“This Current Regime Is Going To Get Cleaned Out If They Don’t Make A Splash Move”

March 13th, 2018

You’ve heard Tom Krasniqi on the Buccaneers Radio Network, and nowadays he bellows to the masses on Tampa Bay sports radio every morning.

Today, he was throwing fire at the Bucs’ heirarchy.

Literally for hours on WDAE-AM 620 (Joe had a very long early-morning trip), Krasniqi was hammering general manager Jason Licht to make a big play this week and to recognize that you only get impact players in free agency with bold moves and top salaries.

Ndamukong Suh is who Krasniqi wants to join Gerald McCoy so the Bucs can annihilate the pocket on NFL quarterbacks.

“This current regime is going to get cleaned out if they don’t make a splash move,” Krasniqi said.

Now there’s a concept right there. Can the Bucs climb out of the NFC South basement and get to 9-7 or 10-6 with just a couple of mid-range free agent additions and a good draft class? Of course they can. So Krasniqi and others on his bandwagon need to take a deep freakin’ breath.

But doing that without belting a serious home run in free agency is going to be very difficult, especially after missing out on earlier trades.

Joe hopes Licht hearkens back to his gambling roots. After all, NFL football at its core is supposed to be about entertainment. What’s fun about yawning through free agency and hoping rookie miracles?

Yeah, Joe realizes the Falcons exploded with an A+ draft class in 2016, and the Saints did that last year. But that’s also part of why the Bucs need as many impact players as they can find.

64 Responses to ““This Current Regime Is Going To Get Cleaned Out If They Don’t Make A Splash Move””

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    4-12 no hope

  2. LargoBuc Says:

    I think taking care of guys like Evans and Brate and Crimes, guys who have been there for us, is a good move. How many times have we been burned by a big name? Regardless of talent, if that player isn’t willing to leave everything on the field for us, it won’t work out.

  3. Nick2 Says:

    To answer your question Joe I give you Swaggy Baker how did he fare. McCoy needs another force next to him to collapse the pocket. Calais Campbell would have been nice last year especially since Licht came from the Cards. Now we let Quinn slide to the Dolphins when we clearly could have outbid them for a quality edge rusher. Besides Deshawn Jackson Licht has been gunshy of big name free agents and look where the 2nd tier guys have gotten him. One year away from the unemployment line!!!!

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    This current regime is going to get cleaned out if they don’t make a splash move,” Krasniqi said.


    he’s right on point with that statement……they have to show a sense of urgency!!!!!…..they dont have time to develop players or the time to be cheap!!!!!

    we know our needs and we have the money…..time to put up or get out!!!!!

    licht and dirk has to pull out all the stops!!!!….fail this year and they’ll be fishing with schiano and lovie……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  5. BucTooth Says:

    Come on man the only big splash GM Jason Licht’s going to do is in his dress suit in his own pool. Dilly dilly.

  6. tmaxcon Says:


    Taken care of players we have been losing with out upgrading the rostersl just means those players receive more cash for residing in the nfc south basement

  7. mike10 Says:

    I actually agree to Kras.

    I’m listening around the league to what some of the good teams are doing to get better, and I’m freaking out a bit (PHI, LAR, KC, etc). Does anyone know what our plan is? The rams just added Peters and Talib to a playoff roster, and are paying them 4 mil less than a non-pro bowler in Johnson… and they ranked 12th on D.. that’s a plan.

    If ours is to get better thru the draft, for next year, everyone hold on for a rocky ride. If the status wow continues, Licht may be managing himself out of a job.

    I’ll remind you we ranked dead last in defense..

  8. Tnoles Says:

    I’ve been saying it all along Licht is hamstrung with how much he can spend by the cheap ass Glazer’s. Again, all the decent free agents will parade wave past the Bucs to only make an impact elsewhere. I’m tired of getting my hopes up hoping for difference makers. Licht and his blue light special “value” players can’t even start on other teams but he will trot them out at a press conference later this week and act like these guys will be future hall of famers lol! Glazer’s should sell the team to an ownership group like Vineck with the bolts an owner who wants to win now and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger.

