By Dory LeBlanc
The storm at One Buc Place has been brewing all week; in the eye of it all has been quarterback Josh Freeman.
On Monday, head coach Greg Schiano said "Josh [Freeman] is our starter. That's where we are." Two days later, the only Buccaneer that started under center since November 8, 2009 was benched for rookie Mike Glennon with Freeman becoming the backup for the first year player from NC State. But could there be even more demotions heading Freeman's way for Sunday's match up against the Arizona Cardinals?
Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano on Friday refused to answer a question directly from WDAE and the Tampa Bay Times' beat reporter Rick Stroud about whether or not the organization would change Freeman's status for Sunday based on an interview Freeman conduted with ESPN's Josian Anderson on Thursday night. According to Stroud, the team is considering making Freeman the inactive third quarterback for Sunday's game because the interview with ESPN was not authorized by the team.
"I just feel like this has been a focus all week. I'm not going to go there" said Schiano. "Ninty minutes before the game I'm going to name who our active 46 players are, the guys that are up and were bound to play. I'm locked in now and our team is locked in. I'm done discussing all that other stuff, let's go win and game and that 's my goal."
When asked again if Freeman is the backup quaterback for Sunday, Schiano side stepped the question again stating that the inactives will be stated ninty minutes before the game.
Despite being encouraged by the organization, Freeman declined to speak to the local media on Thursday, the only day he was available to so. In the interview with ESPN, Freeman told Anderson that although there were reasons for not wanting to be traded, in the end, it was the best option.
"I don't for a number of reasons but bottom line is if you want things to change something has to change" Freeman said. "At the end of the day, yes. I think that moving forward that is going to be the best option."
Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, told the Tampa Bay Times, "Josh needed his voice to be heard," according to Rick Stroud.