Former Philadelphia Eagles group president (1995-2012) Joe Banner listed his prime 5 NFL entrance workplaces in a current column for The33rdTeam.com. Noticeably absent from the checklist was the Bucs’ entrance workplace. Led by normal supervisor Jason Licht, vp of of participant personnel John Spytek and vp of soccer administration Mike Greenberg, the Bucs have accomplished a masterful job of constructing a Tremendous Bowl-winning roster and managing the wage cap.
In fact, Banner fired Licht in 2008 when he was the Eagles’ president and Licht was the VP of participant personnel, so there very properly could possibly be some private bias affecting Banner’s dissing of the Bucs. Right here is Banner’s personal acknowledged standards for choosing his prime NFL entrance workplaces: sustained success, transactions (trades, free brokers, and so on.), drafting/scouting, team-building philosophy, hiring (coaches, entrance workplace).
And listed here are the entrance workplaces that made Banner’s prime 5 checklist: Buffalo, Baltimore, Kansas Metropolis, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco.
What Banner doesn’t reveal in his standards is the time span for which he’s evaluating the group’s entrance workplaces. What I do know is that the NFL has – and at all times can be – a “what have you ever accomplished for me these days?” league.
Beneath Licht, the Bucs gained the Tremendous Bowl in 2020. San Francisco misplaced the Tremendous Bowl in 2019. Baltimore hasn’t gained a Tremendous Bowl – and even been in a single – since 2012. Buffalo has by no means gained a Tremendous Bowl and the final time it was in a single was in 1993!
The Rams gained final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl and misplaced one in 2018, and Kansas Metropolis gained one in 2019 and misplaced one in 2020. Each of these groups undoubtedly need to be included in Banner’s checklist.
However choosing the 49ers, Ravens and Payments over the Bucs simply screams that there’s some kind of bias or misguided considering on Banner’s half.
Bucs Entrance Workplace Has Been Extra Profitable Than 49ers, Payments Or Ravens
The 49ers’ document over the past 4 years is 33-32. After going 4-12 in 2018, San Francisco went 13-3 and made it to the Tremendous Bowl the following season. In 2020, the 49ers didn’t make the playoffs and went 6-10 earlier than rebounding to 10-7 in 2021. Is that sustained success? No.
Normal supervisor John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan make a pleasant one-two punch. However higher than Licht and former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians? Nope.
The Bucs went 31-18 below Arians, and over the past 4 years, Tampa Bay’s document is 36-29. That document, plus a franchise-best 13-4 season in 2021 and a Tremendous Bowl title in 2020, makes the Bucs a simple winner over the 49ers.
Buffalo has gone from 6-10 to 10-6 to 13-3 to 11-6 over the past 4 seasons. That 40-25 document is barely higher than Tampa Bay’s document over the past 4 seasons. But, the Payments haven’t made a Tremendous Bowl for the reason that early Nineties.
Whereas the Payments are the stylish decide to win the AFC and probably win the Tremendous Bowl this 12 months, this is identical group that misplaced at Jacksonville, 9-6, and obtained hammered by Indianapolis, 41-19, final 12 months. And it’s a group that misplaced to the Bucs final 12 months, 33-27, in extra time.
The Ravens have gone 43-22 over the previous 4 years. That’s a fair higher document than the Bucs. But, Baltimore hasn’t even reached the AFC Championship Sport regardless of having a league-best 14-2 document in 2019.
In reality, the Ravens have regressed annually. In 2020, Baltimore completed 11-5, however didn’t win the AFC North. Final 12 months, the Ravens went 8-9 and didn’t even make the playoffs. Utilizing Banner’s personal standards, it’s a stretch to recommend Baltimore’s entrance workplace is healthier than Tampa Bay’s.
Licht Has Employed Effectively And Constructed A Professional Bowl-Laden Championship Roster
Championships are gained on the sphere by the gamers with assist from the coaches. However entrance workplaces are the place these championship groups are assembled. Licht and his employees constructed a group that first attracted Arians in 2019, after which the best quarterback of all time in Tom Brady in 2020.
Arians completed because the Bucs’ all-time successful proportion chief (63.3%). That mark is healthier than each legendary coaches Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy.
Arians may also be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor this 12 months. Hiring a two-time NFL Coach of the 12 months in Arians that wound up recruiting Brady and successful a Tremendous Bowl in his second season is about pretty much as good as it could get from a hiring standpoint.
That was one in every of Banner’s standards. And now the group is turned over to defensive mastermind Todd Bowles, which is one other deft transfer by Licht.
The Bucs roster, which consists of 9 gamers that made the Professional Bowl final 12 months, speaks for itself. Licht and Spytek have accomplished a masterful job of team-building.
Maybe it’s Banner’s historical past with Licht that prompted him to go away the Bucs off the checklist. Or possibly it’s the truth that Banner by no means presided over a Tremendous Bowl-winning group in Philadelphia. In the meantime, Licht has in Tampa Bay. Or it could possibly be the truth that the Bucs beat his Eagles group in 2002 to advance to – and win – Tremendous Bowl XXXVII that bristles Banner to today.
However he made a mistake by together with the likes of the 49ers, Payments – and definitely the Ravens – over the Bucs in naming the highest 5 NFL entrance workplaces.