Bizarre & Uncomfortable Jason Licht Talk

April 27th, 2019

Joe absolutely was stunned last night — and it wasn’t just by the Bucs’ decisions in Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Something Jason Licht said in a relaxed moment was downright disturbing.

First, Joe will take you back to the hiring of Bucco Bruce Arians. Licht made it clear at the time that he knew how well he and Arians worked together in Arizona. And Licht said he understood how Arians approached building a football team. Essentially, Licht told everyone — and so did Arians — that they were on the same page when it came to football, which is why Licht recommended Arians to Team Glazer.

Ok. It sounded good. Made sense. Team Glazer echoed that last month in public.

Fast-forward to early this week, Bucco Bruce Arians beat his chest before media, even cutting off questioning from columnist Ira Kaufman, and declared with conviction that a team can’t draft for need — “you draft for need; you get fired.”

Well, last night, Licht somewhat contradicted himself and Arians.

First, Licht praised Arians for knowing quickly upon his hire that the Bucs needed to address defense in the draft, but Licht said he was worried Arians wouldn’t think that way.

“You know being an offensive guy that he is usually, I was a little afraid that he would say, ‘Screw it. Let’s go all offense.’ But he really understands the concept of building a team. He’s been around a long time,” Licht said.

Why would Licht even think such a thing when he obviously sold Team Glazer in advance that he and Arians were cut from the same team-building cloth?

Also, why would Licht acknowledge that the Bucs were drafting with need at the forefront when Arians just said this week that when you do that you get fired?

And yeah, it’s obvious the Bucs were playing a “need” game last night.

Joe is so glad the official/unofficial season of BS coming from the mouths of team officials around the NFL is just about over.

However, it really feels like the BS in the Bucs camp runs a lot deeper than just draft smokescreens and mis-directions.

63 Responses to “Bizarre & Uncomfortable Jason Licht Talk”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Licht is just plain dumb.

  2. Maze Says:

    You’ll be okay Joe. Get some sleep man

  3. Unimpressed Says:

    Licht is in over his head. His connection to Ariana is the only reason he survived last seasons purge. He sold the Glazers on the fact that he could get him to at least interview. Arians saved his buddy and got himself a nice pay day.

  4. Unimpressed Says:


  5. Mort Says:

    Remember when Ariana said if you have a group of dudes and they’re all close, you can take the one that fits a need? Well, they did that. And it’s not contradictory on the slightest. It may be a bit of a distinction without a difference to some extent on this “draft for need” jumbo jumbo, but it is what it is. Also I guarantee you if they’d picked a guard instead of one of the DBs you’d be way happier, and overlook the “need” pick anyway.

  6. donuts Says:

    Pay attention to today’s draft…this is where NE/Bill seperate themselves from the rest of the NFL.

  7. Jeffbuc Says:

    We drafted two tall cornerbacks with blazing speed. And a jack of all trades safety who was a 2 year defensive captain that can play anywhere and is a ball hawk. So what is there exactly to get fans so upset. The center and left side of are line is set. The right gaurd is the need but we drafted Cappa in the third round last year knowing he would need a year to learn. So we could be planning on him stepping in and being the gaurd. We have given a crazy completion percentage up on defense to opposing qbs. Are glaring need was secondary. We addressed that early. Now we can get best available gaurd and tackle and a defensive end with the last three picks. Then we still have the undrafted players. We seem to find one or two contributors there every year. I am happy with this draft. When your corners are torched as bad as ours have been the last 8 years it’s time to really change that. And unfortunately it took three draft so far and we still don’t know if it is fixed. But one of these corners have to pan out. And if Davis takes the next step. I really believe from what I saw last year he has a chance to be an elite corner. And then we have a lot of young secondary players to build the defense around.

  8. Smashsquatch Says:

    Jason Licht is a puppet, BA holds the strings, and the Glazers only kept the puppet to appease the master.

  9. RF Says:

    Taking Sean Bunting at #39 was the most dumb thing to do.
    They could trade down for any pick or just for a beer…whatever…
    Licht didn’t learn from his mistakes

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He sounded very uncomfortable, was making excuses and justifications on questions that weren’t even asked.

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    The entire organization is void of direction and leadership…. basement title streak is alive and well no worries your underachieving 1 year wonders that you fools call legends are in no jeopardy of being out classed yet…

  12. Ricordo Says:

    It’s a pity that we don’t use the word “humongous” any more.

  13. NOSBOS Says:

    Defense is built from the back forward now- Mark Sherleth.

  14. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Yep …I picked up on that last night….as well as a different demeanor and body language from Licht….as if he realized/acknowledged he is the odd man out going forward…..exactly what do we need Licht for in 2020….he knows he is a dead man walking…well very very near deadman walking….he owns EVERYTHING in the Jameis Winston era….or is it error

  15. RF Says:

    5- LB Devin White
    39 – CB Greedy Williams
    94 – OT Yodny Cajuste
    99 – S Chauncey G Johnson

    Why not?

