Jason Licht & Bruce Arians Expect A Staff Exodus

May 9th, 2021

Last week, Jason Licht and Bucco Bruce Arians made it clear that their dream teams won’t lost long.

The championship crew is good for at least nine more months, but it seems the Bucs honchos expect critical change in 2022.

”[Previous Bucs Super Bowl GM] Rich McKay did a great job here with his staff, and I’m kind of priding myself on hiring people like he did,” Licht told Beckles & Recher on WDAE Radio. ”You know, he had a star-studded cast of people working with him that went on to get some jobs. And I think that’s going to happen here at some point because I have a great staff here of men and women.”

Licht is in his eighth Bucs season and his staff has seen little change, and he already called contract guru Mike Greengberg ”the real GM.

Speaking on The National Football ShowArians reiterated that when his top assistants leave he will evaluate retirement.

Joe is confident that the Bucs marching to another Super Bowl or NFC title game this season will lead to significant losses from the front office and the coaching staff, unless Team Glazer is willing to cut some outrageous checks. And Joe’s all for the latter.

37 Responses to “Jason Licht & Bruce Arians Expect A Staff Exodus”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    I think the “keep the band together ” theme will continue to be a strong influence…jobs and advancements will always be there for coaches….playing with The GOAT not so much.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    If Bucs win another Superbowl, i can accept whatever happens.(just don’t allow Licht to make 2nd Rd picks anymore).

  3. Darin Says:

    They better worry more about Brady leaving. Once he leaves it wont matter so much who the coaches are. Unless of course they can find another QB who is at least half as valuable. Hopefully the coaches who cash will send Brady some nice Xmas gifts.

  4. ncbucsfan Says:

    I think Bowles should be the successor to take over for B.A. Leftwich can be the Asst Head/Off Coordinator, w/higer salary to keep continuity. I don’t think Byron necessarily wants a head-coaching position, in my opinion.

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    ……yeah, I agree…..2022 will be year of the Exodus for bucs coaches and maybe for some players as well. TB12 may ride off into the sunset too…..who knows???

    I think Bucco Brucie will retire next year…..regardless of any outcome.

    I sure hope the Glazer boys get rid of blundering busts 2nd round picker Jason “Beer” Licht next year (probably not)

  6. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I also agree there will be a mass exodus. It is the result of big success. And what a wonderful thing for people who have worked their azzes off in the front office and coaching staff.

    Hopefully, Licht and BA are grooming, grooming, grooming lots of replacements.

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    We do have really great coaching. Best in the the NFL. One reason I hope for a Bowels or BL or Clyde as next HC would be a better chance to reclaim other great position coaches.

  8. Java’sFriendlyGhost Says:

    Props to JL for recognizing McKay.

    Licht gets it.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    As long as Arians is having a good time, he won’t retire. He has delegated almost all the factory production, Licht has the supply chain down pay, and now Arians acts as an operational CEO without a lot of hands-on responsibility.

    If the bottom falls out and the team disintegrates, he might. Football is his life.

  10. Ben green Says:

    Brady is the defacto coach anyway. I wouldn’t worry one bit about it

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    I have no problem with re-tooling if the team wins another Lombardi. It doesn’t get any better than two in a row.

    We die-hard lifetime Bucs fans are truly blessed right now. Never forget the struggles and appreciate this brief period of greatness. It won’t last, but damn, it is satisfying.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    How many rings make a dynasty? 3? 4?

    Cobraboy Says
    “As long as Arians is having a good time, he won’t retire.”

    He might if it means keeping Leftwich in Tampa as the head coach. He is willing to self sacrifice for the people he believes in.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Cobraboy Says
    “We die-hard lifetime Bucs fans are truly blessed right now. Never forget the struggles and appreciate this brief period of greatness. It won’t last, but damn, it is satisfying.”

    So very well said!

  14. TOM Says:

    Leftwitch is a joke. BA’s puppet. Not head coach material.

  15. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Let it go, Pete.

  16. Mike C Says:

    Hey Anthem and Pete, how do you guys feel about the Bucs second round pick? We are all just dying to know!!!

  17. Allbuccedup Says:

    When Tom Terrific retires we will see what the Buc coaching staff is really made of. Bowles is a great coordinator but thats as far as that goes and Leftwhich is BAs puppet so when Arians retires who knows.

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    I think Bowles and Leftwitch both realize that its more important to find a good HC job rather then jump at the first one.

    And the best opportunity for either of them will be to stay right here in Tampa Bay.

    So what I believe happens is both of our coordinators listen to any job offers they get. Whoever gets the best opportunity for a well run team takes the job. The other guy stays right here and becomes the successor to Bruce.

  19. Tom slick Says:

    You honestly think JL had the final word on A quarterback. 43 touchdowns!

  20. Colin in Canada Says:

    I hope that these coordinators are grooming their replacements and there is a succession plan in place. We see a lot about the old players we need to replace but what about the old coaches. We need some younger guys on the staff.

