Keep in mind as you read the headline and the body of this article that I am a huge Tampa Bay fan. Regretfully, this is not a "homer" article, and it is more fact that fiction.
You see, I am just not as excited for this NFL season as usual. After some deep thought, and more importantly seeing the Buccaneers in preseason, I have figured out why. It is because my beloved Buccaneers are going to have more starting QBs than wins in their 2009 campaign.
They have at least named their opening day starter (any front office types in Cleveland reading?) but at the same time, they dismissed their shiny new offensive coordinator before he even reached the regular season.
A coordinator, I might add, who mentored Matt Ryan while coaching at Boston College. The writing is on the wall for the Buccaneers. Let us decipher the script:
- Lost Super Bowl winning coach (Jon Gruden) although stale
- Lost architect of Tampa 2 defense in Monte Kiffin
- Lost defensive leader, Derrick Brooks, to retirement
- Lost offensive leader Warrick Dunn
- Lost the battle to land a big-time QB and brought in Byron Lefttwich instead
- Lost offensive coordinator, inexplicably
There are many losses there, and many more to follow once the season begins. This is an organization is absolute disarray. The old adage of "if you have two quarterbacks, you have zero" heightens my concern. What happens if you have three quarterbacks...should you play without the position instead?
I have been to a few Buccaneers games (I live in PA) and have long heard rumblings among the locals about the management techniques of the Glazer family. It is claimed by many that since acquiring the Manchester United football club, the largest sports brand in the world (sorry Yankees and Cowboys fans), the Glazers have neglected the Bucs and cut corners to save money.
Looking from the outside, this would seem impossible when you view the grandiose One Buc Place training facility, but recent actions shows signs of stagnation.
Of course, this argument is invalid if the Bucs win 10 games for the next three seasons. They probably will, but for those three seasons combined.
The once-proud franchise that hung its hat on a championship defense and front office stability now looks forward to finding a quarterback, offensive coordinator and breaking in a fresh coach—all with less than a week to start what is sure to be a tough season.