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.

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  1. Good. The man wants this team to have men, not kids. I remember how frustrated Licht was on hard knocks last offseason when Jeremy McNichols would be unknowing and sheepish in nature and wouldn’t step up to any kind of plate. Appears Licht is done with that crap, and that attitude will affect who we draft and sign for as long as Licht is our GM.

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  2. Love Peter Schrager, Good morning football is the best football program right now. Physicality is heavily needed on this team, and the off season was clearly to address that need. Now I guess the main question is, will the team practice harder to embrace the physicality? I’ll pass that question over to you Scott. haha

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    • Interesting that Joel Glazer, when asked about Hard Knocks, said “We did it and people enjoyed it, but we’re going to have a different type of training camp without it around this year.” Hoping that more physical, intense practices are part of that difference as well Cg.

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      • I did see that and I hope that’s what will happen for sure. Not being physical didn’t help us as everyone still got injured last year. It’s just the nature of the beast. Although it will probably be a hell of a relief for the team to actually get a buy week this year.

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  3. Now, I wonder if Koetter’s style is going to evolve more to match that kick ass approach?

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    • Koetter is going to have to evlove. its feast or famine or..He’s history. Regardless of what the Glazers have said to the media, I do beleive both Koetter and Smitty’s jobs are on the line. Smitty especially has got to do a better job with his Defense. We..shall see!!

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      • is it bad that I’m slightly hoping the defense fails so we can see what Buckner can do as DC?

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        • pIopes I’d prefer that the D kicks ass, & Smith moves on to a head coaching position-then Buckner can get a shot…( after he elevates the play of the DLine this year, of course )

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          • point taken, I’d hope for that as well

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  4. RB is a must add. OG, CB and S are worrisome.

    Trading up means you use all of your best picks on one player. Add Chubb, and the DL probably becomes great and helps cover any weakness at CB and safety. Add Barkley or Nelson, the offense holds the ball more which gives the defense a break, and the offense scores more which sets the bar lower for the defense. If the worrisome bits hold together, it is a great season.

    Trade back far enough, you may get first and second round picks at all four – RB, OG, CB and S. At least, you should get first second and third round picks at all four.

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    • Unless somebody currently in the top 6 does something bizarre and completely unexpected (or more trades occur), either Chubb, Barkley, or Nelson will be at no. 7. I can see Licht trading down if Barkley is there at no. 7, but how do you pass on either Chubb or Nelson? Either of them is ready to kick ass and take names on day 1, and I’ll take a top-notch lineman on either side over RB any day.

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      • I can see Buffalo trading into the 4 spot and grabbing a QB. If Denver, Cleveland and the Jets all get a QB then one of the tree will fall to us.

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  5. I used to enjoy the NFL morning show but it irritates me now with the two dweebs who were obviously hired to attract millennials, who have a 5 second attention span if that.
    I do like Nate Burrleson though.
    The girl on the show is pure NFL fluff.

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  6. Recently saw Bucs were 1000-1 to win the NFC South. Like us being overlooked and a bit disrespected and think we’re going to surprise some people this year. Took those odds in a heartbeat.

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    • Woah, I would love those odds as a gambler. 1000-1 are you sure that’s what it was?

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    • We are 60-1 odds at most Vegas books to make it to the Super Bowl, so if you can find someone stupid enough to give you 1000-1 to win the division, scarf it up. 10-1 sounds more realistic.

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      • Haha I was thinking the same thing. 1000-1, and I’ll set up a pay pal to place that bet tomorrow.

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  7. Love that meathead!!

    In Licht We Trust

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  8. I would love for the Bucs to trade down with Miami at number 11 and get their 2nd round pick, but I don’t think Derwin James will last that long.

    If the Bucs stay at 7 they will likely draft either Quenton Nelson or Derwin James.
    I think most would agree that either will have an enormous positive impact on the the team.

