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: With high expectations this year, when will it be brought up that chemistry between Tom Brady and others might never get there with no OTAs, practices, etc. How can they get on the same page?

Answer: There is still so much unknown at this point about the upcoming 2020 NFL season and when OTAs and workouts can begin. Chemistry is important and despite Tom Brady being a 20-year veteran, he can’t just walk onto the field and magically be in tune with Tampa Bay’s receivers.

To me, the best case scenario would be training camp beginning in August as normal. I just don’t know that we will be in a position where OTAs and mini-camp can take place in May and early June at this time. I would love to be wrong about this, but as we have seen from all other sports leagues, they are erring on the side of caution. And I don’t think an argument can be made that what the NCAA, MLB, NHL, and the NBA were wrong in putting a hold on things for the time being.

Bucs' WR Mike Evans
Bucs’ WR Mike Evans – Photo by – Cliff Welch/PR

If things in this country do happen to settle down by August and teams are allowed to get together as an organization then it will require plenty of QB and WR reps. And if things are better by June or July, then I believe Brady and his receivers will hold some outside the facility practices at some local Tampa Bay fields or college campus practice fields. We saw that with Jameis Winston and his receivers in seasons past.

There is only so much players can do on a computer studying the playbook and watching film. There is no substitution for real interaction and developing chemistry between teammates. But at this point, I think just getting the football season underway in any capacity is the goal. And that means this country and the rest of world are in a much better place when the green light is given when it comes to sports leagues like the NFL starting up again.

Question: How do you think the NFL will respond to the coronavirus? Cancelling preseason seems pretty likely. After that, would they consider playing a shortened season or even pushing the season back and having the playoffs start in February or March?

Answer: As mentioned above, there is still too much uncertainty to even begin to have answers. All we can do is speculate. The NFL is working behind the scenes to plan on strategies and alternative plans if the season is delayed. There are a ton of factors to consider, with the biggest obviously being, how to have 60,000-90,000 fans in the stadium along with thousands of workers and media members, and to do so in a healthy environment.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell – Photo by: Getty Images

I am guessing all of the options you have mentioned are on the table. But as someone recently pointed out, if we get to September and the NFL season is delayed then there will be considerable issues that the United States is facing that really would dwarf sports. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that we are past this by the time September rolls around. If the coronavirus blows over in the next month or two, it might not have any impact on training camp or the regular season at all.

Question: How are the Bucs scouts evaluating prospects behaviors and personalities without the ability to bring them in for a visit? With the ongoing pandemic many players returned home where their environment may not be ideal.

Answer: The Bucs, like all NFL teams, are using video conferencing and phone calls to get to know this year’s draft prospects amid the COVID-19 situation. The Bucs have already had a lot of face-to-face interviews dating back to January at the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl, and then late in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

As a coach or GM once told me, in today’s NFL world teams rarely miss on the physical part of a player. They all have film, data, etc. on players. Where teams generally mess up is from the neck up. Meaning, the mental part of the game. How quick of a learner is the draft prospect? Do they have a high football I.Q.? What type of work ethic do they have? Do they love practice or just showing up for three hours on Sunday afternoon? Those things rarely come across on film, so that is why the one-on-one meetings are crucial.

With all the down time I also suspect teams will do even more due diligence talking to former teammates, coaches, teachers and other folks that have a close relationship with the draft prospect they are scouting.

Question: What better way for the Bucs to prepare for the future, than by drafting a QB in Tom Brady’s mold and let him learn from the GOAT for the next two years?

Answer: While it isn’t completely out of the question, the Buccaneers most likely aren’t drafting a quarterback until Day 3 of the draft. Now if one of the top guys falls in their lap, or maybe someone they have a high grade on slips down to the second or third round, there would be a temptation to pull the trigger.

Iowa QB Nate Stanley
Iowa QB Nate Stanley – Photo courtesy of Iowa

But from what we understand, this draft will be focused on finding players to step in an immediately help them get to the playoffs this season and next. They don’t appear to be looking too far down the road right now. I hate too use the words “all in” or “playoffs or bust,” but that is what it seems to be the case in Tampa Bay in 2020.

