Glazer Elaborates On “The Plan”March 27th, 2012
Fans have heard rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Team Glazer talk about the Bucs’ growth plan many times since the December collapse of the Chucky regime.
Many have been bewildered by the team’s direction, and it was confusing at times, especially after the 2009 play for Albert Haynesworth quickly followed by a build-through-the-draft drumbeat. But “the plan” all seemed to come into focus for legions of fans after the Bucs shelled out gobs of cash for Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks this month.
Speaking today to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, Team Glazer addressed how recent events have all been part of an evolution process.
“People question why this didn’t happen two or three years ago,’’ [Joel] Glazer said. “Well, when we settled on this plan a few years ago, the plan was draft, develop and, at the appropriate time, add veterans. To bring in veterans early on to us just puts you on the wrong path. This was the appropriate time. Not only was it the appropriate time, you had some unique players out there, the kind of players that we could add that could add something to our football team and in the locker room. I think the complement was fantastic, the timing was as we always expected. We’re excited. It’s energized our fans. It’s energized our organization.’’
No question the energy is there among the fan base, and if you click on through above you’ll read that Glazer says ticket sales caught a spark this month, though he says blackouts remain a reality the team is working to overcome.
When Joe hears ownership fired up and that fans are revitalized, Joe smiles at the pressure that puts on the new Greg Schiano regime. Sure, Schiano has a fresh five-year deal, and that’s probably what it took to get him to leave Rutgers, but Joe suspects Schiano has nowhere near that kind of rope to deliver a winner.