Glazers “Didn’t Like That Environment”

January 10th, 2014

Derrick Brooks weighs in

Lovie Smith landing as the 10th head coach in Bucs history wasn’t too much about Xs and Os, says Bucs icon and 2014 Hall of Fame finalist Derrick Brooks.

Team Glazer could not longer tolerate the New Schiano Order.

“Bringing the environment, and I think that was probably more critical in this interview [of Lovie]. They didn’t like that environment last year. That’s not the Glazers,” Brooks told Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

“And bringing a calmness to that, you know, some may argue (laughs) that probably could have been 60-to-70 percent of the interview and Xs and Os could have been another 30.

“You listen to their press conference when they talked about why [they hired Lovie]; “he’s the right guy at the right time, to be our head coach.’ That said everything to me. Xs and Os in that quote? We’re going to look at it and evaluate it. (laughs) But he’s the right guy. So they obviously were convinced in his plan and felt very good about him as a man and his plan for the entire organization and that environment.”

Brooks went on to say the Bucs got better “without taking a snap” and speculated that Lovie will have pressure on him to win very quickly, given the talent in place on the roster — talent Tony Dungy didn’t have in 1996.

“The results are going to have to be sooner rather than later, and I truly believe they will be,” Brooks said.

41 Responses to “Glazers “Didn’t Like That Environment””

  1. William Says:

    Yeah, Baby!

    I never been this excited in the off season before. Everything is right on track. We need to get the right fit in QB now.

    Go Bucs!

  2. SteveFromOrlando Says:

    “he’s the right guy at the right time”…really brooks, glazers even said that same sentence when they hired schiano. c’mon man.

  3. JMN Says:

    I don’t anybody like the dictatorship environment Schiano created. It was good in a sense to right the ship and get rid of the slackers; however, he took it way further than it needed to go and lost respect.

  4. SteveFromOrlando Says:

    Everything is right on track.

    you must be kidding me.
    Everything????? we have so many holes in the team, we could easily call our roster swiss cheese.
    and btw, who is the GM?
    who is the edge rusher?
    any word on a nickel CB?
    btw, where is a decent o-line?

    “Everything is right in track”…wow… 4 wins…wow… you are drinking some kool aid my friend…

  5. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    it was 5 wasted years and bad decisions that lead up to last year. Bucs also got better just by the calendar flipping to 2014. Cannot wait until Free-agency and the draft to see what the new regime thinks of the roster.

  6. SombreroBro Says:

    Thank you again Team Glazer for moving quickly and hiring the best coach for our organization.
    I luvs me some Lovie!
    Let’s go Bucs!

  7. d-money Says:

    “talent Tony Dungy didn’t have in 1996.”

    False… Tony Dungy came into a team that had 3 possible future Hall of Famers and many other solid players on it.

    Brooks, Sapp ,Lynch ,Nikcerson ,Culpepper ,Gruber , Mayberry and Errict Rhett who at the time was coming off of two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.

    Taking nothing away from Dungy but to say that the team he inherited wasn’t as talented is not exactly accurate.

    Maybe on the offesnsive side but the foundation of the domintate defense for the next ten years was hear when he arrived.

  8. Left_Coast_Bucs_Fan Says:

    Too bad the Glazer brothers didn’t have the vision a year sooner about the atmosphere being wrong. I’m sure Lovie would have encouraged Freeman rather than giving him the cold shoulder that was clearly Schiano’s approach. Hell he tried to sign Carson Palmer last off season, of course Josh knew about it, doubt that didn’t go over too well with Josh and I can’t blame him. He was being jilted, no one wants to know their boss is shopping for their replacement. Anyone think Lovie looks to bring Freeman back in to the fold?

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Okay, let me just say this. The three years under Raheem Morris could be viewed as a waste, no doubt. Other than a few decent picks and signings, most were duds.

    But you cannot claim Schiano was a wasted signing. They were the best drafts in Bucs history…at least the last one was. In Greg’s first year, they hit on 3-4 picks, which is considered successful.

    On his second draft, they hit on 100% of the picks, if you assume Glennon was actually drafted to be a backup. Which he was.

    Schiano also fixed a lot in the locker room. He was strict as heck, but that was needed at the time.

