Chucky Says He Never Negotiated With Bucs To Return And Never Considered Them An Option

February 28th, 2018

“Look, Glazer, you can shove me in any ring you want. Oakland is my only true love. That and veteran quarterbacks.”

UPDATED 9:50 a.m. – Joe put Chucky’s feet to the Tampa fire today in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Joe Tweeted out the results seconds after. See below.

So there you go.

Specifically, Joe asked Chucky when he decided the Bucs would not be an option for him after deciding he would return to coaching in the NFL. “When I was fired,” Chucky replied. Joe asked if Chucky ever had any discussions with the Bucs about a return. “No. Nope,” Chucky said.

Do you believe him?

Stick with Joe for much more from today’s opening action at the NFL’s winter festival.

31 Responses to “Chucky Says He Never Negotiated With Bucs To Return And Never Considered Them An Option”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Love gruden but he has the integrity of a used car salesman turned politician…. the entire gruden fiasco was just another example of the worst owners in pro sports being played like a cheap fiddle.

  2. BringBucsBack Says:

    Unfinished biz in Oak and inept ownership here that fired him once already, isn’t an irrational position. I don’t know if I believe Chuck but, with an ego as massive as his, he was probably never coming back to work for folks who fired him, even though after the Gannon interview, I thought he was, admittedly.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    The level if incompetence this organization demonstrates is closer to a sitcom than a proffesional franchise. Sadly its no longer funny its flat out pathetic. 16 years not a single meaningful win 11 years without a meaningful game.

  4. AceofAerospace Says:

    It just doesn’t matter any more. It’s as important now as whether or not the Bucs ever considered drafting Aaron Rogers.

  5. tmaxcon Says:


    Of course it’s important it proves how irrelvant the bucs owners are and how easily they are played. They simply do not care about winning or the bucs on field product. Results have proven it for more than a DECADE. No hope with glazers calling shots

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Truthometer is reading – “pants on fire”

    There IS a difference between “discussions” (this article) and “negotiations” (tweet) though Lee – so which way was the question worded?

    Not that Chucky would answer truthfully in either case – being a “straight shooter” was never exactly an aspect of Jon’s nature that stood out very much.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    They had as much of a chance of getting Gruden as Calais Campbell.

  8. Pa Privateer Says:

    cool, crap, yes, no

    I have moved on. I do not miss the Gruden drafts, and look forward to Licht’s 2018 draft.

  9. zzbucs Says:

    who cares what Gruden has to say, is 100% irrelevant. He left from the organization long time ago, let´s move on. Its exactly as Pa Privateer and AceofAerospace say……IRRELEVANT!!!

  10. Robert Says:

    best coach team ever had. too smart to come back though

  11. WutdaBucisthis Says:


  12. Lamarcus Says:

    Good for Gruden. Right now Koetter is the better coach

  13. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Who cares, doesn’t matter now.

    Joe…you need to keep your eyes peeled with all the covert agent/GM/front office meetings, and report THAT here throughout the week. Those would make great conversational content, even though some might be deliberate smokescreens.

    Looks like Giants/Gettleman want to outbid everyone for Norwell, since Gettleman found him for Carolina then. Maybe their C/G Richburg might be a decent 2nd option. The stud Evan Silva at Rotoworld (ex-PFT founding member) ranks him as #2 overall FA OLineman. Good enough for me.

    Go Bucs!

  14. LakeLand Says:

    Lakeland Says:
    December 10th, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    If Jon Gruden leave his cushion job with ESPN to coach this pathetic team.
    He would be as pathetic as the Bucs
    This would be the dumbest move ever
    They should drug test him
    He has to be on drugs to do something this stupid

  15. JJBucFan Says:

    Be careful Fatty Baker was ranked the number 2 DT behind Campbell in FA, LOL!!

  16. Eric Says:

    Congratulations to all for running him out of town. Don’t blame the man in the slightest bit for not trusting the Glazer boys.

