Williams Says Some Bucs Suits Wanted Sanchez

February 21st, 2011

The man with the loose-lipped barber, Bucs icon Doug Williams, has returned to Grambling State to be head coach there again and has spouted off juicy nuggets of his time in the Bucs’ front office.

Clearly he wasn’t a happy camper.

Speaking to beat scribe Rick Stroud, Williams paints a picture of decision-makers other than Raheem Morris craving Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman.

“I laugh, when I hear them talk about (quarterback) Josh Freeman. I know they wanted (Jets quarterback) Mark Sanchez. I sat right there while they were talking about trading up and getting Sanchez and all these different scenarios. (Bucs coach) Raheem Morris was the strongest guy in there. I remember the owners asking me which quarterback I liked. I said, “If you want someone to play right now, take Sanchez. But I think ove the long haul, Josh is going to be better,’ and I think he’s proven that. Raheem had the strongest conviction because he had been around the kid (at Kansas State).”  

Of course, this is a lot sour grapes. So what if Mark Dominik or others considered Sanchez, the Bucs took Freeman, and it’s not like Sanchez hasn’t won a pile of games. But it is interesting nonetheless.

Williams went on to say, in what seemed like a backhanded slap at Dominik, that there’s not much room for guys like him in the front office fraternity and he’s not a big fan of personnel types who didn’t play or coach.

Joe hopes none of this chatter affects Williams’ consideration for the Ring of Honor.

45 Responses to “Williams Says Some Bucs Suits Wanted Sanchez”

  1. eric Says:


    Dom the rock star wanted Sanchez.


    Time will prove these twerps to be the incompetent boobs they are. Always does.

  2. BigMacAttack Says:

    When Eric Laguardia Gambini speaks….people ….run for the hills.

  3. jvato24 Says:

    Oh boy lets start the “Bucs really wanted to draft” talk .. that is F*in hilarious.

    So what if they drafted Freeman .. They wanted to draft Sanchez .. LOSERS!!!

    I bet they wanted to draft Robert Ayers tooo .. DOUBLE LOSERS!!!

  4. m.wesley Says:

    Im just glad they came together and got freeman,shows that egos were not involved

  5. RastaMon Says:

    shame on Williams…how low can you go…what is next…
    “Quarter Black II”

  6. MOBucs Says:

    Thankfully Raheem held strong to his conviction about Freeman being his guy!

  7. adam from ny Says:

    seems to me that dougster williams has some serious sour grapes toward things resulting in his departure…now he’s at grambling and he sees the bucs are on the rise..if they were 5-11 last year he wouldn’t be beefing….however with the new found upside and moxy of this ultra young franchise, he is fuming to not be involved as he is witnessing from afar a new bucs team that’s blossoming into what might just be a very good team for a very long time………adam from ny

  8. Hire Greg Olson! Says:

    Sounds like somebody found his way out of the NFL.


    Where does he name Dominik as the guy?

    And Sanchez has played in 2 AFC Championship Games. Isn’t that the win-all be-all for you?? Funny how easily you change your shade of sunglasses in order to get someone in the front office or coaching staff in your sights. D. WIlliams said to take Sanchez for right now anyways, who is he to laugh at them? Have fun back at Grambling Doug.

    “Time will prove these twerps to be the incompetent boobs they are. Always does.” – Dumbass

    They make the right decision and you still can’t give them any credit. You’re a miserable F***

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Yeah Williams should keep his mouth shut. What happens in the Locker Room stays in the Locker Room, well War Room. Either way, it shouldn’t be aired in public. I hope that is the last of it from Doug. He’s a good man and a popular man and needs to keep it that way.

  10. Snook Says:

    Doug Williams is a douche bag. He’s just mad that the Bucs are finally drafting quality players after he was rightfully pushed out the door.

    I find it laughable that Dougie claims the Bucs were willing to trade up into the top 10 to take dirty Sanchez. Hilarious.

  11. MOBucs Says:

    Donald Penn is on NFL Network right now for Total Access! He’s on at like 15 minute mark and in last half of show!

