Team Glazer Addresses Roster Core

April 1st, 2023

Buccaneers co-owner Joel Glazer talks to Joe.


Collapsing for Caleb?

Stop talking about it. This isn’t Christmas of 2014.

The NFL Annual Meeting (the hangout formerly known as the NFL owners meetings) is the time for Joe to talk football and life with multiple members of Team Glazer. Always a worthwhile endeavor. And no, Joe isn’t offered a brown bag of cash or a signed Chris Conte jersey to write nice things.

Among the various on-the-record questions Joe threw out there was one about crafting the roster.

Team Glazer senses excitement among the masses. Some fans talk about “tanking,” as in not going all-in to win by clearing salary cap room and by moving on from players to acquire draft capital. The Bucs are transitioning from a championship run with Tom Brady but are now spending to the salary cap limit. Sort of going all-in again in a different way. Where do you stand on how this team has been built for 2023 and beyond?

Bucs co-owner Joel Glazer: Every year, it doesn’t matter what your situation is, you’re always bringing in new people on the roster and this year is no different. When you look at our roster, we still have a core group of young players who were part of a championship team and are going to lead us into the future. Yes, we’ve had some changes. Yes, at the most important position, there’s been a change, but for the most part we have a stable core group of players and we’ll be freshening up with some new young players as well. I’m looking forward to this season. When I talk to fans, there’s excitement because there’s a freshness as well heading into the upcoming season.

Glazer is correct. The Bucs have a sound and stable core of experienced young players. Many foundational pieces are in place and, hopefully, at least two more are added later this month.

Last year, every team in the NFC South was 7-10 or better, and three of those teams had second or third-rate quarterbacks. Joe doesn’t believe Glazer looks at this Bucs roster and thinks the Bucs shouldn’t do that well or better.

50 Responses to “Team Glazer Addresses Roster Core”

  1. Doc Says:

    Please draft a mobile quarterback.

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    Are they going to sell Man U? Or just use the bids to recapitalize ? Will they sell the Bucs? When will they ask for a new stadium? Is Bowles on a one year leash? Is Gruden ever going to be reinstated to ROH? Is Sapp who did worse being taken off? When is Brady going on ROH? Will they package Mayfield and picks for Lamar?


    Please . No Jackson. He sucks.

  4. ocala Says:

    Hoping the Bucs draft Hooker if he is still on the board when they pick, otherwise go OT and strengthen both lines and get a QB in the first-round next year.

  5. BucU Says:

    Please prove us doubting Thomas’s wrong this year. I’d love to be heckled and told off from my constant negatives of this organization. That would be great. Until then I’ll be questioning their path forward.

  6. Allen Lofton Says:

    The Glazer family and Jason Light seemed to have planned for this change after Brady. Young players are healthier and less brittle than Veteran players from the open market. They need to fully embrace their identity and coach it to that end.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    Glazer says,
    “When I talk to fans, there’s excitement because there’s a freshness as well heading into the upcoming season.”

    I’m not sure which fans are being talked to, but I doubt the majority of fans here on JBF are expressing unbridled “excitement.” Rather, I think it’s a nervous anticipation.

    Out of curiosity, I’d love to see a fan poll here on JBF to gauge fan’s excitement level about the 2023 season.

  8. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Are these fans they speak to earn less than $100K a year? In what type of forum are they talking to fans in as they seem to be a bit eccentric.

  9. HC Grover Says:

    Fresh team with a stale coach.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs have far too much talent to be thinking of tanking…..

    At worst we will win 6 games……probably at the very best…..10.

    Winning 6 would probably give us the 10-12th pick…..we would have to expend a lot of draft capital to get into the top 4…..

    Much will rest on the shoulders of Canales & Mayfield…..

    We should draft a OT…..perhaps TE or RB in the first 3 rounds….if we can trade down and get an extra 2nd or 3rd that would help.

    I truly believe that the keys to our success is to get this offense rolling.

  11. Voice of Truth Says:

    He speak with forked tongue

    Some 80% of us have little to no faith in the HC

    it’s dread we all share

  12. Beej Says:

    I’m dubious how much the commenters here represent typical Buc fans

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    The other teams in our division have got better

  14. Joe Swanson Says:

    There are teams with a lot more talent than the Bucs believe me.

  15. Steven007 Says:

    “some fans” talk about tanking? You couldn’t even admit to him that your blog is one of the foremost proponents of it? Or at least half of the brain trust? I guess it was a softer delivery blaming it on some fans. Regardless, his answer was predictable enough. And also happens to be true. I find this year intriguing because of all of the changes. As a generally optimistic fan I’m hoping for the best while being prepared for less than ideal outcomes.

  16. Beej Says:

    Tanking for a particular player is like going to the casino and plunking your paycheck down at the roulette wheel on 23 black…usually doesn’t work out

  17. Couch Fan Says:

    A freshness? I know the Owners have to say things to keep morale up but this is a stupid take. This coach could only manage 8 wins with the GOAT. Without the GOAT its going to get ugly. I expect the Bucs to be back at the bottom again and remain there as long as this coach is here. Thats despressing not freshness.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Steven007: The “Joe” that did the interview wasn’t the “Let’s Tank Joe”. I agree with you, I have a positive outlook on this season, IF the Bucs draft wisely.