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Right on Tkras, licht has turned this team into Cleveland South and problem is cleveland is on the rise and the bucs are stuck in the mud

  10. Buc4life Says:

    I have received two emails in 2 days from the Bucs saying I have 3 days to renew my 5 season tickets. NO, They have one day to get more players or they’re not going to have people in the stands! Come on Bucs pick up players to make fans want to renew their season tickets. Signing ur same players from a 5-11 team does not show improvements. Sign Poe, Star, Duh or Richardson to help Mr. Softy93 out. PLEASE SIGN SOMEONE!

  11. Greg Says:

    A lot of the difference makers in free agency are already taken. I’m tired of looking at her secondary and having no clue who half of them are or were they played their college football at. You can’t fill a team with practice squad players and expect to complete. We’ve neglected our defense for so long that we almost need to scrap everything and start over except perhaps linebacker. It’s not a strong year for Defensive ends or corners in this draft. Very disappointed we did not get starter younger talent

  12. BucFamous Says:

    This regime deserves to get cleaned out!

    The Bucs have watched as the lowly Jags have run circles around them in free agency, and went from perennial losers to a playoff team. Meanwhile, the Bucs have only gotten worse.

    It’s embarrassing.

  13. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I’m glad this article finally came out. They are in a lame duck situation, I’m watching closely to see if they go all out this year at the expense of the next regime. So far I would say no. Who ever gets the next HC job will have a well stacked offense under contract for a couple years. Grimes 10 mil drops off and I look for the Bucs to go defensive HC again. Get a OC and retool the defense.

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    I thot the splash play was Grimes re up? I mean we got a top free agent corner for 10 mil that doesn’t shadow the teams number 1. Or 2 nor 3. Maybe 4th receiver? No?

    We need Sherman. Licht sstep in there and get him. Nothing is official. I’m talking 3 years 60 mil 25 mil gauranteed with ONE goal in mind….. Cure the losing culture in my locker room. Sherman the man for the job

  15. Bculaw Says:

    It’s a matter of fan apathy at this point. It’s clear that “the plan” is to take care of our own, build through the draft, and supplement depth in free agency. The problem is that plan has led to a decade of depression with very few shining moments. It’s also led to a product on the field that has, for the most part, been nearly unwatchable. Years of passive defense, inconsistent (or bad) offense, and poor special teams play = in entertaining football. Based on the chatter (or lack there of) the fans have no reason to believe next year will be any different.

    The owner in “Draft Day” said it best: “I need you to make a splash,
    Sonny. We need to sell tickets … And if you can’t do it, then I have to do it, and…I don’t wanna have to do that, Sonny.”

  16. passthebuc Says:

    Is the goal to get to 9-7 or is the goal to build a Franchise. We have been putting a band-aid on a severed artery for years and no one seems to get it.

  17. Buc4life Says:

    Now Star just signed 5 year deal with the Bills! Wow.

  18. Waterboy Says:

    Teams that are consistently bad shows that there’s a problem at the top.

  19. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Dewey Selmon Says:

    … I’m watching closely to see if they go all out this year at the expense of the next regime.

    Well @Dewey, I am watching as well. However, I am putting all my stock in the draft. THERE you will see how Jason goes “all out at the expense of the (possible) next regime.

    Say it with me boys and girls….SA-QUON, SA-QUON.

    (not seeking any approval from any of the knuckleheads that are so prevalent on here)

    Go Bucs!

  20. zzbucs Says:

    Suh and a good RB from free agency……then draft DL and OL…….we will be good again…Its very important to bring and build a solid running game, the receivers will shine and JW will not be forced all the time, and if thats the case there will be less fumbles. If we can bring Suh draft M Fitzpatrick and OL´s….we will be a really interesting team…….Sorry guys I am optimistic, I dont feel any kind of apocalipsis by any means

  21. Joeypoppems Says:


    Richard Sherman is official. He was cut so he was able to sign right away.

