Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano has drawn a lot of criticism lately for the way he manged quarterback Josh Freeman and essentially ran him out-of-town, but he wasn’t the first player who Schiano mismanaged.
Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry is playing the best football of his career right now, and unsurprisingly, it’s also the most stable situation he’s ever been in. That’s helped him become a solid rotational DE as he’s notched 8.5 sacks since signing with the Bengals last year in Week 2.
Before coming to Cincinnati, he played for the Buccaneers and the newly hired Schiano, who Gilberry feels did him wrong in the way he released him twice in a 2-week span:
“When I was in Tampa, it was frustrating. The whole situation. From the time I got there until the time I left,” Gilberry told reporters, via the Bengals official web site. “They released me twice. They cut me on the field at practice after the final cuts. I was on the field, ready to practice in pads and everything. Schiano came on the field and got me. ‘Hey, we’ve got to release you.’
“I flew home to Alabama and they called me the next morning. ‘We made a mistake. We want to bring you back.’ They signed me back. I made the opening day roster. My contract was guaranteed, and then they cut me again after Week 1. Schiano’s a joke, as you can see.”