What Is Team Glazer’s New “Mandate?”

January 1st, 2014

Glazers2013The simple answer to the headline question is, “another Super Bowl.” But Team Glazer isn’t so simple.

Joe’s confident Team Glazer has other clear desires and goals in place, just like when Greg Schiano was given a “mandate” in 2012. 

When Father Dungy arrived, Team Glazer needed him to clean up 13-season mess and restore respect and direction to the franchise.

When Jon Gruden was hired, the goal was a Super Bowl — immediately.

When Raheem Morris was hired, Bucs lore tells us Team Glazer insisted former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris give up on Derrick Brooks and assorted veterans, including Jeff Garcia, and develop or land a true franchise quarterback immediately and build through the draft. Dominik allegedly sniffed Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel before deciding on Josh Freeman.

Greg Schiano? The former leader of the New Schiano Order told Steve Duemig that he was given a “mandate” from above.

“We were talking about some of the issues that when I came in as the head coach of the Bucs and, you know, not all of it is on-the-field stuff. A lot of it was stuff that quite frankly was known throughout the league and was, you know, not real good and had to be cleaned up. And that was one of the mandates when I got hired: these are things that had to be fixed and brought back to normalcy. And I set out to do that,” Schiano said.

So what’s the new mandate?

If Team Glazer sat down/or will sit down/or is sitting down now with Lovie Smith, then what questions do they want answered and what are their demands?

Joe thinks Team Glazer is back to where they were in 2009, when it seemed the edict was to score a QB face of the franchise — immediately.

The Mike Glennon Mob won’t like it, but Joe seriously doubts Team Glazer sipped Dom Pérignon and Slivovitz last night while toasting Glennon’s future dominance in Tampa. Again, Joe likes Glennon and respects what he did this season in a tough situation, but Joe can’t imagine anyone other than Greg Schiano eagerly handing over a team to No. 8.

If the QB question is priority one for Team Glazer, then Lovie’s going to need to do one heck of sales job to win the job.

96 Responses to “What Is Team Glazer’s New “Mandate?””

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Lovie won’t get the job.

    Not without a GM interviewing him. And if they hire him without a GM first, that would mean they are limiting the future GM…and no one will want that job.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Some HC/QB Combos

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I think there is a GM in place already. Someone is pulling the strings right now. Whether it be Butch Davis or Jerry Angelo

  4. Ruggyup Says:

    Team Glazer suffers from that virulent infectious disease common to federal agencies, lack of transparency, hell, they aren’t even translucent. Anticipating the Glazer clan thinking is like trying to know what goes on in the mind of a Jesuit. What you know for sure is, eventually you’ll get the news and say, what’s that all about? Hey, Jim Schwartz is available.

  5. Yar Says:

    Bring in the ole’ ball coach, Steve Spurrier. Spurrier’s mistake in the NFL was going to the Washington Snyders.

  6. bucs_Sam Says:

    If not Glennon then who?

    Johnny Football may be an NFL QB… one day, but does anyone believe he’s taking anyone to the Superbowl any time soon?

    Is it win now or win tomorrow?

    We are approaching the longest NFL postseason drought. Judging by the phone calls I get for season tickets, patience is running thin for fans.

    Is there a QB available better than Glenmont? Please god dot say Vic…. where is the petition to keep him outta Tampa, I’ll sign that!

    Ok, who can we draft that will be better game 1?

  7. BeeMoney Says:


    Thank You!!! I Hope People Would Realize This!!!! LOL

    If the coach is Lovie Smith and he has to win NOW…. then the best option is to sign Jay Cutler in free agency!!!! Also, we need to add speed to the offense in the draft and add a proven vet at DE!!!! We only have a 1st,2nd,4th,5th, & 7th rd picks. We cant miss in this years draft!!!! Pull it off Glazers and Hire Lovie Smith!!!!

  8. Nate_tweetz Says:

    Bucs need a GM in place within the next week. Texans have already hired their guy. Other teams will not waste time acquiring a coach and usually those coaching dominoes fall pretty quickly. Hopefully the Glazer’s won’t make the same mistake they made last time by taking their sweet time “getting it right”. Their has to be some sort of urgency with this process.

  9. RastaMon Says:

    I am a bit worried with all the rear view mirror comfort blankie sheet……hodge podge of warm and fuzzy ex Bucs….I want a bold visonary dying for a chance to prove his offensive scheme fits perfectly with the wiz bang pin ball NFL of tomorrow…a mind like the Auburn HC

  10. Macabee Says:

    No more TBA, it’s just win, baby, just win!

