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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    It’s a little too late now. At this point, Bucs need to think about benching best players to keep them from further injuries and start getting a good look at 1st year players for next year. This season is a wash.

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      F*ck no seat, that’s loser talk. Sh*t like that is the reason this stuff happens in the first place.

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        Fitzpatrick is not going to be our back up next year. Winston is too valuable to risk. Same goes for Evans and Brate. Alexander, Grimes and McCoy on Defense. We would be better off putting in Griffin and see if he has a chance of being a reliable back up next year. Let Godwin play, Howard, Evans and Beckwith start, and start focusing on preserving what we know we have and seeing what we want to keep. There are 7 games left. We are rebuilding. It is foolish to think anything else.

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    I think some of us fans are reluctant now to get any kind of hope up for this season. How many times have we been to the same dance and to stumble over and over. I’m tired of being on this emotional up and down with this team season after season. It’s a matter of getting the right players to click together and then pass it on.

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    Charlie C

    Culture starts at the top, period. Under culver house, the Bucs lined his pockets but the team was a perennial loser. Under Malcom, he hired dungy and the culture slowly changed. That would not have happened under culverhouse. It won’t happen under the glazer sons if they keep firing coaches every two years. Koetter has been a coordinator over 30 years. He knows how to coach. Let him. Bucs fans that want yet another coach deserve yet another decade of losing.

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      Great points… but I want Koetter to be either a head coach (which I truly prefer) or a coordinator. But not both. There is no shame in him turning over play calling and the bulk of the game planning. This way, he can focus on being a head coach.

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      Culture can start at the top, if the owners are of the type to establish a culture. The Glazer boys are about as invisible and plain vanilla as it gets, though. They have established a null culture with the Bucs. Their old man, Malcom, was a far more influential and powerful personality who did indeed establish a winning culture, as long as he was physically able (prior to his stroke).

      Having a null culture at the Bucs has effectively prevented the establishment any culture at all. Totally new regimes every couple of years, GMs, coaches, and players.

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    Nice to see that Chris Baker was in the building on his day off. Maybe he’s realizing his responsibility.

    It’s always been the culture here. It’s not just the Bucs……it’s the entire Tampa bay area………….it’s us. There’s a drastic difference between here and my hometown Pittsburgh. It’s fairly rare to see a fan wearing Bucs colors or bringing up the team in conversation. Even after a nine win exciting 2016, our “home stadium” is infested with Bears, Giants and Patriots fans.

    In the steel city, the Steeler colors are everywhere you look and eventually the conversation will turn to the Steelers. (Of course I get asked why I’m a Bucs fan. ) I’m sure players see that. Think it puts a little more pressure on them to live up to those far more lofty expectations? It all goes hand in hand. First the team needs to do it’s part. Will Bucs fans?

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    Baker should’ve been more accountable when they signed him to his contract. We all read how much he loafed during training camp, even saw on hard knocks how the players mocked him during their silly rookie show. Remember his response to that? He gave the mockers the finger. He’s been giving us all the finger since he was signed, now he wants to talk about accountability, please. Who’s fault it is he was allowed to loaf through training camp? That would be on coach Koetter, as has been written here several times this was the softest camp for the Bucs in years. Glad they all want to talk big after a useless win over a bad team. Seven more games to go, perhaps two more wins. When they finish 5-11, 4-12, lucky 6-10 the Glazers will hold them all accountable.

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      Buc-n-Philly Fan

      100 on Baker and his lazy efforts

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      No win in the NFL is useless. If you’re a player and they tell you not to care, then you have to wonder what it’s all about. You play to win period. The draft is a crapshoot and besides many of these players will be gone. They’re playing for their jobs each and every week. Who is talking big. Pointing out why you may have won after you’ve lost five in a row is an effort to understand and perhaps to codify what it takes for the future. The soft camp is an effort to excuse the misperception that so many fans had before the season. Go back and look at last year. Four or five games were nailbiters that were won largely by turnovers. We weren’t blowing teams out–except for Chicago. The Jets have been competitive in every game they’ve played but one. Are they a bad team? The line is narrow between the good and the bad teams. The Glazers will be making a huge mistake if they fire Koetter and they likely will do what they did after Raheem. Cut costs and salaries. I understand the frutration of the fans. I’m one of them. But just replacing the coach every two years is not a solution; it’s one of the problems. Koetter deserves at least another year and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t get it–and disappointed. He’s aware of the culture problem, but he can’t do much about BAD LUCK. No bye week. Losing your best pass rusher. David out two games; Kwon out four; Jamies injured; regression of your top choice cornerback. Look at Miami. They were a playoff team last year and have been devastated by injuries this year. Do you think they’re going to fire their coach? No, they aren’t even discussing it.

