Jason Licht Says He Needs A Beer

April 20th, 2015

jason licht 0313How fitting it was that Joe asked Bucs general manager Jason Licht a question today about his pre-draft approach, and Licht’s reply included that he needs a beer.

Gotta love the GM. Man of the people.

Joe asked Licht whether he evaluated prospects differently this offseason versus last. Licht explained that this year the Bucs got more hands-on.

“I will say this; this year we worked out a heck of a lot more players at private workouts than we did in years past. I mean a lot more, really amped that up with our coaches and our scouting department,” Licht said. “They did a great job. They’re tired. They need a beer just as much as I do.”

Sadly, there was no time for a follow-up question. Joe wonders why the Bucs wanted to get more in-your-face with players. Perhaps they felt they missed something with guys they picked — or didn’t pick — last year.

Mr. Licht, Joe will be happy to buy you that beer. But why stop at just one?

69 Responses to “Jason Licht Says He Needs A Beer”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ll buy Joe a beer at Pete and Shorty’s. After they take Jameis, you deserve a beer for all the guff you’ve had to put up with over Manziel & Winston. Hell that deserves a shot too. Better have cab money ready!

    Careful though my wife might dump it over your head though. She hates what your site does to me and has told me several times.

    I tell her it’s not Joe’s fault, it’s mine and that I’m the one that keeps coming back here 3,000 times a day.

    Joe did you get that look in Licht’s eyes like you did at Winston’s pro day? I watched the presser and saw just what you were talking about when he was asked about Winston…he’s trying to keep it together Joe. Like a kid on Christmas Eve.

  2. bucco brice Says:

    i think he had too many beers with the george johnson and logan mankins deals. they talk about building through the draft then continue to piss away draft picks…

  3. gulfcoast Says:

    …can I have Lovie’s beer if he’s not gonna drink it?

  4. Supersam Says:

    That look in Lichts eyes was him holding back his vomit, word out of Tampa is that if they take Winston there gonna ” hold there nose” apparently not everyone is NOt on board with him. Mrs. Glazer especially, rumor is she is not fond of him and probably never will be. I also read that she owns 1/6th of the team so when she speaks people listen. Welcome to Tampa Mariota.

  5. bucs4lyfe Says:

    well after the bad evaluation of Michael Johnson its a great idea. not liking the free agents we signed but still like the mindset of the new regime, if your thinking this way your eventually going to get the players you need to compete, seems you have the position coaches that can get it done so it’s going to come down to the man who’s responsible for our overall win loss record. rooting for you lovie rooting for you to make a big jump because otherwise Jason licht needs a coach that can get the job done

  6. PocketPirates Says:

    An NFL caliber starting QB has accuracy on 2nd and 3rd reads- something that Mariota distinctly lacks. If we can draft good O linemen to protect him long enough to MAKE second and third reads our offense is going to score a TON of TDs! Agree with other needs though- we need a safety, a speedy linebacker who tackles well, a developmental DE, and a speedy slot receiver/kick returner. All the other picks should be O linemen. Screw a punter. Grab one somewhere else!

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Supersam….now go back to Bucsnation where you read it and read the comments….pretty much stating it as BS.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ 87

    There you go again…..kissing Joe’s a$$……no beer bribery….I remember Joe kicking you off for posting links….you sure have changed….what would you be like if you were a Mariota fan?

  9. Bogeyking Says:

    If my job, career and reputation depended on who I took in a draft, the very last person that I would take would be someone with a very checkered past, a pattern of very controversial behavior and somebody who I don’t feel I could trust. I bet he needs a lot more than just one beer

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…you remember wrong.

    He didn’t ban me for posting links…

  11. PocketPirates Says:

    Meant protecting WINSTON- the only pick.

  12. Supersam Says:

    Joe doesn’t ban Winston lovers, he only bans people who think for themselves and make there own judgements on players.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    He threatened to ban me for talking too much chit about that guy on the radio.
    It went back and forth for about 2-3 minutes, then I said fine just ban me then. I wanted you to ban me.

