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. The Bucs lost to the Falcons, 34-32, to finish the season 5-11 again, and that cost head coach Dirk Koetter his job. Koetter was fired on Sunday night after the game and the team announced that general manager Jason Licht will stay on to lead the coaching search.

2 BIG STATEMENTS

STATEMENT 1: Licht To Lead Bucs’ New Coaching Search
Sunday’s 34-32 loss by the Buccaneers to the Atlanta Falcons was yet another close defeat in another 5-11 season that ultimately cost Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter his job. Koetter was fired by the Bucs, which announced that general manager Jason Licht will be staying on in 2019 to lead the search for another head coach.

The Glazers fired the last two coaches that had back-to-back losing seasons – Greg Schiano (2012-13) and Lovie Smith (2014-15), and even Raheem Morris got axed after posting two losing seasons in his three years in Tampa Bay. Dirk Koetter had a 9-7 season in his first year as the Bucs’ head coach, but went 5-11 last year and 5-11 again this season. Like Smith, his predecessor, Koetter went 0-4 over the last four games of the season, and that ultimately led to his dismissal.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and former head coach Dirk Koetter
Bucs GM Jason Licht and former head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The fact that Koetter was just 3-9 in games decided by seven points or less over the last two seasons proved to be fatal for his coaching career in Tampa Bay.

“I just told the players, ‘close, but no cigar’ is just where we are right now,” Koetter said after Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. “There’s a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL, and it starts with effort and competing hard. Those guys are doing that for sure. But, to play the first half like we did and then in the third quarter we just kind of ran out of gas there. We gave ourselves a chance, got back into it. Got back the lead, but couldn’t hold it. We’re not far away – the Bucs are not far away. But, at the same time, we’ve got to get over the hump here at some point.

“Numbers are nice, but this is a winning league.”

Licht’s record as the Bucs’ general manager is worse than Koetter’s, at 21-43, but he has done enough to stick around by stockpiling talent by adding defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul via a trade, defensive end Carl Nassib as a waiver wire claim, and adding players like wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who each had over 100 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta, and quarterback Jameis Winston, who ended the season on an high note, throwing for 345 yards and four touchdowns with one interception against the Falcons, in the draft.

Licht will not only be in charge of finding a new head coach, but he’ll also be in charge of navigating the team’s salary cap issues as well as selecting a player with the fifth overall draft pick. I discussed the case for keeping Licht, as well as comparing his drafts to those of the Rams and the Eagles, in this edition of SR’s Fab 5.

STATEMENT 2: Winston Will QB Bucs In 2019
With Jason Licht staying on as general manager means one thing: Jameis Winston will be the team’s quarterback in 2019, which will be during his fifth-year option season – and with good reason. Winston has had a remarkable turnaround when it comes to his touchdowns and turnovers since he was benched following the Cincinnati Bengals game.

In Winston’s first four games since returning from his three-game suspension to start the season, he accounted for six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But in the last seven games of the season, Winston threw 13 touchdowns and had just four interceptions, including one against Atlanta that wasn’t his fault. Winston has done a great job in reducing the amount of turnovers over the second half of the season. Including lost fumbles, Winston had 12 turnovers in the first five games of the season and has just five in the last seven.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and GM Jason Licht - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

That bodes well for Winston and the Buccaneers moving forward. One thing that Winston needs to improve on is winning, especially on the road. Winston’s record as the team’s starting quarterback this season was 3-7 while Ryan Fitzpatrick’s record as the starter was 2-4. Winston is 0-12 in Tampa Bay’s last 12 road games dating back to the 2016 season.

Winston completed 22-of-35 passes for 345 yards (62.9 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, and finished the 2018 season completing 244-of-378 passes for 2,992 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His 64.5 percent completion percentage was a career high, ahead of the 63.8 percent completion percentage he had from a year ago. Winston also rushed 49 times for 281 yards (5.7 avg.) and one touchdown.

