I had a gut feeling that Jon Gruden was not off the 2008 hot seat with the Buccaneers. The Glazers are smart business people who like to make a splash, and with the Super Bowl less than 16 days away, what better time to bring some attention to your team, city and stadium than firing one of the biggest names in the coaching proffesion. Add that to the collapse down the stretch, the lack of offensive dominance, and the lack of playoff wins since the Super Bowl season, and while I’m upset, I’m not the slightest bit surprised.
My thinking is quite simple as far as Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen’s replacements are concerned. While waiting for a splash makes some sense from a marketing standpoint, firing your coach and GM this far into coach hiring season is dangerous, unless of course you have a little trick up your sleeve. Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan are both qualified replacements at both the GM and the Head Coach level. Cowher has made it clear that he will not be taking any job that doesn’t contain the title GM in it. With 45 mil in cap space available, rich owners, and a good base to build on, this has to be an enticing job for any candidate, even a guy like Cowher who says he is content spending time with his family. The exact same arguments could be made in favor of Mike Shanahan being considered by the Bucs.
There will be plenty more of this to come on the Pewter Plank so please keep checking back for more updates.