Trust Is Key For Team GlazerDecember 31st, 2013
Occasionally, Joe likes to try and think like a Glazer. Usually, those thoughts involve afternoon yacht excursions with Miami’s finest brown-skinned women; Joe shows these ladies a special time and boasts of his billion–dollar sports empire.
But when Joe comes back to reality within his Glazer fantasy, Joe thinks about how the Buccaneers owners will make their next move.
When it comes to choosing a general manager or head coach, Joe’s confident trust will be paramount.
Joe would be surprised if Team Glazer ended their current search with both a coach and a GM who were completely foreign to the organization.
Former Bucs GM Rich McKay was in place when Team Glazer bought the Bucs. He had long-standing family ties to the organization and Team Glazer leaned on him for their coaching search and personnel moves. After Chucky was hired, he won a Super Bowl and they trusted him enough to bring in his pal Bruce Allen to replace McKay. When Allen and Gruden were fired, Team Glazer turned to Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik, guys who had about 20 years of combined loyalty to the Bucs. Team Glazer stuck with Dominik and let him hire little-known Greg Schiano.
The pattern would suggest guys like Jerry Angelo, Rich McKay and Tim Ruskell (the former Seahawks GM), who all worked for the Bucs for many years, would have a leg up on the Bucs’ GM job because they’ve earned Team Glazer’s trust.
One could make the same argument for head coach with Lovie Smith, the former Bucs assistant coach who already has Tony Dungy’s endorsement and likely Jerry Angelo’s. As Joe has written a few times, Joe’s not on the Smith bandwagon. But he could become a favorite, especially if Team Glazer struggles to find a general manager that suits them.
Joe doesn’t envision a 2014 head coach being hired before a GM. That’s usually a bad idea. But wacky things happen when teams are competing for candidates. The clock is ticking.