    So Schiano was not a wasted period of time. Any success Lovie has is owed in part to the changes Schiano made, the picks he made, and the leadership he developed in the locker room.

    Just because the wins were not there it doesn’t mean he did not leave the team better off. He did. And any fool that cannot see that is a blind idiot.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    d-money Says
    “…Eric Rhett who at the time was coming off of two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.”

    Eric Rhett held out that year, resulting in his losing the starting role…and it pretty much ruined his career.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    But I do agree with you, d-money.

  12. d-money Says:


    That is true but I was just making the point that there was some pretty decent talent on the team that Dungy inherited.

    Was Rhett a bonehead? Yes, but still a talented payer on the roster when Dungy arrived.

  13. Mulligan Says:

    Walter Football has the Bucs drafting #2 in 2015 just behind the Jets. The good news is they have the Bucs taking Winston with that pick. Before you ask, that was updated after Smith was hired.

  14. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    @BuccaneerBonzai: There was a better influx of talent during Schiano’s tenure no doubt, but we do not know if it was because of Dominik or Schiano yet just based on how Dominik failed years before. And yes the man can instill discipline into a program.

    That is all the positive things I can say about Schiano though. Otherwise he was a bad coach and underachievement has been his MO from his Rutgers days. I am glad the Glazers realized that and took action.

    Also you say he left the team better off than the previous regime, yes he did. There is more talent (FA pickups + draft hits). But if he had the same team of rookies and sophomores that Raheem did in 2011, he would have lost the locker room just as fast if not faster. Point I am trying to make is, yes you are right, but other circumstances are more responsible for it than Schiano himself.

  15. Buc_The_World Says:

    @ SteveFromOrlando

    He was quoting the Glazers.

  16. James Marlow Says:

    This is all BS. These men are being paid a king’s ransom to play a game. X’s and 0’s are vital. A positive work environment with a strong leader is also important. We went from one end of the spectrum to the other in Morris and Schiano. Now we have a coach who is dead center of the two previous coaches. Brooks saying we just got better without taking a snap is garbage. No doubt we should be better next season, but we have not gotten better just because of a new staff… nonsense! After all the smoke settles, after it is blown up our a$$ from Buccaneer media outlets and former “Dungy-era” players, let’s see how we play. Until then… all the fanfare is a bunch of fodder.

  17. Clowney Says:

    I think the Glazers embraced the level of mistrust and paranoia that permeated the Buccaneer Palace. (Deleted sentence: Joe can’t include unsubstantiated information presented as fact about others. Please, you know that.)

    I believe the Glazers would hire Janet Napolitano as GM if they could get away with it.

    If I found out one of my managers was spying on my employees and fining them for “conspiring in small groups”, that would be grounds for instant dismissal. Schiano would not have lasted a week.

    Of course, I would never fit in as an owner in this closely bonded brethren, they call the NFL.

  18. Capt. Tim Says:

    I too believe everything is that the right track!
    That doesn’t mean we have made it to the station! It means we are going about things in the right way, to get to the station.

    It’s easy to trash both Raheem and Schiano.
    But I think both did some things right.

    Raheem won 10 games with a horrible team. His lack of discipline was his downfall- but to win with that team, he did some very creative and successful things on both sides if the ball- with cheap budget and no free agents to mention.

    Schiano got rid of some guys that were real cancers to the team. He restored hard work and work ethic. I liked a lot about the guy.
    But he was in waaaay over his head.

    But now we finally have a pro coach. Think he has a lil more to build on. Than Raheem or Schiano had.

    And I think it will pay off.

  19. McBuc Says:

    James, Brooks is right, Smith is a better proven coach, and his staff is as well. Who pissed in your corn flakes?

  20. ROBERT6 Says:

    take Freeman out of the equation 2014 would have been a whole different situation.

    He should have been traded early on, but Schiano was to new to gut their *cough* franchise QB.

    A bad attitude is cancer in an organization. I friggen hate free

    that said, yeah, Schiano needs some fricken Xanax the way he yells at refs and players. he did not treat with them with respect and therefore could not command respect.

  21. Piratic Says:

    Capt. Tim is on a roll! Great posts on consecutive stories. Keep it up.

