Jason Licht, Meet The 2011 Detroit Lions

January 2nd, 2019

Joe still is struggling to stomach general manager Jason Licht telling Bucs fans on the team website Monday that the 2018 Bucs had one of the greatest offenses in NFL history. “As in when football was invented,” Licht emphasized further.

It was an outrageous and ridiculous take, but it really seemed like Licht believed it.

The Bucs had no running game, 3.9 yards per carry, which was tied for second-worst in the NFL. They complemented that with five runs of 20-plus yards, dead last in the league. That Hall of Fame offense Licht referenced? It averaged a paltry 20.8 points through the second half of the season after averaging 28.8 in the first half.

Yes, the Bucs cranked out more than 5,000 yards through the air and threw 36 touchdowns. That was very impressive.

But take a look at the 2011 Detroit Lions, hardly the team you think of when it comes to legendary NFL offenses.

With three NFL no-names sharing the load at running back, those Lions averaged 4.3 yards per carry while Matthew Stafford threw for 5,000+ yards and 41 touchdowns leading Detroit to average 29.6 points per game.

That 2011 Lions offense was more impressive than the Bucs’ this year. Meanwhile, three other NFL offenses were significantly better that season. The Saints, Patriots and Packers all averaged more than 32 points per game with Green Bay hitting 35 per game. Keep in mind NFL defensive rules then were pro-offense but not as much as they are now.

Yes, Joe is piling on Licht for his silly comment on the Bucs offense. The offense needs significant work and Joe hopes Licht and Team Glazer completely understand that and address it.

Oh, that extra special Lions offense of 2011? It put up even more yards through the air in 2012 — and Detroit finished 4-12.

25 Responses to “Jason Licht, Meet The 2011 Detroit Lions”

  1. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Licht is clueless if he thinks this offense was “great” for 16 games. They were inconsistent just like both of their QB’s

  2. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So….no coaching news today?

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    And HecknotoBrian Kelly. I see he is on “The Firm’s” list given to the Bucs.

  4. Wausa Says:

    The passing offense was historically great, the rushing offense was horrifically bad.

    The problem on offense was the offensive line was terrible.
    Also, hurts the offense when your defense and special teams both stink.

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    How about a poll on the elephant in the room…Jameis or Jamyth

  6. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Jason Licht…the modern day Matt Millen.

  7. joestang Says:

    This team will always be bad with Licht at GM

  8. Not there yet Says:

    The offense was ok unless you love to read the stat sheets instead of watching the game. This was a historical offense for the bucs absolutely but the nfl? No one is going to mistake this offense for the greatest show on turf. We’ll see Licht the spotlight is on you now so no one else to blame but you. He is delusional and I think he’s going to be dumb enough to bring back all the wrong players. He thinks they have a great locker room but they can’t win close games because they are weak minded, that doesn’t scream great locker room but the offense will be even better when you find a coach who knows how to make in game adjustments

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Yes, Joe is piling on Licht for his silly comment on the Bucs offense. The offense needs significant work and Joe hopes Licht and Team Glazer completely understand that and address it.” Yea verily Joe.

    Right now we have an inconsistent QB with excellent POTENTIAL. We have one stud WR under contract (ME13) & another (Godwin) with excellent POTENTIAL (still too inconsistent at this point IMO). We have one stud TE (OJ) under contract, plus another (Brate) coming off a meh year. We have an OLine with 2 studs under contract (Marpet & Jensen) and the rest mediocre IMO (although I still think Donovan has POTENTIAL as a Guard … IF we re-sign him).

    Your point that this offense “averaged a paltry 20.8 points through the second half of the season” says it all IMO. And this offense was healthy all season (especially compared to our defense). That’s almost exactly what our Jameis-led offense has averaged now for these past FOUR years. Without SIGNIFICANT improvement, it pretty much guarantees us a 4th-place finish this year … in the NFC South.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    We need to stop looking at the “shiny object” ranking of this offense and look at the ONLY thing that matters…RESULTS.
    I don’t care what those numbers say, we went 5-11! Whoop-de-doo! Congratulations! Here’s a golf clap.
    Now, pull your head out of your culo and get to work. There’s a lot to be done.

  11. JP_09 Says:

    Draft Lawann Taylor and bring in DeMarco Murray via free agency

  12. JP_09 Says:

    *correction, Latavius Murray

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    this sounds like licht last year when he said, “We’re Close”….lol….

    yeah, close to @realist packing dirk’s U-HAUL!!!!!!


  14. Aubpierce Says:

    Licht is 99% of the problem. Only the receivers are NFL worthy. The rest of the team by position is either mediocre or poor. There is only one person to blame,and he is the general manager. He will be exposed when the next coach also fails. The only hope will be an improved offensive line, secondary, and a healthy linebacker corp. I don`t trust Licht at all in the draft or free agency. His record indicates that. He should have been fired first.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sheesh. Move on, people. You already spent the entire season whining. Do you really want to spend the entire off season doing it too?

    It’s a new year. Start acting like it.

  16. Pete I Says:

    When Jason Licht became the Bucs GM the Bucs were the worst team in the NFC South, 5 years later the Bucs are still the worst team in the NFC South.


  17. TOM Says:

    Move along. Nothing to see here.

  18. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, your GM.. Mr. Jason Licht! Lord help us.

  19. Phil Says:

    Maybe we could sign Kareem Hunt. Then we would have a running game. Then all we need is a kicker and a defense.

  20. AJ Says:

    Gee you will jump on something insignificant an make a big deal out of it. Wasn’t the string of 500 yds plus games we started the season with historic?? Am sure that was what he was referring to in his mind.

    But so what, around these parts. This was a historic offense by Buccaneer standards.

  21. cmurda Says:

    Nobody cares about moving the ball between the 20’s. Wins aren’t given for passing yards. Points matter. If we averaged 33 points a game with this offense, then respect is deserved but instead it was like 23 pts a game? With a crap defense, that gets you the 5th pick in the draft. Licht should just stay focused on the task at hand and please don’t try to tell me anything good about this 5 win team.

  22. Wesley Says:

    This guy is an idiot, foolish hire to begin with, and now they’re retaining him…..wtf.

  23. Getaclue Says:

    Same BS he’s been feeding the glazer boys . Sure he’s been throwing the coach under the bus instead of looking at all his blunders to save his own hide leading up to the firing

  24. TOM Says:

    Typical Licht letting his alligator mouth overload his tadpole ass.

  25. FortMyersDave Says:

    Joe should keep comparing the Lions to the Bucs. A lot of similarities concerning their dysfunction. Detroit can brag about that 0-16 Marinelli run and the Bucs could point at their decade long playoff drought and both teams seem to have a lot of 10 to 12 loss seasons. Is Tampa now going to be called Detroit South? I am rather shocked the Bucs are keeping Licht, he probably promised the Glazers BA and then knowing the Bucs something bad will happen; a health issue or a jilting at the altar jams the deal????