It’s players-only meeting time in TampaPosted by Mike Florio on September 11, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT
At a time when the team coached by the son of legendary Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin may or may not have had a players-only meeting, Monte Kiffin’s former team definitely did.
Per multiple league sources, the Buccaneers conducted a players-only meeting in the wake of Sunday’s defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory performance at MetLife Stadium against the Jets.
The full agenda isn’t known. One league source tells PFT that the discussion included the raising of concerns regarding the legitimacy of the vote that resulted in quarterback Josh Freeman losing the captain’s “C” from his jersey.
UPDATE 5:40 p.m. ET: We’re now hearing the meeting actually happened before Week One, which suggests an even deeper level of problems and/or dysfunction. Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King and former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker addressed the situation on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, and we’ll be posting the clip here.
Freeman had been a Bucs captain from 2010-12, after starting nine games as a rookie in ’09. That he lost the honor headed into this season was a rather surprising turn of events.
“I know one thing, Josh is going to lead. Josh is a leader, so I’m not concerned about that,’’ Schiano said after the team’s captains were announceed. “It just so happens Josh is on a team with other strong leaders. But I wouldn’t read into that that Josh isn’t a leader. I’ll tell you, to a man, I think every offensive player will tell you, ‘We follow No. 5′.”
The Tampa Tribune reported that prior to losing out in the voting, Freeman actually missed the annual team photo. The Tribune also reported that Schiano emphatically denied anything seedy went on during the process of picking captains.
“That story is 100 percent inaccurate,” Schiano said.
Whatever the case, the growing unrest in Tampa Bay does not reflect all that well on Schiano, and it certainly bodes poorly for Freeman.
There’s been little to no indication that the Buccaneers plan to extend Freeman’s contract beyond 2013, so Glennon, for now, appears to be the future at that position. As the firestorm around Freeman grows, a change at QB could be approaching rapidly.
This story definitely does not seem like it’s headed toward a joyous conclusion for the Freeman-Schiano pairing.
it's embarrassing that we lost to these clowns at all, much more having been swept....actually HANDING them the win at home.
the bucs are a clusterf*ck in the making. we have to sweep these guys. i think by the time we face them the first time, they should be bordering on implosion and we could be instrumental in that happening. by the time they come here they should be just a pile of bones.
when schiano first got there i had this feeling that freeman was going to be on his way out and that schiano wouldn't be around much longer than that. the bucs went from an the argumentative prick in gruden to the players best buddy raheem morris with no disciplinary skills to a big bully in schiano.
i love it. if we can't win, i'll take watching drama in tampa until we do.