    That’s how it went down….

    What’s wrong with buying Joe a beer? or Do we have to always just give him grief and grief alone?

    I don’t like Mariota, because I don’t like scrambling QB’s. Never liked Vick, can’t stand Cam, RGknee is always hurt. I never even liked Cunningham all that much. Notice how I don’t talk too much about Mariota’s shyness, because I don’t see it as a problem. I’ve seen enough Oregon games to make my decision and being a Nole has nothing to do with it.

    Fun to watch on the highlight reel though…

  14. Erik the WiseMMan Says:

    The smart money is on Mariota at this point. Winston is a pipedream fantasy that will likely be over in 10 days.

  15. Andrew 1 Says:

    Yawn, your trolling aint ganna work fellas, we all know the pick will be Winston.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Also to me none of what Mariota lovers have to say even matter when it comes to Mariota. They can cite this stat and that stat and tell us everything that he can do. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve seen him play about 5 times over the past 2 seasons. I’ve seen what he can do…in college with that gimmicky, trick, flash card offense.

    Trust me I’m a Buc fan first. If I thought Mariota was the better pick then I’d be on his wagon.

    People used to come on here and tell me about all Winston’s off the field crap long before Jameis Watch was even started. My answer : I don’t care.

    Was it not me who was talking about Winston in 2013 on this site, saying no to Manziel and that we should wait because Jameis will be coming out next season? YES it was me. That was TWO years ago, right around the time Joe started Manziel Madness Watch.

    I’ve talked about Winston sitting next to Buc fans in the stands at Ray Jay in 2013 when I had my season tickets. I talked every week to the same row of fans about him. They all wanted him back then too. Even the Gator fans behind me.

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Erik the WiseMMan Says:
    April 20th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    The smart money is on Mariota at this point. Winston is a pipedream fantasy that will likely be over in 10 days.”

    If you want to continue thinking Mariota, please do. But, it’s obvious to most people that the clear cut favorite as the #1 pick is Winston. If this were Vegas, you are backing the longshot.

    Winston is 1/6
    Mariota is 4/1


  18. bucrightoff Says:

    It’s 4/20, get that man a joint instead.

  19. A Gator that loves the Bucs Says:

    A Whole Lot of people here are going to need a beer if they read that Insiders piece on JW over at ESPN. QBASE Football outsiders quarterback projections system evaluated 2015 prospects. Mariota ranked Elite and Winston ranked a bust is the gist I got from the little I got to read

  20. A Gator that loves the Bucs Says:

    Amen Bucrightoff. I am at lunch burning one now.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    GatorBuc…I don’t care. ESPN has been against Winston for over 2 years now..I don’t even watch ESPN anymore that’s how relevant they are to me.

  22. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    L&L will be sharing a shopping cart and sleeping under a bridge if the take Jameis….

  23. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’m baffled at how people think that taking Winston will somehow be this awful thing that drives the franchise in to the ground. Any QB taken in the draft is a huge gamble, I’m not sure why people think this is a bigger one. The team has seen everything there is to see having to do with the off the field stuff. Way more than any of us have seen. If they’re comfortable with it then what grounds do we have to question that when we have significantly less information to work with?

  24. port richey george Says:

    bucs beat tampa bay times online posted today :
    Your weekly update on our poll results: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota increased his lead over Winston. Mariota holds 57 percent of the almost 6,500 votes. Winston has 37 percent in our (unscientific) poll.

    the fans on buccaneer com also favor mariota

  25. Commonsense Says:


    I’m going to agree with you.
    Personally, I have no horse in this race meaning that I really don’t care what the Bucs do with their #1 pick. However I do think that one choice is much more the wiser.
    Speaking strictly from a business and GM point of view, the thought of having to stake my reputation and livelihhod on somebody like Jameis Winston would give me ulcers. This franchise right now can’t afford a swing and a miss at this point and he would be a total gamble. His ego, established pattern of questionable behavior and knack for being careless and reckless with the ball would make me run fast the other way.
    Jason, I feel for you

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    “you deserve a beer for all the guff you’ve had to put up with over Manziel & Winston. Hell that deserves a shot too. Better have cab money ready!”