2 PROBING QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Who Are Licht’s Candidates To Replace Koetter?
With Bucs general manager Jason Licht leading the coaching search, former Arizona head coach Bruce Arians becomes a logical candidate to replace Dirk Koetter. Licht worked with Arians in Arizona in 2013 and Arians is a noted offensive-minded head coach that has a strong affection for Jameis Winston.

Imagine if Arians came to Tampa Bay as the head coach and Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who was fired by New York on Sunday night, came to the Bucs as the defensive coordinator? Bowles served as Arians’ defensive coordinator in Arizona from 2013-14 before becoming the Jets’ head coach in 2015.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh – Photo by: Getty Images

Another one to keep an eye on is Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, who may be acquired in a trade. Keep an eye on that, as there is some interest from Tampa Bay. Of course it will all come down to compensation, but I expect Licht to at least kick the tires with Baltimore. Tampa Bay won’t be the only team in the running for Harbaugh. It’s been reported that Denver could also be in the mix.

The precedent has been established for trading for a coach as Tampa Bay did that in 2002 for Oakland’s Jon Gruden. It’s hard to imagine that the Bucs would want to give up the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft – and likely more – for another head coach, but it worked out well with Gruden, obviously.

There could be some more candidates on the way on Monday as Miami may fire Adam Gase and Cleveland may fire Gregg Williams. We’ll have more on the potential candidates to replace Koetter on PewterReport.com on Monday.

QUESTION 2: Who Played Their Final Game In Red And Pewter?
Several Buccaneers. Not only will there be a coaching change in Tampa Bay in 2019, but there will be plenty of roster moves this offseason too. So who likely played their final game in red and pewter? I chronicled which players may be released due to being salary cap casualties in my most recent SR’s Fab 5.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson wants out of Tampa Bay and will get his wish and that will clear $10 million in cap room. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will turn 31 in February and is scheduled to make $13 million and the Bucs may want to reallocate that money elsewhere. McCoy has been an icon on and off the field in Tampa Bay, but with the team facing a salary cap crunch in 2019, the Bucs will likely be forced to part ways with their 2010 first-round pick – either by cutting him or trading him.

Defensive end Vinny Curry is slated to make $8 million and that’s too rich for a backup as Carl Nassib will be the starter opposite Jason Pierre-Paul in 2019. Defensive end Will Gholston is on the books for $3.75 million and that might be too rich for a reserve. Right tackle Demar Dotson remains a good value at $4.85 million in 2019, but his body has worn down over the last couple of years and he’ll be 34 next year. He’s not a lock to return.

Former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and CB Brent Grimes
Former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Another Bucs player playing his last game in Tampa Bay is cornerback Brent Grimes, who has been a huge disappointment this season. Last year, Grimes had a team-high three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. This season he came into his final game with just three pass breakups and no interceptions, but wound up with three more on Sunday against Atlanta.

Middle linebacker Adarius Taylor is no lock to return, either. He’s in a contract year and made just over $1 million this year. The team likes him as a special teams player more than as a linebacker.

Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries, who ended up as the Bucs’ second-leading receiver with a career-high 76 catches for 866 yards and five touchdowns this year, is slated for unrestricted free agency. The current regime would like to have Humphries back at the right price.

Left tackle Donovan Smith and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, who has spent half the year on injured reserve, will also hit free agency in March without new deals, but both are expected to return. Smith could get the franchise tag and Alexander could get a multi-year extension or a one-year prove-it deal as he attempts to come back from a torn ACL.

2 BOLD PREDICTIONS

PREDICTION 1: Winston Will Start In 2019, But Bucs Will Draft A QB
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will return to Tampa Bay on his fifth-year option in 2019 as the team’s starter, which should come as no surprise. But just like the Bucs did with Josh Freeman during his contract year, drafting another quarterback in Mike Glennon, I see Tampa Bay also selecting a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will it be a first-round pick, a mid-round pick or a late-rounder? Time will tell. But Winston will have stiffer competition in 2019 than Ryan Griffin, who may or may not return to Tampa Bay in free agency.

