The calm after the storm

TAMPA, Fla. – Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place had a different feel to it.

For the first time in what seems like a long time, Josh Freeman was not hiding from the media and controversy was not swirling. Freeman was released last week and subsequently signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

As the Bucs went through their first real day of practice since Freeman’s departure during the bye week, things were much quieter.

In the locker room, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had some fun with the media and cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about keeping up with Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson. That was about as close to controversial as it got.

It was not a great day for the media, which had gotten used to room-service news during the Freeman ordeal. But it was a good day for the Buccaneers.

I almost want to say things got back to normal, but “back’’ does not apply here. Since Freeman missed the team photo during preseason, nothing had been normal for the Bucs and I think it is safe to say that the distractions played some part in the team’s 0-4 start.

Now that things have quieted down, the Bucs finally can focus on football.