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Pewter Report’s 2013 Buccaneers Season Awards

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Which Buccaneers earned a pair of awards? Who was Tampa Bay’s 2013 Season MVP? Which player was the Most Overrated Buc? Get the answers and more in Pewter Report’s 2013 Buccaneers Season Awards.
The 2013 season has concluded and the official start of the 2014 season begins with a new head coach in Lovie Smith, who replaced Greg Schiano after a very disappointing 4-12 record that included a 0-8 start to the season, a rash of injuries, a MRSA outbreak at One Buccaneer Place and a QB controversy that resulted in the jettisoning of Josh Freeman, who was once viewed as a potential franchise quarterback. But before we look ahead to next year, Pewter Report recaps the Buccaneers’ 2013 campaign and offers up its season-ending awards.

Award-winners with an asterisk (*) next to their name indicates that is the first year that particular award was given by PewterReport.com.

LB Lavonte David

David was the Bucs’ best defender a year ago and was the runner up for the 2012 Season MVP, but his stellar play this season makes him the easy favorite for the 2013 honors. David dominated all season and was a model of consistency in terms of tackles, finishing the season with a career-high 144 stops, which led the team by 54 tackles, in addition to 20 tackles for loss, which tied the franchise record that he set last year. David, who is the only linebacker in NFL history to have six sacks and five interceptions in the same season, also became a big-time playmaker while earning All-Pro honors for the first time despite being snubbed for the Pro Bowl. The Bucs’ second-round pick in 2012 established career highs in passes defensed (nine), sacks (six), interceptions (five), forced fumbles (two), fumble recoveries (one) and safeties (one), and is Tampa Bay’s most talented and productive player.
2012 RB Doug Martin
2011 RG Davin Joseph
2010 QB Josh Freeman
2009 TE Kellen Winslow
2008 MLB Barrett Ruud
2007 QB Jeff Garcia
2006 CB Ronde Barber
2005 WR Joey Galloway
2004 WR Michael Clayton
2003 WR Keenan McCardell
2002 LB Derrick Brooks

2001 WR Keyshawn Johnson
2000 RB Warrick Dunn
1999 LB Derrick Brooks
1998 LB Derrick Brooks
1997 QB Trent Dilfer
1996 LB Hardy Nickerson
1995* LB Hardy Nickerson

WR Vincent Jackson

This year’s runner-up for the 2013 Season MVP, which serves as the Offensive MVP because David was the overall team MVP and he plays on defense is Jackson, who had a career-high 78 catches for 1,224 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in 2013. He was the first Bucs receiver to record back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons since Joey Galloway did it in 2005-06. Jackson had four games of 100 yards or more last season (NY Jets, Philadelphia, Atlanta (twice)), and had two games where he caught two touchdowns (Philadelphia, Atlanta). While he struggled with some drops, he operated for much of the season without fellow receiver Mike Williams there to take some of the pressure and double coverage off him, which makes his numbers even more impressive.
2012 LB Lavonte David
2011 DE Adrian Clayborn
2010 CB Ronde Barber
2009 FS Tanard Jackson
2008 WR Antonio Bryant
2007 DE Greg White
2006 WR Joey Galloway
2005 DE Simeon Rice
2004 DE Greg Spires
2003 DE Simeon Rice
2002 QB Brad Johnson
2001 CB Ronde Barber
2000 LB Derrick Brooks
1999 FB Mike Alstott
1998 FB Mike Alstott
1997 DT Warren Sapp
1996 FB Mike Alstott
1995* RB Errict Rhett

LB Adam Hayward

Hayward, who has served as the Buccaneers special teams captain for the past two years, led the team in special teams tackles with nine. He stepped up when Jonathan Casillas, who was leading the team with nine special teams stops, was injured and placed on injured reserve for the final month of season. Statistics aside, Hayward played an integral role in providing great veteran leadership on special teams and in the locker room, and is worthy of being named PewterReport.com’s 2013 Special Teams MVP.
2012 LB Dekoda Watson
2011 K Connor Barth
2010 K Connor Barth
2009 KR-PR Clifton Smith
2008 KR-PR Clifton Smith
2007 P Josh Bidwell
2006 K Matt Bryant
2005 P Josh Bidwell
2004 LB Keith Burns
2003 P Tom Tupa
2002 K Martin Gramatica
2001 RB Rabih Abdullah
2000 K Martin Gramatica
1999 K Martin Gramatica
1998 LB Shelton Quarles
1997 PR Karl Williams
1996* Entire Special Teams

