Lovie “May Have Short Term Thinking”January 9th, 2014
Those darn NFL head coaches; they just can’t help themselves. They want to win now and that often gets the best of their brains.
That was the take from longtime general manager Charley Casserly, who now works for NFL Network. Casserly was interviewed on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday and explained that Lovie Smith, as ruler of Bucs personnel and head coach, likely will have challenges thinking long term when building the Bucs.
“Ultimately, the head coach is fired on next year a lot of times,” Casserly said, noting the reality of the NFL.
“Whether that’s a short-term view of the cap, short term view on signing free agents, that’s a possibility there, too. … It’s how does he manage the control? If he hires top people and listens to them, and keeps a big picture approach, then it has a chance to succeed.”
Joe can only speculate on how Lovie will approach building the Bucs and how what sort of mind he wants has his general manager. Joe suspects Lovie will do what he knows; build a great Bucs defense, which already has plenty of pieces in place, lock down
Devin Hester strong special teams, and then secure an offense that can do just enough to get it done.
What’s most interesting is the win-now pressure on Lovie, pressure that Lovie said he embraces. Unless Lovie plans to purge some big-money veterans and truly start fresh, then the Bucs have to be focused on winning immediately.
You don’t pay gobs of cash to Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, Gerald McCoy, Donald Penn and Vincent Jackson — about 40 percent of the salary cap — so they can help you fulfill a three-to-five-year plan.
Enjoy all of Casserly’s interview below.