Bucs GM: Kyle Trask Is “On A Good Track.”

February 1st, 2022

“It’s all you now, Kyle. I’ll help you, but just don’t text me too much my wife says I have to limit my screen time.”

So are the Buccaneers ready to pass the quarterback baton to their 2021 second-round pick?

Maybe Kyle Trask is ready, and maybe he’s not.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht spoke tonight about how the Bucs will look behind Door No. 2 and scour the globe for a quarterback to replace Tom Brady. Trask, one would assume, is what’s behind Door No. 1. He’s the only Bucs QB under contract for 2022. (And if it’s Blaine Gabbert behind Door No. 1, then Joe would slam the door and call the police.)

Licht was asked whether Trask’s needs to get on an accelerated plan after not playing this season.

“I don’t necessarily think that we need to speed up the process with Kyle because I think we have him on a good track right now,” Licht said. “And he’s been well coached and he’s had, you know, unbelievable resources to lean on – to get to where he is right now. But we’ll see where that goes. We don’t want to rush anybody. But I couldn’t think of a better experience for a young quarterback to spend his rookie year than with the greatest player of all-time.”

Joe agrees with Licht. Trask just spent a year in what should have been one of the great quarterback incubator’s of all-time: Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, Byron Leftwich, Tom Moore and Clyde Christensen.

It’s why the Bucs did the smart thing and drafted a quarterback last year.

But can Trask play? That’s unclear.

But Joe is not anti-Trask. Andy Dalton was a Pro Bowler as a rookie second-round pick in 2011. Derek Carr had a good rookie season as a second-rounder in 2014. So it’s unfair to say Trask sucks and can’t get it done. However, the odds of Trask leading the Bucs to the promised land in 2022 feel awfully long.

52 Responses to “Bucs GM: Kyle Trask Is “On A Good Track.””

  1. Swampbuc Says:

    I wonder how Tom likes wearing Horseyface’s saddle? Hopefully he gets sick of it in five months and returns to playing while he still can.

  2. unbelievable Says:

    It’s why the Bucs did the smart thing and drafted a quarterback last year.

    But can Trask play? That’s unclear.

    Well, if he can’t play, then it wasn’t a very smart thing, was it?

  3. CalBucsFan Says:

    He’s a talented, proven college QB, so let’s try trusting the Bucs’ braintrust that has drafted well for several years now because you are right Joe, he’s been part of a QB room for a year that has surrounded him by excellence. That should have prepared him well enough to earn the chance to prove he’s worthy.

    Go Bucs!

  4. Buddha Says:

    The odds the Bengals would be in the Superbowl were pretty damn long too.

  5. Beeej Says:

    I would assume MOST QB’s selected in the first and second round don’t work out

  6. DBS Says:

    Well when they drafted him you know they expected him to learn from Brady for at least 2 years. But that did not happen.

  7. Bobby M. Says:

    Tough to follow an all time great…..but lets keep in mind, Rodgers was not too many picks away from the 2nd rd. Sat for a few years….turned out pretty decent. Prescott was a 4th rd pick…sat behind Romo.

  8. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Like I previously said. Why overpay a mediocre QB needed cap space when we have Trask on the cheap.

    INB4 because those Quarterbacks can play. Well they don’t win you many games for what we are going to have to pay up.

  9. allbuccedup Says:

    Can’t go to the superbowl every year. You might as well see what Trask can do. Try and sign whos the most important and affordable and go for there theres always next year. Let some of the down the road contracts expire and build thru the draft. After these extended contracts expire and then bring in a couple of vets.

  10. Tye Says:

    And it’s not like Trask is playing tomorrow… He has the next 6 months to learn more of the playbook, work on his mechanics and at some time build chemistry with the backs and receivers….

    He did put up those college stats against an all SEC defenses schedule… That is a better college resume than most successful nfl qbs came in with!

  11. DBS Says:

    Just hope BA does not go back to No Riskit crap.

  12. Big pirate Says:

    Trask has the best receiving duo, a solid o line, and what should be a decent running game. Also our defense isn’t that bad. It’s a good situation for him. Let him compete

  13. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    No brainer. We drafted Trask in the 2nd round. Let’s give him a shot next year. If we suck, we’ll get a good QB in the draft.

