No, Team Glazer Shouldn’t Speak

October 15th, 2013

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones has harsh words for Team Glazer today, calling out the owners to emerge from their silence and address the mess that is the Buccaneers football operation.

Jones says it’s the Glazers’ duty, and even goes so far as to say the Glazers are irresponsible and bad business people for keeping quiet in the face of team disarray. The Times also had an artist lampoon Team Glazer and add a good 35 pounds to their depiction of Bryan Glazer. 

You’re due an explanation, and somebody who signs the checks owes you that explanation.

This is their creation. They hired Dominik. They hired Schiano. It’s their building that houses a bad football team as well as a serious staph infection.

And now they need to explain it. All of it.

The Bucs have become a soap opera. And it’s not even a fun soap opera. It’s a sad, pathetic, petty soap opera. And the Glazers are at the helm.

They need to publicly show that they care — about the state of the football team, about the future of the head coach and GM, about the medical conditions at One Buc Place.

Joe finds Jones’ take ridiculous and out of touch.

Joe doesn’t want to hear from Team Glazer. Why? Because there is nothing to say.

The Bucs are 0-5 and have lost 10 of 11 games. Nothing speaks louder or more clearly than that. The Bucs stink, and they’re led by a head coach who has yet to prove he’s a capable NFL head coach, though said coach repeatedly says he knows how to work his way out of a losing streak because he’s been there before (how comforting).  

Fans only want Team Glazer to talk in one way — with their wallets. And Team Glazer already has done that. They’ve chased and bagged elite players for two years. They’ve eliminated blackouts for 2013. They’ve dropped ticket prices. They’ve helped recent bids to bring more Super Bowls to town.

This isn’t a Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder sideshow in Tampa. Fans don’t care what owners have to say unless it involves money. If Rays owner Stu Sternberg is talking about payroll, or free parking or a new stadium, fans are all ears. If he talks about anything else, nobody remembers or cares. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik? He’s celebrated for his local investments, arena, community, etc. Anybody care what Vinik has to say about his team circling the drain last season?

Don’t worry, Mr. Jones. Team Glazer will talk again when it matters — when it’s time for regime change.


42 Responses to “No, Team Glazer Shouldn’t Speak”

  1. Luther Says:

    I agree 100% Joe

  2. Ruggyup Says:

    In his own way Joe is right. Anything the Glazers have to say is best left unsaid. Their mouths should be like the fly on their trousers, zipped tight and kept that way.

  3. Jfsolst Says:

    You are correct. I understand how Tom Jones feels. He wants this to stop as we all do. Coming out and commenting won’t help. It’s what you don’t see happening that will matter. What they should be doing is finding a great GM that is willing to come in, hire an experienced NFL coach and fix this mess. That will be the benchmark that I’ll be looking for after the season to see if they are responsible and holding their current employees accountable.

  4. MadMax Says:

    I’ll work for free!!! well…..I’ll need a little room with a computer and film, money for food and coffee. The atrocious planning and play calling would be fixed!…the rest would be left up to the players 😉

  5. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    Absolutely right, Joe.

    The next person to speak should be Dominick if at all…..the Glazers will speak with their wallets or the AX.

    I am glad we don’t have some ego maniac like Jerry Jones weighing in everything.

  6. Tomcin Says:

    Tom Jones is an idiot. Does not know what he’s talking about. Which is nothing unusual for him.

  7. d-money Says:

    I agree Joe.

    This is a situation where the Glazers are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Nothing good can come out of talking now.

    The only words i want to here from the Glazers is that they have relieved the coach and GM of thier duties…until then, words from them are just as useless as they are from Shciano.

  8. Meh Says:

    The time for regime change is now. The time for the Glazers to speak is now.

    I don’t want them to speak with their wallets, I want this coach out of Tampa immediately, and I want Dom to follow him out at the end of the season.

  9. Patrick in VA Says:

    Agree Joe. There’s nothing for ownership to say. In fact, if ownership came forward and said anything other than announcing a coaching change that would only be more infuriating. I don’t want to be calmed down. I want wins or an organizational shift that will bring wins. I get that constant coaching changes is not the answer but this was a questionable decision to begin with so let’s call it a loss and find someone with some proven ability to win in some capacity. If we get a guy that is from college then make it a guy that’s been killing it in college. Bring in someone that knows what winning looks like.

