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FAB 1. Licht Has Unprecedented Level Of Trust From Glazers

Congratulations are in order for general manager Jason Licht for getting his second contract extension from the Glazers. After his four-year deal expired in 2018, the Bucs owners picked up his fifth-year option last season.

Did Licht deserve the extension or not? That’s debatable, but I’m not going to spend time on opinion in this column.

I’ve already analyzed Licht’s personnel record in a previous SR’s Fab 5 column, and you can decide for yourself if you like the free agents and draft picks he added this offseason or not, and whether his contract extension was warranted or not.

Instead, let’s examine some facts.

Licht became just the second Bucs general manager to sign an extension under the Glazers’ watch – the other being Bruce Allen signing a three-year extension with one year remaining on his contract in 2008. Allen’s contract extension coincided with Jon Gruden’s three-year extension – and we all remember how that ended.

Despite the contract extensions, Allen and Gruden were fired after missing the playoffs in 2008 after going 9-7 for a second straight season – and paid handsomely by the Glazers for three more years not to run the Bucs organization anymore.

When Licht was able to lure head coach Bruce Arians out of retirement in January to replace Dirk Koetter, the Glazers signed him to another five-year contract, which is a four-year deal with a one-year club option in 2023. Arians signed a similar contract with Tampa Bay – four years with a one-year club option – so the futures of the two men are synced up.

Right or wrong – this makes Licht the longest contracted general manager since Rich McKay, who occupied that role from 1994-2003.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

For some fans who look at the current roster and see a talented team that has underachieved in recent years and believe in Licht’s vision for the Bucs, they are either relieved he’s still at the helm or rejoicing.

For those fans that look at Tampa Bay’s dismal 27-53 record since 2014 and blame Licht, his extension was disheartening.

There might be a perception that Licht is on his third head coach right now with Arians, but it’s actually his second. Former Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith actually hired Licht to be his general manager in 2014. After seeing Smith produce just eight wins in two years without much hope for the future, Licht did the right thing and fired Smith.

There was some logic in promoting Koetter to the head coaching role in 2016 after he served as the offensive coordinator in 2015 and helped rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Doug Martin make the Pro Bowl. Licht and the Glazers wanted continuity for Winston and the offense, which flourished statistically under Koetter’s three-year reign as head coach, especially the passing game.

But Koetter’s undoing was his questionable hires on his coaching staff, including offensive line coach George Warhop, defensive line coach Jay Hayes, who was fired after two years, and defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who was fired in his third season after the modern game of football had clearly passed him by. I called for both the firing of Hayes and Smith, and in both cases, the team did the right thing.

Koetter got off to a good start and came close to making the playoffs in his first season as head coach, going 9-7, which was the only the second time in Bucs history that a head coach had a winning record in his first year. The other was Gruden, who went 12-4 in 2002 and took the Bucs to its first and only Super Bowl victory.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and former HC Dirk Koetter
Bucs GM Jason Licht and former HC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But the team’s shortcomings on defense, and injuries and inconsistency from Winston, as well as a struggling ground game, doomed Koetter’s tenure in Tampa Bay.

Licht’s decision to fire Koetter and move on after back-to-back 5-11 seasons was certainly the right call.

What this extension does suggest is that the Glazers trust Licht more than they’ve ever trusted any Bucs general manager they have employed. Even more than McKay, who helped construct a Super Bowl champion team but could not appease Gruden or get a long with him well enough to stay in Tampa Bay.

Even more than Allen, who was the general manager for Bucs teams that posted three winning seasons and two division titles in his five years in Tampa Bay despite managing the salary cap mess that McKay left for him in 2004. Certainly more than Mark Dominik, who was the first general manager they actually hired on their own after inheriting McKay, as Gruden essentially hired Allen, who he knew from his days in Oakland.

Licht is not nearly as accomplished as McKay or Allen, as he has not presided over a playoff team in his first five years in Tampa Bay nor has he won enough games, yet he’s poised to be on the Glazers’ payroll for a decade.

That’s trust.

