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Lovie Smith and the Bucs are 1-5 and have suffered two blowout losses - Photo by: Getty Images
When the Bucs hired Lovie Smith as head coach last year before hiring a general manager, many assumed the eventual choice, Jason Licht, would answer to Smith, and that Smith would have final say on most football matters. Neither of them has ever addressed their responsibilities specifically, other than to say they work well together.

On Tuesday Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk hinted that the undefined relationship could be splintering on the subject of what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in next April’s NFL Draft.

“I think there may be some tension in the front office on this,” Florio said.

Florio feels like Licht prefers drafting a quarterback, while Smith would rather trade down.

PewterReport.com reached out to a team source on Tuesday when the Florio report came out and that person was amused.

“Lol. Zero tension. Absolute zero,” the source responded back to Pewter Report.

Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud also contacted a team official who basically said the same thing.

“Absolutely false,” said the team official according to Stroud.

In any relationship, football or in life in general there will be disagreements, but in this case, or at least on this subject, the report seems to be inaccurate. Could a rift develop between now and when the Bucs are on the clock in April? Certainly, but as for now, whichever way Tampa Bay is leaning, it appearsLicht and Smith are on the same page.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

What I am in awe of every year is that so many teams are able to mask their intentions for 4 months. Florio reported Lovie wants to trade down, Macabee just posted a link in another ESPN article saying Lovie wouldn’t bring in Trestman because he preferred Mariota and finally only Lovie and the RB coach attended the college championship where Mariota was playing. My point is not who is presenting the correct information, my point is how good every team is at clouding their intentions. Is that part of the job interview for HC’s and GM’s…how good are you… Read more »

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

That’s only because It’s hard to get Lovie Smith’s head in a headlock! I hope you guys are having some fun with the daily disinformation campaign!

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Anything for news! I will not believe for one second that they will trade out of the #1 spot that only comes around every 25-30 years. Roll the dice and pick Winston and hope they don’t come up snake eyes. Nothing is a sure thing, just ask Dominik if he did his homework on Freeman? I’m sure he passed all the pre draft interviews and how did that turn out? We need a QB and one is available with a grade that is the best besides Luck in the last ten years. This should be a no brainer! We traded… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

Why do I get this horrible feeling Lovie is going to totally botch this opportunity?

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

My fear is that they are crappy evaluating talent, so that if it is the #1 pick, or trading down and getting 5 picks, they might all suck in either case.

Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible
Reply to  Buctebow
6 years ago

Buctebow – you’re right. that’s the real problem. And if that’s where we are then none of it matters anyway. Of course, playing out that line of thinking – maybe then watching the colossal implosion when Winston sexually assaults a local cab driver (not to be out done by a previous Buc-Thug) then steals a pound of peel and eat shrimp. They bust him at Monz Venus where he’s filmed throwing hand-fulls of shrimp up in the air and yelling, let it rain b(&tches. Now that’s a future worth looking forward to.

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Whats that old saying, if you can’t judge talent it doesn’t matter where you pick!

76Buc
76Buc
6 years ago

I thought Lovie had control on the final 53 and Licht had control on selecting who comes in to camp? If they don’t take a QB the Glazers will go ballistic (IMO). [Can you say sell tickets] I said before it really doesn’t matter anyway. Whoever they don’t select will be enshrined in Canton.

Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible
6 years ago

Amazing that the head coach is more of an adult that the GM. PLEASE trade out of this no-win scenario pick. Stock pile picks. We’re soooo far away, that we need several first rounders to get back into contention. Wasting it all on a shoplifter and unconfirmed sexual predator is not the path to the promised land. Glaziers, please listen to Lovie. That’s why you hired him.

Bucko40
Bucko40
6 years ago

Is it April 30th here yet. This is getting totally ridculous.

cremdonado
cremdonado
6 years ago

I don’t think Lovie is gonna be with us more than this season or next…he really is better suited as a coordinator and not such a good head coach…maybe the GM makes it out alive- draft day should tell us who’s on a shorter leash…

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I think most high school and college boys are “unconfirmed sexual predators”. And nowadays even the oldersters can take a little blue pill and become one. Whoever “Thou” is, as in “holier than Thou” must be a Pewter Report subscriber. Wasn’t J.C. charged with a crime he didn’t commit. Just sayin. I’m all for maxing out the impact of this draft but more wrong choices won’t do it. Back in 1978 the Bucs netted five picks and Jimmy Giles for the rights to draft some guy named Earl Campbell. One of the five was a strong armed QB who went… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Nicely said scubog! I’ll take the knockout!!

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