  14. Pewter Power Says:

    No one is leading us to the Super Bowl next year not with blitz happy Bowles defense and the aging d line with press corners who play 10 yards off receivers

    We have a very tough schedule next year so might as well let him and Blaine battle it out with another free agent

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I think Trask if he plays to his potential, can be similar to a Brad Johnson type QB. Can win with that as long as the supporting cast is adequate.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    The beauty with drafting Trask last year was we had a whole year to work with him. Bruce and Byron got a real good idea what they got.

    Even if Trask is a bust they probably got a real good idea and know if they need to add a starting caliber QB. We are much better finding out that way.

    If one thing is for certain we have a HC who knows his QBs. Nothing not to trust that Bruce will not be able to figure out the QB position. Worst case scenario is we need to buy/traded for a QB and have to wait til 2023 if we cznt afford one this year.

  17. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Make The Bucs Great Again…..Defense!

  18. alaskabuc Says:

    Barring some miracle where Wilson gets traded and he opts to restructure to free up money for depth, I think finding out what Trask can do is the best option going forward. He showed promise at UF and was privileged enough to watch the GOAT for a year to learn what it takes to be elite. Probably going to get some heat for this, I’m warming to the idea of trying to bring Jameis back to compete with Trask. He knows the system, he can definitely sling the ball, and maybe he learned just enough in his time away to reduce the mistakes to an average level. He could probably be had for a reasonable price, and then he and Trask could compete for the starting job

  19. Oneilbuc Says:

    All he saying is BA can’t coach!!

  20. SKBucsFan Says:

    Trask makes the most sense until he doesn’t. Spend money on the Lines.

  21. Colonel Angus Says:

    At least we have us an interesting off season ahead.

  22. SB~LV Says:

    Don’t give him 5 years like Jameis with the local sports media playing like the national media has the last 5 years

  23. firethecannons Says:

    Joe!!!!!!!!! LOL! love the caption–funny! and likely true, he is going to get fed up with her soon enough. She is a pain in the ass.

    Lets roll with Kyle Trask and focus on the trenches and defense fix the cornerback situation/depth

  24. steele Says:

    Trask is a question mark. Dalton, Carr, Bridgewater all mediocrity, barely if at all better than Blaine Gabbert. I’d take Jittery G over all of them. That is how awful it is.

  25. Bucamania Says:

    I’ll give the kid a chance but the problem with Trask being a Brad Johnson type is you can’t be completely immobile in this day and age unless you are Tom Brady. You at least need some escapability to extend plays. Guess we’ll see.

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    He is, at minimum, at the Mack Jones level, and Jones played well for the Pats.

  27. ChiBuc Says:

    Wait, what? Clyde Christensen is still around? You can’t get the Place out of the Palace.

    Don’t spend a dime on any qb for a 1 yr coach. Trask or rebuild from Bruce down

  28. Matt Says:

    Trask doesn’t have an NFL skill set.

    Weak armed & lacking athleticism / mobility is a deadly combination in the NFL. You’re talking an upside, if everything goes right, of Chad Pennington — barely good enough to get you beaten in the first round of the playoffs.

  29. Swampbuc Says:

    Thanks, Todd.

  30. Ben Harvey Says:

    Trask should get his chance at the right time. I think they did him a disservice by having Griffin on the roster, he should have at least been rhe 3rd string QB and therefore should sit again this coming season and learn behind a PROVEN vet. I have a feeling Tampa will settle for a mediocre QB like Bridgewater and keep adding pieces to their offense and defense in the meantime so that when Trask is ready the team will be strong enough to help carry him ala Jimmy G.

  31. Ben Harvey Says:

    Cobraboy – Mac Jones has Belichick and had Mcdaniels, two great coaches. I like our coaches don’t get me wrong, but I still don’t think Arians and Leftwhich are on that level yet. Bowles is a great d coordinator but I think he needs to dial back.the blitzing …just a little. The coaching staff in NE is much better than the staff we have in Tampa, no offense intended, they just are.

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We drafted him……make him bust before we try someone else…..perhaps we have a winner……

  33. Oneilbuc Says:

    BA can’t develop a quarterback I’ve been telling yall this but yall said I didn’t know what I was talking about!! BA is a out dated coach who has never develop a quarterback and now he’s showing every body!! Trask need to ask for a trade and get out of Tampa bay if he’s not the starter!!

  34. Oxycodoms Says:

    Bucs built to win now, start trask if you want to flush everything down the crapper

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    If you want to start Trask, I have zero issues with that, so long as you’re tanking and playing for the top pick in 2023.

