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Former head coach Lovie Smith’s firing over the telephone rubbed some the wrong way, but general manager Jason Licht said that wasn’t the organization’s intention. Here’s how conversations went down between Licht and Smith and co-owner Joel Glazer and Smith, according to the general manager.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith worked together to formulate Tampa Bay's 53-man roster – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR“I had a phone call with ownership last night, and, at that point, they had gathered all their information and had made a decision,” Licht said during a Thursday press conference to address Smith’s dismissal. “They wanted to get together with Lovie today, in person, and inform him that they were going to relieve him of his duties. Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from Lovie.

“As a general manager and head coach, especially with our relationship, we call each other quite a bit. During that phone call, my respect for Lovie as a friend, I let him know that ownership was planning on getting together with him today and I wanted to let him know that I didn’t think it was going to go in a very good direction and let him know what it was.

“[Smith] said, ‘You can just have Joel [Glazer] call me.’ Joel called him. First thing [Joel] said was, ‘Lovie, I’d like to get together with you tomorrow.’ Lovie told him that [he] understood what it’s about. [Joel] said, ‘Well, let’s just don’t talk about that, let’s get together and talk about it [in person],’ and Lovie gracefully declined the meeting. [He was] very polite, the only the way Lovie can do it, and said, ‘I would just rather do it this way.’ So this was after several attempts for ownership, Joel in particular, to fly here and meet with him, but Lovie then came last night and cleaned out his office.”

When asked why ownership wasn’t in town as the organization changes it team’s leadership once again, Licht said the Glazers are showing trust in their front office personnel.

“They’ve empowered me, right now, to be the face of the football operations, to run the football operations, to lead the charge for the next head coach,” Licht said. “They have confidence in me and my group, my personnel people. So I should be the one talking about this right now.”

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Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Okay, some of you Posters can apologize for calling the Glazer’s or the GM classless. This was Lovie’s choice to be fired this way.

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
5 years ago

Glazers = Classless

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

I tried to get fired over the phone one time and they wouldn’t do it. Made me drive all he way down to the office to do it,”the company manual way.”
Kiss off.
If you already know you are going to get fired what difference doe it make.
I just wish I had a 10 mill severance package to fall back on.
Instead all I got was my back and vacation pay and 11 weeks of unemployment at the max of $275 a week thanks to Gov. “Psycho” Scott cutting back the benefit weeks

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

So, it’s not your fault that you got fired?

BucWild02
BucWild02
5 years ago

Im glad Lovie is gone. Defense didn’t perform to their capability under Lovie and Frazier in year one or year two. Both guys were previously NFL head coaches. I am glad the players on defense are mad he got fired. Maybe they will wake up and realize its their fault.

artpac
artpac
5 years ago

You can believe Lovie was a terrible coach, and still believe this was classless. And this was classless.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Seems to me the Glazers wanted to do it properly but Licht spilled the beans.

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