Jason Licht Describes “New Man” Jameis, Identifies “The Issue With Him”

March 2nd, 2019

Jason Licht has a message for Bucs fans and keen observers of the NFL.

The film of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, will shock you.

These were the general manager’s words to a national audience on SiriusXM NFL Radio, a channel Joe inhales like Abe’s Place boneless wings and their array of homemade sauces.

First, Licht shared that Jameis is fully rejuvenated before even one practice with the new coaching staff.

“You can tell with Jameis. I’ve seen him a lot. But he just seems like a new man right now,” Licht said. “He’s energized. The last coaching staff had a lot of  confidence in him, too, So it’s nothing to do with that. It’s just having Bruce Arians, two-time coach of the year, come in and say, ‘You are the guy and you’re going to do well in this system.’ You know, it’s exciting.”

Co-host Bruce Murray followed up and asked Licht directly if Jameis not playing to his talent level consistently frustrates the GM personally.

And that’s when Licht explained that the film don’t lie. There’s hard evidence why the team is so confident in Jameis.

“Yes,” Licht replied. “I think Jameis, he’s got a lot of confidence in himself. And he doesn’t think that there’s ever a play that he can’t make. And I think that’s been the issue with him. He’s maturing. You know, he’s really matured over the years in terms of his ability on the field, too. And I think that’s becoming less and less of an issue. If you watched the second half of this year, he played pretty good. I think people would be shocked if they actually watched the tape of the second half of this year. He’s finally coming into his own.”

Yes, many fans might be shocked if they re-watched all the 2018 Jameis film starting the with the Giants game going forward. Jameis did a lot of great things but did struggle against the Saints and Ravens. Those fans also might be equally shocked watching Jameis in the prior games. After playing so well against the Falcons in his first start of the season, Jameis looked terrible throwing the football in the next two games.

And that’s sort of the point. Everyone can see the greatness in Jameis, and all the needless turnovers and fumbles. Both are obvious.

Jameis simply must find it in himself to be more consistent. That will equal wins and a fat new contract.

57 Responses to “Jason Licht Describes “New Man” Jameis, Identifies “The Issue With Him””

  1. Grt1 Says:

    Super bowl

  2. westernbuc Says:

    I still completely amazed by the fact that Koetter and his staff are completely shafted while Jason Licht is still making the decisions

  3. Ndog Says:

    SHAFTED!!!!!!!!???? Due they were lucky to have freaking jobs. SHAFTED!!!!!!

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    I wish he would just tell the truth. The last staff did not have confidence in him. Thats clear to see with anyone with a pair of open eyes. Whether they were right or wrong is up for debate but they clearly did not believe in him.

  5. Rob Says:

    Rah Rah! Siss Kum Ba. Go Bucs!

  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    Always the best time of year for Jameis

  7. SteveK Says:

    Now or never for JW3 and the GM Licht. Year 5, no one left to blame. 2019=answers. No more excuses.

  8. Lubby Smith Says:

    Malcolm Glazer must be rolling in his grave over his incompetent sons’ failure to fire low-rent con man Jason Licht.

  9. Loyaltotheend Says:

    He will never be a REAL Pro Bowler, maybe a 3rd or 4th alternate a few times all we need is him to be consistent and stop putting the team in bad positions

    If you fix the run game and defense he’s a guy you can win with he’s just not a guy you win because of

    That’s why he’s not a franchise qb

  10. ATrain Says:


    Is this a must win season for JW

    And if he does the same he has in the past with inconsistent play and turnover
    WILL JOE call JW

  11. ben Says:

    Light should be long gone fired .. Is this the year Winston becomes an above average qb or another year of bla bla ?? Have to wonder why Atlanta acted so fast in wanting Koetter back on their team..

  12. Loyaltotheend Says:


    Joe still thinks the Bucs should’ve taken Johnny Drunk they don’t give up on their low football IQ takes

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Licht needs to step aside and let Arians and his team fix the Bucs……and, I’m fine with him going along for the ride.

    One more time……and not for the last time.

    Give Jameis a running game and a half-way decent defense and he will win.

  14. AlteredEgo Says:

    I am telling you…draft Dwayne Haskins !

  15. Ndog Says:

    Loyaltotheend Says:
    March 2nd, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    He will never be a REAL Pro Bowler, maybe a 3rd or 4th alternate a few times all we need is him to be consistent and stop putting the team in bad positions

    If you fix the run game and defense he’s a guy you can win with he’s just not a guy you win because of

    That’s why he’s not a franchise qb

    Loyal please name the QB that won with a bottom 5 defense, bottom 5 kicking game and bottom 5 running game? I’ll wait…

  16. Ndog Says:

    Typically clueless football fan comment.

    “Let’s see we have no defense, no running game, no kicker and our QB gets hit more than all but 3 others in the league, conclusion we need a new QB”.

    I know that is stupid but that is exactly what is said by people on this site daily.

  17. The Coroner Says:

    Hmmm. Jameis needs a new Tailor.

