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: Some will say yesterday’s loss wasn’t on Jameis Winston. I for one was bummed that Todd Bowles didn’t double Tyler Lockett or play more zone to protect the secondary, but who among us has faith in Winston in a close game? He threw to Breshad Perriman on most important play of game at the time. Does Tom Brady make that decision?

Answer: Wait – the Buccaneers put up 34 points and Jameis Winston threw for 335 yards with no interceptions and two touchdowns, in one of the toughest stadiums to play in the entire NFL, and people are upset Winston threw a pass to Breshad Perriman? And absolutely, Tom Brady throws to everybody on the field. Every time I watch a Patriots game I see receivers I have never heard of and Brady is making them look like All-Pros. And even though the third down pass to Perriman was incomplete, it was Winston who, on fourth down, converted the first down with his feet. That is something you don’t see from Brady very often.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

There are plenty of things to criticize from Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, but anyone who thinks Winston was the culprit is just looking for reasons to bash him. Am I sold Winston is deserving of an extension? Not at all. But Winston was not the reason the Bucs lost on Sunday.

That was once again on the Bucs secondary. That was on a defense that allowed a practice squad tight end to score the game-winning touchdown. That loss was on a rookie cornerback, who gave up three touchdown passes. That was on a defense that allowed Russell Wilson to keep a drive alive in overtime with a 21-yard scramble and saw him throw five touchdown passes.

I get it that people are frustrated. Bucs fans have every right to be. Moral victories count the same as blowout losses at the end of the day. But Winston did everything he could to lead this team to a win and the defense let them down. But it wasn’t just the defense that deserves some blame.

His offense had their fair share of mistakes that cost this team. In fact on one series in the red zone in the third quarter, on three consecutive plays, it was first Tanner Hudson dropping a touchdown, Scotty Miller inexplicably running out of the end zone then having that touchdown negated and then Demar Dotson’s holding call taking a touchdown off the board after Winston scrambled 20 yards to the end zone. The Bucs had to settle for a field goal on that drive. If Tampa Bay had scored a TD there rather than settle for a field goal, the Bucs probably prevail.

Question: Everyone was wondering why the Bucs invested so much capital in DBs in the draft, and now we see. Question is did we draft the right guys, and do we have the time to see?

Answer: I don’t know the answer to that. Early returns say no. But cornerbacks and safeties don’t develop overnight. Even the best ones have their struggles.

Unfortunately we haven’t seen a lot of growth from this unit starting with the elder statesman of the group, Vernon Hargreaves III. Many people, myself included, were clamoring to see Jamel Dean get some playing time over Carlton Davis. I guess the coaches knew what they were doing. Dean was ill-prepared to start in that environment and it showed early and often on Sunday. There were a few flashes with a couple pass breakups, but all in all, it was a forgettable day for Dean, who was burned all afternoon by Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, who totaled 19 catches for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett and Bucs CB Jamel Dean – Photo by: Getty Images

The Buccaneers have got to find a way to get more out of their secondary play or they very well could lose every game the rest of the season. And while fans don’t want to hear it, this team may have to go back to the drawing board in 2020 and revamp the entire secondary through free agency and the draft. It is still too early to say, but as Bruce Arians said after the game on Sunday, at this point essentially all you can do is get them reps, coach them up and see if time and experience can help turn things around.

Question: Out of JPP, Carl Nassib and Shaq Barrett, who do you realistically see us rep-signing? I’d rather spend money to keep our front seven solid and bring in an outside CB.

Answer: I agree keeping all three would be my choice. I just don’t know from a salary cap standpoint if that will be possible. As of now Carl Nassib would be the cheapest to sign, but he is definitely due a pay increase. The Bucs gambled on Jason Pierre-Paul by voiding the final year of his deal to help free up some cap space this year and that could come back to bite them. I think Nassib could be had for less than $10 million per year. Shaquil Barrett and JPP will certainly cost over $10 million per year.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Mary Holt/P

Barrett, who leads the league with 10.5 sacks, is the wild card here as teams have now figured out a way to at least slow him down after a monster start to the season. If he ends up with 14-16 sacks his price will go through the roof, although in talking to Barrett last week he indicated he wants to stay in Tampa Bay and might be willing to sign for a little less to stay with the Buccaneers. Now his agent would most likely disagree with that as he will want to squeeze the most money he can out of whatever team Barrett ends up with next season.

