Looming Lovie-Licht Power Struggle Is GoodJanuary 21st, 2014
So what should a general manager do if he wants a player and his head coach does not?
It’s a great question, and one former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik dealt with a handful of times with the leader of the New Schiano Order.
Should the GM put his foot down? What would be the point of doing that if the head coach isn’t going to use the player?
Dominik: Greg, Michael Bennett got the job done in a big way and he’ll come cheap because of the bum shoulder.
Schiano: Nah, he’s not my kind of Buccaneer Man and Da’Quan is going to start and get double-digit sacks.
A GM has a hell of a balancing act, pleasing and appeasing the head coach while simultaneously trusting his personnel staff and worrying about his own career. It’s not easy.
New Bucs general manager Jason Licht has a reputation of being a strong-minded leader, and early word is he’ll call the shots but Lovie Smith will have “final say” on the 53-man roster. But do those roles really gel? No, they don’t. It’s up to the two men to make it work.
A healthy power struggle should be a great situation if Licht and Lovie trust each other’s motives. One would hope that won’t be a problem this year with them coming in together to forge a new Bucs regime. The hiring process should have weeded out any out-of-the-gate conflicts.
Joe has no doubt the Bucs have massive decisions to make soon revolving around the quarterback and defensive end positions. They’re likely calls that will shape the careers of both men.