NFL Network’s David Carr: Expect Offensive Departures From Bucs Without “Drastic Move” At QB

February 22nd, 2022

NFL Network analyst David Carr.

How much pressure is on the shoulders of Bucs’ AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht? Former NFL quarterback David Carr believes a lot.

Carr said last night on NFL Total Access, seen weeknights on NFL Network, that if Licht can’t pull enough strings to get a legit starting quarterback in the next month, not only will the Bucs struggle to secure a wild card berth but a couple of stars will wave goodbye to the Bucs.

“If you don’t go out and try to make something happen in free agency [or a trade], you are going to lose Chris Godwin, alright?” Carr said. “He’s not coming back. Mike Evans is going to be upset if you go with the guys that are already there. They are not going to be happy.”

Carr also added there is no way Rob Gronkowski returns unless Licht makes a splash at the quarterback position. And Joe guesses if Godwin signs elsewhere and Gronk is gone, then it is doubtful Playoff Lenny returns as well.

“This team is going to look completely different if you don’t make a drastic move at quarterback,” Carr said. “If you are happy with the guys you already have [at quarterback] you better be happy with being average because that is probably what’s going to happen.”

So is Carr referring to Kyle Trask? When Carr refers to “guys you have,” there is only one quarterback the Bucs have on the roster for the 2022 season. That’s Trask.

So is Carr suggesting that “drastic” means shipping three first-round picks to Houston for Deshaun Watson or a first-round pick to Minnesota for Kirk Cousins, or somehow prying his brother Derek Carr away from Las Vegas for a pair of first-round picks?

Joe would consider those to be drastic moves.

32 Responses to “NFL Network’s David Carr: Expect Offensive Departures From Bucs Without “Drastic Move” At QB”

  1. uhmmm Says:

    This is a completely obvious statement. I’m glad it was said though lol. A lot of Bucs fans think everything will be ok with Gabbert or Trask.

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    Could be angling for his brother, who i think is a fairly comparable version of Stafford and would be a good fit for this offense. Or could be angling for someone that needs as many bidders as possible. I can promise you the Bucs already understand the sense of urgency via season ticket renewals. Too many folks i know that had 4-6 tickets are dropping down to 2 to see what happens in free agency. The line that was waiting has surely diminished with Brady out of the picture.

  3. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Would Carr rather play for a BA, BL offense or Josh McDaniels? I know what my choice would be.

  4. acey Says:

    If we can somehow finagle our way into landing Derek Carr, that’d be worth the draft capital we’d have to sacrifice. Anyone else isn’t worth selling the farm for.

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I agree.
    Carr would be a solid move and about the only move at QB that makes real sense.
    We could be good with him under center and he has enough cred to keep some key players from leaving.

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Some think the Bucs are simply going through the motions with all these QB’s, just to keep the Season Ticket Holders happy.
    But when the season starts, it will be Gabbert, backed up by Trask.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    We aren’t a strong drafting team therefore we have to play the free agent game.
    We had our run, bring on the yucs

  8. Mcruzer Says:

    This is simply not true. If we lose that many, it will be because we couldn’t match offers in FA.

  9. acey Says:

    Another benefit to making a move for Carr; His cap hit is actually less than Brady would be for us this year (not by much, but the point is that it’s significantly low in comparison to other QBs like Cousins). Brady’s rights + some picks for Derek could legitimately be the move.

  10. Hodad Says:

    Everyone’s giving up any hope should the Bucs have to turn to Blaine Gabbert, or Kyle Trask. History of the NFL tells us Guys like Rich Gannon, and Kurt Warner can happen. Gabbert was thrown into the fire way to early on a bad football team. Eight different OC’s, eight different offenses in the same time frame. Did he ever have a real chance? Maybe he does now, and maybe he’ll do something with it.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Here’s the dilemma, David…..we go out and do something big at QB & we have no money for the other guys…..and no draft picks left to trade.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Not gonna speak ill on Trask because he hasn’t had a chance but Gabbert is plain awful so stop thinking we’re gonna do anything remotely with that trash under center.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    David Carr … “This team is going to look completely different if you don’t make a drastic move at quarterback”.

