Report: Team Glazer Sought Chucky, CowherJanuary 5th, 2014
Per CBS Sports, Team Glazer had bigger names than Lovie Smith in mind to replace Greg Schiano.
A stunning (but not really so stunning) report by Jason La Canfora this morning claims the Bucs owners were chasing the biggest big names last year.
Tampa Bay ownership pursued a reunion with former Super Bowl winning head coach Jon Gruden, according to league sources, making a run at him prior to their eventual hiring of former Bears coach Lovie Smith. Furthermore, according to league sources, the Bucs sent word to former Steelers coach Bill Cowher about their interest in him back in November, but were quickly informed Cowher was more than happy working as an analyst for CBS.
The Chucky chasing is fascinating. What a whirlwind of wild that would have been to have Chucky back as head coach. Perhaps Chucky would have confused Mike Glennon with Son of Bob Griese, or traded the farm to get the Rams’ No. 2 pick to get Johnny Football?
Joe’s not sure Chucky would have been a better hire than Lovie Smith, only more entertaining.
In Joe’s mind, Chucky’s latest pass on being an NFL head coach only reinforces that he really wanted out of coaching when Team Glazer fired him five years ago. For a guy to retire at 45 years old from the profession he claimed to be in love with and obsessed with is at best odd.
Damn, Joe wonders whether Team Glazer actually sat down with Chucky? What a conversation that might have been.