The new year has started off with a bang as the speculation of what the Bucs will do with the overall No. 1 draft pick in the NFL Draft has created a major buzz on PewterReport.com and other media outlets. Besides the draft talk, there was other Bucs news covered, and in this weekly feature, we will recap and provide links to all of our stories from the previous week.
PewterReport.coms 2014 Pewter Performance Awards
The Buccaneers’ dismal 2014 season has come to a close, but before the 2015 campaign gets underway let’s take one last look at some of the most memorable – and forgettable – performances in Tampa Bay this year. The PewterReport.com editorial staff has voted on the final awards of the year.
To see who the winners were click here.
Dotson Has Earned Left Tackle Job – And A New Contract
When the Buccaneers benched left tackle Anthony Collins during the last month of the 2014 season and turned to right tackle Demar Dotson, it was essentially a three-game tryout to see if Dotson could switch to the left side. Fortunately for the Bucs and Dotson, the former basketball player turned underrated NFL tackle passed with flying colors.
To read the full story, click here.
NFL Draft Writers Weigh In On The Mariota and Winston Debate
While the football world awaits Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota’s decision on declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft, the debate on who will be the better pro prospect rages on. From a Bucs fan perspective it appears Mariota would be the preferred choice, but from a number of national writers and draft services it appears Winston has a slight edge.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston Declares For 2015 NFL Draft
On Wednesday Winston’s father, Antonor Winston, who confirmed that his son would leave the Seminoles for the pros. FSU and Winston later released a statement confirming the redshirt sophomore would indeed forgo his last two years of college eligibility to enter the upcoming NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Hires Dirk Koetter As Offensive Coordinator
The Buccaneers have made the first of what will eventually be many moves they hope will translate into an improvement over their 2-14 2014 season with the hiring of Dirk Koetter as their new offensive coordinator position.Koetter was with the Atlanta Falcons the previous three seasons but came available when Atlanta head coach Mike Smith was fired following the team’s 34-3 loss to the Panthers on the final day of last season.
Tony Dungy And John Lynch Once Again Hall Of Fame Finalists
For the second time in as many years, to former members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Last year, linebacker Derrick Brooks, strong safety John Lynch and head coach Tony Dungy were all finalists for the Hall of Fame, but only Brooks was enshrined, becoming the third Buccaneer to do so, joining defensive end Lee Roy Selmon (1995) and Warren Sapp (2013).
SR’s Fab 5: Bucs Need Winston For His Pocket Presence, Leadership And Football I.Q.
It has been a long time since a Pewter Report story has drawn the news and comments of Scott Reynolds feature on why he feels the Bucs should draft Jameis Winston in April. See what all the excitement, applause and anger is all about.
PewterReport.com Chat With Scott Reynolds
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Re: Fab 5 – Mariota vs Winston
There was a piece in that Fab 5 yesterday that talked about Winston when he was an 18-year old attendee at Trent Dilfer’s Elite11 QB Camp that was run by Trent Dilfer and broadcast on ESPN. PR excerpts of what the former Buccaneers and Ravens Super Bowl winning QB had to say to Winston three years ago. What does Dilfer think about Marcus Mariota?
This is what Dilfer said about Mariota on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
This is what Dilfer said about Mariota on Ron and Ian WDAE in Tampa.
“I think Marcus Mariota is a good pick if you’re not going to play him. I think he has a chance to be a very good player in the NFL. He’s got a great physical skill set. He’s got a nice intangible makeup. He’s a great kid, but he needs to learn a lot of football. He needs to learn how to play the quarterback position in the NFL. He needs to sit for a while. So if you, as an organization, can afford to sit him for a year, a year and a half, and play someone else, then he’s a good pick. If you want a quarterback that can come in right away, be the face of the franchise, make plays on Sunday, get everybody to believe you’ve got hope, Jameis Winston’s the guy.”
And the beat goes on!
Dilfer? Who gives a flying **** what the hell he has to say? Why don’t we see what Freeman thinks?
Sorry Mac, but I gotta agree with @jongruden on that one…Dilfer knows about as much as Mel Kiper, which is to say not much…good entertainment but I wouldn’t want either guy making my draft picks….
In an effort to be fair and balanced (laughter in the background from Mariota supporters), I have found analysts who are critical of Winston’s skills, even one who believes he may be undraftable. Russell Lande Jr. of GMJr Scouting has a podcast where he discusses 2015 draft players of interest and is strident and critical of Winston’s on-field skills as well as his well-known off-field issues.
“When I chart this kid out, he charts out as a late-round pick,” Lande said. “I’m not saying that he wouldn’t warrant maybe going a little earlier. But when you add in the questions, the off-field concerns, I just don’t see where you draft this guy because I think he’s gonna really struggle to be a consistent starter in the NFL.” That’s basically what veteran draft analyst Russ Lande of GM Jr. says in his podcast with Josh Liskiewitz and Scott Bischoff, starting at around minute 18:00 if you choose to listen.
I also found a piece on ESPN Insiders by Sal Bando that is critical of Winston also. Insiders is a pay window so I did not link to it. You may Google it if you are so inclined to read his evaluation.
All of you know that we have officially entered “Silly Season” and you cannot believe everything you read from GMs, coaches, and media analysts because many have self-interests that would hopefully will accrue to their benefit. Do not put it beyond critics to hope a player falls to a team of their interest that is not willing to pay the high price to move up and draft said player. Do not put it beyond supporters who would have that player taken off the board so the player desired is left for the taking.
Yawn. It’s just more Winston praising and mariota bashing by Mark Cook an Scott Reynolds. I didn’t even comment on the fab five bc I knew that so many of you would gobble it all up. I’m tired of hearing how mariota won’t be good or can’t play in any other system than what he’s playing. So after watching russell Wilson dice up the carolina Panthers last night, I saw that at least 60 percent of the time he got out of the pocket and made plays. To claim that you have to stay in the pocket to be successful in the nfl is ridiculous. Is playing inside the pocket important? Yes it is, but it’s way over valued. Actually, if you look at the qbs left in the playoffs, there’s only 2 true pocket passers left and it’s manning and Brady. Rodgers, luck, Wilson, and Romo all have a lot of mobility and make plays with their legs. Rodgers is at his best when he’s moving around, so is Wilson. So stop with the pocket passer bs. Marietta is a very capable an that can do the things that Wilson does. Very narrow minded fan base and writters we have for our bucs.
Buclover, couldn’t agree with you more. I said the exact same thing watching the game last night. How can people believe Mariota cannot do what Wilson does is assinine. Watch when NFL teams blitz Winston and see him get his ass buried vs. Mariota running out of the pocket and making plays. Mariota has so much more upside along with the better character that I do not see how the Bucs could pick Winston over him. To have a qb be able to scramble out of the pocket and find more time to make plays like he does comes along on so often. Wilson’s passing out of the pocket last night was average to below average in accuracy to his downfield receivers. Maybe after watching him beat Ohio State people will give him the credit he deserves.
What if come this Tuesday- after a loss to the Buckeyes,Mariota decides to stay in school and returns to Oregon to take another swing at the national championship?
this ends the Winston/Mariota debate and changes everything…Let’s not be too quick to choose sides or whom we should get until Mariota declares for the draft,and even then it may be premature…
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