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: What about this – Tony Dungy as head of football operations, Derrick Brooks as general manager and Jim Harbaugh as head football coach to start. We need some history back, those who love the Bucs and hurt when we lose as much as we do. Not just a job to those guys.

Answer: I would be all in favor of anything that gets Tony Dungy back in the building. However, I don’t believe he would consider leaving his broadcasting gig to come out of retirement and deal with the grind of the NFL. And how would Dungy even relate to this generation of players? And would they respect him? I am not saying they wouldn’t or that this younger generation is worse, it is just they are different.

Derrick Brooks coming back is something you see on Twitter and sports radio talk quite a bit, but that is a big stretch to jump from the Arena Football League to running an NFL franchise. That isn’t to say he couldn’t do it, but I suspect if the Glazers make a change, they will want someone with NFL experience. If a change is made, the Glazers know the pressure will be on to not mess it up. I applaud them for continuing to swing for the fences with some out-of-the-box hires, but they understand the importance of the next potential hire.

As for Jim Harbaugh as a head coach? I am not a fan. John Harbaugh, on the other hand, I think would be good. I think Jim has underwhelmed at Michigan and rubbed some people the wrong was his last season at San Francisco.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Now you bring up the point of hiring those who love the Bucs, and sure, Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht had no history in Tampa Bay prior to coming to the team. But to say, if you are, that losing doesn’t devastate them, well, that is just incorrect. I have seen the anguish in both of their faces and had some post-game conversations with both. They hurt. It is almost relief to win and close to unbearable when they lose. Both of those guys want to see this team succeed more than even the fans do. The amount of hours they spend working, the time away from their family, the parts of their life they can never get back, comes at a huge cost.

Both Koetter and Licht’s wives knew what they were signing up for when they married their spouses, but it isn’t easy. Then, to pick up the paper, turn on the radio or surf the internet and see the criticism and nasty attacks from some, has to be beyond rough. And I am as guilty as you guys with my over emotional outbursts when I’m watching my Seminoles play, so I get it. Read my personal Twitter when Florida State plays. Actually, don’t – I am a jerk.

But wanting to win isn’t always enough. Raheem Morris wanted to win. Greg Schiano wanted to win. Lovie Smith wanted to win. It is a results-based business, and patience runs thin when the losses pile up. My point is, these guys and the entire organization want to win, and they work their tails off. It is their reputation, their legacy and their pride on the line. And if Koetter and Licht are fired, it certainly won’t be – or shouldn’t be anyways – from a lack of caring or trying.

Question: What must Dirk Koetter do (if anything) to keep his job to begin 2019?

Answer: Win. And win a lot. I don’t believe it is a foregone conclusion that anyone is already fired. But it isn’t looking good at 4-7. The Glazers don’t like showing up in Boca Raton for an NFL Owners Meeting with another year of losing football under their belts. And they do listen and read feedback from the fans on PewterReport.com and elsewhere. Just like the coaching and front office staff, they are trying, contrary to some of the fan’s opinions. The difference is, they can’t – or at least won’t – fire themselves. It’s their team.

So as fans all you can do is cross your fingers and hope they make the right choices. And when it becomes apparent they haven’t, like with Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith, then it is time to cut ties. I do believe it will take a minimum of seven wins for Koetter to have a chance to be back next season, and probably it will take more. But I am not inside the Glazer’s heads and can’t accurately tell you what that magic number is.

Question: What do you do with DJax? Seems he is all kinds of PO’d since HE is not getting HIS catches. Keyshawn him and play the other guys?

Answer: It is funny you mentioned Keyshawn Johnson. I was thinking the same thing driving home after the game when the story broke that Jackson appeared to be unhappy after a win. Look, I respect DeSean Jackson’s competitiveness and his wanting the ball. But to pout after the Bucs got back on the winning track? That would rub me the wrong way if I am his coach or even one of his teammates. Football is THE ultimate team game.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and WR DeSean Jackson - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht and WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

If I am Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht I am calling Jackson in first thing Monday morning and having a “come to Jesus”meeting. Lay it all on the table. Let him complain, vent, whatever. Then I am telling him he can either be part of the solution or he can watch the rest of the games at home on television.

Just a week or so ago Jackson stood at his locker before practice and said he wanted to finish his career here in Tampa Bay, this after requesting a trade before the deadline last month. Then the Bucs win, and he is still unhappy?

