While cut day is a very rough day for players on the roster bubble across the NFL, the day is every bit as rough on general managers and coaches. No one wants to tell a player — who’s been busting their ass for weeks — that they’re out of a job, right before the season is about to start. It’s a dreaded day for everyone involved.
And it’s unlikely that anyone has done a better job of explaining how awful the day is than Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht did on Tuesday night’s season finale of HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Licht was talking to Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek about how much he hates cut day (which trims the roster to 53 players), and said he’d rather drive across the country with Skip Bayless in a beat-up car with no air conditioning than deal with cut day.
Here’s video of the scene, followed by the full amazing quote:
“I hate today. I would rather drive across the country with Skip Bayless, and no radio working, and the heater stuck on, and the windshield wiper stuck on and it’s got the metal hitting the glass.”
Spytek put it well with his response: “That’s saying something with Skip Bayless.”