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Report: Chris Ballard “leading candidate” for Buccaneers G.M.

Lovie Smith is the coach, Jeff Tedford is the offensive coordinator and now the Buccaneers need to hire themselves a general manager.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard is a leading candidate for the job. Ballard is finishing his first year as a member of the Chiefs organization.

He joined the Chiefs after 12 years with the Bears and the fact that he’s a familiar face to Smith probably isn’t hurting his candidacy much at all. Ballard was an area scout for 11 years and then spent the 2012 season as the director of pro scouting. He was a college assistant coach before taking the scouting job in Chicago.

Ballard has relatively little experience as anything but a scout at the professional level, but hiring Smith before a G.M. gives a hint at how the decision-making power will be doled out in Tampa. It appears to be Smith-centered and working with someone that he’s worked with in the past may make that easier to implement.

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8 Responses to “Report: Chris Ballard “leading candidate” for Buccaneers G.M.”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jan 3, 2014 8:04 AM

    This series of hires and interviews shows planning. I’m impressed.

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2014 8:13 AM

    Chris is especially adept at building, as in building a house of cards.

  3. pshark5 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:28 AM

    Buc fans should be very happy they’re not bringing in Jerry Angelo to team with Lovie.

  4. britishteeth says: Jan 3, 2014 8:39 AM

    Typical Lovie. Rounds up all his buddies to try and recreate 2001. Good luck.

  5. 6ball says: Jan 3, 2014 8:43 AM


    Give Lovie Smith the same power as Bill Belichick? What personel decisions has he made in the past? What players did he ” coach up” when he was in Chicago?


  6. bjames65 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:45 AM

    So does this means Lovie has final say on personnel decisions?

  7. vdogg says: Jan 3, 2014 9:24 AM

    This will be the second time Lovie is shoved down a GM’s throat as head coach….

  8. GBwomenrhot says: Jan 4, 2014 9:23 AM

    I hope your Offense is set in Tampa ’cause with Lovie at the helm you won’t see many Offensive players being selected in the Draft now or UFA’s or Free Agent signings……THIS is going to be really fun to watch!!

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