It was surprising to a lot of people when the Bucs turned down the opportunity to coach one of the squads at the Senior Bowl this year. Coaching at the Senior Bowl gives that team a hands-on evaluation of the players participating, and with the draft being as important as it has become, any little advantage should be seized by a team.
My good friend Lee Diekemper of joebucsfan.com heard an interview of Bucs GM Jason Licht on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller explaining why the Bucs passed on the Senior Bowl.
It’s not that we did not want to participate," Licht said. "We were expecting some changes on our staff. Because of that, we didn’t want to rush a hire just so we could coach in the Senior Bowl. And we also didn’t want to hold on to staff members just to coach the Senior Bowl. It turns out we didn’t have a lot of turnover and we made the right hire in Dirk Koetter. Looking back on it, of course we would love to be in it but we didn’t want to rush those decisions."
Obviously, the hire of a new offensive coordinator was a major hire for both Jason Licht and Lovie Smith, which is why they didn't want to rush into it. However, I do find it interesting that Licht said that they ended up not having a lot of turnover.
Does that mean they were considering replacing other coaches on their staff? Warhop?
Does that mean they were considering going after certain coaches once they became available? Marinelli?
For the General Manager to say they didn't have as much turnover as they expected means some things were still being considered at the time they had to make the decision to pass on the Senior Bowl. I think coaching the Senior Bowl is an important advantage, but even more important than that is making sure you're current staff is as good as it can be.
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