Bucs fans have been vocal that the team needs to do everything they can to keep offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, whose name has come up as a potential head coaching candidate. But someone who is a little more behind the scenes, but perhaps just as valuable to the organization, could be on the move.
Jon Robinson, Tampa Bay’s director of player personnel, has been linked as a possible replacement for Ruston Webster who was fired by the Tennessee Titans on Monday after four seasons as GM and two prior seasons as the team’s vice president of player personnel. 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.
Besides the four mentioned players, the Buccaneers are still very high on fifth-round pick wide receiver Kenny Bell who missed the 2015 season with an injury. Even the other two Bucs picks that were released before the start of the season, Kaelin Clay and Joey Iosefa, contributed to other teams this season.