Not only are NFL teams looking to the Super Bowl champion Bucs for possible head coaching candidates, at least one team is interested in John Spytek for its general manager position. Spytek is one of six candidates for the Minnesota Vikings G.M. vacancy, which was created with the firing of Rick Spielman on Monday. The Vikings also fired head coach Mike Zimmer.
Spytek, who is in his sixth season with Tampa Bay, replaced Jon Robinson as the team’s director of player personnel in 2016. Robinson, who was Jason Licht’s right-hand man, from 2014-15, became Tennessee’s general manager in 2016.
Spytek came to the Bucs to become the team’s director of player personnel after three years in Denver where he was an area scout (2013) and then a national scout (2014-15). He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos during the 2015 season. After the Bucs won Super Bowl LV, Spytek was promoted to Tampa Bay’s vice president of player personnel.
Bucs VP of player personnel John Spytek and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Prior to joining Denver, Spytek spent three seasons (2010-12) as Cleveland’s director of college scouting. While with the Browns. Spytek began his player personnel career working as an intern with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, earning a full-time college scouting assistant position in 2006 and spending three years as a college/pro scout from 2007-09. His first job in the NFL was as an operations intern with the Detroit Lions in 2004.
Spytek was a linebacker at Michigan and played on the same team as Tom Brady in college.
In his career, Spytek has worked with a number of top executives and coaches, including John Elway, Andy Reid, Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert, John Harbaugh, Gary Kubiak, Bruce Arians and Licht.
If Spytek should leave the Bucs, Licht has a couple of capable in-house replacements to consider with pro personnel director Rob McCartney and director of college scouting Mike Biehl.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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