Practice for the Bucs had a noticeably different look to it before the bye-week break: There was no Josh Freeman, but he wasn't the only veteran missing. Most weren't on the field for the start of the last practice.
Coach Greg Schiano even filled the void at quarterback.
"We had some different goals for different guys," said Schiano. "So we had some things going on inside, in the strength and conditioning area and in the rehab area. We also had some things going on out on the practice field and then, eventually, most guys were out on the practice field."
Schiano said Freeman was one player that was out there. Talk of Freeman continues to be a topic, and one Buc wants into to end.
Donald Penn lashed out at reporters saying he's tired of the Freeman talk.
"Y'all! The media. The media. The media. The media. Y'all," Penn said. "Y'all are all trying to find any way to tarnish his character and make it sound like he is not a good guy, like he is not a good person, like this is all his fault. That is y'all reporting that stuff. That is y'all. So don't try to switch it up like it isn't y'all. It's y'all. The media."
For the Bucs, this break comes at the most opportune time. It gives the team a chance to get away from all the drama and time to recharge.
"It's a great time because we're 0 and 4. We got to sit back this week, we got to watch a lot of stuff. We went through all our run plays throughout the whole year. We went through almost all our pass protections throughout the whole year. We got to see the things we were doing well. We got to see the things we were doing badly. We got to see the things we need to get better at. It was great, especially when you're 0 and 4 right now and you're lost three close games. It was very good. You couldn't plan it out any better."
The players are gone for the next four days, but Bucs coaches continue to work on finding a fix to their problems.
"We're going to take advantage of some time where there aren't players around and do some more self-study and some preparation for Philadelphia," continued Schiano. "But the [coaches] will get some time away, I want to make sure they recharge as well."
Down, but not out. The Bucs know they are in a huge hole, but their attitude is to claw back.
"The fact is we are 0 and 4," added Penn. "We have to move forward. We still have a shot. We still have a chance. A lot of people don't have faith in us, but in this locker room, we have faith in ourselves."
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