In just two games this season Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has gone from a passer coming off a record-setting 2012 to resetting the other extreme of his career. Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Saints saw Freeman complete only nine passes the fewest among his 59 starts with his second-lowest completion percentage (40.9) and third-fewest yards (125). The 25-year-old said Thursday that his biggest frustrations come from how close the Bucs have been to victories in both games and the penalties that have limited them. "I think the frustration comes from knowing … that this offense is capable of scoring a lot more than seven points in a game" he said. "We have to find a way to stop hurting ourselves get better on third down and we'll be just fine." The concerns spread to all positions. Linemen have committed penalties. Receivers have dropped passes and the cast after the big three of Doug Martin Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams have combined for one play longer than 5 yards. "It's not just one player. It's not just one play" coordinator Mike Sullivan said of the offense. "It's a combination of a collective group of men going out and executing and to this point we haven't done that. That's this league as far as the ups and downs and just trying to be at that consistent high level and trying to stay out of those valleys. That's the ongoing battle." Martin has rushed for 209 yards and Freeman has connected with Jackson for 12 passes and Williams for six. But newcomer Kevin Ogletree has one catch as the No. 3 receiver. Tight ends collectively have two catches and running backs have totaled 3 yards on three catches.
Bucs offensive woes 'frustrate' Freeman
Tampa Bay Times | Sep 21