Will Licht Follow Andy Reid/Bill Belicheat Path?

April 3rd, 2016
Don't rule out drafting a quarterback

Don’t rule out drafting a quarterback

Now that general manager Jason Licht is disconnected from former Bucs overlord Lovie Smith, will Licht’s core blossom in a different direction?


Licht has been influenced directly working under personnel gurus Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Bill Belicheat in New England.

The Bucs’ signing established, likely-declining veterans this offseason, such as 34-year-old linebacker Daryl Smith and nearly 33-year-old corner Brent Grimes, was a very Belicheat-like play.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com penned a piece that notes it’s also very Reid and Belicheat to draft or add a developmental quarterback wherever he may fall in the draft outside the first round.

The New England Patriots are another example of a franchise not afraid of adding quarterbacks, despite Tom Brady’s presence. They did it with Matt Cassel. Ryan Mallett always generated buzz (even if it lacked substance). Next offseason Jimmy Garoppolo will be the hot name on the trade market along with Bengals backup AJ McCarron — both entering the final year of their rookie deals.

Coming from New England, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn knows taking swings at quarterbacks in the draft is a calculated risk every good organization should make, even if that swing misses.

The article revolved around the recent comments of new Lions GM Dan Quinn, who was mentored by Licht in New England. Quinn told the Detroit Free Press, “it’s really good business to acquire a good young quarterback every year or every other year.”

So would Licht draft a quarterback? Joe wouldn’t be shocked, especially if Licht does the smart thing and moves Mike Glennon for a mid-round pick.

As Joe noted the other day, Bucs quarterback Mike Bajakian gave Arkansas quarterback Branden Allen a private workout recently. He’s viewed as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect after a good senior season. A knock on him is is 6-1 frame and small hands.

26 Responses to “Will Licht Follow Andy Reid/Bill Belicheat Path?”

  1. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Things that make you go hmm…

  2. jb Says:

    I hear Marco Rubio is telling the Dolphins to draft Allen, despite the small hands issue, which appears to be a huge deal to Rubio. So you may be right.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we will eventually trade Glennon & might draft a QB in later rounds.

    As for the Kaepernick trade with Denver……it seems like it will be difficult for the Broncos to convince him to restructure enough to make it work…..Denver has 1.6 mil in space (not enought to sign rookies)…..and Kaepernick is due around $19 mil in 2016…..Denver will be permanently in cap hell.

  4. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I agree w u TBBF. That will be a difficult trade to pull off numbers wise.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Just going to put this out there…

    …it is entirely possible that Mike Glennon resigns with the Buccaneers.

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If the Buccaneers cannot get a second round or better for him, I’d rather keep him. He is a quality backup.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    The Broncos need to realize they will have to either pay a large salary or pay a high draft pick.

    They may as well pay their 2nd round and a 7th round pick for Glennon. He’s cheap at least.

  8. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    I still think there will be a draft day trade with Glennon. Licht has a plan.

  9. winston #1 Says:

    I Licht we trust!!!

  10. The Buc Realist Says:


    I don’t think MG8 is the kind of QB that Coach Gary Kubaik is looking for, They want the Bootleg rollout Qb and not a pure pocket passer that MG8 is..

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe they would rather have Kaepernick as their first choice….but with their situation they could afford Glennon now and sign him to a longer term higher-priced contract later……
    They will have to cut some players if they sign Kaepernick.

    As for Glennon resigning with us…that is highly unlikely but could happen only if he thinks he won’t get an immediate starting opportunity……he could sign a two year extension for some decent bucks.

  12. tmaxcon Says:


    No team is going to give up a 3rd Rd or better simple as that. Second, why would Glennon even consider staying in Tampa where he absolutely has no chance to start. Sure he might get a start here and there and now that sorry arse Lovie is gone he may get 1 or 2 mop up duty plays in a blow out or two. Makes no sense for him to consider staying. If he is has great as some of you think he is he will be making 12 to 15 million a year starting somewhere else next few years. It makes no sense from a competitor or financial stand point for him to stay.

