“I Think They Are Aghast”September 26th, 2013
Sort of lost in the wake of the benching of franchise quarterback Josh Freeman for rookie third round pick Mike Glennon is that not just Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed off on the move. Team Glazer also gave Schiano their blessings.
So who are bitter Freemanites going to blame, the entire organization? From Schiano on up, the Bucs suits, by all accounts, were on the same page.
Still, the Curator of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, believes the visit by Dominik and Schiano to Team Glazer’s office must have been a stunner for Team Glazer, so Kaufman told the co-hosts of “Movin’ the Chains,” Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I think they are aghast. I haven’t used that word in about five years and I bet Pat you haven’t heard that word used on your show in about five years,” Kaufman said. “These guys used the words “franchise quarterback” repeatedly over the years. And I am not going to be a hypocrite. I have to be honest. After 2010, I thought he was going to be the next great young quarterback. With a team, guys, that was a lot less talented than this one. A lot less talented. They haven’t done a great job of developing this kid.
“As far as ownership is concerned. I think after Dominik and Schiano got together [Tuesday], I think Schiano did a lot of talking, and Dominik did a lot of listening. They did run it past the Glazers. A move of this magnitude, you have to get them involved. They are not involved on a daily basis but they want to be involved when it is important.
“You know what guys, [Team Glazer] could have stopped it. They could have said, ‘You are not changing quarterbacks.’ And that would have been the way it is. They have seen it as the head coach’s decision. I think you can say this is a Greg Schiano decision. It was certainly not something Mark Dominik wanted to see, his first round draft pick placed to the side.”
For all the hand-wringing and kvetching, it is telling to Joe that, again, every person from Schiano up on the Bucs food chain signed off on the move.
Team Glazer may have been upset. Dominik may have been upset. Hell, Schiano was probably upset about making the move. But no one above Schiano nixed the decision.