    You can keep use 2022 to clean up the cap some, can use the cap space of a rookie QB to make sure you resign all the young guys you want to keep (Godwin, Davis, maybe Cappa) and dump everyone else.

    This was the deal when we signed Brady, and I have zero issues with it. No reason to drag it out, just pull the bandaid, and lets look to trying win in 2023, and the best way to do that is to tank 2022, get that top pick, then trade it for a huge haul.

    We know from Brady, the way you win, is build a team, add a proven winner at QB, maybe a vet at the end of their career that is on below market money. Not spending 5-years seeing if a rookie QB can play or not.

  36. Buczilla Says:

    I wish that Brady would have played another year, but what an awesome time to be a Bucs fan. We just won a Superbowl and now we get to see if our rookie qb has the goods. I’d start em the whole year and if he sucks we’ll be in line to draft a good one in 2023.

  37. BradyBucs Says:

    I love all of our fans already writing off Kyle Trask.

    For Pete’s sake, give the kid a chance.

    Trask patiently waited his turn to finally start in college and WENT OFF with amazing production and accuracy.

    Trask deserves a chance to show what he can do. If he doesn’t pan out, he doesn’t pan out. But Trask, and his rookie contract, have much greater UPSIDE potential than signing some ‘average’ NFL QB for big bucks just to ensure we have an ‘okay’ starting QB.

    We may shift things a bit in our Offense and look to run a lot more, but Trask may surprise a lot of people with what he can do.

  38. Matt Says:

    BradyBuc: This team is built to win right now — this isn’t a team that you just hand over to a 2nd round pick who has never thrown an NFL pass.

    Also, what upside potential? I said it on another post, but go watch film of Trask. His ball flutters a ton because he lacks the arm strength to really step and drive on deep throws. He also needs a clean pocket to operate and can’t move to create plays with his feet.

    He was a consensus 2nd/3rd day pick because he doesn’t have an NFL skill set.

  39. Defense Rules Says:

    Matt … ‘This team is built to win right now — this isn’t a team that you just hand over to a 2nd round pick who has never thrown an NFL pass. He was a consensus 2nd/3rd day pick because he doesn’t have an NFL skill set.’

    And you know all this how Matt? You made several subjective judgments in those statements that are strictly based on your assumptions.

    Built to win now? Have you even looked at our 2022 roster? We’ve got more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese. Our cup isn’t overflowing with high draft picks to fill those holes or with mega-salary CAP dollars to bring in QUALITY FAs.

    And every year a number of teams start rookie QBs, and Trask’s not a rookie this year. It’s obvious you don’t like him from your comments (‘ball flutters’, ‘lacks arm strength’, ‘needs a clean pocket to operate’, etc). Not only are those very subjective on your part, but he’s had a year to develop and none of us have any idea where he is in his development right now.

    We can’t expect any QB we start to be another Tom Brady, but there’s no reason that we can’t have a competitive team in 2022. Assuming that BA does in fact give Trask a fair shot, he MIGHT fail OR he MIGHT turn out to be THE ONE. A lot of that IMO depends on the team we surround him with and on how he’s used. But we’ll never know what we’ve got unless we give him a shot.

  40. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod Munch … ‘We know from Brady, the way you win, is build a team, add a proven winner at QB, maybe a vet at the end of their career that is on below market money. Not spending 5-years seeing if a rookie QB can play or not.’

    Really Rod? THAT’S what you learned from Brady … ‘add a proven winner at QB’? Fast rewind to 2001 when Bill Belicheck told the 2nd year, 6th Rnd pick Tom Brady to go in for the injured Drew Bledsoe. Hmmm, ‘proven winner’ huh (Brady had thrown a total of 3 passes in the NFL prior to that).

    That 2001 season Brady threw for only 18 TDs & a little over 2,800 yards in 15 games. Pats rushed almost as much that season as they passed (473 runs vs 482 passes) and were lousy at it (less than 1,800 rushing yds). But guess what, they won the Super Bowl, beating the (ahem) St Louis RAMS 20-17.

    Seems like if Bill Belicheck had listened to you, turning over the reins to Tom Brady in 2001 would’ve meant that he was ‘tanking and playing for the top pick’ in 2002. Instead, he COACHED that 2001 TEAM to a SB victory. Amazing.

