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. Read them over and offer up your thoughts in the comment section.

Question: Are the Bucs going to get this hire right, and do they need a true football executive between the Glazers and general manager Jason Licht?

Answer: Your guess is as good as mine on if this will be the right hire. It is encouraging however, if it does in fact end up being former Arizona head coach Bruce Arians. First, he has a proven resumé. From his time as an assistant in places like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, to winning NFL Coach of the Year twice (2012 in Indy, 2014 in Arizona) to wearing two Super Bowl rings he won as an assistant. I think he would garner instant respect inside the locker room, while also getting the fan base truly excited for the first time in a long time.

As far as the Bucs hiring a team president or executive, I don’t know where I see the benefit. To me it only muddies the water and now you have three people essentially answering to ownership. You could make the argument that a middle man would make a better decision on a new coach than Jason Licht, but who is to say he wouldn’t make a worse decision? There are no guarantees either way. The Glazers appear to have chosen to ride with Licht at least one more season.

If the Glazers were to hire a team president, what does that even mean? He would be the de facto general manager and Licht would be a G.M. in title only and would really be a glorified personnel executive. It’s kind of pointless, really.

Question: Who stands to benefit most from a coaching change on this roster?

Answer: I think the fans stand to benefit the most. And if it does end up being Bruce Arians, it isn’t a situation of a former coach who wore out his welcome or hasn’t been in the league in several years. He basically has had one year off to recharge his batteries and get his health issue/issues under control. But the fans would really benefit if Arians proves to be the guy and gets this franchise back on track because of his proven track record as a winning coach (49-30-1 in Arizona) and a developer of quarterbacks.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

As far as players, obviously Jameis Winston comes to mind first. Winston and Dirk Koetter didn’t always see eye to eye on everything. Of course Winston and Jimbo Fisher butted heads at Florida State, too. But when you look at the quarterback play under Arians, in his assistant and head coaching career, the results have been very solid. Heck, he won Coach of the Year with the Colts as an interim coach, making him the only interim coach to ever win that award in NFL history. Overall, I think the entire roster benefits from a coach with proven coaching success. But if I had to pick one player, it would be Winston.

Question: I am hopeful that Jason Licht can find trade partners for two Bucs that it seems clear will not be back next year (DeSean Jackson and Gerald McCoy). I have eyed the Jason Pierre-Paul (third-rounder) and Jarvis Landry (fourth-rounder) trades from last year as good comps. Do you think that either player will be traded? If so, do you think that a third- or fourth-round pick is a reasonable return?

Answer: I think there is a much better chance to get something for Gerald McCoy than DeSean Jackson. Teams know the Bucs are almost certainly dumping Jackson this year to clear $10 million in salary cap space. So why waste a draft pick on a player who will be an unrestricted free agent soon? From what we were told, there were teams interested in Jackson at the trade deadline last October, but no one bowled the team over with a significant offer. Most likely a fourth-round pick was the most offered – if even that.

McCoy could bring a more legitimate chance of compensation, if the team even wants to trade him. It isn’t a foregone conclusion that McCoy, who turns 31 in February, will be shipped off, either via a trade or his outright release. Yes, he eats up a chunk of salary cap next year at $13 million, but why has no one suggested a more cap-friendly, renegotiated deal?

McCoy is established in the Tampa Bay community and would like to finish his career here. I can’t say for sure he would agree to a restructure, but it would be worth pursuing before doing something drastic. While he may be on the backside of his career, he is still a potentially impactful player moving forward and could be part of a solid rotation on the defensive line.

I suppose part of the decision on McCoy will be determined by the type of defense and the thoughts of the new head coach and the defensive scheme his team will employ. I’m not sure McCoy is a good fit in a 3-4 scheme, and if Bruce Arians is hired he may bring Todd Bowles with him as his defensive coordinator. Bowles was the defensive coordinator under Arians in Arizona prior to being hired as the head coach of the Jets and runs a 3-4 defense.

Question: Should the Bucs contact Pittsburgh and see what it would take to acquire Mike Tomlin? Why isn’t there more talk in this regard? I would rather have him over Baltimore’s John Harbaugh. Would you be in favor of the potential hire?

