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Freeman seems to dispute Schiano on tardiness

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Earlier this afternoon, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano addressed the media.  He acknowledged that quarterback Josh Freeman Jean-Paul Jean-Pauled the team photo, and Schiano added that Freeman (and others) have been late for other events.

When Freeman got a chance to talk, Freeman freely admitted that he missed the photo.  But Freeman seemed to dispute the idea that he has been late for multiple other events.

“I missed a deal for some family stuff,” Freeman said, “but other than that, it’s really isolated incidents.”

Freeman nevertheless said it was wrong to not be present for the team photo.

“The position of quarterback is a position of leadership.  And obviously missing the team photo’s a big deal,” he said.  “It’s something I feel badly about, and it’s honestly upsetting.  You’ve got to put it behind you and continue to play.”

Freeman also said he doesn’t think he was stripped of his captain status because he missed the photo, adding that the focus on Freeman not being a captain takes away from the honor of the players who are.

Regardless, chances are it’s the first of many captains honors and team photos in Tampa that won’t include Freeman.

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57 Responses to “Freeman seems to dispute Schiano on tardiness”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    Isolated incidents? That was plural. That means Schiano was right.

  2. nothinbutathang says: Sep 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    After this weekend, SAINTS 2-0 !!!!!!!

  3. packman331 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    Send in the clowns; the circus is in town

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    I identify better with Freeman’s perspective than Schiano’s. I’m not sure what Schiano is talking about in saying that Freeman is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. Who made the agreement with Freeman and what are the terms and where is he in violation of what was agreed upon? This coach has a funny way of trying to stir a pot.

    Sometimes it’s best to not use the burner at full power with your face hovering over a soon to be boiling pot.

  5. scaredhitless says: Sep 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Schiano watch is on. Good hire Glazers!

  6. fumblenuts says: Sep 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    “Freeman seems to dispute Schiano on tardiness.”

    Toes on the line……………

  7. thetooloftools says: Sep 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    If Tampa isn’t happy with Freeman, plenty of other teams would be.

  8. tombstone7 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    Just say that Schiano wants a different QB…..Freeman needs to have a good outing this year so he can replace Phillip Rivers in San Diego!

    Go chargers Go!

  9. selmonfan63 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    thetooloftools | Sep 12, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT
    If Tampa isn’t happy with Freeman, plenty of other teams would be.

    They wont be for long.

  10. grudenthediva says: Sep 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    This article neglects to mention that he was an hour late for this press conference.

    But according to the local media, that’s Schiano’s fault. I swear, the afternoon guys have Freeman’s wang so far down their mouths, it’s insane.

  11. westampa says: Sep 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    Freeman can be a little late since most of the fans likely will due to the new bag rule.

  12. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    thetooloftools says:Sep 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    If Tampa isn’t happy with Freeman, plenty of other teams would be.
    ____________________________________

    Maybe as a backup. But as a starter? By my count, these are the teams who might be looking at QB in the offseason: Jacksonville (will draft one) Cleveland (will draft one), Arizona (Palmer is still there), Minnesota (Freeman is marginally better than Ponder) and maybe Tennessee. All teams with worse talent on offense than Tampa, where Freeman has been at best mediocre. People need to stop acting like Josh Freeman isn’t who he is: Jason Campbell Jr.

  13. billyisradical says: Sep 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    As a Vikings fan I’m not entirely sure I would want Josh Freeman, but I’d like to have the option. I certainly would much rather have him than anything on our current roster.

  14. slizzyslizz says: Sep 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    I like Josh Freeman but it has to be frustrating coaching him…his ceiling is as high as anybody’s, and he has moments where he looks like the best qb in the league. On the other hand, he also makes decisions that Brandon Weeden or Mark Sanchez wouldn’t even make. Ok, maybe not that harsh but still…

    I remember reading ESPN insider a couple years back where an article was comparing him to Matt Ryan. It was the consensus that Freeman was the next great QB. I still think he could be the better of the two but he needs to be more consistent on a week to week basis.

