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: I always hear the narrative that if Jameis Winston played with a good defense we would win more games. Is that even possible with him turning the ball over all the time, putting the defense on a short field?

Answer: I don’t have a breakdown of every turnover, but I would guess a majority of Jameis’ Winston’s turnovers occurred inside the opponents’ end of the field. Certainly not all of them, like the pick-6 against the Bengals, however the other three in that game were were in Bengals territory. Same with his two against the Falcons in Atlanta. He has also had a handful on last throws in games with the Bucs behind, making desperation passes that were picked off. I believe he had one against the Panthers in Charlotte where DeSean Jackson made no effort to get to the ball or break it up.

The bottom line is, he has to get better in avoiding turnovers, and actually demonstrated that when he returned from his benching with only four interceptions down the stretch. Teams don’t win many games while constantly losing the turnover margin.

Yet Tampa Bay’s defense hasn’t done Winston many favors in his four years of starting. The Bucs defense has been bad since Winston’s first year when teams completed over 70 percent of their passes against Lovie Smith’s defense. Can Winston improve? You bet. Has the defense hurt the Bucs’ win-loss record – and Winston’s record as a starting quarterback? Absolutely. Both will need to be better moving forward.

Question: With Bruce Arians stating that he wants a quick turnaround/no rebuilds, what would be a realistic expectation for this new coaching staff?

Answer: I think anything less that 9-7 would be a disappointment given the talent on the team. Of course circumstances could dictate a sub-.500 record – key injuries for instance – but overall I think 9-7 is the goal, at least in my mind. After two straight 5-11 seasons, anything over five wins would be technically an improvement. But Bruce Arians isn’t here to overhaul and completely rebuild this team from top to bottom. Arians isn’t here for a five-year plan. Patience is running out with the Bucs fan base, the Glazers and the players themselves, so Arians and his staff need to generate some excitement in this area. Winning is the only way to do that. Bucs fans are fed up with potential and the old, “wait until next year” adage.

Question: Is there any player that had a down year that you think will have a “comeback,” such as Ronald Jones II improving from a bad rookie season or Vernon Hargreaves III continuing to develop?

Answer: I have zero faith that Ronald Jones will have a rebound or comeback year. I saw absolutely nothing to make me feel he will all of a sudden turn it around. Can he be better? Sure, because it would be hard for him to be worse. But honestly he is in Roberto Aguayo territory here. He is on the bubble to start the season, and if he doesn’t show marked improvement in training camp and the preseason he might not even be on this roster once the season starts.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was poised to have that rebound year before the injury according to everyone we spoke with. We will see if that continues. The team certainly needs him to.

My pick for comeback player is safety Justin Evans. There were times this season I had to double check to see if he was even on the field. Other than his scoop-and-score against New Orleans in Week 1 and his interception against the Steelers in Week 3, I can’t think of another impact play he made. The coaching staff had him playing exactly as his position is called – safety. Meaning way too safe. It is hard to make a play when you are literally 25 yards off the ball. The kid a is a talented, athletic player who needs to be able to play on instinct and not scared to death to make a mistake.

Question: Yes or no – are the Bucs interested in running back Kareem Hunt?

Answer: Yes. All of the NFL teams are interested in Kareem Hunt – as a player. Heck, the Chiefs would probably sign him back in a second if not for the negative fallout. And that is the big issue here. Exactly what type of negative P.R. will the team who signs him receive, and do they feel it would be worth it?

The Bucs would love to have Hunt on this team, but it isn’t even necessarily up to Arians or general manager Jason Licht. That decision would most likely have to be made by ownership, and no one really knows exactly what the threshold is for this ownership group, as Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud pointed out on Twitter recently.

How much negative press and public relations are they willing to deal with? With a franchise trying their best to turn their image around, signing Hunt would be a big gamble, and keep in mind he could be suspended by the league for up to 10 games in 2019.

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  1. After seeing how Damien Williams performed towards the end of the year (minus yesterday of course), kind of raises the question of Hunt being just a product of that system a little bit. There are some solid RB’s in FA that could be signed at reasonable prices to pair with Barber and come with less baggage than Hunt as well. While not a fan of his actions, believe Hunt deserves an opportunity to continue his career and change his life, as most of us have made mistakes to varying degrees at some point. Curious if he gets that opportunity with the Bucs.

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    • Great assessment on the Chiefs rushing attack and whether Hunt would be worth the backlash considering his success was equaled by Spencer Ware(until hurt) and then (5th year player and former Dolphin undrafted free agent)Damien Williams.

