Licht Explains Senior Bowl Decision

January 21st, 2015
Bucs GM Jason Licht details why the Bucs are not coaching in the Senior Bowl.

Bucs GM Jason Licht details why the Bucs are not coaching in the Senior Bowl.

One benefit (?) of a team finishing with the worst record in the NFL is that said coaching staff gets to coach a team in the Senior Bowl, and allegedly get inside information on prospective draftees unavailable to other teams.

So when the Bucs declined to coach the Senior Bowl, many Bucs fans got agitated thinking the Bucs passed up a rare opportunity to get an edge in the draft.

Given how awful the player evaluations were the past offseason, it sure seemed like the Bucs could use every edge imaginable.

Last night, Bucs general manager Jason Licht appeared on “Movin’ the Chains,” co-hosted by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. The interview really didn’t shed light on much if anything, with the exception Licht’s explanation as to why the team declined the offer to coach in the game.

In short, Licht believed putting his full resources into finding a new offensive coordinator was more important than being distracted by running practices for college kids, many of which will never play for the Bucs.

Jim Miller: You had a chance to coach one of the teams here and chose not to participate. Talk about it from that perspective.

Jason Licht: It’s not that we did not want to participate. We were expecting some changes on our staff. Because of that, we didn’t want to rush a hire just so we could coach in the Senior Bowl. And we also didn’t want to hold on to staff members just to coach the Senior Bowl. It turns out we didn’t have a lot of turnover and we made the right hire in Dirk Koetter. Looking back on it, of course we would love to be in it but we didn’t want to rush those decisions.

Joe can’t argue with Licht’s rationale. And Joe frankly wonders just what advantage a coaching staff has over other teams. Ken Whisenhunt appeared on the very same episode of “Movin’ the Chains.” His staff is coaching a team, and the Titans’ head honcho talked about how valuable it was.

Here’s the thing: All practices are open. Every team has its coaching staff in Mobile and they watch every movement. Also, practice video is made available to all teams. It’s not like practices are held in a prison where no one else can watch or have access.

Joe agrees with Licht. Finding the right offensive coordinator was far more important than coaching the Senior Bowl.

23 Responses to “Licht Explains Senior Bowl Decision”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hard to argue with that logic

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I guess some researh could be done to see which teams that provided coaches actually picked players they coached….and how those players did.

  3. Buc's #5 Jameis Says:

    Off Topic here but.. That Payton Manning man wow.. I guess he wasn’t such a choir boy either in 96 at least. I wonder if he was worth taking with the Top pick of the draft? I hope he grows up? Maybe Ryan Lief perhaps? Oh wait! what am I saying heha.. he had/has a great career and is going to the hall of fame…not shame. There’s hope for you Jameis!! Put on that Buc #5 and just Win baby!!!!!

    Peyton Manning and sex scandal are two things you might never expect to see in the same article. If so, you don’t know about the incident that happened at the University of Tennessee when Manning was the Tennessee Volunteers star quarterback.

    Due to all the negative press the NFL has suffered over the last couple of weeks — self-inflicted, I should add — this story was destined to find its way across the internet.

    It’s thought that no one has made that big of a deal over it because, when it reportedly occurred, there wasn’t a Twitter or Facebook or [insert social network of choice here] to make it spread like wildfire.

    Yet the young woman this supposedly happened to — a personal trainer for the University of Tennessee athletic program — won a $300,000 settlement from the school for this and other incidents of sexual harassment not perpetrated by Peyton Manning.

    I won’t get in to those for the purposes of this article, but will instead focus on what she alleged happened between her and the Denver Broncos quarterback in 1996. The trainer’s name was Jamie Ann Naughright.

    Naughright said that she was examining Peyton Manning to see why there was pain in one of his feet. While crouched behind him, Manning, “entirely unprovoked… decided to pull down his shorts and sit on Dr. Naughright’s head and face.”

    “It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area in between the testicles. And all that was on my face when I pushed him up,” Naughright said in the deposition.

    Manning claimed he was in the training room and dropped his pants to moon cross country athlete Malcolm Saxon as a prank. He said he did not know Naughright was in the room until it was too late.

    In a later autobiography of the Mannings, Peyton described the trainer as having a “vulgar mouth,” reports The Post Game, and Naughright was demoted from her job at Florida Southern College, the site notes, as a result of the accusation.

    Worse yet, a student-athlete who claims to have witnessed the incident wrote Peyton a letter telling him to admit what he’d done.