  11. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The mandate is simple: 1) win more games than you lose, 2) make the playoffs once in a while, 3) keep fans interested.

  12. Eric Says:

    If Jay Gruden can coach up Andy Dalton to the playoffs as a rookie, he could do it with Johnny Football.

    An intriguing combo. But to get Jay they might have to wait as they will likely win this weekend.

    But it’s a good point if they want the QB face of the franchise maybe Lovie isn’t the best fit. Neither was Schiano of course.

    Dare they go college again? It’s a tough situation.

  13. wolf4bucs Says:

    So how about a strange thought, Connor Shaw from SC does nothing but ake every throw asked and can run the ball, He is one tough kid who plays thru injuries and wins. No one even talks about him and he looks as good as any one else these experts talk about and i bet he’ll be sitting there in the second round since no one seems to recognize his talent. just a thought

  14. Aubpierce Says:

    Glennon was pressured more then any QB in the league according to one report and still had a better season then other rookie QBS and many established starters.Our best receiver is slow and dropped five passes Sunday.I didn’t see that many dropped passes in last nights bowl game,maybe 80 to 90 passes thrown.The jury is still out on Glennon, but we need foremost a big fast receiver that can catch.

  15. MTM Says:

    Mandate- Put the right people in place. No more temps!

  16. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Glennon is by no means out of the picture yet. One of the best rookie seasons by a QB in recent memory and under extremely difficult circumstances. He’s got a place in this league, for sure.

  17. Architek Says:

    Yes Joe I agree – the Glazers are smart business men and right now they don’t quite yet have a brand. The Bucs had a brand in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    I think they want a brand of football – consistent product and a winning formula starting with a qb that can be “trusted”.

    Freeman doomed Dominik no one else – I hate that for him. I actually believe the Glazers know who they want and have already started finalizing the details.

    We will know early this week.

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    Scotty I would say if there was it would be Eric Stokes

  19. RastaMon Says:

    Just a historical reminder…..the GBoyz have Never gotten their first/announced choice ….been left @ the altar every time

  20. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Mort just said on NFL Live that the feeling is we will have the people (Lovie Howell) in place by the end of the week.

  21. StAugBuc Says:

    @ RastaMon
    Dungy and Gruden not being first choice worked out ok

  22. Couch Fan Says:


    Theres a first time for everything. Maybe they get him this time, who knows.

  23. Chris Says:


    I was thinking the same thing. You could get him in the 4th or 5th round and stack up. Or trade Revis and the first round pick to the rams and get Manziel or Bridgewater

  24. BucsFan68 Says:

    FLBoyInDallas Says:

    January 1st, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Glennon is by no means out of the picture yet. One of the best rookie seasons by a QB in recent memory and under extremely difficult circumstances. He’s got a place in this league, for sure.
    Yes he does; as a backup

  25. MTM Says:

    The Glazers will most likely have to overpay to get the right people in place. Especially with 3 HC vacancies still available.

  26. Eric Says:

    Raheem was their first choice.

  27. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    MTM…who filled the other two. I only know of the Houston job being filled. There was a totla of 6 vacancies.

  28. Fritz50 Says:

    “Team Glazer suffers from that virulent infectious disease common to federal agencies, lack of transparency, hell, they aren’t even translucent. ”

    Why on earth would they desire to be “Transparant” ? They are a privately owned franchise and don’t owe any of us anything, in terms of information. Don’t like it, go follow some other franchise. Knowing what their plans are would , at best let us feel like we’re flies on the walls of power, and at worst could sabotage their plans. I’m glad they can keep their mouths shut, at least , that way I know they full deserve my anger , or congratulations on the job they’ve done. Course, not a lot of the latter in recent years.

  29. Eric Says:

    Chucky is driving home from the Outback Bowl now.

    Just saying.

    Shame two Super Bowl Champion coaches live right here and neither coaches our team.


  30. Strict9 Says:

    Lovie was making 6mil with Chicago. Jeff Fisher got 7mil to go to the Rams. Lovie will get 7mil too. My opinion.

  31. Orca Says:

    Glazers have no clue what they are doing. Starting with the pursuit of Bill Parcells and the firing of Dungy, with the resultant clusterf**ked coaching search and the draft pick compensation to get Gruden, these buffoons have screwed up everything they have touched. They need to hire a consultant to conduct the search for the GM, and let the GM find the coach. They’re idiots.