  10. SteveK Says:

    Dominick better not be resigned.

    If the Glazers do not comment on our failure, 2013 season, and they resign/extend Dominick there will be a mutiny.

    If Schiano is shown the door, Dominick better be packaged with him.

    24-41 is our GM, when do they make it stop?

  11. Patrickbucs Says:

    I agree to a point. If not the Glazers then some sort of a PR statement. It’s not just about losing at this point. There is a potentially deadly virus where a number of people are exposed to on a daily basis, potential felony commited by the coach (hope so), etc. A simple statement to the fans that they are not happy and they will make sure this situation is improved.

    Most fans aren’t diehards following sites like this to get indepth information. It seemed like the team was slowly winning back the community this offseason now it might be worse. The Glazers have spoken with their wallets, the new CBA handed them the pen and checkbook though to be fair as well.

  12. bucsfan13 Says:

    TOM JONES just wants to have something to b*#ch about so if the glazers speak out then he has more crap to write about!

  13. Mr. Patrick Says:

    The Glazers have done everything they can to put a winning team o the field this year. They have opened up checkbook for what they thought was the correct coach, big name, big money free agents, and are on the hook for a ton of tickets this year so Buc fans can watch their team on TV. You know that they are very upset and unhappy that for all of their money and effort that they get an 0-5 team and unhappy fans. When the time is right, they will have very important things to say and we will all listen

  14. Mr. Patrick Says:

    The Glazers have done everything they can to put a winning team on the field this year. They have opened up checkbook for what they thought was the correct coach, big name, big money free agents, and are on the hook for a ton of tickets this year so Buc fans can watch their team on TV. You know that they are very upset and unhappy that for all of their money and effort that they get an 0-5 team and unhappy fans. When the time is right, they will have very important things to say and we will all listen

  15. lightningbuc Says:

    I actually think Jones is right. Yeah, nobody cares what an owner has to say about his team’s play. But there are crises here that go way beyond the team and their play. Deadly diseases, insinuations that a coach leaked medical info which has prompted a NFLPA investigation, insinuations the coach rigged a captain’s vote, insinuations a former QB had personal “issues” and the list goes on and on. This is far different than not hearing from an owner whose hockey team just didn’t play very well.

  16. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    Jones is an idiot….the Glazers speaking on this would be a PR nightmare….at the very least, if something needs to be said…they should march Dominick out there for a statement…addressing insinuations & accusations is a trap that most professionals don’t fall into.

    I expect to see Sullivan on the chopping block soon….I know most want Schiano’s head…but that’s just the way it goes…..13 points in 10 quarters equals incompetence on the part of the OC.

  17. mpmalloy Says:

    We had some high-dollar high-profile signings last year.
    …but to assume that will solve our problems is short-sighted at best.

    It would be interesting to compare the Bucs ledger,
    in it’s entirety (including coach, GM and player salaries totaled),
    to other teams in the NFL.

    There’s lots of ways to hide the devil in the details.
    -Ross Perot

    Props to Jones for showing some nads and not being
    a shameless shill like some media members.

    How the hell are the owners NOT entirely responsible
    for the state of the team? They tried expensive coach
    and cheap players: That didn’t work. Now they’ve tried
    cheap coach, no depth and a few superstars.
    Of course that was even worse.
    Organizations like the Rays that can field a quality
    product at a low payroll to so because of stellar
    hands-on ownership.

    Who ever claimed the Glazers aren’t responsible for the team? Joe’s never heard anyone even imply that. Joe was merely countering Jones’ take that it’s somehow mandatory and obligatory for Team Glazer to have some sort of Q & A session. –Joe

  18. Joseph Mamma Says:

    This ownership group needs a great, knowledgable GM and until we get one all this stuff is farts in the wind. I just hope we get lucky, cause these Glazer boy’s don’t know anything about football, and stumble upon a great GM on the next go round.

  19. Biff Barker Says:

    The Glazers are responsible to the fans who invest in their product.
    The did host a function with their suite holders, but it’s not enough. Our biggest issue is the Glazers are not football insiders and do a poor job building an organization.
    Hire a real GM (Casserly or Pouilan please). Get rid of Dom and his minnions, err, buddies in the scouting department. NOW!
    Evaluate the coaching staff, cut the fat there and bring in experienced NFL talent.
    But it’s not going to happen folks. The truth is, this premium FO and coaching talent of which I speak, will not work for the Glazers at any price.

