The Circus Was OutSeptember 29th, 2013
What a crazy day it was at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, and it had nothing to do with the game today.
Long before kickoff the focus was on defrocked franchise quarterback Josh Freeman. Reports came out that Freeman had missed “more than one” team meeting this week and, on top of the unauthorized interview for BSPN, made the Bucs so livid he was inactive for today’s game.
This was sort of expected as Bucs commander Greg Schiano refused to deny a report Friday that he was going to deactivate Freeman.
Then came the report from ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortenson that teams were inquiring to see if Freeman was entering a substance abuse program before they talked turkey with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik for a trade. Then it was learned Freeman was banished from the team’s sideline by the Bucs and ordered to watch the game from a suite.
When Freeman walked out of the Bucs locker room after the heinous loss to the Cardinals, he bolted out of the stadium as if he was late for a limited free beer offer.
While running from a pack of reporters, Freeman over and over uttered the same phrase as documented by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
@RCummingsTBO: Bucs QB Josh Freeman left Raymond James Stadium on Sunday saying only that “I can’t comment at this time” on his status with the team
Later, Schiano noted that it was a mutual decision between him and the embattled signal-caller that he not be on the sidelines for the game.
The bye week came at the right time. This team is spiraling in a downward turn and perhaps the bye can stop the circling of the drain or enable the team to bounce back. Joe has never seen anything so crazy.