The Glazers trusted Licht when he said it wasn’t the talent that he signed and drafted – and that it was Koetter and his assistant coaches instead.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Glazers trusted Licht when he said he could get Arians out of retirement and that Arians’ staff would be full of quality assistant coaches, including some in defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich that could be Arians’ eventual successor.

So far, many of Licht’s underwhelming draft picks that have been labeled “busts” by some in the media and some in the fan base – including cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, outside linebackers Noah Spence and Devante Bond, running back Ronald Jones II and right guard Alex Cappa among a few others – have looked like completely different players in training camp and the preseason under Arians’ watch – or at least are beginning to look like competent players.

Maybe Licht’s right about the talent and the coaching.

Maybe Licht wasn’t crazy to draft another kicker in Matt Gay, the team’s fifth-round pick, who has looked good in camp and the preseason thus far, and is the current favorite to win the job.

That’s what the Glazers are counting on – that Licht will finally have the right coaching staff to develop some of these underperforming players, and that his draft record will suddenly look a heck of a lot better as a result.

They’re also counting on Licht’s franchise quarterback, Winston, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, to be developed by Arians and Leftwich and deliver the Bucs to the playoffs this year, too.

It doesn’t help Licht that the Bucs play in the rough and tumble NFC South division, and that the NFL schedule makers royally screwed Tampa Bay and have even admitted it.

The Glazers are impatient. They want to win now. That’s why of the last four head coaches, no one has lasted more than three years at the helm.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and the Glazers - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht and the Glazers – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Everyone wants to see the Bucs return to the playoffs – it’s been since 12 years since they last made the postseason in 2007 – and Licht is at the top of that list.

Licht has gained an unprecedented level of trust from the Glazers, but history shows that their faith and trust in general managers and coaches can turn on a dime depending on wins and losses – regardless of the money owed or the length of the contract.

At age 66, Arians was brought in to win now. He said at his initial press conference he’s not here to rebuild. Arians also said that there was no reason to rebuild – that there was enough talent on the Bucs roster to win this year.

No one in Tampa Bay needs to win now more than Licht does to keep the faith.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th 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 son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. “disheartening”…the understatement of the century.

    “The Glazers trusted Licht when he said it wasn’t the talent that he signed and drafted”….this just in: the Glazers also trust gaggle of turkeys claiming that Thanksgiving has been abolished by Trump in favor of a real American meal called Burger King.

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    • 🙂

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  2. Licht being extended is more than disheartening it’s foolish. You don’t blame Jason Licht for drafting the wrong kicker, you blame him for doing so in the 2nd round. You don’t blame Licht for moving on from Dirk after his 2nd 5-11 season, you blame him for allowing Mike Smith to return for the 2nd 5-11 season. You don’t blame Licht because his draft picks were “not utilized correctly” since they were drafted, you blame Licht for allowing a system to be in place for SEASONS that does not benefit the players he’s drafting. Not to mention this flood a position via the draft approach that seems to have swept under the rug. ANYbody could draft 5-8 DBs with premium draft picks and hit on 2. The good ones however don’t require that many resources to find valuable contributors for their team. We spin our wheel with Licht over and over because from personnel to decision making he’s more than proved he’s inept. Licht watched the best football in Dirks tenure be played when they went on that run with McDougald and Tandy at safety then proceeded to let both walk in FA in favor of draft picks and Chris Conte lol. Drafted a QB that excelled with a clean pocket, running game, NO speed WRs and play action then proceeded to install a pass first offense with no semblance of a running game for his entire tenure. He’s very good at finding a slot WR after the draft or a late round LB that can make some impact but last time I checked neither of those positions have lead to any wins despite the HRs he’s hit on them in the past. 5 years on the job and he’s drafted Vita Vea on a team he inherited and stated the focus was turning around the defense lol. Disheartening works but absolute joke seems more fitting.

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    • Fair points, but again (& I’m surprised Scott isn’t playing it this way): Bruce wanted this, so it happened. Think of Jason as just being demoted, simply a guy to bring players to Bruce to knock down or sign off on. Dirk and his staff were clearly barely professional coaches, and Jason in my mind was sort of forced to hire him.

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    • I could add more about the..Benedict Arnold Licht. But stlbucfan..You did a great job in summing it up here.

