Back To The Future?December 30th, 2013
If nothing else, since the jettisoning this morning of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and commander Greg Schiano, there will be swirling tea leaves from all the names thrown out as to who will fill the voided seats at One Buc Palace.
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune has his ear to the railroad tracks and tossed out a few names he is hearing through solid sources.
@RCummingsTBO: Already hearing talk of the Bucs bringing the band back together. i.e Rich McKay, Lovie Smith, maybe Tim Ruskell, Jerry Angleo.
Here’s the thing. Reunions in sports often fail, sans Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner. There is a reason Rich McKay got bounced upstairs by Artie Blank. Do the names Jim Mora, Jr. and Bobby Petrino ring a bell?
Once upon a time, McKay was among the best of the NFL’s general managers. That was nearly 20 years ago now (geez, time flies).
And Joe simply is not a Lovie Smith kinda guy, the worst of the Father Dungy clones. One might argue it was Rod Marinelli’s defense that got Lovie to where he was. It surely wasn’t Lovie’s offense.
Team Glazer likes splash. They like offense. Unless Lovie was forced to take an offensive coordinator of someone else’s choosing, well, let’s just say Joe is suspicious.
And yet again, if a defensive coach is hired, and the offense with a good quarterback (you can scratch bratty Jay Cutler off the list if Lovie is hired) succeeds, the offensive coordinator will leave for greener pastures and that annoying merry-go-round of offensive coaches and rattled quarterbacks will start spinning.