Running backs coach Earnest Byner

No position was hit harder with injuries in Tampa Bay this year than running back, as three runners saw their season end prematurely on injured reserved. The first was Michael Smith, who was in the mix for the Bucs’ kick return duties before suffering a broken foot in the preseason. The next was backup running back Jeff Demps, who tore his groin against Arizona in Week 4. Then starter Doug Martin was lost for the year after tearing his labrum in Week 7. Rookie running back Mike James suffered a broken ankle three weeks later and that forced newcomer Bobby Rainey into the starting lineup. Rainey became Tampa Bay’s leading rusher with 532 yards and six total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving), thanks to Byner’s tireless work in preparing unproven running backs to quickly learn the offense and contribute.
2012 WRs P.J. Fleck
2011 STs Dwayne Stukes
2010 OC Greg Olson
2009 STs Rich Bisaccia
2008 STs Rich Bisaccia
2007 DBs Raheem Morris
2006 STs Rich Bisaccia
2005 QBs Paul Hackett
2004 WRs Richard Mann and DL Rod Marinelli
2003 DBs Mike Tomlin
2002 DC Monte Kiffin
2001 DC Monte Kiffin
2000 DL Rod Marinelli
1999 DC Monte Kiffin
1998 DBs Herm Edwards and DC Monte Kiffin
1997 DL Rod Marinelli
1996* STs Joe Marciano

RT Demar Dotson

While Tampa Bay’s offense struggled mightily at times with consistency in both pass protection and run blocking, Dotson was clearly the best performer. Dotson started the season with a dominant training camp and preseason in his second full year at right tackle, and carried that high level of play over into the regular season. Dotson was stout in pass protection and improved as a run blocker in 2013. Dotson has the athletic ability to play either left or right tackle, and may be moved to left tackle in 2014 if the team decides to move on from Donald Penn.
2012 WR Mike Williams
2011 WR Dezmon Briscoe
2010 WR Micheal Spurlock
2009 WR Maurice Stovall
2008 TE Jerramy Stevens
2007 RB Earnest Graham
2006 No Buccaneer was deemed worthy
2005 QB Chris Simms
2004 RB Michael Pittman
2003 WR Charles Lee
2002 RB Michael Pittman
2001 LT Kenyatta Walker
2000 OT Jerry Wunsch
1999 WR Jacquez Green
1998 WR Reidel Anthony
1997 QB Trent Dilfer
1996* TE Dave Moore

DT Gerald McCoy

McCoy won this award last year, and took his game to new heights in 2013, which was the second straight year he was able to stay healthy for all 16 games. McCoy entered the season in tremendous shape and that paid off with a career-high 50 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. McCoy’s previous highs were 30 tackles and five sacks, which were set in 2012. The team’s defensive captain was rewarded for his incredibly productive season in 2013 with a second straight Pro Bowl appearance and his first All-Pro honors. McCoy is poised to reach new heights in 2014 as the three-technique defensive tackle plays a huge role in Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defensive scheme.
2012 DT Gerald McCoy
2011 DE Michael Bennett
2010 CB E.J. Biggers
2009 LB Geno Hayes
2008 SS Sabby Piscitelli
2007 SS Jermaine Phillips
2006 CB Phillip Buchanon
2005 FS Will Allen
2004 DE Dewayne White
2003 LB Ryan Nece
2002 CB Brian Kelly
2001 DE Simeon Rice
2000 LB Jamie Duncan
1999 DE Marcus Jones
1998 CB Ronde Barber
1997 DE Chidi Ahanotu
1996* DT Warren Sapp

QB Mike Glennon

Glennon, the team’s third-round pick, set numerous rookie franchise records for completions (247), attempts (416), passing yards (2,608) and touchdowns (19) despite only starting 13 games. That gave him the edge over tight end Tim Wright, who caught five touchdowns, and cornerback Johnthan Banks, who had three interceptions. Glennon’s 181 pass attempts in his first four NFL starts are the most by a rookie QB in league history, and he also set a rookie record for most games with two touchdown passes (seven). Glennon completed 59.4 percent of his passes and had a QB rating of 83.9 in 2013, and that level of productivity will afford him the opportunity to challenge any newcomers for the right to become Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback once again in 2014.
2012 RB Doug Martin
2011 DE Adrian Clayborn
2010 WR Mike Williams
2009 WR Sammie Stroughter
2008 CB Aqib Talib
2007 FS Tanard Jackson
2006 G Davin Joseph
2005 RB Cadillac Williams
2004 WR Michael Clayton
2003 CB Ronyell Whitaker
2002 FB Darian Barnes
2001 FS John Howell
2000 LB Nate Webster
1999 K Martin Gramatica
1998 LB Jamie Duncan
1997 RB Warrick Dunn and CB Floyd Young
1996 FB Mike Alstott and CB Donnie Abraham
1995* LB Derrick Brooks