  20. Northend Says:

    Scott pioli ,Lovie Smith at the helm in 2014. Just need a good Oc to groom Bridgewater and teach some of our new Olineman.

  21. Architek Says:

    Statements from ownership right now is unnecessary and unwarranted. They have to remove the emotion and let the staff do their jobs, success or fail.

    If they interfere right now they will damage their rep and hinder their ability to recruit a better Head coach!

  22. Jerry Says:

    With Tom Jones, the glass is always half empty.

  23. jb Says:

    Good Points Joe,

    As irritated as I am now with the Glazers seemingly being okay with the nonsensical, out of touch running of their/OUR team, the ONLY thing that I’m interested in hearing from them is………Dominick……GONE, Schiano………GONE and don’t be expecting another dime from us, in fact, you’ll be fortunate if you don’t end up owing us and a player or two plenty of bread!

    BUT….as long as they maintain their silence while this disaster is allowed to continue, the more heat they’re gonna be feeling. Tom’s article this morning was only the FIRST salvo!

  24. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    The problem with the NFL is the sharing of the massive TV rights make all teams profitable regardless of their management & ownership……you can be a perrinial loser, put few people in the stands…pay to the cap & still make money.
    That’s not like most business…you fail with your product or service & you go under….

  25. FanOfBucs Says:

    Correct Mr Jones! The Glazers are the guys who put this all in motion. They hired inexperienced gm and coaches and tried to blow smoke up our butts.

    JBF is WRONG to suggest that innocent people should be blamed, bc he perceives critiquing Glazers to be fruitless. Not a very ethical choice, JBF.

  26. Bucs4Life Says:

    And the state propaganda machine keeps on churning it out…

    Seriously, Joe, you’re defending Bryan’s weight now?

    Hope the readers have learned that this website has been essentially a clandestine media experiment for the Bucs.

  27. William Says:

    AGREED! I’m right with you Joe.

  28. Nick2 Says:

    I want to disagree there are some issues that have occurred this year that ownership should address and may prevent free agents from coming here in the next few years. Did Greg Schiano decide that Lawrence Tynes didn’t get MERSA from the Bucs? Was that a Glazer decision? Tynes claims the trainer had it before he did and that would explain alot. If thats the case then pay the man because it was not a non football related illness. If other players around the league see the way the Bucs are handling their players and choose not to come here its the Glazers responsibility to step forward and say they have nothing to do with it. Then Schiano can be hung out to dry and we can flush him out as we did Raheem and hopefully start over.

  29. Jbskiff Says:

    What is the Fu€king wrong with jones and the other idiots who are blinded by there hatred of Schiano (due to there allegiance to Ra) and(love for cry baby josh-{how does one mistakingly take one drug for another when both require a RX ? & are federally controlled }). More and more it seems like a concerted effort at a certain radio station to run Schiano out of town. Guess it happened once before with Chucky and som mutt things it will work again now.

    Glazers own this team and deserve to have things like they want. If you don’t like it- don’t go to games, don’t watch on the cheap on tv or even listen to the game on the radio where they are trying to fire the coach a talk down owners. If I was the Glazers, I’d withdraw credentials and change Network for team when contract is up. (But what do you expect ? They DOG Maddon also!

  30. SteveK Says:

    The Ghost of Al Davis could do a better job than Dom…

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    There is ABSOLUTELY no need for the Glazers to speak right now with the team at 0-5. Anyone that feels they need to speak, are on the side of wanting Schiano fired this week. Because they are not speaking should tell those people one thing, Schiano is here until week 17. So get over it. What are you going to do about it? Not go to games this season? Whatever. The Glazers saw there team go 10-6 in 2010 and nothing changed as far as ticket sales. That’s the fan base they are stuck with. They don’t owe YOU jack crap. The Jags sell more tickets than the Bucs. It’s called sticking by your team through thick and thin and I’m sure the Glazers are well aware the Tampa area does not do that at all. The Bucs lead the league in fair weather fans. Hell the Rays have had fairweather for almost a freakin decade and NOBODY goes to their games. PATHETIC!
    The Glazers owe you NOTHING!

  32. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If I owned the Bucs I would do as much media blackout that the league permits. Prepared statements at PCs, take only 2 questions. Approved ones.