  15. dartwick says: Sep 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    Freeman + Turner + Clevealand = winning

  16. heyguru1969 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    Selfish QB-speak for “Yes, there have been other incidents. Funny he uses a form of the word “I-So-Late”. Dr. Freud, your turn.

  17. richiesaurus310 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    Calling it now, Freeman ends up in Minnesota next season.

  18. jesusshuttlesworth1985 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    Top 5 Seinfeld episode of all time!

  19. lovefootball4life says: Sep 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    Is someone missing Seinfeld? Second article I caught in last couple days with a link to a Seinfeld YouTube clip.

    You’d think Schiano, Freeman, and the GM would sort this out behind closed doors. This doesn’t motivate a team.

  20. puppybowler says: Sep 12, 2013 4:42 PM

    Will someone in this organization just take a deep breath?

  21. modhairken says: Sep 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    This is the ultimate ruse. The Bucs are not in “disarray,” and all of this is a charade.

    Last week, Goldson sent three Jets players to the locker room, the Defense had 5 sacks, Revis defended 3 passes — compare that to last year when all we saw was the backs of our DB jerseys chasing WRs to the end zone.

    The Saints play a minimum of 9 games in A/C at 74 degrees, and it will be 93 degrees in the sun at kickoff. The Saints have no running game. They will wilt like lettuce.

    Bucs 31-10. Then what will fat loser Duemig say?

  22. omegalh says: Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    Meow. Cat fight has started.

  23. shaggyjeff says: Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    And to think all Freeman did was set franchise records last year for TDs and passing yards ….AND. Give us the lead against the Jets with 40 seconds left and no Timeouts….then lavonte David gets a 15 yrd penalty with 7 seconds left and we lose…..

    freeman should go to a fan base that appreciates him …

  24. r8rsfan says: Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    It’s really simple – was he there at the scheduled time or not? And if it really were a family issue, couldn’t the team work around it a little? Neither side of this story seems right.

  25. llonll says: Sep 12, 2013 4:49 PM

    It’s sad to say this, but name one Tampa Bay QB, after 4 seasons, who had either the upside or potential Freeman has in the LAST 30 YEARS.

  26. Mygoldtooth says: Sep 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    Saints will systematically roll your a..es on Sunday. Spread should be 21

  27. rjkilla says: Sep 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    Why the sudden witch hunt for josh freeman?

  28. katientony says: Sep 12, 2013 5:08 PM

    @billyisradical: Yeah…Ponder hasnt shown much, and what little he has shown Freeman has done better. Not that either guy is great, but Ponder is quickly making the case to be the WORST starting QB in the league. I’d take Freeman over Ponder, but that doesnt matter because Fraiser has hitched himself to Ponder just like Chilli hitched himself to T-Jack. Sigh.

  29. realskipbayless says: Sep 12, 2013 5:08 PM

    I thought freeman had some potential in his early years but now he just doesn’t seem to have the IT factor. He could go and start some other places but he doesnt look like he cares that much to get better. And he def needs to if he wants to be playin football in the future. The bucs coach isn’t all that great either.

  30. dryzzt23 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:10 PM

    Freeman has a poor attitude. He acts as if he is “entitled” to miss meetings and events without any consequences.

    Time to bench him for about 8 games without pay so he can adjust his attitude.

  31. sanders8920 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:14 PM

    Better be a good reason to miss the team picture.

  32. unrulyondamic says: Sep 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    Too bad he’s not late for actual games..

  33. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    What exactly is he doing that he can’t make the team photo or meetings ,isn’t football his job??
    This guy has all the talent in the world but between the ears was suspect in college and it’s continued to the Bucs I guess he’ll get the hint why he didn’t get an extension.
    Mevis answer anyone yet where that perfect situation went he was raving about in the offseason??

  34. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    shaggyjeff says:Sep 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    And to think all Freeman did was set franchise records last year for TDs and passing yards ….AND. Give us the lead against the Jets with 40 seconds left and no Timeouts….then lavonte David gets a 15 yrd penalty with 7 seconds left and we lose…..

    freeman should go to a fan base that appreciates him …
    ____________________________________

    First of all Lavonte is at least twice the player Josh is. Secondly, if Josh was a real franchise QB, the Bucs would have been up by enough that the game doesn’t even come down to the end. Seriously, what franchise QB has 0 TD drivers over 45 yards in a game and is still considered a franchise guy?

