Jason Licht: Jameis “Had A Hard Time Integrating Into The Team”

March 25th, 2019

Joe’s starting wonder about the maturity level of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and how it compares to other starting quarterbacks.

Speaking at the NFL Owners meetings today in Phoenix, Buccaneers general manager reflected back on last year and said the Jameis suspension was “a tough part of our history.” OK. Joe gets that.

But then Licht hopped on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said when Jameis returned from the suspension he “had a hard time integrating into the team.”


Jameis came back and rode the bench in Chicago, a game in which he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick late. Then Jameis had the bye week to be back as the No. 1 QB before playing very well in the Week 6 loss at Atlanta that dropped the Bucs to a 2-3 record.

Shouldn’t playing well in Atlanta have meant he was well integrated into the team? Very odd. Jameis was a fourth-year quarterback whose teammates always professed to respect and love him (except one who now plays in Philly.)

It sounds like Jameis let the Bucs down because he wasn’t mentally ready to fill all aspects of the starting QB role when he returned from suspension.

That’s unfortunate for a veteran QB.

52 Responses to “Jason Licht: Jameis “Had A Hard Time Integrating Into The Team””

  1. FlBoy84 Says:

    Seems pretty obvious his “leadership” style was much more effective at FSU and HS with kids than relating to grown men in the NFL. Believe he can still mature and be successful, but pretty evident he’s still a work in progress.

  2. Anthony C Says:

    Can any of us really believe what Licht says in public, I don’t, his performance in public is about the same as most of his personnel moves, weak

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    nawl….dirk never committed to winston after he had to sit….it was all “we’ll see how practice goes” under dirk…..followed by musical chairs at QB….

    dirk wasnt mentally ready to take the bull by the horns and commit to a QB…..


  4. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    Right on.

  5. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Ya gotta love Licht Weight…why even say this after the fact? When a subpar stumblebum scout is an executive of your beloved team…things seem bleak.

  6. Jim Says:

    Maybe his team mates reacted negatively to being lied to and seeing their QB suspended in what was supposed to be his “prove it” year

  7. Not there yet Says:

    Licht really has a bad habit of saying too much or saying the wrong thing. So what are saying stupid that the whole team suffered from bad coaching except Winston and the guy your about to pay 20 million is just too immature? Idiot why won’t you say anything negative about the coaches you just fired but or even Noah Spence and VH3 but your saying things to make the high profile player on your team look mentally fragile. Licht you are a horrible general manager and I’m sick of looking at the stupid grin that makes you look like an amateur

  8. Pete Mitchell Says:

    I’m pretty sure Koetter gave up on Jason Licht after he cut JR Sweezy and forced Koetter to role out with Evan Smith and Caleb ICantBlock last year…

    I think this off season now has me right there with him.

    Get ready boys and girls… after this years sh!t show of a season, we’re blow out another coach and GM and head right back to step zero.

    Man I hope I’m wrong.

  9. BrianBucs Says:

    Maybe he was afraid to face his team because he was aware that they all knew he had repeatedly lied to them, or they treated him a little different knowing that he had repeatedly lied to them. Franchise QB and team leader? NOPE

  10. Chuckstutz Says:

    The faces on his teammates watching him eat Ws. All you need to know about that. That’s when I began to question his common sense. I suspect a lot of his mates felt the same based on their expressions.

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Or maybe they finally saw what a real leader was in Fitz. If you gonna talk the talk, walk the walk.

  12. Me? Says:

    I’m not a hardcore Jameis defender, but it can’t be easy watching your team win without you, have Fitzmagic become a national talking point, have people in Tampa wearing beards and sitting at home bc of an embarrassing suspension especially with his history and reputation from FSU. Djax is saying keep in fitz on national television, etc. It’s all Jameis’ Fault, but I can see why it was weird coming back into the locker room.

  13. Not there yet Says:

    I really think this is all overblown on this website honestly. If anyone in the league is worried about fitztragic they have no business in the game. He had a decent two games and the rest is forgettable. It’s no wonder a quarterback has never gotten a second contract, no one on this team front office or players knows how to handle the spotlight

  14. Loyaltotheend Says:

    No one to blame but himself for “hassling” a unsuspecting Uber Driver

    If Jameis was intimidated by Fitz and couldn’t integrate into the team after missing time the. It’s no wonder he wasn’t a captain

  15. westernbuc Says:

    Only now does Joe question the maturity of Jameis Winston… maybe now the excuses will end

    I love how it always comes back to Koetter in this message board. Like this team wasn’t at its worst before he came on board. Like Licht hasn’t totally bombed drafts, or paid rotten free agents. No, it’s always kLuLEss kOEttEr.