  32. PRBucFan Says:

    Lovie already had his interview! Woot woot

    Hopefully it gets done soon.

    They probably wanna make sure they got the gm they want and nme the two in a couple days.

    Please be that lol

  33. PRBucFan Says:

    Cause Dungy and Gruden suck so much… right lol

  34. wolf4bucs Says:

    @ Chris

    Shaw just doesn’t get the notoriety he should, the kid just does it all. I think with the right coaches he could be the very good and with what we have on offense witha couple more pieces he would be exciting to watch. unless we trade up i dont see bridgewater or manziel being there and don;t think we should give up what it would take to go get em, we need to much to lose anything in the draft and dont believe revis will go anywhere for that money

  35. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Scotty in Fat Antonio Says
    “I think there is a GM in place already. Someone is pulling the strings right now. Whether it be Butch Davis or Jerry Angelo”

    I really hope its not Jerry Angelo. He was fired from the bears because of poor drafting, bad free agent signings and sacrificing the bears future by trading for cutler.

  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Here’s a thought. What if Butch Davis had more to do with the last two drafts than we know? Could he have been the one to spot the talent?

    From what I understand, his settlement includes one more year of not being able to coach. So maybe the Glazers want to offer him the GM role, but they are keeping it on the down low for some reason.

    Truthfully he has a bad record as an NFL coach…but his college one was blockbusting.

  37. StAugBuc Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    January 1st, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Lovie already had his interview! Woot woot

    Where did you see this?

  38. Harry Says:

    @BuccaneerBonzai Says:
    I really hope its not Jerry Angelo.

    No, I don’t think anyone is in place yet and I would be surprised by Angelo. My money is still on hiring McKay as Pres/CEO and he hires someone like Eric Stokes as GM. Then they go shopping for a coach.

  39. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Ian Rapport is reporting it and it is scrolling at the bottom of the screen on NFL Network.

  40. PRBucFan Says:


    All over twitter, article at Pewter Plank

  41. PRBucFan Says:

    Or that

  42. CJO Says:

    Mandate: Get Johnny Manziel.

  43. Mike Stephens Says:


  44. StAugBuc Says:

    @ PRBucFan

    Anywhere a little more credible?

  45. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Glazers had to be considering the possibility of making this change for some time. I suspect their plan was already in place…was it a good plan?…Who knows?

    I think they will play it safe…..Lovie Smith would be safe.
    This is a good team with a potentially great Defense. An experienced coach can take the Bucs forward quickly.

  46. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ PR

    Be careful with your posts…..remember last time!

    Its hard to do the {} {} stuff….

  47. PRBucFan Says:

    That’s why I haven’t put any links up but I hear ya TBBF

    As far as credibility it happened.

    Search for it if you want. It’s being reported on NFL network as well.

  48. PRBucFan Says:

    And thanks TBBF 🙂

  49. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Just being extra careful…

    As far as Smith…I think it might happen. Coaches can be as much of a crapshoot as drafting….

    Smith is sort of like a good O lineman….not as much of a gamble….nothing sexy or spectacular…but safe.

  50. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    What is the mandate….very simple answer. As with any business, the mandate is to make the company as much money as possible. In order to sell the most tickets (I know there is a lot of revenue from other sources as well such as TV and merchandise), the Glazer’s must spark interest in the fan base by the promise of a winning/sucessful team . In light of the most recent management that has been in place, IMHO, the Glazer’s must hire an experienced GM and HC in order to gain the fan base trust once again to show that they are truly interested in having a relevant NFL team.

  51. PRBucFan Says:

    Yea man, I appreciate it.

    I was reading something Dungy was saying and it made me super excited.

    He was talking about how Lovie had the ability to assemble a great staff because so many people want to work with him. That really got me lol

  52. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    I think Lovie is just the first a several interviews… they won’t hire him anytime soon.

    Also, are you school girls going to throw fits when he doesn’t get hired?

    My question is… who is doing the interviews?

  53. Jim Porson Says:

    Impressive responses! I will just wait and see.I would love Manziel or Shaw. Spurrier is interstiing but I dont see it.I like Jay Gruden, Lovie worries me. Should be real quick resolution.

  54. Brandon Says:

    Dungy was fine when he had Peyton Manning, Belichick became a genius when he got Brady, John Fox is now a great coach because of Manning, Cowher was great when he got Big Ben, Rivera has Newton, Mike Smith has Ryan, these are all defensive coaches that have good QBs. That is the key, finding a QB.

