Preseason too early for players only meetings? Not for one team
Players only meetings are usually a sign of turmoil, and a desperate attempt to rejuvenate a stagnant team. Needless to say, teams are usually in the thick of the season before they occur. However, all rules have exceptions, and this exception would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allegedly held a players only meeting… before the first game was even played.
It didn’t help much, as the Bucs are coming off a rather embarrassing loss by the hands of the New York Jets. The game ended in controversy, with LaVante David, a second year linebacker, committing a terrible roughing the passer penalty that resulted in a game-winning field goal by Nick Folk for the Jets.
However, the heartbreaking loss wasn’t the first controversy in Tampa this season, as the team decided to strip quarterback Josh Freeman of his captain status just days before the start of the season. Oh, and then there is the thought the whole process may have been fixed.
Here are some details from ProFootballTalk about the aforementioned players only meeting, which was originally thought to be held after their week one loss, but later clarified as being held before:
We’re now hearing the meeting actually happened beforeWeek One, which suggests an even deeper level of problems and/or dysfunction.
The full agenda isn’t known. One league source tells PFT that the discussion included the raising of concerns regarding the legitimacy of the vote that resulted in quarterback Josh Freeman losing the captain’s “C” from his jersey.
Everything about this teams season thus far screams out 3-13 to me, with Josh Freeman being benched at their bye week in week five. Greg Schiano, hot seat. Hot seat, Greg Schiano, you guys are going to get to know each other very well in the next few weeks.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder