“The Glazers, I Think They Got It Right”

October 23rd, 2016


Rarely does a Buccaneers player reference Team Glazer.

But newcomer defensive end Robert Ayers went there on his radio show this on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Ayers was talking about great defenses and how trust between players comes through familiarity (aka time) and great coaching. The latter exists in Tampa, he said.

“The Glazers, I think they got it right with this hire,” Ayers said of his defensive coordinator. “Hopefully, you know, Coach Smith will be here a long time, even after I’m gone. And Coach Hayes, you know he’s a great defensive line coach, and they can build that and continue to get better together.”

Ayers, 31, is a straight shooter, so the passion with which he spoke of his defensive coordinator and position coach intrigued Joe. It was great to hear, and it’s interesting that Ayers has gotten an alternative view of his coaches since he’s been injured since Week 2.

As for Smith’s future, well, Joe is confident Smith is bolting for a head coaching job the minute it’s offered to him.

28 Responses to ““The Glazers, I Think They Got It Right””

  1. buccfan305 Says:

    The way this defense is playing, he’ll be here for a few years.

  2. SB with Jameis Says:

    I think they got it right too. It takes time to gel. We are coming for you today Kaeperdick!!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Ayers needs to get on the field…

  4. Ndog Says:

    You know bucfan305 people like you drive me crazy as to why you comment when you clearly know nothing about football. Please show us any defense ever that lost its entire dline was playing a rookie at corner and was learning a new defense and dominated the first time the played together. I am getting sick of this negate crap on this sure daily. If it is really a poor performance with players we expect to play and years of experience together, then fine but to rip our d coordinator after what has transpired this year is just ridiculous. I mean do you people really not understand sports or do you just love to be negative?

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with Ayers and have always been a fan of Mike Smith. The Falcons should have kept him. I hope the Bucs continue improving and pay him like they did Kiff with big money to stay as a DC here. Head Coaching gigs usually only open up with bad teams. They only give you a couple years to turn it around and then chances are you’re out again. Tampa is nice place to live and I can see Coach Smith sticking around a while.

  6. tmaxcon Says:


    It is no surprise the Dline is out or missing… It should not have been a surprise to anyone. When you sign players with significant injury histories what do you think it s going to happen. You can not blame fans who see the obvious. Same fragile players out each year with the same group of fanboys making excuses for them. Given the history of the dline the organization is 100% responsible. GMC, Martin, VJAX, Stocker, Sims, Jaq Smith, Ayeres are all part time players at best yet the bucs gambled their entire season on these type of players.

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    As far as the glazers go the only thing they have gotten right is Firing Dungy and Hiring Gruden everything else after that has been a huge mistake with the exception of drafting Winston.

  8. Conte Piscateli Says:


    I’m going to disagree with you. First the Glazers didn’t hire Gruden, they traded for him. Yes, he brought us our Superbowl, but the Glazers sold out future to get it by trading valuable picks for a coach in a desperate move after the guy they originally wanted turned them down. Sorry, panicking and over paying is not a move the Glazers should be praised for.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ tmaxcon

    Everything can’t be a a mistake…

    Hiring Raheem…..Firing Raheem
    Hiring Schiano…..Firing Schiano
    Hiring Dominick….Firing Dominick
    Hiring Lovie…..Firing Lovie

    If the hiring was a mistake….then the firing wasn’t.

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Agree Joe that Smitty will bolt for a HC job soon as one opens up for him. Who could blame him? Also think though that he won’t be offered a HC position unless the Bucs defense that he’s still creating continues to improve. With our lack of depth at several key positions and with our injuries’ track record, that’ll take some doing. At this point, I could see him being our DC at least through 2017 and maybe even 2018.

    And Tmaxcon, I too hold the Glazers responsible for the sad state of affairs that’s existed for the past 10 years (at least). But as far as ‘Firing Dungy’ and ‘Hiring Gruden’ goes, Tony Dungy built this team defensively, but offensively I doubt that he could’ve won a SB here. By the same token however, Jon Gruden couldn’t have won a SB here without the defense that Tony Dungy built and Monte Kiffin continued to run after Tony left. Only point being that both Dungy and Gruden deserve a ton of credit for our 2002 SB victory.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    tmaxcon… if the gamble pays off a win over a struggling west coast team on the road will be cool. Really cool. The thought of a loss there is too ugly to contemplate. Go Bucs!

  12. tmaxcon Says:


    Pablo put you up to that post… I say it is all a mistake. You don’t get credit for firing a mistake or fixing a mistake. come on man!