    Lovie gets the right QB, he’ll succeed.Perhaps Lovie wasn’t the problem in Chicago, maybe it was the QB lineup of Hutchinson, McNown, Kordell Stewart, Shane Matthews, and other bums that hurt his offenses.

  55. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lovie has lots of connections with assistants…many who have been in Tampa….I think the Glazers really want to play it safe and have some stability with their coach….I actually think Tampa is an attractive place to coach now.

    Non-meddling Owners
    Pick Your GM
    Not much of an act to follow
    Lots of talent in place
    High Draft pick
    Good young inexpensive QB (Starter or Backup)
    Cap Space
    No State Income Tax
    Mons Venus
    Friendly Media (Gruden/Dungy) add Barber & Lynch…maybe even Shaun King!!!

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  56. PRBucFan Says:


    I think he’ll be our coach by this weekend 😉

    What did you not know the Glazers ran the show?

    Not to mention they could easily already have a GM they have promoted from within.

  57. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Mandate: whatever we do, do NOT draft Manziel or Clowney (#1 and #2 on the most likely to bust list)

  58. bucsfan1979 Says:

    Joe- i just a report on nfl.com that lovie already had a interview with the bucs on monday. what do you think

  59. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I agree….I want to go with a sure thing with our pick

    Matthews, Barr, Mack…..Trade Down

  60. bucsfan1979 Says:

    Please click on this link first reported by TBO.com


  61. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Malcolm Glazer suffers incapacitating stroke in 2006, Moe, Larry and curly Glazer take over team operations and decision making.

    Bucs make the playoffs at the end of that season with their all time winningest/Super Bowl coach with Jeff Garcia at QB and an aging D. Finish 9-7 the next season.

    Moe, Larry and curly give Gruden and Allen the ultimatum in January 09: slash payroll and rebuild or hit the road.

    Moe, Larry and curly hire the most inexperienced (and cheap) replacements in NFL history, the team predictably wins 17 games in 3 years never finishes above 3rd in the Division, and things don’t improve much under different HC.

    Coincidence that the team is in complete disarray since Moe, Larry and Curly took over???

  62. NY Buc Says:

    Glazer mandate 2014:

    (Glazers) We are looking for an experienced head coach that can energize the fan base (aka sell tickets and merchandise), find us a (real) franchise QB in the upcoming draft, and lead our team to the playoffs and Super Bowl now and for many years to come.

    (Lovie) That’s exactly what I intend to do if you hire me!

    (Glazers) Oh yeah and you’ve got two seasons to get it done or you’re fired, will that be a problem?

    (Lovie) Um, my agent just texted, I have another interview to go to.

  63. The Real Drew Says:

    I never did hear, was the entire coaching staff/consultants fired?

  64. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    (Fits our current personnel)
    Nor Turner-(Head Coach)
    Rob Chudzinski-(Offensive Coordinator)
    Cam Cameron-(Quarterback Coach)

    Ray Horton-(Defensive Coordinator)
    Bryan Cox -(Outside Linebackers Coach)
    Ken Flajole-(Inside Linebackers Coach)

  65. Harry Says:

    Lovie would not be the best selection as Bucs HC. I really like him. I would also love the stability Lovie would bring to the Bucs. But as Joe correctly pointed out: “…many fans think Lovie Smith will know how to fix these problens, even though he never led an offense ranked higher than 15th in the NFL.”

    With the Bucs being in the search for a franchise QB, they need long term stability for the offensive coaching positions. In a best case situation, if whoever Lovie hires has great success, another NFL franchise will hire him away the next year as a HC, hence an unstable situation. We cannot develop a QB that way.

    As much as I would like Lovie, he does not work well for the Bucs with where they are at with the QB status. Am I wrong on this?

  66. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    As much as I Luv Lovie, and all that he stands for. I feel the same way.

  67. PRBucFan Says:

    Whelp, it seems that that’s not what the Glazers seem to think.

  68. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    This does not seem to be an issue with other teams that lose their good coordinators. Why is everyone freaking out about if we lose ours. I remember everyone freaking out about losing Mike Sullivan…LMAO!

    BTW, Isn’t Chuck Pagano a defense guy in Indy?

  69. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Either way, I will have to support their decision.

  70. Harry Says:

    That has yet to be determined

  71. PRBucFan Says:

    Just waiting on Lovie to take the job 😉

    Ahaha Whelp I’m done refreshing this site over and over waiting for a story.