  16. Arian Nation Says:

    I liked the part where Gump said, “The draft is like a box of chocolates, you just never know who to draft.”

    The most disturbing thing was when BA said that 6 weeks ago we had already made their selections. A lot of intel has surfaced in the last 6 weeks.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  17. fail Says:

    Please sell this team to San Antonio Glazers. U r inept @ running a franchise and this staff will be fired mid season. THIS IS BY FAR THE WORSE DRAFT I HAVE EVER SEEN FROM THIS TEAM. God awful in the worse way. We still need a DE, OL and a RB. None of that has been addressed in the draft or FA. #Shame I cannot wait for decent leadership to finally take over this team! #2019 #Failure

  18. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    DEEP over analysis of this. Everyone needs to relax. No games have been won or lost through 3 rounds of the draft.

  19. fail Says:

    Blow it all up next season and start over from scratch.

  20. fail Says:

    @First Down Tampa Bay
    Hush fool. U dont matter and your opinions are garbage!!

  21. gotbbucs Says:

    What came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Does our d-line look bad because our secondary can’t cover? Does our secondary look bad because our d-line cant rush? Does our whole defense look bad because they can’t stop the run or easy short completions?

    You have to be able to defend short slant passes and stop the run to even be in a position to get into favorable rushing situations.
    Don’t try selling Joe and the rest of the cry babies on this though. They think that if you put one fast guy on the edge that you can create instant pass rush no matter the situation.

  22. Clodhopper Says:

    Jason Licht:
    Lovies first year, draft all offense

    Arians first year, draft all defense (so far)

  23. Sport Says:

    Outside of Wide Receiver and Tight End, any player we drafted would be a position of need. Stop with the whining, we didn’t get your guy. Get over it and lets see what solid coaching can do with these new guys..


  24. fail Says:


    AMEN sir!!!!!!!!!!

  25. NOSBOS Says:

    They league is turning into one big 7 on 7 drill. That’s why you build from the back forward now. Passing league more than ever.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:


    If you’re going to constantly quote the guy, then at least get his name right.

    Mark Schlereth

  27. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans) Says:

    This is poppycock.

    If we were drafting for need, we would have drafted one of those versatile Offensive Linemen at minimum C/Guard or G/T guys at minimum.

    These were upgrades at key positions, but not our greatest ‘needs’ necessarily

  28. Buchead407 Says:

    I was never on the fire licht band. After this draft. He’s gone Horrible horrible horrible. How many dbs do you need to miss on

  29. NOSBOS Says:

    One last thing. Exercise some of my prophecy skills. Within the next 5 years half the league will have switched to a 3/4. It’s better suited for a passing league.

  30. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans) Says:

    I honestly love all of our draft picks at this point, after researching them all…

  31. NOSBOS Says:

    😆Doosh I careless about proper grammar you should know this bro.

  32. Reach87 Says:

    Hilarious how some think they know more than an entire staff who have been doing it all their lives and get paid for it. And you can make that determination now when the only thing you know about the players picked (white too for many of you) is some highlights on TV. You don’t even know what our scheme is because we have a new staff and they haven’t put a product on display yet. You only presume and condemn. Sad. Go Bucs!

  33. BucEmUp Says:

    Why did I even click on this, stupid….

  34. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    And who are you?

  35. Miguel Grande Says:

    A tip to all Fantasy Football gamblers. Put Darrell Henderson on your team. Your winnings will put your kids through the college of their choice.

    A miracle happened last night and he dropped to the 70th pick, where the LA Rams stole him from Gump Don’t worry though, Gump got two warm picklle sandwiches for this future Hall of Fame RB.

  36. Drew Says:

    I’ve decided… We will call the Joe that rights good things Saint Joe and the negative writing Joeb the Evil Joe. Both Joes… It’s OK to role play.

  37. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Tank for Tua or Lose for Lawrence, 2021 lincoln riley & rich mckay to the rescue

  38. TDTB Says:

    Licht consistently makes “I’m smarter than everybody else” picks that don’t pan out. Adderly was sitting there when we took Bunting. Gardner was there when we took Mike Edwards. I may disagree with the overall strategy, but that’s okay. What’s not okay is taking the wrong players or taking them too high. Better see Holyfield or Anderson as a RB pick. The kid out of Elon appears to be the only hope for an OL pick this year. Hopefully he gets these rounds right.

  39. Cobraboy Says:

    “Drafting BPA” and “Drafting for need” are NOT incongruent axioms.

    What Arians was saying—and seems casual fans and journalists missed it, or chose to not hear it—is making a stretch pick to “draft for need” will get you fired.

    There are many “best players available” the further down the draft you go.

    Most drafts are only 8-10 deep on true “best players available.” This draft had maybe 6. IMO, Kyler Murray was not the BPA, and the Cardinals had to stretch to make the pick. It’s not uncommon for teams to make a stretch looking for a QB; in fact, it is common for QB’s to be “stretched” and common for them to be busts. It’s common for those beloved “edge” guys to be busts.