PREDICTION 2: The Bucs Draft A Lineman With The 5th Overall Pick
I know it’s early, but the guess here is that Bucs general manager Jason Licht will address the trenches with the fifth overall draft pick in 2019. Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams looks like a rock solid prospect that could play either left or right tackle in Tampa Bay and replace either Donovan Smith or Demar Dotson for the long term.

If Licht parts ways with Gerald McCoy, who will be 31 in February and is scheduled to make $13 million, then defensive tackle becomes a position of need as the Bucs will need a stud to team with Vita Vea for the future. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams and Clemson’s Christian Watkins are two Top 10-caliber defensive tackles that Tampa Bay should consider.

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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How about Brent Venables? …or a PFO? I like the Johan Williams pick as well.

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MudManVA

In Licht I trust

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Naplesfan

I trust Licht to keep putting up the Ls, as he has done solidly for the last five years. 53 and counting.

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tpeluso

Does either side between the team and McCoy entertain the possibility of a pay cut for McCoy to stick around? I think it’s foolish to let McCoy go now over money.

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BucRy

I feel the same, I would like to see if there’s a way to keep him. We saw how quickly our DL got banged up this year and having McCoy around in rotation only helps with the depth..he’s still a solid player.

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macabee

You guys already know that I want Bruce Arians for the next Bucs HC. I won’t waste your time explaining why. I posted my opinion weeks ago regarding Arians. If Arians is hired and I hope he is, the Bucs should also hire his heir-apparent due to Arians past health issues. My vote would go to Kris Richard who is now defensive backs/passing game coordinator with the Cowboys and former DC with the SeaHawks. This is his first year with the Cowboys and is one of the reasons the Cowboys defense has been one of the best in the NFL… Read more »

Bucnut2

Well said. I agree with all except Richards

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Bucnut2

I prefer Bowles or Marinelli as heir apparent.

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macabee

That could work as Bowles was DC for Arians at Arizona. But heir apparent refers to the guy that becomes HC should Arians leave for whatever reason. After his stint at the Jets, are you comfortable with Bowles as HC? In that case, I don’t think hier apparent is the right description.

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Naplesfan

Unless you believe Arians is a liar, he has already pronounced loudly and clearly to the media that the only head coaching job in the league that he would consider coming out of retirement for is the Browns. I cannot believe that he is so stupid as to come out of retirement to come work for the co-coach killing tendem of the Baby Glazers and their sorry-assed excuse of a coach-killing GM Jason Licht. No quality head coaching candidate will sign on for ensured failure. The guys like Arians and McCarthy will demand combined coaching-GM roles to go shopping for… Read more »

Wright

You’re lacking context to his quote Naples. At the time he said that quote, about only being interested in Cleveland, that was the only team with an opening at the HC position (as they were on the interim HC). Arians has been around a long time, pretty sure he was just following longstanding coaching etiquette that you don’t express interests in taking another man’s job if it’s not available.

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macabee

I don’t think Arians is a liar. Like you and me, he may say things that he regrets he said later on. One of the great virtues of humankind is that we can change our minds.

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macabee

Naples, for your enlightenment. Never say never!

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/12/31/bruce-arians-interested-in-buccaneers-job/

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Naplesfan

And anybody looking for a HC job knows that the best way to get the job you really want is to drop hints that he can be had by someone else.

We Bucs have been used that way before, as you well know.

I’ll believe Arians to come to work for the co-coach killers when I see it, and not before.

