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On free agency, don’t they have to spend a certain amount of salary cap per CBA?
Iam sorry about I could not get in for my question today. As far as Iam concerned. The bucs draft players did great. Tampa defensive players did what they needed to do to slow down Gurley. I think Doug Martin and Rb Smith did there job.Tampa needs new blood from skills positions. and Winston is the real deal. Tampa as far as Iam concerned. winning 6 games is great. but beating Chicago and upset Carolina would be even better. Its up to the owners to keep Lovie Smith. I think the bucs was mis match in the defensive back field. I think no#1- They need a DE that over powers the offensive line. A Fast CB and Safety, Another TE that doesn’t slings the ball at the goal line, and two offensive linemen.I believe that Tampa will do better. in 2016-Go Bucs.
FA helps a team Belecheat does it wisely and so can Licht. Revis and Jax were great additions to the team. So was McDaniel. I remember a certain FA DE we got several years ago that put us over the top(Simeon Rice).
Gerald McCoy is playing with two upper body injuries: a hand that he just had surgery on and a bad shoulder. Of course he can’t play the same way he does when he’s healthy. All this talk about McCoy vs Jameis is just idle gossip. No NFL player ever plays 100% when their body isn’t 100%, just like a race car can’t go top speed with bald tires and a dirty carburator. You have to manage expectations for injured players who continue to play. If McCoy is emotionally down for any reason, it’s peobably because he knows the fans’ expectations of his play are unrealistic but he’s still out there trying to meet them anyway. That’s a lonely place to be in as an athlete.
There are very few consistently victorious head coaches in the NFL, and Lovie has been one of those. It takes time to staff up a team with the players you need who can excel in your system. Penalties are a problem, but quite a few of them have been ticky tacky calls or just plain wrong. When Rah cleaned up the penalties, his team actually played worse. It’s why you have to be careful about how much you value on field emotions. They may motivate other players, but they also cloud judgment and fan the flames of frustration. Give me a clear-headed thinker like Dungy or Lovie any day over the perpetually angry Grudens and Crennels.
Finally, it’s incredibly hard to win a Thursday night game on the road. I don’t know why the NFL doesn’t wake up and do something practical like only schedule the teams coming off bye weeks to play against each other on Thursdays. The home team almost always wins by a lopsided score as it is. Colorful unifoems won’t change that any more than cancer awareness months or the constant jingoism that the NFL has taken to indulging in lately. Let’s focus more on smart football decisions and less on the false glory that is passionate hype.
Russ…I agree on McCoy. Battling thru injury’s and still commanding double teams frees up Golston for those 11 tackles.
As for Lovie….sorry but he is a terrible game manager, running a terrible defense. His time should be over but they will keep him for another year of mediocre football.
Good idea about Thursday night football but bye weeks only last thru first half of season.
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