  21. TheShaz Says:

    You can only take “Brady was the coach” only so far.

    The defense won the last three games if you want to be honest with yourself.

    Yes the Bucs offense scored points but the defense came thru huge.

    I would like Bowles to take over for BA when the time comes. The Bucs have the largest coaching staff in the NFL. As long as BA & Jason are aware that coaches will leave after this next season and have their replacements ready. We will be OK

  22. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Well said SB-LV

  23. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We will certainly get raided and taken apart, just like our previous Super Bowl team did.
    LOL, NFL stands for “Not For Long”.
    Be that as it may, players make coaches, not the other way around.
    Tom Brady is the main reason for all of our success.
    He made Belichik look like a genius, and he is doing the same thing here in Tampa.
    Like Cobraboy just said “Enjoy it while you can”.

  24. gp Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    *It doesn’t get any better than two in a row.*
    IDK, maybe I’m looking too far ahead, or maybe I’m greedy, but I think three in a row might be even better

  25. Cobraboy Says:

    @gp: the odds of one are 1 in 32.

    The odds of two are 1 in 1024.

    The odds of three are 1 in 32,768.

    ! is fantastic. Two is off the chart amazing. Three is a pipe dream, like me waking up handsome, hung, and rich…

  26. gp Says:

    waking up handsome, hung, and rich…

    Sorry, only room for one of us! LOL

    You do, of course, realize that the hat trick is one of Tommy’s goals?
    That, and the perfect season.

    BTW, can you calculate the odds of anyone besting Brady’s record, ever?

  27. Steve M.] Says:

    When BA retires either BL should take over or hire an outside HC.
    Bowles as HC never. We all know what a great job Bowles did as HC of the Jets. LOL.

  28. crazybucs_CL Says:

    @Ben green Says:
    “Brady is the defacto coach anyway. I wouldn’t worry one bit about it”
    That is the ONLY fact that matter. Everyone were here before TB12, and they sucked, when TB12 decide to leave, we going back to “normal”, painful but reality.
    Non of present assistances is HC material, I don’t worry a bit if all are gone, next in line come in……
    so let enjoy this year, and hope for the next one, before the long winter comes back.

  29. crazybucs_CL Says:

    @Cobraboy Says:
    “the odds of one are 1 in 32.

    The odds of two are 1 in 1024.

    The odds of three are 1 in 32,768.”……
    ..that probability is true if you started last year, but last year is in our pocket, so that drops the probability for this year 1 of 32, and for next year 1 of 1024.
    so looking in optimistic way, to lower the probability for next year to 1 of 32, we must win this year.😁

  30. catcard202 Says:

    Sounds to me like the FO knows there’s going to be a huge amount of roster turn-over after 2021…(which means full blown rebuild project by 2023)…And everyone will want to get out of town, while the getting is good!

  31. Eddie Marz Says:

    Cobraboy, sorry to let you know, but your odds are wrong. Those are mathematical equations not odds. There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE! GO BUCS!

  32. BillyBucoff Says:

    Can’t wait to see all you geniuses who know so much about football eat crow if Trask works out
    Obviously you believe heady QB play is overrated and want all the Lamar Jackson’s of the world
    I’ll take a Brady clone when we don’t need picks
    Let’s start bashing Licht when he is currently the best GM in the game

    Like I said

  33. DirtySouthBuc Says:


    – Well said!!!

  34. adam from ny Says:

    if tom has a good season, i don’t see too many people bailing on him in 2022…year 3…

    after that it’s gonna be like run for the hills, tommy is outta here

  35. Hodad Says:

    I think we have 4 good HC candidates on our staff now, with Byron, Todd top of the list. My guess is behind closed doors one of those two might have already been chosen. Time will tell. My hope is Todd doesn’t want to leave, and would be happy staying on with Lefty as DC, asst. HC, with a big raise.

  36. unbelievable Says:

    I keep seeing the same two dopes b!tching about Lichts 2nd round picks in article after article after article. So here’s a little reminder for you fools on all the 2nd round picks who just helped us win a SB:

    – D Smith
    – Ali Marpet
    – Sean Murphy Bunting
    – Carlton Davis
    – RoJo
    – Jamel Dean
    – Antoine Winfield Jr.

    Now compare that to the 2nd round misses:
    – ASJ
    – Noah Spence (injury)
    – Agauyo
    – Justin Evans (injury)
    – MJ Stewart

    Maybe you can show me the GM who has nailed every single 2nd round pick over his entire tenure. I won’t hold my breath…

  37. Marco Says:

    Just enjoying the ride it been hell being a bucs fan for the last 25 years getting kicked around leaves marks no time to worrie about years to come just enjoying the ride. Life so good on top Go bucs back 2 back. 15 and 2 and another ring. Thank you God. Thank you TB