I’m watching St. Louis and the neiners. I don’t know why because the neiners are destroying the Rams, 28-11. Check that, 35-11. The Rams can’t stop anyone and the neiners are running the ball at will. Let’s see, the Rams have scored 69 points this year. The Bucs have only 33, but Tampa should have won two of the three games they’ve played this year. The Rams won their opener, lost to Atlanta but since then have been taken to the woodshed twice, being outscored 18 to 66.
I’m really wondering, what’s the difference between Sam Bradford and Josh Freeman? Other than one appears to be a petulant child and the other just not very good? I see teams losing game after game. I see neither one of them serving as much of a leader. Neither of them has led their team to a playoff berth. I see neither one of them justifying the lofty predictions that were heaped upon them.
I see Freeman has asked to be dealt, and the Buccaneers are trying to move him. Freeman has actually had a double digit winning season although Tampa didn’t make the playoffs. Bradford has barely sniffed a .500 season, the closest to which he’s come is a 7-9 record.
Joe Staley is down on the field screaming, and we can hear it. This doesn’t look good and I don’t want to see it, although they will show it repeatedly. Now he appears to be walking off under his own power, good to see.
Back to Freeman and Bradford. The main difference between the two, strictly in football terms is one had and has the full support of his franchise and the other did not. You saw where we discussed Peyton Manning, and the support he gets from other quarterbacks and coaches. The team is totally committed to him. Bradford has similar support from his team’s ownership, as they look to re-sign him. Meanwhile, Freeman apparently became depressed over not getting a contract extension after last season and has gone into the tank.
My dad used to say George Allen said some owners didn’t want to win. I get the sense the Glazers care about that soccer team in England and aren’t all that concerned about penny-pinching their NFL team. While the soccer team is apparently doing quite well financially, the Buccaneers might not be doing so hot. Big money is not easy to come by in Tampa–at least for players–and giving Freeman an extension after last season didn’t help enhance the reputation of the franchise as cheapskates.