UpheavalJune 23rd, 2014
Joe is a history guy and, in particular, loves football history.
A favorite story Joe heard from Bobby Bowden was about how the Florida State legend attended Vince Lombardi and Paul Brown training camps to try to learn from the masters and to experience what those coaches were like behind the scenes.
That love of history is why Joe pays rapt attention to the “America’s Game” series on the NFL Network, which highlights each Super Bowl winning team via stories never before publicized.
During those broadcasts, two like-minded quotes were delivered by Chuck Noll and Mike Ditka when they took over the Steelers and Bears, respectively. In the first team meeting, the coaches basically told players few would be around to see brighter days. Why? Because the teams stunk and that’s why they had a new head coach.
Steelers linebacker Andy Russell noted that only five guys who were on the Steelers roster the year prior to Noll coming to Pittsburgh survived to eventually wear a Super Bowl ring six years later.
As Ditka later said, “Was if fair? No. Was it the truth? Yes!”
So, armed with this knowledge, Joe didn’t blink an eye when he read this Twitter from the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, concerning the Bucs roster.
The 2014 Bucs could feature at least 11 new starters, including 8 changes on offense. Tough to imagine another team having so much turnover
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) June 22, 2014
The Bucs stunk last year, plain and simple. If Team Glazer was going to change the front office, which they did, and bring in a coach known for getting his team into the playoffs, which they did, then Joe wholeheartedly supports a housecleaning.
If guys aren’t getting the job done on the field for whatever reason, then why continue to trot those guys out on gameday and expect better results? As Lovie often says when asked about why he didn’t retain a specific player from last season’s roster, “We were 4-12.”