It was a new week at One Buc Place for head coach Greg Schiano’s day-after-game press conference but the questions – and answers – seem to be the same.
After placing quarterback Josh Freeman on the inactive list for Sunday’s game, Schiano was asked questions regarding the troubled quarterback that was once the face of the organization as the team’s franchise quarterback. He stated that for now Freeman is part of the team when he was asked about the 25-year old’s status with the Bucs.
“The business part of things, Mark and I talk about it but he handles that,” Schiano said. “As long as he is a Buccaneer he will be a member of this team and be a part of what we do. I’ll let that other stuff be handled by Mark.
“We take it each week as we do with the backups and inactives. I’m not going to comment on down the road. Right now I’m just focusing on today and us getting better. We’ll see how everything plays out.”
Freeman may not be placed in that backup role again this season if in fact he remains on the roster. Schiano answered the question on if Freeman can do anything to get out of being number three on the quarterback depth chart.
“It’s not like that, what he has to do. It’s more like what we think is best going forward,” Schiano said. “We take each thing independently. This week wasn’t what was best. We’ll see when we get into a game week what is best.”
Many have said that the reason for the team deciding to inactivate Freeman for Sunday’s game was as a result of his ESPN interview that was conducted last week and aired Sunday before the game. Among many things, Freeman was asked by ESPN’s Josina Anderson on his feelings of not wanting to be with the Bucs in which he responded by saying it would be best if he was traded. Schiano was asked about Freeman’s interview and him not wanting to be a part of the team.
“I’m not going to be naïve. There are a lot of factors involved,” Schiano said. “This is not high school football. It’s professional football and there (are) salaries and contracts and other things involved. What I do is focus on the things that are going to help us win games and now we’re in a bye week so there are a lot of things, because we don’t have a particular opponent, it’s more us taking an introspective look at the Buccaneers and what we need to do better in all three phases. There won’t be a ton of practice but there will be some. We’ll go out there and get better and then we’ll get back at it next week against the Eagles.
“We don’t instruct people not to talk to the media. You know our policy, everything goes through our public relations department and as long as that happens, that’s our policy. We don’t instruct people not to talk to the media unless it comes through our public relations for whatever reasons.”
Schiano also talked about how Freeman’s replacement, rookie Mike Glennon, performed in his first career start.
“Very much the same of what I said after the game, I thought he handled the operation of the game very well – protections, reading plays out,” Schiano said. “He had a couple of balls I think he would like to have back t the end of the game. Protection is a tricky thing. You have something protected schematically, but sometimes you get licked. But I though he did a good job in identifying and getting us in the right protections which is a big job, a big part of the quarterback’s job.”
Overall, Schiano was pleased with Glennon but says he can still improve.
“I actually think Mike is a pretty accurate passer,” Schiano said. “But in general when you ask that question (how to improve), that’s where I would , understanding the coverage, understanding the route, the anticipation and then the fundamental part of it, which they work on every single day, so those kind of all fit and make what constitutes an accurate or inaccurate throw.”
He also touched on the offense’s lack of scoring.
“There are a few things that one being self-inflected wounds whether it be a penalty or a mistake and then you have to give your opponent credit,” Schiano said. “They make a play or get you behind the chains or something like that but the combination as always is not just one thing.”
Schiano has the team scheduled to practice the following two days before hitting a four-day span that gives the players the opportunity to get away from football. However, the way the season has gone, all indications appear to have Schiano working vigorously through the bye week.