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SelmonRules1000

Even if Arians is all cracked up as you say he is, something will go wrong. Various legends have come close to Tampa and run away. Bill Parcells for one. People are trying to connect the wrong dots. It will be a weak desperate coaching candidate or someone demanding major power and control concessions in their contract. Then we will see how weird it gets if Licht has to be fired next year with a one year coach being fired or a powerful coach still here. What will happen then? With Licht gone next year will the remaining coach be… Read more »

macabee

Selmon, I can’t say with any degree of certainty what will happen. I just know this – that something is going to happen. I have only said what I would like to see happen. What would you like to see happen?

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SelmonRules1000

I am of the belief that a football pedigree type needs to be brought in a President position. This person would do the hiring of the GM or coach. People like Parcells, Dungy, and a McKay type are mentioned in this regard. There are some true decision making problems with the current Galzer brothers. You can see some of it happening with their other sports franchise Manchester United. They are firing people right and left over their too. Glazers’ are home based in Tampa. They are not going anywhere. They are keeping the failing yet 2 billion dollar franchise in… Read more »

Buc76

The cardinals still have Arians’ rights. You have to give something up to get him plus he’s 66 years old with health problems. Venables won’t leave Clemson. Harbaugh is not leaving Baltimore and he would never come here anyway. Williams has been fired 8 times. Good luck finding a quality coach. Unfortunately it’s not going to happen. Get ready for year 12, 13 and 14 with no playoffs. This is the new Cleveland Browns.

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chefboho

Glad as a fan you have the inside scoop on who will and who won’t come here. I guess we should just have you do the coaching search since you have it all figured out. I love negativity from the usual fans like yourself as I have my morning coffee.

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Naplesfan

Maybe, Troll, he is relying on the actual statement by Bruce Arians that the only team he is willing to come out of retirement to coach would be the Browns.

You don’t need to be an insider to understand common English.

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chefboho

Just like we don’t need a GM because we have you clown. And instead of being the troll yourself, why don’t you actually read my statement if you have the ability to do so. He said harbaugh isn’t leaving? Do you or anyone else know that? He said venables won’t leAve Clemson. Do you or anyone else know that? This was my point but instead of your usual trolling ass, you comment on something YOU or anyone else knows nothing about.

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Naplesfan

Go eff yourself, Troll. That’s all you ever do here.

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JustaBuc

For what it’s worth, word on the street is Arians will listen to a Bucs offer. So yeah, this comment thread has not aged well.

And please, do we really need to get to this level? I won’t quit being a fan of the Bucs, but I am getting really tired of this constant pissing contest on the fansites.

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SelmonRules1000

Unfortunately what you are predicting could go in that general direction. If Licht is fired next year will the new coach be in charge of the GM search committee?

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BucWild02

As far as coaches, Bruce Arians would be a great pickup. Harbaugh? No thanks. That trade price is too high. Any trade price is too high. What about Gregg Williams? If he isnt retained by Cleveland he should be looked at. He turned Cleveland around this year in his interim HC role, has tons of experience, is defensive minded and could craft a new defense.

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surferdudes

What do Dominick, Raheem, Schiano, Lovie, Licht, Koetter have in common? I’ll tell you. They were all hired by, Moe, Larry, and Curley Glazer. I can just see Curley Glazer saying to Moe, ” I want to pick the next head coach”. Moe hits Curley in the head with a hammer, and Curley says, “aaah a wise guy hey”! Larry Glazer says to Moe, ” that wasn’t very nice”. Moe slaps Larry in the face, and says, ” who asked you, you knucklehead”! As long as these three own the Bucs we’ll always be more of a slapstick comedy, then… Read more »

scubog

Must be old school since I doubt the youngsters knew the Stooges’ lines so well.

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JustaBuc

SOMEONE needs a Snickers bar.

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Charlie

So uh, with all this cleared cap space, do the Bucs go after Le’veon Bell next spring too?

