Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) reacts after completing a pass against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Freeman disputes Greg Schiano’s comments


Things really aren’t going well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

First, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David committed a late hit on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, setting up a game-winning field goal for the Jets. Then, the Buccaneers held a players-only meeting to discuss the removal of the captain’s “C” from quarterback Josh Freeman’s jersey, among other things. Then, on Thursday, head coach Greg Schiano said Freeman missed a team picture and has overslept for meetings.

After Schiano made those comments, Freeman defended himself.

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

He did, however, acknowledge, he should have been there for the picture.

“The position of quarterback is a position of leadership,” Freeman said. “And obviously missing the team photo’s a big deal. 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 and the Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints Sunday at 4:05 pm EST.

If Bucs fans want some good news, the game is not blacked out on local television.

Tags: Greg Schiano Josh Freeman Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Michelle Rosas

    I wonder if Brees, Brady, or Manning missed their team photo’s. Time to let this guy go. I want no QB that shows lack of leadership.

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    It’s ok Josh, family is always first

  • scott torrez

    Michelle, You may be right about Josh…, Buy until the O-line and play calling (not to mention all the dropped balls) get better it won’t matter who is in there. I for one am keeping the faith ! GO BUCS !!!!!!!