This Is How A Quarterback Self-Destructs

Josh Freeman threw eight interceptions in the first 13 games of 2012. He’s thrown eight more in his last two.

Through Week 14, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a mediocre 6-7, but their young starting QB, Josh Freeman, was having a nice year: he’d thrown 25 TDs to only eight INTs. That all changed in Week 15.

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2. Against the New Orleans Saints — one of the worst passing defenses in the league — Freeman threw a first-quarter interception, only his ninth of the year.

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3. But he didn’t stop throwing picks.

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4. They were underthrown balls, overthrown balls, long passes, short passes.

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5. By the end, Freeman had thrown four interceptions — 50% of his total to date — and the Bucs lost 41-0.

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6. This week, Freeman had a chance to right himself against the mediocre St. Louis Rams. He failed. This interception got returned by St. Louis for a touchdown.

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7. This pass was thrown into quadruple coverage.

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8. Here, Freeman throws a total lame duck.

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9. And his final interception of the day: an ugly deflected pass.

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10. Now, with the Bucs only looking at one more game, Freeman will go into the offseason having at least doubled his interception total from 75% of the way through the season.

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11. That’s not the type of performance you want to give your bosses eight months to think about.

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