Adam Schein: Don’t Do It Jason Licht

April 24th, 2021

Bucs GM Jason Licht

A popular national sports radio and television host has easy advice for Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht: Don’t take your eye off the ball.

In recent weeks, both Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians and Licht have not exactly denied they are against drafting a quarterback to groom to replace park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady — whenever Brady decides to hang it up.

Given that Brady’s backup last year, Blaine Gabbert, has yet to re-sign, it only fuels speculation that the Bucs will draft a quarterback to replace Gabbert.

Schein, speaking on his CBS Sports Network show “Time to Schein,” thinks that’s an awful idea.

“Everything [the Bucs] have done is about winning another Super Bowl and making Tom Brady happy,” Schein said. “I can’t justify taking [Kellen] Mond or [Davis] Mills or [Kyle] Trask… over someone who can get to the quarterback.”

Regular readers know how much Joe craves pass rushers. You cannot have too many. So normally Schein’s suggestion that the Bucs go get a pass rusher would be music to Joe’s ears.

However, Joe thinks Schein is right on the money here. This season is about now. It’s about 2021. To think of the future is in many ways irresponsible this year. You need a guy at No. 32 (or earlier?) who can have an impact now, not in 2024.

It quite literally is Super Bowl or bust for the Bucs.

Pass rushers rarely make an impact in their first season. Of course there are exceptions, but it is not the norm.

Joe would prefer either an inside linebacker or a running back. If Licht drafts Travis Etienne or Javonte Williams or Kenneth Gainwell or Michael Carter at running back, or Nick Bolton or Zaven Collins or Jamin Davis or Joseph Ossai at linebacker, Joe is good with that.

(Yes, Joe understands Ossai is listed as an edge rusher. But Joe has a hunch this guy will be playing all over the place, like a hybrid, and see a lot of snaps at linebacker).

Schein’s Bucs chatter begins at the 1:22 mark in the CBS Sports Network video below.

53 Responses to “Adam Schein: Don’t Do It Jason Licht”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Brady has taught Licht, The Glazers & Bucco Bruce how to be good at their jobs. They won’t do anything to raise TB12’s blood pressure

  2. AtlBuc Says:

    Jason has already said that if a QB is selected it will be in the later rounds, not the first round.

  3. Greg Says:

    There are a lot of directions the Bucs can go at 32. I get that a qb would not be as exciting since he would be on the bench but I just think it would be a HUGE waist of Tom Bradys time here if there isnt someone here learning from him. Not just playbook stuff but how to take care of yourself health wise, how to watch film, how to read defenses. Kyle Trask would be a huge steal. Has a strong arm, smart guy, gun slinger like Arians and Light love. Brady knows the job is his until he wants to ride off into the sunset. There would be no qb controversy.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Some good LB names there. Didn’t know about Ossai’s versatility. A solid prospect.

  5. Greg Says:

    One last point on Trask, he was on a Gator team that sucked at running the ball and had a horrible Defense. He still broke school records, was a hiesman finalist, and nearly beat Alabama. Who fought Alabama better? The Gators? Or Ohio St? Who had the most talent? Again it would be a steal.

  6. #1bucsfan Says:

    I wouldn’t rule out another DB either.

  7. Couch Fan Says:

    I’m going to keep saying it because only imcompetent GMs go into the draft thinking about the Super Bowl. These players are the future. Only a handful of them are ready to step in now and contribute heavily. This nonsense about drafting to win the Super Bowl is idiotic at best. Drafting a future QB to groom behind Brady is not the only way to find the QB of the future but you are giving the draftee the very best chance to succeed by giving him the goat as a mentor. I would think after years and years of never having a franchise QB, Bucs fans would be all over this.

  8. R.O. Says:

    Bucs are not taking a QB in Rd1.

  9. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Medicatedpete- you are clearly not medicated enough

  10. Dick LeBeau Jr. Says:

    So don’t prepare for the future even though said quarterback would be sitting and learning from Brady? They’re not coming in to take over for TOM BRADY. I mean, really? You wouldn’t wait on any other position to be prepared for the future, so why is it a problem at QB? Especially if they aren’t taking one on day 1 or late on day 2.

  11. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I have a feeling they have asked Brady if he wants to groom a young QB and if so which one would he prefer. That would be the smart thing to do anyways

  12. cmurda Says:

    Regular readers know how much Joe craves pass rushers. You cannot have too many. So normally Schein’s suggestion that the Bucs go get a pass rusher would be music to Joe’s ears.

