What’s The Glazers’ Next Football Move?

January 11th, 2010

It was widely reported/speculated that the Glazers entered the 2009 season more hands-on than ever.

Now that didn’t necessarily mean a whole heck of a lot, considering they were largely known for leaving their football business to their football people. But the 2009 message was clear to Raheem The Dream and Mark Dominik: find a young, talented quarterback immediately and develop him.

So far, the Josh Freeman plan has been successful.

Now Joe has to wonder, are the Glazers feeling so good about their quarterback call last year that they’ve got another direction-setting decision in mind for 2010?

Joe just can’t believe the Glazers will just sit back and watch the whole offseason unfold.

Joe suspects the Glazers want talent on the offensive side of the ball that can sell jerseys and put butts in the seats, versus strong defensive draft picks that won’t get the masses excited.

20 Responses to “What’s The Glazers’ Next Football Move?”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    The Glazers have been tinkering with the roster for a while now. Remember when the Glazers forced Gruden to keep Chris Simms on the Roster. That was a great football move.

  2. Louie Says:

    God help us if Glazerhouse’s have too much input on football decisions. Actually, I think that’s been the case in the last 12 months and that’s why there have been so many problems.

    Send the to England so they can screw up Man U.

  3. D-money Says:

    “Joe suspects the Glazers want talent on the offensive side of the ball that can sell jerseys and put butts in the seats, versus strong defensive draft picks that won’t get the masses excited.”

    So you’re saying guys like Sapp, Brooks, Barber and Lynch didn’t get the masses excited?

  4. Louie Says:

    @Realist, I think you’re right. It was reported (I think by PR) the Glazerhouse’s wanted Gaines Adams and Gruden wanted somebody else. That worked out real well. People gave Gruden/Allen crap for bad drafts, but I really wonder how many of those decisions were influenced by the no-nothing owners.

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    D-Money – Talking about immediate impact offensive players that would get the average fan — not the all hardcores you’ll find here — excited right away. …Point is the Glazers might be calling the shots on the identity of the football team.

  6. FlBoy84 Says:


    I agree with you that the Glazers played with their Buccaneer toy a bit too much in 2009, and we all saw the results. It’s a bit early for a Caybrew (I could be wrong on that one), but here’s to them hopefully learning from there mistakes and bringing IN a few more football people to help make the decisions.

    As far as filling the seats, I think Suh would have as much, if not more, name recognition to the average fan, simply by the way he’s been over-hyped by the media (some who have probably never even seen him play) like he’s the 2nd coming of Godzilla. Not saying he’ll be the pick, but his name has been out there quite a lot lately. And you’re always going to have the fans that think the Bucs should draft Tim Tebow with their R1 pick.

  7. FlBoy84 Says:


  8. Jeff Says:

    Draft Suh\McCoy, then trade up and land Dez Bryant (or Price), grab a big name FA and they’ll generate the Oh Shit factor everyone wants.

  9. jvato24 Says:

    Ill bet Suh would sell more jerseys than any other rookie this year

  10. Jake Says:

    Unfortunately for the Glazers, season ticket renewal invoices are issued prior to free agency and prior to the draft. Many renewal decisions will be based on the results of 2009, the retention of Raheem Morris as head coach and the outlook for future expenditures by the Glazers on the team. None of these weigh in favor of a high renewal percentage. The only chance the Glazers had to make a splash and get a high renewal percentage was to make a coaching change and they declined to do so. So even if they make a splash in free agency and hit a home run in the draft they are still going to have to try to recover in new season ticket sales what they have just lost in non renewals of club seats, luxury boxes and general season tickets. That could be a challenge for them.

  11. FlBoy84 Says:

    One fact I think most people overlook is that, besides the 2-3 exceptions each draft, rarely do rookies make a major impact in their first year.

  12. mynameisinigomontoya Says:

    As some BSPN writer said the other day… winning is what puts butts in seats, more than anything else. Winning is exciting, and I think that the Bucs are a lot closer to having a defense that can win them games than they are to having an offense that can win them games. If I had to sort out needs, I’d say (1) DT, (2) SS, (3) WR, (4) OL. Granted, I’m not being paid millions of dollars to Get This Shit Right, but it’s been my experience that common sense is right more times than it’s wrong. Ramble on, baby, ramble on.

  13. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    I think with Morris’ comments the other day about getting help for Freeman, we are going to start hitting the WR market hard. I think we will have a WR as our No.1 pick, not defense. Any DT , DE or safety drafted is not going to start. In looking at how some of the wideouts in were playing this weekend, it makes me sick to see how they compare (or dont compare) to our inept guys (Stroughter excluded). WRs sometimes have to go get the ball, not wait for it to hit them.

  14. zech Says:

    The bucs need a playmaker on offence second but first u address the defensivie tackle and then we draft wr and then d-end and then a saftie and a cornerback

  15. lucifer Says:

    You can make a case for half a dozen positions that need upgrade but none is more glaring than Defensive Tackle!!!!!!!

  16. alan thomas Says:

    ‘So far, the Josh Freeman plan has been successful.” Really? Although there was improvement from his first start to his last, Alan fails to see that the ‘plan’ was successful. He is still making terrible decisions with the ball and continues to throw many balls off target. Alan thinks the kid has a good arm and good size but the overall product leaves a bit to be desired. In fact he looks very much like the kid we saw at K-State. Alan hopes he improves, but the lack of improvement from his early days at K-State are a bit worrisome to Alan and his upcoming season ticket invoice.

  17. Z-BucFan Says:

    What the Glazers seem to be missing, is that successful teams have a personality that the fans can relate to. And while offense may be flashy, you’ll find just as man fans who are willing to go to a game to see their team punch the other team in the mouth. Building a team around a great defense and solid running game the other team can’t stop will bring more fans back than drafting a new wide receiver for Freeman to overthrow. In the end, that’s who the Bucs are.

  18. Alex Gordon Says:

    Hey Joe,

    This may be of interest.



  19. RustyRhino Says:

    @ Alex
    Thanks that was refreshing…

  20. Chuck Says:

    It was Kiffin that pushed for Adams, and he should have been much better based on college play. Sometimes guys just do not hit it as well in the NFL.