Connecting the Disconnect
It's like a bad Saturday Night Live skit, from decades ago, where an operator is trying to connect two parties with cables and switchboards and such. "I'm trying to reach my party..." . We know... So are the Bucs.
Receiving boos like a big orange Testaverde was printed on his back (or Dilfer, pick your poison), Josh Freeman lofted a beauty into the arms of Mike Williams, and suddenly the party was like it was 2010 all over again.
Freeman has struggled with confidence, it doesn't take a football lifer to see that. He has gone from a coach who picked him high in the first round, who labeled him the franchise QB from the get go, to a no-nonsense no-chest bumping Greg Schiano, and so far the formula has been anything but a winning one.
Yet after that one completion to Williams, Freeman was on the money with his passes; no more behind the receiver, no more key interceptions, he was hitting Williams and Vincent Jackson at an alarming clip. You have to go back to 1992 the last time two Bucs receivers finished with over 100 yards each.
The tell-tale sign was in the fourth quarter for the potential game winning drive; after an errant snap, Freeman cooly picks the ball up and nails a first down through to Tiquan Underwood.
So while the pessimists will point out the Bucs 1-3 record, keep in mind the Bucs could be in for a Freeman-esque turn around of their own. Losing to three NFC East teams by a combined 15 points while ending up tied for second place in the division with a struggling Carolina and New Orleans, the bye week could not come at a better time.