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GrayBalls

LMAO….. No

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Captain Sly

I can’t believe so many of you are ready to cast off your pewter & jump off the ship. I hope you realize that blaming Licht for W-L is actually giving credibility to Koetter. You do realize that Koetter was a terrible HC don’t you. Yes Licht should be held accountable, everything related to the operation of this team stops at Lichts desk. But to panic the way some fans are panicking, Relax. The Bucs will Win the division next year and be in the playoffs mark it down. The next will be a proven Winner not some coordinator who… Read more »

GrayBalls

I love the optimism, Sly. I have one quick question for you, though. What’s the street value of whatever you’re on? I kid. Getting VH3 back at nickel would be good. The safties, I think, showed some real promise. Nassib infused some heart and motor into the d-line. JPP is, well, JPP. McCoy may have slowed down a bit, but make no mistake, he is still one of the best at his position. Vea is turning into the player I hoped he would be when Buc brass spent the 1st round pick on him. LBs should be ok. WR group… Read more »

Captain Sly

Nope Grayballs, I see our window opening while everyone else’s in our division is closing. The Glazers see it too, its why they moved on from Koetter and retained Licht. Their eyes are wide open and they know exactly what they are doing. Their going for a seasoned Head Coach, a Winner someone who can lead men. No more expirimenting and OJT. They are going to get their guy even if they have to make a trade to get him. I know its not popular but the Glazers won’t tolerate losing , Their history tells me this. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

Ron Potter

Gotta say that I’m relieved that Licht is sticking around to lead this process. I know this might get more thumbs down than thumbs up, and I understand why many Buc fans don’t like Licht. But I like that the Glazers are staying committed to Licht for one more year and let’s see what happens next year. I also like your point about that first round pick likely being in the trenches but don’t rule out LB or some other defensive PLAYMAKER. We gotta force more takeaways in this league and while that depends on defensive coaching and defensive play-calling… Read more »

GrayBalls

Jalen Ramsey would look good in pewter and red. Love the dude’s swag and the fact that he could play anywhere in the defensive backfield. Big, physical, athletic. Unfortunately, he has at least one yr left on his contract with a pending 5th yr option. The Jags won’t let him walk for nothing. It would probably take, minimum, our 2nd rd pick to bring him in and then we would have to resign him. Would I do it? Hell yeah, I would. The real question is whether or not Licht would be willig to pull the trigger on such a… Read more »

Ron Potter

I think Jacksonville said during the year that they were listening to offers for him but I think you get what I’m saying. Licht will likely address some areas via free agency as well as the draft.

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GrayBalls

They did. But, again, they know his value and will not let him walk for nothing. Most teams would rather keep a player with his talent and see if they can retain their services through extension, if not make other teams overpay in FA than to give them up for a 5th or 6th. Again, though, I would do it. I’m sure a lot of us on here would, too. Not sure if Licht would, though the possibilities are better with this being, quite likely, his last year if we don’t win Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

Captain Sly

Hey Ron I don’t believe this is just a 1 year deal, If Arians is the guy Licht is in position of President of Football Operations. Arians will then assume GM/HC responsiblities. The Glazers wanted stability and Licht is the guy who they trust to steer the ship. Buckle in because Licht is going to be here for awhile.

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macabee

I understand the angst that many of you feel about the Glazers and the decisions that they make. When you call for a change in ownership it is heard because this is America, you’re allowed to have an opinion and express it in forums like PR without repression. But it is hardly likely to have any effect. The Glazers are one of 32 oligarchs controlling a monopoly. Because they have a shared revenue concept if one of them loses 16 games he gets the same share as the Super Bowl winner. And you can’t threaten them by refusing to buy… Read more »

Horse

Macabee; What I do object from some posters about the Glazer’s as they throw out demeaning insults and called them ugly names. I do agree about the market versus seats in the stadium. The next player union contract funds is going down, not up, because the NFL is less marketable; ratings are down over all, not up. As a safety net if I was owners I would do more for the fans who sit in the cheaper seats and reduce overpriced amenities at the games. How do you build a fan base; not the way they are doing it. I… Read more »

Naplesfan

Stupid is as stupid does. We’ve had 11 straight seasons of Baby Glazer stupid decisions and the results thereof. it isn’t namecalling when it’s true.

