It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. Tampa Bay made a big statement in a 24-17 home win against Carolina that keeps the Bucs’ slim playoff hopes alive, but puts a big dent in the Panthers’ post-season aspirations with their fourth straight loss.

2 BIG STATEMENTS

STATEMENT 1: Bucs Get Statement Win Over Panthers
Statement No. 1 this week is Sunday’s big statement win for Tampa Bay. The team’s 24-17 win over the Panthers was a big one for head coach Dirk Koetter, general manager Jason Licht and the rest of the Bucs’ brass as Tampa Bay improved to 5-7. The Bucs have already matched their win total from a year ago with four games left – and they are still technically alive for a Wild Card playoff berth.

Tampa Bay splits its 2018 series with Carolina, which has lost four straight, and is now just one game back from the Panthers, and has moved out of the NFC South cellar, which is now occupied by Atlanta, which is 4-8. The Bucs, who have now won back-to-back games for the first time since starting the season 2-0, notched their second NFC South win and could collect a third next week with an upset at home against New Orleans.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera – Photo by: Getty Images

Speaking of the Saints, that was the Bucs’ first and only quality win of the season. Tampa Bay’s other victories have come against Philadelphia (5-6), Cleveland (4-7-1) and San Francisco (2-9) before beating the Panthers, who were 6-5 prior to kickoff today. When the Glazers evaluate the 2018 season and determine whether or not Koetter and Licht will stick around next season, this game will stand out as a quality win – a statement win – especially because of the play of unsung players like safety Andrew Adams, cornerback Javien Elliott and linebacker Kevin Minter.

So what will it take for this game to matter even more? The Bucs will need to pick up two more wins for Koetter and Licht to avoid regime change in my estimation. Any loss needs to be close, and one of those wins has to come against Atlanta in Week 17. Winning the season finale at home and ending the season on a high note will greatly help Koetter and Licht’s cause.

If the Bucs lose the next four games, this statement win over Carolina won’t matter. Just ask Lovie Smith how losing the last four games of the 2015 season after a 6-6 start worked out for him. A 7-9 finish shows improvement and that may be even for Koetter and Licht to stay in Tampa Bay, while an 8-8 record helps them even more. And mathematically, a 9-7 record isn’t out of the question, and if that happens, the Bucs will have beaten New Orleans, Baltimore, Dallas and Atlanta to end the year to make an improbable playoff run.

STATEMENT 2: Duffner’s Bucs D Is For Real (At Home)
What can you say about defensive coordinator Mark Duffner and the job he’s done since Dirk Koetter fired Mike Smith after the team’s 34-29 loss at Atlanta in Week 6?

Back in September, Koetter famously once said: “Okay, so we fire Mike Smith. Then what?”

“Well, Dirk, the Bucs defense gets better.”

That was the rhetorical answer that Koetter didn’t necessarily expect when he was still hanging on to Smith threw the bye week and the Falcons game. But Koetter made the right move, and Duffner has taken on the new responsibilities and ran with the opportunity, integrating a slew of new starters and role players into the defense to fill in for the rash of injuries that have hit Tampa Bay’s linebacker corps and secondary.

Bucs DC Mark Duffner – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

At one point, the Bucs had Andrew Adams, De’Vante Harris, Isaiah Johnson, Jordan Whitehead, Ryan Smith, Javien Elliott and Josh Shaw on the field in the secondary today. Only Smith was a starter in the defensive backfield last year, and that was out of necessity. Adams, Harris, Whitehead and Shaw weren’t even on the roster last year, and Johnson and Elliott were strictly special teamers. In Sunday’s win against Carolina, those players combined for 22 out of the Bucs’ 50 tackles, eight out of the team’s 10 pass breakups and all four interceptions.

Adams was the unlikeliest of heroes with a career-high three interceptions – a feat that’s only happened three other times in Bucs history. Ronde Barber accomplished that feat twice with three INTs against New Orleans on December 23, 2001 and against the Saints again on December 4, 2005, while Aqib Talib snared three interceptions against Washington on October 4, 2009.

