Jason Licht hopes to work well with Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith speaks as he is introduced as the new coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers at a press conference January 6, 2014
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Jason Licht wants him and Lovie Smith to forge a strong partnership together at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has admitted that it is important he works closely with head coach Lovie Smith during their first off-season together.

Both men were recently appointed to their respective posts and Licht said that the key thing to begin their relationship is to make them a partnership.

"Every place that I've worked, especially successful teams in those eras, the GM and the head coach have to work together," Licht told the club's official website. "It's a partnership, and at the end of the day it doesn't matter if you're Ron Wolf, Bill Polian or Jason Licht – our job is to serve the coach.

"He's got to tell us what kind of players he wants, and we've got to bring the players. My staff and I [have to bring] the right fits. Just like I think I'm a great fit for this family, for this coach, we've got to get the right fits on the field, otherwise it just doesn't work. It's going to be a partnership."

The Buccaneers finished bottom of the NFC South with a 4-12 record.

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