Aug 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) on the sideline during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Glazer: Josh Freeman Told to Not Attend Meeting to Make Teammates Think He Was Skipping

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on FOX Football Daily that Josh Freeman was told to not attend today’s team meetings, and Glazer also reports it may be to raise suspicions among teammates that Freeman was skipping the meeting.

And at this point, this could have been the case for the team meetings Freeman allegedly missed after his benching, which was used to show that he had quit on his team. And if so, this is a shameful move from an organization that’s been under fire for weeks now due to their handling of multiple situations.

Whether Freeman was told to avoid the meeting for innocent or nefarious reasons, the fact remains that there are serious distrust issues with the coaching staff and management in Tampa Bay, and it’s a sign that there needs to be a massive cleaning out of staff to restore league-wide belief in the integrity of the organization.

Jay Glazer mentioned Lovie Smith as a candidate for the head coaching position in Tampa Bay (implying that Schiano should be removed, obviously). He said that Smith is  a “grown up” who would provide a balanced, well-run locker room that the team hasn’t enjoyed over the past four seasons.

No matter who replaces Schiano, it’s clear that there’s no future for him in Tampa Bay. This news will continue to leak out of Tampa Bay until Freeman is traded, and frankly it will continue on as the NFLPA investigates the source of the leaked information about Freeman’s presence in the drug testing program.

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  • Belay

    Everyone is getting fired.

  • Doug Lacy

    Good they should fire him now and bring in someone else who will use their players to the best of their abilities and not set a player up to fail but I just wish they could salvage things with freeman and get this team back on track and possibly make the playoffs or atleast have a respectable record

  • RussMillerWY

    Glazer’s rumor seems plausible but it’s probably just conjecture. As all wise people say when speculation is rife, “We’ll see.” Lovie would have been a front runner for the Tampa gig had he been fired in the right year. Dungy’s coaching tree descendants would bring back credibility overnight. I think we’re at the point, at least, where a Schiano dismissal is looking more likely than a Freeman trade or release. No one besides Schiano’s cronies would be content to let Freeman go for nothing. Sunday’s 45,000 attendance number showed no fans were encouraged by the switch to Glennon. If you have to fire a coach in mid season, the bye week would seem by far the best time. In any case, Freeman’s risky stance is making him look more like a true leader with each passing day.

  • Centrale

    Lovie Smith sounds great to me, but this is all just speculation. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a head coach who behaves like a professional in Tampa, and as far as I’m concerned that includes the Gruden era.