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    Losing begats losing. If last game of the season maybe then it makes sense but at this point we’d be better off trying hard as hell to establish a winning culture.

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    I’m skeptical of the notion of a Bucs culture of losing. It’s treating a symptom as causal.

    Firstly, don’t make too much of the win against the Jets. Just one game, the Jets have a mediocre team at best. our defense played well, but the offense didn’t. 15 points against a mediocre defense, that’s not enough to win most NFL games. A win is a win, but this one was, well, a mediocre win.

    Secondly, with the vast amount of turnover in both coaches and players year to year, it’s damn near impossible to establish any kind of culture at all. Continuity = culture.

    Now, it’s good that the players took it upon themselves to meet, talk and set standards for themselves. Perhaps the rest of the team has relied too much upon Jameis Winston’s supposed “leadership” (mostly cheerleading). In the old Bucs glory days, leadership was a group effort from a core of star players, Hall of Famers, and those who will at least be HOF candidates. We know who they are. The notion of a single player being the leader in the lockerroom would have been laughed at. If the current members of the roster are now stepping up and exerting leadership, without having to defer to that one player, then that is a much better, healthier situation.

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    Wow scubog, great insight and its good to see you become part of the community you live in by becoming a Bucs fan.
    How does someone expect to be a part of the community if they don’t become supporters of the home teams.
    Many of these people who move here and keep supporting their ex home teams are probably the same ones who deride immigrants who move here from other countries and don’t learn English, hitch their ex country’s flag to their rear view mirror and only celebrate July 4th because it’s a day off.
    I’m sick of hearing they grew up with those teams.
    So did I. I was a Cardinals fan until both the Bucs and the Rays came to town.
    A lot of other good points made out here.
    Justabuc, I agree whole heartedly with u. Winning an NFL game is never meaningless. You want to maintain a losing culture just continue losing games.
    Tnew, I agree Koetter needs to find a new offensive coordinator who will fit into the current scheme.
    I think if the Bucs finish 4-3 for the remainder of the season Koetter will definitely stay but you will see some changes in the coaching staff which won’t be the easiest positions to fill.
    We might even see a new GM who has no ties to Koetter. The drafting has been better, but instead of Ds and Fs we are more like C+. It needs to be better.
    Like the majority of you, listening to Baker talk about accountability is as unusual and annoying as listening to Michael Clayton talk about effort and work on the Buc radio shows.
    Although I’m sure Robert Ayres feels like this might be his last season in the league, maybe Baker woke up and realized he had maybe one or two more years left in the league and was putting some crummy work on tape for future teams to view.

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    Pewter Report Trevor; Right now I’m more leaning to giving the organization another year. Hopefully they know what they need in the draft by now. Just not sure why some of these players are playing in some of these positions they didn’t play in college? It seems to me this is a perfect time to go to the 3-4 defense and start working out the kinks? Our strength appears to be at LB so why not utilize the position? Your thoughts on this Trevor, please.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I agree with you. I think I’ve changed my mind and after watching how they played versus the Jets, 3-4 defense might be the move. We’ll have to see against the rest of the teams they play this year, though.

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    Using Denver in your article isn’t great. And Seattle has had a great (short) run. I would’ve used the Packers, and even Vikings. Kansas City seems to have a culture as well. Culture comes from the players as well as the organization. Culture comes from the folks with talent within a system. Think San Antonio Spurs. Not the most talented, but get the most out of their talent because the PLAYERS “get over themselves” and play as a team. That’s the culture I want my organization to emulate. That is exactly what Golden State did as well as Oklahoma City. Those two franchises and somewhat the Atlanta Hawks, are using the Spurs as the model.

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    It’s hard to know what the right answer is. I’d take an experienced GM if one was available, as long as they had already gone through the process of making mistakes and learning from them and came from organizations with reasonable pedigrees.

    I do worry about the scouts in the field however, would love PR to dig into scouting turnover and backgrounds. Seems unlikely we are getting the best of the best, maybe not even the best of the worst.

    I would however be against a new head coach and offense for JW to learn. He needs to be focused on gaining better control over his emotions, his overall persona and decision making and what is happening on the field vs struggling to learn a new offense.

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      I agree we could use some experience at GM. I think Light’s egomaniacal decision to use a second rounder on a kicker when this team isn’t in a situation to waste picks is still hurting.
      I do disagree on Coaching though. Koetter was promoted to aid in Jameis’ growth but I think Jameis was given too much too soon. As we saw last game, he isn’t mature enough in decision making on and off the field. Unfortunately it may be too late to “reel him in” And I don’t think Koetter could at this point😕

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