  22. Gus Says:

    @mulligan Doing a mock draft of 2015 before the 2014 draft is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of

  23. Mumbles Says:

    Winning is the best deodorant. Got to smelling pretty bad round here!

  24. biff barker Says:

    This is such a nice feel good story. Really. Just love the Lovie love.
    I’d feel better if we could simply hire a credible GM with a proven track record before the media minions and former players give us the Lombardi again!

  25. scotty Says:

    I don’t see going back to Freeman! that’s crazy talk!!!

  26. Wondering Says:

    What Brooks thinks is as irrelevant as his current job. I am in no way disrespecting his talent and contributions as a Buc just the ridiculous direction that those conversations take with Duemig in the afternoon. Drafts obviously got better with Schiano because these were guys that he had seen and recruited. He had history with these guys. Regardless of what you think of Schiano go back and look at Rutger’s history. They were arguably one of the worst teams in the country pre-Schiano. This was an easy job to accept because Smith is not starting from scratch and most of the garbage that was here is gone.

  27. kennyc Says:

    @ james marlow…please return all your bucs gear to one buc place and GTFO. I can’t stand you half-ass fans, don’t know squat about football and just like to bitch about everything.

    When was the last time you played in the NFL, won a super bowl and made it into the HOF? Don’t worry, I’ll wait……….I think DB knows a thing or two about what makes a good team environment. I am excited as ever for next season.

  28. bucsfan1979 Says:

    No Freeman Please!!!!!!! GO FREAKIN BUCS!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!!!

  29. PRBucFan Says:

    LoL Like the Glazers would ever forget how he tried to sink their organization on his way out.

  30. ROBERT6 Says:

    who the heck thinks free is coming back????????

    he has a vetter chance in the CFL than the NFL.

    No one will pay him anything shrt of minimum from here on out to sign. he’ll be lucky to get that.

    he already got two HC’s fired this season!!!! he will be blackballed. his references, if any, are now worthless…..

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    kennyc….after ten plus years of BS, some fans are entitled to bitch all they want.

  32. ROBERT6 Says:

    tried to sink?????

    he single handedly cost them probably 50-100 million!

    and that’s being conservative!!!!!!!!

  33. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Walter Football saying the Bucs will get the 2nd pick in 2015 is comical. This revamped new and exciting team will pick closer to the 20 spot.

  34. PRBucFan Says:

    We should just bring back Schiano, Sheridan, and Sully… 😉

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucfan#37……..I wish I had your optimism. If the Bucs do get the 2nd pick next year and draft Winston. I will hand my credit over to the Glazers for the next 10 years. Do you see that Bryan and Joel? Are you hearing me Lovie?

  36. Ed Says:


    Any thoughts on a later draft will have on the team. Seems like it will place a premium price on Grade A free agents (Hardy) but it may make some older free Agents worried and give them less bargaining power. I think Free Agency will be active for all teams and the draft, although important, may be only about adding depth.

    Also the late draft makes me worried to draft a QB in the first round.
    Just wondering what your thoughts are.

  37. Buxfan Says:

    Josh Freeman has off the field issues that will make him untrustworthy. And as for Johnny football. He’s the player that will fall in the draft this year. Maybe out of the first round. He’s too much of a risk to get drafted that high.

  38. Tampamac Says:


    Whoa there buddy.. Let Winston do it again to ensure he’s not a 1 year wonder(not saying he will be because he looks like the real deal, but you never know). Don’t know if anyone remembers Jevean Snead(who was briefly a Buc), but he was touted as a high 1st round QB but decided to stay one more year. Didn’t work out too well.. Went undrafted the next year and don’t believe he ever made a roster.

  39. 1976Buc Says:

    The “atmosphere” appeared to be exactly what Team Glazer brought Schiano in to create. I’m a little confused.

  40. Paul Says:

    Get rid of the Pewter-Stinking-Sweat stained pants! No more Pewter Pants!

  41. James Marlow Says:

    KENNYC thanks for being a Buccaneer apologist, and for your blind allegiance. BTW Brooks will not take another snap. Talking heads are all former players are in regards to the temperature reading of the former organization. This reality does not diminish their accolades. I guess you believe everything you hear and read…. Maybe you should be the Bucs new media spokesman. For me, I will measure on the field results, and no believe the hype… Yet!