It's Glazer time.
Raheem Morris has the security of a sub-prime mortgage. If the Bucs lose their final two games, it will be just the second time the franchise has ended a season with 10 straight losses. The first time was the Bucs' 0-14 inaugural season. Need anything else?
It's Glazer time, whether they're ready or not.
Will they go old coach or young coach, pro or college, marquee name or top coordinator?
Wherever they go, they'd better go all in.
Do the G Men really want to break that way?
Three years ago, the Glazers didn't like it when Jon Gruden, no fan of youth football, handed them a grocery list and they added up the cost. Gruden was fired. Now we see the result of this club's extreme makeover: too young, too undisciplined, nowhere to turn for leadership. Glazer fingerprints, and those of head-nodding GM Mark Dominik, are on 4-10 as much as Raheem's.
I'm not even sure the Glazers, deep down, want to fire Raheem. I mean, to dump him means to have to spend more money, soon. But there's no way to save him at 10 in a row, there can't be.
So, where do they turn?
It's hard to track Glazer movements at any time, much less coaching searches. You don't know who they'll be looking at when their Punxsutawney heads pop from the ground.
They've courted the likes of Bill Parcells and Steve Spurrier. They might still be fascinated with Bill Cowher.
They also hired a top coordinator who deserved a shot: Tony Dungy. Then they went back to a head coach glamour boy: Gruden. It worked. Then they swung back the other way, to Raheem.
So, where do Glazers turn now?
There are big names out there. Cowher seems a reach. Jeff Fisher sounds reasonable, but at what price?
You talk a name, a proven coach, and you're talking major investment. Gruden is off the books after this season, but someone like Fisher would cost a lot, and in more than his salary. He wouldn't be here to run a Day Care. He'd want bump-ups all around, a real shopping list, real power.
Get ready to open thy pockets, G Men.
Once upon a time, they did, when the Bucs were building under Dungy, then Gruden. It cost money. Where's the guarantee that will happen again? I mean, wasn't all that augmenting taking place pre-Manchester United? The Glazers need to go all in, but we'll believe it when we see it.
There are top NFL assistants out there. The Bucs play one of them Saturday: Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
There's the route of hiring a top college coach, which has produced bad results (Spurrier, Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino) and good results (Jim Harbaugh). There's Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, who has the Tony Dungy seal of approval (Dungy's son plays for Kelly).
A guy like Kelly is an offense guy, and that's what the Bucs need to rebuild and reprogram Josh Freeman and the offense.
Then again, former Ravens coach Brian Billick was once about offense, so here we are, back at names again.
Yes, an offensive head coach, but armed with an autonomous defensive coordinator, maybe Steve Spagnuolo, who's flopping as head coach in St. Louis, but who was a great defensive coordinator with the Giants, with a penchant for building a pass rush, which might help against Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and now Cam Newton.
It's Glazer time.
What will they do? It's a mystery until it's official, and it might even be one after that, though I'd rule out Jay Gruden. (Yeah, the Glazers want Jay's brother hanging around again). If the Bucs lose out, and they bring back Morris, he'd have to get an extension. And a town goes nuts.
What do you have for us, G Men?
You want change?
You'll have to change yourselves, refit this team — spend some money.
It's Glazer time.