Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football show in an interview with Peter Schrager from the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando, Fla., and had a message to Tampa Bay fans this offseason.
At the end of the interview Licht said: “We’re just looking forward to a much more improved year this year, and we’re looking forward to you know … kicking ass this year!”
That should fire up the Tampa Bay fan base that might need some firing up after a disappointing 5-11 record in 2017 – a season in which expectations were very high.
Licht also revealed that he and the Bucs have fielded calls from other teams about trading up to Tampa Bay’s No. 7 spot in the first round of the draft, and the G.M. also said he has explored the idea of possibly moving up, too. Licht also discussed the trade for Jason Pierre-Paul and the free agent signings of defensive linemen Beau Allen, Vinny Curry and Mitch Unrein, and center Ryan Jensen. Licht said he wanted more tough, blue-collar players that didn’t fall victim to what he calls the “five-star virus,” which is his term for a sense of entitlement that some star players have.
“We wanted to add more toughness to the team,” Licht said. “All these guys were either late-round picks or undrafted guys that over-performed or out-performed where they were drafted or picked. You know … they have chips on their shoulders. They don’t have the five-star virus. They want to continue to earn maybe another paycheck.”
Licht was very complimentary of Jensen and said that his scouting tape was very fun to watch.
“Just one of the more competitive, just tough centers,” Licht said. “Gritty, just … the way his play style is … it was more fun watching him than just about anybody I have done – offensive linemen I’ve done – over the last 10 years. So, he’s just a fun guy to watch – just his play style.”
Watch Licht’s complete interview with Schrager by clicking on the link.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com