If you have a problem with Mr. Jerry Glanville, there is no question he’ll have a good defense. As in a fire and brimstone, end of days defense that will put opposing offenses in a panic. That’s just who Glanville is.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans may have a problem with Jerry for his defensive prowess and the year 1977. That was the year he, a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, came up with a defensive scheme where the defense would simply rush too many guys for opposing offenses to block. It set a record for least points allowed over a 14-game NFL season (129) and a stingy 9.2 points per game average.
Called the “Gritz Blitz,” it was a ferocious style of defense that became known as HC Leeman Bennett’s defense. It might start to make sense to some of you why Jerry Glanville owes Tampa Bay. After a few more mostly average years as HC of the NFC West Atlanta Falcons, Bennett came in to town to replace legend John McKay as Buccaneer HC and promptly led the team to successive 2-14 seasons before ceding the position to Ray Perkins in 1987.
The XFL team in Tampa Bay has brought Jerry Glanville in. In the current wave of football coach recycling, this seems like a great move. If there is one thing we Tampa Bay football fans know, it’s that we might hate you today when you’re not one of us, but we will love you tomorrow when you are.
Welcome to Tampa Bay, Jerry Glanville. We will leave two tickets for Elvis at will call.