Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer spoke to the media on Sunday just prior to the players getting on the fields at One Buc for the first time. Glazer spoke on a number of subjects including plans for an indoor training facility.
(Brian Glazer on plans for an indoor practice facility)
“We actually are working on that right now. The architects have been drawing that up. That is a work in progress and it’s going to happen. As soon as we get the drawings all done we will give you further details.”
(Glazer on what kind of year this is for the team)
“This is a growing year. [We have a] rookie quarterback and everybody’s a little bit excited in this community about that. The team’s excited. We’re going to put it on [Jameis Winston’s] shoulders and see how it goes, but it’s one step at a time. We’re not trying to do it all at once.”
(Glazer on the excitement surrounding Jameis Winston)
“You can feel it throughout the whole community, the excitement of Jameis here. But also the team made strides last year. The record didn’t show that, [but] the team played better and better as the year went on. And now, we get that franchise quarterback to take us to the next level.”
(Glazer on a future deal with Lavonte David)
“Lavonte wants to be here. We want Lavonte here. The two sides – Jason is working diligently with their agents to get it done. So we’re confident it will get done.”
(Glazer on what David means to the organization)
“He’s a pillar for this organization. With Gerald [McCoy] and him, these are two guys we want here for their entire careers, and we expect they will be.”
(On the frustration of the team’s struggles over the last few years)
“It’s hard. You try each year to put it all together and get all the right pieces and some things don’t work out. That happens to a lot of teams in the NFL. It is frustrating to watch. As much as we own the team – we’re fans and we want to win. And so one of the things we’ve seen over our ownership is this is a quarterback driven league. So hopefully with a quarterback we can be successful.”
(On if patience a virtue)
“When you’ve tasted success like we have, this organization has been to the pillar, been to the top, you want to achieve that again. Everybody that walks into this building has the same goal in mind and that’s to win the Super Bowl. So that’s our goal.
(On when did you decide to build an indoor facility)
“We’ve been talking about that for a while. We’ve been working with the architects and that’s farther along than most people understand. But over the years we haven’t had too many missed practice. .For a community that rains here and there, we haven’t missed too many.”
(On if it is a packaged deal with TSA renovations)
“The two items are separate but the architects, it’s the same architects a lot of them.”
(On Jameis Winston)
“Everything we thought we were getting with Jameis is what we’ve got. He’s the first one here in the morning, working hard, a student of the game. A sponge. And working his way toward earning the respect of his teammates. At the end of the day, he’s been a leader of his team before. He’s a young man but he’s also a man. He’s been doing the things that we expect him to do.”
(On if a day set for the indoor facility to be done)
I don’t want to say the wrong thing, but we’re hopeful for next training camp. But I don’t know. I shouldn’t say that.”
(Does that have to happen to be a contender for another Super Bowl)
“First of all, we have some things that have to be done to get the College football championship and also for the Super Bowl Those are things that we understand we have to bring the stadium up to the standards of other modern stadiums. This stadium is actually a fantastic place. It has tremendous bones and the thing we are planning on doing and are planning for the future will be very exciting.”
(On ticket sales)
“Obviously, with the excitement that we have here, ticket sale have improved dramatically. We still have a ways to go but we are doing very, very well and with winning we expect to do better.”
(On if Lovie Smith is on the hot seat)
“We have full faith in Lovie, 100 –percent confidence that Lovie will get the job done. Lovie is a man who is patient, he’s a teacher and he’s doing the things we expect him to do, behind the scenes and working hard with the team on the field.”
(On if this is a rebuilding year)
First of all, I wouldn’t call this a rebuilding year. I’d say we’re progressing and anything could happen. This is a team that has the potential to go very, very far. You just don’t’ know. A lot of our games were very very close last year and if you flip the switch on those, play better at the quarterback position and anything can happen.”
–Haley Cornish contributed on this report
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I just hope some of the fans expectations are realistic. This is a 5-10 win team at this point and I have no clue where we will be at the end of the year. Like all fans I hope it is 10 wins and not 5 wins. Go bucs.
I don’t agree Horse. I know you are being cautious, but this is a 6-10-to 9-7 team. Many games were lost last year by a few points late. Two in OT.
You DO agree. 6 to 9 wins fits into his 5 to 10 win parameter. I believe 10 wins is a reasonable goal with this OC and Winston at QB. The Defense will be better, and won’t have to shoulder the whole load. This team will have balance IMO. The only other team in the history of the franchise with balance, won the SB. In the near future, I believe it will happen again. Things are coming together for our Bucs.
Always appreciate the Glazer family taking time to speak to the media. They should do that a little more often. Not like Jerry “Facelift” Jones, who loves the camera. Refreshing to hear Bryan refuse to give a date when the indoor facility will be completed. Most set the date, don’t do things timely, allow the architect to take too much time to design and leave the poor contractor with whatever time remains.
An inflatable facility doesn’t need an architect or a contractor, only an electrician to power up the fans. The Lions had one outside the SilverDome in Pontiac Michigan. My wife was one of the electricians there.
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