No Glazer Pressure For Johnny Football

April 29th, 2014
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Bucs GM Jason Licht said today he can understand some of the controversial fun in Johnny Football’s past

Team Glazer hasn’t dictated any wacky roster moves to sell Bucs tickets. That should be obvious.

One could even argue Team Glazer did just the opposite when they fired their Super Bowl–winning head coach, hired Raheem Morris, went with a build-through-the-draft and free-agency-is-a-dark-path approach, and passed on Tim Tebow.

This afternoon at One Buc Palace, Bucs general manager Jason Licht was asked whether manic excitement and circus-like vibe surrounding Johnny Football would discourage or encourage him to draft the Texas A&M quarterback.

Licht responded by saying Team Glazer’s only order to him and Lovie Smith is to build the best football team.

“In terms of the fan interest and selling tickets, we’re lucky to work for the Glazers who have hired us both to make what’s the best football decision. We would be basing the decision on whether or not he makes us a better football team,” Licht said. “And, you know know I think he’s a Heisman Trophy winner, he’s, a lot of the situations he’s been in, really, you can’t blame him for. If I were young and had a Heisman trophy on my mantle, I’d probably be in a lot more trouble than the next guy. So, no, I think we’re just going to make the best football decision, what’s best for our football team. I think Lovie and his staff can handle the rest of it.”

Later, Licht raved about Johnny Football’s visit to One Buc Palace.

“Very impressive interview. We had a great day with him. Lovie and him have Texas roots. We enjoyed every minute that he was here. Sharp guy,” Licht said of Johnny Football.

Would the Bucs draft Johnny Football next week? Of course, Joe has no clue. Only Lovie and Licht know, and Joe suspects Team Glazer has at least asked the question.

31 Responses to “No Glazer Pressure For Johnny Football”

  1. Harry Says:

    I hope so. But I sense smoke…

  2. unbelievable Says:

    smoke smoke smoke

  3. Bucsfanamongstthebirds Says:

    someone on profootballtalk made a funny yet accurate point. He or she wrote “Ive never met a guy who goes by the name ‘Johnny’ that wasn’t trouble. Just food for thought…

  4. Tony Says:

    You guys had a great little comment/question about Manziel that Licht and Lovie seemed to roll their eyes at. Well done.

    ?????? –Joe

  5. BucsfanNJ Says:

    Looking foward to May 9th and not being force fed another story on JF again! However I will miss seeing those footballs in red on a daily baisis… Joe can you pull some strings and get her on the Bucs Cheerleading squad?

  6. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    The Glazer’s must have learned their lesson from the Dominick experiment.

  7. gianluca pesole Says:

    This site new name is JOHNNYFAN.COM

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Another PB&J but only this time it’s a triple decker.

    Joe can you make the picture bigger next time?

  9. Chef Paul Says:

    That’s my favorite pic of Johnny. That broad has the best cans on the interwebs!

  10. phil Says:

    If the Glazers haven’t said anything they should because Johnny Football is the best player in the draft and the Bucs should be doing everything they can to get him.

  11. Nick H Says:

    Best player in the draft…. ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  12. Eric Says:

    Actually, they said the fans were the reason they canned Chucky. The stockholders.

    But, that is old news, and I highly doubt they would force Lovie’s hand on anything concerning draft selection.

    But, Lovie may love him some Johnny Football all on his own.

    Or, Tedford may view JF as the guy who can best run his offense. Mobile, quick feet, quick release, smart, athletic. Chip Kelly agrees.

    They may not even be considering the pull factor over at OBP, instead foolishly looking at the best fit for their team.

  13. Bruce Says:

    I’m sure all of you media types are pressuring the heck out of them to draft Manziel. Someone should do a survey to find out how many of us paying fans really are for drafting him. I suspect the majority of all these so-called fans are the media. Seems everyone I talk to, feel it would be stupid to spend our first round pick on a QB when we have more pressing needs. Most feel that McCown and Glennon would do just fine and feel that if Manziel is drafted with the first pick he’ll be forced into the starting role. Most feel we’ll still have the 4th best QB in our division, and will have more turnovers than Glennon did in his first year.

  14. pick6 Says:

    given the embarrassment from their previous partyboy QB and their frustration with Mike Williams’ PG-13 twitter feed, if there is any pressure from ownership relative to manziel it is probably to avoid drafting him. i’m okay with the bucs passing on a guy whose career i think will resemble vince young’s

  15. pick6 Says:

    *Mike Williams’ PG-13 instagram feed

  16. OAR Says:

    Dang it Joe this Johnny ‘Beer Bong’ picture is too big to fit into wallets.

  17. Joe Says:


    Most feel we’ll still have the 4th best QB in our division, and will have more turnovers than Glennon did in his first year.

    In two years when McCown’s contract expires and he is 36, what then?

  18. Bruce Says:

    In two years when McCown’s contract expires and he is 36, what then?


    You got 2 years to worry about that. A lot of things change in 2 years. Heck, JM may only be a serviceable backup by then, and Glennon could end up being a franchise QB if given the chance.

  19. GheyForManziel Says:

    Just a few more days until this circus resolves itself.
    One of two things will happen:
    1.) We’ll trade up or possibly draft Johnny @ 7 and Joe will be
    insufferably smug and giddy, or…
    2.) We’ll pass on Johnny or he;ll go before 7 to another team and Joe
    will be insufferably somber, lovelorn and butt-hurt.
    The Takeaway:
    No matter what happens Joe will be insufferable.

  20. Ra'Shad Says:

    Look at the rack on her…

  21. kh Says:

    ghey – whatever the outcome Joe will be wrong as usual.

  22. T2 Says:

    Joe I for one love all the Johnny football articles if only for all the babe’s in the pictures, just damn…

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Ra’Shad….yep she wears her silicone well.

  24. Mike10 Says:

    Y’all crack me up Joe… could you have made the johnny pic any bigger?

  25. owlykat Says:

    I am looking forward to May 8th–Glennon Trade Day! So his mob can go back to their Fantasy Football!!!

  26. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    You won’t be as happy about that trade when Glennon puts up better numbers than whatever QB the Bucs would be starting in his place (if Lovie and Licht even go that route). And just to rattle the cages of the MG8 hate squad, Mike Glennon rookie QB of the year last season (que the bit he led the 32nd offense chirps in 5..4…3…2…1…)

  27. Bruce Says:

    I can’t wait til the day we can have decent conversations on JBF with people who can really think, that have an expansive vocabulary, and who don’t have an IQ the size of their waist line, owlykat. You are definitely a follower, brah.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe maybe try strawberry jelly tomorrow. Grape is getting old.

  29. Bucs Draft Says:

    Johnny has all ready made it known that he wants the Texans to pick him. If they pass on him he said “I hope the Jags take me so I can play Houston twice a year.” Guess we will see.

  30. Barry Says:

    Lovie Smith after seeing MG8 last week, “Mike Glennon is an excellent Quarterback”.

  31. White Tiger Says:

    Ironically, I was not a fan of Johnny Football until Gruden’s QB Camp…he came across as football savvy, strategic and extremely driven to win…

    Now, I would love to wake up the day after round one to find Johnny Football under our tree…