Jason Licht Praises Ryan Griffin — And Blaine Gabbert

March 28th, 2022

Longtime Bucs No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 quarterback Ryan Griffin.

The Bucs’ backup quarterback question looms.

Is it rookie Kyle Trask, the only other quarterback on the roster?

General manager Jason Licht dropped a name tonight that Joe doesn’t recall hearing when Licht chatted to various outlets before, after and during the NFL Scouting Combine. There, it was before Brady’s unretirement and Licht and Bucco Bruce Arians were talking about Blaine Gabbert as the potential starter.

Today, Licht praised Gabbert when asked whether he is a potential re-signing and noted that Gabbert and career backup Ryan Griffin, who never has played a full NFL game, were “instrumental” in their development of Kyle Trask. Trask development is a key role, Licht said.

Joe found it noteworthy that Licht brought up Griffin. It almost felt like the Bucs are considering Year 8 for Griffin and are possibly using him as leverage with Gabbert.

Joe just hopes Trask wins the No. 2 gig. It’s time.

19 Responses to “Jason Licht Praises Ryan Griffin — And Blaine Gabbert”

  1. Allbuccedup Says:

    Yes Joe please got to see what he can do.

  2. NCBucfan Says:

    Blaine Gabbert is horrible!!! If Trask is not Brady’s primary backup this year, why the f@@k did we draft him in the 2nd round??? Gabbert can go be the Texans backup. We get Arians loves this guy, but I just don’t get it!

  3. westernbuc Says:

    Ryan Griffen has had the best nfl career ever lol

  4. NCBucfan Says:

    Didn’t Gabbert have like one of the highest wonderlic scores ever. Didn’t really transfer to the field, huh! In Trask we trust

  5. Elita Vita Says:

    Agreed! Ryan Griffin made a small fortune being an almost was starting QB!

  6. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    If we need to carry 3 QBs because Trask cant backup adequately in year 2, when your starter is Brady, that is very intriguing? But a few article ago Trask was worth a 2nd or late first on trade?

    Jimmy G clearly establish himself enough by Y2 Bill was already looking to push Brady away.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    If Trask isn’t the #2 then it’s time to trade him before the next draft for WHATEVER…even a 5th rounder.

    Now that Brady is in the fold there is no need for Gabbert’s experience. If the GOAT goes down it’s probably all over anyway.

    Meanwhile if after a year of Brady and this “great tutelage” from Brady, Gabbert, and Griffin if Trask is not ready it’s on him.

    It’s one thing to not trust him to be the starter going into the season but if you don’t even trust him to be a backup what kind of NFL future does he have?

  8. Jimmy Says:

    For crying out loud! A guy drafted after Trask is an NFL starter developed by Lovie Smith! And Trask can’t even dress for one friggin game? And the GM is trying to claim a total nobody like Ryan Griffin is helping Trask along??? Talk about burning a draft pick! Holy smokes the excuses!

  9. Aaron Says:

    Trask is better than you see sure y’all let him go and he’ll be a starter faster than baker lol

  10. Posey99 Says:

    Smoke screen season is upon us. Believe nothing you hear from the GM and coaches. We have been down this road a time or 10

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    I really hope Kyle Trask is the #2 this season.

    It wouldn’t be good optics if he is still #4 or #3…

  12. catcard202 Says:

    Griffin is going to be a great coach one day here real soon.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Marine Buc … I’m with you; really hope that Kyle Trask is the #2 this year. For some reason, he reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger. They’re similar size (Kyle 6’5″ & 236 lbs … Ben 6’5″ & 240 lbs), but it’s more than that. Ben really threw relatively few INTs in his career (averaged less than 12 per year), with a completion percentage of 64.4% over 18 years.

    Combining the two, I’d surmise that Big Ben was fairly accurate. From what I saw of Kyle Trask at Florida, I’d expect similar results to Ben’s from him in the pro’s. No way to know though until he gets his baptism by fire.

  14. WVBuc Says:

    Overall, it would be the 10th season for Griffin. Has any QB had a decade long or more career and attempted fewer passes? Griffin has 4 attempts, all in one game in 2019 against the Colts.

  15. Cleanhouse Says:

    I’d prefer Griffin over Gabbert…If Brady goes down, it doesn’t matter anyway and I’d love to see what all this learning has done for the kid.

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:


    And he will walk away with millions, and a pension.

  17. Natron Says:

    Thanks for the Griffin photo, I forgot what the ‘Stealth’ QB looked like

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Griffin stuck around so long that I don’t understand it. He wasn’t good enough to start, but multiple coaches refused to cut him.If the coaches saw something we could not see, then why not start him?

  19. Mike28277 Says:

    Brady’s after hours wing man…..