Penn: Felt Like He’s Been There For A WhileOctober 2nd, 2013
Donald Penn is one of the most candid and open Buccaneers. He’s always worth a listen and Joe recommends Penn’s interview on NFL Radio yesterday right here.
Penn opened up about how frustrating the Josh Freeman situation is for him.
“It’s just real tough. You know, I feel bad for Josh being put in this situation,” Penn said. “You know, the stuff that came out yesterday [regarding Freeman's ADHD medicine being monitored in NFL substance-abuse program]and stuff like that, it’s like they’re really trying to bring him down and Josh is a great guy. I mean Josh is a very humble spirit. He’s a very good guy. He’s a very good person and he really cares about him teammates and he cares about his team. I know it’s killing him what’s going on.”
Penn went on to say Mike Glennon earned his respect
“I think Mike Glennon did a great job this week coming in. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried, rookie quarterback coming in, but I really thought he managed and handled the huddle very well and controlled the offense very well being a rookie coming in there,” Penn said. “I mean, he kept good poise; it kind of felt like he’s been there for a while.”
And Penn painted a picture of Josh Freeman working behind the scenes and behind the media circus to help his teammates, including Glennon.
“He’s still trying to help Mike out. That’s the kind of guy Josh is and, you know, people don’t see even that side of him because they just hear all the outside stuff. He’s still in Mike’s ear trying to help Mike’s out, you know He’s still in my ear and all the other teammates ears. And it’s not negative at all. It’s nothing negative. Josh has not said one negative thing since all this happened and I talk to Josh all the time. It’s just a tough time right now. We’re getting through it. We’re sticking together.”
None of what Penn talked about surprised Joe. Again, Joe recommends you listen to the interview above.
Joe’s pleased to hear Penn’s candid review of Glennon. The Bucs’ offense was ugly Sunday, but it certainly could have been worse.