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Kaufman says players-only meeting focused on coaching staff and Freeman


After reports emerged regarding the Buccaneers’ pre-Week One players only meeting that addressed among other things the legitimacy of the vote for 2013 captains, reports emerged that quarterback Josh Freeman (who lost his “C” after three years wearing it) missed the official team photograph.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune appeared earlier this morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Ross Tucker and soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Derrick Brooks to discuss the situation.

Kaufman addressed his belief that the relationship between the team and its starting quarterback is reaching “critical mass,” explaining that he doesn’t believe the statement amounts to hyperbole.  The problem, per Kaufman, is a perceived lack of commitment to the team from Freeman.

“My information is that it’s not the first time Freeman has been late for or completely missed a team function,” Kaufman said.

With some prodding by Tucker, Kaufman acknowledged that a players-only meeting occurred last week.  While Kaufman initially explained the meeting as an effort to address Freeman’s lack of commitment to the team, Kaufman eventually conceded that, as he hears it, the meeting was aimed at addressing concerns about both Freeman and the coaching staff.

Still, the concerns about Freeman are coming out only after reports surfaced of the players-only meeting that included concerns about the coaching staff.  It’s impossible not to at least wonder whether the Bucs, who declined comment to PFT about the players-only meeting or its contents, have launched a P.R. assault on Freeman in order to take the focus away from potential player concerns about the coaching staff.

Either way, after an offseason of denials it’s becoming more and more clear that 2013 will be Freeman’s last year in Tampa, barring a dramatic and unexpected shift in mindsets and attitudes.

“If the Bucs had a viable option, Freeman might already be replaced,” Kaufman said.

So, basically, the Bucs will stick with Freeman while Mike Glennon engages in a Gale Boetticher-style crash course aimed at getting to the point where he can take over the operation.

By the way, Freeman is due to meet with the media on Thursday afternoon.  Here’s hoping he says, “I am the one who knocks.”

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23 Responses to “Kaufman says players-only meeting focused on coaching staff and Freeman”
  1. twilson962 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    Hot mess

  2. westampa says: Sep 12, 2013 11:27 AM

    I never expected to be googleing “2014 Mock Draft” after week 1.

  3. doubleogator says: Sep 12, 2013 11:29 AM

    Bodes well for the Saints this weekend…

  4. therealjr says: Sep 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    Say my name!

  5. vmannj says: Sep 12, 2013 11:33 AM

    If Glennon isn’t ready to replace Freeman, Teddy Bridgewater sure might be.

  6. riverace19 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:34 AM

    Freeman misses the team photo, he misses his receivers, and he is missing the point: time to go

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    Sounds like Freeman has Vince Young-itis. All the physical gifts in the world, but no commitment to being a leader or student of the game. Vince actually showed signs in Green Bay of having grown out of it. Here’s hoping Freeman does so much faster–in time to save his career.

  8. dtownsportslions says: Sep 12, 2013 11:44 AM

    Just start Glennon.

  9. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    When the Bucs and Jets were scheduled to meet in week 1, everyone assumed one of the teams would be a circus, with a coach in trouble, a QB drafted in 2009 on his last legs and a franchise facing major changes going forward.

    Who knew it would be the Bucs?

  10. tlow97 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    Better call Saul!

  11. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 12, 2013 12:04 PM

    nice Breaking Bad ref….well played

  12. redbearwoodall says: Sep 12, 2013 12:11 PM

    So… Is Aaron Hernandez the Pinkman of this story? Watch your back, Glennon.

  13. gojags says: Sep 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    Freeman is a better QB than Tampa would get. He needs good coaching to maximize his potential. I don’t if it is there in the current coaching staff.

  14. buccaboo says: Sep 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    Freeman looks like he is throwing the Bucs under the bus. If you hate the team or the city, that’s one thing; but how can you do it to your teammates? He just doesn’t seem to get it.

  15. 69finfan says: Sep 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Tebow’s available

  16. buccofitz says: Sep 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    Pinkman? I think Hernandez would be a much better Tuco Salamanca.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Sounds like a recipe for a Super Bowl.

  18. areyoudue says: Sep 12, 2013 12:55 PM

    Seems like the circus moved down to Tampa along with MEvi$.

  19. laughingwillow says: Sep 12, 2013 1:11 PM

    You would think Freeman had the sense to know that he is auditioning for every NFL team this year. He seems committed to not being in Tampa going forward but has all but declared to the league that he is unprofessional, uncommitted and doesn’t have what it takes to lead an offense. He should just get his baby tiger, put on his white suit, team up with Weird Al Yankovic, and Beat It.

  20. ccjcsr says: Sep 12, 2013 1:20 PM

    Freeman = Jason Campbell 2.0

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    Maybe the Bucs should have paid him like a franchise QB so he wouldn’t have the extra distraction to worry about. That or find a way to move on if you aren’t going to keep him and stand by him. But they did nothing and it’s hurting both the team and Freeman. Just a classic example of basic mismanagement and careless follow-up with already poor draft choices.

  22. modhairken says: Sep 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    Roger Goodell: “With the 5th pick in the 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M.”

    Chris Berman: “No surprise there. Let’s get a word with Andrea Kramer whose standing by with the new Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Yucs, Jay Gruden.”

    Andrea Kramer: “Thanks, Boom. Coach, first how did you move past the fact that the Bucs fired your brother after consecutive 9-7 seasons to hire Raheem Morris?”

    Jay Gruden: “Money.”

    Andrea Kramer: “Why Johnny Manziel?”

    Gruden: “Well, after 4-12, and Josh Freeman throwing 45 interceptions, we needed a signature quarterback in this town. And, as we all know, Johnny Football is a signature quarterback.”

    Kramer: “Back to you, Boomer. You tired, loser.”

  23. keifer1751 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:30 PM

    Josh Freeman is a man with natural athletic skills. If he can wind up with a team that has a real coach, he’ll be great. The Bucs coaching staff has sucked for years… and continues to.

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