    Newsflash David: Bucs will look a lot different whether they do or don’t make a drastic move at QB. Almost HALF of our 2021 starters are UFAs (or presumably retired). We’ve presently got $6.8 mil in salary CAP available. The math involved isn’t rocket science. Yes we can free up some CAP space, but that’ll only cover re-signing a fraction of our own UFAs, and then we’d still have a LOT of holes to fill.

    It all comes down to priorities IMO; who do we want to be AND who best fits our needs to go in the direction we want to go. When Tom Brady arrived, our ‘direction’ was a no-brainer: we plowed everything we could into offense ($92.0 mil … ranked 5th most costly). That paid off, but one of the costs was that the defense became a 2nd priority ($67.9 mil … ranked 20th most costly). Actually 3rd priority; Bucs’ S/Ts was one of the highest paid S/T units in the NFL last season at $7.2 mil (ranked 4th most costly) but didn’t perform like it.

    Next few months promises to be an interesting ride, once we determine who we REALLY want to be.

  14. doolnutts Says:

    Gabbertt cannot be this teams qb period end of story. Trask you can see but Gaabbertt come on lol I cant believe people even think its a possibility.

  15. Bruce Blahak Says:

    blah, blah, blah…look after the other positions and the QB will appear…the old “if you build it, they will come”

  16. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Gabbert sucks.
    That’s a fact.

  17. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Build the team around Trask and the core of returning talent. Trask was up to the challenge in HS and in college. I believe he is more prepared than some here think. It’s not like our division is such a tough row to hoe. We may not advance very far, but we should at least get in the playoffs as division champs. We attracted Brady once, maybe we can do it again. If not, there’s always next year. Don’t mortgage the future by trading away picks or players. Build on what we have. Gruden got us the Lombardi, but the premium picks we lost killed the talent corps. Don’t repeat that mistake. We have a core group to build on.

  18. allbuccedup Says:

    Arians last year!

  19. allbuccedup Says:

    Actually average should win the division this year.

  20. Its a Bucs Life Says:

    2022 will tell us a lot about 2020 and 2021 success. Was it Brady, Licht or Arians and his staff?

    If Arians can manage a 9 or 10 win season without Brady he’s the best coach in Bucs history. If he’s a 6 or 7 win coach, then we can say with certainty that 2020 and 2021 were mostly due to Brady

  21. Niles Says:

    The team being “average” next season with Trask at the helm, especially if there is a departure of stars, is actually a high compliment of Trask. First year starters don’t win Super Bowls.

  22. Niles Says:

    Following up the above. ^ By way of example, media-darling and JoeBucs-darling Justin Fields (2021: Rd 1, Pk 11) was atrocious last season with a 26.4 QBR and the Bears sucked.

  23. adam from ny Says:

    scary time to be a bucs fan…scary times…

    #Boo #DontFlinch

  24. Buc92’ Says:

    Gabbert a free agent ppl, only Trask under contract… Gabbert about to be someone’s starting tight end with his sorry ass lol


  25. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    I would like trask to sit another year or so and develop more need that veteran QB that can throw the deep ball to keep us alive for playoffs I think we need a Defense heavy draft too

  26. SlyPirate Says:

    It’s more likely the Raiders ($19M cap) pick up Godwin than the Bucs ($6M cap) getting Carr.

  27. MJSarasota Says:

    SlyPirate Says:
    February 22nd, 2022 at 11:35 am
    It’s more likely the Raiders ($19M cap) pick up Godwin than the Bucs ($6M cap) getting Carr.

    Totally agree!

  28. Oxycodoms Says:

    After first super bowl win bucs went cheap

  29. Bucfan81 Says:

    Going from Brady to Gabbert that is the definition of falling off a cliff to a fast death. I mean hell I think even Trask could beat out Gabbert. Even crab loving Jameis is better than that.

  30. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    I like Derek Carr, however the only way Tampa can trade for him is for Tom Bradys rights.

    Josh can’t risk another run without an established QB in place in Denver he had Teebow where Josh cheated via filming and got kicked off Broncos in shame.

    Tom would love to work with Josh, as he trusts his game planning as it is him game planning. As Oakland cannot find a comparable level QB if they can’t just trade Carr for say one 1st. But a QB for QB would happen.

  31. Greg Says:

    Well average and below average qb play is something David Carr knows something about.

  32. David Ventry Says:

    I wish they’d stop bringing up Watsun.The guy has 22 sexual assault accusations.Can the NFL have just a little bit of morality?Or is it only “social justice” if you are black?