The players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spoken loud and clear. Quarterback Josh Freeman is no longer a captain, which brings to mind what else is in store for the signal caller.
It is incredibly rare for players to lose their captain status once they have it, and it is even rarer for a quarterback to get the “C” removed from his jersey. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened when the players voted on the captains for the 2013 NFL season.
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano assured anyone who questioned the matter that the players still believe in Freeman’s ability to lead the team. However, it appears they would rather have veterans with more playing experience to be the official captains in Tampa Bay.
It is somewhat surprising to see this happen to Freeman considering he completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012. The fact that he has clearly improved on the gridiron should make the team want to stand behind him. Unfortunately, it seems the organization is going in the opposite direction.
Freeman being in a contract year and the Buccaneers selecting quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft is not a good sign. At this point, Freeman must do whatever he can to lead Tampa Bay by example and get them into the playoffs if he wants to remain a starter with the Buccaneers.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Davin Joseph were voted in as captains in place of Freeman.