The Buccaneers have missed linebacker Lavonte David’s playmaking over the last two games while he has battled through a knee injury, and he made his presence felt immediately in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Panthers. David tipped a pass that was picked off by Adams to help the Bucs add a field goal to go up 10-0. David led the Bucs with 12 tackles and also sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton later in the first quarter, which was the second sack by a linebacker as newcomer Kevin Minter also corralled Newton early in the game to help set the tone.

David now has 19.5 sacks in his career with more sacks against the Panthers than any other team. David recorded his sixth sack against Carolina and his fifth sack against Newton on Sunday.

“The D was fantastic today [with] four turnovers – four interceptions and four sacks,” Koetter said. “The offense, we just couldn’t get that last score to put that game away in the second half, so the defense just had to keep going out there and keep getting it. Our D-line played so hard. I think when Justin Evans went out at halftime. We’re basically playing with none of our starting five defensive backs to start the season. For all those guys that came in and were role players today, and stars today. Shoot, Adams with three picks today, Elliott with a pick, Harris with two nice pass break-ups. That was pretty cool for those guys. It was awesome to have Lavonte back, he lead us with 12 tackles and the one sack. So, today was a day for the D and they did a great job.”

The last time Tampa Bay played Carolina the Panthers had 35 points at halftime. On Sunday, it was the Bucs that were doing the scoring in the first half. Tampa Bay led 17-7, but it could have been 24-7 if not for Peyton Barber’s goal line fumble. While the Bucs’ 17 points first half points were impressive, the real noteworthy stat was Tampa Bay’s defense holding Carolina to just seven points after two quarters of action.

Bucs CB Javien Elliott - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CB Javien Elliott – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

That crazy stat I dug up about the Bucs coming into Sunday’ game, allowing just 18.4 points per home – only 16 points per game with Mark Duffner at the helm – as opposed to allowing 38.6 points per game on the road is real. There is nothing like home sweet home for Tampa Bay when it comes to playing defense. That’s a 20-point differential that favors the Bucs when they play at home, and that’s what happened in Sunday’s 24-17 win.

Duffner and the Bucs will see if they can change their fortunes on the road with back-to-back games coming up at Baltimore and at Dallas, but next up is New Orleans where Tampa Bay could certainly use another stifling performance, holding a potent Saints offense to 17 points on Sunday.

2 PROBING QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Is Winston Helping His Cause For Staying On In 2019?
Heck, yes. Winston played his second turnover-free game in a row and that made a huge difference for Tampa Bay once again as the Bucs were plus-4 in the turnover margin with four interceptions of Cam Newton. Winston made maybe one or two questionable throws, but played another clean up completing 20-of-30 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and a QB rating of 114.4.

This was the first time the Buccaneers, who have the league’s top passing offense, haven’t passed for 300 yards in a game, but who cares? Tampa Bay got the win and that’s that mattered. Winston, who became the Bucs’ all-time touchdown leader with 81, surpassing Josh Freeman, made very decisions with the football and didn’t fumble despite being sacked four times.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Winston was also Tampa Bay’s leading rusher with 48 yards on five carries (9.6 avg.), including a season-long 18-yard scramble. The Bucs’ first-round pick in 2015 is showing progress in shedding the “turnover machine” label he’s earned in the past, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that he will be back next year on a fifth-year option that will pay him $20.92 million as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback.

“Jameis was our run game today, he was our leading rusher,” Koetter said. “I thought Jameis’ best play of the day was the touchdown to [Chris] Godwin. That was actually his fourth option on that play, and he scrambled up and found him in the back of the end zone. I thought that was his best play, but I thought Jameis really was in control all day, and for the most part, took what they gave him. We just couldn’t get in a very good rhythm there in the second half. In the first half, we moved it, I thought, really well.”