  18. Dewey Selmon Says:

    America’s coach killer…

  19. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Ndog always coming to Jameis’s Defense is like Trump voters standing by a crook

    NDog we’ve gone back and forth and their is a list of qbs who still manage to win games with poor units they are franchise qbs

    I agree Jameis needs those units to be better but the defense that he needs those other units to be superior just shows he’s a qb that needs a complete team to make up for his numerous mistakes

  20. Wausa Says:

    Football people see how talented Jamies is as a QB, if the Bucs can give him an average running game, average special teams and average defense the Bucs will be in the playoffs every year.

  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Absolutely no one knows more about Jameis Winston development and when he will finally click to reach top elite level than Kobe Faker…

    certainly more than this movie character buffoon

    JW will not click next year

    JW will not click the 2nd year

    JW will click and be top 3 QB in the 3rd year

    next 2 years he will be top 10 in all the QB stats and will look great but…

    JW beating teams with his mental game and out thinking the defense…

    It will click 3 years from now and when he is 28 years old

    this is what will happen , live with it”

    Kobe Faker

  22. DB55 Says:

    So who would ya rather have as QB? Jameis, Mariota, Glennon or Fitzpatrick? Bc those seem to be the only QBs we had a chance of playing with here? Mariota will be our the league soon along with glennon fitz and Griffin.

    I say draft Haskins and really have some real deal competition. Jaboo ain’t skerd. Lol

    Also need to draft one of those 4.3 WRs or Hollywood Brown. If you can’t find starting oline talent in the 3rd round you shouldn’t be an nfl gm.

  23. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I agree with Licht about the last six games. Watching those two amazing TD passes to ME13 and Godwin were things of beauty but we already knew he had talent.

    What made me cheer out loud was the first time I saw him have all his receivers covered and instead of forcing it or trying to make a crazy play he CALMLY turned and threw the football into the stands. Seeing that made me realize he is truly starting to get it!!!

  24. SB Says:

    For the past three months I have been singing the praises of Christian Wilkins.
    Seems as if I am not alone.
    Daniel Jeremiah has Wilkins as the 4th best player regardless of position. That is pretty flipping high praise.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Watch the Ravens game but don’t have his WR’s dropping every other pass…

    Watch the Saints game but don’t have Dirk go into a shell…

    Jameis had one truly awful game last year, on the road, in bad weather against the Bengals. The Ravens game was ugly, but that’s because the Ravens have one of the best defenses in football – and they made tons of good QBs, and even elite QBs look bad over the years.

    Expecting a guy to play 16 perfect games is a ridiculous standard that no one is held to. Brady looked like garbage for half the year this past year. Rodgers looked worse than garbage for 70% of his starts this past year. Luck looked like complete trash for at least 6 of his starts.

    Regardless of what the dopes think Winston played well last year, and his QBR shows that in that he was 5th in the league.

  26. Only1Buc Says:

    How does jameis kill coaches Dewey???? I cant help but laugh when I see the amount of dumbass comments that are posted on here DAILY lol. Competent Buc know better. Coach Killer? lol as if Lovie smith and Dirk Koetter were loved by the fans GTFOH

  27. Only1Buc Says:

    Competent Buc Fans*

  28. TexBuc Says:

    In Bruce I trust

  29. BucsBandit Says:


    “Even, though, Jameis hasn’t taken the Bucs to the playoffs in his first 9 years, everyone sees the true potential of America’s QB and knows what he can eventually do. THIS SEASON will be different than the others…

    Jameis finally realizes he’s got to play better, and Jameis is now taking full responsibility for the Bucs lack of playoff appearances.

    Jameis has started a new training program, and is also now listening to his favorite songs on repeat on his AirPods while he throws at practice. This is a game-changer for him to be able to ignore the crowd noise and be more focused than he has in his previous 9 seasons.

    Something is very different about THIS offseason going into the 2024 NFL season, Jameis’ 10th. This could finally be the year Jameis plays up to his full potential.”

  30. tnew Says:

    Bengals game Winston was bad, but the Cleveland game he was not so lets stop being so revisionist. He would’ve been credited with a game wining drive if the kicker doesn’t choke on the game winner late. At any case, not only did he throw for 365, he led the team in rushing and had a rushing TD. Going into the game Cleveland’s weakness was stopping the run. The RBs combined for 4 yards less than Winston on the ground. Oh.. BTW, Cleveland turned out to be way better than many around here what to admit. It was FAR from terrible. Maybe Joes should take the Licht advice and go rewatch the film.. I know I already have.

  31. Stanglassman Says:

    Rod- you forgot Wentz, he didn’t look that great for a lot of games. I would add Goff and Deshawn Watson to that list when their running game failed to be effective. Most these guys wanted Marcus Mariota and will never like Jameis. Not that they’ll ever admit they were wrong.

    You would think these guys would get it watching Aaron freaking Rogers struggle without a good defense and running game but they’re pretty dense.

