Greg Schiano ran Josh Freeman out of Tampa Bay. In NFL history, there have been many of times where the head coach and the quarterback did not get along. The component that was different in this circumstance is that it seemed so personal.
Schiano was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and led them to a 7-9 record — not very impressive at all. One can understand about wanting to develop and maintain a winning program, however, one also needs to treat professionals with the respect that they deserve. This did not happen with Josh Freeman. Schiano did everything he could to publicly strip Freeman of any leadership that he may have had. He even told Freeman to stay away from a team meeting and then basically admonished him for not being at that meeting.
Here is the question that I am asking. Just who does Schiano think he is? This is not a Hall of Fame coach like a Bill Parcells. Someone like that who has a very impressive track record of turning around organizations might be able to get away with something like that. This is not a Tom Coughlin or a Bill Belichick who have won Super Bowls. Their track records can speak for themselves.
Schiano has a track record, but it isn’t very good. As stated before, he has more losses than wins, and this season doesn’t look to be any better. At Rutgers, he was a whopping 68 wins and 67 losses. One game over .500 and he had some pretty dreadful seasons while he was there. Now he has no excuses. His guy, Mike Glennon, is now the starting quarterback. Schiano needs to win and win now before a toxic environment becomes even more so.
Freeman was upset about how things were going in Tampa Bay. Based on how Schiano is running the program, he probably did Freeman a favor.