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03:49 PM ET 01.01 | The Minnesota Vikings brought in former first-round pick Josh Freeman to see if he could be the answer at quarterback, but he played sparingly and showed that he was unable to comprehend the offense and he struggled greatly on the field. With the team now looking ahead to next season and evaluating the direction that they will be going with their roster in 2014, one anonymous Vikings player has sounded off on Freeman's struggles and made it clear that the quarterback had no command of the huddle. In fact, Freeman was lost and could not get any message across to his teammates.

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January 1, 2014  06:48 PM ET

Why does it always seem that the team is the last to know? Anybody could have forcasted this.

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January 1, 2014  07:25 PM ET

There's some sort of implicit drug message in this. And it's pretty cowardly.

January 1, 2014  07:37 PM ET
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In fairness, it would be tough for any QB to come in midseason, with a new team and new OC and new system, and be any good.It wasn't that long ago that this guy was considered a second-tier NFL QB.

I agree with that assessment. We don't know if this guy's a wash until he has had an adequate amount of time to learn the offense and gel with his teammates. In my opinion, he was pretty much thrown out there after arriving in Minny. Not a good plan for success.

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January 1, 2014  07:47 PM ET
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I'm not a fan of anonymous players ripping teammates, but I don't see any drug message in this FN blurb or the full (if you wanna call it that) story at Fansided.

Agreed.

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January 1, 2014  09:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In fairness, it would be tough for any QB to come in midseason, with a new team and new OC and new system, and be any good.It wasn't that long ago that this guy was considered a second-tier NFL QB.

They treated him as if he was a pitcher and they just had to tell him to throw fastballs. There are complaints about his work ethic, and that's his problem, but a lot of this lands on the head coach. Guess that's why he's unemployed now.

January 1, 2014  09:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

There's some sort of implicit drug message in this. And it's pretty cowardly.

?


Where is it?

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January 2, 2014  06:31 AM ET

I agree with the previous posters regarding this post. It takes time to learn a system. Plus, he just came from a traumatic experience with the Bucs and that can weigh heavy too. Let's see how it goes in the off-season first, then we can talk about his grip on the system.

Oh, and I absolutely HATE anonymous quotes. If I was a reporter, I wouldn't accept them because I can make anonymous quotes up without interviewing anyone.

January 2, 2014  09:22 AM ET
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Why does it always seem that the team is the last to know? Anybody could have forcasted this.

True. Some guys you just should not even allow near your facility. This guy is one of them. The NFL is filled with idiots, some other team will bring him in next year. slow learners.

January 2, 2014  09:27 AM ET
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They treated him as if he was a pitcher and they just had to tell him to throw fastballs. There are complaints about his work ethic, and that's his problem, but a lot of this lands on the head coach. Guess that's why he's unemployed now.

Well, he sure had time in TB to learn their system. You did not hear any one in their locker room bemoan the fact he was let go there. He was a veteran QB with experience when he got to the Vikings, not some rookie. Time to learn the "book?" Guys do it all the time. Maybe he is just not that good? Come on, hand it to AP and a set list of pass plays you will use the following week. That is it. Ya don't use your whole"system" every week. Not rocket science for Petes sake....

January 2, 2014  11:05 AM ET
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I'm not a fan of anonymous players ripping teammates, but I don't see any drug message in this FN blurb or the full (if you wanna call it that) story at Fansided.

The guy, a veteran, is "unable to comprehend the offense" = hand off to AP - and "had no command the huddle"? Other reports say that he was always late to meetings, practices. This, with his (alleged) history coming from TB? You don't think drug use is implied? These guys, who were obviously O-players, are trying to deflect blame for the debacle of their season onto a perfect fall guy who is already convicted of drug use. They're cowardly for that and also because they remain anonymous.

January 2, 2014  11:32 AM ET

IMHO the rift between Freemason and Shiano was Freemason could not learn Schi's playbook and raised hell about it being too difficult. I was shocked when the Vikes took him because there playbook is complicated as hell with screens, slants and all kinds of quick hitting plays. That is why they were high on Ponder, a very bright guy they knew could run the system they had in place. Couldn't throw, but understood the plays.
Freemason was probably shell shocked at the complexity. They never even let him suit up for the last four games.

January 2, 2014  11:57 AM ET
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IMHO the rift between Freemason and Shiano was Freemason could not learn Schi's playbook and raised hell about it being too difficult. I was shocked when the Vikes took him because there playbook is complicated as hell with screens, slants and all kinds of quick hitting plays. That is why they were high on Ponder, a very bright guy they knew could run the system they had in place. Couldn't throw, but understood the plays. Freemason was probably shell shocked at the complexity. They never even let him suit up for the last four games.

Freeman had been successful before as QB and head coaches and O-coaches have been known to modify the playbook for the players they have. These anonymous whistle-blowers imply that Freeman was befuddled. (I am wondering whether one of them is Peterson.)

January 2, 2014  02:54 PM ET

It was better for the Vikings to find out about Freeman now in 13 instead of giving him a multi year deal starting in the 14 season, especially after he embarrass himself and the Vikings organization on national tv on Monday Night Football.

January 2, 2014  09:57 PM ET
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They treated him as if he was a pitcher and they just had to tell him to throw fastballs. There are complaints about his work ethic, and that's his problem, but a lot of this lands on the head coach. Guess that's why he's unemployed now.

I wouldn't feel too badly about him being out of work, what with his questionable work ethic and the check he's collecting from TB.

January 3, 2014  02:12 AM ET

the bucs advertised this, the vikes were stupid for taking this loser

 
January 29, 2014  12:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The guy, a veteran, is "unable to comprehend the offense" = hand off to AP - and "had no command the huddle"? Other reports say that he was always late to meetings, practices. This, with his (alleged) history coming from TB? You don't think drug use is implied? These guys, who were obviously O-players, are trying to deflect blame for the debacle of their season onto a perfect fall guy who is already convicted of drug use. They're cowardly for that and also because they remain anonymous.

he played one game moron. I don't think players were blaming the whole season on him.

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