Joel Glazer Speaks
March 22, 2011 at 09:18am by Scott • 1 Comment »
Sorry for the absence yesterday. Couldn’t be helped. But it looks like nothing happened in football except for more lawyer posturing in the labor non-talks and the owners’ meetings in New Orleans. But at least the local papers switched out their lead stories for the first time in a week, and the Times made theirs an interview with Joel Glazer at said meeting. Guess if Glazer is excited about the team or not.
“I am so excited. People who know me say I light up like a Christmas tree when I talk about this team.”
And he has every reason to be excited. Once football actually starts again, the Bucs will be in year three of the rebuilding effort that most of us thought was nuts at the time.
“This is not just a young team that made progress. This is a franchise and a team that is built to compete now, that can do some real damage, and it’s only going to get better. There is no question this team is built to last.”
This is the way teams used to build dynasties. Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh — they all had awful teams to start with. But their owners just stayed patient and kept adding pieces and eventually were rewarded with Super Bowls.
The real meat of the article, though, is in the bullet points at the bottom that deal with actual news and not just feelings. For example, did you know the Bucs are up for consideration for this year’s Hard Knocks? Assuming there is a training camp, of course.
“They talk to a lot of different teams at this time of year. They’re narrowing it down. We’re listening, we’re listening. I don’t know if we would do it or not. I think we have a good story to tell based on a lot of the characters and on Raheem. I think people could get a closer look at us. There are a lot of pros and cons. I think it would be fun as long as you knew what you were getting into.”
Raheem is every bit as good a TV character as Rex Ryan, plus he doesn’t have that unsavory foot fetish angle that, while providing years worth of quality blogging material, would make it tough to watch him on the screen. I’m not one to judge another man’s kinks (lobotomized Asians with implants and huge hands, for example) , but I still can’t take Ryan seriously to this day. That kind of thing will never happen with Raheem. Add the obvious characters on the team and the upswing they’re on, and it’s a perfect club to follow for a few weeks. And then watch next year because who wants to pay for HBO these days?
On re-signing Barrett Ruud and Davin Joseph: “That’s really up to Mark (Dominik, the general manager) and Raheem. Whatever they feel is necessary is what we’ll do. But they’ve been a key part of the Bucs, and that’s important.”
Ahh, an owner who leaves personnel decisions to the personnel people.
On Dominik having only one more year on his contract and Morris having two. “Mark has done a tremendous job. Raheem has done a tremendous job. What people forget is that Mark has been part of the Bucs for 15 years and Raheem for eight or nine.
“It’s interesting people ask this question. It’s not an issue, not a concern, not a thought. It’s more a concern of the big picture. It’ll be taken care of at the right time. They’ve done a great job.”
It’s not an out-of-line question. Contract extensions = security and confidence. If someone is playing on their final year, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask if there’s a reason why they haven’t been extended yet. It seems silly to think that Dominik wouldn’t get extended since the team has been so successful under his watch so far, and I’m quite sure it will happen, but lame duck years always draw questions and you’d think everyone would like to avoid them by just doing the deal. It’s not like they’re busy pursuing free agents or anything.
It’s all decent insight from a guy who doesn’t usually do a lot of talking. He may see opening up like this as another step in reconnecting with the fans and not appearing so aloof to the public. If we can ever get football cranked up again, it’s something to be excited about.