And, it looks like Jon Gruden is following in the "Butch Davis School of Shaking Up Your Team" mode (a Super Bowl champion, following something the Browns are doing? Heaven help us).
Bucs to deactivate Keyshawn for rest of season
Nov. 18, 2003
By Jay Glazer
SportsLine.com Senior Writer
Keyshawn Johnson's tumultuous relationship with Jon Gruden has reached its boiling point and now Johnson won't be getting the damn ball again this season.
SportsLine.com has learned the former Pro Bowl receiver will be deactivated by the Bucs for the remainder of the season, benching him for the final six games.
When contacted by SportsLine.com, Johnson sounded shocked and added he didn't know anything about such a move.
"I'm not even in town right now," he said. "I'm traveling. For what? What are they doing that for? What have I done?
"I didn't do anything. I haven't done anything, like I've always done, but play with passion when I step in between those white lines."
Phone calls to Rich McKay have not been returned.
Johnson has privately stated to friends it is his desire to play elsewhere next season. Earlier this season he battled with Gruden over his lack of balls thrown to him in the offense. He also gave Gruden a shot by boasting how far he has to go in order to be on the same level of Bill Parcells.
The two have had a rocky relationship since Gruden first came to Tampa a year ago. There were blowups on the sideline, recent rips by Johnson's agent of the coach and even an embarrassing moment on TV
when he was caught belittling fellow Pro Bowl wideout Marvin Harrison.
It is unclear if the Bucs will make the announcement official Tuesday or wait for the players to return Wednesday.
Joe Jurevicius will likely start in Johnson's place.