The growing disconnect between Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman appears to be reflective of a larger problem behind the scenes.
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Monday that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is irritated with Schiano's stricter ways after coming from Rex Ryan's relatively loose regime with the New York Jets. Per Garafolo, Revis also is frustrated with the lack of man-to-man coverage on defense.
Revis' chief complaint is similar to that of former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow, who chafed under Schiano's militaristic approach to discipline before a May 2012 trade.
Schiano's strong-armed brand of discipline might work in the college ranks, but it's no surprise that it's rubbing professional athletes the wrong way.
From the outside looking in, this is a team bordering on disarray. The Bucs followed up a mistake-filled, last-second Week 1 loss with another heartbreaking debacle Sunday.
NFL players typically respect any coaching staff that puts them in position to win, but they tune out when the opposite occurs. It's an ominous sign for Schiano that his offensive leader and most decorated defensive player already feel alienated just two weeks into the season.
If those two relationships are beyond repair, it won't be long before Schiano's team becomes the laughingstock of the league.