“To Me He’s Executive Of The Year, Just Pulling Off All That Stuff He Did”

January 18th, 2021

“You hear that, Glazer?”

Joe made a case weeks ago for Jason Licht being the 2020 NFL Executive of the Year.

No, haters, 2020 has nothing to do with Doug Martin and Noah Spence and Matt Gay. So shutup on those fronts.

The annual honor is about what a general manager accomplished with his team in one league year. And Licht keeps adding gold bricks to his basket every week, it seems.

Reserve guard Aaron Stinnie coming off the bench to stone the Saints defense yesterday in his first NFL start. Are you freaking kidding, Joe? That’s special. Nice 2019 waiver claim, Mr. Licht.

Licht didn’t waiver yesterday before the game on the Buccaneers Radio Network. He boldly said Stinnie was up to the task and “is big, strong, physical, smart and has a very similar physical skillset to Alex Cappa.”

And how about the 2020 draft class making massive contributions yesterday and throughout the season. (He played little yesterday, but it isn’t lost on Joe how rookie fifth-round-pick DT Khalil Davis flashed over the prior few games.)

Joe is not going to rattle off all the front office moves the Bucs have made since they decided to launch the face of the franchise last year. But it is a ridiculously impressive list.

“To me, he’s executive of the year,” Bucco Bruce Arians said of this afternoon. “Just pulling off all the stuff that he did.”

Arians noted how the Bucs roster is loaded but remains “cap-friendly.”

Hell, if the Bucs win next Sunday, Licht will be the first general manager to put a team in the Super Bowl without a Pro Bowl or former Pro Bowl defensive back in ages.

What a year for the GM.

48 Responses to ““To Me He’s Executive Of The Year, Just Pulling Off All That Stuff He Did””

  1. Bird Says:

    He signed the best free agent in buc history
    And as a result 3-4 other solid contributors came to tampa
    And as a result some defenders decided to stay
    So kidos to licht (courtesy of the goat)

  2. ManzielMadness Says:

    I’ve given him a lot of sh!to over the years but I can’t deny he’s done a great freaking job this year. Well done.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Great draft…….Fantastic FAs…..and excellent depth.

    Brady was the best FA in Buc history……AB was the FA economic steal in history…

    Depth on Oline, RB, TE,

    Not so much depth on defense although Cockrel seems to be doing well..

    And, don’t forget Succop.

  4. ben Says:

    so what is Licht’s record since he became bucs gm ? Can it be that good or is it just for one year! (finally!!)

  5. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @“To Me He’s Executive Of The Year,”…
    —————————————————
    Agreed 100%

  6. ocala Says:

    I agree with Coach Arians. Jason Licht deserves Executive of the year.

  7. '79 Defense Says:

    Licht’s “We Dat!” tweet is fantastic.

  8. Infomeplease Says:

    I love the “ye dat” tweet!! When JL first got here I thought him coming from New England couldn’t hurt!! It took a while but he has put together a winner here!! This year he made at least 10 spectacular moves. He gets my vote!!!

  9. 6throundpick Says:

    +1

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match…to win the Super Bowl.

  10. 40TDs Says:

    Yo Joe!!!

    Check your sheet!

    Have you seen Realisto and his Puppy?!?!?!?

    2002 all over again!!!!!!!!!!

  11. BucsArrrBack Says:

    He did a great job by bringing in the GOAT, Gronk, Leonard, and AB, but also he knocked it out of the park in the Draft with Tristin, Antonio, and Tyler !! Still can’t believe what a year makes because most of our team was the same from last year, but thank you Tommy for changing the culture and this is a prime example of leadership and winning is contagious!!! Can’t wait for next week and so glad the trolls are gone and love seeing true Bucs fans sharing in the excitement:) is it Sunday yet ? From Yucs to Bucs in one year is truly amazing and this is exactly what this organization needed a Culture Change and hoping it will last for years to come !!! Also thanks Joe for a great site for true fans

  12. Ed Says:

    For 2020 he does deserve it. Offseason will be difficult as he has to decide if Godwin and Barrett deserve to be paid what their agents ask for. Based on this season neither has improved from 2019. Godwin and Shaq lost some of their quickness this season. Chris was hurt and Shaq appeared to be heavier.