QUESTION 2: Is Smith Helping His Cause For A Contract Extension?
Heck, no. Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith continues to struggle this season in pass protection, and had a sub-par performance against Carolina on Sunday. I’ve Smith, who is in a contract year and is slated to be a free agent in March of 2019,

Smith had allowed 4.5 sacks coming into Sunday’s game at Carolina, and allowed back-to-back sacks in the second quarter that forced the Bucs to punt on one series. Smith’s previous high when it came to sack totals occurred last year and in his rookie season when he allowed five. Now Smith has allowed 6.5 sacks this season with four games to go. Smith allowed a sack against Carolina earlier in the year, so almost half of his sacks have come against the Panthers.

Smith also had a big holding penalty on second-and-1 at the Carolina 3-yard line right before halftime, but the Bucs were able to overcome that and score a touchdown to build a 17-7 lead. I wrote a few weeks ago how the team should hold off on re-signing Smith to a contract extension for a reason. He’s not playing great football this season – in a contract year.

2 BOLD PREDICTIONS

PREDICTION 1: Jackson Won’t Be A Buccaneer
With quarterback Jameis Winston likely returning next year to play on his fifth-year option, it’s doubtful that veteran receiver DeSean Jackson returns in 2019. Jackson, who missed the game with a thumb injury, and Winston simply don’t have the rapport that Jackson had with Ryan Fitzpatrick when it came to downfield passes, which is Jackson’s forte.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Meanwhile, Chris Godwin stepped up in Jackson’s place and had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, including a game-long 48-yard reception. Godwin is worthy of starting and receiving more targets next year in his third season, but that won’t happen with Jackson on the roster.

With contract extensions likely coming for left tackle Donovan Smith – even though he might not totally deserve it – and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, in addition to some help on the defensive side of the ball, the Bucs could use some extra salary cap room next year. Jackson is on the books for $10 million and that money be better spent elsewhere.

PREDICTION 2: The Takeaways Continue
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is having an NFL MVP-caliber season by completing 75.5 percent of his passes for 3,262 yards with 30 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He’s incredibly hard to pick off, yet the unheralded, patch-work Bucs secondary now has six interceptions in the last two games.

Bucs CB De'Vante Harris - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs CB De’Vante Harris – Photo by: Getty Images

Tampa Bay was plus-two in the turnover margin in last week’s win against San Francisco and were plus-three in the turnover margin in the victory over Carolina. Turnovers are coming in bunches and the Bucs are making things happen defensively right now.

If the Bucs are going to win their third straight game and upset the Saints at Raymond James Stadium next week, they’ll need to finish at least plus-two in the turnover margin again. I think they’ll get at least one pick against Brees on Sunday – and it will be former Saints cornerback De’Vante Harris, who had three pass breakups against Carolina, coming up with his first career interception.

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44 COMMENTS

  1. Do not let Koetter go. He is the real deal. With a decent kicker and the current DC at the start of the year he’d be ten and two and NFL coach of the year.
    Firing him and his staff does nothing but set the Bucs back two years or more.
    Next year, with a good draft, Koetter will have the Bucs on top of the South and in the playoffs.

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    • I so liked him but the Smith stubbornness and play-calling hubris this year have shaken my faith. The offense is special and he gets credit for that but his decision to bring back Smith cost us a playoff spot this year. Winning out for 9-7 certainly saves him… maybe even 8-8 (we can’t really beat a riled Saints team, can we?)… but 7-9, really?

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    • WestChap; good points. I’m not ready to agree with you nor disagree with you. I need another win or two to convince me.

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    • I agree keep Koetter. This isn’t fantasy football where you change the team after every loss. Starting over will cost us 2 years, I agree with Pete. We’re not too far from being a real contender. Stay the course I say.

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    • I keep jumping on the Fire Koetter train, but just like last year this team just does not quit on him. That is definitely a huge selling point to keeping him. Boy do they fight hard even when it seems like the season is lost. Had he had a kicker he would certainly have a better record.

