Montreal Alouettes QB Josh Freeman Ready to Start CFL Career
Published: Friday, Mar 23rd 2018, 9:03pm
by Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)
Mark's CFL Week in Winnipeg is upon us and we had the pleasure to chat with former first round pick of the NFL, the projected starting Quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes Josh Freeman for a few minutes about coming up to the CFL.
Piffles Podcast: What did you know about the CFL before you signed with Montreal?
Josh Freeman: You know honestly, I didn't know a whole lot. I knew it was a smaller league as far as number of teams, I knew it was still highly competitive, but that's about it.
Piffles: What is your favourite memory of the NFL and playing down south?
Freeman:I don't know if there's one, per se. There were quite a few. Maybe my first start, that was a good one. We hadn't won a game all year, I get my first start and ended up going out and throwing four touchdowns, we won the game and that was pretty cool. There were a number of comeback victories, a couple of blowouts and then there's all the memories with your teammates and the people around the building. Just going out working and succeeding with the people that you've been working with and the people that you care about.
Piffles: The CFL has another player on the field and a lot more open space. How hard do you find that transition going as a Quarterback?
Freeman: I mean we'll find out, it's just understanding protections. I mean if you're on your butt, you can't throw the ball. Then you have the route concepts, understanding how the defense is trying to relate to the route concepts, what they're trying to take away and what they're conceding. So it's just a matter of within our scheme, the plays that are called, how we install them and what we're keying off of and really just doing your job. Whatever the play is, whatever my job is, I'm just going to do the best with my ability.
Piffles: What do you do to keep yourself busy when you aren't preparing for football?
Freeman: I like long walks on the beach, I know how that sounds but it's actually very relaxing. I enjoy time with family and friends and I like to travel and play video games sometimes. Im playing World War 2, the (Call of) Duty game and it's pretty tight.
Piffles: Well Josh, thank you for your time and best of luck this season.
Freeman: Thanks a lot for having me, looking forward to the season.
Freeman was a very popular man here at Mark's CFL Week, so we didn't get much time with him, but he seems like a good guy who just wants to get back to playing football. Hopefully for the Alouettes, he can pick up the CFL game quickly, because if he doesn't succeed, they have Drew Willy and Matthew Shiltz behind him and I wouldn't feel too confident in turning around the franchise if that's what you have to lean on.