Lobbying For Players

August 13th, 2016


How much control does Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht wield at One Buc Palace?

Consider a discussion from Bucs coach Dirk Koetter yesterday.

Koetter was asked about the chances of keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Last year the Bucs kept three, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin. Koetter responded that the decision is pretty much in Licht’s hands.

“That’s going to be ongoing,” Koetter said of a decision whether to keep three quarterbacks. “That’s going to be a lot on Jason’s shoulders. Hopefully he lets me have some input.”

Whoa. An NFL head coach not getting input into the makeup of his own roster? That’s rare.

Often, and Joe would suggest mostly, coaches have the final say on the 53-man roster. This is often written into their contracts. For example, Lovie Smith had the final word on who stayed and who didn’t.

Few NFL general managers have the final say on the 53-man roster. If they do, the head coach usually has significant input.

For Koetter to openly hope Licht would grant an opportunity to offer his two cents, damn, that’s power folks.

14 Responses to “Lobbying For Players”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Come on Joe!!! you know the QB situation! It all depends on if some team gets an injury and over pay for MG8!!! That is why the head coach differed to NFL GM Licht on how many QB’s will be on the roster!!!! While NFL GM Licht might actually have power of finaly 53, I have no doubt that Head Coach Koetter could walk in NFL GM Licht’s office and say I want MG8 to be the backup for years to come that NFL GM Licht would pickup the phone and speed dial MG8’s agent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bird Says:

    Folks. Nobody is going for mike glennon. He looked about as good as a stale dog turd that’s been siting in your front yard for about a week. I think if someone injured, a team will go for next qb on team. Think his ship has saled. Would be surprised if someone even makes run at him next year for a chance to be a starter.

  3. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Unfortunately for MG8 and the Bucs,his play wasn’t as good as his first season.
    So nobody will relinquish a high draft pick,or give Mike a big contract until he gets on the field and shines. I expected Mike to play better,after the reports from camp of how sharp he was. Our pass blocking has to improve to get the most out Koetter’s offense.

  4. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Really doesn’t matter if GM has power over the final 53. Coach can still put
    the the players he thinks are best on the field.Case in point:mike Jenkins
    and Tim Jennings. So it’s in the best interest of the Bucs for Koetter and Licht
    to be on the same page.

  5. Warren Says:

    Glennon had not taken a game day snap in over a year so the rust was evident, but he’s still got excellent trade value…I doubt his preseason film is going to factor into his body of work too much if you’re a QB hungry team. Show me one player who doesn’t need reps to shine

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Licht is in charge of who gets brought in. He is not in charge of who gets kept and who gets cut. Guarantee you that is the coaches decision.

    The situation regarding MG8 is unique because he will be a free agent QB who can walk and sign with the highest bidder next season if he chooses. Koetter would obviously like to keep Glennon as long as possible, but since he has some perceived trade value, the HC understands it is for the teams highest good if Licht decides to pull the trigger on a trade that would net the team a semi-valuable draft pick.

    Anyone writing MG8’s obituary after 1 pre-season game in which the whole team didn’t play that well are being foolish. Glennon will show plenty in the next 3 pre-season games.

  7. Kevin Says:

    Ryan griffin actually looked decent but glennon looked like crap.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    In this case….the three QB situation….I can see why Licht makes the decision because it makes Glennon expendable….if we cut Griffin and another team picks him up of the practice squad, then we are left with no game ready backup.
    The only reason we have three is we hope someone will want Glennon.
    And, I’m with the camp that thinks still has some trade value….not much…but some.

  9. BUC55 Says:

    “He looked about as good as a stale dog turd that’s been siting in your front yard for about a week.”

    Funny……and true!!

    Sorry Pickgrin, I usually agree with most everything you post, but I see mostly a dog turd going forward.

    And of course the coach has plenty of say on the roster, that’s just Koetter being humble.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    What Warren said.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    I just laugh at the negative Glennon posts. I guess instead of throwing that pick he should have settled for a sack crumple into the ground. Seeing as how frail and flatfooted he could have been out for the season, no value.

  12. Brent bull/buc Says:

    You guys are such prisoners of the moment. No thinking just emotional reaction. Mg numbers have been good for a couple years now in real games. Considered one of the top bu qbs in league by nfl analysts. One bad preseason game he sucks. I mean how stupid can you be. Also, I’m sure licht has been trying to get something for him for sometime. Hasn’t been able too.

  13. stanglassman Says:

    Griff is the future and he looked better. If this continues l’d like to keep Ryan and save the roster spot for another position. Not many teams keep 3 Qbs active these days.

  14. Brett Says:

    If the Bucs want to trade Glennon, they probably need to keep 3 QB’s on the roster.

    That is what the GM is supposed to do to look out for the medium and long term of the team.