Mike Evans - Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
Mike Evans – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

Falling from 9-7 to 5-11 last season left many people scratching their heads wondering what went wrong in Tampa Bay. But more importantly, how does it not happen again in 2018?

In January at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he, and other leaders, needed to start holding players accountable. Basically police from within. On Tuesday, following his press conference where he was introduced as the Bucs $16.4 million dollar man, Mike Evans said he also must hold players on his side of the ball more accountable.

“Absolutely, and I think I can do better in that aspect,” Evans said. “Our defense has been solid for us since I have been here. They have been solid and the offense has been lacking. We have great players ,we just are not clicking sometimes. We had a great season two years ago. We are looking to have one like that(in 2018), including more wins and hopefully making the playoffs. I think I need to hold guys more accountable, as well as our other leaders in the offseason. I think that is where it starts.”

Evans also said despite getting rewarded with his new mega deal, it won’t change his approach to the game or how he goes about things.

“I am a captain and I am a leader and will continue to be a leader,” Evans said. “I am getting older and more mature, getting better knowledge of the game. I am a veteran and I am one of the best players on the team so I think it is my duty whether I have a big contract or not.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

17 COMMENTS

  1. That’s what has to happen, because Koetter isn’t going to do it. He’s a player’s coach who lets them practice sloppy, which bleeds over into games. The leaders of the team have to step up and demand greatness, or nothing will improve.

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    • True. Until a new staff comes in next year of course. A head coach who doesnt hold players accountable each and every day is not going far in this league. I’m glad Evans is gona step up, but it must come from the top before everyone buys in.

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  2. I only wonder why he wasn’t doing it last year?? Like he said don’t need a big contract to be a leader.

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    • Agreed. Would think McCoy (8th yr) and Evans (4th year) would’ve figured that out already.

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  3. This sounds great, but what does it really mean? Winston made some bad place. The lineman didn’t block that well. How does he stop that? And he says the defense plays salad?! Not sure if he was watching the same game as I was.

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    • forgive the typos. I did this verbally and didn’t see how to delete or edit it.

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      • The defense has been salad.

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  4. Did he say the defense has been solid since he’s been here?

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  5. You have the three stooges running things. Licht is Moe, Koetter is Larry and Smith is Shemp. We have no shot this year. Give it up. Until these clowns are gone we won’t win. This team will be in last place again with a losing record. Bet on it

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  6. Hey Scott, can you text Licht and see if he’s on vacation or something? Amazing silence in free agency from such a crappy team. Signing the same players that got you 5-11 doesn’t really get it done. So tired of this minor league operation. My 8 year old gave up on the Bucs and is now a Pats fan. I’m thinking of trying out being a fan of my current home town Rams. I idea that Jameis Wilson will take us to the promised land is ludicrous. He’s a child who says what he thinks people want to hear. “Eating W’s”…. really?

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  7. Licht has signed so many free agent busts he’s either too gun shy or has been told not to sign anyone. It’s a dead end with this regime. Take off the rose colored glasses and get real

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  8. Well he won’t be doing much with that garbage offensive line!

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  9. I really like Mike Evans but the FIRST player he needs to “hold accountable” is himself for all his drops!!

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    • All his drops? Oh both of them? That’s right he only had 2…. Seems like he held himself accountable. Now hold yourself accountable and know what you are talking about.

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  10. Can he play corner… or end?

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  11. Wow. I kind of thought that Evans still needs to show he is accountable. But that is fine. I like a leader.
    But all this negativity about the Team going into Free Agency really seems unfair. I think the management knows that it is under a Microscope and they essentially have one year to turn the ship around and get back to a winning team and even challenge for the Division or they are toast. It amazes me how fans a year ago were so sure we were going to playoffs (unrealistic) and we have a setback and they are willing to burn down the house. The Coach carousel has never worked well in Tampa. Give these guys one more year and have some faith! Go Bucs.

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  12. I kno im repeating this but mike wth are u talking about the defense has been solid…?? U way off with that one bro

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