“I Know They Wanted Mark Sanchez.”
February 22, 2011 at 09:31am by Scott • 1 Comment »
When Doug Williams left the Buccaneers last May, it was passed off as a mutual decision, but he obviously got fired. There was something more to the story that we were only going to find out when Williams got a job good enough to where he wouldn’t want to be re-hired by the Bucs again. And now that Williams has been named the Grambling State head coach again, we can finally learn what happened.
Williams indicated he didn’t feel like he had a very big voice in the Bucs’ front office decisions during his six-year tenure in Tampa Bay.
“People in other offices have a chance to get their ear,” he said. “The guys like me don’t get their ear. Other folks can tell them something because that’s what they want to hear. You know me; I’ve always been one to say what I thought as right, and not everybody can deal with what’s right.”
I like Williams and everything, but this whole victim routine he does is getting a little old. It’s always about how he’s not getting a fair shake and, usually because of race, how he’s being held back. He was a first-round draft pick, he’s been a Super Bowl MVP, he’s been a college head coach, he’s been an NFL front office executive. If someone is holding him back, they’re doing a piss poor job at it.
One interesting bit in this interview is some insight into 2009’s war room where there was a debate going on as to which quarterback to take. Williams reveals that the Glazers wanted Mark Sanchez instead of Josh Freeman
“I laugh, when I hear them talk about Josh Freeman,” Williams said. “I know they wanted Mark Sanchez. I sat right there while they were talking about trading up and getting Sanchez and all these different scenarios. Raheem was the strongest guy in there (pushing for Freeman). I remember the owners asking me which quarterback I liked. I said, ‘If you want someone to play right now, take Sanchez. But I think over the long haul, Josh is going to be better,’ and I think he’s proven that. Raheem had the strongest conviction because he had been around the kid (at Kansas State).”
There were potted plants at Radio City Music Hall that I liked better than Freeman at the time, so Williams is obviously a better talent evaluator than me. And the Bucs wound up taking Freeman instead of Sanchez, so I’m not exactly sure why he brings this up in a conversation about how his opinion is ignored, but whatever. Coaching seems to be what Williams loves and what he’s best at, so maybe he’ll do like his mentor Eddie Robinson did and stay there for the rest of his career. He’ll be loved and admired, but the only drawback is that he won’t have anything to bitch about.