    The Bucs drafted Aguayo for “need” and it turned into an exploding cigar.

  40. Buccernutter Says:

    You’re overthinking this one

  41. Jonathan LimpChimpi Says:

    “We’ll take it from here, Licht Weight.”

    Bucco Bruce
    Todd Bowles
    Buc fans everywhere

  42. tmaxcon Says:


    Based on the actual results you refuse to accept or acknowledge a third grader knows more than the entire organization…. rember sir or madam unless you’ve been in a coma this franchise has not won a meaningful game in nearly 2 decades….

  43. Tom S. Says:

    Cobraboy what in Jason Licht’s incredible history of failure gives you the impression that HE of all people knows more than the rest of us?

    Was Sean Bunting the best player available at 39? No. He wasn’t. Kiper started with that pick as his most head scratching saying that he rated 8 available CB’s over him at that spot. Now maybe if Licht wasn’t 27-53 and running the team into the ground we’d all give him the benefit of the doubt. But alas, he has proven to be bad at his job and if people who follow these prospects for a living say Bunting was a reach I’m willing to believe it.

  44. Nick Says:

    This is way I hate all media. Please, Joe, don’t become like the left-wing media conspiracies. You can actually think you believe something all you want but until you see it in action you don’t know what you have.

    Anyone who tells you that they don’t draft for need is a liar. I bet the buts draft a RB and OL man today before a WR.

    End of story.

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    ‘I was a little afraid that he would say, ‘Screw it. Let’s go all offense.’

    That right there is telling you all who is making the picks, if you think about it. Why would it concern Licht is Licht was making the picks?

    Bruce Arians all of the way.

  46. TDTB Says:

    Samia would be a decent pick as well.

  47. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tom S. Says
    “…what in Jason Licht’s incredible history of failure gives you the impression that HE of all people knows more than the rest of us?”

    Godwin. Vea. Davis. JPP. etc.

    See, that’s the thing. Haters of Licht want to talk all about his mistakes, but never discuss his good moves.

    For ever bad move he has made, he has made a good move. And don’t count out last year’s picks just yet.

  48. JabooBuc Says:

    Jesus, are you a high school girl? Maybe provide some context. BA is an offensive minded coach so he made a joke about him wanting more offensive weapons. Big freaking deal.

  49. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Jason Bonzai Licht, the bucs have been 5-22 those picks ARE not good, 2021 the bucs will be reborn

  50. jjbucfan Says:

    RF- That is an excellent draft-

    Round 1- white/Oliver/white
    Round 2- Ford/Risner/miss st dude
    Round 3- Henderson/Singletary/Iowa state RB

    Still need shifty back that can catch-especially in this offense. I think Barber is a better receiver than he has been given credit for but need elusiveness that can can House it still

  51. Kobe Faker Says:


    There is a RAT (Carolina connection) in the draft room

    Our whole draft was screwed up from the beginning because someone leaked our whole draftboard to Carolina Panthers

    Somehow Carolina found out and leaked it to buddies in Buffalo with GM Bean and Sean McDermott

    we were going to draft either Oline Little or Ford but they found out and traded up and jumped front of us and got those 2 players

    the Bucs have reported this violation to the NFL and the claim is being investigated

    *I can’t mention my resources

  52. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Think you are reaching a bit to make this news. But I guess if you want to see bad you will see bad in everything.

  53. FireJasonLicht Says:

    Ok so we drafted for need so can we get our reward for that and FIRE JASON LICHT ALREADY PLEASE? Arians can go also. 1 and done regime

  54. Cobraboy Says:

    @Tom S: why not mention his great successes?

    Every GM in the history of the NFL has hits and misses.

    I’m not defending Licht other than to say casual fans have NO idea what the thinking is at One Buc.

    You make it sound as if Licht is not on the same page as Arians and Licht.

    NO WAY any draft can be judges less than 3 years down the road. It’s been that way my entire football life.

    Although casuals judge before the pads ever go on.

  55. Miguel Grande Says:

    They said the Dolphins were going to tank this year, obviously it’s the Bucs.

  56. Bird Says:


  57. Adrian Says:

    Gholston is gone

  58. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Come-on Joe, there is enough stuff to write about now to come up with this silly article. Really – you are overthinking this one.

  59. J Says:

    Kobe you can’t mention sources because you have none u troll.

  60. J Says:

    Joe over thinks everything, this site is becoming a soap opera. Report something worth while Sally.

  61. catcard202 Says:

    Well, to me it is obvious that Gholston will get called in by the Turk…

    Iowa DE Nelson reminds me Nassib coming out of Penn State…
    Get to the QB with power & effort, but isn’t the quickest guy on the edge – when asked to drop into coverage on backs/TE’s in the flat.

  62. ROFOBuc Says:

    Gholston and Ryan Smith are both goners. Frees up about 5.75 million in cap space. Their replacements have been drafted.

  63. Negative Nancy Says:

    Team’s never going to be a champion with the Idiot Sons running the show. It’s the sad truth.