    However, Joe thinks Schein is right on the money here. This season is about now. It’s about 2021. To think of the future is in many ways irresponsible this year. You need a guy at No. 32 (or earlier?) who can have an impact now, not in 2024.

    So, normally Joe would agree with Schein but in this case Joe is going to agree with Schein. LOL. That was awkward but I agree nevertheless. Pass rushers over a shot in the dark QB project all day every day.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    Licht already has a game plan mapped out for the next fours for every year that goes by. That’s what the great ones do if they continue to succeed. They rarely speak about details and blow a ton of smoke. It’s fun to think about situations and mocks, but no one knows d!ck about what’s happening in Licht’s war room.

  14. Hodad Says:

    There’s only one first round worthy QB in the draft, Lawrence. The only reason 6 might be off the board is because of the rookie wage scale. That’s good for the Bucs, it’s like moving up 5 spots by sitting at 32. Then factor in teams drafting for need, and we move a few more spots up. If Montana was in this years draft, like Brady they’d both be 2nd day picks because they can’t run. Yes fields, and Lance would go ahead of them because they can move. That’s where we are in todays NFL.

  15. Swampbuc Says:

    Anyone that thinks Trashk can play at the NFL level didn’t watch him stare down receivers and sack himself. He blows. So he’ll yes, avoid drafting any QB named Kyle. Stack the D.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Edge at 32 please.


  17. JGhotier Says:

    I got my eyes on Graham Mertz (Wisconsin) and Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina)

    Fun facts:

    – Mertz 1st ever collegiate game he went 20-21, 250yds, 5TD/0 INT’s (yes a Wisconsin QB)
    – McCall QB’d the only team to beat Zach Wilson and BYU this season

  18. Beej Says:

    Brady is masterful at avoiding being hit. If something happens to him this year, it will be pulled muscle, something of that order

  19. MadMax Says:

    Ah, Zaven Collins, you know Im all about that Joe, but he’s gone way before we pick…thats why I gave up on lobbying for him….i trust my gut.

  20. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Licht should use the late round picks as trade bait to move up and select CB Caleb Farley VT. He is a “generational talent” that should be the 1st CB taken in the draft but teams are worried about a weight lifting injury that he had. He played through the injury and then had it surgically repaired. They’re not going to get another shot at this level of talent again.

    Then they should select Andra Cisco S Syracuse, again he will be available at 64 because he’s coming off an injury (ACL). He’s a bigger, faster version of Antone Winfield that can cover better.

    In the 3rd, they should draft Walker Little OL Stanford. Again. coming off an injury (ACL) in early 2019. I’ve seen draft gurus that have the Bucs selecting him in the 1st round. I believe if they use some of that late round capital to move up in the 3rd he will be there.He’s a smart kid that was highly recruited out of high school and was 1st team All Pac-12 LT in 2018.

  21. All lives matter Says:

    I think they’ll grab a QB like Frank after the 3rd round. He’s practically a taller Brady clone who has better wheels. He’s certainly developmental and worth a flier in latter rounds.

  22. Bucanero Says:

    I’m with Joe. Don’t take your eyes off the ball. Go Bucs!

  23. TampaTown Says:

    Can’t they do both? EDGE first then QB

  24. firethecannons Says:

    would love to snag caleb farley if he drops
    or the edge from miami jaelan phillips if he drops

  25. Swampbuc Says:

    Someone suggested drafting Flippy Franks?


    Imagine JaMiss Winston, only dumber and with poorer vision.

  26. MrSandman Says:

    Better to trade up to 24~25 to get Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

  27. Capt.Tim Says:

    Brady came here- because he knew we had the young talent, to win now.
    And stick it to Bellichick.
    Mission accomplished. Although I think Brady wants to leave No Doubt, as to who drive NE to those SuperBowls.
    Tom wants one more- while Bill is flailing around in Desperation mode.
    Which is whats happening in NE, by the way.

    You dont Think Aaron Rodgers wants to stick it to the Packers- For the absolutely idiotic Jordan Love Pick?

    Guess what team has the Talent to Win Mr. Rodgers a ring? Our Neighborhood!

    We’ll draft a Rookie QB 6 years from now, when we are in a rebuild phase.
    Right now- we are the best team in the league.
    When Brady WANTS to leave( please be 5 years or more), then we find another angry Vet- and fight for a few more rings.

    Griffin and Gabbert( or another decent vet) have got the backup covered.
    We do not need some green rookie warming the bench, or taking up spots on the practice squad.

