Ronde Barber Backs Schiano and Blames Freeman

By: Justin Pawlowski - on Twitter: @CommishOnline

Now that Josh Freeman is no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and has signed with the Minnesota Vikings, we’re starting to get more and more of the story of what went on behind the scenes at One Buc Place.

Over the weekend, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune had some disturbing details of the things that Josh Freeman was doing…and getting away with.

A former Bucs legend, Ronde Barber, has not hid his feelings about the former franchise quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During the preseason, Barber showed zero confidence in the Bucs signal caller.

“If they get away from Doug Martin, they don’t have the offense they’re anticipating having this year,” Barber said during halftime of the Bucs’ 25-21 preseason loss to the New England Patriots. “Because Josh Freeman can’t carry it by himself. We all know that. He’s prone to mistakes. Doug Martin, he’s the guy that puts the team on your back and you run with him.”

Prone to mistakes?  I guess you can be prone to mistakes if you miss meetings and do not properly prepare yourself each week.

The drama had escalated over the past two weeks at One Buc Place, which had Ronde Barber pointing a finger yet again at Freeman during Fox’s “NFL Sunday Show” on October 6.

[Credit: The Daily Gazette]

“The best thing that they did was release Josh, “Barber said during Fox’s pregame coverage. “Somehow, someway that situation had to end. It had gotten toxic from both sides. Josh was manipulating, everybody felt like Coach was manipulating, but I don’t feel like Greg was that kind of guy. Greg wants what’s best for this team. I think he can get the locker room back. I want to see him get the locker room back.”

Josh was manipulating? To manipulate is to “control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously.”

Barber also showed defense for the current Buccaneers head coach.

From a player like Ronde Barber, who was in the Bucs locker room last season and dealt with all parties, this might just be more of the truth coming out against Josh Freeman.

This might also show that the Bucs biggest problem is now gone.

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