And I am with you. This team has to get away from their philosophy of staying away from veteran secondary players. They should sign at least one, if not two, starting caliber cornerbacks in the offseason. They don’t necessarily have to bring in a Jalen Ramsey or Patrick Peterson-caliber player, but the inexperience in the back end is absolutely killing this team.

Question: Clearly the game in Seattle turned when Tampa Bay gave up a score at end of first half and Seattle got ball to start second half. Why does Arians continue to take the ball when he wins the coin toss?

Answer: I am a proponent of deferring the opening kickoff personally, but obviously Bruce Arians likes to take the ball first. Bill Belichick likes to defer as well and it is based on getting a stop to start the game, trying to steal a few points right before the half and then taking the opening kickoff in the second half and scoring.

I will say it worked out perfectly this game for Arians however. The Buccaneers drove down the field and scored a touchdown to get out to a quick 7-0 lead, and while they gave up a touchdown late in the second, they where able to drive and get in position to get points before halftime. Unfortunately, Matt Gay missed the 50-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

And maybe Arians has it right. Do you trust this defense to force a team to punt if they get the opening kickoff? It is normally pretty demoralizing to let a team open the game with a long drive and a touchdown to start the game.

Previous article2-Point Conversion: Young Bucs Defense Falters In OT Loss
Next articleBucs Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 157: Growing Pains With Greg Auman
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]

43 COMMENTS

  1. The Bucs made me a believer. I finally believe that the Bucs have a chance to win against anybody. Their secondary will only get better these are rookies. The future looks very bright. Go Bucs.

    +43
    -31
    Rating: +12. From 74 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Well, that seems true. After giving up 152 to Tyler Locket (a guy we only know because PR suggested we should have drafted him in 2015) and 123 to some guy named D. Metcalf (who the [email protected]#$ is D. Metcalf), one would think it “will only get better”. It’s not like Dean is about to have to guard Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley or anything…..oh wait a minute….

      +7
      -8
      Rating: -1. From 15 votes.
      Please wait...
      • Ok, I get your point. But….. You’re clownin, right? Tyler Lockett, we only know him because he’s been Russell Wilson’s #1 for a while. “Who the [email protected]#$ is D. Metcalf?” LMAO! Dude is fast and put up OLine numbers on the bench press during the combine. Oh, it’s D.K.. Troll better, please

        +2
        -1
        Rating: +1. From 3 votes.
        Please wait...
        • Ok – I’m glad you understood my point: when the guy taken 64th in the last draft, destroys the guy taken 94th, it’s not because one is a rookie and the other isn’t….nor does it foreshadow that the guy taken 94th is going to be just fine against a pro bowler like Julio, because, ya know, he just needs a bit more time to acclimate. Metcalf may be all you suggest he is – I mean only 8 WRs were taken ahead of him, and he did have a whopping 50 yards per game before seeing us – and while I’m sure his “OLine numbers on the bench” would impress the dudes, let’s keep in mind that that stat is useless….Jerry Rice did exactly ZERO such reps. Troll better yourself.

          0
          0
          No votes yet.
          Please wait...
          • Simply making points to people knowing who they are when you eluded to them being unknown commodities. I agree that the bench press numbers don’t equal success on the field, especially at WR. But after a combine performance like his, people remember the name

            +1
            0
            Rating: +1. From 1 vote.
            Please wait...
  2. Look it’s not all bad. R there some bad areas, yes, there is. But Evans and Godwin r number 2 and number 5 respectively in total receiving yards in the NFL! When is the last time, if ever, u could say that about the 2 starting WRs on the Bucs. I’d be on the phone today, looking at practice squads, looking at cuts, whatever it takes to see if I can at least help out the defensive backfield. Bucs Defense is #1 against the run and #31 against the pass! That pretty much sums up what is wrong with this team! GM Licht should be ashamed that he not address the defensive backfield with at least a couple of Veteran DBs! VH3 should be benched immediately. He is toast back there. Chasing the ball from behind all year. This is who the young guys r looking too for guidance… guidance for picking up white girls but that’s about it! Sad indeed. The offense did enough even with the 2 TDS called back to win that game! Ground hog day!

