GM Allen: Glazers 'unsatisfied,' with collapse in '08
General manager Bruce Allen said the Glazer family was 'unsatisfied,' by the Bucs four-game losing streak in December that cost the team a spot in the playoffs after a 9-3 start.
He said the team is in the process of evaluating everything to determine the cause of the collapse, including the players and how the team practiced the final month of the season.
"We've had opportunities,'' Allen said. "You fight to get yourself into a position in November and December where you can talk and dream and go to sleep at nights saying, 'What if.' We've had some opportunities. We haven't closed. It's not acceptable and we have to figure out a way to get this team better.
"You have to break it down. There are some good things that have been accomplished and there are some players who have had success and I'm happy for them. But what we're looking for is the future. I'm not a historian. I'm not a fortune teller. But I will promise that this organization will do everything we can to get better this year.''
The Bucs have failed to reach the playoffs four of the past six years since winning the Super Bowl in 2002, the last time they won a post-season game.
At a time when other general managers and coaches are being fired for mediocrity, Allen says his focus is on just improving the team.
"I've seen my father fired enough to understand what the business is,'' Allen said. "He got fired for being 10-4, he got fired for winning. I understand the business, I love the business, I love the game.''
"I don't look at it that way. I know it doesn't make sense to some people. There's nothing that drives me more than the desire to win and the unhappiness we felt, because after we lose at Carolina, okay, we're going to come back and win. And you come close in Atlanta. Okay, we have an opportunity (against San Diego). And the Raider game. You're there. You have it. To lose the game is the devastating feeling. To lose that game and lose that hope that you worked since last February for, that's what's devastating, but that's also the motivation knowing that some of the situation is correctable. We already know that. There are some things that can be corrected within to ensure that they won't happen again. Now it's to make sure all the details are covered."