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Bucs ‘QB Controversy’ Media-Driven or Schiano?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have a quarterback controversy and I joined David Baumann this morning at 7:30 to make sense of it. You can listen to that audio below.

http://audio.sportstalkflorida.com/1080/davidbaumann/DB_5-21-13_Laine.mp3 [1]


I discussed its origins, which I believe were Greg Schiano’s comments at his end-of-season press conference, calling for competition at the quarterback position.

Then there were reports coming out from national writers like Pete Prisco at the NFL Scouting Combine [2]. Prisco tweeted,”I keep hearing the talk that the Bucs (as in Schiano) don’t really like Josh Freeman and visa-versa.”

In NFL Draft, the Bucs selected Mike Glennon in the third round — much higher than most assumed the Bucs would take a backup quarterback. Following Glennon’s selection, the Bucs immediately put out an article staying that Josh Freeman was the team’s starting quarterback [3].

But that wasn’t the ‘be-all, end-all’ to the situation. Whether head coach Greg Schiano was just trying to convey a sense of open-mindedness or had a Freudian-slip, his comment to Dan Pompei [4], only added fuel to the fire.

It also could create some potential friction between local beat writers who cover the team on a daily basis at One Buc Place and the national reporters, who really seem to be the driving force behind all this.