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Buccaneers Hire Jason Licht As Navigator To Success

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With newly-hired GM Jason Licht joining new head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, fans are expecting quite a turnaround in 2014. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.
With newly-hired GM Jason Licht joining new head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, fans are expecting quite a turnaround in 2014. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally hired a new general manager to control the team in Jason Licht, the former director of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals. Licht has plenty of talent to work with this upcoming season and he can really help this organization set sail for a run at the postseason. The Bucs have missed the playoffs the past six seasons and have not won a single postseason game since their 2002 run to the Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers are a struggling franchise and I am hoping that Licht can have a huge impact moving forward. I can see Tampa Bay making a very similar turnaround to the one experienced in Kansas City this season. The Chiefs had a new coaching staff heading into the 2013 season and wound up going to the playoffs. Can the Buccaneers make such a turnaround?

“There are building blocks in place here," Licht told reporters after his hire. "We have a lot of core players on this team that I'm excited about."

The Buccaneers have plenty of talent on their team. Licht already has a strong foundation on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball. I am excited to see how he and the Buccaneers organization spend their money during free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Tampa Bay owns the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft and Licht has already said that he is open to trading down. Licht wants to go in several different directions in this draft. While I hope the Bucs do not kick QB Mike Glennon to the curb, they do need to draft another quarterback in case he gets hurt. I hope that new head coach Lovie Smith and Licht will decide that Glennon is the face of the future in Tampa. In addition to the backup quarterback position, the Buccaneers should strengthen the wide receiver position and pick up a few defensive pieces as well. Licht has plenty of work to do this April.

Licht worked with many football teams in the past and helped them drive towards success, including the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and the Cardinals. I am thrilled to have him in the front office here because he is going to help navigate the Bucs to a return to the postseason. 

With Smith and Licht the new captains of the ship, the Buccaneers should not get lost in the Bermuda Triangle this season. Tampa Bay has a strong and intelligent coaching staff with plenty of experience.

Think of it this way: the only way the Bucs can sail after last year is North, right?