The team loses week after week, and we hear the same ol' same cliches from coach Greg Schiano. - A serious MRSA outbreak occurs and reoccurs and we hear a bunch of double-talk from general manager Mark Dominik. - A report comes out that the coach might have leaked confidential medical information about the former starting quarterback and we hear from Schiano. And then Dominik. - The Bucs are a sinking ship and the only people talking are couple of deckhands who might not be employed much longer. - When are we going to hear from the real people in charge? Where are the owners? - Where are the Glazers? - Give me Bryan Glazer. Give me Joel. Heck, I'll take Ed. - But give me a Glazer.
At some point - and that point is well past - one of them has to come out of the lofty tower and speak to the lowly masses about the lowly messes.
You pay the bills. You buy the jerseys. You watch the games on television. You buy the tickets. Well, some of you buy the tickets.
You're due an explanation, and somebody who signs the checks owes you that explanation.
This is their creation. They hired Dominik. They hired Schiano. It's their building that houses a bad football team as well as a serious staph infection.
And now they need to explain it. All of it.
The Bucs have become a soap opera. And it's not even a fun soap opera. It's a sad, pathetic, petty soap opera. And the Glazers are at the helm.
They need to publicly show that they care - about the state of the football team, about the future of the head coach and GM, about the medical conditions at One Buc Place.
This isn't meant to suggest the Glazers are apathetic. I'm not even saying they are bad owners.
By all accounts, they are sparing no expense when it comes to finding the source of the MRSA situation and eradicating it from the facility. (Then again, you would expect nothing less than that, right?)
Meantime, they have clearly spent money trying to fix the football team, opening their checkbooks to bring in expensive veterans such as Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Dashon Goldson.
They have assured that there will be no blackouts this season, even though the stadium is clearly nowhere near being sold out unless the fans of the opposing team come out in droves.
So they are trying to do the right things, but they are failing in one area: being publicly accountable for the problems.
Now, one might argue that spending a lot of time in the public spotlight and talking to the media has never been the Glazers' style. Right now, things are a wreck and they are quiet. But, even when things were going well - if you can remember back that far - the Glazers stayed out of the way. They always have believed in hiring people and letting those people do their jobs.
We have seen owners who can't get through a day with talking into a microphone, such as the Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Jets' Woody Johnson and the Mavericks' Mark Cuban. No one is suggesting that the Glazers turn into that.
There are plenty of good owners (the Rooneys in Pittsburgh, the Maras in New York) who rarely talk and plenty of bad owners (remember the Lightning cowboys Oren Koules and Len Barrie?) who wouldn't shut up.
Number of times being quoted has no correlation to the quality of the ownership.
But when things are as bad as they are with the Bucs, on and off the field, it's the Glazers' responsibility to say something.
And if the Glazers have a flaw, this is it. They have never understood that they need to be more accessible. It's good public relations. Frankly, it's good business.
So, perhaps, the Glazers don't see the need to talk about the team's 0-5 record. Maybe they don't want to give the cursed "vote of confidence'' to Schiano and Dominik. Maybe they think the prudent thing to do is sit back and evaluate everything. That's their right, of course, although it would be nice if they would explain why they are headed for two straight swings and misses on head coaches.
But there's no excuse or explanation for keeping quiet about MRSA.
When this whole MRSA situation went from bad to worse, when the careers of two players (Nicks and Lawrence Tynes) were put on hold, when suddenly the health of everyone who stepped into One Buc Place was in jeopardy, no one wanted to hear from a general manager whose expertise (well, supposed expertise) is putting together a football team.
This is when a Glazer needed to stand at a podium in that building and explain what happened and how it was going to be fixed.
In the end, it isn't just one little thing over at the Bucs. It's a bunch of things.
It's a lousy football team. It's a serious allegation that the head coach possibly leaked confidential information about former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman being in the league's drug program.
Sometimes being a good owner requires more than writing checks and letting everyone else put in the work.
It's not only about being responsible. It's about showing you're responsible.