Chicken Or The Egg?

March 3rd, 2022

Joe has maintained that Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht is stuck in the middle of an NFL version of a chicken-or-the-egg theory.

The Bucs have said, like the way they lured Tom Brady to Tampa Bay because they had so many weapons for him to throw to, that with all the weapons the Bucs have they should be able to lure Brady’s replacement.

Here’s the problem: Four key players on offense are free agents, Chris Godwin, Playoff Lenny, Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Jensen. You just know those guys want to know who their quarterback will be before they re-sign or go elsewhere with a good quarterback.

So Joe asked Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians how he squared that issue or balanced, Tuesday during a meeting with Tampa Bay media at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Arians basically said it boils down to if the current Bucs’ free agents trust the quarterback from Door No. 1.

“Really, you can’t,” Arians said. “You can’t just say, ‘Well, we will just take that quarterback’ because he belongs to someone else. What do they want for him? There is no Philip Rivers or Tom Brady or all those guys who hit free agency one unbelievable year. There is none of that this year.

“So I think they are all comfortable with who we have if Door No. 2 doesn’t open. We will just do what we do best with that guy, whoever that guy is. We will build it around him.”

Later that day when Arians spoke to the national NFL media, Arians was asked about perhaps trading two first-round picks for a one-year rental, Arians said that would be “suicide.”

If Arians can somehow win a division with Blaine Gabbert, he ought to be “Coach of the Year.”

24 Responses to “Chicken Or The Egg?”

  1. Esteban85 Says:

    Trask? Yeesh. From Brady to Trask. Asking for a miracle. What would we be without hope?

  2. Hodad Says:

    Arains has two choices when it comes to who his QB will be this season, give up, or surrender. There are no Brady’s, or Rivers. There’s Jimmy’s, and Teddy’s. Best course of action is to roll with Gabbert, and Trask.

  3. Buc4evr Says:

    The most realistic scenario would be that the Bucs bring in Wentz , Winston, or Bridgewater. I just don’t see a trade happening for Murray, Rodgers or Wilson with all the Free Agents the Bucs have to sign. If we have to start Gabbert or Trask it’s going to look like a rebuilding year even if we sign our free agents.

  4. SufferingSince76 Says:

    No to Winston. And I doubt he would want to come back.

  5. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Nice Joe – My boy Foghorn Leghorn!

  6. Beeej Says:

    Winston and Bridgewater are DEFINITELY not a step up, Wentz is a 50/50 affair, his career may be over. If Trask or Gabbert can be ‘adequate’, it’ll save a ton of cap and draft picks.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘If Arians can somehow win a division with Blaine Gabbert, he ought to be “Coach of the Year.”

    Nice ‘What IF’ scenario, but there’s a huge ASSUMPTION in there: That Gabbert will be our starting QB this year. Quite an assumption considering that Blaine is (1) currently a free agent; (2) BA has expressed quite a bit of ‘love’ for Kyle Trask’s progress in this past year; and (3) Bucs are supposedly still scouring the market to see what’s behind Door #3.

  8. Cchead Says:

    Gabbert was just rated 49 out if 50 nfl qbs for 2022. Not a great option as a starting qb to attract fans. I take my chances with fa Mariota. Dude has enough skills to get us the division title. He is a proven winner that took a team to the playoffs and won.Let Trask battle it out with him. If Trask wins, so be it.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    The Bucs were not prepared for the sudden loss of Brady.

  10. alaskabuc Says:

    Why are we even discussing Gabbert right now? Arian’s just said “if door no. 2 doesn’t open”, the other day he said Trask is behind door 1. Sounds to me like Trask will get the nod to be QB1 if we don’t go buy one.

  11. Joe Says:

    Nice Joe – My boy Foghorn Leghorn!


  12. HC Grover Says:

    When your old team falls apart due to retirements and free agency rules the best thing to do is rebuild it.

  13. Alanbucsfan Says:

    So , is Giselle Miss Prissy?

  14. BA4President Says:

    Calling two first rounders for a one year quarterback “suicide”, is something I would have agreed with when are team had less talent. The fact that we are so close to a strong playoff run makes me more open to the idea. Shoot, I’d give up 3 #1s if it meant Russell Wilson on a 3-year deal.

  15. PSL Bob Says:

    I was hoping for Jimmy GQ at the helm, but doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I hate Gabbert! So, I’m now leaning toward letting Trask take a shot. Sometimes the dark horse wins the race. I’ll be less disappointed if he wets the bed than if we put Gabbert out there and he does what we expect. It’s the unknown versus the known bad.

  16. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    BA and JL are running around chasing their tails right now. They have to be careful about over spending for average players. Other than Jensen and Godwin your best players are still under contract. I don’t agree with Licht the draft is hit or miss. If you do your homework you will have a lot more hits than misses.

  17. Wild Bill Says:

    Arians got screwed by Brady’s premature retirement. He also got screwed in retaining free agents or signing high level replacement free agents. Arians made a HUGE mistake in not keeping Brady happy for another season. Brady was unhappy with somebody, likely Arians.

  18. Craig Says:

    Two years ago a lot of folks were screaming that Brady had a noodle arm and was washed up. Now they are saying that about Trask, who looked a whole heck of a lot better than Brady as a college QB.

    The cap, amount of free agents, and lack of quality QBs available are going to define this season. Wasting money for a QB that is flawed isn’t going to happen. Our second year guy has more potential than anyone the Bucs could spend millions on.

    Trask’s only flaw, right now, is that he hasn’t started an NFL game yet. That has happened to every QB. Some, like Rogers, sat for four years. Some, like Wentz got tossed into the fire immediately.

    I would say to relax, a year of watching Brady, learning the playbook, and fixing some childhood glitches could make Trask glow this year. If not, next year will have a few other QBs on the board, who might want to come here if there is a quality team waiting, not one that can barely make it onto the field.

  19. cover deuce Says:

    At this point I think you gotta load up around Trask and see what he can do imo. Huge benefit of having a QB on a rookie deal is you’ve got money to spend elsewhere. You’d hope he can be at least a game manager as a 2nd rounder with a bunch of talent around him. I think his college career proves he’s got the mental makeup to handle the pressure, but you gotta give him the reps to be sure. He’s had a full yr learning how to be a pro. See if he sinks or swims. If he sinks you’re in a better position to go get a QB next yr, if he swims you’ve got your guy to keep building around.

  20. Ash Says:

    I don’t see how people think the bucs were unprepared they drafted Trask because there was a real possibility of this happening. Pretty sure they thought Brady would only be here for two years and would be lucky if he decided to stay an extra year because the third year was a void year to clear cap space.

  21. SPARKY Says:

    I say, I say boy. That man is a few boards short of a picket fence.

  22. Pittbucfan Says:

    Looks like Jimmy GQ not going to even be throwing until training camp at the earliest. Right now I’m not too adverse to Wentz. Won’t cost a lot of draft capital, if any. Would be an adequate bridge imo.

  23. Joe Says:

    I say, I say boy. That man is a few boards short of a picket fence.

    AWESOME! 👍

  24. 1#bucsfan Says:

    If they can’t swing a trade for a big name QB then bring in a vet sign gabbert and let trask gabbert n a vet duke it out in training camp. Give trask a shot. Every single player that has come into the NFL all have the same thing in common n that is never playing a NFL game so at some point they have to get their feet wet. If they like trask then build around him on his rookie deal n let’s goo.