Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano says he did not manipulate the team captains vote.
Quaterback Josh Freeman had been a captain each of the previous three seasons. But when Freeman wasn’t elected captain for 2013, many thought the second-year coach had rigged the vote.
“The players vote. The votes are tabulated by me,” Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
“I know there’s a story out there,” Schiano said. “It’s 100 percent false. If there was such a thing as 102 percent, this would be it.”
Freeman said Tuesday that he voted for receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Davin Joseph.
“The simple fact is Davin and Vincent are great leaders,” Freeman said. “Everybody wants to make it out like it’s a demotion. I don’t look at it like that. They don’t look at it like that. Essentially, the conversations, the day-to-day actions are the same.
“It’s something that Davin, coming off his injury, and Vincent, the type of offseason and type of year he had last year … I couldn’t think of two better guys.”
Freeman is in the final year of his rookie contract. He completed just 48 percent of his pass attempts in Tampa Bay’s 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. He went 15 of 31 for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception.