Josh Freeman Wrecked Three CareersJanuary 1st, 2014
Now that the dust is starting to settle after the MRSA-like delousing of the Bucs football operations leadership at One Buc Palace, things are starting to seep out about why Bucs commander Greg Schiano may have done things that essentially led to his demise.
In particular, Joe’s referring to the mess with former Bucs franchise quarterback, leaky Rip Van Freeman.
Freeman’s violation of team rules was documented long ago. It got to the point that it was both affecting the play on the field and the mood in the locker room. Finally, Schiano, with blessings from then-rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Team Glazer, benched and later tossed Freeman off the team.
Enter the Vikings. After one horrific start, Freeman mysteriously came up with what team officials called a concussion, on Freeman’s day off no less, yet he suffered none of the effects of a head injury during the debacle against the Giants.
Freeman, in NHL terms, was a healthy scratch the rest of the season. Even though the Vikings were desperate for quarterback play, Freeman’s only time stepping onto a field on gamedays was to warm up.
Well, it seems there was a reason for his benching. Seems the same stunts Freeman was pulling with Schiano — then whined and kicked and screamed his way like a child so he could be cut loose — continued in the frozen northwoods with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
But it’s a quarterback-driven league, and that position was Frazier’s undoing at multiple turns, from his push to trade for washed-up Donovan McNabb after the 2011 lockout to seemingly arbitrary switches this season from Christian Ponder to Matt Cassel to Freeman and back again.
That’s why Spielman took a chance on Freeman, who has all the physical tools but was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October after a public feud with then-coach Greg Schiano – and didn’t exactly establish himself as a leader with his new Vikings teammates.
Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.
And why did Schiano get irritated with Freeman? Because he was late to team functions or just flat blew them off.
And people claim Johnny Football is immature!
It’s both sad and ironic that this information comes to light roughly two days after Schiano was jettisoned by Team Glazer, in large part because of the mess that Freeman created.
So in the process of playing the irresponsible, petulant child card, Freeman has wrecked the careers of Dominik, Schiano, Frazier and quite possibly poisoned his own career beyond repair.