Trouble brewing in Tampa Bay?

September, 12, 2013
9/12/13
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TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s only the second week of the season, but there already is plenty of controversy brewing in Tampa Bay.

Coach Greg Schiano shot down a rumor that he rigged the vote to prevent quarterback Josh Freeman from being a captain.

Freeman
"The players vote. The votes are tabulated by me," Schiano told The Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

The Times also reported that Freeman missed the annual team photo a few days before the players voted on captains. Freeman had been a captain each of the previous three seasons.

This is just the latest in a series of events that suggests a divide between the coach and quarterback. At the end of last season, Schiano didn’t give Freeman a ringing endorsement as his quarterback for the long term. Then, the Bucs used a third-round pick on quarterback Mike Glennon while deciding to let Freeman enter a contract year without a long-term extension.

Throw in shoddy play by Freeman in the preseason and the regular-season opener and it appears as if the situation is only getting worse.

The only way to solve it is for Freeman to go out and play at a consistently high level. If that doesn’t happen, the chances of seeing Glennon grow with every bad outing by Freeman.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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