    +18
    -11
    Rating: +7. From 29 votes.
    Please wait...
    • If the Bucs had cap space, I’m sure Licht would have addressed the CB position back in March and April. However, that wasn’t the case. They gambled on drafting two more CBs, and they’re playing like the rookies they are. Not their fault they’re young and inexperienced.

      If Carlton Davis hadn’t injured himself during warm ups, do you think Tyler Lockett goes over 200 yds receiving? I don’t.

      +1
      0
      Rating: +1. From 1 vote.
      Please wait...
  3. How about why with 8 seconds left in the 1st half and 1 timeout do we not run a play to get 5 or 6 yards and make a 50 yard field goal try about 45 yards? That might have helped Gay make that kick and go in with 24 points. That’s the kind of stuff you wonder who’s decision is that? Throw into the end zone for a long shot touchdown or play the odds and get a shorter field goal. Is that Leftwich on his own or is that Arians. It would be interesting to know that.

    +20
    -3
    Rating: +17. From 23 votes.
    Please wait...
  4. Oh yea Rookie CB Dean… don’t ever wear the long sleeve red shirt under ur jersey ever again! It just made it that much easier for QB Wilson to find u and exploit u. I know ur a rookie. It will get better for u bro, but drop the red undershirt to make yourself less visible. I’m just saying…

    +21
    -4
    Rating: +17. From 25 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Umm, I’m pretty sure they can read the God-awful alarm clock numbers or see the guy running to catch up to the open WR. LOL. The long sleeves are the least of his problems.

      0
      0
      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
    • I thought the same thing.

      0
      0
      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  5. As we were watching 1st half everyone was saying ok 21-7. I have been watching my Bucs give up points just before half is over and sure enough stupid play and Seattle are on 1yard line and score. That was back breaking IMO.

    +8
    0
    Rating: +8. From 8 votes.
    Please wait...
  6. This team needs a veteran CB all these young guys are burnt toast(especially Vern) this team should not be 2-6 but here we are another year where the pass defense is reason why we lost Atleast i haven’t seen anyone blame jameis for this loss because he is not the problem with this team it’s this atrocious defense we put on the field every week

    +25
    -1
    Rating: +24. From 26 votes.
    Please wait...
  7. Really good answers today Mark.

    +12
    0
    Rating: +12. From 12 votes.
    Please wait...
  8. Tampa had the ball late in the fourth quarter and settled for a missed 50 yard field goal Russell Wilson had to score 7 points and nothing stopped him that’s the difference between a good quarterback and A not so good quarterback we’ve seen this on many teams but yet the question still out there is Jameis Winston still broken When he threw the backwards pass the number 90 for Seahawks tells you he still broken The great quarterbacks with their team Hass to score nothing can stop them this was the playoffs for the Buccaneers because two and six is elimination.

    +9
    -32
    Rating: -23. From 41 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Jesus bob, put on some glasse. Smith hit jameis arm if you cant see that, youre either blind or a jameis hater. I think its a bit of both.

      +13
      -5
      Rating: +8. From 18 votes.
      Please wait...
      • This is a question for a clinical psychiatrist when Bruce Arians and CG make claims that it’s not his fault do they really believe their own lies? because the tape seems to show something different

        +7
        -9
        Rating: -2. From 16 votes.
        Please wait...
  9. I agree with Horse.

    +2
    -1
    Rating: +1. From 3 votes.
    Please wait...
  10. Hey ass clown Bob…you better brace yourself because Winston will get a 5 year deal to stay here after the season. Mark that down, They will not let him go.

    +20
    -17
    Rating: +3. From 37 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Jameis will have at least 10 more interceptions this year and get benched before the year over.
      But you’re right the Glaziers always do the wrong move.

      +13
      -25
      Rating: -12. From 38 votes.
      Please wait...
      • BUc ass your last 2 predictions of foles being our starting qb at the beginning of the year and arians not coming here were dead wrong. You might want to stay out of the forecasting business. And if jameis keeps playing like today, he will get resigned, and then we can all joyfully watch you explode online. Its going to be great.

        +12
        -4
        Rating: +8. From 16 votes.
        Please wait...
        • I am sorry CG I like you watched the YouTube video on Arians where he does exactly what he says. He said Cleveland was the only team he was going to !
          I took him at his word.But when he got up on the podium and told how much Respect he had for the glaziers I figured out he was a bullsh-yet.

