Fran Tarkenton is the latest to stoke the fire.
During an appearance on WDAE radio on Tuesday morning, the Hall of Fame quarterback blasted the Buccaneers signal-caller, saying he “can’t play.”
“He just plays God awful. And that’s who you are, right?” Tarkenton said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can’t play.”
Tarkenton went on to compare Freeman to former Rays outfielder B.J. Upton, who similarly underwhelmed during his time in Tampa Bay. In all, Tarkenton’s six minute interview was a scathing analysis of a player who’s thrown for at least 3,400 yards in each of his last three seasons.
Freeman’s teammate, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, says enough’s enough.
“I think the reason I’m so sensitive about [the Freeman bashing] is because I got it for two years,” McCoy told reporters, via JoeBucsFan.com. ”They talked bad about me for two years. So, it’s like, I don’t take to well to it when they talk about my teammates.
“He had a real good year. People give him so much scrutiny. I’m like, ‘Man, you all got to relax. Like, calm down, man.’ They just, I think he gets treated unfairly a lot. Like I said, to me, it’s a sensitive area because, you know, I got it for two years. Actually still get it.”
No matter which side of the argument you fall on, it’s clear that Freeman, now in year five, is running out of chances to become the Bucs’ longterm answer. They didn’t burn a third-round pick on Mike Glennon for nothing.
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