  19. catcard202 Says:

    I read Glazers comments & laughed. “There’s a freshness heading into the season”, LOL!!! He knows damn well Bucs fans aren’t happy with the rosters current construction. (We all understand this is a QB driven league & if you don’t have a really really good one, your team isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!!)

    Good thing they suckered season ticket holder’s into a 2yr commitment in 22…Because the sales & marketing department would have a hard time trying to get fans on board after the schit-show we all watched this off season… Baker Bay isn’t moving the needle, no matter how hard they try to spin signing a former #1 pick.

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    Here’s a guy who knows who his head coach is and won’t tolerate excuses in 2023.

  21. Hodad Says:

    I wouldn’t call it a freshness, but as a fan I’m excited to see how this season unfolds, good, or bad. We got two 20 something year olds competing to be QB whether you believe it or not. That’s fresher than a 45 year old at QB wouldn’t you say? There will be a newness for sure, that’s maybe a better way of putting it.

  22. Allbuccedup Says:

    Licht will talk the Glazers in to keeping in 2024.

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    D-Rok … Love your descriptor ‘nervous anticipation’. Last year’s team went 8-9 in the regular season WITH The GOAT (who in reality was part of the problem BTW), and this year’s roster will be considerably different. Many conveniently forget that the 2022 roster was considerably different from the 2020 & 2021 rosters that kicked arse & took names.

    But because our 2022 roster was considerably different (we lost a lot of very talented players like Marpet, Gronk, Brown, Whitehead, Jensen, etc), that meant that a lot of our ‘youngsters’ got some very valuable playing time. We got to evaluate them under fire, and HOPEFULLY their 2022 experience helps them mature a lot in 2023. Only time will tell …

  24. Brandon Jeff Says:

    If Bowles keeps his hands off of the offense as intimated, we essentially have a good defensive coordinator and an unproven offensive coordinator with potential. This however leaves us without a head coach guiding the ship. Curious how this will play out.

  25. Allbuccedup Says:

    Why did the fans in england hate the Glazers so much because they didn’t know squat about soccer. I hate to break it to all the Glazer lovers they don’t know much more about football. This was just another toy Malcolm bought them. Why would you keep a head coach that is a natural born loser. How could you have a losing season with Tom Brady as quarterback and with all our so called talent.

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Manchester United fans are scared the Glazers will ship Bloweszo over to Scotland to be their coach like Ted Lasso.

  27. Bojim Says:

    The toy that got us two SB’s you mean?

  28. Mike C Says:


  29. Dooley Says:

    On the latest episode of “Below the Surface” there’s a Jason Licht quote which states: “There are more positions up for grabs and I think that fuels a lot of competitive practices”

    That’s the freshness I believe Joel Glazer is referencing when paired with his perspective of bringing younger talent in to add to the young nucleus of core players already on this roster. We’ve got the draft, OTAs, rookie camp, then training camp, the preseason and at least 2 more waves of FA. Mr.Glazers words weren’t for the MINORITY of fans that are calling the season a wash in March/April less than 30 days into the new league year. Plenty of time to get better, plenty of time to see what those like Licht, Bowles, and the Glazer have in store for the team being that they’re the ones with the most to gain or lose on the barrelhead.

    I’m excited, but that’s partly because I enjoy the team building process and how the reflects the style of football we’ll be looking to play as well as the type of team we’ll eventually be the further along we go down the road this offseason.

  30. Alanbucsfan Says:

    And no, Joe isn’t offered a brown bag of cash – isn’t that reserved for college football recruits and circumventing the salary cap? or a signed Chris Conte jersey – that would warrant a stiff arm out of write nice things.

  31. sasquatch Says:

    Couch Fan Says:
    April 1st, 2023 at 9:56 am

    A freshness? I know the Owners have to say things to keep morale up but this is a stupid take.

    I know it’s easy for people to spew hate on the Glazers and Bowles, whoever the current punching bag is…

    Let me translate for Glazer: “It’s sort of a new beginning and new beginnings are exciting.” I wouldn’t have used the term freshness, but I agree with his take. New beginnings ARE exciting. Filling out a roster that looks different with new young players is a fun time. And since I’m an actual fan, I am pulling for Bowles to succeed.

  32. Sly Pirate Says:

    Licht will have this team reloaded next year.

    This year is about foundation. Next year, weapons.

  33. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bloweszo deserves all the blows he receives.

    Four consecutive losing seasons as head coach, the egregious giveaways of the Browns, Steelers, and Packers games through worst in class games management and decisions, not firing Leftwurst, the completely unpreparedness and lethargy of the team in the Dallas playoff game, and who can forget the Rams divisional playoff game and the cover zero especially not Cooper Kupp while not blitzing anyone either call that ruined Brady’s chances for an 8th ring and back-to-back Lombardi trophies?

    Naa. Bloweszo has earned his “praise.”

  34. Goatfarmer Says:

    I want him to succeed, I just am highly pessimistic that is possible formthe reasons noted.