  13. Bird Says:

    40tds

    Dont forget tmax who has dogged licht and glazers and bucs for years
    These trolls cant stand the bucs winning
    They are scared to post under original names
    Ndog is the biggest cry baby on the planet
    He claimed to be a buc fan
    😂

  14. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Yes sir!!… Licht just needed time! He found diamonds in the rough a lot of years… People want immediate results in today’s NFL and this organization was smart enough to stay with Licht and give this team time to get the right pieces that fit together!! …. The teams that have success are the ones that keep the organization together long enough to see what they actual got… The teams that are consummate losers (browns come to mind) are the ones with constant rotating doors for executive and coaching positions… This team can be good for a long time because of Licht!!

  15. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    As much as he has earned and deserved the road rash he deserves from a Texas truck dragging, give props where it is due and ol Mr.Lichtenstein made great strides in helping get rid of the name Den of Depression! Good job!!!

  16. firethecannons Says:

    After Jameis plowed this franchise into the ground Jason Licht had one last trick in his back pocket and that was his connection to Bruce Arians. It is all history after that.

  17. Casual Observer Says:

    Shoutout to Stinnie. Didn’t expect him to be so good – at a very needed time. Good depth perception!

  18. Lamarcus Guiton Says:

    Brady is Executive of the Year in my book. Nothing absolutely no success without Brady. It starts and ends with him. Licht is a just a guy lol

  19. Tattoodonny Says:

    Watching Tampa come together the way they have thru a pandimic & NOT be a team like Saints, Bills, Chiefs & Packers that “HAD” continuity between its head coach, QB’s, RB’s, WR’s & TE’s. Then putting a offense together on the fly with no OTA’s, all the distractions & changes the league had to make during this virus outbreak with a new QB, incredible. In what “WILL” be the “Story of the Year/Centery” Tom Brady, the actual G.O.A.T. picking the franchise that has the worst winning percentage in all of sports history, then takes that team to a home field Super Bowl, WOW!
    This reminds me after 9/11, when our nation was battered but not out & who should win the SB that year, the Red, White & Blue “Patriots”?🤔 Well how about that same QB back in 2001, still playing great football at 43 years old and only a game away from taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during another national tragedy to the Super Bowl & its in Tampa, thats another WOW!
    Out of the 4 teams left, Tampa & Buffalo are only a win away from ANOTHER great story for the NFL. Buffalo (with its 4 str8 SB loses in the 90’s) & Tampa (with the wrost winning percentage) make it to a inconceivable match up, WOW! Go Bucs!!!

  20. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Holy crap holy crap you guys. JOE – Vita Vea could be playing this Sunday. Your thoughts/story on this ASAP

  21. SlyPirate Says:

    Licht crushed 2020. 2021 is going to be a HUGE test …

    1. Buc FA – David, Godwin, Shaq, Suh, Gronk, Fournette

    2. Rebuilding DL – Not going to win with Suh, JPP, Gholston next year.

    3. Draft – Low picks and big holes.

    4. Coaches – Bowles is gone. The others in two years.

    5. Brady – What’s your succession plan?

    Welcome to the winner’s circle Mr. Licht. This masterclass.

  22. SlyPirate Says:

    Gofortheface30 … HUGE NEWS!!!

    I see this as more of a Super Bowl prep … but even still. Vea off the bench would be terrific.

  23. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Things happen in strange ways… If Licht didn’t gamble to give Jameis a 5th year, the Bucs most likely had committed with another QB last season and Tom Brady would be with the Colts now.
    A decision that proved to be wrong, leaded to the best FA acquisition ever, put the rest in motion and here we are.
    Of course, he did a great job in the draft recently. Vita Vea, Carlton Davis, Devin White, Tristan Wirfs, RoJo, Winfield and Alex Cappa proved to be great picks. SMB, Jamel Dean, Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller seem to be solid picks also. Antony Nelson, Khalil Davis and Vaughan have some potential.
    But #12 is the X factor, no doubt about it.

  24. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    If nothing else, Licht is a pretty good evaluator of O-line talent.

  25. Pickgrin Says:

    Take a bow Jason Licht – for this year especially and for all the good moves and draft choices that substantially built the talent level of this team to Championship contention.

    And congrats to the Glazers for having the patience to allow this whole thing to come to fruition. I’m sure it was tempting to dump Licht and start over when Koetter was fired. But they stayed the course with GM Licht who had shown promise and growth – and were rewarded with the acquisition of BA and his very competent staff who have actually started teaching these players how to succeed at the NFL level. What a concept……

  26. Bird Says:

    Vita vea being released from IR to practice field?
    Wow

  27. unbelievable Says:

    Holy chit!

