http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10...ogical-testing"I'm not here to be a distraction," Pouncey said.
It got even worse for the Bucs yesterday. Up 10-0 entering the 4th quarter, Mike Glennon goes all MIKE GLENNON and the Cards come back to win the game. They were helped along by ANOTHER Dashon Goldson personal foul that led directly to points for the Cards.
It seems to me that at that players only meeting, the Bucs players decided that they were going to try to get the meathead from Rutgers fired. And they're doing a pretty damn good job of it.
Even with the Glazers running the show there's no way Schiano survives this year.
Oh no, we suck again!
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/97...ger-suspensionTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the NFL's drug program but he is not one strike away from a suspension despite being subject to random testing, according to league and player sources with knowledge of his status...
Freeman has not had any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension, such as a positive test of a banned street-drug substance, sources said. Thus, Freeman is in relatively good standing under the program, sources added.
Freeman's stage one status also would not necessarily mean he has tested positive for a banned substance even though he has been subject to random or reasonable cause testing, as deemed necessary by the medical director who oversees the program. A player can be placed in stage one for a variety of reasons, including behavioral causes. The medical director determines the length of stage one status.
Huh, wonder who leaked this info.
Well Freeman either will be cut or traded. More of the latter than the former.
Happy Autumn Winds!
I think Freeman sucked and his inconsistency was maddening but I actually am starting to feel a little bad for him. The more I hear about the TB situation, the more I realize that Schiano had an agenda to get him replaced, and while I do think that Freeman has been a little mentally detached the past offseason, and his play has sucked, he's not exactly Ryan Leaf.
Freemans statement:Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is firing back after ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Freeman entered stage one of the NFL's drug program. The reports, which reveal Freeman's private medical information, implied that drugs were an issue for Freeman.
In a press release by his agents, Freeman says he voluntarily entered the program after getting permission to use Adderall for his ADHD. Since entering the program, Freeman said he has passed 46 drug tests. That information was not supposed to become public, but once it did Freeman explained the situation.
Freeman is rightfully upset about his medical information getting leaked. None of this reflects well on the Buccaneers organization, which has remained quiet to this point. Be sure to check out SB Nation's Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation, which is not pleased about how this story has developed.
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/9/3...s-greg-schianoLet me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half.
Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated, I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist. Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career. Well over a year ago, I took a different medication for the same condition (Ritalin rather than Adderall) , and to assure everyone that the error was a one-time mistake, I agreed to be voluntarily tested in the "NFL Program". Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I've been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about.
Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship.
You know, there was speculation that teams would blame Freeman and not Schiano for the fallout. How Freeman was mentally weak and how he let off the field distractions effect his leadership role. But i think this clears up a lot of the blame.
This is clownshoes bad. This is lawsuit bad. Who in there right mind does this? Nevermind the ethics or legal liabilities of such an action, who in their right mind thinks that trying to paint him as a drug addict would work? Just cut the guy and be done with it.
Schiano needs to be fired right now if he seriously leaked this crap.
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/10/...ers/in/4533443The drama surrounding Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay took another turn on Tuesday when Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik told Freeman not to attend the team meeting, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
The reports were later clarified by Dominik, who said Freeman was excused from the meeting because coach Greg Schiano wanted to speak privately with the maligned quarterback after tension between the player and coach hit a new high Monday night. Dominik said Freeman was excused until a meeting later in the day with Schiano after participating in team activities throughout Tuesday.
Glazer initially reported said some of his sources think the Freeman was asked not to attend the meeting to make other players think he missed the meeting on his own. Freeman reportedly overslept and missed a meeting earlier this season.
Some of this could just be escalation, people letting things pile up and running with it. But at the same time, when the situation has gotten this dysfunctional, why would you not be clear about why he was missing the meeting? Why give people room to misread it?
Or: just cut him. That way you can focus your time on preparing for the next victory formation rush.
The Bucs have ****ed this thing up so badly. I realize that Freeman maybe hasn't handled it perfectly, but I honestly can't blame him for firing back with both barrels after the team started leaking things about him to make him look bad. I think i would go nuclear on that, too.
They need to suck it up and cut him before this really gets out of hand.
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/10/...s-josh-freemanThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers fined quarterback Josh Freeman $31,500 on Wednesday. Freeman was fined a portion of that for an unauthorized interview with ESPN, and the rest for missing a team meeting and "conduct detrimental to the team," according to reports. Explaining everything that's gone on with Freeman at this point is difficult, but Wednesday also brought a statement from the NFL on the matter and some pretty negative reports regarding head coach Greg Schiano.
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/10/...s-josh-freemanThe relationship between Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano has deteriorated in recent weeks, but that's not the only schism the embattled head coach has created in Tampa.
SI's Andre Brandt reports that Schiano has created a Big Brother-type atmosphere in the locker room, going as far as spying on players. From MMQB:
In speaking with agents of several Bucs players recently, I have sensed a common theme: There is an atmosphere of fear and distrust under the current regime in Tampa. Players have told their agents about coaches roaming through the locker room (typically the players' sanctuary away from coaches) and staff videotaping players on the sidelines during losses to single out players laughing or horsing around.