Freeman will be looking at a new contract. The question is how many interceptions will he throw?

I can see Freeman’s season playing out two different ways. First, he throws less than 10 interceptions and the Buccaneers are finally looking at a playoff birth. Second, Freeman throw over 25 interceptions and the Buccaneers are looking at a losing record an looking for a new quarterback.

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