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  2. Sign K.Hunt? Bye Women of Red!!

    This would throw out any real integrity for our Women fanbase!!

    “We want your money but we care nothing for your wellbeing..

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    • BS! Many of us women could care less about his bad deeds, this is football!. There are plenty of us that just want the Bucs to get a decent running game. It starts with the O-Line! I would love to see us sign Hunt for small money, just not sure that will be possible.

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      • Kimba …Does your mother know?

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  3. I disagree with you completely with the first question. The defense lost at least six games for the Bucs this year. In those six losses the defense allowed over thirty points with the Bucs scoring at least in the high twenties. With an average defense, those games were within reach. Those losses were not Winston’s fault. Heck, in most of them he was shooting the lights out, trying his best to keep up.
    Yes, Winston has a problem with turnovers, but I think the defense is a far worse problem.
    Losing 38-35 to the Giants and 34-32 to Atlanta and 37-34 to the Bengals and 42-28 to the Panthers and 34-29 to Atlanta and 30-27 to the Steelers are not losses that we should pin on Winston.

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    • Definitely agree the scheme stunk under Smith and no one is blaming Winston for the Steelers loss. It’s not his fault he wasn’t out there. Wait, maybe it was, but thats another argument. Turnovers did play a big factor in that game though. Fitzpatrick put the defense back on the field with 3 first half interceptions. It was 30-10 at halftime and it wasn’t that close. Against the Bengals Winston had 4 interceptions(including a pick 6), took 6 sacks, and was only completing 51% of his passes when he was benched in favor of Fitzpatrick. When the turnovers stopped, the Bucs made a furious comeback and tied the game. That is DEFINITELY on Winston.

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      • The Bengals game was mind blowing–wish someone could get with Winston and get an answer on wtf happened! That game was awful for him. I have watched that kid for a long time and never seen him so rattled, glad he was able to redeem himself later in the season.

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        • No one has mentioned this but watching that game, I has a sense that Jameis was actually suffering from a hit he took early in the game.

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    • Winston wants to win at all costs including fouling up his interception ratio. When we are losing he goes crazy trying to win and throws int’s. Hail mary passes are an example. Winston is much better during those rare times he isn’t desperately trying to win the game.

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  4. Ideally would like to see us sign a solid FA RB to pair with Barber and draft one to compete with Jones for the #3 role. Barber is a FA though, so entirely possible the new staff starts over at the position completely as well. AP, Powell, Jones and a drafted RB maybe? Just spit balling… curious what trio others come up with.

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    • Barber is not a UFA. He is a RFA. Which means he will receive a tender from the Bucs. Could be an original round tender which means the Bucs only have to match any offer he may receive. Seems unlikely.

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      • Hey, Macabee, who do you think Bucs should target in free agency?

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        • A thumbs down for asking a question? Huh?

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        • Pete, see my response below.

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      • Understand Barber is a RFA, guess I should’ve clarified it better for some. While it is likely he gets tendered, that’s not a guarantee with a new staff. And Pete, trolls will be trolls lol

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  5. C’mon Mark. PR keeps referring to the talent on this team as though we should be a playoff team. Give it a rest. Fact of the matter is we’re just not that good.

    We have have weak lineman in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Yeah, it’s a passing league, but you still need to run the ball. Bring in the best RB’s in the league and they go nowhere behind this line. The D line is worse. JPP brought some relief as did Nassib and Vea late season, but our D stops No One! On special teams, tell me which Buc’s fans don’t hold their breath on ever FG attempt. We’re a long way from the Gramatica days.

    There’s a long way to go until next season and it will be interesting to see how the roster comes together. But stop acting like we have all this talent, we don’t. The proof is it doesn’t show up on the field.

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    • I think we are that good. We had one of the top three offenses in the NFL. The offense has very few holes to plug. Defense is a problem, but I think we’ll be amazed what change an attitude shift from a new regime will bring.
      With an average defense, Bucs would have been 11-5 and in the playoffs. With a good defense, they could have been 13-3.
      This team is right on the brink of being winners.
      A good free agent class, a smart draft and improved coaching and the Bucx will win the division.

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      • Hope you’re right, but I just don’t see the O line as a small thing.

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        • It was mostly coaching on both side of the ball.

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        • Unless the ball gets out quicker it’s not going to matter but so much. No team that holds the ball as long as Buc’s has an O line rated that high. All the highly rated O lines also just happen to have passing games that get ball out 50% quicker on average.

