Bucs co-chairmen Joel & Bryan Glazer - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer took some time to speak to PewterReport.com and a handful of other local media outlets on Tuesday from the Boca Raton Resort where the annual NFL Owners Meetings are being held. PewterReport.com asked a number of questions regarding the state of the Buccaneers. This is the second report from the interview.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed some improvement from a 2-14 record in 2014 to a 6-10 mark last season, but it wasn’t enough to save Lovie Smith’s job. The Glazers fired Smith after a four-game improvement but other factors led to his dismissal. One Tuesday, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer told PewterReport.com that he and his family have expectations going into 2016, but wouldn’t put a number of wins on it.
“I will say this much – we are very excited for 2016. I am not going to sit here and put a number on games we expect to win,” Glazer said. “But here is what I do know, we have good, young, exciting players. We have [quarterback] Jameis Winston who did everything we could have asked for and more, on and off the field last year. We have continuity on offense coming back, we added players on defense, so we are looking forward to improvement.”
Glazer said from the lobby of the Boca Raton Resort late on Tuesday afternoon that he likes what he sees early from his organization so far.
“I think everyone expects improvement over last year and from there we will see where it all goes,” Glazer said. “I know this much: we have a great staff in place, Dirk (Koetter) is working hard, Jason (Licht) is working hard and everyone is working tirelessly to improve the team. And that is what we expect. We would like to see some improvement.”
That means 7-9 or better. Before Smith was fired the Glazers let it be known to him and Licht that they expected the Bucs to make the playoffs in 2016. That demand was tempered somewhat with the transition to Koetter.
When asked if he feels the Buccaneers will see more prime time games in 2016, Glazer said he isn’t sure about this year, but knows what the formula is to get more national exposure.
“The schedule comes out next month and that will answer that question, but I do know that if you are having success on the field, your exposure goes up,” Glazer said. “So that is why obviously we want success on the field. With success comes all the exposure, the night games, the coverage you get, so they go hand in hand. Draw a line, if you see success you will see exposure and night games.”
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 [email protected]
Yes, The Glazer boys are working tirelessly as well.
They are sitting in the cash room with those old style, hand crank calculators developing an odd case of tennis elbow cranking away adding up all the extra income from raising season ticket prices on a team that has gone 12 nd 32 over the last three years.
These guys would make Donald Eisner of Disney World seem like Alfred Noble.
Cha-Ching! Bryan: “Oh, look Joel, that guy drdneast, who wrote us those nasty letters we put in the recycle bin sent in his season ticket payment.” Joel: “We better send Ed to the bank right away in case he changes his mind and stops payment.”
Thanks for reading Scubog, I was beginning to feel ignored.
But to be honest. I thought I would get a more heated response from more readers than you.
Kinda disappointed. I guess people don’t care what the Prince’s of Greed think.
Hope to see you at the games.
Oh, BTW, paid by credit card.
I think the Glazers have been pretty fair since owning the team. Just compare them to the previous owner, or some other franchises. It is easy to set back and say this, and that should be done, but as an outsider you will never know what is actually involved in running a franchise. I can guarantee it is nothing like playing the “Franchise” mode on Madden. If you are a genuine fan, then you just need to trust those who are in charge.
Besides, just like everything else in this world, the price to the consumer always goes up annually no matter what the product is.
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