Jan 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is introduced as head coach during a press conference at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

How Much Power Will New General Manager Jason Licht Have With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

One of the biggest discussion points since the hiring of new head coach Lovie Smith was about the balance of power between the new head coach and the front office in Tampa Bay. Early reports indicated that Lovie Smith would have power over personnel decisions with the Buccaneers, and that a GM would not have the full compliment of GM responsibilities as a result.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, those reports were either untrue or blown out of proportion.

And according to our friend Gil Arcia over at The Bay Cave, this really isn’t news at all.


So what power does Lovie Smith has that prompted these reports? It seems as though Smith’s one contractual job in the front office is to be involved in cutdown day, meaning he has final say on the 53-man roster. Rather than being involved in day-to-day operations in the front office, Smith will simply work with Licht to figure out whether to keep a promising young linebacker who plays special teams or a veteran wide receiver who would add depth on offense.

This is certainly a logical balance of power, although the Coach/GM relationship must be strong for continued success, regardless of roles or contractual clauses. If Licht and Smith work well together, and Licht knows how to get the right players in place for Smith to use properly, the actual role of each man matters very little.

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