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  3. I actually am in favor of Jason Licht. I believe he is a quality GM. I didn’t like the Hargreaves pick, thought he was too small (but he is looking good under Bowles so far). And of course the Aguayo pick was terrible. But every GM makes mistakes even Rick McKay (when he was in TB his picks were often criticized and his cap management wasn’t good). But Jason has made some hits too (Spence is looking good, OJ, Godwin, Marpet, Evans, many others). I thought the Koetter hire was to try to keep a great Offensive Coordinator in house and in order to do that we needed to promote him. I actually like Dirk, but he isn’t head coach material and he would be the first to admit it. He loves Offense Coordination, that’s his passion. And he was good in that capacity in Tampa. I am excited about this current coaching staff, quality at all positions. So I am happy with Licht, I am curious who is out there without a job that is so much better?

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    • Yes, I know it’s Rich McKay…

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  4. “After seeing Smith produce just eight wins in two years without much hope for the future… “

    And the year after that they went 9-7. His first year was 2-14 and his second year was 6-10. I know those aren’t great records but the trend was going up with Smith. It still occurs to NO ONE that maybe we should’ve let Lovie stay the course and the 9-7 record was more because Lovie had input on most of the personnel decisions for the team. Koetter had no clue on how to run an NFL team. The fact that he started at 9-7 and then went 5-11 for the next 2 seasons suggests that he was riding Lovie’s coattails. The trendy things to say now is Lovie was a bad coach. He got the Bears to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his quarterback. Anyone who can do that knows a thing or two about how to coach a football team.

    It’s also trendy to sh!t on Koetter calling him a bad coach now but I guarantee most of you here were about ready to give him a Victory Parade back in 2016.

    Paradoxically Arians is a great coach but a bad hire because this team is a rebuilding project and he has already said he isn’t here for that. If he sees the end of his contract, I will be genuinely surprised. We have some good players, a few great ones even, but we have no depth in any position and because Licht mismanaged the Salary Cap so badly we aren’t adding anyone noteworthy at least for this year. Licht hired him because he could tie his fortunes to Arians guaranteeing himself a paycheck for years to come. At least he got that salary cap well managed.

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    • There was zero reason to keep love and anyone who thinks that is crazy. You enjoy watching your archaic defenses get shredded at a 70% clip? You enjoy your coach correcting a player for swearing in a pregame speech? Love was inept and if you have any doubt , just look at Illinois the last 2 years.

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      • Agreed my dude. The only time Lovie was ever relevant was because he had a good defense in Chicago using an outdated system that was getting shredded while he was here in Tampa. Plus Lovie NEVER had a top rated offense. Get out of here with that garbage. As cg said, just look at Lovie I’m college. His team is getting destroyed week in and week out.

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  5. Well I’m kind of torn with licht being resigned. He has had a few real good picks and hes is pretty good at getting undrafted guys. And no gm is without fault. Lichts, just happen to stick ouy, I’m looking at the kicker picks ofcourse. But we all knew the only reason licht is still here is because he got us Bucco Bruce.
    As for tonight’s game ,let’s get put of there healthy, but I’d like to see at least 1 quarter from the starters.
    On a side note, anyone watch Gerald get pushed all over the field last night? If I’m the bucs I’m running it right at him every time. And cam now has a foot Injury. These first 3 games ate looking hella winnable.

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  6. I am not sure the Glazer’s trust means much (other than his job). They have serially made some really crap choices in coaches and GMs. No one in the NFL looks at them as guru’s of leadership talent. I believe in Arians, but Licht has made some seriously questionable bets over his career.

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  7. He was basically forced to hire Koetter, let’s admit it. So Bruce to me is the first Licht head coach.

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  8. I am “itching” to see if Hall shows up tonight and see if Miller makes a mark. The need for speed to stretch defenses is a must for our success. I also want to see if Hudson can lay down a run breaking block for RJ or our other backs.

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  9. As long as the NFL shares revenue with bucs and the fans from Bucs opponents pay the bills, the Glazers get paid the same as a winning team why would they care who the GM is.
    The rest of us live in a real world and do not understand the real reason Glazers what Licht.
    In the real world income is based on performance,this team would have gone bankrupt years ago, and newc owners that were smart would buy it 02 cents on the dollar.
    However this is a rigged league where incompence does not matter.
    Standings do not matter to Glazers it is only revenue.

