Ravens owner on Bucs: 'You can't just turn things over'
We're a few days late on this, but on the same day the Bucs discussed the firing of coach Lovie Smith after a 6-10 record -- setting up their fifth coach in nine seasons -- another NFL owner pointed to Tampa Bay as a model of the trouble of constant change.
"If you go through the league, the winning teams are the ones that have the least turnover in their front office and their coaching staffs," Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in his annual "state of the team" address. "You just don't turn things over. You guys would be getting a whole lot more juice if you were down in Tampa. You're missing their press conference. You'd have more to write about.
"I'm proud of these guys and I like John (Harbaugh) as much as I did when I hired him eight years ago. You can't just turn things over based on your record. I think that just sends you down."
The Ravens, of course, haven't had much reason to question Harbaugh's value -- in eight seasons, he just had his first losing record at 5-11, having made the playoffs in six of his first seven years in Baltimore. It's the opposite extreme of the Bucs, who fired Jon Gruden after a 10-6 record in 2008 and have cycled through Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith, none lasting more than three seasons.
As the Bucs contemplate who their next coach will be, their goal of course is to find someone whose consistent winning can bring about the stability that the Ravens -- and few other NFL teams -- can enjoy in an impatient time for pro sports.