Clyde Christensen Believes It Is Time To Throw Kyle Trask Into The Fire

February 18th, 2023

Praises Bucs QB Kyle Trask.

Classy words from former Bucs quarterback coach Clyde Christensen.

The veteran NFL offensive assistant probably didn’t get to leave the Bucs, or finish his career, the way he wanted to. He retired while the Bucs canned most offensive assistants except for the offensive line coaches and Tom Moore.

No one would have blamed Christensen if he teed off any of the Bucs backup quarterbacks. No hair off his arse, he’s done with football. Instead, Christensen pounded his desk, verbally, in support of Bucs backup Kyle Trask, the lone QB currently on the roster.

Trask was the last pick of the second round in 2021 and has played in a grand total of one game. In Christensen’s mind, Trask has done his fair share of prep. The driver’s ed class is over. It’s time for Trask to get behind the wheel of the Bucs offense, Christensen told

“Kyle did get a few cups of coffee and ran some errands,” Christensen said of Trask’s main workload the past two seasons with Tom Brady starting. “But boy, I think he was able to sit through getting a doctorate-level education on what it looks like.”

Christensen said just by asking questions of Brady — Christensen said Brady was always “open” and helpful with Trask — and understanding what Brady likes and doesn’t like in all sorts of situations will be a major benefit when or if Trask is named the Bucs starter.

“Kyle was able to sit through those things and we tried to rep him as much as we could,” Christensen said. “I think he has all the book knowledge. He has [learned by observing] all that he could. Now, he just has to get on the field and get some experience.

“I think someday he will look back and go, ‘Boy, those were two valuable years.'”

Christensen said Trask is being brought along like NFL teams used to develop quarterbacks. It wasn’t unusual for a rookie to sit two or three years before being knighted as a starter (think Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay).

Christensen believes that will work to Trask’s advantage.

“Not many young quarterbacks get a chance to do that,” Christensen said. “They just get thrown in there. So I think it’s going to be a big benefit.”

And who knows, that opportunity could come in September. Joe expects to get an idea what to expect from the 2023 Bucs next week when new offensive coordinator Dave Canales may speak.

At worst, Bucs types will speak at the combine, which begins a week from Tuesday at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

66 Responses to “Clyde Christensen Believes It Is Time To Throw Kyle Trask Into The Fire”

  1. Todd Says:

    New OC can adjust to a “short bus” offensive scheme to on-ramp Trask as the starter.

    Operation Short Bus!

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Is that why he was fired ?
    My guess is he spoke his mind and butted heads with
    Never should have been in the ROH
    Joez !
    Why is James Wilder the Bucs/ Glazers dog house

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d like to hear his thoughts on “slow learner.”

    If anything, Brady was a “fast learner” and the main reason for his success.

  4. Bojim Says:

    I agree. If the Bucs are running anyway. The game won’t be on his shoulders all the time

  5. Hodad Says:

    Ya gotta think, or at least hope some of Brady rubbed off on Trask. What we don’t know is, was our new O.C. told this is the guy you have to work with? We still don’t really know what the Buc plan is at QB. Good question to ask new O.C. Joe, is he willing to roll with Trask as his QB?

  6. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Please don’t compare Rodgers to Trask. Trask doesn’t come close to the taken to if Rodgers. Not close! It’s absolutely insulting to Rodgers to compare their situations. Folks, proximity to greatness doesn’t always equal greatness. Just because Trask took in things from Brady means nothing.

    Clyde is being bias. No way Trask should be handed the job. I wouldn’t put it past Licht to not bring in a vet and just run with Trask. After all, he left Brady out to dry last year by starting two players new to their position on the OL.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Trask shouldn’t be given anything he doesn’t earn. Sign a QB, draft one, if Trask beats them out, fine.
    This is like getting Byron’s opinion on who should start as Bucs QB in 2023. Byron and Clyde are gone now.

  8. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Agree. Bringing in a high priced retread QB is not going to suddenly take the Bucs back to the promise land. 23 season should start Trask, see what we really have, save some money, clean up the check book and move forward. Painful yes.

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    It would benefit Trask if it was the SAME offense he sat and learned from, that’s not the case.

  10. HC Grover Says:

    Trask is now our official Tenderfoot QB.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Now draft a QB in the last round and get a walk on to run the practice squad.