The Bucs could take a shot at a late-round guy, but the sixth-round Tom Bradys just don’t come around very often – like almost never. But a guy like Iowa’s Nate Stanley might be a decent gamble to take a shot on late. He’s a big, strong-armed pocket passer that PewterReport.com has had in our recent Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Drafts. As you mentioned, who better to sit behind and learn from than the greatest QB in NFL history?

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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SenileSenior

The virus took about four months to level off (a couple of days without new cases) in China. If a similar thing occurs here in the USA it will be about July before that happens here. I don’t think we will have an idea how the season will be altered before early June. I doubt that players will even be able to make physical contact before July. Just a guess at this point.

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AlbJack65

You believe what communists report?

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Mee Loopa

Do you really think there are no virus cases in China right now? Do you trust their government so much? It’s gonna last much longer till this thing is gone. It’s gonna need a vaccination to reduce the cases.
But i hope you are right. It wood be the bucs life “extreme” when we get the GOAT an the season is canceled due a pandemic. *cross my fingers*

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Naplesfan

It is most likely that a return to normal won’t be a one shot, everything starts up back tomorrow relaxation of social distancing. Letting workers go back to work, letting businesses reopen, those are a priority. Putting many tens of thousands of butts in seats at sports stadiums is likely to be a significantly lower priority as well as a correspondingly higher risk for transmission of the virus. A vaccine is unlikely the rest of this year too. China is starting to get back to normal, about four months after the pandemic started there … but China used much more… Read more »

captain ahab

I would think waiting until next year makes more sense to draft a QB, Brady is here for two and maybe three years. In four years when that QB is set to hit the field from this draft class he will only have a year left on his rookie deal unless its a five year deal then two years.

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Bigslick67

I think we need to consider the real possibility that there will not be a NFL season. How would that effect Brady? Would he consider retirement? Would Bucs still go with Brady and a one year window? How would draft strategy/free agency be affected?

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BucRy

How much of a buc thing would it be, if the season got cancelled and Brady decides to retire without ever playing a down as a Buc..just our luck lol

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Buc stops here

We will see in less than a month now if the Bucs take a QB in the draft or not. My guess is exactly like Mark’s however – they take a late round QB unless someone falls further than expected.

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Bigslick67

Without a 2020 season do Bucs bring back Suh and JPP in 2021. If not D line becomes a Hugh need.

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bucballer

Too soon to tell about things in the near future. Football is just a diversion to take our minds off the current situation we all find ourselves in. Football will be back. But I have to tell u… things will never be like they were before. I mean people will get back to work and socializing again. But this will change things. There r some things we r doing now in terms of cleanliness that will remain. Also some companies will find that for some companies and their employees it is cheaper to continue work at home with their employees.… Read more »

BigSombrero

I agree with the points made above about China starting to return to their version of normal after 4 months. I think it’s true that many things are underreported there. I also believe that is the case for the US and elsewhere in the world. Simply not enough tests or people with health coverage. The real time comparison will be with countries like Italy, which didn’t take it very seriously early(much like the Corona T-shirt wearing smart asses in our country). If it takes Italy 6 months to get back to normal, then it could signal a strong chance that… Read more »

An Original Buc Fan

I am really worried about what happens of the GOAT gets hurt. We need a “starter” quality backup like Cam Newton, Andy Dalton or even dare I say It Jamies Winston. I know this wouldnt be cheap, but going all in would warrant a move like this over something we cant get in the draft.

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I find it amusing when people post that the Bucs should sign Winston, Cam, or Dalton as back-ups. These are starting QB’s who will want starter money. We cannot afford to pay two starting QB salaries and still maintain our defense. I know the next thing out of the “pipe dreamers” and “Winston haters” is that he hasn’t signed yet so he will sign anywhere. Chargers and Patriots haven’t moved on their QB situation yet a lot can change in the next few weeks before the draft.

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BigSombrero

If they cancel the season, Tampa would also lose hosting the Superbowl. Definitely a double whammy for businesses in the area. With some luck, people will stay home and ride this out in a smart way.

I fear many people have decided it’s not dangerous and they keep perpetuating the spread of this. Today I saw where a group of 60 choir members refused distancing advice and met to practice. Now 45 are infected and a few have already died. SMH.