      There are a few things that go against him.

      1. The piss poor defense of M. Smith, who absolutely should have been fired in the off season, and def before the Bye week so that Duff could have turned the D around sooner.
      2. Poor game management. Koetter continues to shoot himself in the foot with bad game management and sometimes even giving up on his own team when the game is still in reach. (see stupid fake punt)

      For me, it depends on how well this team does in this final stretch. If Koetter does go than you have to keep Monken as OC and hire a Defense minded HC, though I also wouldnt want to see Duff go.

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  2. wins are all that matters and but …Wouldn’t the bucs be better off with a different qb that is accurate throwing the long ball in stride to receivers. Dink and dunk and throwing to a spot will work but if the bucs get behind…

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    • Sunshineben no the Bucs are not better off with different QB. Jameis is the Franchise QB this team has needed for ever. Does he have that gunslinger mentality? Sure does but thats why he throws a touchdown to Godwin in back of the end zone instead of throwing it away. He is 24 years old, yea he’s made mistakes but he has also showed he can be an elite QB in this league. Between you and Naples I can’t tell who hates Jameis more. But sorry to break the news to you, he’s not going anywhere. It must be hard to be a Bucs fan when you can’t for the QB to be successful.

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      • elite ,,really ?? ok, glad you believe that :>))

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        • Um, , when the QB is always in the top 10 lists when he plays, a few times No.1, when he corrects what you ask him to, when he’s 24 and broken franchise records, …yeah, elite. (and it said CAN BE…)

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        • And as usual, sunshineben with the clown comment of the day. Do you right your half whiffed comments just to get a rise? Do you even watch the games? The oline was terrible and jameis still played well. I can’t wait till jameis gets his second contract and we can all sit here and watch you complain like a child
          For the next five years

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    • Sunshine was in the kitchen all evening cooking up excuses this week on why winston isnt good. Last week it eas wins, he wins and now this week it’s the deep ball. As for hitting receivers in stride, guess all those slants he hit yesterday dont count? Now do us all a favor, go worship your Mariota fat head you have slapped on your wall and let the grown ups talk about football.

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      • Winston threw for 249 yards so really impressive,huh? WOW!!(You keep bringing Mariota up when i don’t so play smarter ,pls. …

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        • With an offensive line that had him running for his life. 14 quarterback hurries, 11 quarterback hits, 5 sacks. Yet Winston completes 66 percent while leading the team in rushing yards and makes a great play to find Godwin, his fourth receiver, on the play. Again, your limited in your view of the team as a whole. I didn’t know you had to throw for 300+ yards to be a good quarterback. SMDH.

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  3. How about this for a big statement: given that the Bucs have no problem with Jameis on the roster, the Bucs go get Kareem Hunt tomorrow.

    As much as I like how Barber runs and how loathed I would be to give up on the high draft pick RoJo already, Hunt is a big upgrade – and like Jameis is young and on his second chance now. All the same rationale that resulted in Jameis being a Buc can be equally applied to Hunt…no double standards here.

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    • Please no.

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    • ITs a shame you see a man making a move on a Woman inappropriately, and striking/kickig a woman, as the same thing.

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      • Sexual assault and assault brother…

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        • and for the record I think both are deplorable – if I was GM neither of these guys would be on the team. But one being okay (sexual assault) and the other (assault) not, is just another of the long list of inconsistencies in our GM that will lead to his exit after the season.

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  4. We need to see consistency, that’s all that matters for a shot at the playoffs..can koetter keep it up? Tough games ahead..saints coming off a humbling loss to the Cowboys, can bet they will be bringing their A game. Who knows, maybe the bucs show us something different and pulls off an amazing stretch.

    Donovan smith? Sheesh, he’s probably going to see his worth out in the market, but he hasn’t shown he’s worth more than average linemen pay. We need to really focus on fixing the line next year..Marpet is the only solid guy on the line.

