It’s been a rough patch for the Buccaneers. Perhaps an even rougher patch for the fans.
The last time the Buccaneers made it to the playoffs was in 2007 when current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden roamed the Tampa Bay’s sideline. They posted a 9-7 record then along with the division title before being bounced out of the wild card round by the Super Bowl winning New York Giants. If the ball bounces differently in a couple games that season, they’re staring at 12 seasons without making it to the playoffs.
Only the Cleveland Browns have a longer playoff drought.
The losing has only escalated and the frustration continues to grow for Tampa Bay’s fan base. Ownership has also felt the pain of losing and co-chairman Joel Glazer says that he has the same interest in winning as the fans do.
“Ultimately, we want our fans to be happy because that means we’re having success,” Glazer said via Joe Bucs Fan’s Ira Kaufman. “That’s the barometer. Fans want a winning team. We want a winning team. They want a team they can be proud of. We want a team we can be proud of. Everyone’s interests are aligned.”
It’s difficult for many to provide such an optimistic outlook. Failed coaching hires and a 59-101 record in the past 10 seasons will do that. Sure, fans want their team to win. But ownership should want it more.
Whether it is the coaching, the players, or the Glazer family, the product on the field has not been good. And while interests among everyone invested in the team may be aligned, a successful product starts at the very top of the chain.