    To date, Manning has downplayed it, though he had to re-settle with Naughright after discussing the incident a second time on ESPN.

    What lends credence to this Peyton Manning sex scandal more than the actual settlement figures — the second time, the amount was undisclosed — is how you could be hearing more of this from Naughright, but she has stayed largely silent.

    It wasn’t until Peyton brought it up that she took legal action.

    What do you think, readers? Should America reevaluate how it sees Peyton Manning?


  4. P'cola Buc Says:

    It’s not only who the coaches picked who played in the Senior Bowl but all those players who they changed their mind on that they did not pick as well.

  5. Patrickbucs Says:


    What a great post and argument smh. That’s your defense for taking Winston? He’s not choirboy either!

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Draft Jameis

    I guarantee at least one of you people that are so dead against Jameis getting a second chance have skeletons in your closet that you would not want current or previous employer /spouse to know about. People in glass houses should not throw rocks.

    Meme, bb gun incident are not punishable by death. He has been cleared 3 times by much smarter people than who post here on the rape claim so stop making false statements about 5 being a rapist. Remember people forgiveness and second chances are earned not given. Winston deserves a second chance.

    Peyton was a scumbag in college and is now the face of the entire nfl much less a small market team with no national interest.

  7. OB Says:

    Did he mean they are keeping their coaches they have left including the OL coach?

  8. Eric Says:

    They need to be out in California where Jameis is training. He is looking lean and mean.

  9. Josh P Says:

    Eric, and all these people questioning his work ethic…the sky is the limit for #5..

  10. Ray Rice Says:

    I call BULLSHHHHHHHIT! Lovie just didn’t want to extend his losing streak and go 2-15 for the season.

  11. bucrightoff Says:

    It’s good that Jameis looks lean. He’s gonna need to when the New York media eats him alive and the Jets, well, ruin him. As to us, Leonard Williams looks like a JJ Watt/GMC hybrid, and will be coming to Tampa as Lovie will not be able to stop himself.

  12. Milenko Says:

    I’m thankful

  13. Brandon Says:

    Buc’s #5 Jameis Says:


    You’re a little late to the party, brother. I’ve been talking about Manning for the past month in regards to the female athletic trainer (not personal trainer, as you stated).

  14. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Huge Difference in technology between 96 and 2013. In 2013 you absolutely KNOW everything you do can get out. Therefore you have to be ULTIMATELY STUPID to do those things nowadays. Was Peyton right? Hell NO. But would he have done the same thing in today’s tech age? HELL NO is probably the answer

  15. Eric Says:

    If Jameis knows one thing it is how to deal with media “attention” (AKA witch hunt).

    Nobody is going to break that kid.

  16. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    Eric Says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 9:28 am

    They need to be out in California where Jameis is training. He is looking lean and mean.
    Looks small in that pic. He needs to bulk up.

  17. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    Yes, because Manning’s sexual harassment of a trainer is the same as raping someone. I see the logic of that one. R-E-A-C-H-I-N-G.

    Also, not mentioned is that it happened 2 yrs before he was drafted. He didn’t have a series of off field incidents and he cleaned up his act. Winston on the other hand was accused of rape 2 yrs ago and continued to do stupid stuff. However, you can keep reaching. If Winston had kept clean after his incident 2 yrs ago I wouldn’t have an issue with it. However, he continued to act like an immature idiot. Only thing he has going for him so far is that he hasn’t done anything stupid since his 1 game suspension, YET.

  18. Soggy Says:

    more or less all comments about why everybody should want winston on this story? you guys are over doing it.. Off topic for sure and there is everyday a jameis watch to do this and it is the same old stuff over and over.. Don’t worry I like winston but I just can not read anymore of this day in and minute by minute so I just skipped this whole comment section that really is off topic.. Give it a rest guys..

  19. lions Says:

    This isn’t a maturity issue at all, rape allegations and a second women that came forward claimed sexual assault and the university didn’t invesitgate sounds like a huge problem. I hear that Bucs would pick Winston because of all the FSU fans in town, but all I hear from people that are around the instituion is that they needed to move on from the mess.

  20. Eric Says:

    There was never a second woman.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    Rape is not looked at nearly as bad as it was in the past. Not that long ago it was a capital crime. How many rape convictions are happening these days? It is nearly a non issue in modern day America.

  22. ruggyup Says:

    Buccfan37-Are you serious? What kind of meds are you taking that relieve you of life in the real world.

  23. Patrick Says:

    That’s because a good majority of rapes go unreported