“A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars”October 12th, 2013
The Bucs are horrid this year. If the Bucs lose to the Eagles tomorrow, then, well, let’s just say the Bucs are at the T-intersection of an organizational crossroads.
Joe is not talking team crossroads. He is talking organizational crossroads.
To try to put a finger on what has gone wrong, former Bucs great Ronde Barber appeared on “The Blitz” to speak with co-hosts Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. In short, Barber noted how Team Glazer is not getting much return on its large 2012 and 2013 investments.
“I think [Greg Schiano] is handling it the best he can. At heart, he has the best interest of the team at stake and will do it his way, no question about it,” Barber said. “What has attributed to the [winless] start, execution and the offense has not been cohesive whether it is the quarterback play — and it wasn’t good in preseason. It wasn’t good then and hasn’t gotten much better since, whether it was “Free” at quarterback or Mike Glennon. They haven’t clicked at all with the offensive line or the receivers. People got on Josh last year but he had a pretty successful year minus the interceptions, which you can’t get rid of.
“To be honest with you I don’t know what it is, don’t know if it is the distractions of the messy divorce between Josh and his team or if there were other things. Not being in the locker room any more, all I get is outside information and some of that information can be skewed depending on who is telling me the information. I don’t know why they are 0-4. They certainly have a better team. They have spent a quarter of a billion dollars the past two years on free agents and you would expect them to be better than 0-4. But you are what your record says you are. That is the best quote I have ever heard. Your record doesn’t lie.”
Right there is why Joe noted the team is at an organisational crossroads. Team Glazer has dropped a bank vault of money on players, from draft picks to big-named free agents. And what has all that cash gotten Team Glazer? Not one win. Not one playoff appearance.
If the Bucs lose to the Eagles tomorrow, Joe would expect some sort of change whether it is players finding new homes next year, or some sort of overhaul on the coaching staff unless the team goes on like a 9-3 run the rest of the way.
Barber sure nailed the quarterback situation. They looked lousy in preseason and have never improved. Well, that’s often what you get when you hire a quarterback coach who doesn’t believe in teaching or correcting mechanics.