  12. Stebobucsfan Says:

    I Do agree with rolling with Trask. I am pretty sure the Bucs will have a seasoned vet to back Trask up if this happens this season. What l don’t thank that’s soaking in with Bucs fans is, right now we don’t have a proven franchise QB. Is Trask gonna that QB, are we gonna have to trade for or draft one? Nonetheless we gonna have to start some where. Even if we draft a franchise QB it’s still gonna be at least one season before we start to see results see P Mahomes, J Burrows the QB in San Diego.

  13. Duane Says:

    Bucsfan13 wrote:

    “Please don’t compare Rodgers to Trask. Trask doesn’t come close to the taken to if Rodgers. Not close! It’s absolutely insulting to Rodgers to compare their situations. Folks, proximity to greatness doesn’t always equal greatness. Just because Trask took in things from Brady means nothing.”

    Yes, I agree, Trask had a far better performance in college than Aaron Rodgers did. Rodgers passed for less than 3,000 yards a season his two seasons at Cal, and finished only 9th in the Heisman. While Trask passed for 4,283 yards his senior season, leading the entire nation, and finished 4th in the Heisman vote.

    You are comparing known history of AR’s development in the NFL to completely unknown development of Kyle Trask. When AR was drafted by the Packers, he was also a completely unknown player in the NFL.

    This is not to say that Trask will be better than AR, or as good as AR. This is to say that Trask’s NFL career is a completely blank page. As was Tom Brady’s when he was drafted late in the sixth round by the Patriots.

  14. Duane Says:

    Joe in MIchigan wrote:

    “It would benefit Trask if it was the SAME offense he sat and learned from, that’s not the case.”

    Talent, hard work, toughness, coachability, and adaptabily are not tied to any particular offensive design. They are inate in a given player. Trask is a proven hard working study of the play book, which has been stated repeatedly by his coaches and teammates. He will learn, along with all the other teammates, what is necessary to succeed.

    And, if Canales is to be an effective offensive coordinator, he will mold his offense around what his actual roster can do. The NFL is replete with the history of failed coaches who tried to fit their round pegs into square holes. The greats, like Bill Belechick, always adapt their offensive and defensive designs to whatever their players can deliver.

  15. Pryda sec 147 Says:

    Clyde is just Classy as they come.

  16. BUCS Mike Says:

    What is Trask’s track record? He studies and pays attention. He was back up at Florida til he got his chance and when he did, he knew the offense and the defense. He had to as those years Florida had a bad O’line.
    Now, Trask just finished apprenticing behind the GOAT for 2 years. I’m betting he listened and studied hard. Let’s give him a chance to see what he learned and just what he might be able to do with the starting team.

  17. Stebobucsfan Says:

    Duane I agree 100%. From what I am hearing also is he work hard studies the play book and Canales I hope will built the offense around what he does well.

  18. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Trask would be ok with the right team. The Bucs currently need a mobile QB who can run if he has to. Trask is not anymore mobile than Brady and will not have as fast of a release which will mean a whole lot of sacks. Draft a mobile QB or trade with Chicago for Field’s rumor has it they may pick Young with the first pick. Hes still got two on his rookie contract so he is affordable. He ran for over 1200 yards with the Bears.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This isn’t the first time Trask has had to be patient to get his opportunity.

    It is very difficult for me to believe that Licht, BA, BL, Brady, Moore & Christensen all signed off on Trask as the draft pick and don’t support his opportunity.

    But, I agree, it should be an opportunity to compete for the job. We will have an inexpensive vet or drafted rookie on the roster for that competition.

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Duane: Wasn’t it Clyde himself that called Trask a “deliberate learner”? If that’s the case, then it does matter that it’s a different offense.

  21. Beeej Says:

    If there’s a reasonable chance Trask can be a middle-of-the-road QB , it would solve a few problems with the cap.

    Yes, 3 of the final 4 QB’s were running QB’s, and all 3 of those missed several games each last year (the 4th, Burrow, had 75 rushes for 3.5 each over the course of 16 games, that’s more in line with what Trask can probably do

  22. Voice of Truth Says:

    A look back at Kyle’s earlier stops shows a guy that takes a little bit to get going, but once he does – he performed

    Get the kid a stud TE and beef up the Oline and let’s see what he’s got

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Test – Post didn’t go through

  24. DmanTX Says:

    At this point, I’d be fine with getting Trask in there. If uncertain, bring in another young guy to compete with him or a serviceable Vet to advise him and back him up. Trask’s seasons with gators wasn’t a fluke. He can do it but he needs pro level starts to get there.

