“They Are Sitting On House Money”

May 7th, 2021

“Why not get Trask?”

In the eyes of a former NFL general manager, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht had a helluva draft for selecting at the bottom of each round — the draft penalty for winning it all just a few months prior.

Former NFL suit Michael Lombardi, once a coffee fetcher for Bill Walsh, Bill Belicheat and Al Davis, took to his podcast “GM Shuffle” to rave about the job that Licht pulled off.

In particular, Lombardi thought the selection of Kyle Trask showed savvy.

“I think it is a great move by them,” Lombardi began. “Look, when you can have a guy like Tom Brady who can teach you how to be a pro just by observation — Brady is not going to buckle. Brady is not going to give in one inch to Trask.

“So Trask gets to watch this guy [Brady] prepare. He gets to watch him prepare his body; prepare his mind; prepare for the game each week; prepare to understand the volume of competition that has to get revved up every single day. I mean, I think it is a great pick for the Bucs.

“Look, the Bucs have all of their starters back. They are sitting on house money, right? They have all of their skill guys back. They’ve got their defensive line back intact. They add [Joe] Tyron as another defensive lineman — smart play. They get another linebacker — good play. [And] they helped their kicking game out more and more.

“So look, why not get Trask? It will be a good move for him. We will see if he will be a good player. There was medical concern with him.”

Trask, while playing at the University of Florida, has a history of foot injuries which includes screws in his foot.

Former Chargers team doctor and orthopedic specialist Dr. David Chao reported last month on Outkick.com that Trask’s screws-in-the-foot are similar to what safety Derwin James (cue the angels singing) has in his foot.

Joe really believes Trask has a leg up on all the other quarterbacks drafted in terms of building a successful foundation. All he has to do is, as Lombardi referenced, mimic 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.

29 Responses to ““They Are Sitting On House Money””

  1. SB~LV Says:

    A bold move but for it to pay off he will need actual real
    Sunday playing time, how that happens and how Brady will handle it is the elephant in the room.
    We’ll have to wait to see how it plays out.

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    Every QB drafted is a boom or bust scenario, the ability to sit and learn only improves our odds.

  3. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Curious if the medical history on Trask caused him to drop late into the second round?

  4. DoooshLaRue Says:

    “Brady is not going to buckle. Brady is not going to give in one inch to Trask.”

    So Brady isn’t a mental midget?
    Who knew.

    I wonder how it would be if we still had that uber-threatening Fitzmagic as a backup.
    He was known to intimidate weaker-minded QBs wasn’t he?

  5. Mort Says:

    I’m excited to watch the kid in pre-season, and then next pre-season.

  6. Bruce Blahak Says:

    it was a perfect spot to take him…not one player in the 3rd round sparks a “but we coulda had…”

  7. Allbuccedup Says:

    Great Move!

  8. SB~LV Says:

    Doooo… please don’t use Uber in a Buc QB reference ever again

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Ha ha

    I like the QB pick in the 2nd round though.
    Smart move.

  10. Aceofaerospace Says:

    No one expects Trask to beat out Brady, but if he doesn’t try his absolute best to, Brady will be the first one on his a**. Count on it.

  11. PSL Bob Says:

    I advocated for this since we started talking about the draft. Not necessarily for Trask, but for any developmental QB who could come in and learn under Brady and this phenomenal coaching staff. It may not work out, but at least they gave it a shot. Trask will learn what it takes to be a consistent winner, and in the process hopefully he will jettison any bad habits.

  12. Alanbucsfan Says:

    not one player in the 3rd round sparks a “but we coulda had…”-

    Andre Cisco – ball hawk safety
    Jalen Mayfield – OT
    Joseph Ossai- Edge
    Aaron Robinson- CB
    Benjamin St-Juste- CB
    Wyatt Davis- G

    All of the 3rd rounders above will likely see significant playing time while inactive Trask learns.

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:


    It’s a long term investment, you get that right?

  14. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Doosh- yes I get it, just don’t agree with the strategy- by the time Trask plays regularly, the team will have alot different look. A different player chosen could contribute now while the talent to win another SB is there.

