TAMPA, Florida – Tampa Bay Buccaneers CEO Jason Licht does not care if his head coach candidates are offensive or defensive. He does not worry about which scheme they will use, or even if the Bucs have to wait until after the playoffs to make a contract. One thing is certain though: whoever replaces Dirk Koetter must accept Jameis Winston as his quarterback.
The Bucs will use Winston's $ 5.9 million option for the fifth year. This is guaranteed at 16:00. ET on March 13th.
"Jameis is someone we cherish here," Licht said Monday. "There's a lot to like about Jameis, he's going to be here next year, because of the lyrics, phone calls, and emails I've received since about eight o'clock last night, I do not think that's going to happen a problem. "
Franchise QB is of paramount importance to Tampa Bay's next coach. He will be tasked to promote the No. 1 Selection 2015 and to reach the playoffs.
Dirk Koetter retired after 19 years as Buc's head coach -29 in three seasons.
Light said Winston would not be part of the hiring process or support for vet candidates, but sources within the organization felt and even advocated a coaching change because they felt it was necessary to help Winston take his game to the next level.
Winston and Koetter were not always on the same page in their four years together – three of them was Koetter's head coach. There was a crack last season when Winston suffered a shoulder injury, but both publicly denied the feud.
Winston's light and owner remained driver despite an NFL investigation that had led to a suspension of three games in 2018 – his second allegation of sexual assault.
Winston struggled on his return from suspension and threw 10 interceptions in four games, leading to a threesome match. Since Winston regained his starting job in the 12th week, he threw eleven touchdowns and three interceptions – the eighth touchdown interceptions in the league (3.67).
"He did some amazing things for a young 24-turn-25 man in a week quarterback," said Light, who believed that Winston's performance in the second half of the season was crucial to his return. "He scored more than most elite quarterbacks his age.
" Obviously, we went through the suspension at the beginning of this season [with the]. There was a lot going on in this organization, which was hard for many to overcome. I saw him get back on his feet at the end of the year and play very, very well in my eyes and in the eyes of many people for the condition he was in. We have a lot of faith in him.
Light did not speak The same degree of commitment to the issue of defensive purposes Gerald McCoy: The six-time Pro Bowler is due for $ 13 million next season, none of which is guaranteed.
"We have many difficult choices to make, "said Light, as he was specifically asked about McCoy." Many people have a lot of difficult decisions to make. This is going on in the off season. At the moment it's about finding this head coach. Licht said the bucs would not be hired by Koetter, and the search would "take" as long as it takes to find the right man. "The offensive coordinator Todd Monken has reportedly been with other teams Interest found.