Unprecedented Power For Lovie SmithJanuary 6th, 2014
Joe has already shared the report of new Bucs coach Lovie Smith being granted full and total control over the 53-man roster. This may, in part, be why Team Glazer jettisoned former rock star general manager Mark Dominik, because in the pact for total autonomy, Lovie wanted his hand-picked man as a general manager.
Think about that: A coach who has never won a Super Bowl, has only appeared in one Super Bowl, and has a paltry record against teams with winning records is one of the most powerful men in the NFL, types Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
In fact, no coach — not commander Greg Schiano, not Super Bowl-winning Chucky — since Sam Wyche who has worked for Team Glazer has been given so much authority over the team.
Smith never had such a strong voice in personnel matters with the Chicago Bears. In fact, it’s an organizational structure the Glazers had for only one season, in ’95, when they purchased the team and coach Sam Wyche was also the head of football operations. He was quickly stripped of those duties when Rich McKay was installed as general manager.
Smith’s control of the 53-man roster almost certainly would limit the Bucs’ opportunity to attract an experienced general manager. That’s why it’s likely someone with ties to Smith, such as Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard, would be a frontrunner to fill the role with the Bucs.
This stuns Joe. The man often given credit for building the Bucs’ foundation in the 1990s, Father Dungy, did not have this control. This is Bill Belicheat-type control. Shoot, Jim Harbaugh answers to a general manager. Mike McCarthy answers to a general manager. John Harbaugh answers to a general manager. So too does Mike Tomlin, and other top coaches.
Perhaps Team Glazer was desperate for Lovie to work for them, or Lovie told Team Glazer exactly what they wanted to hear in order to obtain this type of power.