Souhan: Ambition for greatness is a refreshing trait in a QB

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 7:19 AM

He offered the sentiment matter-of-factly, in the same tone of voice he might use to answer a waiter’s question about his choice of salad dressing. “I just want to go out there and be great,” Josh Freeman said.

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metaltesterOct. 16, 13 8:30 PM

I hope Freeman pans out. Coaches are becoming the real problem. The DEF is useless. But Freeman playing well can mean a 1st round pick can be used for something else.

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meschkepceOct. 16, 13 8:47 PM

I hope our coaches don't mess him up.

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vor2vorOct. 16, 13 9:16 PM

Ponder THAT!

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deroneOct. 16, 1310:02 PM

Freeman isn't signed for 2014!! He has all the cards if he plays great.

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vikes333Oct. 16, 1310:48 PM

Derone: Franchise Tag.

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bigbradOct. 16, 1310:52 PM

ALLRIGHT!!! Super Bowl here come the vikes. yeah right...

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poppins777Oct. 16, 1311:41 PM

Souhan ought to know about an ambition to "be great." He's been trying for years and years and years, yet is still (and always will be) no better than a Christian Ponder or a Matt Cassel ... a #2 or #3.

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badprplhomerOct. 17, 1312:12 AM

Jim, ambition for greatness??? You said the SAME things when writing about other viking starting QBs - T-Jack, NcNabb, Ponder, Cassell and now Freeman and he has yet to take a snap for the purple. When trying to convince us purple homers that the vikings actually have a NFL caliber starting QB you miss the mark yet again.

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badprplhomerOct. 17, 1312:49 AM

Going into Week #6 and the vikings are already on their third starting QB. This club is in complete desperation mode and Winter Park along with the local yokel media has already run out of lies in their efforts to keep the purple homers tuned in. Freeman was outright cut by the Buccaneers and the vikings are trying to sell us that he is somehow worthy of being the starting QB??? LOL!!! Anyone that does not take a short-cut to thinking knows plugging Freeman in as the starter is not going to change a thing, the vikings are going to finish this season 5-11 and in last place in the NFC North Division and that is their best possible scenario.

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IowadudeOct. 17, 13 1:25 AM

I don't know that being cocky or coming off as ambitious is a prerequisite for greatness ... I never hear Peyton Manning spout off about how great he'll be in the upcoming game, Drew Brees never makes comments like that, Russell Wilson talks about giving everything he has to excel but he's not making statements about how great he'll be. Jim I think you're way off base here ... I understand the concept of what you're trying to say, but I think self-confidence and excellence come in a great variety of packages. There are plenty of great men who walk softly and carry a big stick. That said, Freeman has tools that might translate to doing a nice job on Monday night; and fortunately, his first start comes against an 0-6 team, one that has as many issues as the Vikings do. I think Freeman has demonstrated he has a big gun for an arm. Whether that translates into a consistent winner in the NFL is still up in the air. The NFL is littered with the carcasses of can't miss big-armed quarterbacks who never made it at this level. For every Bret Favre or Peyton Manning there are a ton of Ryan Leafs, Kyle Bollers, Vince Youngs, David Carrs, Heath Shulers, Akili Smiths, Todd Marinoviches and Jamarcus Russells. If the offensive line can play a little better than they have all year, maybe Freeman will get a little time to find a receiver downfield, otherwise he'll be running for his life the way our other two quarterbacks have all year. Unfortunately, like any quarterback we put in there he'll be handicapped by an offensive coordinator who is utterly predictable and clueless on how to call a game or use his assets ... and a defense (and equally bad coordinator) that can't hold onto a lead if you hand it to them.

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