Is Jason Licht Craving The “X-Factor”April 2nd, 2014
Regardless of who actually has final say on the Buccaneers’ draft picks, it’s clear general manager Jason Licht will have at least a very loud voice in the process. And given that fact, it’s interesting to note that much of Licht’s 19-year NFL career was spent around four historic giants of the quarterback position.
Is Licht really a guy who’s going to be ok going to battle with unproven Josh McCown and/or Mike Glennon?
Joe likes McCown, but there’s not a Bucs fan on earth who wouldn’t have ordered Joe or any other fan to a mental institution at the suggestion of McCown leading the 2014 Bucs offense at this time last year. It would have been thoroughly unthinkable. And did five starts in Chicago really change that significantly?
Licht entered the NFL and spent two years scouting and coaching with the Dolphins when Dan Marino was the alpha dog in the locker room and on the field. Licht went on to New England and Tom Brady and the Super Bowl before heading to Philadelphia. He was a VP for player personnel there and headed to the Super Bowl with Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid. Then Licht was off to Arizona and experienced the man Joe’s heard from various NFL types described as the ultimate leader and “x-factor” quarterback, Kurt Warner, who led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl that season. Then it was back to New England again to serve as one of Bill Belicheat’s chieftains.
Joe can’t imagine Licht not demanding the Bucs draft the best quarterback they can in 2014. Anything thing else would seem to go against his football DNA.
Warner, now a top NFL Network analyst, was on the tube today getting pinned down to name his top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft. It’s no surprise to Joe that Warner said his evaluation shows Johnny Football edges Teddy Bridgewater for top-dog status.
Warner says Johnny Football has the critical “x-factor” needed to win games and be successful in the NFL, though Warner has questions about Johnny Football’s abilities in the pocket in the NFL. A film-only review, Warner said, would lead him to draft Bridgewater before any other QB, saying Bridgewater has “has great pocket presence. Did the most when things were around him in the pocket. Played in a pro-style offense.”
Of course, Joe has no clue whether either of those two quarterbacks will be available to the Bucs with the No. 7 overall pick. It would be nice if one was, and there’s at least a chance.
All Joe’s saying is that 2014 likely represents the best (and smartest) opportunity for Licht to make a move to get a premier quarterback prospect. His history, combined with the Bucs’ current stable of QBs, would suggest he’s very eager to pounce.