It is no argument the Vikings are looking to capture a certain consistency at the QB position.
Yet will they find it in the Freeman? Let us take a look see.
A little Free history.
Freeman popped up in the 2009 draft opting to enter the NFL draft early. NFL insiders speculate this choice was based on a small QB class, and with Freemans physical attributes and cannon arm, some team was bound to raise his stock by taking him early in the draft. The same draft class that gave us Stafford and Sanchez. Freeman went in the first round 17th overall. Freemans scouting report was sort of a mixed bag. The Pro’s first. Obvious physical size. Some list him at 6’6" 250lbs. Elsewhere he was listed at 6’5" 238lbs. Either way many compared him to Jamarcus Russell, both for size and a cannon of an arm. His passing accuracy in the 10 to 20 yard range is what scouts touted him on. This along with a cannon arm he spreads the field well. His collage stats can be viewed here, http://collegefootball.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=65280
Now the cons. Has happy feet and tends to bail out of the pocket to early. Poor foot work. Often inconsistent, has difficulty reading defenses (especially when disguised.) Tends to stare down his receivers. Does not view the entire field. Lacks the qualities of leadership. Most compare him again to Jamarcus Russell. Freeman is said to not have won in collage which many believe transfers to the NFL. Probably was more a 2nd rounder.
The Pro view. Tampa Bay at the time was desperate and in need of that of which our beloved purple has found themselves in need of, a solid QB. At the time the Buccaneers were much like what we had seen in Cleveland, Detroit pre Stafford and Cinci pre Dalton. So a lot was expected out of the QB position. Basically a complete team turn around. This is what NFL’rs have to say of Freeman, "He’ll beat you with great physical skills when he plays confidently. He’ll beat you with his arm and legs moving down the field ripping off big chunks of yards while demoralizing a defense." Most tend to refer to Freemans 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively for the upside of his game. Note* He has never seen a NFL playoff game while in pads. But has made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2011. Freeman leaves Tampa with 14 QB franchise records. See stats here http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/12473/josh-freeman
My prophetic view. Freeman is a candidate for Mr. Jim Harbaugh’s QB swami camp. With a coach that really understands what goes on under the QB helmet you would see Freeman excel no doubt. Under purple is another animal. Leslie, I believe has the demeanor it will take to establish a sense of stability and confidence Freeman needs. And what I have read on Muscrat as a QB coach. The Muscrat offense will begin to flourish. Key, Muscrat uses a goofy WC style of short dink dunk opening lanes for the run. Freeman is a killer accurate assassin in the short dink dunk pass attack. With his short accuracy and physical stature and AD you can bet we see an offense getting some puff the magic dragon going.
The key problem to the Vikings that may hamper Freeman is this. They are a team that was broken even in 2009. Rather than build the team first then the QB they have relied on AD to carry it. This is big mistake in the NFL. Note the Bengals chowed QB’s until they solidified the team then went and got Dalton. Detroit struggled for years until solidified the team then got Stafford. Cleveland has gone through more QB’s because they didn’t solidify the team first. Mark my words as long as the Vikings continue to sell tickets telling you they are a QB away, we will see this franchise travel the path of Browns Lions and Bears. "oh my!" Freeman will do well but way better if this team was more sound. And that’s not to say any QB would do well with a sound team. Keep it in perspective and read up on Josh freeman and what he needs around him.