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          • Agree, but even with our longer ball passing game we are formidable in the air. My gripe is we can’t run block.

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  6. I was wondering how many went on to IR this year (who mean anything, not just anyone). The list contains:
    09/08 Placed CB De’Vante Harris on injured reserve.
    09/12 Placed CB Vernon Hargreaves on injured reserve.
    10/13 Placed CB Marcus Williams on injured reserve.
    10/22 Placed LB Jack Cichy on injured reserve.
    11/20 Placed TE O.J. Howard on injured reserve.

    Others put on IR were waived. These are the five “extra” players the Bucs get back next year. Will it substantially improve the team? Chances are better twith Harris, Hargraves, and Howard. So they get these players back next year and whoever they draft or pick up as free agents. That is it to make it to 9-7. Fingers crossed the talent is there as everyone believes.

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  7. RoJo is in “Roberto Aguayo” territory?

    Get out of here with that nonsense. Aguayo was the worst pick in modern-NFL draft history. The only people who were excited about that pick were SR and the Doak Dorks.

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    • Being that Jones’ stats were worse than practically every rookie RB that made a team last year, he definitely has to show improvement to avoid being out of the league two years after being a 2nd Rnd pick (aka Aguayo territory). Licht’s made some solid draft picks over the years, but those two are looking like his biggest misses by far so far. Guess we can blame Arians for Licht’s “no risk it, no biscuit” move up to grab Roberto now too lol, since Licht used that quote in his presser afterward.

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    • PR has mentioned seeing some players on the team that seem content with just being a rostered NFL player. Curious if Jones is one of those guys, kind of appears so at this point. Hard to believe Spencer could turn an UDFA in Barber into a starting RB and then can’t get anything out of Jones. Curious if McNair is able to, as Jones appears to have the talent. Does he have the will though?

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  8. Mark you call this a talented team then go on to say our 2nd round pick R. Jones might not make the team. Cappa couldn’t beat out Benenoch who should not be in the NFL, you call that talent? Let’s stop making this roster out to be something it’s not, talented. You don’t go back to back seasons 5-11 with a talented roster no matter how bad you believe the coaching was. Reload, rebuild, what’s the difference? Our defense is going to need an overhaul. Our O line is going to need a reload too. Benenoch, Cappa, Dotson, the whole right side can go, and left tackle is in question. So basically we have Marpet, and Jensen who are paid like all pros, but don’t play like it. As you say R.B. is a question, Barber is a back up at best, maybe need two new backs. Some talented roster. Coaching can only take you so far. As Gruden use to say, it ain’t about the X’s, and O’s it’s about the Jimmy’s, and Joe’s. We better get some better Joe’s.

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  9. Wouldnt be surprised if they went after Leveon Bell. If you had Bell and Barber that would be a great tandem. Solve a lot of problems on offense. Question is do they pay that kind of money for a running back. I guess we’ll find out soon .

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  10. I would like to see a statistical breakdown of how many games we lost after Winston got us the lead in the fourth quarter. The other thing that kills any quarterback is the number of passing attempts vs having a solid running game. Look at what Mahomes was able to do with a solid running game. Without a solid running game there is no play-action-pass, because the defense doesn’t bite on the run.

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    • I posted this a while back. Winston has given the lead or had the lead 16 times over four years in which the defense gave up the lead to lose. And before bob comes on here, none of those games were ones where Winston threw an interception or turned the ball over. That’s a lot of wins left off the board. But in some people minds around here, it’s always the quarterbacks fault when this team looses. Just like the last game of the year in which Winston single handedley gave the team the lease with just a few minutes left only for the defense to blow it once again.

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      • That also included games in which the kicker blew the field goal opportunity to win as well. Forgot to mention that

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      • Only trouble is, this isn’t anything new. The Bucs have had the same problem with different QBs for the past decade. Every other time the fan base has blamed the QB for the loss when in reality it was a combination of other factors. Defense, poor running game, bad kicking, poor coaching, yet it was the QB that took the heat. Heck, look at Lovie’s first season with McCown/Glennon, if memory serves 3 games were lost due to the D dropping sure game winning ints in the last few minutes, 1 game lost due to a penalty on Evans which resulted in a time run off as we got in range for a FG, 1 game lost in OT because of a fumble by a TE, and 1 game lost due to a missed FG (could be wrong on that though). If the other QBs have had to take the heat for the team losses then why should Winston suddenly be given a free pass?