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  10. A bit torn re-signing Licht. I’ve been pretty stout that coaching was likely an issue hurting the play of many of our young players, and it appears that could be correct with this new staff coming in and immediately improving the play of many players fans had written off as busts. But I still want to see more…and giving him 5 years so early in the season seems like pushing all the chips in with a solid flop but a weak hand (for the poker players out there). It could still get better, and very well might, but there’s reason to be hesitant. Personally, I would’ve waited a month or 2 to see how this roster responds to adversity during the season. But I also understand it from Arians perspective. He said it himself: Licht is the reason he is here. And Licht is a “coach’s GM.” He has a history of taking players his coaches like at positions his coaches need. For that reason I think Arians and Licht will make a far better tandem than any HC Licht has had before, and is why I have a little more faith in this franchise finally righting the ship despite not cleaning house. Worked in LA with Snead and McVay. Worked in Philly with Pederson. Worked in Indy with Reich. Why can’t it work here?

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  11. Hard to argue with any of that sector2814.

    arizonajoe, I respect that you are seeing the good in Licht – optimism is a good thing, especially around Bucville.

    What I would say, and have said on PR previously, is that we shouldn’t judge Licht (or any GM) by whether or not the players he drafted turned out be significant NFL players. There is a mountain of evidence that says (no matter which GM you look at) that the draft is a lottery, and the large majority of players wash out (it’s what happens when you’re picking 20-ish year olds to play NFL football – it’s tough).

    Having said that, with respect to the draft, we can definitely assess whether the GM has a good strategy or not, whether he is putting the team in the best possible position to win the lottery for that team. Here, Licht has a terrible track record. stlbucsfan pointed out above the dreadful failing of the “flood a position” strategy. I have posted before how the best GMs are filling not just one position, but several every off season. Licht’s strategy to never trade-up, but trade down whenever possible in round 1, has been miserable. Recently, we missed out on (2 pro bowlers) Quentin Nelson (OG), and Jack Conklin (OT – admittedly he got hurt, but I suppose that’s tough to criticize the Titans for) (both 1 slot ahead of us) to trade down and take VHIII and Vea instead. And the strategy of selecting a kicker in round 2 – regardless of what happened to Aguyao – was a terrible strategy. If he wanted Aguayo that badly, that’s what the middle to late rounds are for in a good GM strategy on draft day. As for his stratgey in late rounds – it can best be summed up as “he seems to stop paying attention”…from drafting multiple WRs with evidence of poor hands, because they ran fast 40-times (when was the last time that worked out for any GM), to drafting a FB (when we already had 2 on the roster) that had no experience playing special teams…where was that kid going to possibly make the team (no shock that he was cut before training camp ended).

    If we look at his work with contracts and salary cap – it’s a mixed bag. Some good – like LVD, maybe even GMC’s deal was pretty good. Some awful, like having one of the highest paid punters in the league for years.

    If we look at Free Agency, that’s probably his worst effort….and unlike the draft, it shouldn’t be such a lottery. Failings: Michael Johnson, George Johnson (technically a trade), Anthony Collins, Brent Grimes, Chris Conte, DJax (maybe failure is too harsh for him?), Swaggy Baker, Mitch Unrein, Vinny Curry, JR Sweezy, and on, and on. The only real success story to date is Cam Brate. The jury is still out probably on Jensen (but year 1 was a disaster for the one of the highest paid Centers), and Suh in year 1. Overall, a quite horrendous track record, regardless of what happens with Jensen and Suh.

    If we just look generally at his ability to plan the team over a longer horizon, WHY DID WE NEVER BRING IN SOMEONE TO COMPETE WITH D SMITH AT LT? Why did we get backed into a corner that made us pay $14m for the perennially worst rated LT in the league? Why did we let Kwon Alexander (a pro bowler) leave, so that we had to use a top-5 draft pick on a guy we hope can become the next Kwon Alexander? Wouldn’t long term planning have perhaps found us lining up Kwon Alexander this year, with Josh Allen at DE (and yes I know he’s coming along slower in Jax). Licht just seems to be caught by surprise all teh time, and then is scrambling to figure something out to plug holes.

