Who Is Jason Licht?January 22nd, 2014
Yes, the Bucs hired Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht as their new general manager yesterday, but just who is Licht?
Well, if you believe winning rubs off on people, then Licht might be your guy. He was part of the football operations of three different franchises that reached the Super Bowl while he was under their employ, noted Buccaneers.com multimedia guru Scott Smith.
Licht, who brings nearly two decades of scouting and player personnel experience to the Buccaneers’ front office, has spent the last 15 years evaluating personnel and coordinating scouting efforts for the Cardinals (2008, 2012-13), New England Patriots (1999-2002, 2009-11) and Philadelphia Eagles (2003-07). During that span, he helped shape the rosters for four teams that reached the Super Bowl: the 2001 and 2011 Patriots, the 2004 Eagles and the 2008 Cardinals.
Not a bad resume and, again, if winning rubs off, Team Glazer has its guy.
Now if one believes the urban legend, that the original draftnik, Joel Buchsbaum, a close confidant of Bill Belicheat, was the one who prodded Belicheat into drafting quarterback Tom Brady, you can see on Licht’s resume above with winning teams that none of them drafted and developed a stud quarterback. (Again, if you are wont to believe the urban legend about Belicheat and Buchsbaum, then read Buchsbaum’s analysis of Brady coming out of Michigan and it is spooky how accurate he was.)
Joe firmly believes it is Licht’s priority No. 1 to find a quarterback. Not just a serviceable quarterback but a quarterback can lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl. This just in: the Bucs don’t have a quarterback that can win the division.
If you are not trying to win a Super Bowl and just want to tease fans by flirting with a wild card berth, then that’s just spinning your wheels.
Given Licht’s background as a linebacker with Tom Osborne at Nebraska, Joe’s pretty sure he’s a defensive-minded kind of guy. His ability to find that franchise quarterback will likely define his tenure with the Bucs.