Glazer Elaborates On “The Plan”

March 27th, 2012

Among other things, Joel Glazer says the Bucs have seen a spark at the box office.

Fans have heard rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Team Glazer talk about the Bucs’ growth plan many times since the December collapse of the Chucky regime.

Many have been bewildered by the team’s direction, and it was confusing at times, especially after the 2009 play for Albert Haynesworth quickly followed by a build-through-the-draft drumbeat. But “the plan” all seemed to come into focus for legions of fans after the Bucs shelled out gobs of cash for Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks this month.

Speaking today to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, Team Glazer addressed how recent events have all been part of an evolution process.

“People question why this didn’t happen two or three years ago,’’ [Joel] Glazer said. “Well, when we settled on this plan a few years ago, the plan was draft, develop and, at the appropriate time, add veterans. To bring in veterans early on to us just puts you on the wrong path. This was the appropriate time. Not only was it the appropriate time, you had some unique players out there, the kind of players that we could add that could add something to our football team and in the locker room. I think the complement was fantastic, the timing was as we always expected. We’re excited. It’s energized our fans. It’s energized our organization.’’

No question the energy is there among the fan base, and if you click on through above you’ll read that Glazer says ticket sales caught a spark this month, though he says blackouts remain a reality the team is working to overcome.

When Joe hears ownership fired up and that fans are revitalized, Joe smiles at the pressure that puts on the new Greg Schiano regime. Sure, Schiano has a fresh five-year deal, and that’s probably what it took to get him to leave Rutgers, but Joe suspects Schiano has nowhere near that kind of rope to deliver a winner.

9 Responses to “Glazer Elaborates On “The Plan””

  1. Cmurda Says:

    If Schiano sticks to “the plan” and his own plan, this team will be competitive every year and he will flourish with the team. Accountability is the key ingredient. There was none the last few years. We have to start emphasizing character and avoiding those with off-field problems before they become our problem. I don’t care how this court proceeding goes, Talib needs to go. His skills aren’t so special that you swallow your pride and allow him to infect the other players. I don’t see a big beef with Winslow but the minute he opens up his trap, he needs to be corrected. If he doesn’t respond, good-bye. Again, not a top 5 TE we are talking here. We need leaders that lead by example. You’re in the wrong place if you don’t intend to comply. ACCOUNTABILITY

  2. RCH Says:

    Its a paid for contract for five years but it really is a 3 year deal and pay you for 2 years for golfing if you dont workout.

  3. Thomas2.2 Says:

    I am sure that they “planned” to hire and employ a hack coach for 3 years who was all “lip service” so that we could be serial cellar dwellers and go 17-31 while killing the fan base so that we have endless blackouts.


    The fans boycotting causes the Glazers to open up their wallets.

    Do we have a single player who has developed yet under Dom’s tenure? Even one? No.

    So why add players now if not because your plan has CHANGED.

  4. Thomas2.2 Says:

    I hope the new plan includes: cutting K2, Talib and THC Jax.

  5. Eric Says:

    Ah it’s the ole ten game losing streak then add some vets trick. Probably waiting until that precise moment when 42 points would be scored against us by second quarter to “put us over the top”

    I’m delighted they did but that was epic bullspit from a Glazer boy.

    Hilarious BS but BS nonetheless.

  6. Capt. Tim Says:

    Eric- lmao. We have waited until the perfect moment, and sprung the Trap!
    The Lombardi is ours!!

  7. Pete Dutcher Says:

    On the topic of blackouts…

    …now that the Glazers are spending…anyone think they might “assist” in avoiding blackouts this year?

    I’ve always felt they should at least buy out the tickets for the home opener if it isn’t sold out. That’s probably the most important to increasing sales.

    @Thomas 2.2
    They said from the start that they knew the “plan” would make them unpopular with the fans at first. In a way, Raheem’s tenure is similar to Sam W.’s tenure…drafted the nucleus and then brought in a more knowledgeable coach and free agents.

    If you study Bucs history…it’s pretty much exactly like the last era of Bucs was built. Almost a mirror image. Sam was a losing coach as well. Dungy was brought in after the nucleus was drafted.

  8. Have A Nice Day Says:

    These moves certainly have not caught my purse.

    I reserve my cash for entertainment. As soon as the Bucs are entertaining I’ll spend. and not a moment sooner.

  9. Capt. Tim Says:

    Have a nice. .- cant argue with that! Its a product. If a restaurant wants your business- they make good food!
    This ain’t the 70’s! Where I watched crappy football out of some misplaced sense of loyalty.
    Its a hard sell to get my butt in the seat, if the team is getting beat by 40, and Talib is still getting a paycheck outta my season ticket money!