By Tom Krasniqi
The circus atmosphere at One Buc Place will get a much needed break. Thank goodness for everyone involved. The 0-4 Bucs could sure use it.
The deteriorating relationship between quarterback Josh Freeman and the organization are still making headlines. The head coach has come under fire. Three of the four losses have been by a combined six points. Some guys are beat up mentally and physically. Yeah, this bye week comes at a good time.
“You get a chance to take your mind off the good and the bad,” said cornerback Leonard Johnson after Wednesday’s practice. “Just get a chance to reflect and analyze everything that has happened. I think it’ll be good for us to get away, came back together as a unit and hit it hard.”
Some players, like Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, will leave town for a couple of days. Others, such as Johnson and new starting quarterback Mike Glennon, will stick around and put in the extra work.
“I’m just staying here, hanging out…I’ll come in and get some extra work in and get prepared for next week,” said Glennon.
Even though the bye week comes early this season, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano says the team will take advantage of it.
“Where our bye falls, it falls at a pretty good time from when we started training camp in late July and we’re at the beginning of October, it’s a good stretch of time that we’ve been working just about every day,” said Schiano. “Guys get a little four-day break here. I told them ‘You need to get away. Get away from the grind of football and enjoy yourself.’”
Players will be off from Thursday through Sunday. They’ll come back to work on Monday. Schiano says the coaching staff will use the time off to do more “self study” to get ready for the Eagles. One can only hope that the negative vibe in the building will subside by Monday.
News & Notes:
- Bucs LT Donald Penn launched into a tirade against the media today regarding the Josh Freeman mess. Penn says the media is the one to blame: “Y’all, the media, the media, the media, the media…y’all.” Penn claims the media is out to tarnish Freeman’s image. Really? Penn is a close friend of Freeman’s so you can understand where he’s coming from. But the fact of the matter is this: Freeman’s medical info was provided by somebody inside the organization. It was not made up by the media.
- Bucs RG Davin Joseph says the offensive line has not performed up to expectations so far: “No. We have high standards here.”
- Bucs QB Mike Glennon says the speed of the game ramped up when he had pressure: “When there’s not a tremendous pass rush, that’s when things slowed down. When there’s guys in your face, that’s where the chaos is.”
- I asked Glennon if Freeman had spoken to him this week: “Josh has been great. He’s been so supportive. He’s been nothing but a great teammate to me.”
- Stat of the day: ESPN.com says the Bucs are dead last in the NFL with just 15 snaps inside the red zone. When they get down there, they’re passing it two-thirds of the time.
- As we reported yesterday, the #Bucs re-signed WR Tiquan Underwood. They also sign TE Matt Veldman (6-7, 255lbs) to the practice squad.
- According to reports, the Lions have signed former Bucs WR Kevin Ogletree, who was released on Tuesday.
- After the bye week, the Bucs will host the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 13. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 9am with the Floor & Décor Countdown To Kickoff show.
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