    The defense is looking like they are fully grasping Duffner’s style, though the run defense is still shotty, kind of tough with a lot of injuries..keep it up.

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  5. I still think Koetter is gone. Licht sticks around, but only because of his personnel choices which suddenly look a whole lot better. I think we need a Coach who has the fire of Jon Gruden. ( But Definitely not Gruden) and can develop an offense that continues to perform as this one is. Defense is starting to come on, but one game doesn’t make up for a year of screaming and yelling at my TV.

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  6. If I were the GM, I would probably just franchise tag Donovan Smith. I forget exactly when the franchise tag needs to be issued, but I think it’s before the draft. So before we release him we need to secure a replacement as it’s not like Smith is awful. He’s just mediocre with flashes of good and bad.

    I just don’t want to be left hanging if we can’t secure anything in FA or the draft and tbh, Smith might end up being our future RT if we do draft a replacement as I don’t know if Dotson is going to be here next year either.

    I’m happy that Winston is playing so well and hope he keeps it up. Think if he stays pretty close to what we see now he’s more than earned his extension and honestly, if we can, I would see if we can get him cheap long-term while there’s still questions about him.

    As for the team itself, I’m still anticipating we’ll be seeing regime turnover. I just don’t know how much. I would personally like to keep Koetter and Licht for another year but idk. I think the post-season interviews are going to swing the decision either way. Atm, I think Licht is probably safe and Koetter is 50-50. Warhop is probably the only guy in serious danger right this second. But we’ll see.

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  7. Good articles. This is not the same team that I saw in NJ two weeks ago, they just seem to have it all coming together now. I’ll admit, I had given up hope this year, but I am making a U-turn now. I might have to think about going to Baltimore in two weeks. As for Statement 2, I agree 100%. Those of you at the game didn’t hear it, but on the broadcast, they mentioned that Bucs have the most defensive rookie snaps of any team in the NFL this year. That is saying something about the way this group is playing!! And now I can rub it in to my brother that the Bucs have more wins than his future HOF QB-led, head-coachless Packers!!! Go Bucs!!

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  8. Still think Winston is playing better for 4 reasons: 1) Becoming a father; 2) Realizing that he doesn’t have to be a superstar every game; 3) Playing for his career and team despite the obvious fact that his HC can’t stand him except to the point he may save his job; Realizing it’s his last chance off-field to keep his job or become the next Michael Vick. 2 out of 4 more good games and Jameis will get his extension and a better than average season next year will get him a big contract from someone. This should be Koetter’s last chance, regardless – if they finish 7-9 or 8-8 he may save his job, but there won’t be a line out there waiting to sign him. Hope it doesn’t happen, but would not surprise me if the Bucs are behind by 14-21 points in the 4th quarter and Koetter puts the blame on Winston for not being aggressive enough and caring more about his stats than saving chance throwing 2-3 picks to save Koetter’s job.

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    • Dbenn, have to disagree. So far, its been fans like you, not Koetter, that have thrown Winston under the bus.

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      • Hmm, can’t remember ever faulting Winston’s play, only time I remember “throwing a player under the bus” is D. Jackson for what appears to be a lack of hustle and quickness to whine when he doesn’t get the ball and commenting that I didn’t think Smith was more an average LT. I do remember a comment saying his off-field issues are disappointing – mostly for putting himself in those situations knowing he is under a microscope. Being a father and realizing the need to quit drinking seems to have made him a better person. My “perception” is that Koetter doesn’t like Winston for some reason as he was always quick to praise Fitz and gloss over his bad decisions even though he has far more experience.

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  9. Winston being benched is the best thing the Bucs ever did. Before he was benched, he was leading the NFL in interceptions and just looked terrible on the field. Since he returned, he now is playing nearly error free football and the way fans have hoped he could play but nearly never did. Now two weeks in a row he is not throwing INTs and the team is winning games with a much better defense thanks to Duffner who has really changed things up and made them far more competitive than ever before.

