Lovie Met Licht In Chicago

January 21st, 2014

The new GM was a trusted Bill Belichick man

New Bucs general manager Jason Licht met with Lovie Smith in Chicago two years ago, when Licht was interviewing for the Bears GM gig he didn’t get.

BSPNChicago columnist Jon Greenberg penned a story that essentially begged the Bears to hired the Bucs’ new personnel czar.

Among the may points cited were a note that Licht was a trusted Bill Belicheat right hand on draft day.

Michael Holley, the one-time Chicago Tribune columnist, has written two books on Belichick’s football philosophies. The first, “Patriot Reign,” was a yearlong fly-on-the-wall study of Belichick’s team and included this throwaway line from observing the team’s draft room, on page 169, that worried Bears fans might find interesting:

 “Jason Licht was nearby, prepared to answer any questions about players or draft trends.” 

So I guess he was in The Room. Crisis of faith averted. Not that it means anything, but I fully understand the Bears fan’s tender psyche. This isn’t the Patriots.

Of course, Bucs fans will learn a lot more about Licht in the coming days. The BSPN piece linked above speculates Licht is a feather-ruffling, aggressive kind of guy. We’ll see.

17 Responses to “Lovie Met Licht In Chicago”

  1. al121976 Says:

    I think the Glazers are doing things right (finally). I am excited and really confident going in to next season, between all the experience the staff has and the talent on the roster, it should be a great year.

  2. Chris Says:

    I think in the past the glAZers tried finding the “diamond in the rough ” when hiring Dom and Raheem. Then schiano who was cut of the bellichik mold, but never adjusted bc he was too stubborn.

    They are going about all of this the right way. Licht is a solid hire.

  3. CC Says:

    Hey Joe,
    Ahmad Brooks just opted out of the pro bowl and was replace by Brian Orakpo. Lavonte gets snubbed again. WTF

  4. MTM Says:

    In the past I think the Glazers relied on Dominicks opinion on players far too much. Glad to see they are finally making better decisions. At least on paper these hires look much better than Schiano staff of misfit coaches. Finally an off season that looks bright!

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Stay skeptical Bucs fans. Stay skeptical. Believe it when you see it.

  6. originalfloridamarlin Says:

    That makes two of us. Stay skeptical.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    no problem here, I am a Bucs Skeptic for life.. just kidding. I am very excited for Free agency and the draft to finally get a true sense of what the new regime thinks of the roster. Can’t Wait!

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    I agree with ya there Realist. I’m still excited for FA and the draft. What else to do we have to look forward to? Not much right now. I’m just not expecting any of it to translate into wins. This team needs help badly. I wonder who’s fault it is? lol

  9. Eric Says:

    I’ve been assured by reliable sources that rock built a star studded team in need of only minor tweaking.

    Get with the program.

  10. Stevek Says:

    We have a new prospective behind the wheel.

    Look for some o-Line draft picks.

    I would love to trade down for future draft compensation and stock up the picks.

  11. Stevek Says:


    You should have asked “wonder whose fault it was?”

    We have a fresh start this year, trying to cultivate and revive Buc Ball.

    I am looking forward to Tedford. Maybe we can sign Jermichael Finley on the cheap?

  12. Mike J Says:

    MTM,is that really what you meant to say??

  13. Neil Says:

    With all the talk about the shifting of the offensive line, I haven’t heard anything about Gabe Carimi. Is he being written off as a failed experiment and battling just to remain on the roster?

  14. Architek Says:

    The Pats drafts aren’t overly impressive – it’s their coaching and personnel management that makes them solid.

    That HC and QB combination and system wins 11 games a year. (Plus a sorry division)

    I do think this is a good hire as it will bring more experience and a fresh view on things.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Actually, as a Buc fan from the very get-go….I wanted to use the moniker


    but thought Tampabaybucfan was long enough


  16. Andrew 1 Says:

    More like stay patient. Dont know much about the guy so I cant comment one way or the other. Will just have to wait and see.

  17. RustyRhinos Says:

    Thanks for the link to this story Joe.

    My favorite part of that story,
    “But from what I’ve heard, Licht not only knows how to scout college talent — they have a distinct system in New England that seems to work — but he’s adept at the complicated world of managing the collective bargaining agreement and all the other minutiae that go into this job. He also has scouts and young executives ready to follow him to Chicago, which is looked at as a sleeping giant to implement fresh ideas.”

    Glad he is now at the helm, Welcome aboard. I have been even keeled about Coach Smith Hire, I totally respect Him as a Great coach. He has had a chance to interview our new GM Licht, while with Chicago. I think this is an advantage to them both. Having already discussed Ideas plans on building a team together with the draft and FA will be very productive for all of us as Buc Fans. I am growing excited to finally move forward not side to side. A fresh idea indeed.
    Go Bucs!!