  22. Not there yet Says:

    This is what I have about Licht. How do you think your close? Apparently we’re the only team with draft picks in our division. All 3 playoff teams are close and will get better in the draft

    You have no edge rush the only option is get interior help to assist the edge rushers. personally I don’t expect a big splash, I expect this regime to get fired for incompetence. You can’t ignore the trenches for your entire time with a team and expect to keep your job.

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    I seriously hope Licht does sign SEVERAL big-time beastly free agents. We can’t be competitive solely through the draft … too many holes & it takes too long for draft picks to come up-to-speed in most positions. As a minimum, Licht needs to grab 1 run-stuffing (DT like Poe) plus re-sign McDonald, 1 starting outside CB plus re-sign McClain, and grab a starting LG & Center (so Marpet can move back to RG). That’s 4 starting FAs right there (plus re-signing 2 of our own). If Licht doesn’t get that done, Bucs will be in for another poor year.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Remember Lovie Smith and Jason Licht’s first year in Tampa?

    Bunch of ‘splash moves’ that did not pay off.

    Licht learned his lesson. He’s not going to make that mistake again, no matter how much some fans want it.

    Would I love to see Suh next to McCoy in Tampa? Sure. But Suh has a huge attitude issue, and he thinks he is worth several times what he is actually worth. If he were to agree to terms to a well-paid, reasonable contract in Tampa, I would be more open to it, so long as there were incentives in regard to performance and behavior. But I’m not going to believe that can happen unless I’m proven wrong.

    It would be a killer interior though.

  25. Bproud81 Says:

    This team is going backwards! Do they seriously think that last year was a fluke? Every team we played had our # last year! Too soft and predictable! This is what a culture change is , when you CHANGE THINGS AROUND not just do the same thing over again and expect different results!(def. Of insanity). I give up hope for this team!

  26. Lamarcus Says:


    Damn. That’ll be a miss on Licht That would of been great TV watching Sherman against NFC south receivers

  27. Drew aka q Says:

    Bucs are not gonna make any big splashes…. i wouldnt even be shocked if we down grade at reciever by trading desean jackson for a pick… this front office is a joke … wake me up when the bucs bring in people who actually know how to put a team together

  28. Ben Says:

    As long as they continue to ignore their pass rush woes, they will be a losing team. NFC South qbs are just too good.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This is not the time to panic.

    Fans need to stop listening to haters, trolls and fans of other teams claiming to be Tampa fans. They are all over this website unfortunately.

    The team is not as bad as they claim. They love to point at last season…which was marred with Hard Knocks, a hurricane, the loss of a bye week, a couple bad free agent signings, and an unprecedented number of injuries to starters (21 of 22 starters injured).

    But really…when you think about it…this tam is just as close as it was before last season. Closer, since the draft picks of last year are becoming good players.

    They’ll point to the lack of activity as a reason to panic. There is activity. We resigned Ryan Fitzpatrick (who won 66% of his starts), Cameron Brate (who was one of the top TD producing TEs in the league), Brent Grimes (who was among the best CBs in the league last year), and Mike Evans (who is one of the best WRs around the NFL). They also extended two safeties and a right tackle (two of which are starters).

    And they have signed 9 free agents to tryout contracts.

    It’s not like Licht has not been busy.

    Free Agency has not even started yet. The draft has not arrived yet either. How about we actually wait and see what he does (when these events take place) before we judge him for doing nothing?

  30. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Count 1 to 10. BREATH IN! Just because these teams may have won the Free Agency championship this week does not necessarily mean they are going to perform well on the actual playing field. See Bucs 2010 – 2017.

