TAMPA, Fla. -- The sky is falling. Look for new answers. Demand more.
If you listen to chatter about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense long enough, you will hear no shortage of extremes. It is en vogue on message boards, local airwaves and elsewhere to swing a piata stick at Josh Freeman & Co. Two weeks of preseason games are past. The criticism is in late-season form.
Chill out, already.
Look, there was little to like from the top unit during the Bucs' 25-21 loss to the New England Patriots last Friday at Gillette Stadium. Freeman went 2 for 3 for 8 yards. He was sacked three times. He looked uncomfortable. The offense trudged through a mud of its making.
Then Tuesday, Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton delivered this verbal haymaker.
"He plays sometimes at a nice level," Tarkenton said of Freeman in an interview with WDAE 620 AM. "I've watched him a lot. He just plays God-awful. ... Josh Freeman has proven to me he can't play."
God-awful? He can't play? Really?