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    i’ll give it up to eric and the rest of his posse for one thing, they are persistent. like sharks waiting for that 1st sniff of blood.

  13. tino Says:

    Jeez, Joe, you left out a pretty key parenthetical from the original article:

    “…Raheem Morris was the strongest guy (PUSHING FREEMAN) in there…”

    Your editing makes it look as though Raheem was pushing Sanchez over Freeman, which would be entirely inconsistent with everything he’s ever said.

  14. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Tino – Joe didn’t leave out anything. Joe doesn’t mess with quotes from other publications. This is as it appeared in the Times. It’s pretty clear regardless.

  15. MOBucs Says:

    Man I’m glad we re-signed Penn! That guy would commit murder for Freeman! After seeing 20 minutes of Donald on Total Access, I’m so stoked for next season already! That man believes in this team! I’m with him!

  16. Josh Freeman Says:

    I can’t blame them for wanting Sanchez. I make Jamarcus Russell look like Drew Brees.

  17. Capt.Tim Says:

    Nah, we still love Doug Williams. And I still want him in the Ring of Fame! Doug was a great physical talent, and played his heart out! Buuut, then as now, we never thought he was winning with brilliance. Never expected Doug to beat anybody with his strategic skills. He’s just a Lil bitter about being dismissed, and he’s throwing a Lil mud at the guy that canned him. Move along people, nothing to see here- unless you’re a desperately foolish Lil hater!

  18. Jesse Says:

    Boston Market ads are annoying, Joe. :/

  19. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Every now and then I forget how stupid you can really be. Remind me again, who did we draft? We don’t know how early on in the scouting process they wanted Sanchez either. I remember from pretty early on the rumor that we wanted Freeman, and the rumor came true. Who really gives a sh!t what Doug Williams says anyway? We got Freeman, it was the right choice, end of story. It makes no sense why you are so against this regime, but to criticize them for almost sorta kinda considering looking at possibly entertaining the idea of maybe trading up to draft a player is really reaching. Get a grip dude.

  20. Dean Says:

    @Eric,why don’t you just be a Panthers fan. At least there’s something to bitch about!

  21. JDouble Says:

    Seems like a pretty unprofessional arshole thing to do on Williams part. That is inside info that can do no good by putting it out there. I don’t look down upon Dom or anyone else for wanting Sanchez, but this does lower my personal view of Doug Williams. Makes me happy Shelton Quarles took over for him.

  22. eric Says:

    Viva la Doug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. CreamsiclePasties Says:

    Thanks for what ya did, Doug…..but eff off.

  24. Hunter Says:

    I wouldn’t want Doug in the Ring of Honor anyway. If we just put in average-above average players from our team or that did better somewhere else, the stadium would be full. IMO, they should put in only those who absolutely deserve the honor and were a critical piece of Buccaneers history. Sorry, but Doug Williams does not fit that description…

    Same thing with the HOF. If someone can’t get in after like 10+ years of trying, why put them in at all? You can’t just continue to put in a lot of players each year (including players that played in the league 30+ years ago) in the Hall. IMO, it almost makes the HOF seem pointless…….

  25. eric Says:

    Doug Williams absolutely deserves to be in the ring of honor.

    Anyone thinking otherwise simply does not understand bucs history, and surely never saw the man play.

    Amazing how you guys will go after buccanner greats who gave their all in the field of battle just to defend the manchild GM at all costs.

    As Gomer Pyle would say, shameful, shameful ,shameful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Jesse – Regarding the Boston Market ads, Joe doesn’t control those. The good folks in New York who mail Joe a check every month feed those in at times. Joe glad to have the cash to keep the train moving.

  27. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I have nothing against Doug Williams, but I could care less what he says about an event 2 years ago that never even happened. My problem is with idiots who look for anything they can to criticize, even if it means criticizing something that never happened. And yes, he should be in the ring of honor.

  28. tino Says:

    Joe, you’re wrong. I clicked on the link you posted, and you’re definitely missing the parenthetical.