Perhaps we have misinterpreted his tweet. If so, all that will come out in the meeting. But the very last thing this team needs are players showing their asses after a win.

Question: What do you make of the DC position for next year? Keep Mark Duffner or look for other options?

Answer: It is way too early to speculate on keeping Duffner, as who knows if Koetter even survives. But let’s assume for the sake of argument that he does get fired, will Duffner get an interview with the new head coach? How does he coach up this group since Smith’s firing? That is what you look for at the end of this year.

And I would say, especially with the hand he was dealt, he has done a very good job. Remember, this defense only gave up 16 points and less than 300 yards to the Redskins and then only nine points to the 49ers on Sunday. Yes I know the 49ers aren’t a very good offense right now, but did you see some of the players Duffner was working with by the time the final gun sounded? Ryan Smith, Jordan Whitehead, Isaiah Johnson, Josh Shaw, Andrew Adams, Javien Elliott, Riley Bullough, Devante Bond, etc.

Bucs DC Mark Duffner and head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DC Mark Duffner and head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

if Koetter makes it to 2019, and the defensive improvements continue, then he would have a good shot. I still believe Mike Smith’s scheme is flawed, but you can’t flip things around in the middle of the season and start running something completely foreign to these guys, who only practice three times per week.

Duffner is having to modify Smith’s scheme, simplify some things and get the best out of a handful of backups who are now starters, on top of dealing with a ton of young players starting. All in all, I have been impressed with Duffner and the job he is doing.

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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. That makes two of us. Duffner has absolutely floored me with what he is getting out of this defense. Overall they are playing better with backup players. Even Vita is coming around as his play against the 49ers was better as he had some stops on the run game and even got in a sack).

    We will see what the rest of the season brings but if it continues to play better then he should get another chance. Whether or not he does with this franchise is another question knowing ownership.

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  2. I’m not in the camp (currently) of those that want Koetter fired. We have the #1 offense in the NFL which comes by way of scheme and talent..AND a running game that can still get better. You fire Koetter and that goes away (most likely).

    I say bring in a new DC and scheme, continue to add players on the defensive side of the ball, address the OL and let’s roll.

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    • So what if we are #1 in yards per game. We are #10 in points per game. That’s what’s important. The Rams scored 50 points in a game with less than 400 yards of offense, and we scored 3 in a game with 500+ yards. Stop acting like yards per game is important.

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      • “only” #10 in points per game???? That’s pretty dam good as far as I’m concerned. I don’t remember Saint Tony ever having a top 10 scoring offense. I live in Atlanta and I can tell you that Falcons fans here are salivating at the prospect of firing Sark and getting Koetter back as the OC.

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        • Agreed, “only” 10th in points is a good place to be. Koetter is proving beyond a doubt he is good for the offense, and his offensive coordinator is good as well. They are getting this with at best, inconsistent QB play. I don’t remember the last time the Bucs had an offense this explosive. It has been good all three years Koetter has been here as head coach.
          2015 (offensive coordinator) 20th in points scored
          2016 (head coach) 18th in points scored
          2017 18th in points scored
          2018 10th in points scored

          Every year Koetter has been in Tampa it has been getting better at getting better, not worse. To say he is not good at offense is laughable. I don’t blame Atlanta wanting him back as OC – many teams probably want him.

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    • Jeff, I totally agree with you on Koetter. Yet, I feel that the defense under Duffner has “so far” shown remarkable improvement. It is even more is this improvement has come without 3 of 4 starters in the defensive backfield and all 3 starting linebackers. So, I believe that Duff should be given strong consideration for the permanent job.

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    • I agree 100%. Really, if we could get this defense straightened out this would be a very good team. Imagine this offense paired with a top 15 defense? We don’t need a GREAT defense, middle of the pack would be fine. And I don’t think that’s as far away as it seems. Just bringing in a new DC with a scheme better suited to the modern NFL would make huge difference. It looks like we finally have a legit pass rush with JPP and Nassib. Hargreaves was playing great before he got hurt. Has Vita Vea turned the corner? Its too early to say for sure, but he sure looked good on Sunday. If Licht can hit on a couple more defensive draft picks, or if a couple of this years rookies make a leap in their second year (esp. in the secondary) I think we’ll be alright. And don’t underestimate the impact our QBs have had on this defense. All the turnovers have put them behind the eight ball again and again. IF Jameis learned something from his benching and continues to play like he did Sunday (ie not turning the ball over), that will have a huge impact as well.