    Conte Piscateli

    They HIRED gruden after they traded for his rights. Just Symantecs…. Getting rid of the that overrated 1 dimensional fool Dungy was key to success any way you slice it… Dungy failed his offenses were as bad as lovie’s defenses.

  13. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    Dungy gets no credit for bucs super bowl he FAILED… He was a nice guy that is it… Whyce built dungy’s defense not dungy. Dungy was nothing more than a calming presence and a 1 dimensional defensive head coach that could never grasp the big picture. Dungy has a career losing record in the playoffs. McKay won more divisional titles that Dungy did too. Sorry but Dungy is barely the third best coach in bucs history. Dungy had 4 good years not even great years. He could not field an offense and his game day management was as bad as lovie’s. Popularity means nothing it’s results.

  14. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am still holding out hope that by year 2, Coach Smitty really just falls on love with this area!!!! That he will lead one the best defenses in the league and gets him a nice pad on the water!!! One has to be hopeful for the Best outcome!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

  15. Chris Says:

    I think it was more Sapp, Brooks, Barber and Lynch that picked this team up and decided to stop being laughing stocks . I believe they would have been great in any defense and are unfairly typecasted as Tampa 2 guys. Sapp was a beast at the U, Barber was the instinctive smart player at UV, and Brooks was returning pics and fumbles for tds and a tackle machine at FSU. I think Dungy gets a bit too much credit for the defenses greatness

  16. Chris Says:

    Great players make the offenses and defenses more so than the scheme

  17. Ndog Says:

    Tax I know you hate this team and all but to have all injuried at once is not normal for any team regardless of anyone’s history. BUT again spread your negativity regardless of facts or reality cause all you want to focus on is what we can’t do instead realizing this team just went through a really tough schedule for a young and beat up team and still can be .500 after today. Spread the hate and distain like most of you do daily on this site. Even if we win today I expect to see nothing less than negative comment after negative comment cause that’s just what you do. JUST like injuries to these players we should expect the same you EVERYDAY!

  18. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Sam Wyche seldom gets ANY credit for what he did in Tampa.
    Yes, Dungy cooked the stew, but Wyche provided nearly all the meat and groceries.
    I do not see Mike Smith as being the hot commodity some here do. Maybe after a couple of years of NFL leading stats, but surely not now.
    In fact, many here feel he would still be playing golf, if not for Koetter’s need to repay him.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    If we don’t get credit for fixing our mistakes, we are all in trouble…especially Pablo.

  20. tmaxcon Says:


    I am very positive when there is something to legitimately be positive about… 6 good seasons out of 41 does not give you a lot of reasons to be positive. Feel free to drink your kool aid and live in denial of what a bunch losers the bucs have on this roster led by the fragile mentally weak mccoy. once that bad element is weeded out of locker room maybe Winston, Kwon, VH3, Marpet and others will finally get to taste success. This team will not win consistently until the Smiling Ice Cream Man is back in OK….

  21. Ndog Says:

    What the h*ll does Raheem or Sciano have to do with this team? NOTHING, quit living in the past man watch THIS team and judge. Its not about kool aid it’s about reality.

  22. ptwalk Says:

    I believe Dungy could’ve won a super bowl here. That Ravens defense won one with Dilfer, our ex QB. Our defense was every bit as good as theirs. Ijs

  23. tmaxcon Says:

    ptwalk Says:
    October 23rd, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I believe Dungy could’ve won a super bowl here.

    You obviously have forgotten how horrible of a game day manager he was and how bad his offenses were. Dilfer won because he went to a team with a better coaching staff. Simple as that. The only reason Dungy ever won a super bowl was he was lucky enough to face the incompetent Lovie Smith or he would have been skunked. 1 dimensional defensive coach nothing more. It’s an absolute travesty that dungy was enshrined ahead of real quality coaches like Jimmy Johnson and the first minority to win a super bowl Tom Flores.

  24. Duke Says:


    Sapp, Brooks, Barber and Johnson all have said many many times that the Bucs wouldn’t have won a Super bowl with Dingy. To further the issue, Dungy himself said he wasn’t going to win a Super bowl in Tampa.

  25. Joseph Mamma Says:

    If the Glazer’s are picking the coordinators, we are in trouble. If the head coach can’t hire his own staff, then your organization’s got major issues.

  26. feelthepewterpower Says:

    that’s a given…..with Smith bolting. Won’t happen this season unless the Buccs win the division and do some damage in the playoffs.

  27. Big HogHaynes Says:

    What do you reasonably expect Ayers to say!

  28. Bucs Ace Says:

    Tampa’s SB winning defense were amazing, but IMO the Ravens SB defense was the best ever