TE Tim Wright

Wright, an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, was a surprise in 2013, especially since he was making the position switch from wide receiver to tight end at the pro level during his rookie season. With Mike Williams on injured reserve for much of the 2013 campaign, Wright stepped up and not only became the starting tight end as injuries to Tom Crabtree, Luke Stocker and Nate Byham ravaged the position, he also turned out to be Tampa Bay’s second-leading receiver. Wright broke several rookie records for Bucs tight ends, while catching 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns to beat out free safety Dashon Goldson for best Free Agent Acquisition honors.
2012 WR Vincent Jackson
2011 P Michael Koenen
2010 SS Sean Jones
2009 K Connor Barth
2008 C Jeff Faine
2007 FB B.J. Askew
2006* DT Jovan Haye

CB Darrelle Revis

Coming off a torn ACL that cost him much of the 2012 season, Revis missed much of training camp and the entire preseason while rehabbing his knee, but wound up back in the Pro Bowl after a great first season in Tampa Bay. Revis led the Buccaneers with 11 pass breakups and had two interceptions, including the victory-clinching pick against Miami on Monday Night Football. Revis was also solid against the run with 50 tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, which was tied for the team lead, and a fumble recovery as the Bucs’ Newcomer of the Year.
2012 LB Lavonte David
2011 MLB Mason Foster
2010 RB LeGarrette Blount
2009 TE Kellen Winslow
2008 DE Jimmy Wilkerson
2007 LG Arron Sears
2006 RT Jeremy Trueblood
2005 DT Chris Hovan
2004 QB Brian Griese
2003* RB Thomas Jones

DE Will Gholston

The Unsung Player of the Year goes to Gholston, one of the team’s fourth-round picks in 2013. The rookie defensive end worked his way into the starting lineup in the final two games of the season after coming on strong during the second half of the season and out-performing starting defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and reserve Da’Quan Bowers. In 16 games, including 14 starts, Te’o-Nesheim notched just 15 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. With significantly less playing time, Gholston, who has a bright future in Tampa Bay, logged 31 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks, and positioned himself to start in 2014.
2012 DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
2011 WR Preston Parker
2010 C Jeremy Zuttah
2009 CB Aqib Talib
2008 LB Derrick Brooks
2007 LT Donald Penn
2006 LB Shelton Quarles
2005 K Matt Bryant
2004 LB Ian Gold
2003 C John Wade
2002 LB Shelton Quarles
2001 FB Jameel Cook
2000 LS Morris Unutoa
1999 DT Brad Culpepper
1998 DT Brad Culpepper
1997 C Tony Mayberry
1996* P Tommy Barnhardt

DE Adrian Clayborn

Revis wasn’t the only Buccaneer to perform well coming off a torn ACL. Clayborn made a successful recovery after injuring his knee in Week 3 of the 2012 season, and turned in a career year in 2013. Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2011 ended the season with a career-high 10 tackles, including four tackles for loss and a sack at New Orleans. That helped him record a personal-best 64 tackles, a career-high 19 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. Clayborn diligently rehabbed during the offseason and was ready to hit the field by training camp, which served as a huge inspiration to his teammates.
2012 DE Michael Bennett
2011 DT Brian Price
2010 LB Adam Hayward
2009 RB Cadillac Williams
2008 K Matt Bryant
2007 DT Jovan Haye
2006 QB Tim Rattay
2005* FB Mike Alstott

FS Dashon Goldson

Goldson had a good, but not great season in his first year in Tampa Bay. While his leadership was a huge component to the development of strong safety Mark Barron and other defensive backs, Barron outperformed Goldson statistically. Barron notched 88 tackles, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery despite missing two games due to injury, while Goldson had 70 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and one forced fumble. What makes Goldson the Most Overrated Player is simply his price tag, as he was signed to a five-year, $41.25 million contract in the offseason, and was paid $8,735,295 in 2013.
2012 CB Eric Wright
2011 LB Geno Hayes
2010 RT Jeremy Trueblood
2009 RB Derrick Ward
2008 QB Jeff Garcia
2007 DE Patrick Chukwurah
2006 WR Michael Clayton
2005 DT Anthony McFarland
2004 K Martin Gramatica
2003 DT Warren Sapp
2002 QB Rob Johnson
2001 DT Warren Sapp
2000 DE Chidi Ahanotu
1999 WR Reidel Anthony
1998* QB Trent Dilfer

