It is time for another edition of the Bucs’ Monday Mailbag, where PewterReport.com answers reader submitted questions each and every Monday. You can submit your questions via Twitter by using #PRMailbag.
This week, it’s Bucs beat reporter Trevor Sikkema who is answering the questions in place of the usual PR Monday Mailbag guru, Mark Cook.
Answer: I very much enjoy when people start questions with anything that relates to, “If money wasn’t an issue…”
It’s already been reported that the Bucs’ indoor practice facility will include 4K video boards, cameras, a massive outdoor plaza and 3,500-person bleacher seating. That’s already a great start.
The outdoor plaza is where things could really get creative. I would personally say build a Chipotle there – if you’re #TeamMoe’s, get out. I’d love to see them incorporate the same football drill stations they did last year, just be more official with it. More set-up booths for kids to do football things. I also think there could be a cool way to incorporate a pirate ship with the fan entrance to the building.
The 3,500 seats are great. If I could have it my way, I’d put some of them on a balcony or a second level. I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but imagine how cool that view would be.
My vote for the name would be the, “Thank God This Isn’t At Disney’s Wide World Of Sports Buccaneers Indoor Practice Facility.”
Really rolls of the tongue.
Answer: In short, no, not at all.
Bucs GM Jason Licht and Scott Reynolds – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
For a franchise that has had plenty of well-documented failures and mediocrity over its 40 years of existence, letting go one of the few people they’ve ever had that is willing to take risks, make signings, surround themselves with the right people, and has the attitude to not be prideful in a harmful way would be silly, even if they somehow don’t make the playoffs. General manager Jason Licht has been a godsend to this franchise.
I think Licht’s drafts have been incredibly solid (could be great if this 2017 class pans out), finding a franchise QB in Jameis Winston and the quarterback of Tampa Bay’s defense in Kwon Alexander, and he’s built a nice roster in the appropriate amount of time (perhaps even faster, really) than you’d think for a team that was picking in the Top 10 not long ago. Plus, Licht hit a home run on his first-ever pick as a G.M., landing Pro Bowl wide receiver in 2014.
Free agency is a crapshoot, but Licht has been able to land some studs in defensive end Robert Ayers, Jr., cornerback Brent Grimes, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Chris Baker over the last two years that have made people forget former Bucs like left tackle Anthony Collins, defensive end Michael Johnson and quarterback Josh McCown. Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg have successfully kept the team out of salary cap problems while navigating the large contract extensions of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and running back Doug Martin. Contract extensions for Evans and Winston and are up next with Evans’ likely getting done in training camp.
I’d say Licht staying in Tampa Bay is about 95 percent – playoffs or not this year.
Answer: This is an interesting question that will certainly change many times throughout the season and offseason, but I love the draft almost as much as I love Chipotle, so I’ll gladly answer it.
Going into the 2017 NFL Draft, I thought the move for this team was going to be to prioritize defensive backs. That didn’t exactly happen, especially when drafting a player who needs a good amount of time to learn in safety Justin Evans, who was drafted in the second round. Brent Grimes is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the team is lucky to have him. But, he will be 34 next season, and no one lives forever in the NFL. With the playoffs in reach, I don’t see this team picking any higher than 20th next offseason.
So, if that’s the case, and they do decide to go cornerback, players like Florida State’s Tarvarus McFadden and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick will certainly be names to watch, but I think those two will likely be gone by the time the Bucs get on the clock. Instead, players like Louisville’s Jaire Alexander, Alabama’s Tony Brown and Florida’s Duke Dawson could be late-first, early-second round cornerback who fit defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s style. If they once again wait on cornerbacks until round three and beyond, UConn’s Jamar Summers and USF’s Deatrick Nichols are names I really like.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that, if the offensive line struggles, specifically the offensive tackles, they’re going to be bringing in help. In terms of offensive tackles, Texas’ Connor Williams and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchy are the top guys who likely won’t fall that far, but guys like Mississippi State’s Martinas Rankin and Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown could still be around.
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]
Name the building Malcolm Glazer.
An indoor track would’ve been a great addition as it could bring a lot of track athletes to the Bay Area.
The Cowboys did it with theirs and it’s been a great success for the franchise and the local economy.
Saw a Chipoltle reference two paragraphs in. Scroll up to the top. Yep, definitely written by Trevor lol
Most overrated restaurant today. I truly don’t understand the hype. Mediocre food that has a 20% chance of giving me food poisoning? No thanks, I’m good.
Practice Facility name Suggestions:
The Scurvy Dome
It’s Hot Outside
Derick Zoolander’s Field for Players Who Need Practice
It interesting that everyone on the team is so confident in the O-line, but it was the second position that you thought the team could go after, Trevor? I really hope that the O-line stays healthy this year… So goes the line; so goes the O. Oh, and nice, Destino! “What is this, a practice field for ANTS?!”