          +7
          -11
          Rating: -4. From 18 votes.
          Please wait...
  11. Look up Jameis’s stats this year. Yes, leads league in turnovers and that is huge! Cost us some games in fact! Still does! But, look at his passing stats. He is a Top 10 NFL QB according to those other stats. This tells me 2 things right off the bat. Jameis, stat wise, is in the upper third top NFL QBs. Take the fan part out of it. But the rest of the NFL doesn’t perceive Jameis like we local fans do. Fact! He’s know as a turnover machine who will drop a 30-40 yard fade on ur ass in a minute. This makes him a serviceable NFL QB…I can’t believe I just said that… but it’s true! He needs some offensive play calling stability with the same system for a couple of years. He makes some bonehead decisions out there fo sure… cost us games before… but he has thrown some f..king amazing balls as well. Fact! Jameis is always helping himself with his decision making process and ball security abilities but he, alone, is not the reason we r losing. And I tell u something else most of u don’t want to hear… the OLine is 2 players away from being a pretty solid one. 2 young, big as a house, bench press a tractor types. It’s the defensive backfield that is losing us games… not Jameis. Ok… I’m ready… let me have it!

    +32
    -9
    Rating: +23. From 41 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Haha Bucballer we call that an Existential.
      A lot of us on here have been saying if Winston had an Oline he would light it up, but then there’s others who bother not to dig deeper into the Bucs issues and just blame Winston.

      +10
      -5
      Rating: +5. From 15 votes.
      Please wait...
    • It’s easy to blame Winston. I’ve been doing it for 4 years. We fans listen to the TV programs, the analysts, read the articles… they all tell us Winston is a problem. But when you break down the tape and really, I mean really watch how the plays unfold on those turnovers, you begin to realize that maybe he’s not as bad as they make him out to be. Does he throw more bad passes than he should? Absolutely. Is every interception and fumble his fault? Absolutely not. I used to bash Winston. Now I have a tendency to analyze everything before letting it rip, and after 8 games I’m not convinced he’s a bad QB. Not worth $150M either, but don’t sh*t can him just yet. The more games we play this season the more fluid our offense becomes. 34 points against the Seahawks is an amazing feat. Now if only our defense can back that up.

      +12
      -4
      Rating: +8. From 16 votes.
      Please wait...
      • I say give him a contract.

        +3
        -4
        Rating: -1. From 7 votes.
        Please wait...
  12. We’ve seen it over and over this year the Bucs defense gasses out in the third and fourth quarter And Ariens does nothing to control the clock and Pete Carroll seriously out coached Arians.
    I’m positive Seattle plan on keeping the Bucs defense on the field longer.Then in the fourth quarter they can score it will.

    +6
    -10
    Rating: -4. From 16 votes.
    Please wait...
  13. The understatement of the century, “Unfortunately we haven’t seen a lot of growth from this unit“.

    +7
    0
    Rating: +7. From 7 votes.
    Please wait...
  14. We need some players/help for sure. But we need help with “the” culture around One Buc Place as well. Look at those statues in the lobby! Think about what we once were and can again be. I still think it would be awesome to have some Buc heroes come home and help out in the fields. Hell… I don’t what positions or titles they would have… I just want them around! A Brad Johnson, Hardy, Rhonde, Sapp, Rice, Doug Williams, Paul Gruber, James Wilder, Donnie Abraham, Galloway… the point is we need to build a winning culture back to this team and what better way to show the new kids how we used to do it than D. Brooks and boys sharing insight and let them know it wasn’t always losing… mostly… but for about a decade we were kicking ass. It can be that way again. I believe it. Culture and accountability is what we need! Both players and coaches.

    +8
    -1
    Rating: +7. From 9 votes.
    Please wait...
  15. Still defending Winston still defending Licht CG Fredster spitball Drdnsydrom trolls Must like losing.
    Just like the battered wife likes a good beating.

    +5
    -16
    Rating: -11. From 21 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Youre the only troll here my man. Like i said above, he plays like he did yesterday the rest of the season, hes no going anywhere. And if he doesn’t, youll get your wish. But again you get trolled because have the stuff you write has zero logic to it. Like you didnt even wtach the game. You know, like saying jameis didn’t make contact with smith on the fumble.

      +4
      -6
      Rating: -2. From 10 votes.
      Please wait...
  16. The Patriots have won at least two games this year where Tom Brady has thrown zero TDs and one INT. Fans need to get their heads out of their asses comparing Jameis Winston to Tom Brady. Who can be compared to Tom Brady?? He’s a first ballot HOFer.

