Eye In The Sky Doesn’t Lie

July 2nd, 2017

Can’t beat watching film and practice.

The stat nerds would have you believe that your eyes lie — that all you must know about any sport is found in the numbers.

Not only is that the biggest pile of horse manure one could ever shovel, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht demonstrated to NFL Network that that’s just not so.

Licht, who openly admits he’s a stats guy but his foundation is good ol’ fashioned game-film watching, mentioned to Mike Garafolo it wasn’t numbers that sold him on signing speedster DeSean Jackson. It was what he noticed watching game film.

Garafolo was on “Good Morning, Football,” seen weekdays on NFL Network, co-hosting with Bucs fans’ it-girl Kay Adams, among others. She was wearing a bathrobe-looking ensemble, and Garafolo recounted a chat he had with Licht during Bucs minicamp.

Garafolo claimed Jackson’s numbers weren’t overly impressive last year in Washington and said he asked Licht about any concerns regarding Jackson slowing down.

“How do you know he is still that element you want to bring to your offense?” Garafolo said he asked Licht.

“He said, ‘I could tell by the way cornerbacks were playing against him that he still had that speed.’”

That is something you will never see in any spreadsheet. Licht could see defensive backs positioning themselves against Jackson in a way that showed the Bucs’ big-name free agent still had wheels and was feared for his speed.

And on the practice fields at One Buc Palace, Jackson proved he can still blow past defenders.

10 Responses to “Eye In The Sky Doesn’t Lie”

  1. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    It will make a HUGE difference having him opposite ME and every one knows it. Think about it,if young Amari Cooper didn’t have veteran Michael Cabtree opposite him would he be as affective early in his career??? ME has been outstanding with less and will be phoenominal with the more.

  2. JAB83 Says:

    in my line pf work numbers get me to the field. But the field changes the numbers.

    Go figure.

    Numbers dont do the work. They just set a standard. The standard changes based on the conditions.

    Point is. You only get the final numbers after its built. Thats when the numbers actually matter…. AFTER THE FACT…

    NUMBERS DONT PREDICT dicts do something pre. Still ots not the actual….

  3. Lord Corn Says:

    Look at Cousins stats in the games djax played vs games he missed… pretty insane

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    Kinda like film showing teams stacking the box against running backs they fear?

  5. JAB83 Says:

    Moderate every commit I post still??? Why what did I ever say other than you guys would work for espn if they offered…


    JBF is awesome outside the fact none of my post get seen in real time…

    Guess Im someone who scares you guys… Which is sofa king we taught it.

  6. JAB83 Says:

    Waot till I meet you fellas… Im gonna buy ya a beer in hopes of lifting this bs moderation bs from my handle.

    Never posted under any other handle.

    Two seasons is punishment enough yeah????

  7. LongSeason Says:

    Licht has this pinned. A speedy WR with the ability Jackson has makes a great receiver better. A great receiver like Mike Evans will only make a speedy receiver better. With all the weapons at Jameis disposal all he has to do is figure who is double covered and go St. Elsewhere with the ball.

    I also vote that Ali Marpet doubles as the bus driver on road trips.

  8. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Just watched the rams “All or Nothing” (mostly nothing) episode vs the bucs, and it made me cringe. If we would have beat that garbage team (thanks aguayo) we would have made the playoffs.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    JAB83…don’t take it so hard. Joe is an EIU Alum…I graduated up the road at ISU…my wife is an EIU Alum. If I ran into him in Charleston, I’d even buy him a beer at Ike’s. But I still get moderated some times. It just happens from time to time. Don’t take it personally. Don’t let it bother you. Go Redbirds…beat Panthers.

  10. Joe Says:

    Kinda like film showing teams stacking the box against running backs they fear?

    More like film showing a boom-or-bust running back with his head down and having no vision when a simple move could get him daylight and seven yards. 🙂