    I have no problem with you buying Joe a beer….buy him a Rolex if you like….what I have a problem with is you categorizing oposing opinions as guff…..Joe is perfectly capable of defending himself and has prooved that…..that “guff” you talk about is attention and when you pay attention on JBF…you make JBF profitable..so, thank us for the “guff”…..

  27. Underdog Says:

    @ port richey george

    Every real fan poll that you see (except here on JBF) has Bucs fans prefering Mariota over Winston by a wide margin. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Bucs fans do not want somebody like him as the QB and face of their team. You can bet the Glazers know it

  28. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I need more than a beer. Vodka on the rocks at least. Maybe even need to fire up a bowl!! LOL

    I just hope we NEVER EVER get the top pick in the draft again. Obviously because I don’t want us to ever suck enough again to get that pick. But almost as much as for the dissension it’s caused among the Buc faithful.

    At minimum if this comes up again I hope neither of the choices is from one of our state schools.

    I truly understand the passion from FSU faithful. If I watched Fameis lead my team to a National Championship I’d be pretty rabid too.

  29. rayjay1122 Says:


    If you buy Joe a beer and shots then he should not have to take a cab. Julio, get the stretch!!!

  30. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I like the way you think!!! And to realize I had forgotten what a special holiday it is today!

  31. BrianBucs Says:

    Last month my oldest son bought a licensed Bucs Josh Freeman jersey at a yard sale for 1.00. In 2 or 3 years I’m sure you can find the Jameis Winston team jersey there also at whatever city he’s playing in

  32. Buc1987 Says:

    Underdog …do you know that can clear your browser and vote multiple times?

  33. Iknowmorethanlovie Says:

    Lovie and Licht owe me lots of beer for sitting thru 2-14

  34. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…you know the guff I’m talking about.

    The people giving him guff over Manziel and how he’s panned out so far.

    The people that compare Winston Watch to Manziel Watch and say Joe’s going to be left at the alter again…if the pick is Winston he deserves a beer fopr the guff he’s put up with…

    Will you be at Pete and Shortys?

    Will Pablo be there?

  35. robert 9 Says:

    jason licht needs an adderall
    f ing moron based on his body of works with the bucs so far

  36. WS99 Says:

    You guys crack me up. I love me some JBF.

  37. robert 9 Says:

    awaiting moderation?

    that sound greasy

  38. Buc1987 Says:

    TBBF…oh you mean the guff about putting out so much Winston and less Mariota that you gave him…

    That’s just whining.

  39. Andrew 1 Says:

    The flack he gets for Manziel is well deserved. The guys was clearly overrated and a junkie. At least this time around and he picked someone with the talent that is deserving to be mentioned on a daily basis. In fact, almost wish Joe was against Winston with how obviously wrong he was about Manziel.

  40. Buc1987 Says:

    Andrew 1…it may be well deserved, but it deserves a beer imo.

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m also talking about the posters that think it’s us against Joe…there are many of them out there and there’s simply no need for it imo.

  42. Mike10 Says:

    I bet sunshine would like to have something else, happy 4/20!

  43. ATrain Says:

    87 I agree with you…Bucs Fans posting their opinions.. That’s it ..If you are posting you should be a Bucs Fan period…None of this I’m going to another team if they pick Winston. Jump ship Now if you say that.

    Although I will buy a Keg for Jason …He will need it for the stress after Winston goes Manzel on them.

  44. BuccaneEric Says:

    There will be fans on this site who will root for the Bucs to lose if we pick Winston. They’ll want him to fail so we can replace him with someone else. I guess I’m good with either QB and if it’s Mariota then I’ll assume the Bucs found something that hasn’t been reported.

  45. Firethecannons Says:

    Joe doesn’t need you to buy him a beer. He can probably buy a brewery will all the money he’s made on all the clicks from jameis watch.

