Freeman, Williams misfire on deep balls
The Josh Freeman-to-Mike Williams connection has served the Bucs well in 2010, but today, they had some major issues in their efforts to hook up.

While Williams finished with four receptions for 45 yards, it was the receptions that didn’t happen that seemed more memorable. Several times, Freeman and Williams failed to connect on what would have been big plays, often looking out of sync.

With the Saints blitzing often on third downs, the Bucs enjoyed single coverage on its outside receivers. They just couldn’t manage to make New Orleans pay.

“We just didn’t hook up on them,” Freeman said “On one of them, I tried to (change) the route and obviously Mike didn’t get (the call). I have to do a better job of communicating that. But I threw the go (route) ball on the first pass and he ran a post (pattern).

"Stuff like that, we have to find a way to communicate and be on the same page. Mike still came up with a lot of big plays for us today. I anticipate on us being able to connect on a lot more of those from here on out.”

Freeman did attempt another jumpball to Williams in the end zone – much like the one that tied last week’s game at Cincinnati – but this time the play was well covered and the pass sailed out of bounds.

About the writer
Stephen F Holder has been writing additional Buccaneer features and daily blog reports on the team for several seasons now for The St.Petersburg Times.