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  9. The indoor structure alone will make training camp different this year. Watched a rerun of hard knocks last night, you could see how the players always had the heat on their mind. Looking at the flag, hoping for a breeze, needing IV’s all the time. This is going to allow the players to concentrate on practice, not am I going to collapse out here. They can now practice when they want, not having to worry about the heat, or the afternoon storms. Licht talked about trading up, or back. Having given up a 3rd for JPP, I hope he trades back. We have more needs then one special player to put us over the top. Thought it interesting the Rams were exploring Beckham. We have a fast receiver you can have a lot cheaper, who’s an L.A. native.

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  10. Licht appears to be fired up about the upcoming season. He seems like He’s leaving all options open. Its gonna be hard for him to pass up Chubb or Barkley if they are still on that draft board for us. But I get this feeling AZ might be lookin to trade up. And it would be sweet to get..2 fo1..recouping that 3rd loss. Bucs could strike straight up Gold in this draft. Hoping for the best.

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  11. I had my grandson with me at the Bucs practice he said we practice alot harder in High School. I had to agree.

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  12. As Scott pointed out, GM Jason Licht is not holding back on improving the Bucs on both sides of the ball. The Glazers have given him his head and said that they do not interfere or dictate moves or money decisions that Licht makes during FA or the draft.

    Jason Licht did a podcast with Rick Stroud/TBT where he told Stroud that the team is entertaining the idea of moving up or back in the 1st round. He said “I don’t think you can ever have enough premier defensive ends. I don’t think you can ever have enough premier offensive linemen.”

    At the owner’s meeting in Orlando, Licht confirmed he’s taken calls to trade down during his Tuesday session with Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk Live. Draft night will be wide open from taking a top ten pick at #7, to going up and getting a premium pick if he’s close enough, or trading down and adding more picks!

    His aggressive approach this year is noticeable and refreshing. Go Bucs!

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  13. If he moves up in draft likely trade would be with Cleveland for the 4th pick, Darnold – Barkley and Chubb will be gone could Bucs pass on a possible future Hall of Fame QB’s Allen or sure All-Pro Rosen and Mayfield ????

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    • You can’t be serious with that statement right? I know we don’t have a sarcasm font so you might be joking.

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      • A head coach from the 49ers in the 80s named Bill came up with a QB score rating
        Yes, yards are good but you take 50 yards away for each INT and lost Fumble and divide by the number of attempts and you get a score.
        5.62 Yards per attempt
        A QB that averages 5.62 per attempt will lose more games than it wins
        11636 yards 44 INT 15 lost Fumbles in three years = 59 X 50 is (-2950) oops
        (11636 yards good ) minus 2950 divided by 1544 attempts = 5.62 Yards per attempt
        Maybe CG you can rework those numbers and come out with a score you like better
        Maybe with a dash of hopeium, you can work the math into numbers like the star QBs of the sport have
        Touchdowns is good and INT and fumbles are bad
        CG just use the 11636 yards in first three years and forget about INTs and fumbles pretend they do not matter bringing the other teams offence back on the field 59 times in 3 years does not make a difference in the wish world.
        In the NFL you lose 70% of your games you start hey wait a minute Bucs lost 70% of there games with #3 as a starter must be a coincidence.

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  14. Please let this be GM speak…there’s no way we can justify trading up. We aren’t one player away so doing so and losing more draft capital would be foolish. Trading down though seems like a great idea. If Chubb and Nelson are gone, get those extra picks, but I can’t see us passing on either one of them unless it brings a really nice haul of picks.

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  15. Makes Draft night (4 weeks away) just a bit more interesting when there are are so many possibilities. I know one thing Mike.Seven, the Bucs selecting an as yet unproven QB, isn’t one of them.

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  16. I think we still need a very good draft before we can start legitimately claiming we’re going to switch from a 5-win team to kicking our opponents asses. I really like the JPP addition, but we’re starting from a pretty long way back to be claiming “kicking ass” IMO. Let’s get a good draft under belts first before walking with too much swagger…

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