The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 0-3 and the tension is rising.
There have been plenty of rumors and whispers about the locker room not being in the greatest shape, with many of the players supposedly butting heads with coach Greg Schiano. Most notably, All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis has been the biggest name to have been upset with his coach and he’s only been there for a couple of months.
Another player that is rumored to not be getting along with his coach is quarterback Josh Freeman. The fact of the matter is, Schiano doesn’t appear to like Freeman and I don’t blame him.
Through three games, Freeman has tossed just two touchdowns and three interceptions. His completion percentage through the first three weeks has been 48.4, 40.9 and 46.3 respectively. In each of those games, his overall rating has gone from 67.9, to 56.1 and now finally down to 54.5 in his third game.
If the Bucs want any chance to salvage the season at this point, Freeman must be benched. It is time for a change, and that change has to be made at the quarterback position.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was drafted, supposedly, as a backup plan in case Freeman did not work out this season. If anything, Glennon was drafted as a guy that could start next year when Freeman most likely departs due to free agency, seeing as he’s in the last year of his contract.
The Bucs have not been too bad defensively, so if they can get some kind of momentum going on offense they have a shot to get a few wins this year. It’s not like they are short on weapons, offensively speaking. Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are all legitimate options in their respective realm and Freeman has no excuses for not getting them the ball in an efficient manner.
Freeman has to go. It’s that simple. Schiano may not be liked at the moment, but if he makes this change it may have the chance to unite the team and give them a spark going forward.