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        • For just the reasons you just said…duh.

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  11. ROJO had known issues in his first few years away from home at USC came on late, picking up the system becoming more confident. I believe with dual practices his talent will be allowed to show and he will be able to learn more. Sad his talent wasn’t even used on special team his elite speed could have helped in the return game. From the head coach down this staff is leaps and bounds above the previous 2-3 coaching staffs, players will be taught, held accountable and finally have faith in their coaching staff that they will be utilized and put in position to win.

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    • Being that Jones showed “iffy” hands quite frequently on screens, etc., can imagine the staff’s confidence wasn’t the highest asking him to handle kick-offs and punts, especially with guys bearing down on him. Humphries isn’t a very dynamic returner, but he definitely has sure hands at least.

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  12. Pete, I can’t give a good answer now until I see how the Bucs are going to acquire additional cap space. The Bucs are all over the place with whether to release or restructure DT Gerald McCoy, whether to pay OT Donovan Smith LT starter money. Or whether they really want DeSean Jackson to stay. Those decisions will have a tremendous effect on cap space and therefore what they can do in free agency.

    Cap space sits at 16mil now not withstanding there are several players that are FAs under consideration for re-signing, ie, Adam Humphries, Kwon Alexander, Adarius Taylor, Kevin Minter, Garrison Sanborn, and Cairo Santos.

    I will share my first thoughts. The Bucs tried to trade for SS Landon Collins/Giants before the trade deadline. Will the new Admin still want to go that route or will BA want guys that he knows – SS Deone Bucannon/Cardinals or the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu/Texans? Pretty sure they will want to replace SS Chris Conte.

    Would they put a newly-drafted outside corner opposite still-learning CB Carlton Davis? I wouldn’t! So look for an experienced CB and some help at RB. Can’t count on ROJO and Peyton Barber can’t do it alone. That’s off the top of my head. Please allow me to come back and respond when I have more definitive info on cap space. Go Bucs!

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    • Thanks! Great answer.

      Do you think they’ll go after Ramsey at CB?

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      • Posted this a few days ago. However unlikely, never say never! lol.

        I’m trading down with the Jags at 7 and giving up a 3rd round pick for CB Jalen Ramsey. Jags would then have 3 3rd picks – hard to resist. We get Ramsey for essentially a 3rd round pick and pick 7th for an OT, OG, or DE.

        https://247sports.com/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers/Article/What-it-would-probably-take-to-trade-for-Jalen-Ramsey-124661428/

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        • Macabee, I just saw a mock draft by CBS Sports. They had us trading down to the 7th pick with the Jags and taking CB Greedy Williams.

          Man, I would love your scenario to happen allowing us to get big help on the OL or at DE. W can dream can’t we!
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          • P.S. I hope Arians and Licht see your post. Maybe I should figure out a way to forward it to them! 🙂

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        • As much as I love the idea of Ramsey in pewter and red, I think it would more depend on whose still available at 5. If there are a few players we have rated about the same, then make the move. Assuming that’s what it would take. But, DAMN, dude would look great here

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        • @macabee: have you heard something out of Jax that would suggest they are willing to give up on Ramsay? This kid has been pretty excellent for them, is young, and would seem an ideal piece to their puzzle….why would they kick him to the curb for any (reasonable) draft picks?

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          • I can only share with you what I read. Believe it or not.

            https://www.bigcatcountry.com/2018/11/18/18101174/jaguars-will-reportedly-look-to-trade-jalen-ramsey-this-offseason

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          • Interesting @macabee.

            So seems a salary cap issue for them – adding $15m to our payroll would eat up all available space (more or less), so we’d be saying goodbye to:
            Donovan Smith – fine by me
            Kwon – sad, but life

            And probably cutting DJax loose – fine by me too
            And probably guys like Curry and Gholston too – ok

            But still letting us bring back Humphries – good
            and having enough space for rookies – one of which would need to be a LT…which we’d have our 1st round pick to address; and a RG, which we’d have our 2nd round pick to address.

            Any chance Licht could make this happen 🙂

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          • EastEnd, Not this year. He has 5 year contract with 5th year option. His base for 2019 is 3.6mil. I did this for fun. I doubt that Licht would do this or even knows about it. But it is doable! See Spotrac link. Good luck on your picks.

            https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/jalen-ramsey-18953/

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    • I agree with the assessment on the cap and the decisions the Bucs will have to make. There will be a strong and deep crop of safeties and running backs in this free agent class. I posted the names in a previous article, but suffice to say there are about a dozen really good players at each position.

