Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman's ability to one day lead the Bucs back to the playoffs has become a hotly debated topic of debate among fans, but Freeman said he has barely heard a whisper of it.
"It's funny because one of my friends asked me about an article he read or something, but to be honest with you, I'm completely disconnected from it,'' Freeman said of the chatter.
Freeman said he tries not to be swayed by "opinions that don't matter" because they tend to become a distraction, and he can't afford to let them alter his focus or preparation.
"I'm not saying the fans don't matter because you want to go out and put a great product on the field for them,'' Freeman said. "But there is nothing they can say or do that will affect me in a positive way or help me in my preparation.
"You see a lot of guys who get caught up in that and maybe they lose confidence in what got them (here) in the first place. So I'm working, I'm battling. You guys can argue it up, but I have one focus."