Former coach Tony Dungy defends today's Bucs
The Bucs have been routinely criticized for opting to build the current team almost exclusively through the draft, preferring not to indulge in free agency.
At least one person with a great deal of perspective agrees the team is taking the right approach.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King asked former Bucs coach Tony Dungy to compare the current approach to the one used when he was coach and Rich McKay was general manager.
Does Dungy see parallels?
"I do,'' he said. "We got a lot of criticism back then with our plan at first, because we lost five in a row at the start, and eight of our first nine. They wanted us to bench the quarterback and make all kinds of changes. I read some of the same criticisms now -- the fans want to win now, which all fans do. If they're patient, I think it's going to pay off. I like the guys they've drafted.''
Here's an excerpt from the article, in which King also interviews general manager Mark Dominik.
The Tampa Bay management is getting creamed locally for not spending money -- the prevailing theory is that the massive financial problem of the Glazers, who own the Bucs, with British football power Manchester United is siphoning money from the operation of the Bucs -- but I get the strong impression Tampa Bay wouldn't have spent in free agency this year anyway.
"We want to build a team through the draft and keep it intact,'' Dominik said. "Like Tony said when he coached: 'I don't want a revolving door. I want to show loyalty to the guys we brought in and build a team the right way.' That's the way Raheem and I are operating now. Now, with two draft classes, I think we're on our way.''