    What’s weird is… we’re one or two plays away from winning at least 3 of these games this year. That means SOMEBODY on the team (a coach or a player) needs to step up one or two times to seal the victory. Yet our fanbase wants to get rid of everybody on the team?!?!

    We’re close. It took Tony Dungy half a season for the wins to start coming. I’m looking forward to an improved second half of the season.

    Definitely not the reload BA envisioned but what did everyone want him to say??!! I think he expected more wins at this point of the season, but it’s definitely taking more coaching and teaching than he vocalized. Hopefully, BA-lite only hurts us in the short-run and not the long-run.

    +4
    -1
    Rating: +3. From 5 votes.
    Please wait...
  17. If Dean was so gassed (after getting beat like a drum al day), why didn’t Bowles replace him with someone with more juice in the fourth….like Ryan Smith, maybe? I mean, he couldn’t have done any worse.

    +11
    -1
    Rating: +10. From 12 votes.
    Please wait...
  18. BTW, what does that say about the kid’s prep and conditioning?

    +3
    -2
    Rating: +1. From 5 votes.
    Please wait...
  19. So far most of what BAB has said has come true. Todd Bowles with better players is doing worse then Smitty. Todd was a disaster as the Jets HC, his defenses were some of the worst, and looks like they still are. We gave Koetter grieve for hiring his buddy Smith, but hasn’t BA done the same with Bowles, and his whole staff? Speaking of BA, another old recycled coach, let’s not forget he was about to get fired by AZ before he pulled the health card, and retired. Be honest, you really believe this staff is doing better then Koetter’s? It’s bigger, and are getting paid more, but I’m not seeing the improvement where it counts, wins. So Bob has spoken some truth, and the truth hurts. Jameis still is turning over the ball at an alarming rate, Bowles’s defense looks as bad as Smitty’s, and we’re not eating any W’s. Close your eyes, and pretend it isn’t so. Let’s ban BAB from posting, that’ll solve all our problems.

    +9
    -9
    Rating: 0. From 18 votes.
    Please wait...
  20. The Seahawks did what they were supposed to do, they found the weakness in Jameal Dean and exploited it. My question is why don’t our coaching staff do the same? Seattle’s pass defense is almost as worse than ours. If you can believe that!!

    +5
    0
    Rating: +5. From 5 votes.
    Please wait...
    • I don’t understand your question. 34 points, 335 yards passing 2 passing td’s.

      +1
      0
      Rating: +1. From 1 vote.
      Please wait...
      • Yes, 335yds 2tds 0int is a good day if we were playing against the Saints. Seattle pass D is near the bottom of the league and we attempt 3 fg & throw only 2 tds…
        To be a little clearer Wilson threw 4 tds against a poor pass d. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

        +1
        -5
        Rating: -4. From 6 votes.
        Please wait...
        • Well maybe if our te doesnt drop a td pass, our rookie receiver forget how big the endzone is, or dot doesnt get a holding call on three straight plays, jamies has 3tds. It doesnt matter what jameis does for people like you, its never enough. Dont matter that our defense is historically bad and that the offense is scoring more than ever.

          +8
          -4
          Rating: +4. From 12 votes.
          Please wait...
          • @cgmaster27 Please do me a favor and elaborate on your comment “it doesn’t matter what Jamies does for people like you”

            +2
            -2
            Rating: 0. From 4 votes.
            Please wait...
    • We had 6 rookies of defense, DUH.

      +1
      0
      Rating: +1. From 1 vote.
      Please wait...
  21. its over guys. Another glorius lost. We got the AZ Cards comin in here with a rookie QB who is improving every game. He reminds one of Mike Vick only quicker, smarter and good pass accuracy. The kid Murray can ball. Bucs had better be ready or they fall yet another game. BE sure they are gonna throw the pigskin and Murray luvs to..take off running. Ruck up Bucs!

    +5
    -1
    Rating: +4. From 6 votes.
    Please wait...
    • Yes TW he likes to get outside the pocket and make plays. Will this coaching staff plan to contain him? My guess is he’ll be another rookie QB to come here and torch Bowles defense because of poor scheme.

      +2
      -4
      Rating: -2. From 6 votes.
      Please wait...