    Y’all have a goodnight.

    I’m out for now.

  72. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hey guys….lets hope our offense is good enough next year to lose our OC….

  73. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    According to Roy Cummings Tweet, Lovie (Howell) interviewed yesterday. Lovie wants to go see what Detroit wants to say before a final decision is made/announced. GM might come at same time as well.

  74. Kevin Says:

    I really don’t want Lovie. He’s a consistent head coach that will bring a strong defense and get you to the playoffs. But when you reach the post season, you need to put up points, sustain long drives consistently. You can’t hire a defensive head coach that brings a good OC and then loose the OC two years later. OFFENSE!!!!! Draft the best QB and get a stud receiver, Left guard, hell then another receiver. I wish they could get Brian Hoyer from Clevleland and have a 3 man QB competition in training camp.Best man gets the job.

  75. Harry Says:


    Yes he is a D-coach. But he has Oliver Luck. I would say that is more the exception than the rule. Look around the league and you can see similar problems. Baltimore us up and down and their HC is D-minded. Belecheat is more D-minded but seems to manage the O pretty good. The Giants Coughlin is D-minded and they go up and down like a roller coaster (wouldn’t we love to have their problems…).

  76. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:


  77. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Leslie Frazier as Lovie’s D-Cord? Really?

  78. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yea….give me playoffs with other teams wanting our OC….I’ll take that for now….get in the playoffs and anything can happen.

  79. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I hope the Glazers choose candidates not connected to the Bucs past. Take your time to get this crucial decision right, even if that means the Lions get Lovie. The Bucs could strike lightning prospects not mentioned. No rehashes!

  80. Hugo Says:

    Done deal lovie new HC don’t like this at all really hope McKay isn’t our GM

  81. dontlikedirtybirds Says:

    Guys I just saw on twitter that Jay Glazer stated “The Bucs are hiring Lovie Smith to be their new head coach, two sides are finalizing the contract tonight
    8:45 PM – 1 Jan 2014”

  82. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    The Bucs are finalizing a deal for Lovie (Howell) as we speak per Ian Rappaport

  83. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Jay Glazer reporting too.

  84. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    NFL Network reporting right now.

  85. RustyRhinos Says:

    @ NY this never happens in the NFL

    “Oh yeah and you’ve got two seasons to get it done or you’re fired, will that be a problem?”


    Everyone talks about having consistency in coaching, HC DC OC ST but when the Losses start to add up after first two seasons Change comes again, at least that is

  86. Andrew 1 Says:

    Well fellas, that didn’t take long. It looks like we got Lovie Smith. I kinda like the hiring.

  87. Andrew 1 Says:

    It just seems like a good fit.

  88. PRBucFan Says:

    Told ya Harry 😉

  89. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Not my first choice but I’m fine with it

  90. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Guess we have bend the knee, and swear fealty to OUR NEW COACH LOVIE SMITH!!!

  91. Capt. Tim Says:

    Lovie Smith is a great choice for Head coach.
    Jeff Tedford is a very creative offensive mind, and Leslie Frazier has improved every defense he has worked with.

    If it’s those 3, them I feel very happy about the choices, and very confident about the future of the team!!
    Gonna see if I can get some season tickets in a handicapped accessible area! This team will at the very least be proffesional and well coached!

    Great job team Glazer! You got it right!!

  92. RastaMon Says:

    Never thought Wikipedia would scoop this

    (Joe would appreciate you not redirecting readers from the site. Besides, Wikipedia is not a news organization.)

  93. RastaMon Says:

    One tough SOB…..and I remember the play that ruined his WR career….Lawrence Dawsey….Lawrence Dawsey….Lawrence Dawsey….Lawrence Dawsey….Lawrence Dawsey….
    Lawrence Dawsey….mentioned of a WWW JBF competitor site……I’d be so HAPPY

  94. RastaMon Says:

    What F’n Joe is editing tonight !

    Please don’t give Joe a hard time. It’s been a long day. –Joe

  95. RastaMon Says:

    Please cut Joe a break. Thanks. Joe is not singling you out. This isn’t a message board, and Joe removes links like this all day long. Thanks. –Joe

  96. RastaMon Says:

    OK…Joe is too young to know the competive SPIRIT and toughness that Lawrence Dawsey was as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer….he has been mentioned on a link that would be deleted as a possible WR coach…..