Sifting Through The NoiseFebruary 20th, 2014
Quick observation from Joe’s first-hand sessions with Lovie Smith and Jason Licht in Indianapolis:
Granted, it is still February. The draft is nearly three long months away. But if anything jumped out at Joe when talking to and watching the body English of both Bucs head man Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, it is that serious changes to the offensive line very well could be afoot.
The strongest words from Lovie Smith, aside from talking about the off-field stuff Mike Williams found himself involved in (“We won’t put up with it,” Lovie said sternly.) was when Lovie discussed how poorly the offensive line performed.
Licht, though not as demonstrative, also expressed his displeasure with the offensive line. That was the only area where both men said in no uncertain terms must play better.
Now Licht doesn’t have anywhere near the poker face of Lovie. There were times Licht squirmed when asked a question, not because he didn’t want to answer it, but he didn’t want to give away his hand. But when a reporter asked Licht to discuss the merits of University of Buffalo Khalil Mack, Licht couldn’t contain breaking out in a wide smile and talking about Mack like Joe does the attributes of Rachel Watson.
Yes, it is still early, but just judging by what both Bucs franchise leaders said, and how they reacted, Joe would suggests fans start brushing up on top offensive linemen in the draft and learn all they can about Mack.