Are The Bucs Now Thinking Short-Term?March 31st, 2012
One of the more interesting quotes in recent Bucs history came from Team Glazer back in 2010.
Per the then St. Pete Times, Team Glazer issued an edict to Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris as to how, in part, they would be evaluated on building and growing the Bucs.
“We’ve had long talks about this. And really, the general message is: You think long-term, we think long-term. It’s plain and simple. You start thinking short-term, we start thinking short term,” Glazer said.
“Everyone buys into this plan. I always ask, “Does everyone have the stomach for this because there’s a lot you’ve got to endure early on.”
While Joe has not talked to Joel Glazer over a pastrami sandwich about the deepest meanings of this quote, Joe’s always enjoyed envisioning the message being delivered to young Raheem and young Dominik in a Vito Corleone-like manner.
So this brings Joe to 2012. Are the Bucs — Glazer and/or Dominik — now “thinking short-term” after huge free agent signings, having a quarterback entering his fourth season with a lot to prove, plus many talented young players entering what should be defining seasons in their careers?
It’s impossible to get a read on the Bucs’ plan without seeing what the Bucs do with the rest of their offseason. Clearly, drafting Morris Claiborne is the safer pick (long-term), versus drafting Trent Richardson (short-term). The shelf lives of top cornerbacks might be double that of top running backs. The Bucs have long-term vs. short-term options in the second-round, as well. And more free agents (London Fletcher?) will have to be signed.
Despite Greg Schiano’s shiny new five-year contract, surely the Bucs are at a bit of a crossroads, and Schiano’s window to win is much smaller than the length of his contract.