  35. nard100 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    Schiano is such a tool. Rules are only worth something when the team can see benefit from them and they respect the guy who makes them. Trust me Greg will be out before Freeman is out because when they have another losing season and the owner and GM go to the players to get their real feeling about the guy, they will know he’s got NO friends in the locker room whatsoever and the decision will be an easy one.

  36. PacificNWMark says: Sep 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    Whatever. All in all I’d rather have Freeman on my team than Schiano. And I have a feeling that whatever happens next in Tampa, Freeman’s NFL career is likely to be longer than that of his current coach.

  37. shaggyjeff says: Sep 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    Get a clue dude …there are 11 guys on offense , Davin Joseph caused the safety and Freeman saved 5 points by kicking it out of bounds..
    Luke stocker totally missed a blitz on the first play and got Freeman hit hard…then losing call , then illegal procedure ..then 3 rd and 15 …and that’s on Freeman ? Lolololol. Your clueless bucwrong

  38. bucforever says: Sep 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    The Bucs need to stop all the distractions and get serious! The Saints with their coach back are on a mission this season and the Bucs are in the way! I bet a lot of the New Orleans folks made the trip too. Hence the extra tickets sold. It’s really a short plane ride across the gulf. So the “home” crowd may not be counted on to supply all that much noise. If the Bucs don’t pull this one out and with the Patriots on the road next week , they may be 0 and 3. That’s no way to make the playoffs . PLAYOFFS!?

  39. areyoudue says: Sep 12, 2013 5:42 PM

    I’m starting to miss all of the stupid Tebow stories…

  40. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 5:44 PM

    shaggyjeff says:Sep 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    Get a clue dude …there are 11 guys on offense , Davin Joseph caused the safety and Freeman saved 5 points by kicking it out of bounds..
    Luke stocker totally missed a blitz on the first play and got Freeman hit hard…then losing call , then illegal procedure ..then 3 rd and 15 …and that’s on Freeman ? Lolololol. Your clueless bucwrong
    __________________________________

    And that explains what exactly about his 48% completion, or the fact in his last 4 games he has 13 TOs and 3 TDs? Or that the Bucs had six 3 and outs and 9 drives fewer than 6 plays? The Freeman apologists are unbearable. 2010 was an anamoly, just like Derek Anderson in 2008.

  41. trollaikman8 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    I’m not sad that this is happening to a Greg Schiano team.

  42. mdd913 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:30 PM

    modhairken says: Sep 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    The Saints play a minimum of 9 games in A/C at 74 degrees, and it will be 93 degrees in the sun at kickoff. The Saints have no running game. They will wilt like lettuce.

    Bucs 31-10. Then what will fat loser Duemig say?

    —————————————————————

    LOLOLOLOLOL

    You do realize where the Saints hold their training camp, right? A 93 degree day in the middle of summer in southern Louisiana is considered a nice break. Last time I was down there it was 117 and humidity through the roof so much that when you sweat, it doesn’t even evaporate because the air is already saturated.

  43. shaggyjeff says: Sep 12, 2013 6:54 PM

    @ bucwrong …did you include the dropped passes right in the hands from ogletree (2) Williams (1) V Jackson(1) Martin (1) ???

    Is freeman supposed to catch the ball too ?

  44. drunkwino says: Sep 12, 2013 7:20 PM

    41 – 0, against the worst defense in history, bwhahahahahaha

  45. SeenThisB4 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    modhairken says: Sep 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    The Saints play a minimum of 9 games in A/C at 74 degrees, and it will be 93 degrees in the sun at kickoff. The Saints have no running game. They will wilt like lettuce.

    ___________________________

    93 degrees? If that’s the case, Payton and the Saints will have to break out the black sweatshirts to stay comfortable.

    GEAUX SAINTS!!!

  46. rickydo22 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    Schiano is a Dinosaur! The players of today cannot be coached by Lombardi wannabe’s!

