Fair enough, but let's invoke the equal time rule here. What Gruden didn't tell you was Freeman didn't audible or make any adjustments because Frazier and Musgrave wouldn't allow him to, leaning on the crutch that Freeman was only with the team for two weeks so he couldn't have possibly ingested enough of Minnesota's oh-so complicated offense.
You know the same one that uses the dual-read, cut-off-the-field waggle play for the overmatched Ponder five to 10 times a game.
It's more than fair to call Freeman's play egregious against the Giants and his mechanics were downright unprofessional, but insinuating he couldn't have at least used a simple automatic at the line of scrimmage in this offense is laughable and another example of the hubris that is all to prevalent in the NFL's coaching ranks, even among lightweights like Frazier and Musgrave.
"His footwork wasn't ideal," Frazier understated when discussing Freeman's bowling shoe ugly 20-of-53 passing performance. "His shoulders weren't square all the time. So it was more technical stuff. But the mental part, he was sharp. He did a great job of running our offense throughout the night."
Freeman will get every chance to embarrass himself on the national stage for the second time in a week on Sunday night against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
"I do have confidence that we can improve and get better, and we can get better when we line up on Sunday night at home," Frazier said.
Football is the ultimate team game and when the snowball starts rolling down the hill in the wrong direction, it's almost impossible to stop it. In Minnesota right now, the players don't believe in the coaches, the coaches think the players aren't executing their unassailable schemes and everyone thinks the GM is hamstringing them with bad personnel decisions.
It's a toxic environment and many have already speculated that Spielman and the coaching staff will ultimately lose their jobs, a denouement that Wilf almost has to embrace.
After all, does Zygi really want a guy who thought A.J. Feeley and Ponder could do it at this level making another decision at the game's most important position?
Does he really want a coach destroying the confidence of yet another crew of young defensive backs by insisting they ignore their own physical gifts and conform to a cover-2 zone scheme that belongs in the Smithsonian?
Is he really envisioning Musgrave calling another sprint-option on 4th-and-1 in 2014?
Is a guy like Williams who thinks a double A-gap blitz is exotic really the answer when you are trying to stop Rodgers in the two-minute drill?
The answers to those questions are more than obvious, but both Frazier and Spielman will undoubtedly be lobbying in Wilf's ear in the coming weeks pointing the finger of blame at each other as things go off the rails even further -- rats on a sinking ship hoping to prop themselves up by harping on the deficiencies of others.
Wilf can't listen to either.
It's time to start over for the Vikings.
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THE GAMES - (All Times Eastern) - WEEK 8
Carolina (3-3) at Tampa Bay (0-6), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: Panthers by 5 1/2
THE SKINNY: Something has to give here. The Bucs have never lost to Carolina under embattled head coach Greg Schiano (2-0) but have dropped 11 of their past 12 games dating back to last season.