When the Vikings signed Josh Freeman, the move looked like a decent gamble to see if Freeman could be the long-term starter in Minnesota. That may still prove to be the case, but his debut on Monday left a lot to be desired. Instead of talking about his play on the field, ESPN announcers Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden spent most of the game questioning Minnesota’s decision to start Freeman less Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China than two weeks after he signed.
That discussion continued during the postgame show with Steve Young criticizing the decision.
“It was brutal to try and watch him run a professional offense,” Young said. “In the end, Leslie Frazier decided, ‘I’m going to play him’ — maybe because my job is on the line and I want to get lightning in a bottle. But it was so obvious before the game that he was not going to be able to call the plays to get the job done.”
Fellow ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer was also critical of the decision to start Freeman 13 days after he signed in Minnesota.
In many ways Sunday’s game was similar to a game between Carolina and Arizona in 2011, when Steve Smith used the same kind of feints to confuse Patrick Peterson. Smith is often overlooked when it comes to the discussion about the game’s top receivers. Former Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber called him “the hardest player he had to cover” in a radio interview from 2012, meaning there’s no Cheap Jerseys Toronto reason for a young player to be ashamed.
That being said, these plays for Smith can become a blueprint for teams to follow against the Rams with Finnegan out. The defensive staff has to do a better job of giving their corners support against quick-twitch receivers, especially with the potential of Percy Harvin seeing the field in week eight, followed by Kendall Wright and T.Y. Hilton.