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin - Photo by: Getty Images
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin – Photo by: Getty Images

Answer: Bruce Arians would be my first choice regardless, but why not explore the possibility of adding Mike Tomlin or even John Harbaugh for that matter? Until Arians is signed, sealed and delivered, I will still be uneasy just because I have seen this team too many times get close to the coach they want, only to see the rug pulled out from underneath them.

I remember Bill Parcells coming to replace Tony Dungy in 2002 and Mark Dominik hiring Chip Kelly to replace Raheem Morris. Both coaches backed out at the last minute. It worked out okay in 2002 when Malcolm Glazer traded for Jon Gruden and won a Super Bowl. Dominik turned to Greg Schiano instead in 2012 and he lasted just two years before he wore out his welcome.

I like Tomlin a lot, and like Arians, he would command an instant respect inside the Bucs locker room. He’s a Super Bowl-winning head coach. It’s the same with Harbaugh. You can’t argue with the success both have had, and both are significantly younger than the 66-year old Arians. It wouldn’t hurt to at least make a few phone calls and it is possible that general manager Jason Licht has already done that due diligence.

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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Ivan Figueroa

Jameis Winston will bring a super bowl back to Tampa before it is all said and done.

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Buc76

At this point its Arians or bust. He must be thinking it over. What else could be the hold up? Time is ticking and we’ve seen this movie before as you said. Bill Parcells jilted us twice. We’ve probably been jilted another 10 times that we don’t even know about. This is an organization that needs the big name coach. Other more established teams with successful histories can hire a nobody and that person can succeed. Not here. Not now after the last 11 years. Cant have another Raheem Morris, Schiano, Love Smith, Koetter…..cant do it. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

surferdudes

All signs point to Arians. Let’s not forget though defense, and running the ball won wild card weekend, we have neither. I’m not sure hiring Arians fixes either of those issues. Let’s start with the Colts who went from giving up the most sacks in 2017, to the least in 2018. How did they do that? Many scuffed when they used their first pick on a guard, but if you saw Nelson pancaking Clowney, who had NO sacks, it was a great pick. They used their second round pick on a R.T., who guess what, didn’t allow Watts to dominate… Read more »

BucWild02

Defense didn’t win wild card weekend Surferdude. Balance won. Bears and Ravens had the top 2 defenses by far and both are out. I live in Indianapolis and follow the Bucs(my childhood team) and the Colts(my local team for the last 20 years). Castonzo is worse than D.Smith. He nearly got Luck killed for the the first 3 years in the league. New coach, new GM, focus on interior of the line and Castonzo and the Colts went from LAST in the league in sacks allowed to first in just one season. You DEFINITELY KEEP D.Smith if you’re the Bucs.… Read more »

BucWild02

Since I peeled back my personal curtain slightly I should give a quick shout out to all the Jefferson High Alum on the site. Go Dragons! Lol.

We used to leave school and go across the street to the 4 story parking garage across from the baseball diamond to watch practices at the old OBP. Ahhh, the good ole days!

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“Let’s not forget though defense, and running the ball won wild card weekend, we have neither. ” Really? Last I looked the Ravens and the Bears (both better at defense, and running the ball since the Eagles ran an average of 1.9 yards a carry and the Chargers are known for Rivers passing) lost. The better defenses, and definitely better running teams just outright lost. Good defense and passing won these games, and in the case of the Eagles, even Folk was not substantially better than Tribusky which is why the game came down to a missed field goal –… Read more »

Michael Prayon

Some good points there but I have to disagree with several. 1. I think you keep Donovan Smith and move him to RT but draft the Tackle from Bama. 2. You keep McCoy and restructure his contract. He’s been here his entire career, played through injuries, given his all to this franchise, been through 3 coaching changes, and never requested a trade. You don’t just jettison players like that, he’s dealt with losing with the Bucs his entire career but stayed despite it. 3. Re-sign Kwon so that’s not another hole we have to fill. Kwon was having a pretty… Read more »

Buc76

Part of it I think with Licht’s drafting is that Koetter knew nothing about what it takes to build a winning team so Licht was left to own devices when picking players. There was no real other voice with credibility in the room. Bring in Arians and get a perspective before the draft that Licht never had. That will change the drafting mindset. Only a guy of Arian’s level can command that.

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DT25

That, plus Koetter and Mike Smith severely misused a lot of that talent. We should get a better read on Licht’s success with past choices if Arians is brought in to make this roster a complete TEAM.