  41. Oneilbuc Says:

    I don’t understand why some of yall keep saying that Trask is really a 3rd round pick ?? He’s a second round pick regardless of when he was pick in the second round !! Ain’t none of those free agents quarterback is going to help the bucs win . BA offense sucks I wish the bucs would just let him go !! He doesn’t want to coach all he wants to do is be on the side lines and get credit for being a head coach. He’s doing all he can to keep from having to actually developed a quarterback something he’s never done and having to coach to win games !! I told yall he’s not the best coach in Bucs history he’s a fraud when it comes to coaching now days!!

  42. Jon Juergensen Says:

    Tua was a 1st rounder and Jameis was a 1st rounder. Favre was a 2nd rounder and Brady was a 6th rounder. Only an idiot would say a 2nd rounder can’t play.

  43. Jon Juergensen Says:

    All you morons ignore that the Bucs gave serious consideration to taking Trask in the 1st round. So by your logic he’s really a 1st rounder. LOL.

  44. Jon Juergensen Says:

    In their last 2020 college season, Mac Jones had similar numbers as Trask, both playing an all-SEC schedule. Jones started in 2021 as a rookie and took the Patriots to the playoffs. Someone explain with facts why Trask can’t do likewise.

  45. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Matt Says:
    February 1st, 2022 at 10:11 pm
    Trask doesn’t have an NFL skill set.

    Weak armed & lacking athleticism / mobility is a deadly combination in the NFL. You’re talking an upside, if everything goes right, of Chad Pennington — barely good enough to get you beaten in the first round of the playoffs.
    Matt: Here’s what an actual scout said about Trask.

    “Trask has the size, arm, and accuracy to be successful at the pro-level, but we think as a typical big-bodied pro pocket passer with few athletic kills he could go no higher than the late 2nd round with a fall to the third a possibility.”

  46. Jon Juergensen Says:

    “The Bucs liked Trask so much that they almost used their first-round pick to make sure they landed him. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told the media late Friday night that the team had internal discussions about potentially using their first-round selection at No. 32 overall to secure Trask.”

  47. Jon Juergensen Says:

    “ESPN’s Todd McShay reported the Bucs considered taking Trask with their first-round pick (No. 32) before ultimately selecting Washington edge-rusher Joe Tryon.”

  48. Jon Juergensen Says:

    All you Trask haters no doubt were thrilled when the Bucs drafted interception-machine Jameis Winston with pick 1 in round 1, right?

  49. Gatorbucs Says:

    If it’s not Rodgers or Wilson, I will be excited to see what Trask has in 2022. Gabbert will probably get at least the first 4-6 starts til Trask takes over. If Trask were in the 2022 draft he would be a 1st rounder considering the lack of QBs in this draft

  50. Bucssfan12345 Says:

    I vote for putting Trask in…. Funny to me so many comments about Trask are the exact same things people said about Brady early in his career when he was an unknown. BA drafted him and he’s got a little experience evaluating QBs….I say trust the opinions of the experts we pay lots of$$ to coach our team. If he doesn’t work out you move on.

  51. BradyBucs Says:

    Well said, Defense Rules.

    Guys like Matt are just Trask-haters. Probably an FSU fan.

    I especially love how so many fan ‘pundits’ have this definitive SCOUTING KNOWLEDGE on Kyle Trask, yet somehow they know more than the Bucs NFL Scouts. Other NFL Scouts were high on Trask as well and he was on many draft boards and would have been taken a few picks after the Bucs picked Trask.

    Trask doesn’t just throw a “flutter” ball. He threw some solid, zip passes in his limited preseason playing time behind a terrible 4th string O-Line. He also threw some solid passes at the combine.

    I love how “fans” just make stuff up sometimes against certain players.

  52. Matt Says:

    Brady Buc —

    Go watch tape on Kyle Trask. Even if you just pull up YouTube highlights, it’s better than commenting the dark.

    Watch the ball flight and crispness on throws over 20 yards, especially when Trask tries to drive the ball outside the numbers.

    Also watch the pockets he operates from. Trask looks great until you start to notice all his best plays come when he has acres of space to stand and go through his progressions. He looks like a completely different QB in muddy pockets where he needs to move around defenders.

    I’m not saying Kyle Trask is never going to be good. That’s silly. I’m saying he hasn’t shown an NFL skill set. His arm is merely average and he needs everything around him to be perfectly align with his skills to succeed. He doesn’t even have the kind of mobility that would make you say “Well, maybe he can be an Andy Dalton type starter.”

    You’re betting on a long shot if you hand him they keys to the franchise.