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  3. I didn’t think that Gruden would ever leave his cushy gig on MNF… Hell, I thought he was one of the best announcers that the NFL ever had; but he bolted. Something tells me that it wouldn’t be money that would be the tipping factor for Tony. You never know.

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    • The Glazers have to get rid of the “bad blood” between Dungy and them. They fired Dungy when he thought he could get the team to the Super Bowl. Gruden made a lot of changes on offense and they did win it the next year – not sure if Dungy would have done that or not. In any case, while he loves Tampa (and still lives there) not sure he would ever return to the stress of the NFL. Definitely not for coaching, he might come back as a consultant or GM.

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  4. 1) Just no to Dungy as VP or GM. He is the luckiest football coach in history. He’s better just pontificating from a high place beyond criticism. Make Dungy the Team Non-Clergy Chaplain and Director of Player Morality and Off-Field Behavior Guilt. He’d be awesome at that!

    2) I LOVE Derrick Brooks, but another “no” to him as GM. He was decidedly mediocre in the Arena League. Make him Director of Player Quiet Motivation or something.

    3) I will be disappointed if the Glazers blow up the team. I would just gut the defense and trim spendy and underperforming players from the roster, and completely re-tool the D top to bottom, coaches and all. It would be a tragedy to wipe out this offensive system.

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  5. If the Glazers are reading then I hope they do read this.

    They must fire Koetter now. They must do it DURING A SEASON. As much as they don’t like to, they must prove to every employee in their organization that they have the courage to break their own rule of waiting till end of the season.

    They must prove to the team that they are passionate about winning and establishing a winning culture. Waiting till the end of a season will once again fester this cold calculating way of trying to get this organization back to its winning days. It inspires no one! “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Glazers must show enthusiasm about a winning culture and this cold calculating way of waiting till the end of the season thru every single coaching regime of the last 10 years continues the slow death process of a winning culture. Rules are made to be broken, and this is one rule the Glazers must put an end to. Everybody knows it and we all feel hopeless because of it. We all must continue to endure inconsistency and incompetency.

    Koetter held on to Mike Smith too long. He was Koetter’s crutch when a Head Coach should be equally passionate about offense AND defense.

    Koetter never should’ve re-taken play-calling duties from Todd Monken against Washington. We were over 60% in red zone scoring till he did that and with the Bucs over the last two years we’ve never been over 52%. Monken was clearly doing a better job of scoring points with this offense and what Koetter told his whole team by his example that day was that even if you were the best man for the job he would still find a reason to bench you for a selfish reason. And we wonder why MeSean is an issue here with regards to his perceived lack of effort??

    Koetter knowingly added fuel to a Fitzmagic yarn that not only was a false narrative in the face of Fitzpatrick’s 13 year history but could have long-lasting damage to this franchise’s ability to succeed with a franchise QB in Winston.

    Why is it that credit is given to Vita Vea talking to Licht and no credit given to Koetter? Because Koetter inspires nobody on this team, that’s why! Koetter does not have the vision nor passion a Head Coach should have. He’s a good offensive coordinator, but he’s not Head Coach material and the time it has taken him to learn from his lumps has been too long. We don’t know if those lessons have stuck and we don’t have time to find out. We certainly don’t have the trust in him. Koetter has broken that.

    Even with all the challenges we’ve had now, do we realize that that one Washington game where the offense scored 3 points because Koetter was calling plays would be enough to be talked about as a playoff contending team at 5-6???!! We just can’t excuse Koetter anymore.

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    • If you’re like this after a win, I’d hate to hear you after a loss. You do realize we at least won yesterday, right? 🙂

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      • This win comes at 3-7. It’s a different win. So now we’re 4-7.

        I understand the narratives we embrace to live week-to-week. I’ve heard the “a win is a win” thing. I’m very happy with the win. It’s the top priority whether we’re 0-15 or 15-0.

        Again, I’m not one who believes in losing for draft positioning and I’d much rather win out. I also believe that a team that learns to win is a team that knows how to cleverly mask their weaknesses. Super Bowl winning teams are not perfect teams. Sure, we can win with Koetter. But I’m just stating my opinion. If I was owner, Koetter would be gone and I would’ve fired him after that Washington game.