      Arians draft history shows he loves taking running backs in the draft almost every year.

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  13. Just a few comments. Todd McNair, Buc’s new RB coach under Arians has strong ties to USC. Possibly he can get into ROJO’s head. Nothing about Jones college career would point to last years performance. (unless competition) I Agree he may be gone, need to get FA or spend pick in draft on compliment or upgrade for Barber. Agree on Hunt (But hate the idea of someone else getting him.) Although he was a perfect fit for KC which may have made him better than he appeared. Finally, after watching divisional playoffs over the past few days and fully cognizant that our new coaching staff should add value to the franchise 9-7 still seems a reach, but Chiefs and Rams were quick turn around examples. Anything is possible.

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  14. The real reason we have a terrible record imo is the fault of mike smith who was 100% predictable and koetter who allowed it to happen. The Bears coach said as much in a post game interview. Defense must be fixed for us to get even .500 next season. Confident Bowles is a good hire for that to happen.

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  15. I would like to see Tevin Westbrook or TJ Yeldon in the BUCS backfield

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    • Did you mean Tevin Coleman in Atlanta?

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  16. OL OL OL OL OL

    Helps the run game

    Which helps Winston

    Which helps the Defense

    Which helps field position

    Which helps the FG kicker

    Our OL sucks gray balls. Only Marpet would be on a Bucs team started using a blank sheet of paper. And he hasn’t been as dominant as hoped before we started changing positions on him every year.

    We need a top flight OT and a high round OG – this year!
    Next year we need a high round OT and, unless Jensen gets his head out of his arse and plays up to his contract, a starting caliber C.
    That’s four (or three) of our first six picks next two years.

    In that time frame both GMC and JPP will either be done or (JPP) on the decline. That leaves us with Vea and Nassib (if not a fluke last year) so we should be thinking of using two high picks on DL next two years. Maybe one if you go 3-4 and get lucky in a later round or FA (though under Licht DL FA has been a disaster ex JPP for five years).

    That leaves Corners, LBs, Safeties, RBs (though I’m hopeful about Jones, can’t believe Licht made the Sims mistake a second time).

    And maybe a WR (assuming Djax is gone and Hump goes to Pats) and while hopefully not, it’s 50/50 whether Winston can ever correct his dreadful ball placement (vs the elite QBs we’re all watching in the playoffs, which some seem to think JW is already).

    All I’m saying is, that’s a ton of wood to chop with little margin for error to engineer a two year turnaround. Yes it’s possible but far from a given.

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  17. Yes, Having a better defense will help Winston of course. If you don’t have to have a shoot out and score 40 points to win how can it not? Do the Cowboys ask Prescott to drop back and throw 60 times and not make mistakes? Of course not, he and most QBs can’t do it.

    What will help Winston the most though is a legit head coach that doesn’t play to not lose, and a real O line. This O line is garbage. How you can’t run the ball two years In a row is insane. You have to be able to protect a lead and have some balance or play action etc doesn’t work. This is common sense football 101. Two teams left for super bowl were able to run the ball!

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  18. With an improved OL and OL Coach Jameis will have the time to have proper footwork to be more accurate and avoid interceptions and wouldn’t be blind sided and stripped while sacked. I have indicated often how our OL can be improved. It was insane this past year hearing Warhop way overpraising D. Smith and refusing to try Liedtke there instead after he started two Preseason Games at LT for us with zero sacks and outplayed D. Smith, and never holding Benenoch accountable for leading the team in sacks, and failure to develop Cappa to play RT or RG, but instead employed an outside player to teach him to play Center when we already had a backup Center.

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  19. After watching film of our miserable undisciplined and inept OL, BA will know exactly what to do: Refuse to pay D. Smith to play LT, and either trade him to Jax for their 2017 1st pick RB, or have him take a one year show me LG contract, move Marpet to RG-his best position, keep Jensen at Center but stop his penalties, and Instruct Licht to take a LT in the first round and best Guard available in the third round, have his OL Coach to develop Cappa to play RT, and have Licht have Dotson to take a reworked contract as a backup RT and to help train Cappa and the new LT, and have the OL Coach work with Benenoch and see if he can be developed as a backup and if not cut him, and work on Wester and see if he is good enough to start as a backup RT. Liedtke can backup LT and both Guard positions.

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