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October 12, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
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Report: Schiano Behind Freeman Drug Program Leak

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Mark Cook

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Late Saturday evening the USA Today reported that the NFLPA wants to question Bucs head coach Greg Schiano in the leaking of quarterback Josh Freeman's participation in the NFL's drug program.
The crazy and controversial 2013 Bucs season is on the verge of getting even wilder.

A report in the USA Today late Saturday evening stated the NFLPA wants a joint investigation and the ability to interview head coach Greg Schiano in the leaking of former quarterback Josh Freeman’s participation in the league’s substance abuse program.

According to the USA Today, “the NFLPA contends it has information the original breach occurred when Schiano discussed Freeman's status in the league's substance-abuse program with other Buccaneers players, prior to the quarterback's Oct. 3 release.”

The report does not specify if the alleged conversations with the players took place after the ESPN report, only stating prior to Freeman's October 3 release, leaving the door of speculation open that it may have occurred after the news became public knowledge.

On September 30 ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Freeman was in stage one of the NFL’s substance abuse program. Mortensen used unnamed sources in his report.

Later, on the same evening Freeman, through his agents, released a statement insinuating that the information was made public by someone within the Bucs organization.

"Unfortunately it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information,” Freeman’s statement in part read.

The day after the ESPN report about Freeman being involved in the NFL drug program, Schiano firmly denied having anything to do with the information being released saying he "absolutely not" was the source of the information and was "100 percent comfortable with my behavior.”

The Buccaneers declined any official comment late Saturday evening when contacted by PewterReport.com. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as warranted.

