Embattled quarterback Josh Freeman acknowledged Thursday that he overslept and missed a team photo session of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week but denied any suggestions of a frayed relationship with head coach Greg Schiano. Freeman in the final year of his rookie contract was not named an offensive team captain in voting by the players a few days after the Sept. 2 photo shoot. He had held that distinction since his 2010 breakthrough season when he led the Bucs to a 10-6 mark in his first full year as an NFL starter. “I overslept point blank’’ said Freeman who completed only 15 of 31 pass attempts during an 18-17 loss to the New York Jets in Week 1. “I was talking to the guys the night before and just didn’t get up on time. The position of quarterback is a position of leadership and obviously missing a team photo is a big deal. It’s something I feel badly about. It’s upsetting but at the same time you’ve got to put it behind you because like it or not the Saints are coming to town.’’ Tampa Bay faces New Orleans in its home opener on Sunday. According to Bucs coach Greg Schiano and guard Davin Joseph Freeman has company when it comes to arriving late. “It’s on every individual here to be on time for everything that you go to’’ said Joseph an offensive captain with wide receiver Vincent Jackson. “It’s on every individual here to do his job and I think Freeman does a (darn) good job of doing his job. When it comes to Freeman I have no complaints. “I’m happy he’s our quarterback I wouldn’t take anyone else. Every situation has a story and all of us have done it. Have I been late? Yes. I’ve been late to a few things. But that doesn’t make you any less of a man that you’re late. It happens.’’ Freeman said he hasn’t struggled in dealing with the distractions of an uncertain contract status and recent stories implying friction between him and Schiano. “Today got pretty hot but we had one of our better practices of the year’’ Freeman said. “I guess there’s a lot going on outside of this building but inside these walls we’re focused 100 percent on the Saints. I really like playing for Coach Schiano. He takes things to a personal level. “It’s about camaraderie brotherhood family trusting each other believing in each other and accountability. It’s really refreshing. It’s fun playing for coach.’’ On Wednesday the ProFootballTalk website published an un-sourced report suggesting concern about whether Schiano manipulated the votes for team captains was raised in a players-only meeting.
Bucs QB Freeman feels ‘badly’ about missing team photo
Tampa Tribune | Sep 13