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Monday, January 2, 2012
Glazer: 'Brighter days ahead' for Bucs

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer and general manager Mark Dominik just held a press conference to talk about the firing of coach Raheem Morris and how they’ll proceed with their search for a replacement.

There was no earth-shattering news and no new coach waiting in the wings. Instead, Glazer used terms like “exhaustive’’ and “thorough’’ when describing how the search will move forward. Glazer also said the Bucs have yet to reach out to any candidates and there is no timetable. But he also said that process will start soon, with Dominik taking the lead role and the Glazer family being heavily involved.

“We’re going to keep an open mind,’’ Glazer said. “We’re not going to pigeon-hole what we’re looking forward.’’

Although the Bucs frequently have been accused of being frugal, Glazer said money is not an issue as the team looks at coaching candidates.

“We will always do what it takes to win,’’ Glazer said.

Glazer said the team will stick by its philosophy of building primarily through the draft. But he also said there’s a misconception that the team will only use the draft as a way to acquire players. He said there will be times when the Bucs use free-agent signings and trades to supplement their roster.

“Ultimately, always, you’ve got to do what’s in the best interest of winning because winning sells tickets,’’ Glazer said. “We are going to spend whatever it takes to win.’’

The Bucs finished 4-12 and lost their last 10 games, but Glazer did his best to offer hope to fans.

“I feel brighter days are ahead,’’ Glazer said. “I feel confident we can get this ship headed in the right direction.’’