QB Josh Freeman

Despite only being on the roster for four games, Freeman was the clear-cut option for the Most Disappointing Player distinction. Freeman was entering a contract year coming into the 2013 season and struggled mightily under the pressure. He did not complete more than 47 percent of his passes in either the preseason or the first three games of the regular season before being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon in Week 4. Freeman’s personal problems clearly affected his play and caused a huge distraction for the team, which was forced to release him during the bye week.
2012 RB LeGarrette Blount
2011 QB Josh Freeman
2010 WR Sammie Stroughter
2009 WR Michael Clayton
2008 WR Dexter Jackson
2007 QB Bruce Gradkowski
2006 RB Cadillac Williams
2005* WR Michael Clayton

DE Da’Quan Bowers

Bowers, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, was expected to step in at the left defensive end position and replace Michael Bennett, who was the team’s leading sacker in 2012, this season. But Bowers never took the opportunity seriously and reported to training camp out of shape. He was beaten out for the starting assignment by Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who was a disappointment himself, and later passed on the depth chart by rookie Will Gholston. There are plenty of questions about Bowers’ work ethic and dedication to the game of football heading into the 2014 season, which could be his last in Tampa Bay.
2012 CB Aqib Talib
2011 SS Sean Jones
2010 DE Kyle Moore
2009 DT Chris Hovan
2008 DT Jovan Haye
2007 DE Greg Spires
2006* FS Will Allen

DT Gerald McCoy

McCoy was named the Pro Football Writers Good Guy Award winner this year for being the best Buccaneer in dealing with the media, and PewterReport.com agrees with that sentiment. For the second time in his career, McCoy is named the John Lynch Gentleman’s Award winner for always being available, friendly and generous with his time with regards to the media after both wins and losses during the 2013 season.
2012 DT Roy Miller
2011 RG Davin Joseph
2010 DT Gerald McCoy
2009 DE Jimmy Wilkerson
2008 DE Stylez G. White
2007 QB Luke McCown
2006 DT Chris Hovan
2005 CB Ronde Barber
2004 SS Dwight Smith
2003 OT Kenyatta Walker
2002 LT Lomas Brown
2001 WR Keyshawn Johnson
2000 RB Warrick Dunn
1999 SS John Lynch
1998* SS John Lynch

RB Bobby Rainey vs. Atlanta

In his first career start in the NFL, Rainey had a career day with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries (5.4 avg.) in helping Tampa Bay beat Atlanta, 41-28, at Raymond James Stadium. Rainey had a 43-yard touchdown run, which was the longest of the season by a Buccaneer until he eclipsed that mark against Buffalo with an 80-yard touchdown jaunt four weeks later. Against Atlanta, Rainey also caught two passes for four yards and a touchdown, and became the only Buccaneer running back in team history to have two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game.

LB Lavonte David vs. Buffalo

In Tampa Bay’s 27-6 victory over Buffalo at Raymond James Stadium, David turned in a command performance with nine tackles (eight solo), a career-high two interceptions, two pass breakups and one sack against the Bills. David was part of a Buccaneers defense that held the Bills to just six points, which was the least amount of points surrendered by Tampa Bay in 2013.

Tampa Bay’s 41-28 victory against Atlanta

The Bucs followed up their first win of the 2013 season against Miami with another victory the following week at home against Atlanta. After leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Tampa Bay exploded for 21 points in the second quarter with a pick-six by middle linebacker Mason Foster sandwiched between two touchdown runs by Bobby Rainey to help the team take a 24-6 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, quarterback Mike Glennon, who completed 87 percent of his passes, threw touchdown passes to Rainey and wide receiver Vincent Jackson to increase the Bucs’ lead to 38-6 before the Falcons rallied with 22 points in the final 16 minutes of the game in garbage time.

