By Eric Schmidt

As the 2013 NFL regular season is getting ready to start in a few weeks, everyone has an opinion as to what is going to happen this season. Former New York Jets QB Joe Namath always chimes in as to what he thinks is right or wrong with his former team. This afternoon, Minnesota Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton decided he needed to weigh in on the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Freeman.

Tarkenton weighed in on WDAE in the bay area and said that Josh Freeman is horrible. “He plays just God awful.” He continued, “Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can’t play.”

How many Super Bowl rings do you have Fran? Why the media gives you or Namath any credibility at this point is beyond me. The game has changed greatly since you and Joe lined up under center.

Mike Florio of seems to agree with Tarkenton.

Florio writes- “Still, if the organization had complete faith in Freeman, the team would have tried to sign him to a new contract.  Instead, the Bucs are letting Freeman finish his rookie deal before determining his value over the long haul.  Or before deciding whether they even want him over the long haul.”

Hmmm. The Baltimore Ravens declined to offer up a new long term deal with Joe Flacco last year, how did that work out? The Chicago Bears are opting out of a new contract for Jay Cutler.

I could care less what quarterbacks that played three decades ago have to say about players in today’s game. Namath and Tarkenton are just trying to keep themselves relevant. Just shut up, go away and enjoy retirement. Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, more yards and touchdowns than Tarkenton ever did in his career for a single season. How about the 46 interceptions that Tarkenton tossed in his last two seasons of his career? I could give two shits less of what you think about Josh Freeman.

Tarkenton, 73, is likely trying to remain relevant in the current environment of reality TV and hoping that That’s Incredible! can be brought back. Simply shut up and enjoy retirement. No one cares what you have to say.






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