        Maybe Licht needs a more hands-on approach with the players to makeup for Koetter’s lack of leadership. Maybe Licht needs to work Koetter like a puppet so that the first words out of Koetter’s mouth isn’t “Winston wasn’t perfect today but…” It’s clear that the bad defense isn’t the only thing that’s been causing Winston to press and force things. It’s clear Koetter has perfection in mind when it comes to coaching up a young QB. This isn’t the only example when Koetter says things that are definitely a Freudian slip. If he expects Winston to be perfect, then he should be expected to be perfect too. It’s the golden rule. “Do unto others…” If Koetter expects perfections from Winston then he should be prepared to accept the same expectation of his Head Coaching ability.

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      • I’m sorry I responded so seriously when you were trying to talk me off my ledge… thank you friend! 🙂 I’m a business owner that used to have a much bigger business. So I got more time if the Glazers are interested in hiring me as a consultant 😉

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    • Thumbs up like a Mother F’er!!!

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    • I didn’t read this long post, so I doubt the Glazers did too.

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      • I doubt it too, but Mark Cook said they did. So do you doubt him too? Seems like you trust Mark and Pewter Report enough as a credible media outlet to even bother registering an account with them for the ability to make a post. If you’re gonna go thru all that trouble to have that capability, then you do believe in them as a credible media outlet I presume. So then you do believe when Mark Cook says that the Glazers could potentially read these posts, they in fact do, whether you have doubts or not.

        So, now that I think about it, maybe the Glazers did read it. Who knows. Whatever. I’m just a Bucs fan who cares about the winning culture of my team. That’s ultimately why I posted. Thanks for caring enough to post a reply to me.

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        • I don’t doubt the Glazers read comments, they probably have staff scrape the web for them. I just don’t think they will take the time to read yours in particular. I scanned yours and it seemed uninteresting. Some long comments here from old posters are great because they have quality information. You just stretch out your points.

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    • OK so they fire Koetter. Then what? Everybody wanted Gruden fired, how’d that work out? Did firing Raheem solve anything? Schiano? Lovie Smith? Now I’m not saying we would have been better off keeping any of these coaches, but the one thing I can say with 100% certainty is that we weren’t better off firing them either. If we blow this team up its going to take 3-4 years to rebuild. The problem is people like you will be crying to blow it up again after 2 years.

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      • Out of all those coaches since Gruden, Lovie Smith should not have been fired. He has Super Bowl experience on his resume as a Head Coach and a Defensive Coordinator. Knows a lot about what a winning culture is. It was pretty dumb not to give him more than two years, especially in light of the Jeff Tedford situation. Because the organization treated a HC with this kind of experience, what makes you or anyone in Bucnation think that a NFL-proven Head Coach with Super Bowl experience would want to come here after we treated Lovie Smith like that?

        So maybe we should keep Koetter. I personally would’ve fired him after the Washington game. Our best assets for attracting an NFL-proven Head Coach are probably Licht (because he works well with coaches), Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. Not saying we can’t attract a good Head Coach, but it’s harder for us.

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        • surely you jest
          have you seen Lovie at Illinois
          and jeff tedford is doing well wherever the school he went to

          Tampa needs a coach with a strong philosophy and confidence on (about) both sides of the ball even if they only have experience with one. that’s what makes ST coordinators so attractive they have experience with both sets of players pulling them together

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  6. Good reply’s Mark. If we play anywhere close as to what happened yesterday, then I would most definitely consider keeping most of the coaching staff and improving our defensive players in the draft. Mike Smith coaching scheme destroyed our season and Koetter being loyal, just couldn’t let him go until absolutely forced too.

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  7. To me djax is a simple answer. Deactivate him and set his whiny ass on the bench the rest of the season. His entire career, he’s been a “me first” player. Truth is, other than his speed, he’s never fought for jump balls, gives up on routes, complains all the time, and is not a team player. This rubs me the wrong way and I’m just a fan. This shit needs addressed by the Bucs brass. If I’m Winston I’m not even looking his way in games from now on. Peace out you douche bag

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    • Djax has been a GREAT player on every team except the bucs. Winston is unable to hit the small fast guy in stride which is his job… Make all the excuses but Winston is not an accurate qb with the long ball and throwing to Djax for a jump ball at 5’8 is a joke.

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      • Really sunshine? If he was such a great player, why did the Redskins get rid of him? Why did the eagles get rid of him? Yeah you’re right sunshine, hes such a great players other teams cant wait to get rid of him.