    Vita Vea is coming back to practice on Wednesday!

  28. Jerk04 Says:

    Strong possibility Vita is back for NFC championship game

  29. Colin in Canada Says:

    Vea ready to come back. Lets go!

  30. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    NBC Sports is reporting that Vita Vea has been activated off Injured reserve, and could play against the Packers !!!!!!!

  31. Bucamania Says:

    VV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Bangkok Buc Says:

    Vea!!!!!!!

  33. Casual Observer Says:

    Or, at least in the Tampa game in a couple of weeks.

  34. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I was hard on Licht and wanted him launched when his record fell below The Domer’s after 5 seasons. He not only survived but has thrived. He does deserve Executive of the Year over Brandon Beane in Buffalo. Gay suddenly was automatic for the Rams. Kickers often recycle thru the league before becoming good pros ( even Succop ). Great job Jason Licht…and clever tweet/dig.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    To think half the GM-wantabe dolts on this board wanted Teddy Bridgewater. LOL!

  36. mg Says:

    No question exec of the year. And he made the Patriots inconsequential.

  37. Ed Says:

    All they need to do is put a set of heavy boots and a brace on Vita Vea’s leg and he can just stand there in the middle of the line and just with his arm strength can hold off a block and stop the run. Wouldn’t risk have him running around but the guy is so strong and GB has been running the ball well. A half-legged Vita Vea is better than 50% of the run stuffers in the NFL.

  38. 6throundpick Says:

    @mg: Consider that the Patriots were inconsequential, when Brady decided to leave. That the Bucs were lucky enough to get him (and him them), just made two other teams inconsequential in this playoff run.

  39. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I saw where JL tweeted “We Dat!”.

    Loved it! 😷😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

  40. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I saw where JL tweeted “We Dat!”.

    Loved it! 😷😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

  41. Big Stinky Says:

    Good job Jason! If Arians and Bowles had nothing to do with the picks the last 2 years. Wanted him gone a couple years ago though. There is more talent on this team than ever on offense, not defense though. If Bowles can keep us in the game with great play calling Brady will come through no matter how badly Byron calls plays to start the game. Is Brady’s DESTINY 10 Super Bowls? Let’s hope 7 rings!!!!

  42. mg Says:

    @6throundpick- They sure did. Next up green bush.

  43. BucEmUp Says:

    Where has Realist gone?

  44. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Until further notice, Hardy Nickerson is the greatest FA signing in Bucs history.

  45. 813bucboi Says:

    Great job LICHT

    GO BUCS

  46. geno711 Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    January 18th, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    To think half the GM-wantabe dolts on, this board wanted Teddy Bridgewater. LOL!

    I wanted Brady, then Rivers, then Bridgewater, then Winston.
    Before Dalton, Cam or Mariota.

    I think there is someone else that I am missing but those are the guys I remember off hand.

  47. RSJCheapSeats Says:

    The biggest decision was to move on from Winston, the number 1 pick in the draft. That was not an easy thing to do – but it was clearly the right thing to do.

  48. Rod Munch Says:

    It was Brady, then Winston. All QBs in Arians system have taken huge steps forward in their 2nd year, and there was zero reasons to think Winston, the NFL’s leading passer and 2nd leading TD passer wasn’t going to have that same improvement. Take away the two games that Gay lost and the team was 9-7, and I had them 11-5 with Winston, and likely losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs -that was my prediction.

    However I also said if you can get the GOAT, you get the GOAT. I watched his tape and he didn’t looked washed up to me, he looked like he was on a team with awful WRs. In any case Brady changed the entire image of the team, brought in all the bandwagon riders, brought the team a bunch of national games, etc. If you can reshape your franchise like that, you do it.

    But I also said, once it was clear the market wasn’t there for Winston, that the team needs to do everything they can to bring him back as the backup. Winston gave them an out by saying he can’t be mad at losing his job to the greatest QB of all time.

    In any case I also had the Bucs going 11-5 under Brady, but said Brady will pay dividends in the payoffs. That happened since I think they’re at least one game better than what I’d have expected with JW. If they can get the SB, and they got a legit shot, then man, what a move.

    But yes, there were dullards in here saying Brady was washed up, Bridgewater should be the pick — which made no sense since Bridgewater is a terrible fit for this offense and has already lost his job in Carolina. He’d be a fine backup however.