If you miss school during school pictures, you’re not going to be in the yearbook. So what’s to make of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who missed the team photo? Freeman told reporters yesterday that he simply overslept for the Bucs’ photo op.
"I know exactly how (it looks)," Freeman said. "Quarterback is a position of leadership, and obviously, missing the team photo is a big deal. It's something I feel badly about, and it's obviously upsetting. But at the same time, I've got to put it behind me and get ready to play."
The team photo took place last week without their starting quarterback. Tampa head coach Greg Schiano said that he handled the matter internally and the incident did not prevent Freeman from being a team captain.
Schiano came under scrutiny yesterday when he faced accusations for manipulating the team captains’ vote. A players-only meeting was held last week to select the two offensive, two defensive and one special teams captains, Freeman was not selected. The two captains represented by the Bucs offense are wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Davin Joseph, teammates who Freeman called “great leaders.”
Schiano labeled the rumors of rigging the captain votes as “100 percent false.” Freeman had his coach’s back and refuted the rumors as well.
Omitted from the leadership role and the Bucs’ team photo, Josh Freeman will be present on Sunday for their divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints.