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March 20, 2013 @ 5:07 pm
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Glazer Says Let's Play Better Defense, Take Pressure Off Freeman

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Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer spoke to the media Tuesday at the NFL Owner's Meetings and gave his impressions on a number of subjects regarding the 2012 season, and what he expects in 2013.
The Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, don’t seek the spotlight, and speak to the media a limited number of times during the year. The annual NFL Owners’ Meetings are one of the few times per year Bucs fans get to hear what the family is thinking regarding the state of the team.

Co-chairmen Joel Glazer met with the Tampa Bay media on Tuesday in Phoenix, where this year’s meetings are taking place, and shared his thoughts on the 2012 season under head coach Greg Schiano, while also addressing a number of subjects including the upcoming 2013 season, blackouts, and quarterback Josh Freeman.

Glazer spoke to the Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman and said the Bucs ownership group still thinks Freeman can be the team’s future.

"We still have great confidence in Josh,'' Glazer said. "Quarterback is a critical position, but quarterbacks can't do it alone. There are a few games you can look at last year when we were in a comfortable position and defensively, we may have let down.

"Josh had some great moments last year – and some moments he'd like to have back. We want to take the pressure off of him defensively, and that's what we're working on. Nobody works harder than Josh Freeman, and he obviously has the talent. He threw for 4,000 yards and had a lot of big games. Let's play some better defense and take some pressure off of him.''

Glazer next addressed the 10-year playoff-win drought.

"To me, one year without a playoff win is too long,'' Glazer said. "Ten years is extremely disappointing, but I have great confidence we have the people in place to reverse that trend. It's tough to win in this league, but it's within everyone's control to change their course. Ultimately, it falls on our shoulders as owners. We're not going to hide from our responsibility. All we're going to do is work our tails off that it doesn't continue.''

The lack of playoff wins and the overall record over the 10-year slide has contributed to the blackouts the past three season but Glazer thinks there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"We've been working very hard to get fans into the stadium,'' Glazer said, "But there are tough circumstances in Florida and the economy is not great. It's a changing world and we have to adapt. I think we saw some progress last year.''

Glazer also took a few minutes to talk about the job that Schiano did in 2012, his first as the Bucs head coach.

"When you get a job that late, it's a whirlwind,'' Glazer said, "Even more so for someone coming from the college ranks. I thought he handled himself extremely well and he has an excellent relationship with (general manager) Mark Dominik. That's critical for success. They've earned each other's trust and respect.

"The one thing I'm most proud of was our final game,'' Glazer said. "It could have gone a very different way after that very difficult spell. Give credit to Coach Schiano, how he got that team up and ready to play against the best team in the NFC. We played our hearts out to the final whistle when a lot of other people would have had their bags packed, thinking about their vacations.

"I think that speaks to how our players respond to our coach, and that will be a good launching pad for the upcoming season.''






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    dont pick up revis, this guy has been selfish his entire career, constantly working his team over for more money. he will bring more headaches than he is worth. why they didn't take one of the other CB's baffles me. grimes is still out there no ? after all the activity of the past two years what happened to them ? they sputtered out when they could have nailed it with a safety and a CB then the draft.
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    What are we doing here? Has Dom ever heard of a poker face? He has backed himself in a corner,because we've put all our chips on revis. We didn't pick up even one corner in FA and we all know have none on our roster...don't you think the jets know that as well? They know if Dom doesn't do what it takes to do this trade that this was a failure of an offseason for the Bucs. Dom probably could have had revis for a second rounder if he would have picked up a corner or two. Then there would have been some bite behind his threat to walk away from this trade. The jets know he can't do that now. Worst of all, now can you imagine if we trade next years first and second for revis, and we go 7-9? Then next year at this time we'd be at one of the franchises lowest points in the last 15 years...an average team and no picks to build with.
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    Dear Mr. Glazer, Do not trade any 1st rounders for Revis.
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    Nice to read that the Glazer boys aren't as naive as some of our fans.
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    I do understand its its to protect players.What About and the players had to change,aoes this mean the bad asses on d are going to be cheaper cause the can't use the hard hitting.Not sure how hi feel.The games will be longer.
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    THIS IS A FOLLOWUP-I HOPE I DIDN'T COME ON TRUE STRONG-BUT IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE TEAM EITHER WAY-GO BUCS
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    hey guys and gals-DON'Y YOU REMEMBER WHEN TAMPA GAVE UP $8 MILLION DOLARS PLUS 2-#1 PICKS PLUS MUILT #2 PICKS FOR COACH GRUDEN TO GET OUT OF HIS RELEASE TO COME TO TAMPA- IF THEY DID IT THEN THEN TAMPA DOES THAT NOW. I STILL THINK IF THE GLAZERS JUST WAITED ONE MORE YEAR THEN BROOKS,SAPP ANDLYNCH WOULD HAVE FINISH THEIR CAREERS HERE AND TAMPA WOULD HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER OR TWO MORE SUPERBOWLS. I SAY DO IT GM-GIVE TAMPA A CHANCE TO BRING BACK THE SWAGGER IN THE BUCS SWORD AND SEE REVIS CATCH FIRE.SO WHAT HE IS INJURED. GOOD PAYER KNOW HOW TO FIGHT BACK LOOK AT PETERSON & MANNING qb. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TAKE CHANCES. HOW MANY OF YOU SO CALL FANS EVER DISH OUT MONEY TO SEE THE BUCS EACH YEAR. I REMEMBER WHEN I SERVED IN THE ARMY MEDICAL CORP WHEN I CAME HOME FOR THIRTY DAYS I MADE SURE I WAS ON LEAVE WHEN TAMPA BAY WAS PLAYING. LAST YEAR I WENT TO THE HALL OF FRAME-I SAW THE GREAT LEE ROY SELMON NAME AND WHAT HE DID WHILE PLAYING FOR THE LOWELY BUCS AND NOW THE BUCS WON THE SUPERBOWL. WHY DO YOU THE FANS WORRIED ABOUT DRAFT PICKS THE OWNERS WHO OWN THE TEAMS HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE PLAYERS. AGAIN IAM 67 GOING ON 68. I REMEMBER GROWING IN MY HOME TOWN OF TAMPA,FLA LIVED IN THER HYDE PARK AREA WENT TO HB PLANT AND SOLD DRINKS AT THE OLD TAMPA STADIUM WHERE THE UNIV OF TAMPA PLAYED TENN AND UNIV OF FLORIDA PLAYED AIR FORCE, AND HOW EVERYONE WANTED THEIR OWN NFL TEAM HERE IN TAMPA. I REMEMBER LARRY SMITH WHO PLAYED FOR THE GREAT GEORGE ALLEN AT RAMS AND REDSKINS. AND I WAS SO PROUD TAMPA GOT A TEAM. REGARDLESS OF WHAT GOES DOWN IN THE FUTURE. NEW FANS MUST REMEMBER BACK IN THE 60'S WE WANTED A TEAM AND WE HAD TO WAIT FOR ONE. SO WHY NOT GIVE 2 PICKS UP FOR THE BWEST CB IN THE LEAGUE EVEN IF HE IS NOT FULLY RECOVERED-GO BUCS
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    A 1st and 2nd for REVIS, WAAAAAAAY to much. If Dominik caves for that he needs to go right after the deal.
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    If defense is supposed to take the pressure off Freeman,why do we currently have so many defensive vacancies?seems like the Revis situation is stalemated in hopes the Bucs get desperate as the draft closes in and that panic will cause us to give up our pick...f**k the Jets,they are trying to game us- I would sign Grimes right now as leverage- he is better than Biggers was,better that Wright is and gives us a body who can start,..this will show the blowhards in NY/NJ that their BS doesn't fly and that Revis isn't our ONLY option...Since few teams have the cap space and the chance of a decent pick next year- seems like the Jets need us if they want to seriously move Revis,and we can do fine with or without him....
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    So far we have gained one starter on defense (Goldson) and lost 3 1/2 starters on defense (Ronde, Bennett, Miller and Biggers (1/2 a starter). Signing Revis won't make up for that but will damage us go forward as we lose high draft picks being paid at the rookie scale and can't afford to keep middle class non-star players because of future cap issues. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, please drop the Revis pursuit before you destroy the franchise.
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    I am not concerned at all because we get 20 picks in the draft this year....right?
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    All the reports are saying that we are willing to give up next years Rd 1 AND Rd 2 picks to get Revis. That means if Freeman falls on his face this year, we won't have a pick until the 3rd Rd to try to replace him. Give up on the Revis deal and if we are still terrible next year, we can sign him for nothing.
