It’s hardly a secret that teams put as much, or more, stock into formal interviews at the Combine as they do with on-field performance, so it’s no surprise that players are coached up on how to impress. Therefore, general managers and coaches have to really be perceptive to the environment and find ways to reveal a players’ natural personality.
On Wednesday, Bucs GM Jason Licht talked about what they look for while trying to separate the practiced answers from the genuine moments and said its best when players own up to the truth, regardless of what’s happened in the past.
“You look for some humility, a sense of humor – just being genuine and owning up to their mistakes if they’ve made some, which most of them have,” Licht said. “So, it’s just kind of a gut-feel, between myself, Coach Koetter and whoever is in the room doing the interviewing together.”
A sense of humility shows that a person is down to earth, which is exactly what Licht wants to see. For young players who have a lot to learn about football and what it takes to be a professional, it’s important to know that they can realize fault and strive to make corrections.
“You have to be able to laugh at yourself and you have to be able to own up to your mistakes and let things roll off your back – I think that’s important,” Licht said.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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