TAMPA, Fla. — A day after Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was declared inactive, his coach said no decision has been made about any future status.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he’ll consider Freeman’s standing “each week,” as he does with all backups and inactives.
Last Wednesday, the fifth-year veteran was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, and on Sunday he watched Tampa Bay’s 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium from a suite after a “mutual decision,” according to Schiano, that Freeman would serve the team best by staying off the sideline.
“I’m not ready to comment on down the road,” Schiano said Monday of Freeman’s future. “Right now, I’m focusing on today.”
The relationship between Schiano and Freeman appears strained at best. The quarterback struggled in his first three starts this season, completing 43 of 94 passes for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Then, after avoiding local media last Wednesday and Thursday at the team facility following his benching, Freeman granted an unauthorized interview to ESPN last Thursday night in which he suggested a trade would be best for him.
Glennon, a third-round pick from NC State, completed 24 of 43 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday. The interceptions were costly. Each occurred in the fourth quarter’s last four minutes and contributed to the Cardinals’ comeback victory.
The Bucs have a bye before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 13.
“We take each week independently,” Schiano said. “This week, (Freeman being on the sideline) wasn’t what was best. We’ll see when we get into a game week what is best.
“As long as he’s a Buccaneer, he’ll be a member of this team and do the things we do. I’ll let that other stuff be handled by (general manager) Mark (Dominik) … This is professional football — there are salaries and contracts and those things involved. What I do is I focus on the things that will help us win games.”