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        • The Skins didn’t get rid of him or Pierre Garcon that year they were both FA and they couldn’t afford either because of not signing Cousins. Both of them went for over 1000 yards in 2016. He chose to come here after leaving the skins.

          Sunshineben is correct, hell even Mike Vick had no problem hitting DJax. He just tied Jerry Rice for the most explosive plays in the NFL. Winston is the only QB ever not have wild success with him.

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          • Your full of shit. He called out cousins while he was there. Talking about his lack of involvement in the offense. Just look it up instead of commenting and looking lost as usual jlog

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        • You mean it was just like Philly got rid of our two new defensive lineman on the roster this year, because everybody on the Eagles hated those guys?

          And that we got JPP because the Giants, like, hated him, cause he couldn’t play DE any more, and was such a jerk?

          Lots of players play on multiple teams, even the Hall of Famer greats, guys like Brett Favre … Randy Moss … Drew Brees … I could go on and on for about a hundred more HOF players, but obviously your point is incoherent and fact free.

          Being a former Redskin is actually kind of a badge of honor these days, given the ownership and all the crazy dumb roster moves they’ve made ever since the incumbent took over the franchise.

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      • DJ’s year has been good this year. Winston connected with DJ on a deep ball in the Bengals game and in pre-season.

        I know a lot of fans want to compare Winston’s deep ball success to Fitzpatrick’s deep ball success with DJ but that’s totally unfair to the point that it’s not right: 1. We caught Philly and NO by surprise with our new play-caller. On the first play of that Philly game one of the two safeties bite for NO REASON, leaving the middle of the field wide open for a long pass to DJ to start the game 2. More plays for DJ going long down the middle of the field were called and wide-open. The middle-of-the-field long ball is the easiest to complete as opposed to throwing a deep ball down the sideline where the window is tighter and for some reason was called more for Winston upon his return…probably because….. 3. NO and Philly played more one-deep defense than any of our other opponents since those games. Since those games, there have been more 3-deep coverages. 4. The Offensive Line played their best pass-blocking of the year in those first two games 5. Neither of those two first games were we playing from behind and when you play from behind, the opposing team expects more passes and more deep balls

        For some reason, a lot of fans forget these football reasons for why Winston has struggled more with the deep ball and the comparisons that have been made to Fitzpatrick’s performance have been unjustified for football reasons.

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        • 17. Sunshineben is an idiot who should keep his football thoughts to himself

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      • Your severely lacking knowledge of you think djax has been a “team player” have you even seen him on the other teams he’s played for? Well when you do, get back to me because your statement sorely lacks credibility

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        • Fitz seemed to be able to connect with Djax …Djax may be in the hall of fame but it won’t be because of Winston.

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          • Jackson gives up on routes when he doesn’t get seperation after his first 4 or 5 steps

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  8. I could careless if they put Jackson on the inactive list on gameday for the rest of the season.
    If you ask me, and noone has, Jackson is a head case of melanoma on this team.
    If he would quit dropping passes, running wrong routes and show more effort, maybe Winston would look for him more often.
    As it is, Jackson has shown all three of those qualities over the last two weeks.
    Cobraboy, I like your analysis. Humorous but insightful.
    I would like to see Koetter stay as well if he can get to 7-9.
    If anyone needs to go it’s Licht.
    And if Licht doesn’t go he has to be mandated to trade the Bucs No. 2 pick for a quality veteran with 3 or 4 years worth of life left in him because what he has curently done with the teams No. 2 pick over the years has been criminal.

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  9. While I’m not a fan of Jackson’s attitude after the win, can understand a bit when 4 of your 8 targets were uncatchable. Evans showed a bit of frustration even when he made that 42yd catch down the sideline. Seemed to be at Jameis for leading him out of bounds with the throw instead of down the field, but impossible to know for sure. Having said that, would take a game like that from JW every day of the week. Made smart decisions, took the underneath options when things were too tight down the field, etc. Just an overall solid, composed game. Was nice to see.

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    • Evans was mad at himself.

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  10. Scott Reynolds in his 2 Point Conversion, believes that the Bucs have a shot to beat Atlanta in the final game and maybe Dallas. Maybe, maybe not! And the best possible outlook is 6-10. That’s not good enough in my opinion. Jaguars fired OC Nathaniel Hackett last night. There’s a job there for someone that wants it. Hint, hint! lol. I jest because I hope the Bucs do better than Reynolds predicted. But it’s not me folks, it’s the remaining schedule. Go Bucs!

