The relationship between a head coach and a quarterback can be crucial to a National Football League team’s success. Just look at Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, or Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers as examples. Those that get along and build off of each other’s strengths can find years of success. Those that have a broken relationship can be stuck in the rebuilding phase throughout their tenure with that franchise. Unfortunately, it looks like the latter better describes the relationship between Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and coach Greg Schiano.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport has reported that the relationship between Freeman and Schiano has “growing disconnect” with “some real tension” piling up. This puts the career of both men in a perilous position if the team struggles, whoever is blamed for the falling out could lose their job.
CBS insider Jason LaCanfora expects a solution to emerge to this issue in the very near future. He reported that he expects Freeman to seek a trade before the October NFL trade deadline in order to distance himself from the situation he finds himself in with Tampa.
Reasons for the falling out between Schiano and Freeman stem from inconsistent play from the young passer, as well as the fact that Schiano did not draft him, so perhaps he views him as a piece that needs replacing in order to fully control the roster and locker room.
Of course, Freeman not being included in the team picture did not make Schiano look good. Especially given the fact that Freeman revealed it was because he overslept. Talk about a bad image boost for both men.
After drafting Mike Glennon in the third round of this year’s draft, Schiano has a quarterback that he could mold into someone who better fits the mold for his offense.
The rigid, inflexible personality of Schiano has reportedly been a challenge for players within the locker room. His personality type can work in the NFL, however it helps if a winning tradition is paired along with it. Otherwise frustrations can build and players may give up on the coach, sinking the team.
An interesting situation, although it is unlikely Josh Freeman is actually traded by Tampa Bay, a soap opera of sorts may be playing out in 2013 down south.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express