Josh Freeman will get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night when they take on the struggling New York Giants, and Leslie Frazier and his staff will get a glimpse of what they might have in Tampa Bay's former franchise QB. Based on what I've seen from Freeman on film, I think he has the most potential of the Vikings' three candidates -- including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel -- to be the team's quarterback of the future.
However, before he can be Minnesota's QB of the future, he's going to need to succeed in the present. And to do that, he'll need to solve his problems of the past.
What went wrong
As we know, the quarterback gets too much credit and takes too much blame for most situations on offense. So let me start by saying Freeman's position certainly amplified his issues with the Buccaneers. When I re-examined all of Freeman's throws thus far in 2013, I came away confident in my opinion that his benching -- and ensuing release -- wasn't warranted. Moreover, I'm convinced Freeman has it within him to be a good quarterback in the NFL. And he'll prove it in Minnesota.