    So, I’m not down on Licht because the players he drafted are or are not panning out. That’s basically every GM – some wins some misses. Let me use an analogy:

    Licht might be driving our car as good as any other GM on the street could drive it (contracts, the ultimate result of drafted players, being friends with Arians) – but why are we driving on the wrong side of the road, heading straight for the peer!

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  12. The legend of Scotty Miller continues. This time S.R. has him making the team on what he did in OTA’s, underwear football, that’s laughable. If Watson at 6’2″ 200 lbs has trouble blocking, what’s Miller going to do at 5’10” 170 lbs? Miller belongs on the practice squad if that, not the final 53. Justin Evans is another Buc legend that has done nothing but be injured. Will he ever be healthy enough to contribute? So far NO! Benenoch is playing better at tackle, but not good enough to keep Jameis alive should he be pressed into action. Let’s hope there’s a better option after cuts. Don’t be surprised if B.A. keeps three Q.B.’s, meaning Griffin has a good chance. B.A. had a season go down the tubes losing Q.B.’s before, and Grif has shown enough where if we lose either Blaine, or Jameis, he’d be better then anyone else on the street.

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  13. Tonight will definitely be a good test for us. More so for the Offense since Vea and David are still out, it will still be good to see how the Secondary does if it isn’t negatively affected by the Dline play. I just want the season to start already. In the end we won’t know if this coaching staff will be great or if Winston will finally prove himself or if Bowles Defense will hold up with all the youth, until we play for real. I will say that I have a good feeling the team won’t fall apart and give up if they struggle because Arians seems like the kind of coach that won’t let that happen. I have a feeling Winston will improve on his INTs overall this year and that the Oline play will at least be better. I have a feeling the Defense will be aggressive and fun to watch even if there are some stumbles here and there with everything changing and the youth in the Secondary and White needing time to be who he’s gonna be. There are no guarantees in football except that the Patriots will dink and dunk pass their way to the playoffs again. I don’t care about Trolls trying to rain on the parade or every True Bucs Fans built in eternal pessimism because that just comes with being a Bucs Fan. So it’s not about knowing the future and guarantees that everything will be Amazing, it’s just about hoping that the Bucs can finally have a solid season and play with Heart and keep their chin up and just maybe it will equal out to a fun season to watch. Only time will tell!

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  14. This..along with a few other reasons are why I don’t get my pitties tied up in a bunch over football anymore. Sure I watch. But you come to realize we as fans really have no input into how the team is run. We..are on the sidelines placing our faith in Mngt and ownership. And Pray..they make the right decisions. And this team has been failing miserably for over a decade with zero playoff appearances. I still favor my Bucs. No I am not crazy about them like I was in my youth. Every year its a..new hype.I am very cautiously optimistic and have to a certain extent become..Comfortably Numb. And with this I unethusiastically say..GO BUCS!

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  15. This is a great Fab 5 Scott!

    My only comment regarding Licht and Glazers the team is worth hundreds of millions of dollars more today than when Malcom Glazer purchased it. Malcom Glazer was a winner, was determined to and built a championship team. We miss him. The current Glazer generation simply isn’t on the same level. Add the sheer value of the team to the equation and I just think their happy with the status quo. Winning is a nice to have but not a must have for them.

    I like the updated roster prediction, but expect we will add O line help if there’s talent available on the final cut downs. I also really like WR Hall. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t make the roster.

    I’ll also go on record – again – saying Licht was right[and I was wrong!] about drafting Gay. He looks like the guy and we may finally have soled the kicker problem.

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  16. So based on Arians statement the Browns will tell us a lot tonight, I will gladly eat my words Gholston and Spence bring nothing to the plate; haven’t we seen enough from past coaches they aren’t even average players? I would trade Brate (keep Hudson) for a badly needed OL or DE.; “no risk it, no biscuit”.

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    • Browns have something we Wish..we had. Whats that you say? AN OUTSTANDING…PASS RUSH.

