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Bruce Allen’s State Of The Fail Address

January 09, 2009 at 12:33pm by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Stuff is coming out slowly about what Bruce Allen had to say about the state of the franchise this morning. A media contact I know that was there told me the following:

  • The Glazers encourage Bruce to spend to the cap limit. He didn’t this year because no one was available that would have been worth spending money on. He said if the trade deadline was later, he would have traded for someone, but he didn’t say if it was anyone specific or if he was just making a general statement.
  • He said blaming Monte Kiffin‘s announcement for the collapse of the defense would be “shallow”.
  • He took personal responsibility for drafting Dexter Jackson. Of course, it is his responsibility, but his having to accept it means that he agrees that Jackson was not worth a second round pick. It’s rare to hear something like that from a GM after one year.
  • It was always the plan to “redshirt” Dre Moore.

He said those were the best bits and then had to go, so I don’t have any more yet. Someone is bound to have asked about Jeff Garcia, but I imagine Allen was non-committal about him either way. I’ll update this when I hear more.

5 Comments to “Bruce Allen’s State Of The Fail Address”

Matt Price

Matt Price (January 09, 2009 at 11:27pm:

I may be in the minority, but I think Allen’s doing a pretty good job. My issues lie with the play calling.

Matt Price

Matt Price (January 09, 2009 at 11:27pm:

Hey Scott, I’ve got a serious question.

I’m trying to figure out why people seem to hate Rich McKay so much. I know he got us into cap trouble and I know he blew it with Mike Vick, but other than that (1) wasn’t he the guy who brought us Dungy, Sapp, Lynch and the rest? (2) wasn’t he the guy who helped make the Bucs into a serious franchise within the NFl? (3) wasn’t he the guy who helped give Atlanta some stability (until the whole dog thing, and then maybe again this year)?

I’m not being facetious and I’m not trying to make excuses for him, I am honestly tring to get my head around this.

Thanks for the help.


Scott (January 10, 2009 at 01:04pm:

1) Sapp, Lynch and Brooks were all drafted by Sam Wyche. McKay didn’t take over the draft until Wyche was fired. He did bring Dungy in, which was a great move. He also seems to have a knack for finding good trades. But he did screw both the Bucs and the Falcons cap and he was rumored to not work well with Gruden, though we don’t know whose fault that was. The ultimate insult is when he went to the Falcons the week before the Bucs were supposed to play them. The Glazers did him a favor by not making him sit out his contract, and then he stabbed them in the back that way. He could have waited a couple months — or at least two weeks.

2) The Glazers made the Bucs into a serious franchise by spending money. Culverhouse was choking the franchise out of existence.

3) When weren’t they stable? They went to a Super Bowl in 1998, drafted a franchise quarterback, and had an owner who actually cared. McKay made a couple good draft picks and did some good things, but the ridiculous cap situation he put them in by giving Vick such an enormous contract was just stupid. Oh, and who’s idea was it to go after Bobby Petrino?

Matt Price

Matt Price (January 10, 2009 at 01:50pm:

All good points. That’s what I wanted to know, thanks.


LostInSeattle (January 10, 2009 at 10:53pm:

I liked Sam Wyche alot, unfortunately he was there at the end of the Culverhouse era (when Sr. had passed away and Jr. was trying to sell the team) and was basically given the shaft. You might also add that Wyche was the reason we also had Hardy Nickerson as well. That was a good core of a defense that Dungy inherited.

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