The “Change Of Scenery” List

April 3rd, 2018

Joe had a private conversation with general manager Jason Licht about his “change of scenery” list last week in Orlando.

But then Licht referenced it publicly the next day, so Joe is comfortable typing a bit about it here.

In simple terms, Licht explained that one of his offseason strategies is to compile a list with his pro personnel department — one of many, many lists — of players ripe to be unwanted not because of their play, but simply because a new general manager and/or head coach/coordinator wants a fresh start at the position.

If you get the right combination of a coach/GM change, you can score yourself a gem without worrying much about whether the guy had the wrong attitude with his previous team.

Way up on that 2018 list, Licht said, was Jason Pierre-Paul, the new manbeast defensive end on the Bucs’ defensive line. Halelujah! The Giants blew out their head coach and general manager, and their new defensive coordinator was going from a 4-3 to a 3-4, a perfect storm that can create opportunity.

The rest is history. Licht’s relationship with the new but old school GM, Dave Gettleman, led to trade talks that were kept very quiet before the deal was executed a week into free agency.

There were other big names on the Buccaneers’ change of scenery list.

Sorry, Joe is not at liberty to cough up a couple of names. But the bottom line is JPP was the top dog and Licht stayed painfully patient to score JPP. That deal maxed out the Bucs maneuverability for the other 2018 big names on that change of scenery list.

Man, Joe is so thankful Licht pulled off the JPP deal. It single-handedly changed the attitude of every single Bucs fan Joe knows in a huge way.

22 Responses to “The “Change Of Scenery” List”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “It single-handedly changed the attitude of every single Bucs fan Joe knows in a huge way.”

    I gotta believe it improved the attitude in our locker room as well.

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    now watch smitty switch to a 34 defense….lol…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. DB55 Says:

    Is Cancer93 on this list? I sure hope so or else Licht will be looking for a change of scenery

  4. darin Says:

    Right you are. It is a risky, ballsy move by Licht tho. One he had to make but if JPP flops Licht is gona be out imo. Qb money can only go to guys who produce big time. Ive got a feeling big buck is gona get these D linemen humming tho. I sure hope so cuz I have no confidence in smittys secondary philoshopy. Only way to improve this secondary is lots of pressure, that includes adding draft picks. Dont get what he does with the db’s one bit. I’ll get it if those big boys create bad throws tho.

  5. Red86 Says:

    Licht deserves another contact. Only thing the would convince me otherwise if he draft a punter, kicker, or fullback in the top 4 rounds.

  6. buddy Says:

    In my opinion Licht always looks hammered or like he just had the latest night ever!! Damn dude needs to learn when to shut it down instead of boozing it up so much

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo says to Hason….”If you aren’t the lead perro….the scenery never changes…..and it always smells like mierda. So Pablo is saying to Hason…..if you are behind….you are smelling the behind of others”

  8. webster Says:

    And this is my point from the other thread. If the bucs change gm/coach now, there will be a few players that will get release or traded due to different philosophies and we are starting all over. Let licht continue to build a solid foundation of one philosophy like the rams (same gm since 2012), jacksonville (same gm since 2013). Quick fixes do not work.

  9. mike10 Says:

    Glad we got JPP too, buuuut I can’t help but to think we overpaid. Quinn went for a 4th, and is making about $3mil less a year. Really wish we had that third rd pick

  10. Broy34 Says:

    Db55 God u are the definition of annoying

  11. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Mike10, Quinn also misses a $hitload of games. Can’t help the pass rush from the bench.

  12. Bproud81 Says:

    I’m not going to get all crazy and say that we are a Superbowl ready team now . What I am going to say is that our d line is going to resemble a certain 2001, 2002 ish line . Mccoy (sapp) Allen (booger) jpp (rice) . For the life of me , I can’t remember the other de name, spires? . Not sure . But that’s just my humble opinion . Either Chubb or barkley will dramatically improve this team . Go bucs .

  13. webster Says:


    Its only 2.2 mil more for jpp. Over the past two years, quinn has 42 tkls, 12.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, while missing 8 games. Compare that to jpp’s 121 tkls, 15.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and a fumble return for a td while only missing 4 games. Overpay? Are you sure you are not one of those who just like to complain? Jpp has been way more productive than quinn the past two years and its not even close.

  14. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    I agree Jason Licht deserves another contract for sure!

  15. buddy Says:

    Please God NO!!! Not another contract for him or #KluelessKoetter

  16. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    He’s done good drafting and he did very well in free agency this year. Better than the rest of the gm’s we’ve had. You could have Doug Whaley as your GM. Let that sink in…

  17. Mr Ed Says:

    Good for Joe to get Licht to reveal information he asks Joe not to publicize and Joe complies with the request. Journalism in general has lost trust because of the desire to get “scoop.” Joe will get more interviews and access to Licht with this approach.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Broy34 Says:
    April 3rd, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Db55 God u are the definition of annoying
    The fact that I upset you more than a decade of finishing in 4th place every year is all we need to know.

    Loser Cancer93 and his minions love to lose.

  19. Joe Says:

    Mr. Ed:

    When someone tells Joe “off the record,” Joe believes that is sacrosanct.

    Joe has heard stuff over the years that would fry your ears.

  20. I Bleed Pewter and Red Says:

    I’m stoked we got JPP. I still think he has that tiny chip on his shoulder. He wants history to show that the serious injury to his hand had nothing to do with his goal of reaching Canton one day. He could just very well be the second coming of Simeon Rice. Then again we are the Bucs ..right? I trust Licht. Considering the History of our franchise he has hit on his share of talent in his short term as GM. Licht wants to win …it would be silly to say he doesn’t.

  21. denjoe Says:

    I hope there’s a descent corner on that list.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We’d have been screwed if that JPP deal didn’t work out, lol.