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JustaBuc

The whole President of Operations position is entirely meaningless. Cook has already hit it pretty well – it’s just an added bureaucratic link to the chain for no real benefit. If you really have no confidence the Glazers can pick a GM/HC, why do people have such confidence they can pick a PFO? Smh. PFO is basically a part time GM that doesn’t want to actually GM, but is there to basically counteract the GM.. sometimes? Which, yeah, not only is really vague on what the duties actually are but also, by nature, leads to administrative disagreements. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

BucWild02

Pres of Football Ops only makes sense if you are the Green Bay Packers who have a publicly owned team, and not a family owned team.

Mark Cook did a perfect job explaining how useless the position is otherwise.

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76Buc

Agree unless Arians won’t coach because of health but would be Pres.

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JustaBuc

I can see that but the question would still remain – who is in charge?

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1) Why in the world would Tomlin give up his job security in Pittsburgh? Why even try to get him? There is no indication at all he would give up that job and guess what – it is about the most stable franchise in the NFL, unlike the Bucs where coaching is like “wack the mole” every two to three yeras. 2) Harbaugh is negotiating to keep his job in Baltimore. The fact they won the division with a rookie QB who is not great at throwing the ball strengthens his chances. This is only an opportunity if Harbaugh wants… Read more »

76Buc

I agree! The Rooney’s change coaches every 20 years-the Glazer’s every two years. Why leave Pittsville to come here for two years.

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surferdudes

Bucwild, the Pats let Nate Soldier walk to the Giants. The Giants finished 5-11 the Pats are in the playoffs again. New Orleans let a pro bowl guard walk twice, once this year, once when we signed away Nicks. They’re in the playoffs, we didn’t make it then, and neither did the team who over paid for their guard. Paying D.Smith more money, and expecting a different result from this past year is foolish. Defense didn’t win wild card weekend? I guess you didn’t see the Colts hold the Texans to 7 points, you didn’t see the Chargers strip Jackson… Read more »

BucWild02

Surfer- We have more in common than you think. I watched every single minute of the playoffs this weekend, especially the Colts game. I fully agree that the games are won in the trenches. The problem with your plan is the Bucs can’t replace every player every year and players aren’t perfect. We get it, you don’t like Donovan Smith. It’s just that he’s better than the alternatives and could be much better when theres better interior guys around him. There isn’t a magic bullet. The Bucs cant draft a LT, RG, RT, RB, DE, CB and DT in the… Read more »

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Also note the following – it appears the Bucs are making a full press to get Arians now. According to the following:

* Bucs completed an interview with Bruce Arians. Per Ian Rapoport, the Bucs would not owe compensation to the Cardinals if Arians is the hire since his 2019 option was not picked up
* JoeBucsFan has reported that the Bucs will make their coaching announcement no later than Tuesday
Bucs could announce Arians as their head coach early next week per Ian Rapoport

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sunshineben

Arians is only a short term answer…What other teams are beating down the door for Arians?

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He is only a short term answer, but he answers the question if this team has talent or not. If he can win year 1 they are a talented team and it was just the coaching. This is because he has won wherever he has gone. If he comes and they are worse than 9-7 then the talent is not there and Licht will not get another renewal. Arians already said that he would only entertain two teams – Cleveland and Tampa. So far he has interviewed in Tampa, probably due his ties to Licht as a Cardinal. Rate this… Read more »

SenileSenior

I supported the idea of acquiring a PFO. That was for the purpose of turning the losing culture around and getting a new head coach. It should have occurred the same day Koetter was fired. Now it is a meaningless discussion. ____________ I don’t see Arians as having the egotistic attitude that Parcels had. That is not to say he doesn’t have the strong ego a true leader needs. So far he has not interviewed for two or three other jobs so he could play us like Parcels did. This is not a guarantee that Arians will be our guy… Read more »

owlykat

Arians is the answer! Sign him now so he can handpick top assistants which will be gone if we wait too long. D. Smith’s weakness is speed rushers and if moved to RT opponents would just run their speed rushers around him there. Move him to LG with a one year showme contract and draft a LT in round one like the Colts did last year. Liedtke can play RT. Use our second round pick for another DE. Restructure GMC, get a third pick for Jackson and get a DT. Get BPA after that and sign the best Free Agent… Read more »

bucballer

I agree BucWild. Can’t replace every player every year. Here’s what I’d like to see Bucs do. Keep D. Smith, but move him to R. Tackle to replace an aging and hurting Dotson. Smith is dependable and durable and a wide body if nothing else. Draft Williams kid out of Alabama and play him at Left Tackle. Renegotiate McCoy to a lower salary and let him retire as a Buc. Resign Kwon to a one year show me deal. Need to cut Brate due to emergence of OJ and use some of that cash saved to re-up 3rd WR who… Read more »

