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.