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    • The Bucs will do well to win even one more game, considering the competition. Everyone they are playing is better than the Bucs, and with the exception of Atlanta, definitely has something to play for come January. 5-11 would be a clarion call for a shakeup starting with the front office and the GM. It’s likely that Koetter would be fired too, but not absolutely certain.

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      • Considering the Bucs have beaten the saints the last two times they’ve played, your statement as usual shows lack of intelligence. This team has lost multiple games beating themselves, not getting beat by the better team other than the bears game.

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        • Your intelligence is non-existent, asshole. All you do is make personal attacks on others who disagree with you. Stop being a dick, or get the hell outa here.

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  11. I honestly feel that this offense, being the best we have ever had in Tampa, regardless of who the quarterback is, needs continuity as to who is running it. Monken NEEDS to stay. Fire Warhop he can’t develop players and our high priced line is average at best. Anyone remember Omameh? That was Warhop.

    If Koetter stays, he must be forced to fire assistants. All Warhop, Kazcur, Bajakian, and all defensive coaches except Bukner and maybe Duffner.

    Most disappointing to me is what Licht does with our first couple of rounds each and every draft. From 3-7 he seems to do pretty good, but he tries to get me too smart in rounds One and Two. Hell, let the analysts pick our first two rounds and we would be much better

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    • I disagree Monken’s an improvement over Koetter no doubt but he’s still not very good. Now that maybe because it’s Koetter’s playbook Monken is working off of. Still if Koetter get let go chance are pretty good all the coaches are getting replaced.

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      • Considering the Bucs have beaten the saints the last two times they’ve played, your statement as usual shows lack of intelligence. This team has lost multiple games beating themselves, not getting beat by the better team other than the bears game.

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      • Still not very good? Do you honestly even watch football? The number one offenseivenfootball in yards and number ten in points scored. Please enlighten me and tell me when the Bucs have ever had this kind of offense. I’ll wait for your uneducated response

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  12. Mark misunderstands the role of a team President. There is no “grind” to that job – it is a non-owner acting in place of the owner, as their appointed football person. The PFO does not have to “relate to young players” – he only needs to relate to his staff in the franchise, none of whom are players. That would be the GM, the head coach, and a few other key front office people (marketing, community relations, etc.).

    Even the GM does not need to “relate to the players” – he only needs to be able to judge them … not just judge their talent, but to judge their character, intelligence, work ethic, and the resilience of their bodies.

    It is the coaching staff – the head coach, and all his assistants – who need to “relate to the players”.

    I think Tony Dungy would make an excellent PFO. He knows enough people in the league and is a good judge of all that makes a person successful to hire a first rate front office staff and serve as a key overseer of the GM. In the business world, every GM, who is the equivalent of a COO, reports to a CEO … and the CEO reports to a board of directors or to the ownership if a private company.

    The Baby Glazers are the owners who function like a board of directors … the PFO is equivalent to the CEO, and the GM is the COO.

    There may be a better candidate for PFO/CEO than Tony Dungy … the Baby Glazers should consider other candidates as well.

    As for Derrick Brooks, sorry, no he does not have the NFL management experience to be a GM. If he were to come into the Bucs front office organization, that would be fine for him to spend a few years learning the ropes in the NFL and then eventually become eligible for GM.

    As for head coaches, I don’t see Harbaugh leaving the ranks of NCAA. It’s a much easier and less stressful gig than the NFL coaching ranks. He’s made good progress at Michigan, and eventually Urban Meyer is going to be done at OSU and Harbaugh can succeed him at the top of the Big Ten pile.

    I’d much rather be on the lookout for the next Sean McVey, a young assistant coach who truly gets it at the NFL level and is ready to step up. It is clear that it doesn’t take an old guy to succeed in the NFL – just a good guy.

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    • Well thankfully for mark and the rest of us, we have you here to tell us how football works. Still cant figure out why you dont work for an NFL organization.

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      • Well, no thanks to you for being a dick like your friend Chiefboho, with your main contribution being to be a dick in every thread.

        Me, I focus on what is right, not trying to troll others like you do all the time.

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    • There are a few other possibilities out there for PFO candidates beside Dungy and Brooks. I believe Dungy should be in consideration with Licht included as well. (Don’t react until you finish reading!)