  25. Brian Says:

    Draft Hendon Hooker just in case

  26. Joe in Michigan Says:

    DmanTX: Being good at Florida and being good in the NFL are two totally different things. We’ve seen plenty of proof of that.

  27. DJB Says:

    I’m wondering how many of Trask’s college passing yards were deep sideline routes, it seems as though everyone he has attempted in pre-season and limited regular-season attempts looked like wounded ducks.

  28. NoLogicLeftwich Says:

    Trask Time

  29. BucBoy Says:

    I see the Trask haters are out again.

    Christensen never said Trask was a “slow learner”. What Christensen said, after Trask was drafted 2 YEARS AGO in 2021 and had only 9 PRACTICES with the Bucs, was:


    Those are COMPLIMENTS of Trask by the Bucs quarterbacks coach. And yet the Trask haters take those COMPLIMENTS from 2 YEARS AGO and say Christensen called Trask a “slow learner” – HE DID NOT – and present it as if Christensen said it RECENTLY. All lies.

    But then, haters gotta hate and liars gotta lie, right?

  30. BUCman Says:

    Definitely 💯 percent you go with Kyle Trask this year! But they must vastly improve the offensive line to have a true evaluation of him. Even Brady struggled behind that line last year. Otherwise you will never know what you have with Trask. This is going to be a throw away year anyway, so let some of our high priced free agent players walk. Any money spent this year should go to having a good core around Trask so we know if he’s the future or not. If he fails then we will have a top 5 pick next year to draft a QB.

  31. matthew veal Says:

    Well. Maybe Trask will be ok.
    Money may dictate him getting a try.

    He’s different. His plays take a long time and he needs protection

    Not sure it’s what Canales is looking for

  32. A Says:

    Since the Bucs are taking the entire Brady cap hit this year – It does look like the Bucs are going to roll with Trask and most likely a cheap vet…think Jacoby Brissett or Baker Mayfield. I’m fine with it – we need to get our cap right. I hope he’s learned to check down some and not just hold the ball to throw 50/50 balls. It works in college when you are throwing to Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts but way different ballgame in the NFL.

    If he ends up being all world great! if not, we are picking early next year and our new coaching staff can select a new QB.

  33. BucBoy Says:

    matthew veal Says: “He’s different. His plays take a long time and he needs protection”

    Total BS. Trask had two spectacular seasons in the SEC, which is by far the fastest conference in college football, and he did so having no running game. The defenses knew he was throwing. He still broke all UF passing records and many SEC passing records, and in 2020 would have broken Joe Burrow’s season SEC passing records but the 2020 season was shortened from 12 games to 10 and all 10 games were against SEC teams (Burrow set his records in 12 games, only 8 SEC teams and 4 pansy teams).

  34. Cobraboy Says:

    @bucfan13: who would you rather ride the pine learning from: Favre or Brady?

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    Hendon Hooker.

  36. Mike S Says:

    Joe is warming up to Trask. Finally.

  37. LUVMYBUCS Says:

  38. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    By Comparison

    For the first 44 games of his NFL career, Aaron Rodgers patiently waited and learned from the sidelines, holding a clipboard instead of taking snaps on the field. This period of development and mentorship helped shape Rodgers into the quarterback he is today, ultimately leading to his success as a starter for the Green Bay.

    During the 2007 NFL season, Aaron Rodgers appeared in two regular season games as a backup quarterback for the Green Bay.

    • Week 13 (December 2, 2007) vs. Dallas Cowboys: Rodgers completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 201 yards, with 1 touchdown and no interceptions. The Packers lost the game 37-27.
    • Week 14 (December 9, 2007) vs. Oakland Raiders: Rodgers completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 29 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Packers won the game 38-7.

    Again, remember the years of investment in his development, including countless hours with quarterback gurus. Despite playing behind a Hall of Fame QB

    Aaron Rodgers was Mentored By
    • Tom Rossley
    • Mike Sherman

    • Jeff Jagodzinski
    • Tom Clements
    • Mike McCarthy
    • Joe Philbin
    • Terry O’shea

  39. unbelievable Says:

    Man the majority of comments are getting more and more laughable with every article each day.

