Jason Licht: “It’s An Art You Don’t Master Overnight”

November 3rd, 2020

Prophetic GM

To start the second quarter last night, the Giants had a four-point lead and the ball with a 3rd-and-4 play deep in their territory.

No surprise, the Todd Bowles defensive call was a blitz and Bucs savior linebacker Devin White darted toward the A-gap and was flagged for offsides.

Sloppy stuff from White.

Eight plays later, White’s third-down blitz, an artfully disguised explosion, crushed Giants QB Daniel Jones for an 11-yard loss out of the shotgun. That knocked the Giants out of field-goal range and they punted. It was a hidden huge Bucs play in the game and White’s fifth sack of the season.

Ironically, prior to the game, Bucs general manager Jason Licht was talking about White developing as a blitzer and needing more time to reach the level the Bucs’ expect.

“It’s ust a matter of him getting better and better as a blitzer. It’s an art you don’t master overnight,” Licht told the Buccaneers Radio Network, adding that the Bucs see White’s blitzing prowess in practice and it should show up more in games.

White now has five sacks in his last three games and that’s a massive reason he was drafted No. 5 overall last year versus later in Round 1.

What impresses Joe most about White is his speed. It’s truly elite. He’s still fighting a learning curve in coverage. But even if he never improves in that area, he could be an impact player. That’s how dangerous he is.

Joe’s enjoyed watching White’s maturation and Joe hopes it continues into the playoffs and doesn’t hit a wall.

One thing Joe knows for sure, White is smiling this morning while kicking himself for missing what would have been a game-ending tackle on fourth down in the Giants’ final drive last night.

22 Responses to “Jason Licht: “It’s An Art You Don’t Master Overnight””

  1. danr Says:

    for how fast he is, he REALLY does not have a good feel for when to break off and cover his guy. He is WAY too often having to recover and catch up.

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    “It’s An Art You Don’t Master Overnight.”

    Is he talking about blitzing or GM-ing?

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Hope they learned a few lessons last night – for NO.

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    Shaq’s numbers may be down….but across the board everyone else is performing at a high level.

    Same is true with the offense, our passing stats may not be what they were, but as a unit we are proving to be very effective.

    As a team we are doing what is effective in producing victories vs last years barometer….producing stats. I believe Koetter, Arians….even Dungy were right, this team had plenty of talent, the issue was accountability at the most important position on the field….QB. One thing i’ve noticed, the defense feeds off the offense. When Brady is off or the offense is sputtering, the defense tends to take a step back.

  5. Stu Says:

    sorry @ Joe, I disagree, if White didn’t jump offside, he wouldn’t have put the team in that situation in the first place…as you said “sloppy.”

  6. Steven007 Says:

    As has been noted before, Shaq was directly responsible for both interceptions last night. Doesn’t go down as more than a pressure but certainly the value was much greater than a mere pressure.

  7. bucfanforever Says:

    Normally, you have to be offsides to be called offsides, he was not the closest Bucs player to the offense, he was just suddenly moving, and it tripped up the refs.

  8. Bird Says:

    Dang. That pic shows jason licht has really been doing sit ups /crunches

    He has washboard abs

  9. firethecannons Says:

    Yeah last night was a bad game. Good teams win bad games. In the 6 years I have watched NFL/Bucs ball we would of of lost big with quarterback Jameis. I watched him in college and made the switch to NFL when he was drafted by the Bucs. I am damn glad he is off the team this year!
    Seemed as if Daniel Jones gets the ball out real fast and defense was left reeling. Glad to see a couple picks, Carlton Davis getting better every game!

  10. ancientasbuc Says:

    Sorry to point this out, White is already an impact player. He is learning and will be more of an impact player but he is an impact on most games.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Still want Josh Allen instead of White…

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Still want Josh Allen? not a statement, a question…

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    DW gives up a play or 2…but he’ll make 4 or 5 impact plays…

    continue to improve DW…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  14. Steven007 Says:

    Perhaps it’s homerism but I did not think white was offsides on that play. Watched it over and over and he’s right at the line and as someone else said not even the closest Buc to the line of scrimmage. Bad call.

  15. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Shaq’s sack numbers are dramatically down from last year. He is has supplied 33 tackles so far. He is providing pressure on quarterbacks. Last night his hits led to both critical interceptions of Jones.

    He has once again demonstrated that sexy flash plays and big numbers don’t tell the whole story of what kind of season a player is having.

    Go Bucs!

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    Steven I agree but it was close. For me watching the flag get picked up at the end of the game was the big one. The Bucs never get that call and I thought it was a clean play especially compared to all of the face guarding the Giants did. I attribute the picked up flag to the Tom Brady factor. Tom Brady just changes the whole dynamic of a game. Never bet against Brady or his team because you’ll lose far more than you’ll win. The Bucs are a good team, but still a work in progress. Brady had and off night and so did the defense, but both did enough to win. I think next week the Bucs will totally rise to the occasion because there is unfinished business with the Saints and it’s time to really make a statement.

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    Some controversy drafting Devin White over Josh Allen or Devin Bush.

    2020 Stats Comparison
    D White* – 45/5
    J Allen* – 4/2
    D Bush – 16/1

    *Named defensive team captains

  18. roster Says:

    DW45 looked like Kwon missing a Tackle on 4th down behind the sticks that kept the final drove alive. He still plays out of control sometimes.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    So they missed a few key plays, Todd will fix it. But there is no shortage of effort on this defense. Those guys are balls out on every play. They may get beat, but that heart and effort keeps bringing them back. Even last night on a bad night, this defense won more than they lost, especially with key turnovers. There were 2 or 3 more in their hands that should have been picks. On a good day they’re going to have 4-5 picks instead of 2.

  20. Pewter Power Says:

    Sometimes whites speed look turtle like in the open field and probably because he’s slow to react in the passing game

  21. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Steven007 Says:
    “As has been noted before, Shaq was directly responsible for both interceptions last night.”

    Also ran the QB into JPP’s sack.

  22. Buczilla Says:

    If White keeps this up and doesn’t make all pro and the pro bowl, they need to get rid of the hack journalists that vote on it, or do away with the awards altogether.