      If they should fire Koetter they might well have to come up with a pool of potential people they might have to approach and persuade to “compete” for the position in order to make the exercise worth the while. (You ractual and reasonably successful business-people out there should correct me if I am wrong.)

      Should the season end on 6 – 10 or 7 – 9 the Glazers are going to have another tough decision to make for “what is next”.

      Should the unexpected finish happen and then we end up 9 – 7 or 8 – 8 it might be enough justification to give Koetter one more year and just making some other changes on the coaching staff including filling the position of Defensive Coordinator.

      Meanwhile, on to the next game with the Panthers!
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  13. I know everyone wants Dungy back, but Dungy did not build the Bucs into the great team it was back in the day. Rich McKay did. Why does no one ever mention about bringing him back to rebuild this team? After how he was treated by the Glazers and Gruden (just look: same thing happening already in Oakland), I am not sure if he would even want to come back. However, money talks and this is where he grew up. If you do not think McKay did a good job, all I can say is SUPERBOWL and several of his assistants are all over the NFL in front-office capacities. Isn’t that what we want again from this organization?

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    • McKay isn’t going to give up being the President and CEO of Falcons for anything short of the next NFL commissioner.

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    • Dungy’s job was to be head coach, and he was the most successful head coach in franchise history, measured in terms of overall win record, and what he accomplished given what he had to start with. Dungy’s job was not to be GM.

      McKay was a great GM, but he has not been a GM for years, and as jlog wrote, he’s not leaving Atlanta to come back to the Bucs.

      Tony has done far more than successfully coach two NFL teams. He has been a broadcaster and expert analyst for many years now, so he has gotten to know virtually every person of any talent in the league. That is a perch that few people with his coaching experience have had. Additionally, Tony is a great mentor to young men, particularly AFrican American young men who make up the bulk of the NFL player community. He is also a very long time Tampa Bay resident, he knows the people, the culture, the institutions hear, he has interacted with community leaders, and he is highly respected everywhere. As a PFO and franchise CWO, that is all excellent preparation.

      Perhaps a better candidate is out there, and the Glazers should consider any and all who might fit the bill.

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  14. Mark, the only person Jim Harbaugh “rubbed the wrong way” in SF was the GM, who was a control freak (now gone) and by extension, the child-owner, who is an idiot. Notice that the players (now almost all gone) loved him and the 49ers have gone from champs to total losers since he left. You’re a smart guy. Look a little closer and you’ll come to respect Jim Harbaugh as the outstanding coach that he is.

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  15. i said trade djax weeks ago and got scoffed at: https://www.pewterreport.com/most-impressive-bucs-at-bengals/#comment-63272
    wanted to trade him str8 up for demaryius thomas – a super bowl winner and ultimate team player….and a spitting image of VJAX

    11$M/yr for a total pussy. Djax quits on his routes and crys after the game. never seen him throw a block in two years here. He should watch film on Mike Evans – takes all the hits, selfless route runner, gives his body up, goes after the whistle to defend his QB.

    godwin and humphries have earned his reps. Djax should be moved to #4 WR so he only plays on passing downs. If he crys again, inactivate him. He only touches the ball 2-3 times per game anyway. Resign humphries next year – Great kid, never heard him complain when he didnt have any catches the first few games..he rode out the storm and keeps getting better every year. I can see Evans, humphries, and godwin playing here for the next 5 years…but not Djax

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    • Is it DJAX attitude or a bum thumb that is the current problem? Or some of both? Or is it something else altogether?

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  16. D Jax – Missed opportunity to deal him before the trade deadline. Keyhawn him or just cut him now.
    Licht – Move him out, the sooner the better.
    Tony – Would love this if he’s got fire in the belly for a new challenge.
    Derrick – Autographed jersey hanging in my bonus room, just not ready to be a GM.
    Koetter – Like him, just don’t think he’s the guy.
    Harbaugh – Jim no way. Jon, maybe.
    Next Up – Bruce Ariens, Mike McCathy [after cry baby Aaron Rodger gets him fired], TBD proven NFL HC – see Any Reid going to KC.

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  17. Why would Dungy want a job where he is no longer in the national spotlight and accountable for results?

    Have you guys forgotten how lame he was as HC? “We just weren’t in sync.” Geez, it got painfully old.

    And Dungy’s defense can no longer work in the NFL with the rule changes.

    I was pissed HE was pissed when he blew yet another first-round playoff game with no offense.

