Fran Tarkenton was on WDAE radio, and I know this is going to come as a bit of a shock, expressed an adverse opinion about a NFL quarterback. A few years ago, he hoped Brett Favre signed with the Vikings so he could fail, and said he made more “stupid plays than any great quarterback that I’ve ever seen.” This time around, it is Josh Freeman.
“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.”
Josh Freeman has proven that he is inconsistent. At this point, we should probably remind people that Josh Freeman entered the league at a very young age, and despite starting for four seasons, is younger than Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, and Sam Bradford, and is within a year in age of Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Stafford, Christian Ponder, and Jake Locker.
He went through a five game stretch last year where he threw 13 touchdowns to 1 interception, averaged over 10 yards per attempt, and 35.6 points a game. He also closed with a bad stretch that included two 4 interception games and Tampa Bay floundering to a 1-5 close to the season.
I would say he has proven that he can make plays, but also needs better mechanics and consistency in his game. He just turned 25. I’d say the jury is still out on whether he can play when he gets to peak years at 27 and 28. As for Tarkenton, the jury on his ability to talk convened long ago.