Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said ownership must take responsibility for the franchise's 10-year stretch without a playoff win, praising second-year head coach Greg Schiano as the right man to "reverse that trend.''
Speaking at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday, Glazer said ownership remains fully committed to quarterback Josh Freeman, pointing out several late defensive lapses that cost the Bucs during a 7-9 season marked by a December slide.
"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.''
The Bucs haven't won a postseason game since the 2002 club hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, matching the Lions as the only NFC clubs with a current streak of futility lasting a decade.
"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.''
Buccaneers owners seek to reverse playoff futility
Tampa Tribune | Mar 20