“The Fault Falls With The Glazers”March 19th, 2014
Five Buccaneers remain from the 2010 roster, the one that took the team to a 10-6 record and was a touchdown-negating terrible call on Kellen Winslow away from 11-5 and the playoffs.
Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud blames Team Glazer for this stunning overhaul of what was then the youngest roster in the NFL.
“It tells me that when you have three coaches in five years, and you have that much change and, I’m sorry, sure, Mark Dominik didn’t do a great job, and that’s why he’s not here, and they’ve had two coaches that couldn’t win, but the fault falls with the Glazers,” Stroud said passionately on WDAE-AM 620 this morning. “This was their plan. These are the people they hired. Ok. Bad organizations lose, just like good organizations win. This thing has been a disaster in many ways just because you can’t have this much turnover in any sport, let alone football. I mean football is the ultimate team game. Right?”
One can always blame ownership of any team for the failings of the club. But Joe thinks there are a lot more layers here than Stroud addressed.
What gets overlooked so, so often is that Bucs succeeded in 2010. The plan was working. In 2010, the young, learning-on-the-job head coach managed to win 10 games with the youngest team in the NFL under a paltry payroll. The coach showed an ability to make in-game adjustments, overcome major injuries and develop a young quarterback into a dominant, multi-threat force. The 2010 Bucs defense had the likes of Sean Jones and Cody Grimm at safety, and a garbage pass rush, and still managed the seventh-ranked pass defense, as well as allowing less than 20 points a game.
Does Team Glazer really deserve the wagging finger of shame for the whole thing imploding in 2011 after a 4-2 start?
Joe can’t assign that kind of blame. One could say Team Glazer’s plan was flawed from the outset, but that’s awfully broad and a little too easy.
As for the New Schiano Order, yes, Team Glazer hired the wrong coach. Put aside all the “Toes On The Line” stuff, the dictatorial tactics and assorted shenanigans, Schiano’s Xs and Os and gameday preparation consistently placed him in the bottom 15 percent among his NFL head-coaching peers. He wasn’t up to the job on the field.
But as far as roster moves, the Bucs didn’t go too crazy during the Schiano years to the point of screwing up their future. And Team Glazer, if they’re going to absorb all this blame, deserves credit for that. There’s now an established, winning head coach in place who had the freedom to wheel and deal and build his roster. That’s all Joe cares about. The 2010 roster blame game feels like a pointless exercise right now.
You can hear Stroud’s full take below, via the 620wdae.com player.