TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers general director Jason Licht does not care when his head-coaching candidates are offensive-minded or even defensive-minded. He’s not worried what scheme they’ll use, or maybe if the Bucs have to hold out until after the playoffs to make a hire.
One thing is for certain, however: Whomever replenishes Dirk Koetter has to accept Jameis Winston because his quarter back.
That becomes fully guaranteed at4 p.m. ET on March 13.
“Jameis is a person we hold in high esteem here,” Licht said Monday.” … There’s a lot to like around Jameis. He’ll soon be here . Based on the texts and phone calls and emails I’ve been getting since roughly 8 o’clock last night, ” I really don’t think that’s gont be a issue”
Licht said Winston won’t be part of this hiring process or simply helping vet candidates, but sources within the company felt as well as recommended for a training change because they believed it was had to help Winston take his game to the next point.
Winston and Koetter weren’t always on the identical page inside their four decades together — three which Koetter was the head trainer. There was also a reported rift last season when Winston suffered a shoulder injury, but both refused the feud openly.
Winston struggled in his return by the suspension, throwing 10 interceptions in four games, resulting in a three-game benching.
“He has done some awesome things to get a new 24, turns-25-in-a-week quarter back,” said Licht, who believed Winston’s performance in the 2nd half the summer growing season is exactly what justified his yield. “He realized a lot more than the majority of the elite quarterbacks at his era.
“Obviously, we went through a great deal at the beginning of this year [together with ] the suspension. There has been a great deal going on within this organization that has been tough for plenty of visitors to over come. I saw him bounce back at the close of the season and drama very, great in my own eyes and also a whole lot people’s eyes to the condition that he was in. We’ve got a lot of faith in him.”
Licht did not voice the exact amount of commitment when asked about defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. A six-time Pro Bowler, McCoy is due $1 3 million next season, not one of which is guaranteed.
“A lot of people have a lot of tough decisions to create. That is dancing here into the offseason. Right now, it’s about finding that head coach”
Licht said the Bucs will be earning the hire from within, like they did with Koetter, and that the search would require”however long it takes to get the right man” Offensive coordinator Todd Monken allegedly has garnered interest from other teams.