  29. Scott Says:

    Wow and he didn’t have enough pull to get Sanchez but they traded to get Freeman boo hoo seems like someone knew better. What about the earlier drafts? Thx for picking Mike Clayton, Kenyatta Walker, Gaines Adams … wow amazing. Really Dom is so utterly incompetent but he has somehow managed to make good moves. Blount, Williams, Winslow. What would you have done? Albert Haynesoworth? That is working out sooo well for the Skins. Let’s spend like Dan Synder and draft like Al Davis and see where that get’s us … 10-6 was better than those teams did so relax. They are building a franchise, it is going to be painful at times but they seem to know what they are doing. Doug Williams … good riddance , make all the excuses you want.

  30. CharlieB Says:

    Since the ads were brought up, I very strongly dislike the POP up. It slows loading the site on my Android and then is difficult to close. I get the need for ad revenue – I hope its enough to justify the hassle to your readers.

  31. bucfanjeff Says:

    The collective decision was to draft Freeman, that’s the bottom line.

  32. Troxell8t8 Says:

    Doug certainly deserves to be in the Ring of Honor. Hopefully as time passes, he will have his ceremony. However, I think for him to indirectly throw out there about racism in front office hiring is off base. Whether you like or hate the Glazers, one thing they have shown is the willingness to hire minority candidates in their coaching and front office staff. Off the top of my head guys like Mike Tomlin, Jimmy Lake, Raheem Morris, Alfredo Roberts, Doug Williams, Shelton Quarles, and Eric Yarber (I’m sure I’m missing others).

    There is much to question the Glazers about, equal opportunity employment I’m not willing to go there.

  33. Sheriff Farley Says:

    I dont know Williams’ history as a player/personnel director. But from the snippets in the media, he doesn’t seem the most credible. He thinks personnel people without play time are suspect. Yet he might be the cat calling the kettle black.

  34. Matt Says:

    Wow, Doug, so you’re saying the Bucs explored all of their options, including a potential trade up? THAT’S BREAKING NEWS!

    Frankly, I’d be concerned if they didn’t explore every avenue.

  35. sunrisejeff Says:

    Exactly Matt……I’m glad they had discussion on other players instead of focusing on only one option. The fact that in the end they made the right decision, imo, is even better.

  36. Dave Says:

    Sounds like someone whining to me.

    Of course it is a fraternity. You hire people you know and trust, in every aspect of life.

    As far as some wanting Sanchez…. so what. That is why there is more than one person inputing information. They have different opinions and then you come to a consensus.

    If they all blindly followed Dominck or Morris THAT would be a story and a problem.

  37. Dave Says:

    WOW, just saw ERIC’s comments at the beginning.

    Seriously, are you really that immature, ignorant, and moronic?

    You think every team has every person all wanting the same draft pick every time? THAT would be a disaster.

    It is called getting different perspectives and gathering information. I would hope they have people pushing for different guys and then weed it down.

  38. nick Says:

    The entire 2007 draft called…you know where it goes from here

  39. oar Says:

    Wow, another mole hill to trip everyone! Big deal! So, they looked at all options and you don’t think this is the first time, HC and GM and owners aren’t on the same boat do you? Freeman seems to be the better choice, but this year should be the telling of that story!

  40. McBuc Says:

    I am sure the considered all of the QBs in the draft. This is a non issue. If they did not look at all the top guys, they would not be doing their job.

  41. Jonny Says:

    I wish Joe banned posters for typing stupid stuff (Eric).

  42. Capt. Troll killer Tim Says:

    Jonny- plez, let’s not go there! I’d been gone a bunch of times! I don’t do it on purpose, sometimes it’s too much booze, sometimes it’s that I’m pissed. Sometimes it’s cause I’m occasionally a moron.
    If I was a genius, I wouldn’t hang around here arguing with hammerheads like Thomas 2.2 inches and Eric!

  43. oar Says:

    Why nitpick? Hey I know, why doesn’t Joe just ban EVERYBODY! Hell, it’s not like we live in the United States, that place sucks!

  44. eric Says:

    If I get banned just means more time at mons!

  45. nick Says:

    If I get banned just means more time at mons!


    Where you will just complain about what you see there