Greg Schiano rigged captaincy election against Freeman?

The relationship between Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman has been, to this point, tenuous at best.

It now stands to get a whole lot worse.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Schiano “rigged” the outcome of the team’s recent election so Freeman would not earn a captain spot.

Predictably, Schiano denied these claims, saying they’re “100 percent false.” However, another report suggests that, during a players-only meeting, “the legitimacy of the captain’s vote might have been on the agenda.”

It was reported last Saturday, one day before the season opener, that Freeman was “stripped” of the honor after three years, with Schiano doing his best to quell potential criticism. Looks like that didn’t work out too well.

Whether Schiano did rig votes is almost immaterial. As the Times points out, this is yet “another tear in the already-frayed relationship” between Schiano and Freeman, and it seems the two simply can’t coexist.

Freeman was a draft pick of a previous regime; Schiano has absolutely no ties or loyalty to him. That became evident in April, when the Bucs burned a third-round pick on quarterback Mike Glennon, officially putting Freeman on notice.

If there’s any shred of legitimacy to this story, it’s an awful look for the franchise, and almost guarantees Schiano a place on the hot seat.

Zack Kelberman
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  • Jamnew44

    If Schiano actually did rig the vote, he might as well trade Freeman now. Freeman will never succeed under a coach who would undermine him in such a way with the team. I can’t imagine Lombardi, Shula, Noll, Gibbs, or any of the grat coaches of the past doing such a thing. It says alot about Schiano’s judgement if he thinks Glennon is better than Freeman.

  • Brutus

    Freeman sucks! Period. Schiano needs to cut his losses now and let him go. The Bucs will be the worst team yet again in the NFC South if they dont attempt to find a franchise QB to lead the team. They have all of the weapons except for the one under center. Cut your losses now and move on. If Glennon is the guy let him start, everyone knows it wont be any worse than it is under Freeman

    • Freeman Fan

      The reason the Bucs haven’t had a franchise qb in 37 years is because they change qb’s like the weather. 32 different starting qb’s in 37 years is ridiculous. Let Freeman grow into the qb the Bucs need. Look at the records and stats of Peyton, Drew, Tom, and Brett in their first 3 years and you will see that Josh is right on pace just as they were.

      • ken craner

        might wnna re-check those stats. everyone of the guy mentioned has a ring along with MUCH better stats

  • John W

    Schiano is not fit to coach an NFL team. Couple that with an inconsistent QB and you have the Bucs. The team is adrift.

  • Ken Craner

    Tarkenton was right Freeman is God awful….the jury is still out o the coach