Amobi Okoye rips into Bucs coach Greg Schiano
Suffice it to say that Amobi Okoye won’t remember his time in Tampa Bay fondly.
Okoye, released by the Bucs on Friday after agreeing to an injury settlement, took some parting shots at coach Greg Schiano today, questioning his character because of statements Schiano made about Okoye's “history” of knee issues. Okoye has re-joined the Bears, the club he played for last season.
"It's too bad to hear the unfortunate things he's saying about my knee," Okoye said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “It's kind of unfair of him to say what he said to the media, painting a bad picture like my knee was always bad.”
Okoye had offseason knee surgery and, he says, returned to the field too early. That resulted in a setback that caused him to miss extended periods through camp and the final three preseason games.
Last week, Schiano said of Okoye, “You can be a little cautious at times. We've tried to do that. But at the end of the day, you've got to go out and earn a spot.”
Okoye took aim at those comments.
“It really makes me question the character of he himself, because, while I was there, he was trying to mold us to be kind of like him,” Okoye told the Sun-Times. “It made me question all the things he was teaching me, as far as TBA – Trust, Belief and Accountability – his way of doing things. It's like, 'Wow, what type of guy is this?' That really hurt."
It’s unclear what the Bucs told Okoye after the surgery, or what their expectations were. What's more obvious is that the decision to release him was about their unwillingness to take a calculated risk in keeping him on the roster at a salary of just less than $2 million.
Based on Okoye’s comments, he seems to be under the impression he was going to be given ample time to recover. Okoye told The Times last week that he was working toward playing in this week’s season opener, suggesting he could participate in practice this week.