Please allow me to preface this article with the fact, I do not care for Jason Licht as a GM.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss how he can save his job. In all probability Dirk Koetter is out as HC. It seems like he knows this. If this is true, then more than likely Jason is already in the process of finding his replacement. As a matter of fact, it probably has been the case since the trade deadline. It would explain the lack of interest in trading for certain needs on the team. There’s no sense making trades the next coach may regret.
I know the Glazers and this organization aren’t big on in-season trading in the first place. So that’s not really indicative of whether Licht was working on Koetter’s replacement or not. Couple that with the fact that communications between Licht and Koetter seem to have come to a screeching halt at about that same time it became general knowledge that a certain HC was leaving Baltimore at season’s end.
What, you say, has any of this got to do with Licht saving his job? Good question. If Jason Licht has in fact been on the phone to the Harbaugh or McCarthy camp and in fact does acquire one of them as the Bucs’ new HC, do you actually believe either would be willing to work here if the guy who brought them in and made their deal was to be released?
Not bloody likely.
If Licht is fired, those candidates will most likely already have been hired somewhere else simply because of timing. Jason Licht has created for himself a chance at redemption. If he does land Harbaugh or McCarthy, he won’t be fired. If he doesn’t land one of those, we begin the old, tired process all over again. Which means a new, probably untried GM, a young and inexperienced HC, and more years waiting.
There you have it in a nut shell. It’s a Bucs life.
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Written by: Johnny Dean!