Once Lovie Smith is Named Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Who Will Be the General Manager and Coordinators?
By Leo Howell
November 10, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford on the sideline during the third quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. Oregon won 59-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Lovie Smith has yet to be officially announced as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but with reports of his hiring surfacing on Wednesday night, it’s time to consider what the rest of the staff will look like in Tampa Bay.
Smith has always been a fantastic defensive coach, but his offenses struggled during his time in Chicago and were his undoing and led to his firing. So who will he hire to run his offense and help compensate for his weakness?
Furthermore, who will replace Mark Dominik as General Manager and fill the role of filling the roster with talented players for Smith and his coaches to use on Sundays.
There are early indications of who may fill those roles, based on media reports from Wednesday night.
Jeff Tedford is the former coach of the California Bears, where he coached first-round picks Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller. (And before you get upset about Kyle Boller, remember that Tedford only coached him until the NFL Draft, and what happened from there was out of his hands.)
Prior to his time at Cal, Tedford coached first-round picks Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Akili Smith and Joey Harrington. He has plenty of experience with good quarterbacks of all kinds.
Frazier is the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and has been a defensive coordinator or defensive coach in the NFL since 1999. He’s a former NFL defensive back and brings a wealth of experience and respect to his position.
For the front office, there are plenty of interesting names to consider. Apart from Eric Stokes, who is a holdover from Mark Dominik’s staff and a rising star among executives, there are outside names with connections to Smith.
Angelo seems like the obvious choice, but he has as many question marks as he does gold stars on his resume. He has been a part of building some great teams (the Super Bowl rosters in Tampa and Chicago both were influenced by his decisions), but he doesn’t have a consistent track record for success.
Ballard, on the other hand, would be a smart addition as another name gaining respect in front offices around the league. Moving from the talented Bears to the talented Chiefs means he’s around lots of great executives, and has a comfort level with Smith due to their time together.
Which of these names do you like most to round out Lovie Smith’s staff in Tampa Bay? Let us know in the comments below.