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Luke DiLella

Statement 1. The retention of Licht once again shows the Buc’s owners have no clue how to run a franchise. There will be no great hire and we have no reason to look forward to 2019 regardless of what players remain. A complete house clean is and was needed. Statement 2 To market this abortion to our fans is a travesty. It will again show up at the gate. I’m pondering my season ticket to but NFL football I love. Scott I respect your report and the issues you bring forth. But to project who is here next year or… Read more »

JustaBuc

God, the pissing well has run so deep at this point. This isn’t aimed at the replied comment in particular but I’m just so tired of all this constant vinegar. Chill the heck out people, you’d think this is the Raiders fansite.

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chefboho

Well the problem with some posters is that they think they’re right no matter what is put in front of them. Just look to my earlier post when I question buc76 who stated for a fact that he knows several of these coaches won’t leave to join the Bucs. I just wanted some written proof to back it up, but lucky I have Naples to come in and straighten me up. Lol.

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EastEndBoy

True that getting Gruden was what we needed 20 years ago – an incredible defense needed just an ounce of offense to get over the top. That trade set us back heavily though – it was the key feature leading to our subsequent demise post 2003. If we were that close again, and believed that a coach was available to add that 1 missing piece again, then maybe …. but that’s clearly not where we are. Making such a trade would kill any chance of a resurrection. As for acquiring yet another DT with a high 1st round pick LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.… Read more »

stlbucsfan

Did I really just read that Licht “stockpiled” us with talent lol. Are you kidding me? You mean the LT that should be a guard? or the highest paid C in football that’s not even top 3 C’s in the division? Are better yet the nickel CB we drafted in the top 15 a few seasons ago? Maybe its the great depth we have with Chris Conte or Bradley McDougald. Oh no its maybe the kicker position which has gotten better? Or is it the running that Jason was surely going to fix when he said the trenches were an… Read more »

fredster

Arians as head coach and Bowels or Richards for DC prefer Richards.

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macabee

Someone made the same mistake with Bowles name last night on Twitter. This was Mark Cook’s response. lol.

Mark Cook
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I’m no expert but I would NOT recommend bringing in bowels. That could get messy.

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SelmonRules1000

You are smoking crack! No one will come near this situation this year. The dust did not settle. We could end up getting another Greg Schaino. Dreaming about what will happen will not change the young Glazer boys’ bad decision making. The Glazers are not going anywhere either. Their father paid around two to three hundred million for a team that is worth around 2 billion right now. The overall bad management is hear to stay. The Galzers are not leaving Tampa Bay their family’s home base. They are not selling off the 2 billion dollar investment. They are still… Read more »

Naplesfan

No quality head coaching candidate is going to sign with the co-Coach Killer tandem of the Baby Glazers and their sorry assed excuse of a general manager Jason Licht. Forget Arians, forget either of the Harbaughs, forget Lincoln Riley, blah blah blah. Scrubs are all the Coach Killers will be able to sign. Enforced suckitude again, for at least two or three more seasons, or as long as the Baby Glazers continue to pretend that they are competent NFL team owners and refuse to turn it all over to a competent Team President … who will of course immediately fire… Read more »

cgmaster27

You’ve been wrong before, many times actually, and you’ll be wrong about this too. Remember when yous said jameis wouldnt be here next year? You remember when you said they might keep koetter? Your football knowledge isnt even close to what you think it is. But hey you’ll come on here , call people names like the keyboard warrior you are. And well all set back and laugh at you, while you make a fool of yourself on a message board.

