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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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