    Lock it down and play hardball with the media. If they’ve turned against the team anyway you have nothing to lose. Only release information through Press releases and player shows (approved information only). Give them no ammo.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh and Tom Jones has NEVER been a fan of the Bucs. During Dungy days, Gruden days, or Raheem days as well. Even when the team does do good and wins a game, he always looks for the negative within the game. I can’t stand the guy. What do you expect from a guy that has a regular column that’s called Two Cents? What a punk ass bitch!

  34. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Also, I saw one of the Glazer boys at the game this past week. He was near the tunnel entrance watching not the game, but the sidelines. I suspect they are considering a move, but if by some chance they read this, I urge them to wait out the season regardless of the public’s emotions.

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai…I agree.

  36. ben brown Says:

    That article is dead wrong!!! The owners owe the season tkt holders a reason why we should buy tkts next year .The bucs have already requested money for the 2014 season so fire Mr.Schiano now. Then look for a coach that has nfl experience that can lead this team again. So Mr. Glazer…SPEAK UP !!!!

  37. SteveK Says:

    Bonzai and 1987,

    I agree too. We need to let the season play itself out.

    Also, if we do decide to make a Head Coaching change, we BETTER MAKE A GM change too.

    Dominick is the most proven loser on this staff. 24-41 and counting.

    I would love to see this team turn it all around, but if we can’t, the “rock star” shall be ousted.

    It would be insane to give the GM another “rebuilding effort”.

  38. bucsQcCity Says:

    Maybe the plan is to let Schiano sink with the NFLPA leak allegation.. It would be the easiest way to dump him if there’s any truth in this…

    I was a supporter of Dominick the last couple years but the franchise record and roster under him doesn’t reflect any winning record nor any depth in the franchise. I’m all in to give undrafted players a chance and it work to a certain degree but based on the number of low round/undrafted player we have on the roster, there’s something wrong with the development of promising athletes.. Although it’s still unclear to me the % of the blame of coaching/GM for the inability to develop and keep young early rounds players.

    Anyway… We own the last position in the league as far as is concerned

  39. TBBfan Says:


    As is usually the case, you hit the nail on the head!

  40. bucs911 Says:

    I would like to hear a sense of urgency to win. Whether it come from coach’s, Dom, or the Glazers. It’s the same story after every loss. Sick of it.

  41. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bryan Glazer Speaks On The Future Of The Team

    Ever since Malcom Glazer’s unfortunate stroke in 2006, this organization has been gradually regressing; to the point of implosion. The Rooney family ,Steve Bisciotti, Jim Irsay, and even Robert Kraft; would’ve been spoke up after the media lashing we’ve took over the last 30 days. Some of these allegations are deplorable.

    IMHO-The 1st major changes that needs to be made is Dom & Hickey. Throw the kitchen sink at Eric DeCosta to become the new General Manager & Executive VP.

    Eric DeCosta has been a part of the Ravens organization since the beginning. A graduate of the Ravens’ “20/20 Club” (includes members of the team’s personnel staff who started with the Ravens as young assistants and grew into evaluators with more input), DeCosta joined the franchise in an entry-level position in 1996. He moved up the personnel ranks, first as an area scout, then as director of college scouting (six years) and director of player personnel (three years) before his most recent promotion to assistant general manager (2012). DeCosta assists GM Ozzie Newsome in overseeing both the college scouting and pro personnel departments.

    He also served on the eight-member committee to interview and select Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in 2008. During DeCosta’s tenure as scouting director, the Ravens drafted Pro Bowlers OLB Terrell Suggs (’03), DT Haloti Ngata (’06), G Ben Grubbs (’07), FB Le’Ron McClain (’07), G Marshal Yanda (‘07) and RB Ray Rice (‘08) and a number of other key contributors, including OLB Jarret Johnson (’03), C Jason Brown (’05) and Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco (’08).

    Hopefully he’ll bring Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino with him to help run the Defense in some type of capacity

    Its just my opinion (As we know it don’t mean Issh)

  42. MTM Says:

    Ardent Glazers fans please stop with the opened their wallets and brought in talent crap.
    1) They brought in FA’s because they draft awful and overpaid for them. 2) The coaching search was a flat out joke. Every good coach was signed while Dominick was doing his ” due diligence”. When the problem was no good coach wanted to be saddled with the pop star. Raheem was a dollar general coach just as Schiano is!