  15. Waterboy Says:

    % on second round Qbs even becoming a serviceable starter is around 5% per reports I read around draft time. Since Bucs are in win now mode, drafting of a rotational player at end of second round was a must! Injuries happen and this teams still needs more quality depth (not low round or undrafted player type) at CB, DT and OL. Wyatt Davis is going to be a mid round steal- he had a great junior year and was even looked at as a late first rounder but had covid and his play fell off a bit this past year as a result. There were still very good corners available in addition to impact rbs (carter, felton, etc). Unless Brady told the Bucs that this next year could be his last year then it was a waste of a draft pick!

  16. ocala Says:

    Licht is the best GM in the NFL so he deserves the benefit of the doubt, but I would have liked the Bucs to draft Ossai out of Texas to compete with Tryon.

  17. geno711 Says:

    Really for all the talk about Arians as a quarterback whisperer, he really has not drafted quarterbacks.

    2008 – Dennis Dixon – 5th round
    2012 – Andrew Luck – 1st round
    2014 – Logan Thomas – 5th round – played receiver

    So that being said, I do not love or hate the pick. If they saw something out of Trask then this coaching staff deserves a shot to make Trask something special.

    It is funny how people equate quarterbacks.
    I am not saying Fields is worse than Trask.
    But essentially Fields played two seasons and Trask played two seasons.
    Clearly this past year, Trask had the two elite pass receivers.
    Clearly both years Fields had the better offensive line and just more talent around him everywhere else.

    There is no question which team plays tougher competition. I grew up in Michigan and Big Ten football was good then but really now a days Big Ten football is a shadow of the football played by the SEC.

    Fields has a great game against Clemson but just was a bad player during the national championship game. He was hurt but clearly did not perform when he was hurt.

    Trask has a better game against that same Alabama defense. There is no comparison if you only look at their games against Alabama. But Trask certainly did not have a good game against Oklahoma.

    I just do not understand how all these fans can be so confident that Trask will not work out.

  18. Ash Says:

    Same could be said about the people that are so confident that he will work out it’s all a crap shoot time will only tell both sides have valid points definitely fun to speculate for sure

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I didn’t think we needed to draft a QB this year….but, I got outvoted by the Glazers, Licht, BA, BL & Brady…..

  20. Posey99 Says:

    Name a position on the Team where a pick at #64 would replace who is currently starting.

    I’ve had it with this woulda shoulda coulda, Joe Tryon isn’t even starting. He’s not beating out Shaq and JPP, rotational at best. Trask can be rotational too when we are blowing out teams in the 4th quarter.

    come on now..

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    The people saying we should of drafted somebody else instead of Trask…..guaranteed they would be the biggest crybabys if Brady left and we had no QB ready.

    But i get it. Trask provides absolutely no instant pleasure and wont for a while so hes a easy target.

    The Trask haters also got the comfort of knowing most QBs taken beyond round 1 fizzle out so they know they have good odds to say i told you so while the rub themselfs about being right.

    Fans like me will be rooting for Trask every little second along the way. I may be loyal to a fault but I will never waiver. Theres a satisfaction that comes with loyalty like that. A satisfaction that the instant pleasure fans will never know.

    GO BUCS!!

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    If Trask embraces the Brady Quarterback Ethic including manic obsessive chip-on-the-shoulder perfection in every snap, he will have full Brady support.

    If he doesn’t embrace that ethic, Brady won’t embrace Trask.

    I suspect Trask knows this and even has sampled avocado ice cream…

  23. Ash Says:

    Didn’t trask get taken in the second round? Whats with the third round hot takes? Lol

  24. AKicknTheBucNuts Says:


    The Bucs are an ideal landing place for a QB with screws in his foot.

  25. Noles Says:


    None of those 3rd rounders see the field on this team which defeats your point

  26. Noles Says:

    As a Nole I could care less where you come from, I like the Trask pick..

    In 2years hopefully he can carry the torch

  27. Mike Says:

    Hopefully its like the Favre / Rodgers situation where Trask has a few years to learn how to be an NFL QB before getting his chance to shine.

  28. Dbbuc711 Says:

    I’m hoping he gets some playing time in about 8 games this season.
    4th quarter mopup duty because of big leads.

  29. Oneilbuc Says:

    Is the bucs having a rookie training camp this year . Because the Jets are having theirs right now .