Buc stops here

I like your logic but the Bucs won’t get rid of Brate – that has already been pretty much said. They like what they have because Howard did get hurt and Brate is a solid TE. They don’t have another capable TE to catch the ball on the roster (they have one who can block, but does not catch). If you get rid of Brate, what do you have if Howard goes down again? A hole on the roster. So they will keep Brate, and at $7 million he is not terribly expensive. For example, Jimmy Graham for the Packers… Read more »

BucWild02

Bucballer-Hillsborough High was always a tough game back in the day. Doc Gooden’s old stomping ground I think! We had Tino Martinez and the “Crime Dog” Fred McGriff! Good stuff!

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FLBoy84

Just saying Bowles runs a 3-4 so GMC is not a fit is a bit short-sighted and ill-informed. Do any research on Bowles and you’ll see he runs one of the most versatile D’s out there. He’s run both 3-4 and 4-3 during the same game, has run 1-gap and 2-gap assignments during the same “down” and, probably his greatest strength, he adjusts his scheme weekly to take advantage of each player’s best abilities that are playing that week (often said but rarely done by many coaches). Lots of solid articles re: Bowles out there for those wanting to learn… Read more »

dbenn2012

Thank you. When Bowles first emerged as a target, all I kept reading was what made his defenses unique is that he is known for switching back and forth between a 3-4 and a 4-3, based not just on personnel, but from week-to-week depending on who the team is playing – even deploying 3-3-5, and 3 safety formations. Sounds more like a coach who is more match-up oriented than transfixed with a particular scheme.

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bucballer

Just thinking guys… isn’t the format on this site backwards? Shouldn’t the most recent post be at the top? I don’t know just seems like it would be easier that way as new posts were posted older post would fall off… I’m just saying…

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BUC-ASS-BOB

I’m a huge fan of Arians coming here as coach and I’m also at odds with just about everybody here on Pewter Report on players which makes me wonder why I would be such a big fan of Arians all of the Pewter boys don’t know what’s going to they’re going to get with Arians he’s a 3-4 defense guy which puts jpp McCoy and fat man Veta in a strange situation he also loves speedsters like DeSean I do think Bell. would come here if Arians Is here but I just cannot see him keeping Winston but maybe I’m… Read more »

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He already said he welcomes the opportunity to work with Winston. I think he wants a chance with him to see if he can get him to play at a high level. Also if they hire Arians and they go worse than .500 then you can see Licht getting the ax because Arians has basically won everywhere he has gone. If he comes to Tampa and goes 5-11 then that will point to the talent on the team and Licht will be in trouble. I won’t say fired because everyone gets two years but the heat will go up exponentially… Read more »

SenileSenior

I think if Arians is the new head coach and reaches out to GMAC he will restructure his contract. I believe he really wants to end his career with the Bucs. Also he will see this as his opportunity to at least get to participate in one or more play-off games before he retires. For obvious reasons drafting DT Quinnen Williams with our first pick would still be a good one even if GMAC returns. I suspect he will gone by the time we get to the fifth pick though. I would alternatively like to see us get OT Jonah… Read more »

SenileSenior

The hidden assumption in my thinking is that we would retain the 4-3 scheme under Arians. If we go to the 3-4 defense with a new DC then I will rethink who we might draft on the defensive side.

