Joel Glazer Talks Rumors, Mental Toughness

March 29th, 2018

Bucs owner Joel Glazer talks to Joe

Remember the garbage, unsourced but detailed report on NFL Network that shook up the Buccaneers in early December?

Joe sure does. So Tuesday at the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando, Joe asked Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer for his take on a reporter from league-owned media spreading disruptive nonsense about his team.

For those who forgot, NFL Network super insider Ian Rapoport dropped a bomb on national television, claiming there was serious tension between Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston, because Jameis allegedly didn’t like how Koetter publicly handled talk of his injury, and because of Koetter’s allegedly predictable offense?

Glazer (a proud member of Team Glazer) said the lesson is that the Bucs need to be mentally tough because that situation represents the modern world. Of all the 2017 season experiences, one of them really, from talking to players, affected the team and had guys talking, was the [NFL Network] Ian Rapoport report that there was a rift between Jameis and Dirk. And it was on national television. And that’s a league source and sort of everybody with the Bucs thought that was nuts. Is that troubling to you as an owner that the league’s media is getting in here and causing havoc and there’s rumors everywhere. How do you feel about that?

Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer: We live in a society today where one person can write one thing and it’s over the globe and no one even remembers where the whole thing started — and whether it’s true. Here’s what I know: In our own building, everyone knows what the relationships are, and Dirk and Jameis have an excellent relationship. So no one likes all these side stories and anything like that, but it’s part of, hey, if you’re going to be in the NFL, you’re going to have to deal with these types of things. You’ve got to be mentally tough, that’s an important part of the game. You can’t let that type of thing bother you too much. So we can only control what we can control. I know this much. Jameis and Dirk have an excellent relationship and they work well together. That’s very important and that’s the way it is.

Joe liked the response from Team Glazer. He basically said good teams have to man up and not let the inevitable BS penetrate the locker room. Amen.

Still, Joe sure hopes the appropriate people at One Buc Palace leaned all over Rapoport and his bosses. Make it known that the Bucs aren’t going to roll over and tolerate malicious fake news.

Did you miss Glazer emphatically clarifying draft decisions and addressing a Roberto Aguayo rumor? It’s linked here.

24 Responses to “Joel Glazer Talks Rumors, Mental Toughness”

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    Just WIN and all the BS goes away.

  2. ChanEpic Says:

    Joel Glazer? Can he rush the passer?

  3. adam from ny Says:

    be careful with guys with cool names from cool schools…like minkah fitzie…his highlight tapes are a bit underwhelming…pass on this dude for sure…

    funny thing is the bucs are probably going to invest heavily in
    har-grievances and give the pot smoker one more chance to up his game since they picked him 11th…he will get one more shoot knowing the bucs, and if he flops out the whole team will pay the price…so dood better stop smoking whewlas and get to work..maybe bring ronde into training camp as a consultANT OR SOMETHING AND WORK WITH THE KID…I HEARD HIS INTERVIEW YEsterday and it was all about mr. grievances…he believes the kid just hasn’t tapped in yet

  4. Walter Says:


    I’d buy a ticket to see him try lol

  5. Mort Says:

    Jay Glazer is still best Glazer.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    GMC’a fault…

  7. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Glazer (a proud member of Team Glazer) said the lesson is that the Bucs need to be mentally tough because that situation represents the modern world.

    Sounds like a Tmaxcon guy. Reminds me of our six time all pro superstar defensive tackle Gerald McCoy….. The Ric Flair of the NFL.

  8. IsrBuc Says:

    Who cares about relationships? I rather they hate each other and win instead of this “great locker room”, friendships and super hero dolls loving leader of a defense

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    When your defensive captains are the 2 most mentally weak players on the team it’s tough to change culture….

  10. Oxycondoms Says:

    Is he still America’s qb?

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    The team is void of leadership from owners to ball boy… without leadership you have a mentally weak team that is captained by 2 self admitted mentally weak players who have admitted publicly multiple times they can not recover after big plays or penalties…

    First step in establishing leadership is eradicating cancer93 the weakest member of team.

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    Remember leading dolls into battle is much different than leading men into battle on Sunday’s…

  13. DB55 Says:

    I call BS! You know Jameis was pissed cuz he’s not a loser like Geraldini McIceCream.

    The glazers probably didn’t even know what to do, they were kids the last time someone at OBP was actually interested in winning rather than prancing around looking like a Japanese hooker but wtfdik?

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    At least JW didn’t fold….. He actually upped his game. Can’t say that about a particular “C” on the that d line

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    Winning franchises just laugh at this stuff. So the solution is simple….WINNING. Winning solves everything.Complements and smiles all around. Why you can just…feel the Love when you win. Lose and fingers start pointing everywhere. And our Bucs have not been winners.

  16. Eric Says:

    Takes supreme mental toughness to bank that big NFL TV money, while making a series of moronic firing/hiring decisions that have sent us down to the bottom of the league with the Browns.

    Man should write a book.

  17. mog2010 Says:

    Tmax, who is the second mentally weak leader on our team.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Great day for Geraldini McIceCream, rejoice! The nfl now has male cheerleaders. He now has an easy transition after this year is over.

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “Just WIN and all the BS goes away.”

    We normally agree and I admit I’m nitpicking a bit here.

    I certainly agree that winning is the best salve for any problems the team may have.

    Winning will make life for all us…save perhaps TMAX lol…much better and obviously much better for the team.

    But sadly winning does not really cure “everything”. This past year did not seem particularly fun for the Patriots. Then again I do not know if Belichek is able to enjoy himself or have fun.

    But winning does bring a totally different set of issues. EGO’s can get out of hand if the management and players don’t monitor the situation quickly.

    If we win 12 games this year…this time next year there will still be beotching if we don’t win the SB. We’ll have folks saying I told you so…we won 12 games but we could have won the SB if we didn’t have cancer93….or pick your favorite troll here…if we had a decent QB we would’ve won it all…if our coach could call plays…if our D coordinator moved his DB’s up tighter and played a 3-4.

    But that’s why we love sports. Plenty to debate. And I’m fine with criticism even of Bucs as long as its not hyperbole laden and just personal ad hominem.

  20. Reach87 Says:

    Troll bait worked….trolls on!

  21. Reach87 Says:

    Perfect pavlovian response! Funny. Sad. Go Bucs!

  22. ChanEpic Says:

    @Walter – couldn’t be worse than the last 12 season. LOL.

  23. '79Defense Says:

    Anything yet along the lines of: A large portion of fans still think the current uniforms are an enormous downgrade. They wonder how in the world they were approved. You’ve got a circus big top jersey along with a jumbo sized cartoonish looking logo. We love you Joel, but are we stuck with these forever? You know you won a super bowl with the other ones, right?

    Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer: I’m not sure what we were thinking. The other owners raved about them at the meetings after we introduced them, but now that I think about it they must have been full of crap. I can’t believe they were able to keep a straight face. We’ll get on it right away and get things corrected.

  24. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    79 i can only assume you play for the other team (if you know what I mean). Only men that play for “your team” would get so hung up the shirts and leotard pants men are wearing. I think you would be best suited attended the ballet rather than football games.