QB Watch: Buccaneers' Josh Freeman

September, 25, 2013
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A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback play.

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Rewind: Josh Freeman had his third straight game in which he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Freeman completed 19-of-41 passes (46.3 percent) with no touchdowns and one interception. Freeman was sacked three times and had four catchable passes hit the ground.

Fast-forward: New Orleans’ Drew Brees threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns against the Arizona defense on Sunday. But let’s keep in mind that the Bucs don't have anything close to Brees.

The Freeman era is over. Freeman will be benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon for Sunday's game with Arizona, according to Adam Schefter. This is further proof that the reported rift between Freeman and coach Greg Schiano was very real. Glennon was drafted by Schiano and Freeman was not.

Prediction: The best thing the Bucs can do for themselves and Freeman is to trade the guy who once was viewed as a franchise quarterback. It's too late for Freeman and Schiano to patch up their differences and the Bucs have to move forward with Glennon.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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