Tampa Bay Buccaneers Apparently Falling Apart At the Seams

By Connor Muldowney
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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If there’s one team in the NFL that you’re glad that you aren’t a fan of, it’s probably the New York Jets. Since the Jets took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, reports have surfaced about the dysfunction surrounding this team and its locker room.

In case you don’t know, former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano took over as head coach of this team in 2012 and immediately instilled his hard-nosed attitude within the team. The Bucs needed some sort of structure and general manager Mark Dominik believed that Schiano was that guy.

Well, before the season began, the team had a players-only meeting — always a bad sign before the season even starts — because they believed that Schiano was not a fan of quarterback Josh Freeman. Many guys on the team believed that Schiano rigged the captain voting prior to the season that stripped Freeman’s captaincy and gave it to second-year Buc, Vincent Jackson.

The players weren’t happy with how Schiano has dealt with the fourth-year player and believe that he should, once again, be captain of this team — something he has held for three years.

This whole players-only meeting led to a mess of a first game in which the Bucs lost to the lowly Jets. In a case of player-coach disagreements, this has to be one of the worst.

It was evident when Freeman failed to show up for the team’s photo day last week. Sure, Freeman isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, but Schiano should not be picking and choosing who his favorite players are. In fact, it’s been widely publicized that Schiano likes rookie Mike Glennon who was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Dominik was the guy who drafted Freeman, hired Schiano and now he will have to be the guy who must choose whether to keep Freeman or Schiano following this season.

Too bad Freeman is in his contract year and there is a better chance they will let him loose and stick with the guy that the organization is so high on in Greg Schiano.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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