Glazers took pulse of the fans before firings
We know that Bucs ownership consulted with players before moving to fire Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen. But we didn't know they also took into account the pulse of the community.
Co-owner Bryan Glazer stopped in at the Super Bowl media center today and elaborated on ownership's decision-making process.
"We talked to a lot of people, but we not only talked to the players, but (also) out in the community getting a feel for the team," Glazer said. "We get opinions and we mix them all together. We just took our time making that decision."
Asked further about the community feedback, Glazer said, "Our fans are our stockholders. They're what we play for -- the people in our stadium and the ones that watch on TV. That's what it's all about: winning and how they feel about the team. If they don't feel good about the team, then there's something wrong. . . I think you all know the sense that's out there. It was time for a change."
It was impossible to ignore the venom from the fan base in the wake of the team's late-season collapse, and many fans were outspoken and vehement in making their feelings known from the team's own website to local talk radio. And Gruden, in particular, was never considered a very likable personality and had little relationship with the community despite being the face of the franchise, something the Glazers no doubt were sensitive to.
We'll share more later about what Glazer has heard from players in the wake of the move to replace Gruden with Raheem Morris, plus his thoughts on why Morris is the right hire.