  46. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Wish I could be at the party….but in NC….just got back from a visit ot Tampa….McCown and his two sons were on the plane with me from Charlotte.
    I talked to him a while…..said…that “he’d have to go back to the cold country (Cleveland)…he said…”I’m still young….I’ve got to go were the job is…it’s just the NFL”…..I sure wish he had worked out as a backup & mentor….what a great guy!!!

    As far as Pablo being there…..Pablo is everywhere….all the time….Pablo is the spirit of JBF Past…..

  47. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    There will be fans on this site who will root for the Bucs to lose if we pick Winston.

    I take your point but I honestly believe that to be the very, very small minority..as in a number I can count on one hand.

    In addition I’ve been known to be a nitpicker. I’m a writer and so I love words and parse their meaning far too much for many on this blog. So forgive me in advance I’m not actually trying to be an ahole. Of course many here would point out I don’t have to try since it comes naturally. LMAO

    I would say however that anybody who roots against the Bucs for ANY reason is by definition not a fan!!!

    I prefer Mariota, but if it’s Fameis I’ll cheer just as hard and if they trade down I’ll still cheer just as hard.

    Mike10 posted yesterday that anybody who showed up on Sunday to a blog that’s dedicated to coverage of a 2-14 team MUST be a real fan.

    I’ll drink to that. Or since it’s 4/20 should I say I’ll toke to that!

  48. White Tiger Says:

    Jason Licht doesn’t look like he misses too many opportunities…however, he not the only one. His decisions thus far have left many a Buc fan needing some type of adult beverage…

    …we’re waiting now for him to pick the next wrong QB of the future…

  49. Classyfreddyblassy Says:

    Don’t get a beer from the RayJay. I hear they water that ish down.

  50. Bucfan4life Says:

    There is no way I could just “change teams.” I remember as a young kid watching the Bucs all through the 80s and every year they seemed to go 3-13. They are my team and that will never change.

    I’m so excited that we are on the verge of having a potentially great QB here in Tampa. Last year watching them was painful and dull. Many afternoons I asked myself why I watched such a bad and boring team. Because I’m a Buc fan all the way. I’m believe it will be Winston and that will be awesome. No matter what they do I will be a fan, but if they trade that pick or take someone other than a QB I will be one pissed off fan.

  51. BuccaneEric Says:

    StPete, I’ll drink a few tonight to that. Buc fan forever!!!

  52. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    You are correct….anyone who roots against the Bucs is not a fan…..I even have some troubles with the tank for a better pick crowd….but I understand where they are coming from….they just are desperate enough to want better a higher draft pick hoping to win later…..but what they don’t realize is “it’s not where you pick….it’s who” TBBF

  53. Underdog Says:

    One thing that we can ALL agree on is that we don’t ever want to see the Bucs with the #1 pick in the draft again. Can I get an Amen?

  54. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    AMEN from a fan that was there for our first #1 pick as an expansion team….(the only acceptable reason for a #1 pick)

  55. StPeteBucsFan Says:


  56. Bucfan4life Says:

    AMEN!!! However I was rooting hard for the Saints in game 16 last year. It was for the greater good!

  57. BuccaneEric Says:


  58. Bill Says:


    “I truly understand the passion from FSU faithful. If I watched Fameis lead my team to a National Championship I’d be pretty rabid too.”


    That’s a feeling I’ve tried to keep in check as best I can (certainly some have lost their composure), but any sports fan should be able to relate to the feeling. What football fan wouldn’t get intoxicated with the idea of your schools star QB playing for your favorite pro team? It’s something every fan dreams of but rarely, if ever, happens.

  59. Bill Says:

    I’m curious, hopefully I can get some level-headed responses; How many of you MM folk favor him due to a belief that the NFL will continue to move toward a style of offense better suited for his skills? This would differ from those who see an Aaron Rodgers in the making.

    I personally don’t see this paradigm shift continuing and that has an impact on my valuation of him. I wonder how much that matters to you all here…

  60. coachkenny Says:

    For a change the bucs should give the fans what WE want. Read the comments and choose .

