Akiem Hicks: I Saw Winning Culture At Practice

June 7th, 2022

New Bucs defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was very impressed during his first practice.

New Bucs manbeast Akiem Hicks has played for the Saints, Patriots and Bears, so he’s seen the great and the not-so-great of the NFL.

Today, Hicks saw greatness, so he explained at a post-practice news conference. And how refreshing it was. Hicks wasn’t talking about Tom Brady!

Rather than give some sort of vapid response when asked about the Bucs’ culture, Hicks pointed to what he saw on the sidelines of today’s mandatory minicamp session at One Buc Palace.

“I heard guys on the defense chirping guys on the defense and trying to make them play better, trying to motivate them. And I think that’s a winning culture. You know what I mean?” Hicks said. “When you look around and somebody’s kind of chastising you or criticizing what you’ve done, and you’re able to receive that and try to be better, I think that’s winning culture and I saw some of that today.”

Fantastic stuff from Hicks.

In a twisted way, this reminded Joe of former Bears safety Chris Conte’s take on what he saw on the Bucs sidelines soon after he was signed by Tampa Bay in 2015.

Joe is glad the The Lost Decade is getting smaller in the rearview mirror.

20 Responses to “Akiem Hicks: I Saw Winning Culture At Practice”

  1. Bird Says:

    There was a pic out there of hicks next to vea. Now it could have been the camera angle but vea looked like a slightly younger brother. 😂

    Hicks is a monster of a man . Cant wait to see him in a bucs uniform on gamedays

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    He looks as big if not bigger than Suh.

  3. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hard to feel overwhelmingly positive with the 1 hand to the groud Conte comparison. I am excited to see him play next to Vea.

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    Wow! What a difference! GO BUCS!

  5. GOB Says:

    Hicks is a grown damn man. He has something to play for, for the first time in a long while. Can you imagine playing for the dumpster fire that is the Chicago bears? GOB expects big things from Hicks. I believe you will all soon fall into love with the big fella. Defense Rules excluded of course.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    GOB … I told you I was rooting for him to excel this year. It all starts in the trenches. I’d just feel a helluva lot more comfortable about our DLine & pass rush if we had Suh in there also.

  7. GOB Says:

    Defense, me too. For the right price. 2-4 million, and I’m right there with you.

  8. Ash Says:

    Definitely excited to see hicks out there next to vea that’s gonna be scary. Go bucs!

  9. Scott Says:

    don’t worry about who makes what that’s the gm’s job and does a great job. the cap is fake anyway look at the rams

  10. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I too would feel better if Suh was still here, that would make us truly scary!
    But we can’t afford both, so Hicks gives us the better pass rush threat.
    Of course, Suh was hard to beat against the run.

  11. Ufcguy Says:

    Don’t tell me what they can’t afford. Listen the saints signed Landry and that teams in hell with the cap. If we wanna sign someone we will.

  12. BucsFan81 Says:

    The only thing I will remember about Chris Conte is him getting stiff armed out the league against the Steelers.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Suh, Hicks…..Hicks, Suh…….let’s at least be happy we signed one of them because we certainly had a void.

    GOB….be careful or DR will “stat” you into submission.

  14. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    I still wouldn’t rule out a Suh resigning. I really think it’s a matter if any team is willing to pay Suh as an 800+ snap a year DL. His snap count is going to need to diminish for him to continue to be effective. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hicks’ upto $10 Million contract includes a snaps bonus. The only team I see maybe willing to overpay right now is the Steelers, but who knows what the hell the Browns are doing. They are throwing money around like covid vaccines.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … ‘be careful or DR will “stat” you into submission.’

    Et tu Bruté? And BTW, we STILL have a void. Relying on 2 interior DLinemen with injury histories to finish 20-21 games this season is a monstrous risk. Last time just 1 of them went down for a lengthy period (Vea in 2020) who stepped in & picked up the slack? Suh & McLendon. Neither is on our roster right now.

    We’re either all-in or we’re not all-in, since this probably will be our last season with TB12 at the helm. I’m still confident that Suh will be a Buc this year, and probably on an incentive deal comparable to what Hicks got. No rush to sign him right now because training camp’s a long ways away & I don’t think he wants to finish his career anywhere else.

  16. #8 Says:

    Hicks was an excellent add. Very happy. His cap hit is tiny.

    Go talk Suh into the same thing. Rotate all those big fellas. It’d be crazy.

    Then Gronk.

    Then #8.

  17. SB~LV Says:

    If you have not watched his interview on the Bucs YouTube channel find it !
    Very impressive and will be a immediate leader on defense. He has enough “it” to correct Devin White from freelancing on plays !

  18. Mike Says:

    When the defense talks, the defense plays well. Hope they keep that communication going all through the year.

  19. D-Rok Says:

    Speaking as a Microbiologist, a good culture is hard to beat.

  20. Goatfarmer Says: