The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: You think Brentson Buckner was canned because Jason Licht had to coach Vita Vea from the GM’s office? That was a bad look in my opinion. Combine that with the fact Buckner didn’t seem super high on Vea, and Noah Spence couldn’t get on the field. You might wonder if Licht was disappointed.

Answer: I think you bring up a good point and one where there could be some truth. However, the reason the Bucs allowed Brentson Buckner out of his contract was because they hoped to bring Kacy Rodgers aboard as the defensive line coach. Rodgers interviewed with the New York Giants on Thursday after it looked like he was a lock to take the job with the Buccaneers. As of Sunday night, there were conflicting reports on where Rodgers would land. On his Wikipedia page, he is listed as the Buccaneers defensive line coach, but later on the same page he is listed as a member of the Giants staff.

PewterReport.com has been able to confirm that Rodgers will join the Bucs’ staff as Buckner’s replacement. Buckner was hired over the weekend as the Raiders’ assistant defensive line coach it appears. Which told me the Buccaneers were confident they would be able to bring Rodgers, and they did. Buckner was being considered to stay in Tampa Bay, but Rodgers was the team’s first choice from what we understand.

Question: Are we Bucs fans happy or upset that Dirk Koetter is in Atlanta? Hopefully his red zone struggles continue, but can this work against us?

Answer: I don’t know that it matters one way or the other. Personally, I was happy to see Dirk Koetter land on his feet, and I think he will do fine without all the extra baggage of being a head coach. He’s a better offensive coordinator than he is a head coach. But if I am the Bucs, I am not fearing him. Yes, he is familiar with the team’s personnel, and knows Tampa Bay’s weaknesses, but knowing them and exploiting them are two different things.

If you believe Bruce Arians was the right hire for Jameis Winston and the franchise, then you have to believe he will coach out some of the issues that Winston might have had under koetter. And the team that opens the season in September will look completely different than the one Koetter took to New Orleans last September. The personnel will be roughly the same, but what Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles do with the Bucs’ personnel will be different. No doubt Koetter will have a chip on his shoulder when the two teams meet up twice next season, but shoulder chips don’t win football games.

Question: What are the chances we trade for Patrick Peterson now? Maybe even include DeSean Jackson in the deal?

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson - Photo by: Getty Images
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson – Photo by: Getty Images

Answer: I don’t think there is any doubt that Bruce Arians would love to have cornerback Patrick Peterson. Pretty much all the teams in the NFL would love to have a perennial Pro Bowler. But that doesn’t mean he is even available for trade, and then you have to consider the price – both from a draft pick and a salary cap perspective. And Peterson will be 29 once the season starts this year. While Arians knows what Peterson brings to the table, Peterson also brings a nearly $12 million salary cap hit this year and almost $13 million in 2020.

Peterson is a future Hall of Famer as not many players can boast an eight-year run as a Pro Bowler, but do the Bucs feel he is the missing link and the difference between a mediocre team or one that makes a serious Super Bowl run? I am sure it will be a topic of conversation at some point, but I wouldn’t count on it happening due to the reasons mentioned above.

Question: Do you see Todd Bowles taking over for B.A. eventually?

Answer: I do think Todd Bowles could be considered as Bruce Arians’ eventual replacement one day if the Bucs defense gets turned around, either here or as the head coach with another team. However, a 25-35 record as the Jets head coach wasn’t very impressive. Maybe Bowles is just better suited to be a top coordinator as opposed to a head coach. He sure seemed to be happy during his introductory press conference on Friday with only having to do one thing – and that is coach defense.

So who knows if Bowles even has aspirations to jump back in as a head coach? While most hope Arians is here for five years or more before that is even a topic of conversation, two others on staff could be groomed to take over at some point. The first being offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and the second being assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin. Arians seems very high on Leftwich’s potential as a play-caller and praises his intelligence, and Goodwin is thought of highly as well, especially by general manager Jason Licht, who interviewed him for the vacant head coaching position in 2016.

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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]

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  1. The exciting thing about the staff is I believe they have a much better track record of getting more out of their players. The Bucs have some obvious needs(Guard, Corner and running back), but the Bucs are also very talented at QB, WR and TE.

    If the Bucs add a quality starter at guard, corner and running back in free agency. They can take advantage of the strength of this draft and develop a deep defensive line with one or two of their top three picks and still add depth at defensive back, running back and offensive line later in the draft.

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  2. I’m very interested to see what these offensive line coaches can get out of our players. It’ll be a good sign to tell us if it was Warhol’s bad coaching and development of the players or if it’s just a lack of talent. I agree it would be great to have Peterson but it’s hard to envision this team giving up draft picks when there’s still so many holes. Plus you’d have to cut a lot of players if you plan on keeping Winston, Donovan Smith, and McCoy. Add in another $13 million for a corner back and it’s just hard to imagine having the cap space for it. Really looking forward to seeing B.A.’s vision for this team.

