Most Bucs fans are encouraged by the future of the players their GM has selected in recent years and the energy their new coach has brought to the team. As Jason Licht enters his 3rd season as an NFL general manager and Dirk Koetter enters his 1st year as an NFL head coach, respect for both on a national level is non-existent.
The Sporting News recently ranked the general managers and the head coaches for each NFL franchise. While Koetter may be a first time NFL head coach, Koetter is ranked 31st on this list, behind other first-timers like Adam Gase, Doug Pederson, and Bob McAdoo.
Bucs’ management, and the offensive players, put a lot of faith in Koetter after one year as their coordinator. He has a rapport with Jameis Winston, clearly. The defense got a big upgrade in the offseason. They are in position to make a big leap in the standings. Kind of a low ranking for a coach with this much potential? It’s his first year, it’s how it goes.
While Koetter is a 1st-time head coach, Bucs GM Jason Licht has been with the team for 3 off-seasons. During the last 3 off-seasons, Licht has brought in players like Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Kwon Alexander, Charles Sims, and others. With all that said, Licht didn't fair much better, ranking 26th in the Sporting News ranking of NFL general managers.
Licht doesn't need to worry about finding a franchise quarterback anymore, and his strong 2015 draft included Kwon Alexander. The 2016 draft doesn't look as good, however, and the Buccaneers need to recover from their tendency to throw money at a random collection of free agents.
Both Licht and Koetter have an opportunity to prove this lack of respect to be wrong. Of course, if they don't prove themselves in the win column soon, we all know the Glazers are always ready to jump to the next people to lead their franchise.
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