Josh Freeman Fantasy News
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:38pm
Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Vikings QB Josh Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.
One of Freeman's agents, Erik Burkhardt, said "anything about meetings or missing anything is false."
Freeman was thrown in the fire against the Giants where he played poorly and also suffered concussion symptoms. Former HC Leslie Frazier couldn't go back once Freeman was healthy, particularly because the consensus in the locker room was Matt Cassel should have kept the job after he led the Vikings to their first win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, three weeks before Freeman's debut. However, playing Freeman too soon was a big part of why Frazier was fired this week.
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Greg Schiano ousted by Bucs
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:59pm
Greg Schiano has been fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mark Dominik is out as general manager, one day after the team completed its third straight losing season.
"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction,'' co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.
"Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."
Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons after being a surprise hire out of Rutgers in 2012. Known as a team builder and disciplinarian, Schiano was brought in to tighten up the loose atmosphere that prevailed under predecessor Raheem Morris. Schiano's militaristic ways drew complaints from some players. He also drew anger from around the league, particularly from New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin after Schiano had the Bucs try to break up a victory formation during a loss early last season. Of course there was also the whole Josh Freeman saga that resulted in him being let go. Lovie Smith has been linked to this job, while Schiano could be targeted by Penn State if Bill O'Brien leaves.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:40am
Matt Cassel will start at quarterback in the Vikings’ season finale against the Lions on Sunday, with Christian Ponder as the backup. Josh Freeman is expected to be inactive for the ninth time in 12 games since joining the Vikings.
“I don’t know what would change that as the week goes on, but that’s the thought process as we speak,” coach Leslie Frazier said Monday.
Cassel had his worst game this season in Sunday’s 42-14 loss at Cincinnati. He was 13 of 27 for 114 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble. Frazier will stick with Cassel, who has the option to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. As the story points out, Ponder is signed for 2014 and Freeman can become a free agent.
Christian Ponder suffers concussion
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 8:50pm
Ponder took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a two-yard completion to Greg Jennings near the end of the first half, and went to the locker room without his helmet to be evaluated.
After Ponder left the game, Matt Cassel led a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter and eventually directed the Vikings to a 23-20 overtime win. Cassel threw for 243 yards in relief of Ponder. Josh Freeman would be the backup to Cassel if Ponder misses time. But it's a tough matchup at Baltimore in Week 14.
Greg Jennings OUT for Vikings
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3:16pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:43am
Rapoport said we should know by Wednesday of next week. Ponder played pretty well against the Redskins on Thursday and is showing signs of improving but is still too inconsistent for lineups outside of a low-end QB2. It seems the team wants go back to him despite Matt Cassel looking good in his limited work and trading for Josh Freeman.
Christian Ponder has a dislocated shoulder
Friday, November 8, 2013, 2:23am
Josh Freeman expected to start in Week 9
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:04am
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:16pm
Josh Freeman will start Week 8
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:15pm
Based on last week's performance you would have to be in terrible shape at QB to put Freeman in your starting lineup. The good news is he could get plenty of opportunity to throw again this week after 53 attempts Week 7 against the Giants. But as we also saw, more attempts doesn't necessarily mean garbage time production...
Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:17pm
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 5:45pm
Maybe the scouts were wrong about Mike Glennon.
The general consensus on the Buccaneers rookie coming out of college was that he was an immobile and often inaccurate quarterback. But Glennon’s play in his first two starts has all but belied the scouting reports.
Shoot, one play alone might have done it.
It was the last play of the third quarter of Sunday’s 31-20 loss to Eagles. On third-and-9 from Tampa Bay’s 26-yard line, Glennon rolled out to his right and, while still on the run, threw a pass that sailed 24 yards before landing softly in the hands of wide receiver Vincent Jackson just as Jackson reached the sideline.
Glennon’s mobility isn’t the only thing that has Schiano smiling. His ability to hit receivers on the run with his passes has brought back an offensive dimension Schiano said was missing with former starter Josh Freeman. He's 50-for-83 for 466, with 3 TDs and 3 INTs thus far - the numbers aren't sparkling fantasy-wise. But, with a very nice offense around him, Glennon should continue to improve and looks like a guy to keep around in deep keeper leagues.