Kyle Trask: Best Way To Win Starting Gig Is To Lock In

April 18th, 2023

The more Joe thinks about it, the more Joe considers himself a lucky guy.

Joe’s old high school coach played for Tom Landry, John Madden, Gene Stallings and Lou Holtz, so he taught so much common sense stuff that Joe doesn’t even see NFL dudes do today.

Wrapping up on tackles is at the very top of the list.

But another element is how people wring their hands over — deep breath now — distractions! It’s laugh-out-loud funny to Joe.

Why? Joe learned from this coach, “Distractions are distractions if you let them be distractions.” Translation: you, yourself, control distractions. Block it out. Focus on the task. If you do that, there are no distractions.

It seems Bucs quarterback Kyle Trask gets it. Yesterday at One Buc Palace, Trask touched on distractions. He said the best way for him to win the starting quarterback job is to worry about his tasks. Nothing else.

“I guarantee you the job won’t be won if I’m thinking about outside things and different types of narratives,” Trask said. “That’s not going to translate to success on the football field. I need to narrow my focus and do my best to put the team in the most successful position possible.

“And at the end of the day, just have fun and lift the ones around you, because I think when you do that it ties the whole thing together and everybody plays better.”

Exactly. Worry about yourself. Worry about your responsibilities. Lock in.

If you take care of the little things, the big things will fall into place.

29 Responses to “Kyle Trask: Best Way To Win Starting Gig Is To Lock In”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Let’s go Kyle!

  2. garro Says:

    I think you are getting distraction mixed up with motivation.
    I was always to a fault self motivated on the field and off. Distractions in those days were dealt with by the coaching staff and …wait for it US!!!

    If a guy was loafing in practice …It was dealt with promptly!

    In this day and age when no one takes responsibily for there own actions no matter how off the wall thay are…I don’t know…

  3. garro Says:

    I do however like Trasks attitude. And by motivation I meant motivated to be a better player and student, fully realizing that it was indeed in my control.

  4. Todd Says:

    Was looking all over…

    Did Devin White hold out or did he show up yesterday?

  5. Ra'Shad Says:

    Let’s get it #2

  6. Hodad Says:

    Jeez Joe, were you complimenting Trask there? Think the kid might’ve learned something the last two years from the GOAT, something that Baker probably wishes he had. Don’t count this Trask kid out. We should be excited to finally get to see our 6’5” 230 lb 2nd round QB hit the field competing. Think of how Trask would compare with this years QB class? His last year in college stats would have him in the top three conversation to draft next week. Buc fans should be happy knowing Trask was picked two years ago to be this years QB. If that happens, Licht will look like a genius, and Goatman will have to go to his farm.

  7. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Bruce Arians as Head Coach has never drafted a QB that has worked out in the NFL. Arians does not develop, he had to Buy QB’s

  8. UKBuccaneer Says:

    College stats mean diddly-squat, as we all know. I think Trask has been studied by the team for 2+ years now and they’re still talking about an ‘open competition’ – that is a red flag for how much faith the bucs have in Trask.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’ll root for Trask to succeed as I do all Bucs….but I’m also rooting for Mayfield…

    The best case is that it’s a close competition with Mayfield winning out and becoming a great Buc QB with Trask a great backup….I just don’t see Mayfield as a backup.

  10. Joe Swanson Says:

    Let the Traskfield competition begin see how it plays out this year if it turns sour next year there are 6 to 8 good quarterback prospects in the 2024 draft not just Williams and Maye.

  11. PSL Bob Says:

    I’m actually rooting for Trask. Let’s see what having a mentor like Brady along with the excellent QB coaches around him over the last couple of years has done to his game and confidence. Although I’m sure Mayfield would bring a lot of excitement to the team, I’d rather have a steady and reliable QB under center. I hope Kyle can be that guy (and no I’m not a part of Gator nation).

  12. Voice of Truth Says:

    Not to beat a dead horse, but why not…

    No way hot seat HC puts his fate in the hands of the QB with zero NFL starts week 1

    Trask is going to have to look like Joe Montana in camp and preseason to get the nod over the vet

    I like the kid but he really is competing against a stacked deck

  13. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Bowles has been building up Mayfield ever since he signed. Trask is not going to get a fair opportunity to win the job. Basically Mayfield is going to have to stink up the field before Trask gets a chance.

  14. Knucknbuc Says:

    Either way your going to see trask play at some point this year. Mayfield never ever stays healthy a full season. Too small and fragile

  15. EEK Says:

    Solid character guy.

    Could have a 10 year career and never start a game.

    Love the approach. Got to love the perspective.

    It’s going to be a fun part of the season to see if he can play too.

  16. Larrd Says:

    He seems a little OCD.

  17. KC Buc Says:

    It’d be easier for me to get excited about Trask if he had a more competitive, fiery attitude. “Just have fun” ain’t it. You can get away with that on the D Line *cough* GMC *cough* but not at QB where you set the tone for the team.

    Will see, he’s right about locking in – I just hope he shows up ready for war

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    The dude is a quality human. No doubt about it. Good luck, #2.

  19. Infomeplease Says:

    The whole team should be operating like that! Probably harder to execute in reality!

  20. Mike C Says:

    Stay on Task Trask!

  21. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Good to start hearing from him. If he wins the job that’s really great news

  22. K_bassuka Says:

    He will have to be a kiss @ss like Baker Mayfield.

  23. Joe Says:

    Bruce Arians as Head Coach has never drafted a QB that has worked out in the NFL. Arians does not develop, he had to Buy QB’s

    As a head coach, yeah. As an assistant he sure did develop plenty of quarterbacks.

  24. Joe Says:

    No way hot seat HC puts his fate in the hands of the QB with zero NFL starts week 1

    This is a fair point. Bowles needs wins (unless Team Glazer has told him he’s back for 2024). Which is why this draft for the Bucs is interesting. Bowles, am guessing, wants players who can make an impact right away. Just last week Jason Licht said he was looking at the long game.

  25. Goatfarmer Says:

    As has been observed before, the Bucs current head coich would figure out a way to have a losing record and miss the playoffs with the 1999 Rams.

  26. SteveK Says:

    May the best QB win!

    Go Bucs!

    Bowels isn’t afraid to win, especially after the four years w the Jets. If Trask wins the job in camp, he’s rolling w him.

  27. Craig Says:

    If Trask shows consistency in moving the chains he will see more than half of the snaps this season.

    That doesn’t mean he will start, the Bowles cleaner will start Mayfly. I only hope he will sit him before it is too late for this season. Mayfly will have to run around some while the line gels. His problem is that he will keep doing it when a pocket passer would work and his interceptions continue to rise.

    Mayfly would be a better pocket guy than a run around guy.

  28. steele Says:

    Not exactly a genius comment there, Kyle. The problem is, Trask has never not been “locked in”, never not worked hard and “tried”—but still hasn’t shown that he is capable or consistent. Time is running short, kid. Mayfield will, as he should, act like he owns the place, and will compete like hell.

    Prediction: an ugly training camp in which nobody looks great.

  29. Fred McNeil Says:

    I’d rather see Trask beat out Mayfield because it’s better for the team.