  31. Younome18 Says:

    I think the “splash Players” don’t work out as well as you think. We get so caught up on trying to get big name players that you miss the quality players that will win you a championship. The only “splash” move that I care about is making the playoffs. IF you have any knowledge of football it takes a lot more than a “Splash” free agency to do that. This dude needs to relax!! There is a reason that Krasniqi isn’t a GM. Licht has done a great job getting the talent here, now Kirk and the players need to do there job and that’s to win games.

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    In fact, in the 49ers, I see a GM who is making rookie mistakes, filling out his team with expensive free agents. I saw someone suggest Lynch is signing so many free agents because they lack the picks in the draft.

    The San Francisco 49ers hold nine picks in the 2018 NFL Draft!

    In two years, most of these signings by him (if not this year) will be moves they regretted and they will be having cap issues. These moves will not make them a winning team. If anything, they will move backward.

    And you can quote me on that at the end of this coming season.

  33. firethecannons Says:

    sign Suh, he is not Baker, man, Jason Licht is paralyzed with fear

  34. Walter Says:


    Lol I swear I hear a fan say that about the Bucs every year. Some people are tired of mediocrity, especially after only getting a small taste of the good life in the NFL from the mid-90’s to the early 2000’s after nothing but misery and losing for decades.

  35. Walter Says:

    Also, there’s a good chance the 49ers will probably finish with a better record than the Bucs this year, as things currently stand. Jimmy G really stepped up for them, they finished on a 5 game win streak I think. Our team is pretty trash right now.

  36. tmaxcon Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This is not the time to panic.


  37. Mike Johson Says:

    Tmax..I disagree. 6-10. Kinda hard to sit back and watch teams like Buffalo plow straight ahead to the next level. Or even Cleveland making bigtime moves. I just hate to see the few faithful Buc fans left have to endure another year of misery and alcoholism. All of you..Us..deserve more for being faithful to this team. But again. lets wait and see. I’not worried though. And neither should you be. This regime is long gone if they do not win this year.I’m trying but I somehow believe that inevitable..will happen. Hope is good thing….when it works!

  38. Radman Says:

    I’m going to be an optimist. Either way the Bucs win. If the brain trust makes a splash, the Bucs win. If not, the brain trust gets the boot and the Bucs win.

  39. Lord Cornelius Says:

    What a stupid ridiculous notion.

    They will be fired if they can’t win. Not because they didn’t get some big f*cking headline in March.

    Just insanely stupid. We all see how “winning the offseason” translates to real wins and it is a freaking crap shoot.

  40. QUE 5 Says:

    Dion Lewis
    E.J. Gaines

  41. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    The fans that say the Bucs should sit idle by while better teams snatch up the best free agents amaze me. The Glazers have tons of money under the cap, a defense that is historically bad with holes everywhere, and yet they want to hope that a couple of the draft picks work out. Guess what guys, there aren’t enough draft picks to fill all of these holes. Picks in rounds 3 – 7 are complete gambles and most of them don’t turn into NFL starting players. So at best you can pick up two immediate starters and about 3 special teams players that are bubble NFL players. Why do you care about the Glazers bank account balances so much. Spend some money boys or you won’t get a dime of mine next year.

  42. The Buc Realist Says:

    Talk show host dominik made big moves his last year and still was canned!!!!!! And the Bucs are still paying for those mistakes!!!!!! Having to chase in free-agency players they should have been playing in Tampa the past 4-5 years!!!!!!!!!

    The media and sheep only want headlines!!!!! If they see headlines they think that the team is heading the right way!!!!! So wrong on so many levels!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Can I throw an insane idea out there. IF…a big IF…QB’s and Barkley knocked Chubb down to 4th or 5th in the draft. How much would we have to trade to move up to 4th?

    What if you took our ENTIRE draft this year and simply came away with Chubb and Vea later in the first round. Even if that was all of our draft picks…a decent trade tossed in…a pick from next year imagine if the Bucs went for broke.

