It would appear that the Glazer’s have given Raheem Morris a vote of confidence or atleast the plan was given a vote of confidence. In a prepared statement released by Buccaneers co-chair Joel Glazer late Monday night, which read as follows “We are committed to the plan that we began 12 months ago with Coach Morris, and we look forward to building on the pieces that were put in place this season.”
It was initially reported last week by Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Bucs were willing to dump Morris only if they could get an “A” list type candidate. Apparently with Cowher’s asking price or level of control too steep. it’s entirely possible that after exhausting all efforts, to gauge interest from “A” list candidates. The Glazer’s conclude that they wouldn’t be able to make a huge upgrade over Morris, thus the reason for such a quick statement.
If you remember back to late March, Joel Glazer spoke to Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times at the NFL owners meeting, in which he stated, that his families core belief, was being patient – building through the draft. Then he later reiterated that the plan won’t change, and continued to utter such words as disciplined and patient several times throughout the interview, but more importantly is looking far beyond just quick fixes and is more worried about the teams long-term, sustainable success beyond just the coming seasons.
So, if what Joel stated vehemently about being patient, disciplined and not wavering from the plan back in March holds true. Then the one liner released late Monday, which was cryptic in nature and not necessarily a solid backing of Morris, but rather a backing of a plan. Don’t look for a swoon of free agents to have brinks trucks backing up to their houses to entice them to sign on the dotted line, but a team that will continue to build through the draft and identify talent from within to build a solid foundation upon and a core nucleus to achieve long-term, sustainable success.