Jason Licht Suffering From The Tom Brady Effect

January 19th, 2022

Bucs GM Jason Licht

Joe still gets annoyed sometimes at the clown show that the media can be.

However, Joe must keep perspective. Without all those stale approaches and narrow-minded thinking, this website wouldn’t exist.

NBC Sports insider Peter King types a massive weekly NFL column and this week he referenced his polling of 36 NFL media types and former players. King wanted their take on who deserved various postseason honors.

On the subject of GM/Executive of The Year, a total of 10 executives got votes from the panel. And not one damn vote went to Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.

You can click on King’s link above if you want the voting tally. But the point here is that Licht got snubbed by the same crew of people lauding him all offseason for re-signing the entire Super Bowl starting roster, plus many key backups like Antonio Brown, Rakeem Nuñez-Roches, Aaron Stinnie, Ryan Succop and more. That was a first in the modern history of the NFL.

Then Licht’s team had the nerve, apparently, to go out and tie for the best record in the NFL despite a load of injuries to starters. Again, nobody on the panel gave Licht a vote.

Joe sees this as another example of the Tom Brady Effect. You know, Licht has Brady, therefore Licht’s performance gets an asterisk.

Joe wonders what the panelists were thinking whey they saw the Bucs get big plays Sunday from Mike Edwards and Jordan Whitehead, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard moving the chains. And Joe also wonders if they were watching when third-string guard Nick Leverett shocked the world in Indianapolis, along with Leonard Fournette, for whom Jacksonville couldn’t find a trade partner 16 months ago.

Maybe the GM will get a little more respect when the Bucs put up a “W” on Sunday at The Licht House.

40 Responses to “Jason Licht Suffering From The Tom Brady Effect”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The Bottom line about Jason Licht is a stacked Super Bowl Champion roster.
    He goes out this year and signs everybody back, but the starting 22 played less then the 1st half against Dallas, and the Bucs still post a 13-4 record.

    Bucs fans know how he has grown since he joined the team.
    J Licht has proven to be a very good GM.
    Is J Licht perfect no, but is a very good GM

    GO J LICHT GO BUCS!!!!!!

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Screw the national media for their snub of Jason Licht.
    Us Buc Fans know what Jason has done for us, and we appreciate him.

  3. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    Great take on this Joe! Let’s get it done BUCS!

  4. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Come on Joe. Most of the media does not use facts or common sense anymore. You should know better by now 😂

  5. Nano107 Says:

    You forgot Vea and the O Line
    This guy drafted unbelievable simple as that

  6. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Jason Lichts drafting and roster acquisitions were a big reason Tom Brady came to Tampa, that and Bruce Arians. And Bruce Arians only came outa retirement because of Licht.. most underrated GM in the league.

  7. Stone crab sam Says:

    This media is way too infatuated with drama queen Karen rodgers to take notice of Jason licht…
    I mean all we hear is Karen mvp this and Karen mvp that. It is what it is😬

  8. Swampbuc Says:

    Why is Brady with the Bucs anyway?

    BA? Mike? Godwin? The OL?

    A defense with Suh and JPP and Shaq and Vita?

    Who got all those guys? And who got Brady in the first place?

    That is an atrocity.

  9. BillyBucco Says:

    This team needs all the motivation it can muster so keep bringing the snubs.
    Nobody is gonna pick the Bucs you watch.

    Funny thing is Stafford looked pedestrian against a playoff caliber 49ers D..

    We gotta see Stafford win one it counts still.

  10. BradyBucs Says:

    This has to be the game that the team finally plays their best for an entire game or they won’t win.

    Football has always been a game of momentum, and the Rams have momentum coming into this game. They’re playing great football on both sides of the ball. And OBJ finally seems to have his confidence back.

    These are all TERRIBLE signs for the Bucs. Rams have always been a bad match-up for us.

    Let’s just hope we can pull off some “Playoff Magic” and play a great complete game and win this one.

  11. westernbuc Says:

    I told my buddy that it’s interesting Lenny has had a career renaissance. Normally running backs don’t seem to have a second life after leaving their first team (I could be wrong, but I can’t think of many)

    His response: “Well that’s just because of Brady.”

    I honest to god wish people would have to explain, in detail from start to finish, how their theory is supposed to work.

  12. Mikejp Says:

    It should be a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick effect because Tom’ s coaches fail badly. Licht still has a lot of time to prove he is one of the GOAT GM after Tom retirement.