    The reality is Trask was not drafted on the 2nd round to be a backup. I do hope there’s a competition, but it is time to see what he’s got. Might be terrible, might be great. Not going to know until we try.

    We knew we mortgaged the future for a 2 year window with Brady. We got a SB out of it, and were finally a competitive team again. Now it’s time to pay the piper and see if we can get a bunch of younger guys to step up and ball out.

    Now if only Jason Licht could find some actual pass rushers in the draft… JTS and Logan Hall haven’t shown squat so far.

  40. Buccos Says:

    Trask is going to be just fine. He has been able to learn from the GOAT for 2 years. He also rode the pine at Florida for a few years before he exploded onto the scene. He is on a rookie contract so that we can afford to surround him with a good team. And he is a Gator, so you know he is very smart. Amen

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    Clyde Christensen <– the man who got Dungy fired.

  42. Goatfarmer Says:

    Ha ha ha.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha.



    Norm Snead would be better.

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Many of you do not know Clyde for the quality coach he is. If he says Trask is ready, then he’s ready.

    Also, Clyde didn’t get Dungy fired.

  44. Dom>Licht Says:

    Dungy got Dungy fired. Almost wasted 4 hall of fame careers.

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    Clyde absolutely got Dungy fired, he was a terrible OC.

  46. BucBoy Says:

    So Roderika Munchie and Goat Humper think they know more than a guy who has been coaching NFL quarterbacks and NFL offenses for the past 28 years.

    Let’s think about this … a 28 year NFL coach vs 2 keyboard couch potatoes … Hmmm … This ain’t a hard one … lol

  47. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey A, Who is better for a rookie QB to throw to Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts, or Chris Godwin and Mike Evans? Come on A really?
    Toney in his 3 NFL seasons has: 55 receptions and 591 yards with 2 TD
    Pitts in his 2 NFL seasons has: 96 receptions and 1382 yards with 2 TD
    Godwin in his 6 NFL seasons has: 446 receptions and 5666 yards with 32 Td
    Evans in his 9 NFL seasons has: 683 receptions and 10425 yards with 81 TD

    Call me crazy if you want, but give me the two more experienced receivers over these other two young receivers to throw to any day of the week. We do know what the results were for Trask throwing to Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts. I want to see the results of Trask having Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to for a season or two.

  48. RustyRhinos Says:

    Rod Munch, I wish Dungy would have kept Les Steckle another season after his first and only was 10-6, yeah he cussed like a sailor, and that rubbed Dungy the wrong way. Clyde did not match Les’s record as OC his only season OCing for the Bucs was a 9-7 season and we got bounced in the playoffs.

  49. Goatfarmer Says:

    ButtBoy — what do you expect Clyde to say? He is the guy who said that Trask wouldn’t get reps. And why wouldn’t he get reps? Because he processes field action at the speed of smell. I’m a Gator fan, followed them since 1976. There has never, isn’t and will never be a Gator QB who can win in the NFL. It’s just a law of physics.

    Trask put up stats with Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts leading a receiving core of NFL talent against Amazon delivery drivers and car wash attendants. Almost any mediocre talent QB with those targets woud have prospered. Trask stares down his primary, and if he surprisingly sees coverage, he might have time to get to his second read. Usually he’d just force it to Toney or Pitts in double or triple coverage and they would bail him out with a great play. Also, those guys got wide open, often. Trask doesn’t read “NFL open” and won’t. See “speed of smell processing rate.”

    Go on and hope, ButtBoy. It’s cute.

  50. David Says:

    Trask should be the stater and he will beat any other qb in 2023 except AR. Bucs need to hire a cheap veteran qb to back him up.

  51. BucBoy Says:

    Couch Potato Goat Humper: “He processes field action at the speed of smell.”


    LMAO. Someone said Bucs fans are the dumbest in the NFL. I’m sold.

  52. BucBoy Says:

    Couch Potato Goat Humper: “Trask put up stats with Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts leading a receiving core of NFL talent against Amazon delivery drivers and car wash attendants.”

    1. Car wash attendants? SEC defensive backs are the fastest in college football. That exposes you as clearly lying about being a Gators fan, as no Gators fan would be that dumb. You must be an FSU fan.

