By Jeff Pantridge
Meet the new boss. He’s not the same as the old boss; far from it. From the moment Lovie Smith returned to One Buc Place, the tone was set. Change is coming.
Change is here.
It started with the hiring of Smith, then with new General Manager Jason Licht. It continued with the changing of the uniforms. (If you don’t think that is a big deal, then you are mistaken.) The new uniforms are a part of a new attitude with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; a bolder attitude.
While even the blindest man could see that change was coming, nobody could have predicted these last 72 hours… Darrelle Revis is gone and a whole new cast of characters are here.
I’m still in shock that Revis isn’t a Buccaneer anymore. I haven’t been this shocked since… last week when Marty St. Louis got traded away. How can they trade the best cornerback in the league??? Wait… they didn’t trade him??? They cut him??? They cut Darrelle Revis??? Revis Island… I mean come on! He’s got a nickname! They couldn’t get a 4th rounder? How about a bottle of Turtle Wax to shine those fancy new facemasks? Nothing???
The thing is. I get it. I totally get it. Our new boss came to 98.7 The Fan last January and implemented his scheme. We have added a lot of new faces around here since as well as getting rid of a few. When we first launched the station, I was the producer of the Kirk and Dinger Morning Show. While we were consistently Top 5 in the ratings, I didn’t fit the new boss’ scheme. My buddy Special Ed did. My boss, Johnny O. wanted our morning show to be a “Morning Show”. Special Ed is a “Morning Show” guy. I’m a “Sports” guy. Does that make me a bad producer??? No. I just didn’t fit Johnny O.’s scheme.
Darrelle Revis isn’t Lovie Smith’s guy. Josh Freeman wasn’t Greg Schiano’s guy. This is different though. Josh Freeman sucked. Darrelle Revis is the best… in his prime, but he doesn’t fit in Smith’s scheme; Tony’s scheme; Monty’s scheme. This scheme has a catchy little nickname too. It’s called the Tampa 2. There are no “islands” in the Tampa 2; only territories. While Darrelle Revis might be the best man-to-man corner in the world, his skill set doesn’t translate to zone coverage. More importantly, paying anyone other than a quarterback $16,000,000 a year doesn’t translate in any system.
Smith and Licht had an out and they took it. They had no obligation to Revis just like my boss had no obligation to me.
One obligation that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ management has as well as the management here at 98.7 The Fan is to put a quality product out there for their fans to enjoy. The Bucs are on the way back and sports talk radio in Tampa Bay has never been stronger.
Change is here, and it’s never felt better…
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