Five Reasons Dirk Koetter is a Step Up for the Buccaneers
Hired by the GM
Don’t minimize the importance of this one.
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In any business, there is a hierarchy of power. In starts with the CEO and moves on down all the way through the employees. It’s no different with an NFL football team. It starts with the owner, moves through the front office, and ends with the players who report to the coach, and the coach who reports to the general manager.
With that, the typical order of hire is the general manager hiring the coach. Not the other way around. Why? Because doing it in reverse causes problems.
Just look once again at the New York Jets for a prime example. Following the 2012 season, general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired, but coach Rex Ryan was retained. Ryan was part of the GM selection process which led the team to hire John Idzik.
How did that turn out? The two parties had different visions of putting together a team, and by the end, fans were hanging billboards to fire the general manager. Both men were fired, and they started all over with Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan.
Lovie Smith was here first, and he was part of bringing Jason Licht to town. That doesn’t end well. Licht wanted Koetter to be the coach, and now he is.
It’s a good thing.
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