Last modified on Sunday, 13 October 2013 10:56
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    The problem is for the Glazers to hire a quality coach they have to pay more than any other team for the same coach. The Glazers have such a bar reputation in the league nobody wants to work for them. That is why they have gone to the bottom of the barrel in the last two hirings. Are the glazers willing to pay the price? I doubt it.
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    You guys beating up on PR for a statement that was posted by the NFLPA is crazy talk, if you don't like the fact that Schiano is a crappy coach and deserves to be fired then don't read it or put down the Kool Aid. They have fired coaches with winning records and less talent, the problem is that the coach has no idea what to do with grown men who he treats like college kids. He sucks period and we are more of a laughing stock in the league than we have been in 20 years.
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    I would say that if this is true, we should fire Schiano. But the truth is, Schiano's coaching is reason enough to fire Schiano.
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    People really are going as far as to blame PR for this? Are you as delusional as our coach? He has handled every personnel situation poorly, no matter if he was behind the leak or not. He has handled Tynes, Nicks and Freeman's situations like an amateur high school coach. He is in way over his head. Besides just personnel issues, his play calling is horrible, his in game adjustments are not there, his scheme is that of a losing team just trying not to lose more, he has 8 4th qr leads and is now what 1-11 in his last 12? He video tapes sidelines and locker rooms, he will not allow anyone to speak to media without a baby sitter, tried to apply a 8 pm curfew and when he has a bye week does he drill them for stupid penalties or dropped passes? No he gives them 5 days off...That definitely worked for the Eagles game...bc you know, we did not have an excess of penalties or anything. Anyone who supports this coach is a just as much of a joke as his regime. If this organization was a "laughing stock" that "needed greg schiano" then what the hell are we now?! FIRE THIS TOOL!
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    Don't fret Mark. Some us understood what the article title "Report:" meant. Who knows if Schiano, or one of the Pewter Report subscribers who claims to have a mole in the building, spread the word about Josh Freeman being in the drug program? Who knows if Schiano is the carrier of the MRSA? Who cares if Schiano has had a hand in running off players good enough to have significant roles elsewhere? Who cares if the team has digressed from the time Schiano took over this former "laughing stock" as he called it? Who cares if he continues to do that "kneel down" charge and repeat the claim that it once worked at Rutgers? Who is concerned that the team seemingly gets totally out-coached in the second halves, and in particular the last two minutes,and lose the games to the surprise of even the opponent? Who doesn't enjoy getting to meet fans cheering for the opponent in our stadium then rubbing our noses in the deification of defeat? Who cares if the coach has lost twice as much as he has won? I used to care.
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    We love the PR.com, keep up the great work . WE all know we need a new coach. This coach just isn't up to speed yet. And the GM is lost too.
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    Wait, there are seriously still some people that don't want Schiano ran out of town? Huh? I've watched or listened to every Bucs game since 1987 and today was the first time I seriously, seriously just considered skipping it since the outcome was predetermined even though we have the better team. I ended up watching it as very old habits die hard, but to get to the point where I really don't care anymore is quite new to me. Schiano is a piece of garbage and deserves to be fired -1 week ago. The only reason to keep Schiano around is to play for the top pick in the draft, there is no other coach in Buccaneer history that has done so little with so much.
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    LOL @the Buc homers. I didn't know there could possibly be Schiano apologists at this point but there are. The next time you try not to get hard hitting analysis PR, realize these clowns will complain regardless. It says REPORT so no, they don't need to write 'alleged' because the word alleged is IMPLIED in the word 'report'. The next time you clowns don't want to read anything critical of something you follow join a cult. Leave my team alone.
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    PewterReportMC; stay cool. It's not your fault that some subscriber's don't understand that you are just reporting what has already been stated by the NFLPA.
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    Geez all you Schiano lovers are getting to me. You're so blinded by your hate for Freeman you actually defend that joke of a coach. Face it he sux as a NFL coach and his ego is out of control. The article title said "report" !
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    So, can we start the schiano watch yet? 5 losses in a row ? Or does he have to get rid of a few more starters ? When they cut Jackson and Nicks will it be time for regime change ?
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    Look I've been critical of how SR has handled some of his reporting. I personally think it's gotten a little better -- definitely think he's on the negative side w/ Schiano, but at least he's putting some meat into his reports so you can make your own judgements. That said, I don't see anything wrong at all with this headline. When it says "Report:" that means they're posting something from another outlet. There's very little if any editorialization in this...
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    I'm inclined to agree with Pewter214, I have not renewed my Pewter Insider subscription, and for good reason. Pewter Report has had a steady decline in it's reporting. I used to come to Pewter Report because there was no spin, no agenda. I enjoy the speculation, but speculating and misleading are two different things. Not to mention the grammatical and spelling errors. The overall quality of Pewter Report has gone down right with the quality of sports team that they are covering. I'm a die hard Bucs fan. I will continue to read Pewter Report, and more importantly, I will continue to support the Buccaneers and root for a win every given Sunday. However, I felt the need to express my utter disappointment in the quality, or lack there of, that both organizations are providing the fans.
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    I don't think I can be anymore clear. It says REPORT. Read into it anyway you want but to say I have a bias is ridiculous and a lie.
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    Mark, This is getting ridiculous. I too am seriously considering not renewing. Headlines are headlines. You can throw out the 'REPORT' all you want but many people don't read the articles and only the headlines. Stop stirring crap up for no reason.
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    If someone does not read the article and then they have no business commenting. Or we could change our name to PewterReportHeadlines.com. Stirring crap up for no reason? Seriously?