    You wanna teach an untested player? Keep Working on Griffin!!
    Hes more talentsd than anyone in this class- except Lawrence.

  28. Winny Testaverde Says:

    A QB drafted at all likely wouldn’t set well with Brady. He liked the QB room last year and Griffin made the best move post Super Bowl by escorting him out of the public eye.

  29. BradyBucs Says:

    If we win another Super Bowl and Brady falls deeper in love with the city of Tampa, it’s very possible Brady will hang around after his career comes to an end and helps teach a young QB at that time. Don’t rule that out as a possibility either.

    Super Bowl windows are TINY in the NFL. They don’t come along very often. The time to win is NOW. Wasting valuable draft pick capital next week (at least a high pick) on a QB would be a waste.

    Round 1: Cornerback
    Round 2: Edge or DT
    Round 3: Edge or DT or OL Depth

  30. Joe Says:

    Ah, Zaven Collins, you know Im all about that Joe, but he’s gone way before we pick…thats why I gave up on lobbying for him….i trust my gut.

    You are like Joe. No sense in fantasizing over players you don’t think will fall.

  31. Chesapeake Bay Bucco Says:

    Pete stay medicated. Aint nobody teaching BA how to coach at this point. Preposterous

  32. gotbbucs Says:

    Exactly what Capt. Tim said. Exactly.

    I don’t believe in developing starting QB’s. They can either play of they can’t. It’s really that simple. When’s the last time a team developed a starting QB that was capable of winning a Super Bowl? Has it ever happened?
    Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith for a year and I’m confident in saying that he learned nothing from Smith. Mahomes is the same QB that he would have been without riding the bench.
    When Brady is done we either sign a veteran or trade up in the draft for a viable starter. Maybe both.

  33. JGhotier Says:

    Why give up on Zaven Collins already fellas?! It’s a long shot, but as we’ve discussed (and Licht alluded to), this might be the draft we package draft picks together to get the few chosen guys we like. Jason said it’s a good chance most of these draft picks (especially back 1/2 of draft) might not even make the team this year. I know that’s a position we aren’t accustomed to, but it’s in the cards….

    Instead of 7 guys or trading back for extra picks, we might just bundle draft picks to move around and get maybe 3-4 guys we really like in this draft (that’s not super deep anyways)

    Say if Collins is there at the Titans pick, would we call up Jon Robinson and trade up to grab him? That’s just one scenario

    Collins would be so versatile and potentially a front 7 Swiss Army knife in this defense. You could line him up in many different positions, in many different packages, on almost any down and distance or situation.

    The one juxtapose I see right now between Joe’s “win now” approach (and it’s a valid approach) w/ this draft and the Bucs philosophy entering this unique draft for us, is JL’s comments, “we are looking for guys who can be good 2 years from now”. That comment doesn’t scream win now.

    So which will it be?! We shall see soon boys and gals

  34. gp Says:

    Capt.Tim Says:
    Tom wants one more

    ONE?… ONE?…

    You don’t know Tom Brady!
    He want’s to win until he can no longer take the field!

  35. gp Says:


    Rodgers price tag will likely be more than any team can afford and still put talent on the field with him.
    And then there’s the attitude… Hard pass!

  36. Oneilbuc Says:

    The bucs need to take a quarterback in this draft. If the right guy drops to 32 like Trask they need to get him. Ain’t no good defensesive will be at 32 . We don’t need no more DBs . Maybe pass rushers but they ain’t worth a first round. Brady not playing for ever remember he will be 44 this year and we don’t know what might happen .

  37. gp Says:


    Otherwise, I agree with your take but I’ll put my trust in Licht and his team of evaluators

  38. Oneilbuc Says:

    Cap.Tim I just don’t see Brady playing for 5 more years bro . I think they need to draft a quarterback this year so that they can go all in on defense and offensive line next year . They can get the one of the best defensive player or best offensive linman in the draft next year. Ain’t no rebuilding in 6 years from now it don’t have to be that way . Again how many rebuilds did Pittsburgh , Seattle, or Baltimore has done after they won their superbowls? Pittsburgh just need to go back to running the ball more that’s why they haven’t been back . But that’s what happens when you pay a quarterback all the money you feel like you have to throw every down because you paid him that kind of money. I don’t want no more losing seasons.

  39. D-Rome Says:

    Agreed on all points Capt. Tim. You have consistently been one of long time posters that make sense around here.

  40. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Medicated Pete Says:….. They won’t do anything to raise TB12’s blood pressure.