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    I'm glad the Glaziers know what we already knew the end.
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    We have positioned ourselves nicely in FA. The two corners we want are still available in Revis and Grimes. Revis' contract isnt the hold up its the draft pick which at some point one of the sides will cave and get this deal done bc it makes too much sense on both sides. The Jets are realizing that we are the only real option since we have the need, picks and cap room to pull the deal off. That said another cheap addition could be Brian Urlacher. If we sign him to a one year deal worth about 3 million that gives us a veteran presence on an otherwise young unit. He can play MLB and allow Foster to play SAM and David to play WILL. This would put both our young LBs at their natural positions and give us another option heading into next season as opoosed to starting another rookie at LB.With McCoy, Urlacher and our 2 safetys we would remain solid up the middle and thats the basis of most good defenses. Just a thought
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    If you want good corners you should try drafting good one's this time
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    As much as I hate to say it, I hate that we also lost Biggers. He wasn't great but he's a veteran on the team with experience and so far we have not picked up ANY corners at all. All we have is Wright (who still may get cut anyways) and then a bunch of very little experienced players. If they want to help Freeman, they really need to pick up a corner now before all the ones that are left is gone in FA. We can't just rely on a rookie to come in here to immediately fill the spot. I understand that the Bucs are trying to work on getting Revis. I don't necessarily support that all the way but that all depends on the price for him. Just don't give up a first round pick from this year or next. We still have plenty of holes to fill on the defensive side.
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    I think the interview speaks for itself? The Glazer's also agree that we need defensive help. I hope that we will have all our draft picks at draft time and then some and not the reverse. We so far have been selective in Free Agency and I am okay with that. We got a good Safety and I believe we will pick up a couple seasoned veterans in this next tier of Free Agency to help the young guys. The 2013 Draft is what is really going to fill in most of the pieces of the puzzle. I believe in Schiano and Dominik and I agree that they work well together. Go Bucs!
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    Here's a novel idea Mr. Glazer. How about you tell your GM to get premier Defensive Players and maybe that will happen.
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    With news breaking about the new Crown-of-helmet rule, I have great concerns that this actually affects our team directly. Doug Martin, one of the more diminutive, yet powerful, running backs in the league is more at risk of this rule because of his height and physical running style. I can recall from memory alone many instances where dougie lowered himself into his pads and dealt devastating blows to the opposition, often then shaking loose for a few extra yards. Specifically I remember two collisions (I believe with with falcons CB Dunta Robinson in each game) the play looked to have rattled the CB and I worried at the time about the risk of a concussion to Martin. Is anyone else concerned about this rule affecting our running game? I am all for safety in the game and cringe when I see hits that deliver or appear to deliver concussions to the players. But I find it difficult to envision how a back like Martin can still initiate contact with this rule. Moreover, I tend to agree with Emitt Smith who stated this rule exposes the back to having his head taken off. Any thoughts??
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    You are Correct !!
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    I had the same thoughts Canada. Wait till this rule affects the outcome of a game, you know its coming. I don't understand how the rules makers expect a player or players to make physical adjustments in a split second when they're going a hundred miles an hour. You can't tell me a billion dollar league can't come up with a better plan for safety. Personally, I would like to see better helmet designs.
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    MC, please excuse my french here... im defending you for these twirps that have been giving u *censored* on the things u write... guys if you dont like whats posted here and just wanna speak of negativity go hang out with MR NEGATIVITY himself mike florio the king of douchebags... negativity is not needed in a growing team and im sick of reading the negative comments for christ sake grow up children. Mark, also i come here first for all the breaking news.. i seen someone asked in the transcript correct me if im wrong? that there is a pewterreport app being created just out of curiosity do we have a timeline on that it would be great!! PR STAFF KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
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    You know what helps a ton in playing better defense? Cornerbacks. Defensive linemen. We can haz, plz?
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    can we get some news that wasnt posted earlier on joebucfan????????????
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    Or on Twitter 3 days ago...
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