Lovie Smith’s PowerJanuary 12th, 2014
A lot has been made about how much power new Bucs coach Lovie Smith wields within the organization. Joe believes Lovie was granted great power by Team Glazer, otherwise, he would have interviewed with other teams, if for no other reason than to hear what others would offer.
That didn’t happen. Team Glazer got the man they wanted right away; the speed of this hire suggested Lovie got what he wanted.
In recent interviews, Lovie has waved off the idea that he has full and total control of the football operations. Some NFL insiders have hinted one reason the Bucs have not hired a general manager yet is that candidates are wary of being a figurehead.
Well, plugged in Adam Caplan, of ESPN and the Eagles official website, was digging and believes he has found how much power Lovie indeed does have.
@caplannfl: Some nuggets on Bucs GM search: HC Lovie Smith holds final say on 53; GM will hold final say on draft.
This doesn’t seem unreasonable. A coach should have final say on his roster or, otherwise, he is a mere puppet. And a general manager should have final say on the draft. After all, if draft picks don’t pan out, then it’s the trigger-pulling general manager who is ultimately responsible (ask former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik about leaky Rip Van Freeman).
If a prospective general manager can get hired and/or fired for his picks, he damned well better have the final say on the draft.