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Q: I think it would help the team to get a better quarterback, one who is not afraid to run when he needs to and also more accurate. What do you think?
- Maureen Rosen, Ocala
A: Everyone, including Josh Freeman, would love to see Freeman be more accurate with his throws. He was off the mark a lot this year, but that does tend to come as part of a deeper passing attack. Don't forget that Freeman's completion percentage was at 62 percent the previous two years, which is a lot more acceptable. As for running the ball, Freeman has the ability to run and make good yards as a runner. Many got the feeling this year that he was being urged not to run as much as he has in the past. Certainly that appeared to be the case early on, then the coaches let him loose a little more the last two thirds of the season.
The Bucs are definitely concerned about Freeman suffering an injury when running so it may not be all his fault that he doesn't run as much as many would like. Bottom line on Freeman to me is, it's way too soon to give up on him and I don't think the Bucs are. He still needs some refining, but until you absolutely know for sure that you have an upgrade, you better hold on to him. I can think of nearly two dozen teams that are in much worse shape at QB than the Bucs are with Freeman.
- Roy Cummings