Hopefully, we will have that announcement about the new coach and learn his intentions going forward this week. Then we can intensify the discussions regarding the draft.
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surferdudes

If we pay D.Smith we’ll have more then 45 million in cap space eaten up by the left side of our O line alone. We’ll still need to find a R.G., and R.T., that’s because we have not drafted well. Benenoch, giving up a 4th, and 6th rounder for Cappa, paying Dotson beyond his prime. Left tackle is the second most important position on offense next to Q.B.. It’s not that I don’t like Smith, it’s just that he sucks. Paying a lazy, player, who takes plays off, who has penalties at the worst time 14 million a year is… Read more »

BucWild02

Agree to disagree on D. Smith sir. You’ll get ZERO pushback from me about the Bucs trading/cutting GMC. He’s a superb human being and an asset to the community, but on Sundays, he’s just not a factor in the outcome of the game IMO.

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SenileSenior

This discussion today along with another cup of coffee has stimulated my old brain a bit.

At the time when we drafted Vea last Spring I thought about him as a possible nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme. I wondered to myself if Licht had considered the future possibility of a defensive scheme change in his decision making process.

Can it be just a coincidence that Vea was considered capable in this scheme even before that draft.

Hmmmmmm!
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e

Alabama has 10,000 ex-head coach advisors… The New England Patriots’ front office: Chairman/CEO – Robert Kraft President – Jonathan Kraft General manager – Bill Belichick Director of player personnel – Nick Caserio Director of college scouting – Monti Ossenfort Director of pro personnel – Dave Ziegler Assistant director of college scouting – Brian Smith Director of scouting administration – Nancy Meier Football research director – Ernie Adams Director of football/head coach administration – Berj Najarian Consultant to the head coach – Bret Bielema Yeah, Mark… It’s pointless to have more football knowledge at the top of the management pile. When… Read more »

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There is a slight difference with the Patriots, but significant. First, who is the Chairman and President? Robert Kraft and his son. The GM and coach is Belichek. So right there they have FEWER people than the Bucs involved. You have the owner and his son sharing responsibilities with the coach, that is it. In the Bucs, you have the two owners, the GM, and the coach – or four people. For the rest of the organization, the Bucs are similar but overall they have more individuals involved. Here it is: Bryan and Joel Glazer – both are owners and… Read more »

bucballer

I like the idea of a Coach not having a set defense but one based on the weeks opponent. Seems to me that most defenses are variations of the two anyway. Can u imagine if we had a coach who actually adjusted his weekly game plan based on that weeks team talent? I hear u guys about McCoy! I do! I think he underperforms for his pay grade. Having said that… I’d like to see him renegotiate a more team friendly salary and see him retire a BUC! He would be a solid rotational player in my view. Any views… Read more »

BucRy

Fournette would worry me a bit..he has had some injury issues and the most recent issue with him just having fun on the sideline while his team was getting their ass kicked was the same problem we have been having on our sidelines..it builds losers who don’t care about winning and we really need to pull away from that.

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Fournette would also worry me some for his injury issues as well as his attitude. Look at Pittsburgh. They are highly successful and are dumping better players because of their attitude. LeVon Bell and now Antonio Brown may be gone, and Brown has over 1000 yards receiving this year and wants out and has become a cancer in the locker room. Guess what? He changes his tune or he is out as well.

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bucballer

Yes BucWild… Gooden was my former teammate. U guys had McGriff at 1st and some guy named Luis Gonzalez in right field! Tino was a couple of years behind us… and of course Gooden was our #2 starter as 6’7” lefty Vance Lovelace was our ace. Guy threw 99mph in high school! Great times in Tampa indeed my friend! Watched the Bucs being born as a kid! Doug Williams was our QB and threw a football like no other football player I had ever seen! Go Bucs!

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scubog

Doug Williams had the prettiest throwing motion I’ve ever seen. Effortless. Might miss the target, but it sure looked good.

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drdneast

“e”, you got to be kidding me. Do you really think Robert and Jonathon Kraft are chock full of football acumen. Both are businessmen and well schooled ones. Everyone went gaga last year over the Jags when they turned the team around after hiring Tom Coughlin. Well now they are back where they started from and how much input do you think Coughlin had in the drafting of Fournette the head case. As for Saban, do you think he actually listens to any of those sycophants, groupies and hangers on at Alabama. That man has the ego of Donnie Trump… Read more »

drdneast

BTW, if the Bucs decide to go to the 3-4 they night as well trade their two better defensive players.
Both Nassib and JPP are 4-3 lineman.
The Browns tried to make Nassib a 3-4 lineman and he struggled in the role. That is why he was waived.

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