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?
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.