Faine Passes On Freeman’s WorkoutsMay 25th, 2011
Guess who turned down the true leader of the Bucs when asked to participate in informal team workouts in Tampa?
That would be Bucs captain Jeff Faine, aka Captain Negative.
Remember, this is the same dude who told the St. Pete Times Freeman wouldn’t be able to get strong attendance at his workouts and was all down about them.
“You’re not going to see Josh Freeman and our receiving corps down at the University of Tampa soccer field,” Faine said. “They might go out there and run some routes and throw. But you’re talking about getting an entire receiving corps together being able to work against an entire defensive backs corps. It’s just not going to happen.”
Now Faine has changed his tune a bit during an interview with J.P. Peterson yesterday evening on WQYK-AM 1010.
Jeff Faine: I was actually invited. I guess they wanted me to come snap the ball a little bit and block air. But I decided my time was best served in the weight room than making sure that our snaps were still good. They’re definitely putting in some work. These guys are out there throwing the ball. It’s good. It’s great for our young receivers and our young franchise quarterback to be able to get together and throw the ball around the yard a little bit and spend a little time together. They’ll hopefully be able to basically supplement what we’d normally be doing. But of course it definitely isn’t replacing the amount of work we’d normally be putting in, and that’s something that’s definitely going to be missed this upcoming season.
J.P. Peterson: Pretty good participation level?
Faine: “From what I’ve been told from Josh, I checked in with him earlier today actually, great turnout. These guys were lifting, doing a little running and doing some routes and what not. So it’s been good.”
What a captain! Faine’s fellow Bucs are lifting, running and working and Faine feels his presence is meaningless.
Perhaps it is.