Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL Midseason Awards: Naming the Best Performers for the Buccaneers So Far This Season
By Leo Howell
Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano talks to wide receiver Mike Williams (19) in the game against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Buccaneers Biggest Disappointment
Again, this had to be a player. Otherwise, it would have clearly been Greg Schiano in first place.
Winner: Josh Freeman
Second Place: Mike Williams
Third Place: Da’Quan Bowers
Freeman is the obvious choice for this category, even though he is not a current Buccaneer. His first three games of the season were absolutely awful, and he was eventually released and moved on to Minnesota. It was supposed to be a contract year for Freeman in which he could earn a huge “Joe Flacco” paycheck, but instead he’s left wondering if he’ll ever start in the NFL again.
Mike Williams has been a disappointment since the preseason, when he had issues holding onto the football. He would then get injured, and that injury would never really go away. So between being hurt and ineffective, it’s easy to be disappointed in the highly paid receiver who didn’t deliver on the field.
As for Bowers, the man who was supposed to replace Michael Bennett, the story has been a combination of inconsistent play and a lack of opportunities. Greg Schiano and his staff have placed Bowers on the bench for most of the 2013 season despite poor play from starter Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, and when Bowers has played he’s been decent, but not good enough to win his job back.
Doug Martin, Davin Joseph, and Darrelle Revis all received votes in this category, as well.