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Buccaneers overhaul front office, because it's that time of year

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NFL draft is over, which means it's time for NFL teams to shake up their scouting departments. Most front office contracts run through the draft, and teams are always hesitant to make changes before a major event because replacing people right before you're making major decisions is usually not a recipe for success.

This year, the Buccaneers parted ways with director of pro scouting Scott Cohen, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Cohen joined the team in 2013 under Mark Dominik. Apparently, his experience was no longer needed -- just another bit of Jason Licht getting rid of nearly all of Dominik's people. In addition, the Bucs promoted Rob McCartney to the position of pro scouting coordinator, Byron Kiefer to national scout, Donovan Cotton to college scout and Zack Grossi to pro scout, the Times reports.

You can quickly spot who the holdovers from Dominik's regime are on the Bucs' front office page: they're the people listed under "personnel" who are not named Jason Licht or Jon Robinson, but do have links to their bios. None of those bios seem to actually reflect the last two years of their tenure, with Quarles (director of football operations) being listed under his old title of "director of pro scouting," Byron Kiefer said to be going into his ninth season with the Bucs "in 2012" and Andre Forde They did manage to at least remove Scott Cohen's name, though.

Most of these changes really mean very little to us: we have no way of evaluating any of these people, really. And the consistent turnover is pretty normal every year, especially for a team whose general manager is new to the organization.