  61. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I think the game is definitely changing. Largely because of safety issues and concussions but also because smart men are figuring ways to beat old defensive ideas with new offensive ones.

    As Chucky pointed out in his praise of Mariota, Chip Kelly’s offense lead the NFL the two seasons he’s been in the league. It’s not only different, it’s working.

    I think in addition to safety the NFL enjoys a more wide open game. Woody Hayes football…Tony Dungy football is simply not as entertaining as watching Chip Kelly offenses. At least the NFL believes that.

    And while i agree it’s more exciting I also accept and understand that folks like Brian Billick who is an offensive coach and plenty of posters here bemoan the end of smashmouth football. There’s still the occasional beast mode attack and Legarette Blount had a great playoff run with the Pats again but overall the writing is on the wall. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, mobile fast guys who can run, and slide to protect themselves as well as throw it well on the move.

    And that is a major question in some peoples minds about Fameis and Marcus.
    Yes Marcus has not huddled a team and he’s not a pure pocket passer, but on the other side at his pro day Fameis biggest difficulties came when he threw on the move.

    BOTH players are great prospects! It will be fun to watch their careers.

  62. MTM Says:

    Licht looked and sounded extremely uncomfortable for the position he has. Maybe he should have pounded a few beers before hitting the podium.

  63. ATrain Says:

    87 you can ignore the off field stuff all you want.

    However it can and will effect his play.

    And if Winston I’d suspended or Arrested it doesn’t matter how well he plays if he can’t get on the field.

    You can say he is grown up..But if your wrong that’s a heck of a mistake

  64. Buc1987 Says:

    ATrain Says:
    April 20th, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    “87 you can ignore the off field stuff all you want.”

    “However it can and will effect his play.”

    It never effected his play at FSU…

    I wonder if Jason drinks Licht beer….

  65. Strider #FamousJameis Says:

    If I could go to the draft party I would but I will be at Ray jay celebrating with everybody first time season ticket holder !

  66. Bill Says:


    In years past I would completely disregard the idea of the league changing. We’ve seen mobile QBs before, and we’ve seen hurry-up systems before and yet the league has always come back to the basics on some level.

    What is different now is the focus on player saftey, a new development, which does change how the past will translate to the future. What I’m uncertain about is how that will effect QB’s. QB’s have always been able to slide, nothing new there. They are very well protected in the pocket and on the sidelines (relative to past eras). I suppose my belief is that running QB’s have a history of eliminating that aspect of their game as their careers progress, and contrary to what may seem like common logic I don’t see that changing.

    It seems the change in playing style has more to do with a players career and value to the team than it does rule changes. This is why you see young Vicks, McNabbs, Griffins, and many others running in their early years only to make significant efforts to cut back after the big contract. I’m not confident new rule changes have changed this issue, but they may.

    Talking about the “system” and the Eagles in particular. They have been 2nd and 5th in yards, and 3rd and 4th in points over the last two years respectively. That’s pretty darn good, but they are also in the basement when you look at TOP, and are 0-1 in the playoffs. I’m very reluctant to label that a winning formula at this point in time. Obviously time will tell.

  67. I'm a great person Says:

    Did anyone see the Bucs home page today? Somebody better get Joe, 87, ndog, and keepitreal a beer real quick! Lol, or it could be the Bucs just screwing with us again? They seem to get a kick out of that.

  68. Bucfan4life Says:

    I don’t see offenses changing anytime soon in the NFL. The rule changes make it is easier for pocket passers to succeed these days as well. With the speed and talent of NFL defensive players it’s not as easy to execute a spread system.

    There is one way I could see more teams implementing it and that is if the Eagles win a Super Bowl sometime soon. The way Kelly has blown up the Eagles I won’t be surprised if he is gone within 3 years if all of these changes don’t work for him.

  69. Bucfan4life Says:

    @ I’m a great person – lol, is it the article they just posted that concludes JW is the best QB prospect or is it the mock draft they posted that concludes the same thing. Do they need to grab a beer to celebrate?