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Fran Tarkenton says Josh Freeman 'can't play'

Hall of Fame QB critical of Bucs' current starter in radio interview. Terry McCormick

Print This August 21, 2013, 08:38 PM EST

Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton offered a harsh assessment when asked about Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman in a radio interview on WDAE, according to ESPN.

Tarkenton suggested that the Bucs must have doubts about the former first-round pick and that rookie Mike Glennon could possibly beat him out to be the starter.

"They’ve had him there for four years and they have question marks about you?’’ Tarkenton said. “You didn’t have question marks about Matt Ryan after his fourth year or Joe Flacco. That means they don’t think he can play. He’s not going to get magical and all of the sudden in the fifth year be Aaron Rodgers. They want (Glennon) to be able to play. The only thing that will keep him from playing is if he’s not able to learn the system and make plays.’’

Tarkenton's biggest issue with Freeman is his lack of consistency.

“He plays sometimes at a nice level," Tarkenton said. “I’ve watched him a lot. He just plays god-awful. That’s who you are. It’s just a player being able to play or not play. Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can’t play."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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