Rick Stroud: Glazers Won’t Pay For Name CoachDecember 17th, 2011
It’s unclear to Joe why St. Pete Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud refuses to believe that Team Glazer is true to its word and doesn’t consider money when planning to make the Bucs a winner.
To refresh fans’ memories, about 20 months ago Joel Glazer said “money will never be an issue” when building the Buccaneers.
But in a column today Stroud speculates about Raheem Morris’ future and urinates in the face of Glazer’s statement, saying the Bucs won’t open their wallets wide enough to replace Raheem with a big-name coach.
Personally, I believe the Glazer family (which owns the Bucs) is rooting for Morris to win the final three games, silence some of the critics and keep its plan on course.
Why? For starters, they like Morris. Bryan Glazer sits next to Morris on the team charter to and from each road game. They’re frequently together socially.
But a bigger reason should be obvious: The Bucs aren’t looking to pay a big-name, proven coach $5.7 million a year knowing full well they can’t hire one without agreeing to spend at least $50 million of salary cap space on veteran free agents.
Hmm, $50 million on free agents next season? That’s a pretty ludicrous figure. The Bucs could have seriously upgraded their talent level and depth this season for about $15 million.
Joe also must add that the Bucs and the rest of the league, per all legitimate reports, will be forced to spend a cash minimum starting in 2013, so in some ways the Bucs job would be very attractive to a big-name coach. The Bucs currently have good young talent in the trenches and at quarterback, and a pile of money to spend on the horizon.
But all that aside, it’s entertaining and interesting to Joe how Team Glazer says one thing and a beat writer scoffs at it and ascribes sinister motives to ownership.
Joe would be interested to know why Stroud thinks its “obvious” Team Glazer won’t invest heavily in a head coach. They did it with Gruden’s second contract, then fired him three years early and paid him off a fortune. They also had no problem hiring veteran assistants Jeff Jagodzinski and Jim Bates and then firing them and paying them to watch soap operas for years.
If Raheem had a respectable season this year, Team Glazer surely would have been forced to extend his contract and pay him at least a few million a season. If Raheem returns next season and has success as a lame duck coach, then he’s sittting on a huge future payday.
Joe’s not buying that money will be an issue in deciding the next head coach.