  47. FinFan68 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:45 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Sep 12, 2013 4:12 PM
    I identify better with Freeman’s perspective than Schiano’s. I’m not sure what Schiano is talking about in saying that Freeman is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. Who made the agreement with Freeman and what are the terms and where is he in violation of what was agreed upon?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Schiano is basically saying that Freeman is not being a leader. Freeman himself, acknowledges That his position requires extra effort. Leaders do not just do the bare minimum to satisfy a clause in a contract. They do what they need to to get the job done right. Based on your question above, do/did you by chance happen to belong to a union? Thought so.

  48. lebronsinsecurity says: Sep 12, 2013 7:55 PM

    Not defending Freeman since I really don’t know for sure if all of these so called “incidents” actually happened, but Schiano looks terrible for making this public. Terrible move for the ultimate “leader” of the team.

  49. packersarethebest says: Sep 12, 2013 8:39 PM

    wow…as a new york resident (and packers fan), i thought the J-E-T-S were the laughingstock of the NFL, but the Bucs seem to be giving them a run for their money.

    1-15; yeah i’m calling it.

  50. lordfletcher says: Sep 12, 2013 10:32 PM

    time for a Ponder / Freeman trade :D

    -vikes fan … who is willing to trade a 7th as well LOL

  51. bucfan702 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:43 PM

    my problem with freeman is locking in on one player each play. not running for a first down when it’s 3rd and 1 with green in front of him. inability to through a accurate 5 yard out. other than that he’s pretty good? ????

  52. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    FinFan68:

    No, I’m not part of a union. I’m independent. And I understand what you are saying but that doesn’t address the specifics of my concern and my questions in regard to why Schiano is handling things this way. I think he does not have control of this team or a sound plan to win at this point and that’s not good. But really this is a problem stemming from the GM who has allowed this situation to manifest itself instead of choosing an alternative course of action.

  53. trilbilly says: Sep 13, 2013 6:32 AM

    Maybe Freeman purposely missed the team photo. If I were him I’d beg the Bucs to cut me or trade me.

    Freeman game 1 VS Jets: 48% completion rate
    Tom Brady game 2 vs Jets: 33% completion rate

  54. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Sep 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    Why seperate knob? Why?!

  55. FinFan68 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    thestrategyexpert,
    He took over a team that literally had no discipline. The youngish guys all had the “buddy” mentality due to Morris. He “connected” with the players but he couldn’t effectively unblur the line between his coaching and leadership responsibilities and “having his players’ backs”. He never really held them accountable and most of them took that as a free pass to mess around and they never took personal responsibility or had the self-initiative to get better. Schiano is trying to fix what has been broken for a while. He is basically holding them accountable and not allowing much deviation until they prove they can handle it. The players are reacting similar to a teenager who is finally being held accountable. they are lashing out and rebelling. They will either get a clue or be gone unless the owners mess up and find a lackey to replace Schiano.

  56. xinellum says: Sep 13, 2013 1:11 PM

    For the money he makes he has the motivation and excuse-making of a pot smoker. “Wow, man, like, I really didn’t miss alot, like, a family-like thingy, and, you know, a few other things, Here and there not like alot or anything, like, the team photo that is used for promotional purposes for the team doesn’t have the quarterback in it, like, what’s the big deal. It’s not like a pattern, or anything, just cause it happens all the time” It reeks of the Ricky Williams school of public speaking. He has been underwhelming on the field and he acts like he doesn’t want to be there anymore so I say it’s time to move on.

  57. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 13, 2013 2:21 PM

    FinFan68:

    I agree with a lot of what you say. I think the Bucs should have moved on from Freeman and Schiano, neither of them impress me. I had a 3rd Round grade on Freeman during the draft and he hasn’t done anything to improve his standing since then. You get stronger at QB by letting other teams overpay with 1st Tounders for guys like Freeman and Ponder and well the list goes on and on. Schiano just isn’t calculated enough or smart enough to run this team, it’s way more than he can handle and he’s already failing at letting negative situations blossom to cause distractions.

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