Josh Freeman: Confidence still high

TAMPA, Fla. -- Although he’s been surrounded by losses and controversy, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman said Thursday that he remains very confident.

“No question,’’ Freeman said. “I’m as confident as I’ve ever been. I’m as comfortable with the offense as I’ve ever been. I’ve got extremely talented guys around me. We’re just going to keep plugging away and go out on Sunday and make it happen.’’

Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense haven’t been able to make much happen so far. The Bucs are 0-2 and Freeman is completing less than 50 percent of his passes. The offense has been plagued by dropped passes, penalties and communication problems.

But Freeman said he’s confident the Bucs will eliminate those mistakes.

“Obviously, you want to go out and play extremely well, and put up a lot of numbers offensively and score points,’’ Freeman said. “I think the frustration comes from knowing that we’re that far away and knowing this offense is capable of scoring a lot more than seven points in a game. We just have to find a way to stop hurting ourselves and get better on third down, and we’ll be just fine. The level we’ve been practicing at is extremely high. Guys have been flashing around with precision and timing. It’s just a matter of not hurting ourselves.’’