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  17. I’ll be intersted in seeing Emanuel Hall as well. I’ mean I’d keep more D talent than O; but, Emanuel Hall could maybe take one Dline or linebacker spot – or how about a Hb spot?

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    • Anthony Nelson is likely going to IR, so there’s your spot for Emanuel Hall – if E-man shows up in the next two pre-season games.

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  18. Last Year for the Jet’s Bowles started the season with:
    7 corner backs
    5 safeties
    7 total linebackers
    6 total defensive lineman
    25 total

    Offense they had:
    2 QB’s
    4 RB
    4 TE
    6 WR
    9 OL

    25 total
    3 specialists

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  19. So if Bucs do well this year I’m good with Licht. My gut says they win 8-10 games and I tend to agree with Licht that it’s more coaching than talent. He’s mad mistakes no doubt but I’m fine with it. I’m sure Arians has something to do with it too. His thoughts and relationship with Licht.

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  20. What I will say about Litch is he has done as good a job as any GM in finding talent in UDFAs. Given the value that Brate, Barber, Humphries and others have had (production vs price) you have to give him kudos on finding talent where others have not. I think his issue comes in when he struggles with the bigger decisions.

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  21. Good Fab 5. I would like to see some analysis of PR’s view of the competition in the NFC South. Yesterday, one fact-free poster claimed that bA is the worst coach with the worst NFL coaching career record in the NFC South. As usual, this poster didn’t bother to research the facts:
    Regular Season Results:
    Bruce Arians 59-35-1 .626
    Sean Payton 118-74 .615
    Dan Quinn 36-28 .563
    Ron Rivera 70-56 .555
    It is quite possible that two of these coaches will not make it through this year. Since blowing a huge lead in the Super Bowl, Quinn has been mediocre (17-15) despite having outstanding talent and a premier quarterback
    Rivera might have been fired last year had he not won the final game. Since his Super Bowl year, he is 24-24. Also he has compiled a losing record in 5 of his 8 years as coach of Carolina.

    Payton is scary good and the talent on that team is among the top three in the league. But let’s remember Payton, that Payton had three consecutive 7-9 seasons. BA has never lost more than 8 games and he took over a dismal team.

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  22. ive never been sure of jason licht, but i do have faith and believe in bruce arians and he wants him there so o think we’re heading in the right direction

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  23. A positive in the game so far I like how our Secondary is right there on every pass and contesting a lot of passes. Also I’m seeing some really good tackling with a lot of Gamg Tackling like we used to see in the Defensive Glory Days.

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    • Spence’s like a boy among men easily being manhandled. Ralston has done nothing but raise his arm one time to help block a pass.
      so far in the game all I am seeing that is screaming out to me is offensive lineman and defensive lineman; we need some.

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  24. And now you guys see why I have been wailing about getting a pass rush. Them Brown bringin Hella pressure. That how its done. jameis ain’t got time to even blink.

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  25. End of first half, Winston hasn’t made an mistakes also has done squat. This suggest the best Winston is the reckless Winston. If that’s the alturnative he’s not Franchise QB, perhaps not even a legit starter.

    Granted this isn’t the team we will be starting but it’s not encouraging, the defense looks way better so there is that.

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    • Our offensive line is playing poorly; Winston has done okay.
      Defensive ends have done nothing.
      This is based on the end of the first half.

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  26. I believe the Bucs O line is worse.
    I swear I saw number 54 for Cleveland had Winston looking out his ear hole.
    They sat on hands with Offensive line all offseason now the results are showing.
    Winston never had a chance tonight .
    No QB could deal with that kind of rush.

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  27. OL Earl Watford, OT Caleb Benenoch, C NATE TREWYN, G ZACK BAILEY; none of these guys will be on the team to start the season.

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  28. I understand that the Glazers are hoping that a little continuity, stability and commitment will have better results than the revolving door. They’ve never hesitated to fire someone under contract and, in effect, pay double. If Jason Licht really hasn’t stocked the team with enough talent to at least consistently contend for the playoffs, I have no doubt that we’ll be starting all over……….again. Maybe as soon as 2020.

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