Fran Tarkenton disses Bucs QB Josh Freeman

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"He plays sometimes at a nice level," Tarkenton said. "I've watched him a lot. He just plays God awful. That's who you are ... It's just a player being able to play or not play. Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can't play."

Well, so much for dancing around a question and giving a blah answer. That's not all he had to say, either. “They’ve had him there for four years and they have question marks about you?’’ Tarkenton said. “You didn’t have question marks about Matt Ryan after this fourth year, or Joe Flacco. That means they don’t think he can play. “He’s not going to get magical and all of the sudden in the fifth year be Aaron Rodgers. They want (rookie QB Mike Glennon) to be able to play. The only thing that will keep him from playing is if he’s not able to learn the system and make plays.’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano had something to say about Freeman earlier today, but it didn't sound all that supportive: That should make the QB feel better. Statistically speaking, Freeman has actually improved each season since being selected by the Bucs with the No. 17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Last year he threw for a career best 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. Granted he's no Tom Brady, but God awful? This makes us wonder: Has Tarkenton ever seen Tim Tebow play? Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!

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