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NFC Franchise Notes: Buccaneers, Glazer Family Lauded For Hiring Lovie Smith
Published January 2, 2014
BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN? In Atlanta, D. Orlando Ledbetter cited reports as saying that Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay, who has "not been heavily involved in football operations since 2008, could be ready to return to Tampa Bay." McKay was the Buccaneers GM from '93-'03. But Buccaneer beat writers "did not mention McKay as a possible general manager candidate" (AJC.com, 12/31).
NO TROUBLE AT THE TOP: In Newark, Jordan Raanan noted Giants President & CEO John Mara "made it clear that the changes in the Giants organization will not be involving the head coach or general manager." Mara on Monday said of GM Jerry Reese, "I firmly believe he is the right guy going forward. I've spent enough time around him to know he's the right guy. He's not afraid to make tough decisions and he knows what the risks are, and sometimes you have to take those risks" (NJ.com, 12/30). But in N.Y., Ralph Vacchiano wrote Reese is "most definitely on the clock." It is not that Reese is "in any trouble," but he is "the one who has to fix it. Fast" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/31).