With just nine days before the Buccaneers hand in their selection to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the annual NFL Draft on April 30, the talk is still all about the quarterbacks.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht joined Rick Stroud and Tom Jones on WDAE 620AM/95.3FM’s Sports Page morning show on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming draft.
In the interview Licht noted that it isn’t just Jameis Winston the team has been spending a ton of time learning about.
“Believe it or not the general public thinks we’ve spent 90 percent of our time on Jameis Winston, but we’ve spent almost as equal amount of time getting to know Marcus Mariota,” Licht told Stroud and Jones. “There’s more things with Jameis off the field that we had to become comfortable with than Marcus, but still no matter who you’re taking if we’re taking one of those two with the quarterback position you need to know everything about them.”
Licht was asked about his feelings on Winston’s immaturity issues that plagued him during his time in Tallahassee.
“We’ve all said that we feel comfortable and he’s been a lot of fun to be around. Since 2012 he’s grown up significantly and since this past season he’s grown significantly. I would lean toward being immature, I don’t think he’s a bad person. I’m not giving away our hand on who were taking, but he’s been somebody that we’ve really gotten to know and we feel more and more comfortable every time we’re around him.”
Also of note, in the interview Licht addresses the picture that was circulating last night of Ben Dogra wearing a Bucs hat and posing with an Adrian Peterson jersey.
You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Licht said in his presser at One Buc that 25 years from now he may write a book about his experiences this offseason. I think the title of that book should be “Comfortable”. I don’t use Twitter but I wouldn’t be surprised if that word isn’t trending in the Tampa Bay area before too long.
I think that 25 years from now nobody (not even my PR brethren) will even remember who Jason Licht was…so he will essentially be writing this book for himself…and therefore, I think he should title it “Jason Licht: a Stuart Smalley introspective”…
“I don’t think he’s a bad person” is not exactly a ringing enforcement, neither is comfortable.
Love him or hate him, Winston is the pick or should be without a doubt.
A team is seldom ever has an opportunity to draft a potential hero and antihero with the same pick~let alone at the 1 spot.Winston will bring national attention to a team that is practically invisible to most fans of the NFL.
This isnt just about football~the Glazers dont own a franchise for their love of football,but for their love of money.When the media helps focus the national spotlight at you~bad press or good~it all equals money…Winston can be the Mayweather of football~love him or hate him but where ever he goes the $$$$$$$$$ follows…
Crem, very good point.
Unfortunately Crem fans do care when entitled players appear to get way with any kind of crime based on their status.
He’s not bad; he’s immature and will grow shortly.
Hard to give credibility to those who view accusation the same as guilt. Thank goodness a jury is made up of 12 people. Too bad some of them didn’t live in Salem when all that happened for a person to be burned at the stake was for another to accuse them of being a witch. Ahhh those were the good times huh Bucko?
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