Bucs’ Goal: “Make It Look Like The NFL Again”January 9th, 2012
Looking for a guy thoroughly disgusted by the Bucs’ head coaching search? Joe’s got one for you, beat writer Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Stroud said the Bucs’ current candidate list of older retread types is one that would have no interest to other teams around the NFL.
“It just slays me how organizations overreact, overadjust and go to the polar opposite of what they had,” said Stroud, speaking today on The Dan Sileo Show on WDAE-AM 620. “You had a young coach, never been a head coach, yungry guy, relates to players, you know, and when you don’t win that means you’re not disciplined. Now you’re going to go to the oldest head coach you can find, a guy that’s been there multiple times, you know, elder statesman. …
“And it just seems like a bridge to, I don’t know, to somebody else some day, you know, to get the train kind of back on the tracks. They want someone to come in here, be organized, be able to put together a staff, make it look like the NFL again.”
Stroud went on to say the Bucs have seemingly “pigeon-holed” themselves looking at only longtime veteran coaches.
“Where are the young coordinators?” Stroud asked rhetorically. “Todd Haley, same thing, too close to what [the Bucs] just had.”
Stroud also questioned Team Glazer’s willingness to spend money, just a week after Team Glazer said they’ll spend “whatever it takes.”
“Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room. What kind of salaries are [the hot candidates leaguewide] going to ask for?” Stroud asked, implying that the older veteran coaches will take less money to get another shot at head coaching.
Stroud also said Jeff Fisher wasn’t interested in the Bucs job, in part, because the Bucs wouldn’t spend freely.
Joe’s hardly feeling so negative at this point. It’s still early in the coaching search. Loads of names could emerge this week.