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Based on his physical appearance, Freeman has all the makings of an elite-level quarterback.
He is strong, large, has a strong arm, and can be speedy when scrambling out of the pocket.
Yet last season, Freeman was mind-bogglingly poor.
He may have thrown for 3,592 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he also threw 22 interceptions.
He was fond of the long ball but at times, he lacked the arm to come through and make a clean pass to his receivers.
He had no sense of space in the pocket and according to Eric Horchy of PewterReport.com, was frequently throwing off of his back foot or not scrambling to keep plays alive.
When there was pressure, he would force throws into coverage and more often than not, the errant passes became interceptions.
The game against the Chicago Bears in London last year is a example of Freeman buckling under pressure and not making smart choices.
That last drive that resulted in the Bears' game-winning interception sums up Freeman's year; erratic and frustrating.
At times, fans are left wondering what he is thinking.
Greg Cosell wrote about Freeman's troubles on NFL.com.
Comparing him to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Freeman is more of a play maker than a precision passer.
However, his physical prowess isn't enough to overcome his mistakes in the pocket.
This is what Cosell had to say on NFL.com about Freeman's 2011 season and why he struggled:
The overall point is that Freeman’s 2010 season, while the numbers looked good on paper, was not quite as strong as the perception. There were some concerns that needed to be addressed if he was going to reach the “elite” status many had already bestowed upon him. Those issues remained in 2011, and consequently Freeman’s third season spiraled downhill fairly quickly. I remember finishing the San Francisco tape on the season’s fifth Sunday — a game Tampa Bay lost 48-3 — and being very surprised at what a poor job Freeman did recognizing and reading coverage. He missed basic reads. He left the pocket too early, with no pressure forcing him to do so, because he was not getting a clear picture of the defense. Two weeks later against the Bears, he continued to struggle with his reads, his decision making and his accuracy. Make no mistake, the erratic accuracy is a serious matter.
Freeman needs to check down more and even contemplate throwing the ball away before trying to thread the needle.
His inaccuracy and inability to step into his passes while being pressured were major reasons why he nearly quadrupled his interceptions from 2010 (six) in 2011.
Freeman needs to relearn his fundamentals if he wants to cut down on his number of turnovers this upcoming season.
Not only that, he needs to get comfortable in the pocket and learn when to scramble to keep the play alive.
Otherwise, it's going to be another lost year in Tampa.