Lovie, Licht “Inseparable”June 11th, 2014
When there is friction between a front office and the football staff, it rarely makes for a good football product. And when there is a good football product with friction (read: Marty Chokenheimer and A.J. Smith with the Chargers), upheaval lurks just around the corner.
So in trying to build a team, it helps when the leaders are on the same page. With Bucs general manager Jason Licht and Bucs coach Lovie Smith, the duo are not just on the same page, but in the same sentence.
So long as that tome is found at One Buc Palace.
Licht appeared on KGME-AM 910 in Phoenix yesterday to talk football and in particular, the Bucs. Licht explained how he and Lovie are two football peas in a pod.
“Lovie is a dream, especially for a rookie GM,” Licht said. “That relationship, that GM-head coach relationship isn’t talked about enough. It has to be good. It has to be solid. We are a lot different in some things. He doesn’t curse. He doesn’t drink. [Laughs]. He rarely misses a church service. But here in the office, we are inseparable.
“[Lovie] can get along with anybody. He is the easiest, most calm person to have as a head coach. When bullets are flying and you are making quick decisions and it appears things are falling apart in contract negotiations and you have a head coach who says, ‘Hey Jason, don’t worry about it. Don’t let them hold you hostage. Let’s go to the next guy.’ That gives you a lot of peace of mind.”
Licht also had a couple of other interesting things to say. He noted that on his third interview with Team Glazer, he decided to relax and to just be himself. If the Bucs didn’t want him for what he is and who he is, oh well. The move proved to be a winning formula for Licht.
Also, Licht admitted one of the teams that was trying to trade for Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon was the Arizona Cardinals.
To hear the full interview, click on the orange arrow below, courtesy of KGME-AM 970.