Twitter Reacts to Josh Freeman's Minnesota Vikings Debut
Following a release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a tumultuous recent few weeks, Josh Freeman made his first start in a Minnesota Vikings uniform Monday night. The oh-so-exciting Week 7 Monday Night Football showdown between the Vikings and the New York Giants showcased exactly why a team should not be starting a quarterback with only ten days with the team.
The fifth-year quarterback walked away from Monday's match up with a 40.6 rating, or a 6.1 total quarterback rating (QBR). Freeman only completed 20 of his 53 pass attempts, throwing for 190 yards and one interception, very underwhelming numbers.
Analysts such as Will Brinson of CBSSports.com, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated and Cris Carter of ESPN all weighed in on Freeman's performance Monday night.
It literally looks like tonight is the first time Josh Freeman's ever thrown a football.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 22, 2013
At least Josh Freeman escaped the MRSA outbreak, right?— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) October 22, 2013
"I'm all for opportunity, but midway through the 3rd quarter, he couldn't beat a little league team." - Cris Carter on Josh Freeman— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 22, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL Network then proceeded to point out that Freeman is not only being paid by the Vikings, but he is also still being paid by the Buccaneers as well. Andrew Brandt of ESPN and Sports Illustrated then gave us the figures.
Saw @scottzolak say last night that he's stunned Josh Freeman is getting paid by an NFL team. CORRECTION: He's being paid by two NFL teams.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 22, 2013
Yes, Josh Freeman is making over $10 million for this year: $8.43 million from Bucs and $2 million from Vikings. Carry on.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 22, 2013
The most confusing part of the night aside from Freeman was the Minnesota Vikings offensive play-calling. Minnesota ran the ball only 14 times, leaving All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson with only 13 carries and 28 yards. Both Rich Eisen of NFL Network and Pete Prisco of CBS Sports made a point to note that terrible play-calling and lack of knowledge of the playbook are mainly at fault for Freeman's failures.
Josh Freeman is not that bad. The fact the Vikes didn't limit his attempts by utilizing THE BEST runner in the game more is mystifying.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 22, 2013
Josh Freeman stunk last night. He was also hit a ton. The line stunk. It's one game.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) October 22, 2013
Minnesota will travel home in Week 8 to take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday night (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC). Look for head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave to work Adrian Peterson into the offense a little more following much criticism of Monday night's game.
As far as Freeman, one can only expect (and hope) that he continues to get better as he learns more of the playbook. But given his recent history of passing, Vikings fans may not want to get their hopes too high.
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