    Dumbest fan base in the nfl

  16. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    C’mon Joe….you’re actually turning the corner. We’ve all seen it on your posts about this debacle over the last few months. Winston will NEVER lead a team to the Super Bowl…..NEVER. And that is the ONLY reason why we’re here. He’s at best average on the field. And he’s at best a horrible person off the field (and at worst a ________…I can’t say it, or you’ll threaten to toss me). MOVE ON NOW!!!

  17. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Mole Hill + JOeBucsFan = Mount Everest

  18. El Buco Realisto Says:

    So he let the team, lied at every tun about it!!!!!!! No wonder he had a hard fitting back in!!!!!! I don’t know what this guy is about!! But I know that is not what the softball local media was trying to sell about him!!!!!!!! Letting the team down and folding like a lawn chair has been the only thing that has been a constant!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what is worse than looking for a franchise qb????? is thinking you have one when you don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Reach87 Says:

    Despite the “seems like “ conjecture, is it so weird that someone with no (no) contact with the team would have some bumps re-integrating? I miss work 2 weeks and I need some time to catch up to things. Is that so strange? We prove it every day, every post…worst fans ever. go Bucs!

  20. Jean Lafitte Says:

    and Joe continues to put the fault on anyone other than the crab man.

  21. Reach87 Says:

    PS. You know you have never once seen Winston fold in this or any team…why do you have to make things up? Practices, plays harder than you could imagine in your dreams. Go Bucs!

  22. Dapostman Says:

    Water under the bridge………….The ‘team’ seemed to do just fine the last 6 games with Winston back at QB. Time to move forward Joe. Do we really need more Winston from last year for clicks? Do we really need to ignore the GMs words when they’re interesting? –Joe

  23. Reach87 Says:

    Ps. Easy to say Winston or any other player will never win a super bowl. Especially since it’s a team game and there are teams that have never won one. Especially when there are all pro QBs who will never win one. Point is, that indictment is as silly as I’ve seen posted in a while. Funny and sad. Go Bucs!

  24. Dapostman Says:

    The posters on here who talk in absolutes are clueless.

    Using words NEVER and ALWAYS just reenforces what YOU want to believe. When YOU talk in absolutes you deny reality. It means to take an answer and exclude all other possibilities.

    Example: Winston will NEVER lead a team to a Super Bowl.

  25. Iron Wombat Says:

    Hey Joe you going to give us the lowdown on DJax splitting the locker room that you alluded to on the Ira podcast?

  26. Buccanoles01 Says:

    Y’all read way too much into what Licht says, it seems like he talks out of both sides of his mouth and has for years. But yet you know question the leadership of Jameis? Maybe Licht needs to step away from the cold ones and run the damn team.

  27. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    El Buco Realistico….KUDOS

  28. Rob Says:

    Here’s my take on this….last year was a really unusual year with Ryan Fitzpatrick, which no one expected, winning the first 2 games and creating somewhat of a spectacle of himself (i.e. glam press conference, Fitzmagic, etc) One could argue that a backup QB shouldn’t be creating that kind of dynamic when the starter is out. I don’t think it was Fitz’s fault and I’m not a Jameis apologist (I have a lot of questions about his ability to take it to the next level), but I think that’s a hard spot for any starting QB to integrate back into the team after the backup becomes a 2 week spectacle . Especially after Jameis’ conduct issue. With a new coach that really believes in him, I’d like to see what happens before making a final judgement on Jameis. If he goes 5-11 or 6-10, then you go another direction.

  29. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Winston already said this himself, he said after the success Fitz had early that he pressed and didn’t play “his” game. Early in the season he was trying to incorporate Fitz game, but it isn’t his strength. Late in the season Jameis settled into playing to his strengths, and I would argue the play calling begin to favor his strengths as well.

  30. gotbbucs Says:

    Maybe it’s because many of his teammates have lives and families that are affected by this crap and have a hard time supporting the weirdo QB that had all sorts of bad publicity for a rape case in college, and then ends up allegedly drunkenly grabbing the snatch of an Uber driver and then lying about it to everone.
    Then low and behold, the journeyman backup comes in and puts up numbers that Winston will never dream of putting up and the veterans on the team stand up and support the other guy instead of him, but the organization for some reason stands behind the alleged sexual deviant instead of riding the hot hand that’s winning games, thus dividing the locker room….

    …I dont get why it was hard to integrate back into a locker room full of guys with wifes, and sisters, and daughters….beats me

  31. Bird Says:

    It’s getting easier and easier to acknowledge which Joe is writing an article when it comes to Jameis these days ..

