No Glazer Pressure For Johnny FootballApril 29th, 2014
Team Glazer hasn’t dictated any wacky roster moves to sell Bucs tickets. That should be obvious.
One could even argue Team Glazer did just the opposite when they fired their Super Bowl–winning head coach, hired Raheem Morris, went with a build-through-the-draft and free-agency-is-a-dark-path approach, and passed on Tim Tebow.
This afternoon at One Buc Palace, Bucs general manager Jason Licht was asked whether manic excitement and circus-like vibe surrounding Johnny Football would discourage or encourage him to draft the Texas A&M quarterback.
Licht responded by saying Team Glazer’s only order to him and Lovie Smith is to build the best football team.
“In terms of the fan interest and selling tickets, we’re lucky to work for the Glazers who have hired us both to make what’s the best football decision. We would be basing the decision on whether or not he makes us a better football team,” Licht said. “And, you know know I think he’s a Heisman Trophy winner, he’s, a lot of the situations he’s been in, really, you can’t blame him for. If I were young and had a Heisman trophy on my mantle, I’d probably be in a lot more trouble than the next guy. So, no, I think we’re just going to make the best football decision, what’s best for our football team. I think Lovie and his staff can handle the rest of it.”
Later, Licht raved about Johnny Football’s visit to One Buc Palace.
“Very impressive interview. We had a great day with him. Lovie and him have Texas roots. We enjoyed every minute that he was here. Sharp guy,” Licht said of Johnny Football.
Would the Bucs draft Johnny Football next week? Of course, Joe has no clue. Only Lovie and Licht know, and Joe suspects Team Glazer has at least asked the question.