Quarterback DramaSeptember 16th, 2013
The chieftain of PewterReport.com, Scott Reynolds, is increasingly disgusted by the direction of the Bucs and, beginning in a column last week, expressed his frustration with the Bucs’ coaching staff. Today, in particular, Bucs commander Greg Schiano was targeted.
The Bucs’ impotent offense of 2013, Reynolds believes, can directly be tied to Schiano.
Schiano, a micromanaging, “type A” dictator, prefers a “type A” quarterback. Freeman’s laid-back personality boggles Schiano’s mind and irritates him. That has created a tense work environment for Freeman, who hasn’t helped his cause by missing the team photo prior to the start of the regular season by oversleeping, and wasn’t named a team captain for the first time since his rookie year. Schiano didn’t rig the captain’s vote, but must shake his head at the notion that the players didn’t vote the QB he’s not entirely fond of to be a team captain. …
Rookie Mike Glennon, who will likely get a shot at replacing Freeman if the Bucs offense can’t get out of its funk and put points on the board before the bye week, completed just 47.1 percent of his passes (33-of-70) for 397 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions, including a pick-six, in the preseason. Glennon has some potential over the long-term, but if Schiano turns to him this season because the former North Carolina State star is his guy, it will only spell disaster for the entire team.
The Bucs find themselves in a dilemma. At no time in team history has Tampa Bay rallied from an 0-2 start to make the playoffs.
But this team is built to win now. Or next year. Reynolds has a solid point in that if the Bucs try to install Glennon as the starting quarterback, then there may very well be an upheaval in the locker room.
That’s why Joe is convinced as of today that the Bucs will try to acquire a veteran signal-caller in the offseason. It sure doesn’t seem Freeman will return to the Bucs in 2014.