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    are you a free defense attorney for the liberal terrorist organization ACLU????

    no one got shafted and no one is EVER owed a damn thing…… koetter and is boys failed just like so many before them under the spineless glazers.

  33. Kobe Faker Says:


    dont forget that was the game where Mejax let everyong know he wanted to be traded before the game. Mentally ,JW wasnt in that game because of the drama

    all these elite QBs have games where there running back took over the game and the QB was alittle off…

    when did our rb ever take over a game during the last 4 years?

    *gurly probably took over 8 games by himself from running and catching”

    Kobe Faker

  34. Bird Says:

    Can we stop with the Mariota vs Jameis comparison

    Who cares. Neither is lighting up the league.
    Neither has lived up to hype of top pick

    Now with that said , arians will make Jameis better. He is the qb whisperer.
    Just how much better is the real question

    Arians only has a few years …maybe 1 if the Bucs blow it again and he has a dang heart attack. Cause that what this franchise has done to its fans in last 15 years

  35. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Let’s hope this is the year he finally reaches his potential as a QB and has no further off the field issues. 5 years and a #1 overall pick would be a shame to waste!

  36. AlteredEgo Says:

    Satchel Paige once said…”don’t look back…something might be gaining you”….in Jameis’s case he has already been passed…his head is on a swivel now looking ahead and behind

  37. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    If this defense can perform close to top ten to average they make the playoffs. Good staff, good defense will have jameis shredding. Cant wait to see the sheep run from the wolves this year!!!

  38. Loyaltotheend Says:

    I won’t even compare to Mariota as Jameis has our played him over 4 seasons

    My disappointment stems from being behind him prior to the draft and him playing wildly inconsistent and not playing to his potential

    Hard to believe he will flip a switch after 4 years and be consistently good

  39. SteveK Says:


    Agree, great post. I don’t expect the QB play to change, but I’m hopeful for the best.

    I want to sign Le’Veon Bell and get some O Line help for Jameis.

    Add: QB Whisperer, o Linr help, and Le’Veoeon Bell. Then there are absolutely zero excuses for America’s QB!

    I hope he balls out this year and leads us to playoffs.

    No more stupid decisions: on and off the field!

  40. passthebuc Says:

    He needs to hire a wardrobe consultant.

  41. ATrain Says:

    ATrain has been critical of Winston

    BUT COME ON Mariota

    What would he give us over Winston ????

    That discussion is finished Mariota has done nothing but be hurt

  42. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Bucs take DK “DB Killer” Metcalf with the 5th overall pick! LOL!!!

  43. Destinjohnny Says:

    So jameis is going to be consistent with his inconsistent accuracy next year…..

  44. Ndog Says:

    In summary of this comments thread, most football clueless fan base in America.

  45. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Raiders supposedly shopping Derek Carr. Wonder what they would take for him?

  46. MadMax Says:

    Raiders are gonna take Drew Lock….just watch! I know Gruden!!!!

  47. Ndog Says:

    Jeagan1999 Says:
    March 2nd, 2019 at 9:18 pm
    Raiders supposedly shopping Derek Carr. Wonder what they would take for him?

    Who cares it’s the Raiders not the Bucs? What does that have to do with us?

  48. Old School Athlete Says:

    Didn’t Gruden just say Carr was his guy? What a joke. Thank you Glazers for not bringing that guy back.

  49. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Ndog….I think the question isn’t pretty self explanatory, but I’ll try to spell it out for you.

    If in fact the Raiders are looking to trade Carr, I wonder what kind of compensation they would be looking for in return for his services?

    Does that clear things up for you?

  50. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Damn spellcheck….the question “is” pretty self explanatory.

    Glad we could clear that up for you.

  51. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Great read while on the can. Already knew this though.

  52. BringBucsBack Says:

    Weren’t the “last 5 games” of 2017 also strong finishes for #3? Does no one remember talking about it this time a year ago? “#3 turned the corner; he has finally put it together; it has finally ‘clicked’; 2018 is HIS year blah,blah, blah…”? We may have even said the same thing about 2016’s finish too. Remember?

    Last I checked, players and teams with nice 5-game stretches ONLY, miss the playoffs! That is slightly better than 1/4 of a regular season. No esta bien!

  53. Mike Johnson Says:

    I think….The big difference this season will be…Arians has staff HE..completely trust. And Koetter totally neglected the Defense. Arians will not. He trust Bowles but will get involved. I got us going over 60% defensively in this draft. Arians will
    get Jameis to understand, Its not about your arm, its about scoring however you can. In Az, Arians had drives of 70 to 80 yards where only a couple of screens were thrown.

  54. Ed chase Says:

    Horrible football team WITH salary issues. Great GM

  55. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Honestly, do more than say, 15% of the people that follow JBF really believe this clown can win a Super Bowl? Incredible that 15% do.

  56. VFL98 Says:

    Wearing a suit like that shows just how much confidence he really has. That might be the ugliest suit I have ever seen. SMH!

  57. Z31 BUCS Says:


    You don’t have any credibility.