Tampa Bay’s 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle

Tampa Bay had several heartbreaking defeats in 2013, including two in the first two weeks to New York and New Orleans by a combined three points in the final minute of each game. The Bucs also ended the season on a down note after getting thumped by the Saints, 42-17, on the road. But no defeat stung worse than a 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle in which Tampa Bay jumped out to a surprise 21-0 lead in the second quarter. The Bucs defense gave up a touchdown with less than two minutes prior to halftime and that would prove costly as Tampa Bay’s offense went ice cold in the second half and was outscored 17-3, which allowed Seattle to tie the game and ultimately win it in overtime with a 27-yard field goal. The Bucs just missed out on upsetting the best team in the NFC.

Tampa Bay will have a 7-9 record

New head coach Lovie Smith inherits a talented Tampa Bay team that was banged up in 2013 with a league-high 16 players ending their seasons on injured reserve. The defensive side of the ball is more talented than the offense, and there are two huge question marks with the offensive line and at the quarterback position entering the 2014 season. The O-line underperformed last year and while Glennon was solid during his rookie season, the team has some questions about his lack of escapability against the blitz and his ability as a playmaker. Smith may seek upgrades along the line as well as finding a challenger for Glennon at the quarterback spot this year. The fact that the team will be adjusting to new offensive and defensive schemes and will have a lot of players still rehabbing from season-ending injuries means that progressed in 2014 may be slowed. Include the fact that the Bucs will still be figuring out its quarterback situation for the foreseeable future, and plays in the rugged NFC South division and a three-win improvement and a 7-9 record may be seen as a successful season in Tampa Bay.

– Mark Cook contributed to this report
Last modified on Saturday, 11 January 2014 17:15

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    MC - I was going to take issue with your 7-9 early prediction (accepting that we haven't even had FA or the draft yet), but when I saw the list of PR's MVPs, and that we are unlikely to have any former MVPs on our roster outside of Martin and David (I think Joseph is gone unless he renegotiates his deal) that speaks volumes for where we are in the process (again without knowing FA or the draft) - so while I am more optimistic at this stage (I typically am) I can understand where you're coming from with 7-9. Let's hope for some help this offseason...Revis, VJax were nice (as were Barron, David and Martin) but there were lots of misses too - let's get some more hits!
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    @Scubog - I agree completely. MC, I especially agree about the most overrated player. Goldson was hailed as one of if not the best safety in the league by the Bucs brass. However, reading what the 49er fans had to say about him on blogs it was clear that he was very overrated against the pass and gave up too many big plays over the years. I saw the same thing this year. Even if Goldson learns to hit guys where he's supposed to he has to learn how to play the ball better.
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    Lets start with a fresh attitude. All PR is doing is putting out who got awards for the 2013 season. We all understand we went 4-12 and wasn't the coach fired. Lets start with a fresh outlook.
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    Thanks Scubog for actually putting Talib's name on your list. I can't believe he had to be traded just so I could watch him SHUT DOWN Jimmy Graham. Bennett is looking great--except of course for the neon green. Blount had a monster game yesterday. Role players. We try to make them stars, but they are just REALLY Talented Role Players. Cough cough VJax is a Y. We don't have an X. Mike is the slot you've been looking for Cough cough. I apologize for being negative on Trophy Day. Ata-boy 4-12 Team!! I hope you kids enjoy the pizza. I just want my kin (Bucs fans) to have higher expectations. Articles like this don't help. (My therapist said so) I'm watching teams play right now that deserve the only award there is in pro-ball. It's called a Lombardi Trophy. We have 1, others have many. (SR!! Sir!! Give us an article on the state of the NFC South--Saints window closing/ What up wit da Falcons / Panthers 2 Solid WO's away from being scary dangerous -- Tell us about the shark infested waters this "Talented Roster" is going to need to be able to compete in) Please & Thank You.
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    I can't argue with any of these selections. It was interesting seeing the names of the players who won past awards who are no longer on the team. I've always believed in keeping your good players so you don't have to replace them when building a team. It is sad to see players like Winslow, Blount, Talib, Biggers, Bennett and a few others excelling elsewhere when our decision makers gave them up for nothing in return. A good coach (Hoody) should be able to work with any good player and not simply cast off the ones whose personality doesn't fit his mold.
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    I believe we are a true 8-8 team in 2014 with much upside in our immediate future.
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    Ummm... Defensive player of the year?
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    Lavonte David being MVP makes him Defensive Player of the Year. "This year’s runner-up for the 2013 Season MVP, which serves as the Offensive MVP because David was the overall team MVP and he plays on defense, is Jackson"
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