PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. @calibuccaneer asks, With the Bucs cutting players after only one year, does that hurt us for potential new free agents coming in?
Answer: I really don’t believe so. Players are smart. If they don’t perform, or if there are issues with intangibles (work ethic, lack of being a good teammates etc.) then they know this is a business and are at risk of being released. And if they have a concern about it, I am sure Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter will spell out the expectations the organization expects prior to signing them. Despite researching film, and even talking to former coaches, and so on, sometimes players and teams just aren’t a good fit. Ultimately it is usually up to the player if he stays or goes, so moving forward I can’t say that I feel it will be an issue in free agency in the future.
Question 2. @Donnie1965 asks, With it being so important where do you see FSU kicker going in the draft, should Tampa be looking 4 a kicker that good?
Answer: I have seen some scouting reports that have Roberto Aguayo going as high as the second round. And yes kicking is important, as many games come down to clutch kicking late in games or in overtime. At the same time, rarely you see kickers being drafted, much less in the second round and I can’t fathom the Buccaneers, with all the needs they have, taking Aguayo that high. Perhaps if he falls to later in the draft, but even then I am not sure the Bucs pull the trigger. As a Florida State fan, I obviously think he is one of the best college kickers off all time, and his stats back that up, but kicking a 38-yarded against Boston College during a noon game in October is a lot different than doing it on the NFL stage. Tampa Bay will have Patrick Murray back and Connor Barth is still under contract, and I would guess one more leg will be brought in, and they fight it out during training camp and the preseason.
Question 3. Dylan Todd asks, What does Glennon provide as backup QB that can’t get from a vet that is worth losing draft pick in trade?
Answer: Quality. Experience. The chance to win meaningful games if Jameis Winston goes down. I was completely on board with the Bucs taking Winston, as I felt he offered some intangibles that are special and don’t just come along with every quarterback. However there isn’t a free agent quarterback I would take over Glennon. Now, if the Bucs are offered a second round pick, and definitely a first rounder, I would certainly pull the trigger. You have to weigh the options though. You would think a second rounder, and definitely a first rounder would be an instant starter, so do you keep a player on your roster that you hope never sees the field, on a chance that Winston goes down? Those are the questions Licht and his staff will be debating.
Question 4. @Pickett971 What do you think the Bucs would be more likely to do keep #9 pick or if they do find a partner trade down?
Answer: I really believe in this draft the No. 18 player, isn’t too far off from the No. 9 player, and unless someone projected to be a Top 5 player slips to No. 9, then you might want to explore trade partners if any become available. But it won’t happen until the night of the draft when the Bucs are on the clock if it happens at all. If the Bucs had a Top 3 selection then maybe you see pre-draft trade possibilities, but not where the Bucs are currently. There are just too many factors and unknowns for a team to make a move at this point.
Question 5. @crag326 asks, what do you think will be the top 2 differences for this team in the HC change?
Answer: Well first off a better defense. We have been accused of bashing Lovie Smith, but the fact is, we have only pointed out issues and we never got personal. PewterReport.com respects Lovie Smith as a coach and a person. But for whatever reason, his defensive coaching style didn’t work. Player contributed to some of the failures, but in our opinion it was a flawed scheme that was rarely adjusted and didn’t work around the talent on the team, instead attempting to make the players fit the scheme. And perhaps the message was wasn’t gotten across effectively as well, but for whatever reason, you can’t argue with or defend an 8-24 record in two seasons. So I believe Mike Smith will run a better defense, and has better coaching to go along with a better style and scheme. The other thing would be even more aggressiveness offensively. Koetter wants to get the ball down the field and mentioned he wants Winston to be more aggressive in his down field throws. I also think you will see a more attack style going into the end of the first half, going for it on fourth down and little more and those type of things.
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@example.com
Just don’t see Glennon worth a one or two unless it’s a bottom round two. I just don’t think there is that much interest in the guy as a starter.
I agree with you jme0151. I don’t think there are to many other people out there who don’t outside of the Glennon mob who used to swoon over him as a QB.
I was surprised to see the Texans throw all that money away on a QB with seven pro games under his belt. although it didn’t cost them any draft picks.
I guess they forgot how to spell Matt Cassell.
Still, some teams get deperate for a QB at this time of year.
Would be great if the Bucs could get a third round pick and a veteran player who could start for them this year, much like the Patriots did with their DE they traded to the Cards.
Makes no sense we carried 3 QB’s on the active roster last season if we weren’t plainning to trade Glennon or the other back up.
Funny,….don’t think there is that much interest as Glennon a starter….frankly, I really don’t know how much interest there is. But I find it funny that we think we know that these teams really think of him. We will see. And if I were to ask someone what they think, I would ask SR or Mark…they probably would be the most accurate, behind Licht and such.
Guys, there is a lot of interest for Glennon from places that need QB’s. He’s a proven commodity that is still developing.
As I have often reminded my fellow posters; Richie McKay got a first round pick for Craig Erickson. Of course, we also gave up a first round pick for Jack Thompson. I’m not suggesting that Glennon would bring such a bounty, but I don’t think a second round choice is totally out of the question. Third stringer, Ryan Griffin was kept on the roster for a reason.
Glennon will be traded on draft day. Horse is right, they picked up that kid from N.O., and kept him on the roster knowing Glennon walks next year if not traded this year. As much as they crow about Mike, does he really fit Koetter’s plan on offence? We want Winston to be more aggressive throwing the ball down field, we want more explosive plays. Does that sound like Capt check down? Should we lose Jameis for more then 2 games, the ship will still sink with Glennon at the helm.
Glennon would be fine in there if something happened to Winston- now that they actually have an O-line that can function… In all fairness, it wasn’t easy to throw down field w/ that blocking, and the playcalling from the novice OC didn’t help in ’14
As far as I see it,you can’t argue with 29 TDS vs 15 ints in 19 games on a crappy team ( Glennon). This is why people are interested in this guy. Put him on a real squad and he’s a decent QB and possibly a good one. Now going on his 4 or 5th yr…can’t remember. Time makes a big difference with qbs.
Glennon is better than people think, even back to college. 2011: Torched #7 Clemson for 3 TD 0 Int 2012 Torthed #3 FSU 5 TD 1 Int.
In his 2 years as a college starter he was around a 70%-30% (TD – Int) passer.
In the NFL he is 29 TD – 15 INT as a back up, with minimal experience. Those numbers are better than most game managing starters.
There is much more to Mike Glennon than meets the eye. He will be great trade bait in the draft.
I agree so we must trade to someone not in the NFC.
Go Bucs !!
If Glennon ever had to get under center for Dirk Koetter, I think he would distance himself from that “Captain Checkdown” moniker. His rookie year Sullivan and Schiano rightfully didn’t trust a rookie to let it fly when pressed into the starting job by the Freeman debacle. Year 2…did we really learn anything about any offensive player in the Marcus Arroyo era? Glennon has the ability to be a good deep ball passer, but he hasn’t played in the regular season under a coach that wants him to go downfield.
PREDICTION: Glennon > Osweiler
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