  35. Dooley Says:


    you want him to be Dr.Claw or Sho-Nuff or some other cartoonish villain to keep scaping out irrationally for the sake of not caring to pay attention to all the factors in play determining this teams success. Also the GB & Pitt games show more of our offensive ineptitude than it reflects on Bowles being “bad” coach.

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    Dooley … Spot on. None of us know at this point what 2023 holds in terms of final record, etc, but hopefully there’s an anticipation on most Bucs fans’ parts that it’ll be a year of ‘growth’. We’ll have a lot of new faces (just like we did in 2022), and there’s a very good chance it’ll take awhile for all of it to come together (took half a season in 2020 also with new veterans like Brady & Gronk coming onboard). That’s OK from my perspective as long as we’re setting a solid foundation for the future. This coming draft & what we do in the preseason should tell us a lot about what type of foundation we’re trying to set.

  37. Allbuccedup Says:

    Bojim Malcolm got us the first one and Brady got us the second one thank you.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    The Glaze, but there is no excitement about having Mayfield, on his 4th time in the last 12 months, as the starting QB. I really doesn’t matter what else you do, since in the NFL in 2023, if you don’t have a QB, you don’t have anything

  39. Duane Says:

    Well, there are the vast bulk of Bucs fans, and then there’s the tiny crowd of regular commenters at JBF who are full of themselves, thinking they would GM the team to a Super Bowl championship every single season if only the Glazers would come to their senses and hire them from their mother’s basement.

    Most fans do not suffer from the nonsense posted in most of these comment threads.

    There was always going to be life after Brady. There is always hope and excitement about the approach of another season and the opportunity to win games … and there is always a sensible recognition that no team stays on top for long, given that no NFL team has been a repeat Super Bowl winner in the last two decades. There is always a chance to win.

  40. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    3-14. We’ll get a couple of mercy victories towards the end of season. Just enough to stabilize beer and next year ticket prices!

  41. Buc4evr Says:

    Ha, how can any fan be optimistic about the upcoming season. Mayfield and Trask brink nothing but dread. The OLine needs a guard, a tackle, and a blocking TE. The Defense is short on Safeties, needs another edge rusher and a DT. They have a new kicker, which as always becomes an issue for the Bucs. Our HC has decided not to get involved with the offense and makes poor in game decisions. The only thing to look forward to is a high draft pick next year.

  42. Goatfarmer Says:

    The GM is great. The roster is pretty solid, especially considering.

    The head coich all but guarantees failure. Like it or not, he has failed every year but his first to field a winning team. This isn’t hate, it’s fact.

    With Tom Brady at QB and a better roster than current, Bowels displayed the poor game management, poor decision making, poor preparation and poor execution that led to 8-10 and humiliation at home against a team everyone else was beating like a bald headed orphan. Were it not for TB’s heroics, it’s 4-13. These also stand as facts.

    Sorry if you like roses and cotton candy in a fantasy world.

    I think Bowels will make a fine medical clinic franchise owner. Buy his days in the NFL are numbered.

  43. Vancouver Buc Says:

    ^^^….Straight up Fact

  44. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    No thxs to chris weinke 2.0 never will a 26 yr old rookie work out in long run

  45. steele Says:

    Glazer essentially said nothing in his typical politician’s PR statement. Nor would anyone in his position be frank about anything. No use reading the non-existent tea leaves.

  46. Crickett Baker Says:

    TY DefRules and others for the positive comments. I am excited. There is so much time left to situate our team. A lot is changing and will continue to change. One thing that won’t, is getting a new HC, so I hope the negative comments about him (on here) won’t keep up (idiotically) for months! It seems we have all said what we needed to say in that regard, ad nauseum. Let’s move on to the more salient points. I am looking so forward to finally seeing Trask perform, and our new kicker. GO BUCS!

  47. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod Munch … ‘It really doesn’t matter what else you do, since in the NFL in 2023, if you don’t have a QB, you don’t have anything’.

    Not sure I can agree with that Rod. San Fran made it to the Final-4 with Mr Irrelevant as their QB because they had a REALLY STRONG TEAM surrounding him. Packers & Bucs each made it to 8-9 records with Rodgers & Brady as their QBs because neither team had an especially strong team supporting them (despite what the pundits say).

    Obviously it’s ideal to have a strong TEAM AND a strong QB. And by ‘mortgaging the future’ it is possible to do that for a couple years (maybe even a tad longer). But eventually the bills pile up & you have to pay the piper (which we’re in the process of doing). Yes teams can finagle the salary CAP for several years, but like our federal government is starting to see, you can do that forever.

  48. Defense Rules Says:

    Hmmm, better make that last line ‘CAN’T do that forever’ (even though the Feds have tried REALLY hard to disprove that).

  49. 80forBrady Says:

    I’d like to see Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Mike Alstott and (eventually) Mike Evans and Lavonte David in the Bucs ROH. Later Tristen Wirfs, Chris Godwin and Antoine Winfield may follow.

  50. Goatfarmer Says:

    Um….80 — Alstott is in the Ring of Honor. You mean, you’d actually like to see a ring, called the ring of honor, that you could wear and look at and stuff?