Players Met To Discuss Freeman’s CommitmentSeptember 12th, 2013
The sky is falling around Josh Freeman and the New Schiano Order.
It’s getting very ugly — again.
Tampa Tribune Bucs beat writer eye-RAH! Kaufman was on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning with Ross Tucker and Derrick Brooks and revealed that last week’s players-only meeting was driven by internal doubts about No. 5 and the New Schiano Order, via ProFootballTalk.com.
Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune appeared earlier this morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Ross Tucker and soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Derrick Brooks to discuss the situation.
Kaufman addressed his belief that the relationship between the team and its starting quarterback is reaching “critical mass,” explaining that he doesn’t believe the statement amounts to hyperbole. The problem, per Kaufman, is a perceived lack of commitment to the team from Freeman.
“My information is that it’s not the first time Freeman has been late for or completely missed a team function,” Kaufman said.
With some prodding by Tucker, Kaufman acknowledged that a players-only meeting occurred last week. While Kaufman initially explained the meeting as an effort to address Freeman’s lack of commitment to the team, Kaufman eventually conceded that, as he hears it, the meeting was aimed at addressing concerns about both Freeman and the coaching staff.
When a team meets before Week 1, after spending a training camp bonding in a team hotel and on broiling practice fields, and then it emerges questioning its leadership, there are serious problems. And those are the kind that likely can’t be fixed.
How serious is the trouble at One Buc Palace? Joe really can’t be sure. If Freeman’s having an off-the-field problem, then that’s not necessarily the end of the world. There are plenty of players who do stupid things and play effective football.
How Bucs players feels about the coaching staff, well, that answer will be given on the field.
Joe couldn’t give a crap about whether players like coaches, it’s about whether they show up playing hard on Sundays.