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    • Dungy never had the offensive firepower that the Bucs have today, not even close. It was not his job to shop for the groceries .. it was his job to cook with whatever the shopper brought to the kitchen.

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  18. Please no to bringing koetter back..

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  19. Why does everyone want to bring Dungy back? It’s 2018 a different era..we need something different!

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  20. What I like about the Glazers is their willingness to move on when the coach isn’t the right fit and they are not afraid to spend money in free agency. Hasn’t worked out HC wise recently but all of the hires were praised initially it just didn’t work out. Koetter needs to be gone, holding on to Mike Smith for so long might be the reason we don’t have a chance at the playoffs and him taking over play calling certainly did us no favors that game. He hasn’t built a team around Jameis he instead built a team around his scheme. A balanced attack like yesterday should have always been the recipe for success with Jameis but we seldom game plan that way. A more balanced attack would’ve helped Jameis and the ailing defense that’s been awful for most of the year but it would’ve been to the detriment of Dirks preference. He simply hasn’t gotten the most out of this team and a dominant win over the 49ers and their 3rd string QB don’t change that.

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  21. Glad to hear the Glazers read the Pewter Report! Dungy is an expert at turning around a team with a losing culture which is what we need and he held players acountable if they did not follow his instructions and he pushed fundamentals like tackling and blocking and players loved playing for him and his teams rarely got penalized. He knew how to play complementary football and field position and he stressed avoiding turnovers and producing turnovers. His home is in Tampa and his kids are grown up. He knows the Bucs have a great offense as soon as the OL is built properly. I think he would be interested in a new challenge like turning the Bucs around and winning another Super Bowl since he never accomplished that in Tampa before. He would make an excellent Head Coach if Arians would not want to come out of retirement.

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  22. If you want to know what the Glazer’s will do at seasons end look no further then the half filled stands at yesterdays game. For those who didn’t notice they were half filled. When the place is packed it’s because half the people come to see the other team, like when Pitt was in town. Bringing back Licht, and Koetter would certainly not help ticket sales. That’s really the bottom line, making money.

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  23. IF you want to see how the players feel about Koetter, just look at their play from yesterday.
    With a record of 3-6 they came out and gave 100 percent effort.

    They know whose fault it is they are 3-6.

    They know whose fault it was they didn’t score in the red zone against the Redskins. It wasn’t Koetter missing blocks. fumbling balls tossing INTs, snapping bad balls and getting stupid penalties called against him

    What you didn’t hear was Koetter throwing any player under the bus. He never has. He keeps those comments to himself and the player involved.

    By this time the players had quit on the three previous coaches we had here and flat didn’t believe in them.
    Koetter apparently still has their trust and that and winning is all he is really concerned about.

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    • A bad team that was up all night because of Foster’s arrest that happened at the Hotel. So don’t be surprised if we go right back to looking like the Buc’s this weekend.

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      • Best comment of the week. Your telling me the whole team was so upset over losing foster that none of them slept. Lol do you do drugs before you comment on here? Your posts are so laughable I just can’t help myself. Please, show us all proof that they “lost sleep”

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        • You need to be banned here. You and your buddy CG do nothing but troll other commenters and comment like a dickhead.

          Go away.

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    • DRD I will disagree with you on one point. Where Koetter may not have thrown any players under the bus he HAS, by proxy, thrown Winston under the bus with his lack of having his best interest in mind. His comment after the game about about Jameis “not being perfect” is just another in a long line of not having his QB’s best interest at heart.

      Koetter needs to go!

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      • Right. He threw Winston under the bus saying Fitzpatrick gave them the best chance to win the way Winston was playing at the time. He also said at the time that Winston will be with the Bucs a lot longer than he (Koetter) would as he had a bright future. That is definitely throwing him under the bus. I cannot imagine another way Koetter could put Winston down any further.

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        • Clueless……

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  24. Dont do a coaching staff reset or GM replacement. Keep Monken as OC, and Duffner as DC. The reason the Bucs have been losing was because they couldnt stop anyone on D. The offense is scoring well, the D needs work. The D has improved a great deal under Duffner, so draft or sign FA’s in the off season to shore up the D, and get some Offensive line help also and this team will be ready to kick some tail. If DJAX is unhappy then trade him for a draft pick.

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  25. I want anyone from the andy reed tree… that is the future of the nfl… just my 2 cents

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