AccountabilityMarch 19th, 2017
Friday night as the majority of Bucs fans were either awash in green beer or knee-deep into watching college hoops, a bombshell came across Twitter. Good guy Peter Schrager of FOX Sports and NFL Network reported the Bucs signed kicker Nick Folk.
(Damn, it’s a good thing for Joe that Nick Foles wasn’t signed as well. That would really screw up Joe. Even now, when Joe types “Folk,” he has to double-check he’s not typing “Foles” or the wrong last name altogether.)
Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht is fond of saying the best thing he learned from working with Bill Belicheat is that Belicheat told told him everyone makes mistakes but don’t compound your mistake by letting it fester. Cut your losses and move on.
And while incumbent kicker Roberto Aguayo still has a spot on the roster, surely he can hear the NFL’s grim reaper sharping his scythe in the background.
Licht is putting his Belicheat education front and center: Aguayo, you best be perfect in the preseason if you hope to keep your job. Even that may not be enough.
Jenna Laine of ESPN believes the Folk signing means more, much more, and it is not just a shot across the bow of Aguayo’s boat, but both an encouraging sign and a warning for the rest of team.
It would have been a dissservice to all other positions not making Aguayo have to earn his job with the performance he had last year. Kicking is a different animal, but this makes Aguayo just as accountable as a wide receiver who drops too many passes or a defensive back blowing too many coverages. Dirk Koetter has also said that he and general manager Jason Licht have no problem cutting a player drafted in the second round, referring to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was cut immediately after a DUI arrest last year.
If Aguayo does lose his job, it’s a bold statement from a general manager who is bold in the draft. That would make two second-round picks tossed overboard in less than a year.
Who can forget — much as we may try — the vaunted Bucs career of one ASJackwagon?
Licht’s moves with the aforementioned picks tells the team: If you are totally inept or well-known more as a fool than for any play you made on the football field, and you also get run from an underwear football practice (!), you may want to have a life backup other than playing for the Bucs — no matter where you were drafted.
The easy thing for Licht to have done was to offer faux public support of Aguayo and not bring in competition, hoping Aguayo turns things around making Licht look like a genius.
Instead, Licht decided to eat a very public crap sandwich and to improve his team no matter the hit he may take in the court of public opinion.