Jason Licht: Players Feeding On Dave Canales’ Energy

August 22nd, 2023

New Bucs offense explained.

An old football cliché says a team develops the personality of its coach.

That seems to be what is happening with the Bucs offense.

In a sitdown earlier this month with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, co-hosts of “Movin’ the Chains” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht told the duo how the offense is starting to embrace the personality of new offensive coordinator Dave Canales.

The lucky few to attend practice this summer have likely seen Canales running around. In quarterback drills he likes to play the part of Joe Tyron-Shoyinka and rush the quarterback, pulling up at the last second.

It is not unusual to see Canales, much like University of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck when he was a Bucs wide receivers coach, bouncing around between stations and challenging players.

“He is a very sharp guy,” Licht told Miller. “He has a ton of energy as you have seen. He is a very positive person which I like, which bleeds into the team.”

So what does Canales like to do with his offense? Well, it was a giant breath of fresh air to hear Licht explain.

“He likes to exploit weaknesses,” Licht detailed. “He likes to line up guys in different spots. We’re seeing it.

“We have a lot of personnel groupings. It’s a lot of fun for us scouts to see.”

Imagine that, an offensive coordinator who believes in matchups and mismatches and tries to exploit them. What is the Bucs’ world coming to?

“He is going to be multiple,” Licht added, saying Canales believes in a diversified offense.

Also, the offense Canales installed isn’t exactly easy, per Licht, but players have bought in.

“It’s been very challenging but as you know as a player, you like to be challenged,” Licht said. “You like to be coached and [Canales and his staff] are putting a lot on them and they are seeing results.

“It’s a very diverse offense.”

So when a Bucs opponent has its secondary decimated by injuries and the same team is calling up practice squad dudes to play defensive back that Canales may try to exploit that mismatch with Mike Evans or Chris Godwin?

Joe has no idea what to say about this 21st-century revelation!

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22 Responses to “Jason Licht: Players Feeding On Dave Canales’ Energy”

  1. Rosadog Says:

    RIP The coaching career formerly known as Byron Leftwich.

  2. Lt. Dan Says:

    “Joe Tyron-Shoyinka and rush the quarterback, pulling up at the last second.” I see what you did there Joe’s! LOL.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    What about the head coach ?
    Feeding or bleeding ?

  4. Smashsquatch Says:

    The contrast in coaching from last year will be revealing.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    “He is going to be multiple,” Licht added, saying Canales believes in a diversified offense.’

    Not sure exactly where JL is going with that Joe (much like you (?) when you said ‘Joe has no idea what to say about this 21st-century revelation!’.)

    So apparently our attack is going to be ‘multiple’ (more than one what?) OR Dave Canales is schizophrenic. And it’s going to be ‘diversified’ (apparently the opposite of being uni-dimensional as in running or passing the ball every play?). Like you, I’m flabbergasted. What did Jason just say?

  6. Jack Clark Says:

    “It’s a very diverse offense.”

    Run heavy offenses are not very diverse, FOH

    RIP no risk it no biscuit

  7. Mike Alstott Jr. Says:

    too bad our GM’s energy isn’t quite on par at the moment. The last few years we would do anything to snag any available free agent to help daddy brady… this year is a totally different story…

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Energy is highly overrated in football”- John McKay

  9. DJB Says:

    If you recall, it was Leftwich who first used the word “Multiple” to describe the offense during last year’s pre-season. I never understood what he was trying to say, but figured he did not either. Now it appears that Licht might have been the guy who coined it. What a bunch of nonsense.

  10. Winny Testaverde Says:

    “Can do” Canales…hope he lives up to the hype/male cheerleading.

  11. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    There’s a lot of coach speak in there. No big revelations for sure. But you made me look.

  12. Dale Says:

    Can someone wake up bowles during the games this guy does not no how to work the sideline with players and officials.

  13. Ugotrobbed Says:

    Bowles is still the HC…heavy sigh!

  14. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Jack Clark, diverse as in run to the left, run to the right and run up the middle. 😏

  15. Toad Bowels Says:

    I hope Vita Vea isn’t feeding too much. They need to get in shape so they can play more than 50% of the snaps of the game. (They is the appropriate pronoun for Vita until he gets into shape).

  16. Toad Bowels Says:

    I hope Vita Vea isn’t feeding. He needs to lose 30 pounds and get into shape.

  17. Tony1775 Says:

    Guys that coach high school have “energy” he is still an unproven OC, and last called plays in high school. Give me a break. Everything else is wishful thinking; like Logan Hall not being a bum along with JTS.

  18. Dave Pear Says:

    It’s a tall order for Canales to overcome the Bowles effect, and also the Goedeke ineptitude. If he does it, we could see Bowles launched into the great beyond and Canales becomes the head coach.

  19. D-Rok Says:


    You made me spit out my coffee with this fun article. You are in rare form today with the satire and sarcasm. Well done, sir – well done! 🙂

  20. Red86 Says:

    Can you imagine P.J Fleck and Dave Canales coaching on the same team? Fleck v Canales in 7 on 7. 😆

    Congrats on your success coach Fleck!

  21. Esteban85 Says:

    Loving the searing sarcasm Joe. Bringing smiles to the cynical bucs fans.

    Here’s to a new offense that has intelligence and intuition. Here’s to never talking about being multiple but actually being freaking multiple. This overzealous optimist may be just what this cynical Bucs squad needs.

  22. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    “He likes to exploit weaknesses,” – OK… that’s just crazy talk in Tampa Bay.