“We Really Didn’t Talk Ball”

April 26th, 2019

Personal touch with Bucs.

It seems what sold new Bucs linebacker Devin White on the Bucs is the team didn’t seem to focus on football with him.

That’s coming from White himself. Last night in a teleconference call to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club (he arrives in Tampa this afternoon and Joe will be there for the coronation), White confessed the Bucs wanted to know him more personally than learning X’s and O’s.

“You know, when I was on my top-30 visit [to One Buc Palace], when I sat down with “Coach” [Jason] Licht, we had a heart-to-heart conversation,” White explained. “He really got to know me as a person. We really didn’t talk ball. That speaks volumes of a GM, [when] he wants to know about that.

“Then when I got into the meeting with Coach Bruce [Arians], he did the same exact thing and he was telling me how around Tampa Bay, they’re really big on children – they know I’ve got a real soft heart for kids. I was like, ‘Man, it’s just crazy – I just know.’ Then Coach Bruce told me, ‘D, you’re a hell of a player. You’re in play to be taken really, really early. If you’re there at five, then I want you on my team. I want to help develop you.’

“When he said that, he was a man of his word. I was there at five and I knew the call was coming in, I just didn’t know when – how deep into the countdown it was going to come in. But it came in at the perfect time and I’m very thankful and I’m very honored to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.”

Joe suspects White will be successful with the Bucs. There is no question the dude has an addicting personality. That doesn’t hurt. But White will help the Bucs defense.

Why is Joe confident the Bucs defense will improve with White? How can it not? The defense was a disgrace to the free world it was so bad last year. How Mike Smith can sleep at night without guzzling a bottle of Hennessey is beyond Joe.

Talk about stealing money from Team Glazer!

26 Responses to ““We Really Didn’t Talk Ball””

  1. DooshLaRue Says:

    He looks and acts like a Pro.
    Really like the pick.

  2. JaCon Says:

    so we drafted the #5 overall pick because we liked his personality, wow just think of that saying in other situations in life. He cant play but he has a good personality geez Go Bucs

  3. MadMax Says:

    Hope the joe who hated the pick isnt going to be there….he might need some therapy first because he’ll be covered in bad vibes.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    “he was a man of his word.”

    Unlike Chucky who told White the exact same thing yet (gasp) lied. How unlike Gruden to say one thing to a player yet do another…..

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

    Bucs sold themselves…whatever…he is a Buc now and was a very very good player in college…..however the pick does not address the aging D&O lines

  6. oxycondoms Says:

    i like to make my predictions based on how the players dress on draft night. had a feeling it would be white or oliver they both looked sharp. last year i thought bucs shouldve drafted derwin based on his attire , he wore a red jacket dude wanted to be a buc more than vea wanted to be

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    JaCon…Actually a smart move. Don’t wanna be bringing in one of these a-hole wife beaters (see a future in Kyler Murray). This guy’s gonna be a legit LB and person in the community.

  8. Slugglife Says:

    This dude is gonna be the catalyst that ignites this defense.

  9. wausa Says:

    The worst defense over a three year stretch of any NFL team in history. Yeah I would say the Bucs have a chance to be better than the worst of all time.

  10. Slugglife Says:


    I was thinking that too. But I left it alone.

  11. Joe Says:

    Unlike Chucky who told White the exact same thing yet (gasp) lied. How unlike Gruden to say one thing to a player yet do another…..

    Chucky! LOL 🙂

  12. JabooBuc Says:

    Whenever i think about Joe being upset with this pick, i remember that Joe didn’t want the Bucs to pick Derwin James last year and wanted the Bucs to pick Johnie Football in a prior draft. Then I think the Bucs probably made the best pick possible.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    In order for there to be at least a successful start to any marriage…..both parties have to want it…….
    It is so important that White loves being a Buc…..

    We hear so much about players not wanting to play here……BS…..we’ve got BA

    So far this defense is missing Vinny Curry, Chris Conte, Kwon & Adarius Taylor….along with Mike Smith.

    We now have Barrett, Deone Bucannon…..Devin White & Todd Bowles…

    I think it is better…..

  14. firethecannons Says:

    Once again welcome aboard Devin White–dude is an awesome first round pick

    can you imagine being a Falcon fan about now

  15. Slugglife Says:

    Hopefully White doesn’t come to this site to read the comments or he’d realize we have a shtty, negative fan base.

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:

    For those who have spent the past 24 hours grinding…is he right…should it have been the guy four other teams passed on..Oliver…yadda yadda yadda.

    Let me invite you to use your IMAGINATIONS!!! There is no cost. It’s entertaining.

    So imagine this…White has just led the Bucs D to a rout of Tennessee’s offense…destroying MM in the process and letting JW grab his first SB. Great eh. The showdown between pick #1 and pick #2 is finally concluded.

    It gets better…then imagine White riding Daisy May down Dale Mabry leading the SB victory parade.

    The following season one of the pics on RayJay is White upon a rearing horse ala The Lone Ranger.

    Believe it or not…and I realize the majority here like to doubt more than believe…but this is actually a possibility…for those with enough imagination to dare think it!

  17. CalBucsFan Says:

    Welcome to Derrick Brooks redo!

  18. Hodad Says:

    This pick was about the person, personality, whatever you want to call it. The tape don’t lie, the talent is there, as was with others. They wanted White the person. The more Joe sees White, talks to him, he’ll come around. Sounds like White’s tude is rubbing off on Joe already.

  19. TampaTown Says:

    Ain’t that the truth

  20. NOSBOS Says:

    Sounds about right to me St. Pete. I ain’t even gotta think hard. Matter of fact him on Daisy leading the parade gone be hard as h3ll.

  21. Costa Rica John Says:

    A long time ago it was Hardy Nickerson that became a leader of the one of the greatest defenses Bucs fans have ever known. Let’s hope White can re-ignite the fire Hardy had and get this Bucs defense back to glory days.

  22. Snook Says:

    This pick also speaks to BA’s desire to win now. Who knows if its possible or will happen but taking a DE in the first round is a project. Its a high bust position and it takes a couple years for DEs to settle into the NFL game.

    White improves the defense NOW. Let’s just hope JPP and Carl are up to the task on the outside.

  23. Arian Nation Says:

    I remember when Chucky told Aaron Rodgers, he was the pick.

    Then Chucky took and big swing and a miss.

    I think Chucky wasted his money hiring Mike Mayock and then picking the worst of the 3 Clemson linemen 15 picks too soon. Grade F!!

    I’m OK with the D White pick, he’s growing on me. Maybe, I’ll change my moniker to White Priviledge.

  24. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    “We really didn’t talk ball. That speaks volumes of a GM, [when] he wants to know about that.”

    Good move by Jason Licht getting to know him and not talking football…. because if he had, White would have seen what a blithering idiot our GM is.

    JL; “Devin, we think you can play in the middle in both the 4-3 and 3-4…”

    DW: “You’re the same guy that moved up to draft the kicker in the 3rd round, right?”

  25. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    BA (when Licht is out of the room): “Look, can one of you get him some coloring books or something when he comes back so he’s occupied when the players get here?”

  26. Clw JB Says:

    We have a Josh Allen type already in Spence -we had exactly 1 NFL caliber LB on the roster

    Minter is a back up at best, gone on last cut of preseason more than likely if Cinchy is healthy

    Oliver is 285 lbs and a 5 tech in Bowles system, not worth #5

    White was the correct pick

    Cant wait for tonight!!