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Realist

    What makes you think that? Kubiak has never had anything other than pocket passers in his offenses. Elway, Schaub, Flacco, Manning, and Oswieler.
    Elway is trying to play hardball with this Kaepernick nonsense. If that’s truly what they want for a QB then Elway is out of his mind. Kaepernick can’t hit the broad side of a barn and he can’t read a defense, good luck to them if they end up with him.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It seems inconsistent to me to continue to say on the one hand that Glennon isn’t worth anything and then on the other to say that he want’s a chance to start somewhere.
    The two go hand in hand……If Glennon has a chance of starting somewhere it is because they have a weak starter now or an older starter ready to retire or injury prone…..in that case, he would be worth something to those teams.

  15. pete Says:

    I expect a trade at the draft.
    IF a player Bucs value more than they value MG8 is available they will trade for the draft pick/player.

  16. ManzielMadness Says:


    Actually it’s been reported that Kubiak does call a lot of bootlegs and roll outs. It was part of the reason why Peyton Manning regressed (besides age)… The system didn’t suit his particular skill set

  17. Delson Says:

    I think glennon is capable of rollouts. If a coach gives him the attention of a franchise qb i think glennon could be successful. I remember two particular plays where he threw on the run beautifully. 1 against the seahawks to tiquan underwood i think for a10+ yard td. Actual pass was probably 15 to 20 yards. That was when mike james as a rookie put 140 yards on that defense (and the infamous jump pass). 2nd one was against the saints he got pushed out of the pocket to his left threw a perfect rainbow over the saints dbs hitting vjax in stride for a 20+ yard first down. Actual pass may have been 30 to 35 yards.

  18. Max Says:

    Tom Brady was drafted in 2000. Here are the QBs they took after him.

    2002: 4th Round – Rohan Davey
    2003: 6th Round – Kliff Kingsbury
    2005: 7th Round – Matt Cassel
    2008: 3rd Round – Kevin O’Connell
    2010: 7th Round – Zac Robinson
    2011: 3rd Round – Ryan Mallett
    2014: 2nd Round – Jimmy Garoppolo

  19. DB55 Says:

    I’m just gonna leave this right here…


    It’s actually well worth the 3mins. Oddly you won’t find one for Osweiller.

  20. Danati Says:

    good trade bait.

  21. OSUbucIdr Says:

    The Broncos signed Oking and can drop Clady for cap space. They can def get Kaep as long as the agreement works for San Fran as well. Those that think it can’t work – it can. They aren’t going to go after Glennon if the price is the same. Kaep. has proven more. Don’t get me wrong I’d love to get a 3rd or fourth for him because I doubt we get a comp pick anywhere close but I don’t know if it will happen.

  22. gotbbucs Says:


    Go look at Kaepernick’s stats and tell me with a straight face that’s he anything more than an average at best QB. Most pedestrian stats for a starting QB that you will ever see.

    As to this actual article, I probably would wait until next year to draft another QB. Seems like too much of a luxury pick with an incomplete roster like we have.

  23. DallasBuc Says:

    Do Andy Reid/Bill Belicheat “love” ACDC?

  24. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    On one hand you sat no team will give better than a 3rd (even though they were offered a late 2nd once already), but then you say he’s worth more than $12 million per year?

    Think about it. If he is worth that much…he is worth a better 2nd rounder.

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    Agree danati. I’m down for either 2nd round around draft day or just keeping mg8 for back up.

  26. America's Commenter Says:

    It’s highly doubtful that Glennon would re-sign with the Bucs. There are too many QB hungry teams that would take a huge financial gamble on him, just like the Texans did with Osweiler this off season. If Glennon is a competitor, he should believe that he’s a starter in this league. He’s smart enough to know that he’s unlikely to unseat Winston in Tampa, so his best option to start and maximize his market value is to move on to another team.

    Since the expectations are clearly being set for another 6 or 7 win season, the Bucs should absolutely move Glennon for a 2016 draft pick and then draft Glennon’s replacement as the backup QB of the future.