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But with that new boss comes a new set of rules. Not everyone does things the same and this new boss may not put up with the mediocrity that your old boss put up with.
At first, your new boss loves you just as much as your old boss did. He goes out and gets you some new fancy toys to play with, a new comfy office chair, and maybe even a raise. But, with all of those perks, your boss expects you to do more work and do it better than you did before.
If you don't perform? Your new boss has no problem making his own hires to do your job.
That's what Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is finding out today as it appears his new boss, Head Coach Greg Schiano has found rookie quarterback Mike Glennon to do Freeman's job. Freeman has been benched, and he is now requesting a trade according to FOX Sports.
But, isn't this something Freeman brought upon himself? It seems that with the more weapons the Buccaneers surrounded him with, the worse he did.
In 2010, Freeman's first season as the full time starter he went 10-6 under his old boss Raheem Morris. Freeman had a great season, throwing twenty five touchdowns to just six interceptions and even earning a pro bowl appearance.
Who were his weapons? Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, who caught eleven touchdown's, veteran tight end Kellen Winslow who caught five touchdown's, and rookie running back LeGarrette Blount who rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdown's while catching just five passes for no scores.
No one else on the Buccaneers scored more than two touchdowns and it seemed like the young quarterback needed some help to get the Buccaneers over the edge.
The following season the Buccaneers failed to do that. As a result, no one on the team rushed for 1,000 yards, no one caught double digit touchdowns, and Freeman threw sixteen touchdowns to twenty two interceptions; almost quadrupling his numbers from the previous year.
The Buccaneers finished 4-11, Raheem Morris was fired, and a guy named Dezmon Briscoe led all skill position players in touchdowns with six. Things seemed to fall at the fault of the old boss, not the workers.
The following season, (2012) rookie NFL head coach Greg Schiano took over the Bucs and he and the front office went out and got Josh Freeman some weapons. Most notably, drafting running back Doug Martin, signing wideout Vincent Jackson (who was coming off a pro bowl appearance), and veteran tight end Dallas Clark. Together, the three of them compiled together 2,291 receiving yards and thirteen receiving touchdowns. Martin rushed for over 1,400 yards on the ground and scored 11 TD's in his rookie campaign. He and Vincent Jackson both went to the pro bowl.
Still, Freeman threw double digit interceptions with seventeen of them and fumbled ten times. He fumbled just nine times the season before, and in 2012 the only other Bucs that fumbled were Martin and Arrelious Benn, each putting the ball on the turf once.
Freeman did throw twenty seven touchdowns, a career high, but when a quarterback is turning the ball over just as much as he is scoring the higher ups will start to question his decision making and whether or not he can lead the offense going forward. The new boss had to make an insurance move soon if his worker kept regressing.
Now, three games into the 2013 season the Buccaneers are 0-3. Freeman has thrown two touchdowns, three interceptions, fumbled twice, and has a completion percentage of 45.7 which is last in the league among starters and even lower than the likes of Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Terrelle Pryor, Chad Henne, and Michael Vick.
Now is the time for the boss to make the change. His employee has wrecked the new comfy chair, refuses to learn how to use his new tools, and certainly hasn't earned a raise. The boss is ready for the change though, as he saw it coming and hired a new employee before firing this one. Now that the old employee is out of the way the boss can really see what he has in his new hire and see if he has to perhaps even hire someone else at the next job fair, the 2014 NFL draft.
This is now the new employees job, this is now his office. This is now Mike Glennon's job to lose, and it is now his team. Freeman is completely out of the picture after requesting a trade and I doubt that fans will ever see him in a Buccaneers uniform again after the season. It's hard to say if after this season if we will ever see the former first round pick in any NFL uniform again. Who would want a quarterback that has regressed so much with so many weapons around him?
Freeman's future is uncertain in the NFL, and even more uncertain as a Buccaneer. Everyone deserves a second chance, but after the way Freeman has handled his benching and after the way he has regressed, I'm not sure he will ever get one.
The new boss in Schiano has made his move. He has set the tone that he will not let this team fail as the old boss did and he will make moves as necessary. Really, he has to. Or he, like Raheem Morris and Jon Gruden before him may be the next "former Buccaneers head coach".
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