Season after losing season, I think we as fans try to figure out what is wrong with our Buccaneers. We're looking to cast blame on everyone and everything that might have had a hand in contributing to another losing season. The common denominator from the end of the Gruden era to Raheem Morris to the Schiano debacle and Lovie Smith's first dreadful season has been the sons calling the shots.
I'll preface this by saying that I am in no means calling for the Glazers to sell their team. It is their team and they can do what they want with it. I'll also assume that they'd like to try and have a winning organization again. With that being said, maybe the Glazer name needs to take a step back and bring in someone who knows how to run a winning franchise, and allow that person to run things for their franchise.
As of right now, the only people Jason Licht and Lovie Smith have to answer to are people with the last name "Glazer." No offense to the Glazer family, but I'm pretty certain they couldn't have told Lovie Smith and Jason Licht that Michael Johnson would be a waste of money and that Anthony Collins would be a waste of space.
After the horrendous off-season last year when Jason Licht and Lovie Smith went on a spending spree in free agency and then had questionable picks in the NFL draft after selecting Mike Evans (Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Charles Sims to be clear), the Glazers do need to reevaluate their approach. I have seen some people suggest that they should refrain from spending as much money in free agency this upcoming off-season. I guess that's one approach, but for a potential 2-14 team, a roster makeover SHOULD/MUST happen. The other approach is to bring in another set of eyes that can properly help evaluate the decisions Licht and Lovie plan to make.
This position can be a "President," "Executive Vice President of Football Operations," or whatever other fancy title the Glazers would like to create. The fact is that currently the Bucs have on their website Malcolm Glazer listed as the President with Darcie Glazer Kassewitz listed as co-President. I'd like to finally see a leader running the football side of the operation within One Buc Place.
One name that comes to mind for me would be Bill Polian. Polian was the General Manager with the Buffalo Bills during their glory years, helped the Panthers quickly rise as an expansion team, and became the GM and President of the Indianapolis Colts from 1997-2011. Polian has since been with ESPN as an analyst, but might be the perfect person to bring respect, and actual talent, to Tampa Bay.
Polian isn't the only name, but he is the type of person I would look towards to assist Licht and Lovie in evaluating talent and decision making for the Buccaneers moving forward. This President/VP of Football Operations could be a former GM, former head coach, or former front office member, but it must be someone who is respected throughout the NFL as a talent evaluator.
If the Glazers are not going to make any drastic moves like firing Lovie Smith after just one season, they better ensure themselves that this past calendar year does not repeat itself. It isn't about just not trying to improve your team by not spending any money in free agency because you're scared. It's about making the right decisions on the players you feel fit your plan. The Bucs need another voice to help with that evaluating process and putting the proper plan in place.
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