You Helped Fire Chucky!January 26th, 2009
A rare revealing article popped up a blog entry by Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. The overly private Glazer Boys — specifically Bryan Glazer — confessed that feedback from the fans played a role in Chucky’s firing.
“We talked to a lot of people, but we not only talked to the players, but (also) out in the community getting a feel for the team,” Glazer said. “We get opinions and we mix them all together. We just took our time making that decision.”
Asked further about the community feedback, Glazer said, “Our fans are our stockholders. They’re what we play for — the people in our stadium and the ones that watch on TV. That’s what it’s all about: winning and how they feel about the team. If they don’t feel good about the team, then there’s something wrong. . . I think you all know the sense that’s out there. It was time for a change.”
Joe finds this equally a fascinating statement by Glazer, and a frightening one. While Joe had no qualms about Chucky being fired, and was in support of the decision by the Glazer Boys. But for any managment figure to suggest he fired a coach partially due to fans feedback is not a smart statement nor should have any clout in personnel decisions.
Just think about it: How many Bucs fans have you heard in the hours after Chucky was fired that Father Dungy should be the Bucs coach (again)? Case closed.