Give The Bucs Time

March 7th, 2014

With the free agent dinner bell ready to ring in four days, Joe cannot help himself but to peek at what presents Bucs general manager Jason Licht may lay at the foot of the live oak tree Wednesday morning.

Offensive linemen, wide receivers, defensive ends, tight ends and, yes, even quarterbacks, Joe can easily see the Bucs pouncing on any of these positions in the early hours of free agency.

But one NFL insider believes Bucs fans should be granting Licht patience in the coming day, so writes Nate Davis of USA Today.

Our advice: Smith and new GM Jason Licht just came aboard the pewter pirate ship and should take advantage of the (relatively) pressure-free opportunity to evaluate the roster as they impress their stamps upon the organization. Previous GM Mark Dominik was a freewheeling spender whose moves didn’t pan out in most cases. Smith must determine if CB Darrelle Revis’ talents dovetail with his scheme. If not, the Bucs can recoup a lot of cap space in the future by parting with Revis’ non-guaranteed deal, which has five years and $80 million left.

There may no be a more overblown narrative in the NFL right now than if all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis fits Lovie’s scheme. Lovie runs mostly man-coverage. Geez, this is coming from the man’s own mouth.

Now while Davis believes Licht and Lovie should be take time, it sure doesn’t seem like the duo are granting themselves much time, which means they believe they can win pretty quickly, or at least turn the franchise around so it is no longer the doormat of the NFC South.

25 Responses to “Give The Bucs Time”

  1. Lutz Bucz Fan Says:

    I’m just glad that our hopes and dreams aren’t all on #5 this year. After that delay of game, timeout, delay of game, fumble we opened with last year….

  2. Chef Paul Says:

    I’ll give you time fellas. When you say value picks in free agency, that tells me you wont go out and throw money around on day 1. And I’m totally fine with that. Pretty tired of over spending anyways. Just do your thing guys!! You’ve got my complete confidence.

  3. buchead407 Says:

    We need a kicker…not a lot of people think it’s a major need, but our kicker situation last year was a joke…..
    JOE, who’s gonna be the Bucs kicker this year to kick the game winners for us?

  4. adamant Says:

    buchead407 – Connor Barth

  5. biff barker Says:

    Those new uniforms will make a real hip doormat!

    Seriously, we’ll just have to trust the new regime. We’ve been placated again by yet another staff change so that should last about a year. I do think Licht and Lovie will play the roster changes a little more conservatively than in years past by opting for proven and not splash players.

    This draft and FA cycle will, and should be, dominated by changes along the OL and DL. It’s the most efficient path to making all other players look better. Mostly that skinny kid taking the snaps from center.

  6. theDON Says:

    i remember that JEts game LUtz, what a joke.

    They had all offseason to prepare for that first drive and it looked like the first time they ever stepped on a field.

    Pretty much sealed their fate.

  7. buchead407 Says:

    I forgot about Barth. Was he hurt all last year?

  8. Eric Says:

    The list of free agents is rather underwhelming. I’m not expecting anything huge.

    I did hear the Steelers guy say its best draft in 30 years or so. So, I still favor the unpopular decision of trading Revis for picks and getting our third rounder back. Five picks plus this crummy FA class isn’t going to cut it.

    I saw Johnny signed with Nike. The guys who designed our snazzy new uniforms. What does that tell you Glazers? Draft the guy and cha ching, cha ching.

  9. Snook Says:

    “I forgot about Barth. Was he hurt all last year?”

    Tore his achilles playing in a charity basketball game like in June. The first sign that 2013 was going to be a disaster.

  10. Hawk Says:

    I agree with Biff Barker. The Bucs do NOT need big-name, splash players.They need players who can do what Tedford and Frazier need them to do. That might include big-name, splash players, and it might not. The old adage is still true, “The game is won/lost in the trenches”. That is where the Lovie/Licht focus should be.
    (I also agree about the uniforms)ROTFLOL

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK……….DOH!!!!
    I don’t know about anyone else but I’m anxious with anticipation. Oh the possibilities!!!

  12. biff barker Says:

    Hawk, glad you see it as I do. Both lines have had underperforming players riddled with injuries. I’d opt to trade back unless it’s Clowney and also unload as many players as we can to stock up on picks too. Gasp, that includes Revis.

    This roster never did gel and hence requires the Vitamix treatment.

  13. Chris Says:

    Mark dominik: you build from the back end of the defense. Face palm /

  14. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    It’s been reported that Desean Jackson could be traded. Biting my tongue because I really hate his attitude. But maybe they could swap Mike Williams for him? One off the field question mark for another?

    Apparently Chip Kelly likes bigger receivers. And Jackson seems like the speed in space type of player that might work for Tedford.

  15. Getaclue Says:

    Might work for tedford? Desean played for tedford

  16. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    @clue

    My bad, I completely forgot about the Cal connection.

  17. biff barker Says:

    Trade Williams for Jackson? Interesting scenario.

  18. Patrick in VA Says:

    We’re not gauging competence with this regime. With raheem and shiano we were looking for indications that these unproven guys knew what they were doing. Lovie has a history of success and Licht has a resume full of stops on winning teams. These guys know what they’re doing and don’t need us fans who know very little beating down their doors if the method they use doesn’t produce immediate results if they’re looking at building a long term winner

  19. Brandon Says:

    Oil Derrick Brooks Says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:15 am
    It’s been reported that Desean Jackson could be traded. Biting my tongue because I really hate his attitude. But maybe they could swap Mike Williams for him? One off the field question mark for another?

    Apparently Chip Kelly likes bigger receivers. And Jackson seems like the speed in space type of player that might work for Tedford.

    +++++++++++++++

    Not a bad idea. I hated the direction your post began with but in a player for player bloated salary swap, I would be okay with that. Williams would look like a bargain compared to DeSean.

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    Patrick- That’s why I’m so hopeful, these guys know what winning looks like. I do think that we need to temper our enthusiasm a bit also. It’s rare to see KC like turn-arounds. I hope people keep that in mind before picking up the pitchforks if the Bucs don’t win 8 games.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Eric Says
    “I did hear the Steelers guy say its best draft in 30 years or so. So, I still favor the unpopular decision of trading Revis for picks and getting our third rounder back. Five picks plus this crummy FA class isn’t going to cut it.”

    I would understand it if they did that. The only problem is I think it would be unwise to do so BEFORE they have a replacement for Revis. Banks will improve this year, but I don’t expect him to fully develop before year 3 or 4, like Ronde.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Oil Derrick Brooks Says
    “It’s been reported that Desean Jackson could be traded. Biting my tongue because I really hate his attitude. But maybe they could swap Mike Williams for him?”

    Wait, you want to trade away someone who did a mere $200 damage to a door for a guy like that. Where is your common sense????

  23. HotRod Says:

    Btw Joe – greatest clock ever

  24. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    @Bonzai

    Jackson has the speed this team lacks. I don’t care for poor character guys. But, my only thought is that Smith could corral him.

    I don’t have a great feeling about MW. Just my opinion.

  25. teacherman Says:

    best comment ever

    Lutz Bucz Fan Says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    “I’m just glad that our hopes and dreams aren’t all on #5 this year. After that delay of game, timeout, delay of game, fumble we opened with last year….”

    Seriously. That was crazy.

 
 

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