  13. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Actually, I think even Tom Brady suffers from the Tom Brady effect too. Look at the MVP race and Profootballtalk (Florio) says Brady deserves it but Rodgers deserves it more. How so? He says Rodgers led his team to the #1 seed. Well, the Bucs have the same record and Tom Brady has nothing to do with NFC tiebreaker rules, while he in turn again broke NFL and Bucs records this year.

    I will say though, that Licht would never have gotten many of the players he did without Brady, especially at reduced prices. Gronk, Suh, Fornette are just a few. Not a chance. I have nothing against Licht, but he is still really just an average GM. He is the guy that insisted on wasting Bucs fans lives for 5 years with #1 overall pick bust and social disgrace, Jameis Winston. Aguayo, VHIII, etc.

    Things ain’t “fair” but still, both Licht and Brady are doing pretty well for themselves, so at the end of the day, I hear a very, very small violin playing.

  14. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Actually, I think even Tom Brady suffers from the Tom Brady effect too. Look at the MVP race and Profootballtalk (Florio) says Brady deserves it but Rodgers deserves it more. How so?

    A Rodgers was not even in the field against KC, will not mention why he was sidelined, but everyone knows.
    HOW is that part of being an MVP.
    Your greatest ability is actually being on the field of Play.

    Yes TB12 suffers from the TB12 effect lol, that is for sure. People get used to something and begin to lose appreciation for it. That is against Tom in this case.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  15. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Who got Brady in the first place? Ans: Sure, Jason Licht.

    How did he get Brady? By offering up a huge say in things, like who would be on the roster. Did Licht get the Bucs to 13 wins? He was a part of it. But I’d say the coaches and players (especially Brady) had more to do with that.

    While I loathe the media as much as anyone, I think there are other GMs who are equally or more worthy. Let’s start with Les Snead, who is unfortunately coming to town to this weekend. I hope Licht and his Bucs do send them back to LA as losers. Just being objective.

  16. Stanglassman Says:

    He even picked a good kicker the 2nd time around. How’d he know that Gay would decide change his approach/swing his rookie year.

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s the “chicken or the egg” syndrome.
    Yes, Licht signed Brady BUT, Brady doesn’t come here with a different HC. Furthermore, it bears mentioning that Licht has made some real bonehead decisions to boot.
    That said, he deserves credit for shaping and keeping a championship-caliber team. The best recognition for his accomplishments will be another Lombardi.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Many here wanted Licht fired before Brady arrived. So it’s not all that shocking he’s not getting a ton of credit.

  19. Eddie Marz Says:

    Maybe we’ll just have to settle for another SUPER BOWL win if the writers won’t let us have awards. GOBUCS!

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Agree with Bucsfanman; ‘It’s the “chicken or the egg” syndrome’. JL signed Brady, but Brady CHOSE the Bucs. Can’t help but think that it was probably pretty much the same thing with signing BA. Arians (and TB12 later) saw the potential here & decided to give it a go. Thankfully, for us, it all came together over time & we’ve already had a great past 2 years.

    Part of that I think is being in the right place at the right time (and JL was). Part of it I think has to do with recognizing that ‘right place, right time convergence’ and taking advantage of the opportunity it represents (and JL has).

    Like August commented … ‘Bucs fans know how he has grown since he joined the team. J Licht has proven to be a very good GM.’

  21. Mark2001 Says:

    Maybe they need to give new GMs asterisk for inheriting coaches that have no idea how to develop and coach up talent players and draft picks.

  22. Dking Says:

    Why would they vote for a GM that moved on from not America’s quarterback, crab legs stealing, expletives yelling, Uber driver assaulting, one time pro bowl alternate, non playoff making, ate more L’s than W’s, Mr 30-30, pick 6 throwing in a season record holder, Jameis Winston?

  23. Show Me the TDs Says:

    The same media that I saw lauding lousy Lovie Smith as a head coaching candidate, this weekend. Nuff said.

  24. mark2001 Says:

    Dking… I think you are being totally unfair to the newest Eggles Playoff bandwagoning, Jersey wearing, one time pro-bowl alternate QB… a long, long time ago. A guy maybe soon to be following the Mike Glennon career path.

  25. DG060 Says:

    I have yet to see any article talking about the Rams Re on a short week playing on Monday night and they have to fly cross country to Tampa on that short week. We should have some advantage because of that.