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  3. I agree with chefboho, we are not going to be able to absorb the cap hit from Peterson even if we swap out Jackson. Too many other players need to get paid and we have other holes to fill. From the Bowles PC, he indicated that he was high on Hargreaves and Davis, so add in another draft choice and I think that will be our corners for this season. Ryan Smith is still an option as well. Would love to have Peterson, but cost is too high for us.

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    • While Peterson would be a great addition, the cap hit is too high. We need to clear some cap space as it is, and another $13 million for a corner is too steep a price. We have some solid young press-man corners on the roster and it looks like we will likely bee adding another in the draft with Greedy Williams. No need to spend so much cap on another CB who is approaching “old age” in corner years.

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    • While Peterson would be a great addition, the cap hit is too high. We need to clear some cap space as it is, and another $13 million for a corner is too steep a price. We have some solid young press-man corners on the roster and it looks like we will likely be adding another in the draft in Greedy Williams. No need to spend so much cap on another CB who is approaching “old age” in corner years.

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  4. Peterson is on his way down. Don’t get into another situation like Revis getting a guy on the decline. Koetter is a loser. he’s been fired from 3 NFL jobs. Him going to Atlanta tells me they are on their way out. That Superbowl melt down is starting to take effect there. You don’t recover from that. Let’s hope the same thing happens to the Saints.

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  5. I’m excited this Is a great staff. Not to beat a dead horse but watching Peyton adjust last night and the call on 4th down just solidifies how outgunned Koetter was every week. He also changed defense and coverages frantically during the game. Second time We played Saints had them on the ropes and they made adjustments and Koetter could not.

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  6. @bucs76 peterson on the decline????? Lol yea show me where peterson is on the decline…sure he might cost to much but he is definitely still playing at pro bowl level

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  7. I’m not sold on Smith, Kwon, getting paid. Not sold on us keeping McCoy, doubt if he takes a pay cut. Not sure about the rumors of BA wanting D Jax. Just like there was a complete over haul to the coaching staff, with some good coaches, Monken, Buckner gone, I’m expecting a big change to the roster. I disagree with Mark, and most fans that this staff will fit their schemes to our personal. I think they have some of their own FA players in mind to bring in. Consider, Smith, Kwon are FA’s, McCoy, D Jax, David, and some others can be released, or traded with no cap hit, but they all carry a high cap hit. Change is coming.

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  8. For the first time in 11 years it looks like we have a quality coaching staff. Let’s draft well and develop our own talent. Enough of the free agent busts.

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  9. Good riddance to Buckner. I’m glad I won’t have to read comments from numb skulls about how he deserves a bigger role. He got the same or less out of the players that were here. The defense had more sacks because of JPP, not Buckner.

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  10. Not necessarily a proponent of it, but a McCoy/Peterson swap is essentially a salary cap wash. Seems like we’re going to a tight-man cover unit, so Peterson, Hargreaves and Davis would look to be a formidable trio. Always thought Hargreaves performed better in press anyways, so it would seem it would play into the strength of all three.

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  11. Buckner new via was a fat slob who came to Camp not in shape knew he was limited. Jason forced him into the games before he was ready like Chicago where they ran all over him.

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  12. Again, I mentioned this in another article but instead of trading for Peterson, we should see what Tyrann Mathieu will be doing this offseason. He has said he wants to resign with the Texans but if for any reason that does not work out then we need to bring him in here..BA drafted him and gave him a chance in the NFL..he can play multiple positions in the defensive backfield..still only 26 years old and even though he has had some injury issues in the past, he has been able to stay healthy the last 2 seasons. For the right price I would love to see a guy like him on our team.

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    • No question Mathieu would look great in our secondary. He says he really wants to stay in Houston, but hoping Arians’ hire can influence a change in thinking.

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  13. Everybody assumes that Arians is a short timer because of his age. But (and this is not just a football thing) people today are living longer and staying healthier longer. I know he’s had health problems in the past, but I wouldn’t take it as a given that he’s only here for 3 or 4 years. There’s no reason he can’t coach well into his 70s.

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    • I agree shuster. Marv Levy took the Bills to 4 consecutive SBs when he was 65-68 years old. Arians has assembled a great staff that already knows how he wants things done, and he knows how to delegate. Experience is invaluable.

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  14. As a side note, I am already tired of the Tampa media referring to Coach Arians as “Bucco Bruce”. That moniker brings back bad memories of Hugh Culverhouse, and the awful orange logo that the BUCS had. In addition, it risks carrying the curse forward. How can we put a stop to that?

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