The Bucs search for a new general manager is heating up according to recent reports and one of the candidates, Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital, is set for a second interview with the team.
On Monday, at the East-West Shrine West team’s practice, Vital’s boss gave a glowing recommendation to PewterReport.com. Falcons’ general manager Thomas Dimitroff thinks Vital is the right man for the job.
“Look I have said this categorically – I believe Lionel is one of the best pure talent evaluators in the league and has been around some of the best team builders with Ozzie Newsome, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Haley and humbly, has been around our system in Atlanta where he has a really good understanding of putting team together from a scouting standpoint,” Dimitroff said. “(He’s a) great people person in the way of his dealing with the building, they really respect him and respect his approach. Good man with a really good understanding of leadership qualities. My feeling is he and Lovie would have a really nice personality mix. Congruent and beneficial to the organization.”
Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown, and Titans V.P. of player personnel Lake Dawson have also met with the Buccaneers about the vacant general manager position according to reports.
Dimitroff was also very complimentary of the Bucs decision to hire Lovie Smith as their head coach.
“Obviously Lovie (Smith) is an outstanding football coach and he’s going to be obviously a very good thing for this organization and it is going to add that much more toughness for us in the (NFC South) division, having someone like Lovie coaching in the division.”
And while some wonder about the overall talent on the Bucs roster, don’t count Dimitroff as one of those.
“They are good football team and have a lot of talent throughout their whole team in all of the different areas,” Dimitroff said. “I mean they are a good football team, no doubt about it. Mark (Dominik) did a heck of a job putting together a football team and whoever does come in as the general manager with Lovie is going to be in a really good spot I believe.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 email@example.com
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