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This is a lie, nobody contracts the virus in the afternoon and dies by the evening. First off there is a two week incubation period and secondly there is a 99% recovery rate. Comments like this stole fear and confusion. Stay home, wash your hands, and you will be fine.

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BucRy

Just curious but have any of you been affected by this virus in any way? Whether you know someone who has it or if you lost your job etc. just want to see if the pewter fam is doing alright.

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geno711

No one in my family has been affected. My daughter was leaving for Spain on March 11th but the very last day decided not to go – thank goodness. One of my sisters lives in California and one her neighbors passed away from Covid-19 a few days ago. I know people in Tampa that have lost their job and others that have been furloughed. I have parents alive in their 80’s so I sure worry about them. I think many more cases will occur in Florida as we all do. But I am somewhat optimistic that it might not be… Read more »

No football this year!!!. Very possible. Shortages of all kinds of supplies. Hospital workers getting sick. Social distance is our best chance. Healthcare workers are fighting a war without basic supplies they need. Stay safe, stay home as much as possible lives depend on it. LIVES WE DEPEND ON EVERYDAY TO SAVE OUR LIVES & MUCH MORE!!!

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Could be very well end up that we should have resigned Winston. What a difference a few weeks make. I wonder if the NFL contracts have doomsday clause.

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SCLOBERNOCKER


That needs some perspective dude. The choir incident in WA was just reported due to its severity and its possible implications, but that event took place on march 6th. 7 days after the first US death, before COVID was labeled a pandemic, and before social distancing was a thing in the US.

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SCLOBERNOCKER


I live in small town on the WA/OR border. The affect has been felt pretty heavy here. Pretty much only emergency responders, healthcare workers, and food industry still have jobs. Both WA and OR have “stay at home orders”, so its pretty quiet out.

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4girls

100% sclobernocker. I live in the town of the choral practice. I know people in it. When the practice took place, public knowledge was much different. No one in the chorale had symptoms or was sick. They didn’t know what we do now.

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BigSombrero

@slobernocker Thanks for that clarification. I only saw the back end of the story on the news. I still think so much of this could have been prevented in the US if we had better advice from our leaders much sooner. The fact that most people don’t trust the news or politicians is making all of us less safe. Add to that the day-to-day false hopes of reopening by April, then by Easter, now by April 30 just make people feel like the worst has past us when it hasn’t really even begun for much of America. Stay safe people.… Read more »

SCLOBERNOCKER

@BiGsombrerO Agree 100%. I live in a small town. You have to be on deaths door here to get a test. They just arent testing people. They whole “anyone who wants a test, gets a test” thing is a joke. We didnt get our first “confirmed” case here until last week. The county would post on their website that we had no cases. What they werent posting was that they only tested about 5% of people exhibiting symptoms. We are up to 3 “confirmed” cases, while the reality is certainly much, much, higher. It has re-enforced a false sense of… Read more »

BucWonder

Never before has all of humanity been focused on solving the same problem. With our current genius and technology the virus doesn’t stand a chance. Humanity is going to win as we always do. It’s just a matter of time. We all need to do our part, stay positive, and help others. Try to avoid the negativity as it does not help anything or anyone. Buc fans know how to live on hope. Together we are going to do some serious ass kicking on the virus. Just like the Bucs in the first ever home field Super Bowl win this… Read more »

BucHarbour

This virus has a lot of people, expectedly, nervous and wondering how long this is going to last. Right now, the CDC and doctors heading up the task force are erring on the side of caution, so as not to have another acceleration occur, which is why they’re planning to continue things through the end of this month. But I wanted to give information that isn’t widely reported, but is available so folks kind of have a better idea on what to look toward. The info tells me that we’ll likely see a football season, and probably a full one,… Read more »

geno711

I did not find the Stanford model you mentioned. I did find the Oxford model and appreciate the reference to it. Just to be certain that others understand, the study from Imperial College and that from Oxford or Stanford all include up from assumptions. These assumptions are beginning parts of the model that any study uses when they do not actually have certain data. It is a fill in the blank part of the study based upon the groups guessing techniques. When something is new or different those guestimates will range drastically. We see that here in the difference between… Read more »

BigSombrero

New York is the tip of the spear. The coasts are getting it first, but it will travel toward the midwest soon enough, and then THEIR numbers will soar.