  26. mark2001 Says:

    king.. if there is such a thing as a certain kind of luck, maybe he will wear a Rams jersey to the game this Sunday. We can use everything bit of good luck going our way we can get with Wirfs and Jensen possible in the garage this weekend.

  27. mark2001 Says:

    And King..since you have me triggered…what does it say to root against about 50 guys that you “went to battle with”… many for years, by wearing the opposing teams jersey in our stadium, in a playoff game? So maybe his problem wasn’t just an inconsistent deep ball, his failure to read defensive adjustments, and his slow delivery of the ball. Maybe his biggest problem is that he wasn’t a sincere and supportive teammate?

  28. bucs4life Says:

    The media always loved the Saints, the Packers, Rodgers and Brees. Just like it did with Peyton Manning. If we were hated and despised before, this are even worse since last year. Licht, Arians and Brady are only getting some credit when they win something and only for the ensuing week. After that, it’s back to normal.

  29. SOEbuc Says:

    Ratings and fan base, but who really gives a f#ck.

  30. Allen Lofton Says:

    This happens all the time – people get hung up on how physically talented a Rodgers or Mahomes are but it was Tom Brady who beat them at age 44. Tom’s mental capacity Trumps all that natural talent.

    Brady and the New England won because of Brady’s mental capacity to see the big picture and overcome the physically more talented Rodgers and Mahomes. A HOF coach like BA and BB understands this.

    I would bet on Brady every time because of his track record – His smarts Trumps the Rodgers or Mahomes.

  31. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    It’s called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers effect. The Bucs get no respect by the NFL nor the national sports media. Last year by the mere fact he signed Brady and with all the off season signings plus covid problems and won everything he should’ve got it. It is what it is

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You would think the guy would get some credit….after all, he’s got a stadium named after him….

  33. Cannon Says:

    Buccaneers are pirates. Hence, we’re the bad guys.


  34. ClodHopper Says:

    “Brady is over rated, he just has a good team behind him”
    “Licht isn’t EOY because Brady turned the team around”

    There are people walking this earth who believe both things.

  35. PassingThru Says:

    I’m with Roy Buford, there is a Tom Brady effect and it affects everyone around him.

    How many times has Belichick won Coach of the Year?
    How many players who have surrounded him have gone to the HOF?
    How many times have GMs have captured an Executive of the Year?
    How many times has Brady won an MVP?

    When you consider the 21 seasons in which Brady-led teams have battled and won, the cupboard is pretty bare. It’s just weird.

  36. BucsTommy Says:

    Very good point!

  37. Ed Says:

    The most important game of the season coming up. BL had better figure out how to attack the Rams. BL vs Raheem, lets hope that BL does some different things because the last 2 times the Bucs played LA they put up 24 points each time.

    Team stats show that defensively these teams have almost identical rankings in passing defense. The Bucs do have a better rushing defense but the Rams are better than average vs the run. Both teams have the same amount of interceptions. Similar sack numbers 47 for Bucs, 50 for Rams.

    The one area where the Bucs numbers are much better is touchdown scoring, so once again, getting to the 30 point number is the one number that would win the game. With a healthier Buc secondary, I don’t see the Rams having it as easy as they did on their home field scoring points. I think Bowles will want to put the game in Stafford’s hands as the Rams like to run the ball. Stopping the run is the strength of the Bucs D, they haveto play like they did vs the Eagles against the run.

    We all have seen that when we score 30 or more we win. I don’t think 24 is enough. Playing on the road usually creates some confusion comunicating audibles. Can the Bucs get 3 turnovers and play clean on penalties.

    Game plans will play heavily as these 2 teams are very close in rankings.

  38. ocala Says:

    Agreed Joe!

  39. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Thanks for highlighting this aspect of the “Brady Effect”. We are in no way downplaying the significance and contributions TB makes just by his presence among us. However, over and over again in his interviews and other public appeances Tom is continually emphasizing that football is a team sport.

    So to must pundits and fans alike look to the team level work of the coaching stafssand the management staffs. All work together to build a championship organization. Many people have very short term memories. It has not been that long since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a downtrodden club.

    Kudos to Jason Licht for his efforts on behalf of our now class franchise.

  40. Swampbuc Says:

    Be Loud in the House that Licht Built on Sunday, Bucs fans. They’re going to need you.