    I agree with everyone who is saying that both the GM and coach are still alive for next season as this 11th hour improvement could save their jobs. Still they are going to have to win against Atlanta and at least one more team, preferably the Saints at home and sweeping the division rival. If they can do that, and finish the season with 4 wins and 2 losses in the tough NFC South, they may survive for another year. Of course winning against the Ravens or Dallas on the road as well would do it for sure, but that is asking a lot of this team. One win (for 6) is a big danger for this staff. Lets see how they do against the Saints…

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  10. Pfft this Jameis Winston gush fest is so lame. This dude has flashed us this crap before. Couple good then back to historically bad. Wasting the best deep threat in the history of the NFL, as Jameis Winston has with DeSean Jackson isn’t worth a 2nd extension, neither is his lack of awareness to throw the ball away instead of throwing a interception OR taking a sack. We shouldn’t be happy that it took this idiot nearly 4 years to stop throwing interceptions in favor of socks so what, its gonna take another 4 years and 80 million dollars for him to figure that out to? Draft a QB in any round of the draft next year that could complete a pass 50 yards downfield and watch the magic return to this offense we saw earlier in the year. Cause yeah, it’s a cute idea Chris Godwin is a starting receiver in this league, fine…but let’s reiterate, “DeSean Jackson is statistically the greatest downfield threat in the HISTORY of the NFL…all 100 years of it….and Jameis Winston can’t throw him a fuckin pass?! Fuck off with that contract extension shit, and fuck Donovan Smith too. That guy is a useless meat sack on roller skates every week. The fact that this offense isn’t scoring 40 pts a game with this skill players is a direct reflection of ineptitude at QB. Need to draft a different one. Spend 20 million elsewhere.

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    • Charlie everyone: ultimate Madden player.

      I have to ask you the question that is on everyones mind regarding your opinion?…

      Is it Xbox or playstation?

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    • Yeah, Desean was, about five years ago dude. It’s time to stop living in the past and stop being a hater. Godwin has a 85 percent catch rate while mesean won’t even attempt
      To dive for a ball. Instead of being a troll, why don’t you actually look at the play on the field. You lack credibility with a dumb post like this

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    • Wow, youve reached special ed level with this post Charlie. Jameis will be here next year, you dont like it, pick a new team, you wont be missed. If mesean was so good how come he was let go by two other teams? As stated above, go back to playing madden and let the rest of us make informed opinions.

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  11. Hiring his buddy Mike Smith, and holding on to him to long might be Koetter, and Licht’s undoing. Firing Mike Smith, then what was Koetter’s dumb answer to a fair question. It’s obvious now as most of us thought it needed to be done, why were they so slow to figure that out? After last season it was time to move on from Grimes, but Licht had to have him back over paying him in the process. This regime is to slow to make moves common fans see as obvious. I wouldn’t expect that to change if they are retained. We shouldn’t let a few feel good wins that are coming far to late to save the season fool us into believing this crew has finally figured it out, they haven’t. This roster has far to many flaws, and bad coaching decisions over the last four years to justify keeping the status quo. Licht will continue to make questionable draft moves, F.A. decisions, giving big extentions to undeserving players. Koetter will continue to make bad coaching decisions, like hoping Fitzmagic would save his season. Yes Jameis should’ve been benched during the Cinn game, but not after that, it was a panic move. Cam threw four picks yesterday, Big Ben has thrown more then that in a game, were they benched the next three games? Koetter is not a good H.C., Licht is not a good G.M.. Let their record decide their fate.

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    • Surfer, I think they had to bring back Grimes considering the amount of rookies that were going to be played.

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  12. I hope Koetter gets to come back and finish the job, i.e. coach us to a Superbowl win. I just like him. I think he has grown as a head coach, just as I see signs that Winston is finally growing up. The remaining games will confirm or deny this.