    Spot on! No way the Bucs draft a QB in the early rounds. If one falls to them they really like in the fourth or later rounds -Absolutely- but no way will they draft a QB in the top three rounds.

  41. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Oneilbuc: I loved the Bucs more with Jameis Winston, because he was “home-growed” talent.

    Oneilbuc: We need to draft Brady’s replacement this year, in the 1st Round, even if it’s a reach, because I love “home-growed” talent. Who cares about repeating as Super Bowl Champs?

    I still haven’t heard a rational argument from anyone of why the Bucs would reach for a QB in the 1st Round this year.

  42. Ben green Says:

    Here is your rational argument Joe. You’re picking at 32. It’s very very hard to get a top qb outside the top 10, that’s why so many teams reach. If the guy has any talent he’s not sticking around. Jimmy g and aaron rodgers are anomalies. Your focus as an organization is to concentrate on these 3 years. Anything less is an affront to the game. You have a chance to be a historical team. Don’t f#$@ it up.

  43. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Getting an awesome QB is generally an anomaly whenever you pick. There is no way to predict with honesty what will happen with this QB class that is coming out this year or any year, lol (Bears Trubisky and could have had Mahomeboy) Get the best available player, D-Line, O-Line, Secondary….. Get someone that could be special at their position. The Bucs have the best roster in the NFL, sorry KC, and that is because of a J Licht’s drafting and Free Agency. So again make this ROSTER better. It is a Bucs world baby again in the 2021-22 season, get used to it NFL. lolol!!!!! 1-2-3 DOMINATE GO BUCS!!!!!!

  44. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thanks guys.

  45. sauron's eye Says:

    its really simple. Just take the best guy on the board. You have to try and make sure your first round and second round picks are impact players. They don’t have to play much as rookies.

  46. Buczilla Says:

    If Justin Fields drops to 32 due to medical concerns and our medical staff ok’s it, I’d draft him in a heartbeat. He’s probably gone before 20 though even with epilepsy.

  47. Oneilbuc Says:

    Joe from Michigan . Your obsession over Jamies is just crazy lol 😆 😅🤣🤣… He must be hunting you day and night in your mind . Brady is a 44 year old quarterback how much time do you think he has to play?? And don’t tell me 5 more years Brady is year to year . This could be his last year he might just decide to go home or God forbid he gets hurt . Then what ?????

  48. Joe in Michigan Says:

    So let me get this straight, Oneilbuc…You want to draft Kyle Trask in the 1st Round (a total reach) this year, so in the event of a Brady injury (God forbid), Trask would save the Bucs season? Wow, I doubt the most optimistic Trask fans would agree with that.
    The only reason I brought up Jameis is that you’re so infatuated with him (still) that it obviously clouds your judgement when it comes to the Bucs. It seems as though you hate the Bucs for getting a new, improved QB. How else can you explain the constant “Super Bowl or bust” comments last year, as if you WANTED the Bucs to fail?

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe would prefer either an inside linebacker or a running back.
    Joe would take a rb every year if he could, lol.

    A first or second round QB for me.

    Outside of that? Tight End, LB/DE. Draft to replace the oldest positions.

    And considering we returned a complete Superbowl team, I think Joe is wrong. This draft is ALL about the future, not the present. We have starters at every position. Anyone we draft will be a backup this year.

  50. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe in Michigan Says
    “I still haven’t heard a rational argument from anyone of why the Bucs would reach for a QB in the 1st Round this year.”

    Because anyone we draft this year…everyone we draft…will be a backup. At least in the beginning. It would take someone going down to get a rookie starting this year.

    We have a complete team of starters. It was a long time coming, but we are a complete team.

    That said, the rational thing to do is draft with an eye to replacing the people who will most likely be leaving first.

    Brady is the oldest, therefore the most likely to go next year or the year after, and you DO NOT want to start a rookie QB to replace Brady.

    However…I’m against reaching. If a QB is still there when he should be taken, then take him.

    DO NOT bring in Bridgewater.

  51. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai: Agreed.
    Oneilbuc: I apologize. I shouldn’t argue with you over your opinions.

  52. Oneilbuc Says:

    Joe from Michigan . Every one on this site is giving their opinion when it comes to the draft . It’s just yall bring up Jamies to much to me. Just because I don’t bash Jamies yall have a problem with that . And I just don’t bash former players just like yall don’t bash Fitzpatrick I don’t bash Jamies or other former players. I wish them all nothing but the best.

  53. BoricuaBucFan4life Says:

    I would say Medicated Pete is overly Medicated with that ridiculous comment