Interesting. Well, the award is “for the year”. That said I’ll agree that 2020-21 is Licht’s year.
However, most executives in the league have laughed at us because we’re “all in”. This team was all-in or nothing this year.
The cap obviously is going to be interesting. We still need more than 20 players under contract to even field a full roster next season. Our offense is decently set. Losing Godwin would be a big blow. Not to mention our defense losing Suh and or Shaq would be a big blow while focusing on getting LVD back.
he signed gronk and brady. that as well as the 2020 draft (2 potential allpro- wirfs and winfield) should lock him in for it.<br />
People can laugh at us all they want. we are two wins away from winning it all and almost every team is is bad or worse situations cap wise than we are
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He finally woke up and realized we need to rebuild the trenches and get good QB play. He let Jameis the pick six machine go and signed the GOAT to take his place. Then he drafted a quality tackle first off.
I vote for Brady to be Exec of the year. Brady chose us, not the other way around. Brady talked to Gronk and brought him in. Brady talked to AB and brought him onboard. With Brady signed, it was imperative to get a starting RT and traded up for OT Wirfs. He didn’t trade up for S Winfield and got lucky he fell.
When Vea went down, Bowles asked to trade for DT McClendon from Licht.
There are two personnel major differences between last year and this year: QB Brady instead of QB Winston and S Winfield instead of S Edwards. Gronk and AB are ancilliary additions.
But, hey, go ahead and praise a GM who stumbled into Brady and Winfield. Remember, GM Licht still had plans to retain Winston if Brady didn’t choose us, granted Winston was plan C.
For getting Brady yes but at the same time it was Brady that made Brady happen. I suppose we can credit him for building up that offense so that helped Bradys choice later. Who would have thought that loading up that offense for Jameis did serve a positive outcome. So I think he deserves it for this year.
Licht has definitely demonstrated the ability to learn from his mistakes.
Some mistakes he has repeated more than once.
Darrel Revis was a mistake. Drafting Aguyao while I understand he it seemed like a safe pick is bad. I understand wanting to solidify the position so he drafted Gay. I understand there was no room for patience if we were going to have Tom Brady. If Brady wasn’t on the roster I wouldn’t have been surprised if Gay stayed for another year like Aguyao got.
High priced free agents like Michael Johnson and that offensive tackle I can’t remember were mistakes.
Not investing more into the offensive line and reaching for experimental players. He’s done much better in 2019 and 2020. Hopefully the trend continues.
Licht built a talented enough team that Brady chose to come here. There were other organizations that he could have gone to, but he came here because he saw the potential. Licht has had some awful moves for sure but he built this team. Credit where its due.
Almost everyone else thought Brady was cooked.. He apparently wasn’t. It honestly was a ballsy move by Licht that could’ve backfired horribly. Obviously it worked out, as we’re one win away from the Super Bowl. I think Licht deserves credit where it’s due. It’s kinda hard to say we aren’t the most improved team in the 2020 season. Cleveland is probably the other, but they got bounced already.
There were a few members of the media that were talking absolute nonsense. His metrics and, more importantly, his tape showed 100 % the exact opposite from the narrative of “Brady’s arm talent is fading.” It was always a clearly unexamined, shallow narrative that people in sports media put out there without much rigor. Its shallow clickbait at its finest.
Looking at Brady’s end of the year tape (particularly the Buffalo game…which I did on here), the throws he was making and the types of incompletions he had and why they were happening, should have trivially dispelled this narrative.
It was obvious that we were staring at +4 wins with the Brady signing.
This is a QB league and Brady is the overwhelming signal of this season.
Bridgewater and/or Rivers are -2 to -3 Win Ratio QBs when compared to Brady under the absolute best of circumstances for those guys. Without an offseason for them? I could easily see 8-8 as the outcome for this team. Forgetting the 2nd or effects and intangibles of belief and amplification of the play of those around him, just the 1st order effect of Brady’s actual play is a huge differential between average NFL QBs (at this point) like Bridgewater and Rivers. The difference between absolute Elite QB play (Brady was # 3 DVOA) and average QB play (#13 and #18) is a gaping chasm in the NFL.
Again, just first order effects of Brady. We certainly don’t win any games we lost without Rivers or Bridgewater. Then:
1) We DO NOT come back against the Chargers.
2) We very likely lose 1 against the Falcons.
3) We very likely lose against the Giants.
4) The Raiders and Vikings games are entirely different and we likely lose one or both of those games.
Those are 5 wins where Elite situational (clutch) or Elite overall QBing was absolutely the difference- maker.
Sub Rivers/Bridgewater out for Brady in those 5 games and you lose a minimum 3 games. At 8-8 with Chicago and Minnesota (assuming that Minnesota game turns into a loss) having the tiebreaker over us, they get in and we’re out. We’d have the tiebreaker over Arizona.
I agree with you. But I also think Licht is improving as a GM and this year shows that. Not just because of Brady but because of the draft too. AND if it’s because he listened to others to draft who cares? At least he is willing to listen to others and use them to make informed decisions, like he did last draft. I just hope he continues to improve and become better. He started off terrible and like you said 6 years of misery. However if he keeps showing improvement I like him. He’s a likable guy that has the ability to bring in talent. (And HOPEFULLY he learned to never draft a kicker again, if he makes that mistake again then obviously he hasn’t learned.)
If you dump him and get a new GM you might start off with square one and backtrack far more than you gain.
Stability is what the Bucs have lacked for 20 years, I hate how fans won’t be patient and let people improve.
I would think he has to win. No one did a better job THIS YEAR. Bucs are in the super bowl with a roster of Licht picks and signings.
I have been down on Licht a few times. Prolly called for his head once or twice but again… Bucs are in the Super Bowl! He has clearly improved at his job and some stability and longevity will usually allow people to do that so I am happy he is still here guiding this team. If he can successfully bridge the QB gap after Brady and keep the Bucs contending for the next 10 years… he’s the best. If Brady leaves and Bucs head to the cellar for 6-7 years then he was an ok to mediocre GM who helped manufacture a SB win hopefully and we will be forever happy about that.
The Colts Right now are possibly the Bucs in 2 years … What are Ballards options currently? Tough to kill him for not getting a QB in there. Stafford was his best bet and it’s not easy to always have a top 15 QB on your team.
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