Jon Robinson and Jason Licht - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
When a front office has success in their NFL drafts, struggling teams take notice. Unfortunately for the Bucs, John Robinson, Tampa Bay’s director of player personnel, is on his way to replace Ruston Webster in Tennessee, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Titans have an 18-46 record over the last four seasons with Webster at the helm.
Robinson, a native of Union City, Tennessee, has served as general manager Jason Licht’s right-hand man since 2014, and shares in the credit of what most believe was a very successful 2015 NFL Draft for the Bucs. Tampa Bay drafted starters Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Kwon Alexander, four pieces the team feels they can build around moving forward. On Wednesday Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network ranked the Buccaneers 2015 draft class at No. 1, with the Vikings at No. 2 and the Titans at No. 3.
“Jason Licht and Lovie Smith look to have hit a home run with first overall pick Jameis Winston, and Kwon Alexander was a legitimate Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate before he was suspended for the final four games,” Jeremiah wrote.
Ironically, Robinson will now be in charge of building a team around the Titans 2015 first round pick Marcus Mariota, the Oregon quarterback who the Bucs passed on, instead taking former FSU standout Jameis Winston, one selection ahead of Mariota.
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tough loss, but Jason will find a replacement. Funny how we also interviewed Josh McDaniel for HC which I support. If Koetter leaves for San Francisco; then I am comfortable Josh and Jason would find an ecellent OC replacement. My concern no matter what I believe is finding a solid Defensive Coordinator. I hope we get a seasoned one that’s not a Tampa 2 fan. Go Bucs!
The Bucs have not interviewed Josh McDaniel or it has not been made public knowledge. The Bucs have interviewed two head coaches in Harold Goodwin and Sean McDermott who are still in the playoffs. They interviewed Dirk Koetter just yesterday, but have not started any negotiations from what I have read.
When Mark Dominik made his prediction that the Bucs would hire Koetter before Wednesday, he also suggested that they may also want to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and DC Matt Patricia, both of whom have a history with Jason Licht. I’ve read no reports that they have, and will have to wait until the Super Bowl bye week or until the Pats are eliminated from the playoffs. Just guessing, but the Bucs will probably not want to wait that long. And BTW, the 49ers have hired Chip Kelly.
Macabee; thanks for the info. I read it wrong.
just when i had slim hope for the Bucs’ future they fire the head coach, lose best talent evaluator/scout and may lose OC… really are Cleveland Browns South
OK, this is the first I heard of this disappointing news. Did Robinson make a lateral move as TN new director of player personnel? Or General Manager of Tenn? If he had a great relationship with Licht, why the lateral move from a team on the rise?
It is a promotion for Jon Robinson to General Manager replacing Ruston Webster, also a former Buc. It is the same job that Licht has with the Bucs. What we don’t know is if he has the same power. Licht now has total control over FA, the draft and the 53 roster.
Thanks – well good for TN, disappointing for us, Licht was high on him and I remember reading an article here in PR where Licht predicted us to unfortunately lose him before long to be a GM for another NFL team. Licht was right yet again.
I wonder how much of the evaluation was Licht and how much was Robinson? I guess we’ll find out. 2016 is not exactly starting off with a bang for the Bucs. Kiper’s mock has Hargreaves III going to the Bucs… One can only hope.
For those of you that are keenly interested in the next Buc HC, (I’m innocent bystander), the door has essentially closed on Koetter being HC other than the Bucs.
Latest word is Titans are interested in their own Mike Mularkey and the Eagles, once Coughman dropped out, is pursuing Doug Pederson/KC.
The Bucs can offer the HC job to Koetter which is still highly likely or they can keep him as OC (currently under contract) and hire another HC if they choose. Seems to be taking their time for some reason. IMO, whenever and whoever, I’m still a Buc fan!
macabee; I’m glad they are taking their time. They have an eye on a couple positions and those Coaches are still in the Playoff mode.
Silver Lining: this gives the Bucs’ a friendly face in the Draft, set up at the top of each round, to perhaps make a friendly trading partner.
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