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Friday, January 24, 2014
New Bucs GM will focus on scouting

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- I wasn't able to attend Jason Licht's introductory press conference as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a family emergency. But I'm catching up now on what Licht had to say, and I'm liking what I've heard.

The first thing that jumped out at me was Licht saying he'll be more focused on scouting than he will on salary cap matters.

"During the interview I made sure when it came up for me to ask questions I made sure that I can focus on football," Licht said. "Yeah, I'll be advised on [the salary cap], but I'm a meathead that likes to watch football. I'm not going to try to be something I'm not. If you call me a scout, I won't be upset."

There's nothing wrong with being a meathead who likes to watch football and there's nothing wrong with being called a scout. I think Licht's scouting background will only be a plus for the Buccaneers. That's not a knock on former general manager Mark Dominik, who also paid his dues as a scout. As general manager, Dominik spent plenty of time evaluating personnel, but he also spent a lot of time managing the salary cap (and doing a good job of that).

But I see nothing wrong with Licht focusing mostly on personnel. The Bucs have director of football administration Mike Greenberg, who helped Dominik with salary cap matters. The Bucs could expand Greenberg's role or they could bring a cap expert from elsewhere.

"We'll figure that out in the short term," Licht said. "I have a plan in place already, but I just want to think about it a little bit. I just walked in the door."