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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the talk of the NFL. With an all-star cast on both sides of the ball, it was only natural for quarterback Tom Brady to end up in the Sunshine State when he decided to take his talents on the road this past offseason.
While Brady and his on-field ensemble are the public faces of the team, there is a whole other Bucs roster that never gets the spotlight. But that’s the goal of this piece, to shine a light on the leaders and unsung heroes of one of the NFL’s most electrifying teams.
Keep reading to discover the team members behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are largely unknown to even the most passionate fans.
Owned by the Glazer family since 1995, the Bucs are led by three Co-Chairman: Edward Glazer, Joel Glazer, and Bryan Glazer. The family members oversee many of the team’s day-to-day operations and each champion different efforts. For instance, Joel Glazer represents the franchise at all league meetings, Edward Glazer led the design and launch of the Buccaneers’ new uniforms, while Bryan Glazer was a central figure in the construction of Raymond James Stadium in 1998.
Outside of the Glazer family, the Bucs have assembled a lineup of tech and business-savvy execs to lead everything from sales and marketing to football operations.
Shelton Quarles is a former Buccaneers player who now is the No. 2 in the front office. Quarles played 10 seasons as a linebacker for Tampa Bay before joining the front office where he now serves as Director of Football Operations. Quarles is more crucial now than ever, as he helps with roster management and contract negotiations, advises the pro personnel department on advance scouting, and oversees travel and transportation to make sure players get where they need to go.
Another crucial exec is Atul Khosla, who joined the organization as Chief Corporate Development and Brand Officer in June 2017 after serving as the COO of the Chicago Fire Football Club. He is a team member all Tampa Bay fans should know, as he enjoys a wide set of responsibilities that make him a crucial part of the Bucs’ game-day experience, including marketing and event production, game-day entertainment, and digital and media rights. He also handles much of the team’s presence in the town they call home, as he oversees community relations and corporate partnerships in Tampa Bay.
Spencer Dille isn’t a name many know, but he's a key player in the team’s adaptation to the 21st-century. Dille is the team’s Director of Football Technology, making him responsible for the development and maintenance of all football-related software and technology. Dille works as a liaison between the information technology department and football operations and helps implement the latest technology into all functions from training to scouting.
While General Manager Jason Licht spearheaded the Buccaneers’ first-ever virtual draft this year, he isn’t the only exec to know during the team’s draft process. Mike Biehl serves as the Bucs’ Director of College Scouting, placing him in charge of finding rising talent at the over 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities. Biehl has the power to shape the future of the organization and has scouted key talent, like wide receiver Chris Godwin, that pushed Tampa Bay to the next level, making him a name to know among fans.
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