I’m just saying that if the offensive line were to struggled, they’d be the No. 1 priority in the offseason, I think.
Realized that this got passed on to Trevor from Mark. As to next year’s needs; Why even ask that question at this time frame or even answer it? My question in mailbag would be; how confident are you about two safeties positions.
Just for this week. Mark is back next week.
My gawd man, training camp still a month away and you want to talk about the draft.
How annoying. Give it a rest.
Please take a vow thatuntil the upcoming regular season is 4 weeks old, there will be no more stupid draft talk or questions allowed.
I like the NFL.
I like college football.
I like the draft.
I like the entire process.
It helps preview players to look out for and names to know. Yes, the needs will probably be quite different. But, that’s OK. We can still talk about some of the top players in college football.
It’s also good to know specific players to watch throughout the college season so that you are somewhat educated when it comes to talking about the draft. That way you don’t get caught up in the espn/combine buzz circle and just regurgitate what you’ve heard other people say.
Its the dead part of the off season. Theres nothing to do but speculate, so draft talk is acceptable until something Bucs related actually happens.
One of the things I would like is to have a narrator over the speaker system informing the crowds of which drills the Bucs are running during training camp and with 99 players before the cut-down, who actually made a play.
There is only 1 option for the name of our new indoor facility.
LEROY SELMON FIELD
Even if our O-line does good this upcoming season, I could still see Licht drafting a tackle high as Dotson is 31. Defensive end should also be a priority in next year’s draft as Ayers is also 31. Although Mcglinchey is a fine player, I’d rather have his Notre Dame counterpart Quenton Nelson. Slide Pamphile to right tackle and have a interior of Sweezy, Marpet and Nelson. Nasty run blocking.
what do you get at Chipotle? I go with steak burrito, white rice, black beans, mild AND hot salsa, cheese, sour cream and sometimes guoc – yes $1.75 extra ok
I love the NFL. It is my favorite all time league and sport.
I don’t even care when a player gets arrested for DUI or assault. I never consider it a black eye on the league when a player gets in trouble no more than I think every cop is a killer just because when one gets nervous and shoots a civilian.
These guys aren’t choirboys so I don’t know why we expect them to act that way when the season is over.
Let them take their just desserts from the justice system and move on.
On the other hand, college football has turned into one long sad obscene sick joke.
About the only college game I watch anymore is the Army/Navy game.
I would estimate that at least 50 percent of the college football players have less interest in getting an education than my best friends golden retriever.
It is now nothing more than a very inexpensive cheap minor league farm system for the pros and the NFL owners are laughing all the way to the bank since they don’t have to pay for player development.
I like the draft to, but not 12 months of it. Speculating about it becomes a bore.
My wife and I went to the Army-Navy game in Baltimore last year. It was on my Bucket List. The actual game was only a part of the great event.
I must agree with you that forecasting Draft picks 9 months in advance is meaningless.
” and Florida’s Duke Dawson could be late-first, early-second round cornerback who fit defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s style. ”
Trevor, I’m a fellow Gator fan and can’t for the life of me understand what Duke Dawson has done to warrant all of these pre-season All SEC accolades and being projected as an early rd pick. Help computer!
Scubog, I envy you.
As everyone in here probably knows, I’m a card carrying liberal but contrary to how many might think, I love our armed forces and I believe our service academy’s are some of the finest educational institutions in the USA.
Hopefully I will be able to attend this great event one day as well.
“Card Carrying”? Must be an old school liberal. Nowadays it’s big signs and megaphones.
Thanks Trevor, I for one don’t mind a bit talking about college players of interest. Gives us an opportunity to pay attention to those players during the college football season. Keep it coming!
Just my personal 2 cents – I hate draft talk this early. Forget the reality that we can’t yet identify team needs. Even more than that, the reality is that draft grades right now are really not even close to what they will be 10 months from now. At this time last year, we felt good at WR and TE (two positions that would become top priorities for us in the 2017 offseason), and we had our most obvious need at safety. Only one of those held up by the time the season ended. Similarly, at this time last year, guys like Carl Lawson (ended up going 4th round), Brad Kaaya (6th round), and Roderick Johnson (5th round) were obvious top 10 picks, and in some cases #1 overall player candidates.
We know basically nothing about our needs for next offseason right now. And heck, some of those will be filled via free agency. At the same time, we know very little about the 2018 draft prospects as of right now. So what point is there in talking about the draft in JUNE? None. I think you need to wait until at least November, when college players have been able to put down a fair amount of film for their draft year, before even sniffing draft talk. And really, I’d much rather wait until after the season starts, since that’s basically the only thing we’ll talk about for like three or four months. But please, at LEAST wait until the games get going. Maybe a twice weekly feature of a soon to be draft eligible player who impressed that week, or something like that.
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