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Bucs ownership still staying the course



Here's another intriguing tidbit from today's appearances by the Bucs -- once again from co-chairman Bryan Glazer.

In talking about his hopes for this season's team, Glazer reinforced the family's plan to build a team that wins long term, even if it the tradeoff is losses in the short term. It's a philosophy he said the family has had since purchasing the team.

"We’ve owned the team now 16 years," Glazer said. "When we first purchased the team, we had a philosophy. We wanted to build a team that was going to be good for the long haul. Not one year good, one year bad. We sat down with (then-coach) Tony Dungy and … I remember the conversation.

"We said, ‘We’re going to lose some games, but in order to win long term, do what you need to do.’"

Then, Glazer said, things took a wrong turn, presumably under Dungy's successor, Jon Gruden.

"(Dungy) did that. I think for a couple years after that, we started to lose our way," Glazer added. "I take responsibility for that. But when we brought these guys in (Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris), they understood the plan and what we wanted to do and how we wanted to build this team. Not to win one year and then go back (to losing) one year later. We started rebuilding the team. Building a long-term, successful, Super Bowl-winning team is painful at times, but the ride is fun, and you enjoy it. And that’s what we’re doing right now."

Glazer wasn't suggesting that this year's team will be a loser but rather seemed to be suggesting last season's 3-13 campaign was a byproduct of their approach to long-term success. Time will tell whether he's right.

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:42pm]


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