“Fear And Distrust”October 2nd, 2013
There are certain writers that have automatic credibility with Joe. One of those is Andrew Brandt.
The former Packers front office man often writes about the business of the NFL. His insight is very good.
Since he dealt with agents, lots of them, Brandt has a good working relationship with many. In writing a piece on the freefall of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, Brandt spoke with agents of several Bucs players and has learned some disturbing news.
Playing for the Bucs, per Brandt’s sources, is akin to working for the KGB. They are monitored at all times whether inside the walls of One Buc Palace, or on the sidelines at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway to discover players who the coaching staff deems misbehaving.
In speaking with agents of several Bucs players recently, I have sensed a common theme: There is an atmosphere of fear and distrust under the current regime in Tampa. Players have told their agents about coaches roaming through the locker room (typically the players’ sanctuary away from coaches) and staff videotaping players on the sidelines during losses to single out players laughing or horsing around. The players also speak to the influx of multiple Rutgers players from Schiano’s past and the use of the phrase “Schiano Men,” a term that clearly does not apply to Freeman.
Videotaping players on the sidelines for laughing? How Bill Belicheat of the Bucs.
Joe wonders what the fine is for smiling?
Look, Joe doesn’t think Bucs commander Greg Schiano is Lucifer personified as some will have you believe. But this kind of Mickey Mouse nonsense, if true, is Harry High School crapola. It’s not even fit for college.
Perhaps maybe the Bucs coaching staff should be more concerned with not late-hitting a quarterback or hitting a field goal in order to win a game, not worrying if a player winked at a cheerleader during a timeout.