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Naplesfan

I didn’t say Winston won’t be here in 2019 .. I said he SHOULDN’T be here in 2019. Just as I said the Bucs should have cut him a year ago when it became apparent that he lied to the NFL Commissioner and to the Baby Glazers when he said he would not repeat his sexual assauts, and that he did not actually commit a sexual assault again the year after he came to the Bucs, when he clearly did. I also said Winston should not have been drafted in 2015, and that he would continue to be the immature,… Read more »

Horse

Naplesfan; you are very insulting at times. Can’t you pick some other words other than “Killer”; or “baby Glazer’s” as they have increased their Father’s empire significantly. Are you jealous they lived a life of good & plenty? The most important thing about the Glazer’s is they are also giver’s and donate all over Tampa Bay with no strings. That’s class sir.

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chefboho

Don’t try to talk with Naples. You’ll be called a troll because like usual, when he’s wrong, he never admits it. He just thinks he’s the say all know all in here.

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Naplesfan

You are about the only one I label a “troll” because you troll. Your only intent in all your comments throughout all these threads at PR is to launch personal attacks.

You are the text book example of an internet troll.

Trolling is as trolling does.

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JustaBuc

Ok, can we get SOME moderation in here at this point?

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chefboho

Pot, meet kettle. I actually post with substance and facts. I’ve done this almost every time. Whether it’s bucbob or you. You just have a millennial attitude and it shows. You cry because someone has a different opinion and you assume your always right. I debate, you name call. There’s a difference there but you can’t seem to find it. I’ve never name called anyone on here but you. I wonder why that is?

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Naplesfan

The ones are insulted are the coaches whose careers were killed by the Glazers and their GM Licht. They should be.

Just ask Lovie Smith, who lobbied to hire Licht .. and then a year later Licht lobbied the Glazers to fire Smith. Licht also lobbied to hire Koetter as head coach, and now obviously lobbied the Baby Glazers to save his job and to fire Koetter, and in all these cases the Glazers agreed.

Yes, they are the tandem co-coach killers.

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SelmonRules1000

If you look at the current listing of NFL franchise values you will see that the BUC’s franchise is near the bottom in value. There are like two or three worse teams. So yes team is worth around 2 billion. That is no joke. Yet there are around 25 more valuable teams out of 32 teams. You can argue markets like LA and New York verses Tampa Bay; it will never compare. Yet season tickets are continually going lower and lower and lower. Empty stadiums can not be denied in any market. The Glazer boys can not pull it off… Read more »

Naplesfan

And I really don’t care about the Baby Glazers charitable giving. That is their business what to do with their money. They get a tax deduction for it and favorable PR. Every one of the players does the same thing too. None of that has anything to do with producing a winner in the NFL. If the Baby Glazers did what their father did, which was to produce a consistent winner over an extended period, from 1995 to 2007 when his stroke forced Malcolm to stop managing the team, that’s all any fan can ask. We don’t expect a Super… Read more »

GrayBalls

Some of y’all act like naplesfan and BUC-ASS-BOB don’t bring anything to the table with their comments. I for one think they are both GREAT contributors. Almost always good for a laugh. Though, I do have to make myself believe their posts are in rhetoric. But, to both of you, naplesfanny and FUC-ASS-BOB, keep up the hilarity. I appreciate you

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jrwilson85

Trade for John Harbaugh ? The Bucs are stupid enough to do that, but really !!!

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Even If there is a good Head coach willing to come to Tampa which I do not believe! With the combined Football IQ of Glaziers and Licht they would not know who he was. They have history of finding a coordinator of a team that is losing like Lovie and then there was the last coach as offence coordinator of a bottom 5 team last place in his division Glaziers and licht get the bright idea lets hire a OC with a 9-26 record as OC and except he will be a winner. Why would these morons want hire a… Read more »

JustaBuc

Is that you Naples?