    If not we have the core to build on no matter who’s regime is place.

    I know we have not been mathematically eliminated, but I have previously thought that it would take 10-6 to make it as a wild card in the NFC this year. Don’t know if that will hold true.

    On to the game with the Saint’s. This will be a big test.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!

    P.S. I do have tickets for the game with Atlanta. I will be there! 💓 👍 🤩

    P.S.S. How does the 2019 draft look for Left Tackle this year, anybody?

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  13. senile: not good if we keep winning. But Id take wins over draft picks

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  14. Regardless of who is running this team in March, we need to acquire at least one OT and move Donovan Smith to RT. We also absolutely have to get another guard. If we could get a top 10 oline that can give Winston another second and give us a good running game this team would be hard to beat.

    Also time to let me Sean go and use that money to resign hump and Kwon.

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  15. Well, this game was quite an eyeopener, particularly on the defense with the sacks and takeaways, the latter by unheralded scrubs. Who knew?

    Well, if the Bucs can do it against the Saints then the victory over the fast-fading Panthers may not be quite the black swan event it seemed yesterday. Ditto with remaining games against the rising Cowboys and Ravens. The Falcons game is the only one of the three today in which the Bucs may be favored to win.

    Let’s see how it all shakes out.

    We’ve had several season in the past where everything looked good heading into December, and the Bucs imploded. If we can avoid that fate, then maybe the current regime survives another year after all. But if we lose three or four more games the rest of this month, then they’re all gone.

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    • One positive about Koetter is the team does not give up under him. The new blitz aggressiveness of Duffner is working better than anyone expected (lots of dime packages that were not called before). I agree, they need to win at least two of the remaining for games for the existing regime to get another year. If that happens, especially if the wins are against the Saints and Atlanta and they go 4-2 in the South, I think they do come back. Hard to fire a coach who is beating the division opponents at home and going .500 on the road.

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  16. C’mon Scott, you’re better than this. You wrote this way too fast and didn’t proofread with so many typos, misspellings, and cut-off sentences/thoughts.

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  17. I like how when anyone says anything about this skid mark playing QB everyone jumps on his crotch. He’s garbage and he’s a rapist. 4 years of rape and 4 years of crap football.
    What qualifies as a quality post to you shit heads? If it isn’t posted by one of the staff members or isn’t milking Jameis Winston, it’s not credible? You’re just soft like this football team lol.

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    • Rapist? Who did he rape? You seem triggered Charlie, tell us where jameis touched you. Name calling too? The last desperate act of sompen with nothing to say. Go get yourself some crayons and go cry about winston elsewhere little girl.

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    • Shit heads? Triggered is right. Did your mom not cuddle you enough when you were young, shit head? Get a warm bottle and get some rest, it’s obvious someone stole you lunch money as a kid

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  18. We will definitely have to wait and see how the season turns out in order to if Licht and Koetter will still be around but Koetter’s the One that hung onto Smith for far too long and still retains Warhop even though our running game has been bad for going on 2 years. The O-line and D-line is still a priority in the draft. I am completely baffled by Rojo, you can fall forward for a yard and he can’t seem to get a yard. Probably goes back to Warhop!!

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  19. .Wonder if the Panthers are going to bench Cam since he just tossed up 4 ints.

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  20. Koetter still needs to go IMO. Why does everyone assume the offense will go backwards? Be nice if they keept Monken though. Koetter lost me with his not firing Smith stubborn jackass move. If you can’t see he was most of the problem (yes Naples he was!) then your an idiot.

    Winston played great and with shitty O line play, and as usual couldn’t run ball with any consistency.

    You guys are wasting your breath arguing with idiots like SunshineBen and Bucassboob. So now with no turnovers and high QB eating your going to cry Ben about only 250 passing yards? Your an asshat. If Mariota or Prescott won a game and threw for 250 yards they would be awesome right! What a donkey Ben is! Lol.

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