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.


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. 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.

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, 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.