Lovie Needs A “Bad Guy”January 10th, 2014
Longtime Packers vice president Andrew Brandt, a personnel chief in Green Bay for 10 years negotiating player contracts, made a great point about Lovie Smith’s new role as Bucs’ all-powerful football man.
If players know Lovie is the biggest man on campus , then they know he’s involved in the money side of the game. That can be sticky.
Who’s going to be the “bad guy?” notes Brandt, who now works for BSPN and Sports Illustrated.
Brandt was in Green Bay when Mike Sherman was given widespread power before current Packers general manager Ted Thompson arrived to save the day. Brandt shared his views on WDAE-AM 620 this week.
He said the model of the head coach ruling the roost is “flawed,” especially given the increasingly shorter shelf lives of NFL head coaches.
“Coaches are going to be looking more short term than ever with those kinds of statistics. You need coaches to feel secure playing young guys,” Brandt said. “Will Lovie be given the latitude to play young players and go through growing pains? Or is it going to be a more short-term, play-older-players approach?”
Joe has no problem with a win-now mindset. Joe’s sick of the Bucs being a lasting pretender. But the great organizations are able to do both; play for now and prepare and build for the future. Joe doubts Lovie and his eventual GM will be well versed in that balancing act.