The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team in the NFL without a general manager. However, the Bucs do have a head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. For some reason, this strange combination just didn’t sit very well with me. Ever since Lovie Smith was hired by Tampa Bay, he’s made several organizational moves without the help of a general manager — here’s why the Buccaneers need to be careful:
While I understand Smith has been out of work for over a year, that is still no reason to just hand him the reins. Tampa Bay is in grave danger of allowing one man to drive the entire ship into the group — Al Davis or Jerry Jones style.
For instance, the Buccaneers may regret giving Jeff Tedford the offensive coordinator duties considering he has never been a coach of any kind at the NFL level. No matter how much faith you have in Smith, the concept of a head coach making personal changes without the guidance of a general manager is rather concerning. When the Buccaneers finally hire a general manager, there is likely to be some sort of rift between Smith and the new guy. While I fully expect Tampa Bay to improve in 2014, time will tell if Smith’s rogue approach will end sour or sweet.