    While “logical” joe is still a huge Jameis fan , he is more realistic in his comments and approach as it pertains to Jameis …acknowledging inconsistent play on the field and his head scratching decisions off and on like trying to emulate the actions of a back up QB

    This will never happen with “obsessed “ joe who believes Jameis is truly a god who walks the earth. A demigod if you will.
    I honestly think the year Jameis leaves the Bucs ,”obsessed “ joe will wear black for an entire year to mourn this tragic event

  32. Loyaltotheend Says:


    No that Joe who will mourn Jameis leaving will beg the Bucs to sign Manziel

  33. Jeff Says:

    He’a young and dumb. He deserves a break. Let’s see how he does with top notch coaching.

  34. BringBucsBack Says:


    Arrested development! #3 should be ready mentally to play QB by the time his body no longer can. I sure hope we don’t pass on a QB in next years’ draft but, I suspect #3 will play just well enough that the Bucs will, along with offering a gargantuan, crippling contract that will force #3 down our throats for another 4-5 years! Yea!

  35. Bird Says:


    Yup. No doubt

  36. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Jason Licht is the worst GM in the history of sports! Fireeee Licht! Licht might as well join the Jameis Bashers… fireeeeee Licht! There is no light at the end of the tunnel with Jason. Booooooooooo

  37. Bobby M. Says:

    Winston is just an odd dude….Regardless of what he does on the field, there’s just something off with the guy. The Bucs better hope he starts producing because they can only force feed him to the locker room for so long.

  38. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    The Jameis Bashers tool kit: crab legs. Alleged lying. Alleged criminal cases. Hey Bashers, your act is getting old. Support the man the Glazers just drop 20mill on and move on from your personal agendas unless they involve criticizing The Real Issue: Jason Licht.

  39. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    Jameis has been backed by the leagues worst defense since he was drafted and coached by the worst staffs. Mike Smith isnt coaching, lovie got killed going back to college. Does this carry no weight?

    And when everyone is running around with Fitzmagoc and “who the fook is Jamros Winston ” t shirts on then yeah….id say it would be a little awkward..Anf thats not including djax.

    Jameis will be a stud this year with a coach who actually back him

  40. WillieG Says:

    And now he’s playing for a kajillion dollar contract. Yeah, he’ll be great! (Sarcasm, dripping with sarcasm)

  41. Not there yet Says:

    Dan Marino never won a Super bowl so does he suck?

  42. Gerald McRuud Says:

    Dirk felt betrayed by Jameis due to everything surrounding the Uber story/suspension.

    And got drunk off a few weeks of Fitzmagic, foolishly.

  43. LongSeason Says:

    After coming back, I said that Jameis was playing with a guilty conscience.

    I’m never gonna play again
    Guilty feet have got no rhythm
    Though it’s easy to pretend
    Guilty arms got no strength.

    Yeah. Jameis knows what he did hurt the two girls, the team and the fans.

  44. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Jameis Bashers. The stuff they come up with.

  45. __TGH__ Says:

    You are just now starting to wonder about his maturity level??? You’re funny bro.

  46. Dapostman Says:

    Have never won a Super Bowl:

    Dan Marino
    Jim Kelly
    Fran Tarkenton
    Dan Fouts
    Warren Moon

    Have won a Super Bowl:

    Joe Flacco
    Jim McMahon
    Jeff Hostetler
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Dilfer

    Proves you need more than a QB to win the Super Bowl. Having a great defense is the biggest asset for winning.

  47. firethecannons Says:

    Licht is just saying it was awkward for Jameis, of course it was. His captain patch was pulled, Fitz was ever popular, Jameis felt guilty, over and done with. The guy has to perform this year or Bucs should move on and draft a new QB.
    Bucs need to see Jameis carry this team to 9 wins or more or at least play way better than he has up to this point–through the whole season.

  48. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Integrate to me doesn’t reflect a lack of preparation. It means he wasn’t immediately supported as the starter/leader. Publicly by Djax and privately by his own coach apparently who went with a journeyman that finished 2-6 last year because he was so scared about his job

  49. JustaBucsFan Says:

    Dapostman Says don’t let Tom Brady hear you talk like that!

  50. Buccnbeleiver Says:

    “Joe is starting to wonder about the maturity level of Winston”

    Hahahahah! that’s the best opener ever. OMG. Just now. Wondering if he’s mature. Yikes! Talk about blinders!

  51. Donuts Says:

    One more year of Winston then Arians tells him hit the road. Mark it down. The reason Arians was brought here was to give him one more chance. Glazers are not paying this fool 25M. Nope. I am pondering lowering my 6 win prediction for 2019 since the lines/trenches were not addressed.

  52. Bucs96 Says:

    Joe SMH, let’s not forget things that D-Jax did to make sure Jameis never threw a ball for the Bucs again. On top of that he actual had a voice on larger platforms b/c Fitz was on fire. Even tho we lost the Steelers game ppl still wanted Fitz.

    So I can see how it was hard for Jameis to integrate himself back into the team when in reality last season Bucs team wasn’t really his team. That was apparent when his coach benched him soon after.