Alouettes fans don’t know what to expect from enigma Freeman

When you’re a first round NFL pick and have a certain level of success right off the bat, you know you’re talented and have a chance to leave a lasting mark on the game of football. But for a variety of reasons, Josh Freeman flamed out in Tampa Bay and never worked his way back into the good graces of another NFL team. That’s right — the Alouettes are pinning their hopes on a quarterback who 32 teams have passed on. Heck, even the Ottawa Redblacks who added him to their negotiation list last season ended up dropping him.

But here we are. Montreal is desperate for a stabilizing talent at the most important position in the CFL and Josh Freeman hasn’t found a team who would give him a legit chance in two years. This training camp should be an intriguing one.

Freeman, who was spotted on the Alouettes sideline during a preseason game last season, has decided to take his talents north of the border and see if he can impress in a foreign land. The fans in Montreal are absolutely starved for quarterback consistency. To ask a guy who has questionable work habits and a taste for night life to make it work come Week 1 is, well, a tall order.

Then there’s also the question of whether or not Darian Durant will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job. Throw Matt Shiltz into the mix and it should be one fascinating competition for the starting job.

Freeman is now 30 years old and has made millions in the NFL. But he is more or less considered a bust based on his talent and initial promise. Is coming to Montreal the best thing for his professional career?

“Hopefully he comes up here, has his mind right and understands how to be a professional…. if you don’t come in here with a professional mindset, especially knowing that you don’t have as much time (commitments) as the NFL, and you don’t do your due diligence with that time, it can be a very short career up here,” said Alouettes running back Tyrell Sutton, on my TSN 690 radio show.

“He definitely has to gravitate to some of the guys who’ve been around here, to get him to understand that there’s a lot of free time that goes on around here, and Montreal is a city that can definitely get you in a lot of trouble. Hopefully he’s put some of that behind him.”

Look, it takes time to learn a new game, with new field dimensions and new rules, not to mention new receivers and a new coaching staff. To me, it’s a long shot that Josh Freeman works out and excels in the CFL, based on everything we know about why he didn’t succeed in the NFL.

Troy Smith didn’t work out. Rakeem Cato didn’t work out. Vernon Adams Jr. and Brandon Bridge weren’t given the right opportunity. Jonathan Crompton was dispatched unfairly. Darian Durant was an over-hyped flop. And now Josh Freeman? Oy, let’s hope he’s become a more studious person and less of a night owl during his two years away from football.

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Matthew Ross

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Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
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Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.

16 Comments on Alouettes fans don’t know what to expect from enigma Freeman

  1. He’s just another prospect. Just more famous.

  2. riderslide // January 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm //

    Just another one and done NFL reject. Als are all about patchwork right now.

  3. Sign Lulay in free agency and bring back DD as the backup. That’s what I would do

    • White Horse // January 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm //

      BC…If Kavis has his thoughts in order and his ducks in a row…he will do exactly as you say. Two CFL vet QB’s would make the Allouette an instant success. Then bring along the NFL retreads to learn the game?

    • Easier said than done considering Lulay has no intention of playing for any CFL team outside of Vancouver.

  4. Stephen Fisher // January 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm //

    I would say Rakeem was dispatched unfairly. The team won some games while Crompton was QB, but not because Crompton was QB. That was all defense. Crompton was not an accurate passer, although not as horribly inaccurate as Troy Smith. In the mess of the last 4 years Rakeem was the most accurate and catchable thrower. They needed to work with him to teach him how to step in the pocket and avoid the rush and other pro skills but he had the best potential. Also he was ALWAYS effective off the bench and definitely should have been kept as a #2. Nieswander and Marsh both had great preseasons but not so much when it counted. Adams, Glenn and BB were all dealt by K Reed who I feel doesn’t know what he is doing, I mean giving away Bear Woods for nada, I’m sure he could have got Marcus Ball or Armanti Evans from Toronto in a trade. Don’t get me started.

    • Jim Popp was the one who traded Kevin Glenn and only after asking him before completing the deal. Popp was also the one who released Brandon Bridge when Bridge declined a paycut. There was also word that Bridge was not interested in signing an extension to stay in Montreal which might explain his drop on the depth chart in early 2016.

      With Cato, do you not think if he was unfairly released that some other CFL team would sign him just to take a look? The Riders QB’s last year with all once Alouette property. The Argos’ GM is Jim Popp who signed him. Yet, neither of them showed any interest in Cato.

  5. Scottsask // January 14, 2018 at 7:56 pm //

    I always thought Raheem Cato showed promise, he just needed more time. Thoughts comments? I’d like to know an Alouette fans perspective. As far as Freeman goes, he’s got all the physical tools, we’ll see if it translates.

  6. Neither do they.There will be many by the time camp gets here

  7. Stephen Fisher // January 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm //

    That’s exactly what I was saying above about Rakeem

  8. solara2000 // January 14, 2018 at 8:48 pm //

    It’s a pretty simple formula
    S = TSQB + ETPC = SSC = CS
    Now, the trick is getting them together in the same time-frame.

    Talented Starting Quarterback
    Equally Talented Progressive Coaches
    Solid Supporting Cast
    Complementary Schemes.

  9. solara2000 // January 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm //

    should have read

    S = TSQB + ETPC + SSC + CS

  10. One word: Manziel

  11. White Horse // January 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm //

    Murray Pezim made a very risky choice bringing in Doug Flutie to BC. He was at the time a potential unknown entity for the Canadian game…Larry Rykmann then paid Flutie a million per for 4 yrs. Johnny has the potential at this point to copy the feat. Lets give Freeman and JM the chance.

    • Ridersnhabs // January 14, 2018 at 11:36 pm //

      First off Doug flutie was a true pro that didn’t have a rep for the night life and not putting in the work it takes to be a success. Don’t even begin to compare freeman to flutie or compare the scenario of when Doug came into the CFL .

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