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yohohoandabottleofrum

Too many good candidates available to be trading your number one picks away for a coach, this is a bonehead move just like drafting a kicker in the second round when there where so many other needs. Need to draft a Offensive tackle, Defensive tackle, Linebacker, another Quarterback. Need to address Safety and Corner backs perhaps in free agency, and we definitely need a running game. You can see that we have many needs so this team needs to be very active in FA and needs to stack as many draft picks as it can get. Look for a pass… Read more »

DrT1066

Draft a left tackle at 5 and move Donovan Smith to right tackle.
Or
Draft Clelin Ferrell at DE. Carl Nassib would provide a good rotational player.
Or
Draft Greedy Williams (or Deandre Baker) at CB.
And
Trade Gerald McCoy at the right price- a 3 more likely than a 2. Or see if he would take a 50% cut.

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yohohoandabottleofrum

this would be a good start still need more

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EastEndBoy

Moving Donovan Dmith to RT is non-starter. He will be paid LT money this offseason – either we do it, we franchise him to do it, or someone else does it. If we do it, we can’t then move him to RT to be the most expensive RT in the league. We should, in Lichts own words, admit the mistake and move on.

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JustaBuc

It’s not like RT is not important though. Defenses switch their ends if given the opportunity and their player has the skill-set.

I’m in the franchise-Smith camp. You can release him when we have a better alternative. Atm, we don’t.

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surferdudes

Firing Gruden, Dominick, Raheem, Schiano, Lovie, Licht, Koetter, Licht, ?. Why would anyone believe these three morons will get it right this time? F me once, your a fool, F me eight times, I’m the fool. The Glazer’s statement says it all. Licht will be conducting the search for the next head coach. Sounds like to me they don’t give a crap. Now they can crawl back into their hole, and come back out two years from now like groundhog day, and fire their latest mistake.

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Alldaway 2.0

Glazers made a wise decision in that they want to see Licht and Winston perform before giving either one of them extensions.

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Naplesfan

The Glazers have seen both of these guys perform, for 5 years and 4 years respectively. What more is there to see, especially of Licht? I mean, at least Winston had (as in years ago) the excuse of being but a youth at 21 for his mistakes. But Licht was never a kid at the Bucs, never had any excuse to fail to do his job correctly.

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EastEndBoy

They already gave Licht an extension, having proven nothing of value.

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e

I’m not sure that I get the Arians fever… It just seems so temporary?

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JustaBuc

I think mcabee’s statement earlier is a good summary of it – you can have him mentor while lining up an heir apparent. We can’t get back the years of our players so having a few years now while lining up for something later makes a lot of sense I think.

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drdneast

As long as he doesn’t use a second round draft pick to find a coach we have a 50/50 chance of it working out. Whoever it is, I hope the Bucs get an OC who can use Winston’s talents in a more imaginative way. His QB rating outside the pocket is off the charts and he sure is big enough to run the ball on designed plays at least a half dozen times a game. I don’t want him taking LBs head on but if he can get 6 to 8 yards and then slide, what is the harm of… Read more »

thewbacca

Draft Jonah Williams for LT and move Donovan Smith to RT.

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JustaBuc

I like Jonah a lot. I haven’t done barely any homework, but I hear very good things about him and it’s a position of dire need.

Not like I would be mad with other options though, but put him on the wish list.

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SenileSenior

There is a lot of bickering here. This is understandable with all of the built up frustration. Meanwhile, there is also some discussion and debate based on various degrees of football knowledge. I don’t see how anyone could have looked at Dungy and his career up to that point and predicted what he would accomplish. He may have been seen to be a high-integrity guy but, could anyone see that he would be able to instill values in a team and in fact an entire organization. As far as I can tell it is always an informed crap shoot. It… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

Retain McCoy for you are trying to fill to many other holes in other areas. You already need to cut Gholston, Curry, and Spence to begin with. They would save you 13.023 million next year. Spence was a constant healthy scratch. Gholston rarely came off the bench. Curry was injured most of the time. Get your 13 million in savings right there. This draft will be known as the Defensive Line draft. You will be picking with the 5th pick. You can pick a DE or DT of your choosing. You need McCoy one more year even if it is… Read more »