    We sign Suh to pair with McCoy. We draft Chubb and Vea who is talked about as a truly great prospect but still a bit raw…imagine if Noah gets healthy…we’d have a DL to build on for years with Chubb…Vea…and Spence and we’d have to start feeding in replacements for GMC and Suh.

    Our DL would be as good as any in the league!!! Our LB’s are already fast and talented…how would they look behind the best DL in the league.

    We have Grimes…sign a solid FA CB….Bang our defense is studly!!!

    What about our needs you whine. We can always find an RB to go with Barber, Sims, and Rodgers…all three sport 4 ypc career averages.

    I would like to sign at least one…maybe two OL’s in FA and we’re good to go!!!

    It all comes down to the QB at that point…and the coaches of course.

  44. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Hey @ LordCorn,

    How did Jacksonville do 2 years ago, and last year….in “not winning this offseason”. ?? Horrible idea.

    And like MANY have said on here, many of the Buc faithful since 1980 to date, are sick of the consistent mediocrity, or even less. Thus, the attempts need to keep coming by the front office, because the status quo isn’t nearly good enough.

    There sure had better be a SA-QUON in the cards! Draft capital intact!


    Go Bucs!

  45. 813bucboi Says:


    that’s a lot of “IF’S”……lol……”IF’S” often comes with “EXCUSES” when the “IF’S” don’t pan out……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  46. jmarkbuc Says:


    Bottom line is… it doesn’t matter what free agents we sign or how many “great” players we draft. This organization has not shown the aptitude to develop and/or coach them. Until we have a coaching staff, it doesn’t matter who you bring in (or lose)

  47. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    It comes down to culture and coaching, neither which we have.

  48. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Cool one example. I can bring up a sh1t ton that show that winning the offseason was a brutal failure in terms of real season results.

    Look at the Giants the last few years. Huge FA spenders like Jville and their team has crumbled apart and looks like complete sh1t now.

    Look at the Eagels “dream team” offseason. Horrific failure.

    The point is all that matters is what happens in the regular season and FA headlines don’t mean jack sh1t when it comes to winning

  49. 813bucboi Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    March 13th, 2018 at 10:12 am
    Remember Lovie Smith and Jason Licht’s first year in Tampa?
    Bunch of ‘splash moves’ that did not pay off.

    what splash moves?……tim Jennings….mike Jenkins……George Johnson…..logan makins……

    those weren’t splash moves…..they gutted the team and began to build thru the draft…..what the f*$k are you talking about?…..the last few splash moves were vjax….revis and djax…..

    lovie wasnt apart of any of that…..you may be confused with schiano….remember the “no fly zone”…..revis….deshon ghoston….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!!…..GO BUCS!!!!!

  50. LargoBuc Says:

    Yes Tmax, we should have just let those guys walk! That will improve our 5 win record!

  51. 813bucboi Says:

    AKick’nTheBucNuts Says:
    March 13th, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    It comes down to culture and coaching, neither which we have.


    simple as that!!!!!!!!

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  52. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    By not signing Norwell or going after Quinn or Peters, Licht showed he has no ability to seize any advantages when rare players become available. he is now coasting in the slow lane, afraid to make a move since he got roasted for the Aguayo fiasco.

    Great GM’s take 11-5 teams and think, “How do I make us significantly better.”

    Bad GM,s take 5-11 teams and simply talk about “how close they are to being good.”

    Which type of GM does the Bucs have?


  53. Bnomo Says:

    ? Would suh be another baker?

    Get the right contract in place, incentives!I

    Get it right with Suh, please.

  54. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Yeah it’s all “ifs” right now. Perhaps that is what keeps us going this time of the year. Since it’s all “ifs” everybody is right and nobody is wrong….yet….LOL

    This right and wrong…yin and yang really amuses me. Folks are totally sold on what have you done for me lately….I get that but again you can make mistakes if you lose focus because of a single season. So which Bucs is closer to reality…the 16 Bucs with the strong finish or the 17 Bucs…who btw also finished strongly without the W’s save for one to show for it.