Bucs are a great distraction and I look forward to talking shop with all you guys, even those of you who disagree with me constantly.

Stay safe and keep your distance. Take care out there.

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seat26

I think the issue is the Stadiums. WIth 60 or 70K people in the stands and bathrooms filled and vendors jammed, 100 infected people could infect 10K easily. IF the Virus is gone completely they have the season on time. If it is still lingering, maybe they have the games with empty stadiums, and just televise it? Or maybe they delay it a couple of months? And then, of course, there is the issue of the locker room. How does that work?

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BucHarbour

I don’t believe that’s going to be an issue and I’ll tell you why. Keep in mind a couple of things. First, Influenza led to the deaths of ~60k people in the 2017-2018 season, another 34-38k in the 2018-2019 season, and over 22k this past season. We don’t stop games for the flu. Second, understanding that this is another version of coronavirus, of which numerous strains have been around for some time. In fact, this is just another version of SARS. There has been found some level of immunity in the populace already. And with this virus probably having infected… Read more »

Buc-Up

The owners and players want that money so they’ll figure out a way to play in empty stadiums by the end of summer. They can pipe in crowd noise and green screen in fans from past games. First test all players, coaches, owners, & team personnel. In order to be a part of the team they must agree to be sequestered from Training Camp to the end of the season. They can’t have physical contact with anyone not related to football. NFL personnel, stadium personnel, broadcast media personnel, and others involved in game day functions must wear PPE if they… Read more »

chefboho

@BucRy the beaches were finally closed here in South Carolina. Idiots were still coming down on vacation. I run a sports bar/ restaurant so as you can imagine, I’m screwed till this is all over. No sports and no job. I’m just hoping that I’ll still have a place to open if this takes three to four months like predicted. I agree that staying home is key but people still need to get outside. Couples aren’t used to being around each other this much. There was a shooting of three right by my house where the husband and wife argued,… Read more »

Naplesfan

BucHarbour – you are promoting garbage hucksterism masquerading as medical science. Those “non-controlled” – which means, utterly worthless – tests prove exactly nothing, and have been thoroughly debunked as fake studies. Nearly all of the people included in the “studies” – the scare quotes being fully justified – were persons with very low scores of the disease who would have recovered anyway. Those who actually died were actually excluded from the study results. Read it and weep: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/hydroxychloroquine-and-azithromycin-versus-covid-19/ Not a single worthy study has yielded useful results for chloroquine and “Z packs”. However, promoting such gargage science is causing a… Read more »

BucHarbour

Your link goes to a bad gateway. Actual clinical trials require, typically, and equal number of patients get the treatment and the placebo. So say, 100 people in a trial, you have 50 get the treatment, and 50 a placebo. You also randomly select the individuals who get each. These are the types of trials that the CDC and FDA want to see done to give the treatment the thumbs up. Hydroxychloroquine causes zinc absorption in the virus, which prevents replication and keeps it from infecting cells. The Z-pack is for all the other crap that people succumb to when… Read more »

Naplesfan

BucHarbor – you need to get out more and stop taking your news and science input from Fox News Channel. You claim we are going to find that the deaths caused by COVID-19 are less than that from the common flu. Sorry, you are an idiot. Yesterday the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the US was 502, double the death toll from the day before. Virtually ALL of the public health experts – which excludes you, obviously – are saying today that the peak of the infections will not arrive for another 6 weeks IF we do everything… Read more »

BucHarbour

This is crap. Please understand I’m an Engineer that has to do trend analysis, and I heavily studied science when I was younger (originally planed to be a fusion researcher working on Tokamak designs). I don’t get my science from Fox. I didn’t bring politics into this either. You do under stand that the oft quoted 0.1% mortality rate for Influenza is based on the “ASSumption” (keyword highlighted) that 35+ million people had the Flu in 2018-2019 year while roughly 35k died from it. To give better numbers, this flu season, just over 220,000 people have tested positive for Influenza,… Read more »

Dave

@Naplesfan. Sorry but I don’t buy Dr.Fauci’s projected death numbers for a single second. NOTHING you can say will convince me otherwise. so save your breath there. The death numbers in the US have been, and still are hovering at about 1%. So at this rate just to hit Fauci’s “best case scenario” of 100-200K deaths, that means we would need at minimum 10 MIL cases in this country. And seeing as half the country is shut down, and almost nobody is going anywhere, other than to get food, gas, or to go to work( the few left who still… Read more »

BigSombrero

Trump team now says worst case scenario is 2 million dead. Best case scenario is 100k dead. Yesterday Trump said that if ONLY 100,000 or 200,000 die, he should be commended for doing a great job. He keeps moving the goal posts, which is not a surprise.