    Hope you have enjoyed the ten years of ineptitude and irrelevancy since then.

    When he gets another ring in Oakland I am sure the cascade of excuses as to why he isn’t a good coach will continue to permeate among the brain dead fan base.

    While we continue to lose…..lose…..lose.

  17. miken Says:

    raiders will be good. Glad we don’t have to face them. Derek Carr will be a long time all pro

  18. webster Says:

    I loved gruden’s fire as a coach and never wanted him fired eventhough i still do not understand the alstott not getting touches and the whole galloway and bryant cant play at the same time. The same brain dead fans that wanted gruden fired are the same brain dead fans that want to get rid of jameis. Having said that, it is the local media’s fault that had the gullible fans believing gruden was a possibility. The ron and jps, even joe kept talking about Gruden coming back to tampa. Now you want to say gruden is lying? I will say it was the quick to jump to conclusion local media that played themselves while fooling the wittle sheep fans. Baaah baaah

  19. Says:

    does anyone else remember years of miserable mediocrity with Chucky at the help after he swiped Dungy’s Super Bowl?

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    liar……what’s worse being traded or being fired?……either way they didn’t want you so they sent you packing…..chucky’s full of sh!t!!!!….but who cares…..we’ll kick his a$$ the next time we play them….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  21. Gambelero Says:

    He met with Jameis a lot before the draft and has probably talked to him a few times since. I wonder if he didn’t tell Jameis to get the heck away from Tampa and the Glazers as soon as he can.

  22. Eric Says:

    I remember the Division Titles in 2005 and 2007, and winning seasons three of his last four years.

    and I can compare those results (along with the super bowl), with what has occurred since.

    Or have some of you been on another planet and not noticed the horror show since 2008?

    Anyway, your opinions about Gruden will either be proven completely wrong when he does a great job in Oakland, or will be confirmed.

    We shall see.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So…the Bucs didn’t even try to get him is what he’s saying. He surely let the rumors fly though, didn’t he? Parlayed it into a huge contract with the Raiders.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AceofAerospace Says
    “It just doesn’t matter any more.”

    Got that right. They only way it will matter is when we play them…and the NFL will make sure we do play them at some point.

    Hopefully, we’ll get to beat the Raiders in the Superbowl again too. With him as their coach 🙂

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says: Says
    “does anyone else remember years of miserable mediocrity with Chucky at the help after he swiped Dungy’s Super Bowl?”

    He didn’t swipe Dungy’s superbowl. The simple truth is Dungy had plenty of time to get the job done and failed. And he only got one at all because he was told hands off the Colts offense when he was hired.

    I wouldn’t say the Bucs were Mediocre with him at the helm, not at all. We just slowly fell apart each year. He destroyed the team.

  26. Eric Says:

    And after he was fired we have managed to tie Cleveland for the worst performance in all the league……id have preferred some more mediocre playoff appearances and winning seasons.

    I do find it curious that the bucs announced Dirk was staying just about the same time Chucky was talking to Oakland.

    I’d be willing to wager they checked on his availability. He said no so they decided to go another year with Dirk to see where they are at.

    And Chucky probably did love all the speculation to leverage a better deal. What’s wrong with that? This is America.

  27. Eric Says:

    I distinctly remember the Glazer boys pretending they were looking at stadium locations to move the bucs to, like Osceola County, to squeeze more stadium money here.

    They like leverage too. Just don’t have much left as they have pissed the franchise away.

  28. Thegregwitul Says:

    Sure I believe him. His agent would have the discussions and likely made it known to a few teams what it would take for Gruden to return to the sidelines and Oakland went bananas with an offer and that was that.

  29. Pawel Says:

    Gruden has the knowledge and coaching ability just like Koetter, but i give it to Gruden more. He will take Raiders to playoffs and more.

  30. Waterboy Says:

    This guy has a bright future in politics.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    I actually agree with what tmax wrote in his 1st comment.

    God help me…