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    The headline isn't suddenly making people think the authors at PR have a bias. It is the tone of numerous articles that have been written creating the suspicion in the first place, which makes you vulnerable to people seeing things like this headline and treating it as another dot to be connected showing a pattern. ------You know, the way you were supposed to do analyzing Freeman's play, yet never really put it all together. The ironic thing is you had all the details available to do so in your own articles, yet too many times there is more actual ANALYSIS on the boards than in the articles. ------- BTW, the fact you would question whether people read the article is doubly ironic given how poor a job is done proof reading articles before they are posted. -------- You are a professional, be careful popping off on the mssg boards. We are the customers, calling it as we see it. I'm still a fan, just less than before, this has not been the mag's best yr.
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    Are Davin Jopseh and Adam Heyward next on Schiano's hit list?
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    If they are released you'll see them, like you see Blount, Talid, Winslow and soon to be Josh Freeman kicking butt on Sunday
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    Schiano's gotta go. The sooner the Glazers realize this the sooner we can start looking for a better coaching staff.
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    Mark- Your headline for this article is unprofessional and a huge reason why A LOT of posters believe PR has it out for Schiano. I do not care for Schiano either, but I think there is enough evidence to show that PR, a magazine that always said they are unbiased reporters, has it out Schiano.
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    Regardless if it is true or false Schiano's reputation is taking multiple hits. Even if both the MRSA incident and Freeman's drug program leak are not Schiano's fault, this is not a court of law where you are innocent until proven guilty. This is the court of public opinion and the common opinion is that he is crossing the line of treating his players like livestock instead of as human beings. I think the guy has done a real good job by changing the way our defense is playing, but both of these incidents in the end are the responsibility of the head coach. He needed to handle both of them as if the people being affected were members of his own family. Instead it looks like he treated them like they were livestock. And in my opinion, I think he is guilty in both instances.
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    MARK, I suggest you understand the legal implications of "Schiano behind Freeman . . ." AND "Schiano allegedly behind Freeman . . ."words count.
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    No! The headline is not misleading if you read the context of what is being reported. PR is simply informing you that a report in USA Today says that the NFLPA believe that Schiano is the source of the leak. That, of course is not fact and at this point is unsubstantiated. It is simply their belief and is asking the NFL to enjoin the investigation to substantiate it as fact. PR is just letting you know that the report exist and it does because I went to USA Today and read it in it's entirety. We should wait on the facts, but we shouldn't kill the messenger because PR let us know that the allegation was made.
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    It's not the Article that is bad because all they are reporting is what the NFLPA has requested. Any one can make any assumption they choose either way. Everything would go away if Coach gets wins.
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    I don't give a FUKK about Freeman and the continuing attacks on our coach. It's BULLSHlT!!! I DO care about winning a football game today as I imagine the fans actually watching the game will.
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    yeaa how did that work out for you? If you care about winning, we need to get rid of this coach, because he has no idea how to do it
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    I agree about the headline. I have been a subscriber for many yrs. I am disturbed by the slant of the reporting lately. It wasn't like this during the Raheem yrs when it was immediately obvious Rah was unqualified to be a head coach. It is hard to avoid concluding the PR staff is letting personal biases and relationships get in the way of objectivity. Will be hard to give up complete access to the site but if this continues I will consider canceling.
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    We want this clown off our sidelines Mr.Glazer,this has become so degrading to my beloved buccaneers.I cant even turn my tv on to watch a team that ive seen every game since their inceptence into the league.Looking at his condescinding face on our sideline is a disgrace to bucs fans everywhere.For gods sake end this missary.As for Mr.Dominik I think he should stay,but the Glazers must do the hiring of the head coach.
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    Everybody calm down!!! It's not the coaches or the players guys. Raheem and Greg Schiano should never have been hired as a HC. They did not hire themselves guys!! I have been following this team from its 0-14 start and there is one thing that always is/has been consistent. Poor Ownership!!!!
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    I doubt it was coach. it doesn't make sense for anyone in the buccaneers organization to slander a player they are trying to trade. I can see where a player could have seen Josh take these test regularly and possibly said something. I believe what Ronde said in Freeman being manipulating. the kid got his feelings hurt and what better way to get back at an organization/ coach that benched you then by doing what has been done. I was telling someone the other day.. with all of our signings and even before the mrsa stuff or Josh benching. I have not seen this much press on our bucs EVER!! not even when we won the big dance! go bucs! let's get this W today and start this historical playoff run!!
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    How does it not make sense? He benched our franchise qb 4 games into the season when he refused to change his game plan to benefit our talent. He needed to find more justification for his decision. This completely changed the public perception of his decision to part with Freeman, at least until they figured out he did it.
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    Leaking to reporters and discussing with teammates is two different things. Team needs to be able to discuss these things sometimes. I can see him telling the team captains or key players, this is way we went in another direction. We couldn't count on Freeman because he was irresponsible or had medical issues. What the players did in telling their agents is something the NFLPA needs to take care of -
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    The team does not need to be able to discuss PRIVATE medical info of other players, EVER. There is never a time the head coach should be gossiping about injuries and private info with other players or anyone on the staff. Only 3 people are given that info for a reason. Morgan every single article you have commented on you are the biggest "schiano can do no wrong it's not his fault" homer. You are as delusional as our coach dude. We could not count on him bc he is on adderal? Come on dude get out of here. My boss, the CEO of a large corporation is on adderal, so are many professionals in high ranking jobs. This coach has brought nothing but turmoil and Losses in the column since he got here. What are yur excuses for the mishandling of the Tynes situation?
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    It is a violation of HIPPA for the coach to dicuss a players medical history with his players. It is not ok Morgan, period.
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    dom goes too
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    Fire this SOB now & watch us destroy the Eagles. I've never wanted a coach fired, not Dungy, Gruden or Rah. This guy needs to go now. Huge POS. Freaking pissed
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