It’s only been 2 weeks that most of the country has been on lock down. It took China 2-4 months of lockdown to stop the spread.

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BucHarbour

The 2 million figure was from the first Imperial College study. The new 100-200k is a combination of the CDC’s thoughts and the updated Imperial College study. They’re both too high, but when all the experts are telling you death and destruction is coming unless you keep everything closed, what do you do? Most follow the advice. The numbers coming in are still well short of what is needed to get to those numbers.

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BigSombrero

@43 is only old in human years I never said they contracted it in one day and died. I said the news reported they ignored distancing and since then 45 are infected with a few having passed away. I was further updated by some other Bucs fans who live up that way and corrected me that they were unaware of social distancing at that point because it was in early March. The entire point is this: COVID-19 is highly contagious. It’s not the flu bug. Many people need ventilators to live when they contract this. If you get it, regardless… Read more »

Dave

The worst day death wise in the US to date was Monday at 574 cv related deaths(if they were all indeed cv related. I’ll get into shortly) So say the US averages 300 deaths per day (Which is 3 times the actual average per day to this point), for an entire 365 day year, that would put it at 110,000 deaths. And to say they think we can average 300 deaths per day for an entire year straight, when half the country is shut down, non essential businesses are closed, and roughly 90% of people are staying home unless they… Read more »

Dave

And now to the matter of cv related deaths. I have seen many, many, many, families of individuals that have died recently that have came out publicly and said that their husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, etc.. did NOT die of coronavirus. There will be hundreds of people that will die in the next half year at minimum that will have death labeled as cv related that were absolutely NOT cv related. Because with the amount of deaths in this country, autopsy’s are being put on the back burner. cod’s that are not immediately known, instead of being labeled… Read more »

Well put Naplesfan. Nothing like the Flu. Trump had to force General Motors to start making Vents. Like Ford did on their own. The Flu has never forced these measures. Please pay attention to things our leaders are doing that have never been done before because of a virus. The planet has not seen anything like this for 100 years. Media outlets are about ratings not real truth news. Our leaders are not unified and have reactionary posture, instead of proactive actions. However we can all use our common sense & do our part as Global citizens.The choice is ours… Read more »

Dave

@BucsHarbour. Absolutely dude! We would have to average an outrageous 300 deaths per day for an entire calendar year to even hit the supposed “best case scenario” I don’t have all these fancy degrees that Fauci has, and I will still say, we won’t hit that number

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My oldest grandchild who lives in Miami area got it 3 weeks ago; was over it in a few days. Couldn’t get tested 3 weeks ago becauae of no test kits. His girlfriend got it too . I can’t even get tested to see if they have antibodies now to help others, but again still no kits available for that process and that area yet. 90% sure he had it based on my wife is an RN Middle grandson who is at Paris Island Marine Boot Camp since early March had mild symptoms of something along with others in his… Read more »

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Mark, very good Mailbag. .

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I sure the heck hope you are right at this stage of the pandemic. Time will tell & give us all more answers. It is hard to trust leaders that did not prepare for the worst. Recent history of deadly viruses Swine,bird,sars.I can not wrap my head around America having a PPE shortage. That should not be the truth health care workers are living. The leadership should have seen the possibly of today’s reality a few years ago.

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Dave

Look I get why some people’s natural reaction is to think the sky is falling and we will never recover. But facts are, we always have recovered, and always will. The death rate wasn’t as high as H1N1, but that was more widespread, and affected way more people than CV ever will. And we recovered from that. And we did it without having to shut the entire country down. But I urge people to not be so easily scared, or led. Don’t be sheep. Be an independent mind and think for yourselves. You can find an article on the internet… Read more »