There is some sad news to report from One Buc Place.
Malcolm Glazer, who owned the Bucs since 1995, died Wednesday at the age of 85.
While he was in charge, Tampa Bay went from a laughingstock to playoff contender, with the biggest highlight coming with the Super Bowl Champion team in the 2002 season. Before Glazer came along, there were rumblings that the Bucs may be leaving town. So it is not a stretch to say the Bucs may not be in Tampa today if not for him.
His contributions off the field, including the Glazer family foundation, are notable. He also bought the Manchester United soccer franchise in 2005.
The Bucs announced that Linda Glazer, along with their five sons in daughter, will continue to own and operate the team. Mr. Glazer leaves behind his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.
With a 31-20 loss to the Eagles at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs are 0-5. There are two things to ponder: will the Bucs win a game this season, and how much longer will Greg Schiano be the head coach? That second point is the one most fans like me are screaming about. First, a quick recap of Sunday’s game:
Mike Glennon played fairly well. He threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, both to Vincent Jackson, who finished with 114 yards receiving. The Bucs actually had the lead at the half, and were only down by one in the fourth quarter. But this time, the defense was not at its best. They allowed Nick Foles to throw three TD passes, including two to DeSean Jackson.
That’s the game in a nutshell; now back to Schiano. How much longer will the Glazers wait before they pull the trigger on this guy? In my opinion, it can’t some soon enough. First you have the fiasco with Josh Freeman. Then there’s the report in USA Today that Schiano was the one who leaked the information about Freeman taking part in a substance-abuse program. Then you have all those penalties – a sign of an undisciplined team. That’s coaching. Finally, consider this: Schiano has only won one of his last eleven games. The Bucs opened the pocketbook in the offseason and brought guys in to win NOW. Schiano hasn’t done that.