    2. In 27 NFL games Kyle Pitts has scored only 3 TDs; in 19 NFL games Kadarius Toney has scored only 2 TDs. Looks like Trask made them; not the other way around.


  53. Beeej Says:

    Trask was 3rd string, and as such not likely to see game time, AND as such was not gonna get practice reps over Gabbert and Brady. Doesn’t mean he CAN or CAN’T get it done tho

  54. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Trask will have three dependable WRs and two dependable TEs imo. Give him a true speed receiver and a decent OL, and the Bucs have a good shot at winning the division again. A bell-cow back would make the team dangerous. Winston put up points with Evens and Godwin. Trask will too, but he won’t be throwing interceptions like Winston did.

  55. mark2001 Says:

    One big thing unsaid. Rodgers and many of the successful guys were in the same system for those developmental years, and then started in the same system. Trask will not. So unfortunately, I think that he will be somewhat set back in the scheme of things. As if he didn’t have enough to work on as it was.

  56. Goatfarmer Says:

    ButtBoy, you’re such a genius, explain why Clyde was so afraid to play Trask, even in practice?!?!?! He has three choices answering that question. Give the safe, easy answer “He’s ready” or admit that either (a.) I’m a sh!tty coach, or (b.) Trask is not NFL QB material.

    And oh BTW — you’re going on what Clyde, a former Bucs failure at OC and a guy who “coached” Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (read — they taught him not the other way around) and finished his career as a lowly position coach buried under the likes of Byemron Leftwurst.

    He wouldn’t even play him in practice. Let that sink in.

  57. Goatfarmer Says:

    Trashk made Toney and Pitts? Doofus, in college they were all playing against SEC DBs, sure. Few who made it to the pros. Pitts was damn near rookie of the year, was injured last year playing for the Falclowns. Toney has maturity issues suppressing his development, not to mention Joe Judge, but you probably didn’t watch him in the Super Bowl.

    Cling to your hope. You probably went to Alachua County Special School for the Impaired.

  58. BucBoy Says:

    Couch Potato Goat Humper Says: “Explain why Clyde was so afraid to play Trask even in practice?

    The premise of your question is false. Clyde was not “afraid” to play Trask.

    Cyde said back in May 2022 – before 2022 training camp started – that Trask would not be competing with Gabbert for the #2 spot because there weren’t enough reps for both in camp, and so Gabbert would be the #2. Look it up. Of course, the other reason is that Brady wanted a vet backing him up on a run to the Super Bowl.

    Everyone knows this. This isn’t complicated. You should have listened to your mother and not dropped out of the 4th grade.

  59. Tvan101 Says:

    Let’s go with Trask and see what happens. We need to take advantage at least one year of having a qb on the rookie scale while we rebuild and get ahead of the cap.

  60. Goatfarmer Says:

    Let’s throw a dead fish in the water and see if it swims. I mean, there’s always the chance that the fish was just stunned, or pining for the fjords. I’m looking at the positive here.

  61. David Says:

    The only reason Trask went to second round was his loyalty to the Gaotr fans to ply with bunch of street players and messed up foot. Otherwise every NFL expert had him in top five overall after he missed beating Alabama in SEC Championship mainly due to his poor defense. He scored multi TD’s punch for punch.

  62. Goatfarmer Says:


  63. Goatfarmer Says:

    ButtBuoy, your rationale is that Brady, Bucs coache,s and management thought/think that Trask is inferior to Gabbert. Your so called reasons are a face-saving smoke screen but you’re too blind to see it. Good for you Ray Charles!

    I think our work is done here.

  64. Tbbucs3 Says:

    These comments are laugh out loud funny….the consensus seems to be that since Trask was good in college and had better *college* stats than Aaron Rodgers he will translate to NFL…..

    You know who also had better college stats than Aaron Rodgers? Jamarcus Russel and Ryan Leaf….college stats mean nothing.

    Also 2 dependable tight ends?? LOL Cade Otten was very mediocre last season and Ko Keif was a complete non factor.

  65. Rand Says:

    “deliberate learner”

    does not mean slow learner

    deliberate learning means one who requires feedback, conscious thought, and interaction with others

  66. Todd Says:

    We have seen Trask in many pre season games which he was not good. I don’t see how he is a number one spot QB. I hope I am wrong.