Maybe some expected a miracle and maybe some didn’t, but the bottom line is that, in reality, none of us knew what to expect when Josh Freeman took the field tonight to play QB for the Minnesota Vikings.
Ever since his unceremonious departure from Tampa Bay, resulting in him landing in the Twin Cities not long after, there were differing opinions. Some thought that Bucs head coach Greg Schiano was the problem. Some thought that Freeman is just a bad hand at the position and has no chance for success, no matter where he is.
Now, it’s a bit unfair to judge someone fully off of one performance with a new team, but if tonight was any indication, those that doubted Freeman’s talents may be vindicated sooner rather than later.
Freeman finished his Vikings debut an abysmal 20-of-53 for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the Vikes’ 23-7 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night. Putting aside the fact that head coach Leslie Frazier even let him throw the ball 53 times to begin with, it was literally one of the worst overall performances by a team on the Monday night stage–ever.
But, being optimistic through it all, Freeman tends to disagree with my opinion–and probably that of every human being who watched that game–as he pointed out that some of the miscues were ‘just a hair off.’:
Josh Freeman: "We're going to develop that chemistry. A lot of these plays were a hair off."
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) October 22, 2013
Well, to each their own, Josh. To each their own.