    People on this board have fallen in love with the Jags. Really? They COULD be good but I need to see a LOT more from Bortles and their defense needs to remain consistent.

    I just know that the Bills-Jags playoff game was one of the worst football games I have seen in the playoffs. It was a godawful display by two teams that seemed to struggle to even reach mediocrity. We’ll see how the Jags and Bills do in ’18.

    Whining or not I know I’d feel a lot better about the Bucs chances if they got to play Titans, Colts and Texans twice year instead of the Saints, Falcons and Panthers twice each. That’s six games a year against legitimate SB contenders and recent participants versus six against teams that are not contenders.

  55. JimmyJack Says:

    Hahahaha Realist……Yeah, Licht should do exactly what Dominick did and make a big splash move in a fit of panick to save his job.

    I think when this team enters the preseason we can legitimately see a roster with enough talent to win with. My coaching is how is this coaching going to adjust? Our offense will still be the strength of the team…..We cannot survive starting every game slow, bogging down in the redzone and allowing big Dline to reek havoc on us.

  56. Alanbucsfan Says:

    2000-2013 Bucs traded 6 1st round draft choices for Keyshawn, Gruden, some 4th round picks and 1 year of Revis- they have 1 championship to show for it, but they also wound up with a decimated roster in 2014 which is taking 5 years to fix

  57. 813bucboi Says:


    I don’t think fans are in love with the jags…..fans are in love with the way they’ve built their team…..they have a nasty defense…franchise qb and a great run game…..thir GM and coughlin knows how to build a team and have done so in a short amount of time….that is what bucs fans love….a quick turn around…..the jags have been bottom dwellers for about as long as the bucs…..their trending up while we are staying the same…..

    bills and jags playoff game was good imo…..two very good defense and 2 very good rushing attacks…..old school smash mouth playoff football….lol…and both team ended their playoff drought which is most important…….

    the nfc south has just recently become dominate…..it wasn’t that long ago that the panthers won the south with a 7-8-1 record……division strengths switch up every few years…..the nfc west use to be very dominate with the 9ers under harbaugh….seattle and ARZ……

    dirk was hired for his”what have you done for me lately” work with Winston……lovie was fired for the same reason….I think this team is closer to 17 vs 16 simply because of coaching…..that is the aspect that is holding us back imo…..I didn’t see any improvement towards the end of the year…..had Winston not ignored dirk and we played for the FG, who’s to say the kicker makes the kick….lol….we could’ve easily lost that game as well…..we lost 4 of our last 5 games….

    this staff and front office has no excuse not to get us to the playoffs this year…..none what so ever!!!!….we’ve known Winston may have to sit for 6weeks….we know our needs…..we’ve had plenty of time to adjust and make things happen……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  58. ManzielMadness Says:

    The Quinn trade hurt… however we should probably wait until after FA before we judge.

  59. Marc Says:

    “TKras” is a drama queen. Nothing to see here.

  60. SOEbuc Says:

    A big FA signing and one or two big trades.

  61. SOEbuc Says:

    Makes me cry every time. Huge trade for LVD, Roquan Smith at #7.

  62. GhostofSchiano Says:

    To Jason Licht… S-I-G-N. SOMEONE.

  63. Joel Says:

    We’ve won free agency so many times and it means nothing.

  64. Capt.Tim Says:

    “ . . Gonna get cleaned out. . .”
    No- They SHOULDA been cleaned out- every coach and the GM!!

    DE is the second most important position on the team, right behind QB.
    To ignore it ,the way these numbnuts have, is inexcusable!!
    It shows a fundamental lack of football knowledge.

    Keeping them just wasted a year- until we start the next big “Rebuild”
    Bucs have been in a 40 year rebuild


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