By Tom Krasniqi
The circus atmosphere at One Buc Place will get a much needed break. Thank goodness for everyone involved. The 0-4 Bucs could sure use it.
The deteriorating relationship between quarterback Josh Freeman and the organization are still making headlines. The head coach has come under fire. Three of the four losses have been by a combined six points. Some guys are beat up mentally and physically. Yeah, this bye week comes at a good time.
“You get a chance to take your mind off the good and the bad,” said cornerback Leonard Johnson after Wednesday’s practice. “Just get a chance to reflect and analyze everything that has happened. I think it’ll be good for us to get away, came back together as a unit and hit it hard.”
Some players, like Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, will leave town for a couple of days. Others, such as Johnson and new starting quarterback Mike Glennon, will stick around and put in the extra work.
“I’m just staying here, hanging out…I’ll come in and get some extra work in and get prepared for next week,” said Glennon.
Even though the bye week comes early this season, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano says the team will take advantage of it.
“Where our bye falls, it falls at a pretty good time from when we started training camp in late July and we’re at the beginning of October, it’s a good stretch of time that we’ve been working just about every day,” said Schiano. “Guys get a little four-day break here. I told them ‘You need to get away. Get away from the grind of football and enjoy yourself.’”
Players will be off from Thursday through Sunday. They’ll come back to work on Monday. Schiano says the coaching staff will use the time off to do more “self study” to get ready for the Eagles. One can only hope that the negative vibe in the building will subside by Monday.
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