Bucs Have GM Favorites; Hickey Looks East

January 18th, 2014

GM candidate Jason Licht is a Bill Belicheat guy, just like Greg Schiano.

The Bucs don’t have a general manager. No problem. Lovie Smith is in charge.

The Bucs are still interviewing candidates. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, their search presses on with two favorites: Marc Ross and Jason Licht, executives with the Giants and Cardinals, respectively. Both were college players. Ross is a Princeton man, and Licht has twice worked for Bill Belicheat, last serving as Patriots director of pro personnel from 2009 to 2011.

Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik’s right hand man, is still at One Buc Palace leading scouting efforts. But reports out of South Florida have him interviewing for the Dolphins’ vacant GM gig.

22 Responses to “Bucs Have GM Favorites; Hickey Looks East”

  1. scotty Says:

    if the Dolphins think he’s a GM canidate shouldn’t we interview him ourselves?he’s already a buc!

  2. Aldo Says:


    every team has his own philosophy, to be fair, if the bucs wants someone already signed i preffer eric stokes…

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    All the Bucs need to do is come to the comments section of JBF and they most definitely will find some willing candidates for interviews.

  4. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I am washing my tuxedo t-shirt right now waiting for my call for an interview.

  5. Jon Says:

    Why not just promote or give out titles to hickey and stokes. I mean whoever is named GM doesn’t have any power anyway. Plus the roster is talented so those two must be doing something right. We did just draft the best QB in the nfl last year.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Realist and 1987 you forgot to mention the madden gm’s on this forum who are head and shoulders above the candidates listed. Tuexedo Shirt is a nice touch that should give you an edge for sure.

    On a serious note, what happened to the Vitale from the falcons. I thought he was a front runner. Joe did he back out or did the bucs move on???

  7. Eric Says:

    Please take Dennis Hickey.

    And for goodness sake don’t hire from within, that’s how we got into this disaster to begin with.

  8. DaveFromOrlando Says:

    bye bye Hickey, you will not be missed.
    you missed out on so many draft prospects…wow.

  9. lurker Says:

    I was waiting for someone to say something like eric did.

    they tried their last gm in-house.

  10. Mike J Says:

    History hath shown that, w/ some exceptions like N.E., having a GM subordinate to a coach is a recipe for disaster.

  11. Jon Says:

    Lol. Yeah the team is a disaster. Except our new coach loves the talent. Poor guy is stuck with revis, McCoy, Clayborn, Barron, Williams, James, Jackson, Martin, goldson, david etc.

  12. Eric Says:

    Losing teams always talk about how talented they are. The lions invented it, and have one playoff win in 50 years.

    Sorry but five straight years no playoffs and one winning season is a disaster.

    And Clayborn, Williams, Barron and James on your list aren’t even good. Maybe average.

    Lovie will do the job but this roster needs a lot of work and promoting someone from within would be foolish IMO.

  13. Couch Fan Says:

    What happened to the Atl guy Vitali? I thought he was the leading candidate

  14. run to daylight Says:

    Report is now that Lovie will have final say-so, not only on personnel, but on the draft as well. This job is nothing more than a Lovie assistant and figurehead. Lovie’s calling all the shots now. The Glazers gave him this power to detract him from going elsewhere, i.e., Detroit.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Eric, you are out of your mind. Williams and Baron are VERY good. I suspect Clayborn just needs a valid DE on the other side and he will flourish.

    James hasn’t played enough to get too many props.

  16. Que589 Says:

    Fans always have a tendency to overrate the talent on the team they root for
    McCoy, Revis, Martin, David, V Jax are the true ballers, everyone else is replaceable

  17. ander Says:

    promote one of my favorite linebackers of all time shelton quarles.

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    I’m sure they’ve already look to see if they mesh well with Lovie, they being the in-house guys.

    Probably didn’t work out

  19. Jon Says:

    Eric. You’re right. Team is rotten. Only a hero can save it now. You should apply, then you can find 48 real players and save our wretched Buccaneers.

  20. Capt. Tim Says:

    Agree with most of that
    Clayborn, and Bowers, both missed a year, and were rehabbing this year.
    Gotta give them this year- will either rise, or fall.
    Williams is very good.
    Really thought James was the one that earned a higher rating. He was playing great.
    Penn and Dotson are only decent lineman.

    The rest are well placed on a losing team

  21. unbelievable Says:

    bunch of whiners on here today, huh? Team certainly has some talent at starting positions. McCoy, Revis, David, Foster, Cassilas, Martin, V-Jax, Williams, James, plus guys on the rise like Barron, Dotson, Wright, Banks. I’m undecided on Dashon Goldson, his play needs to step up or replace him with someone cheaper and smarter. Depth is a big cause for concern to me.

    For startng positions- obviously need another solid corner, blocking/catching TE, speed receiver, at least 1 DE (unless these coaches really think they can get IT from Bowers and Clayborn), and take your pic on the o-line.

    But we have free agency with solid cap room, and the draft, and should be able shore up many of these holes. Color me optimistic

  22. Eric Says:

    I’m optimistic too, Lovie is gonna right the ship and do it quick.

    However, the roster needs a lot of work.

    QB, OL, WR, DE to name a few weak spots. That’s quite a bit.