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: Where would you put Gerald McCoy’s odds of staying as a Buc?

Answer: Without any inside knowledge, and just speculation, I would say around 25 percent. Gerald McCoy sure seemed liked a guy who saw the writing on the wall going into the last game of the season and following that loss to the Falcons. And in the meantime, there have been a couple cryptic tweets from the veteran defensive tackle that make you wonder if he is talking about his future with the team.

Now that one, and a few other tweets, could mean something completely different, but when you look at the fact McCoy is due $13 million this upcoming season at age 31, and the Bucs not being in very good salary cap shape, it would seem possible the team moves on from him via trade or just outright release. The the debate is what – if anything – would teams be willing to give up in a trade for an aging tackle that is most likely on the downside of his career while absorbing his $13 million salary?

Those saying the Bucs could get a first- or second-rounder or a top starting cornerback or other position, are really being overly optimistic. Keep in mind that a younger, better player in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul only fetched a third-round pick from the Bucs last offseason.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Another possible alternative is a restructuring of his deal or a release, and if he isn’t claimed off of waivers by another team, perhaps he gets re-signed for a lesser contract – although those scenarios seems unlikely at this point.

The last thing I would say on the subject is, from all the people we have talked to, they have said, as of last week, that no decision on McCoy has been made yet by the Bucs. The coaches were left back in Tampa last week to watch and evaluate the film of the current roster and give their honest assessment while general manager Jason Licht and the Bucs scouts went to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl. If head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles think McCoy can be an impact player in this new defense then it is possible McCoy returns for another year.

Question: Are there any OL free agents that we should be hoping come to the Bucs?

Answer: Well, left tackle Donovan Smith, of course. And half of you reading this just saw your blood pressure spike to unhealthy levels. But honestly, when looking at the list of players slated to be free agents, Smith and New England left tackle Trent Brown are probably the best of the bunch, and Brown is expected to stay with the Patriots. Offensive linemen get paid a fortune in free agency – even average ones.

Remember, Nate Solder got a four-year, $62 million deal last offseason with the Giants. That is an average of $15.5 million per season. Guess how many Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams he has made in his career? Zero. Bringing back Smith with the franchise tag and paying him in the neighborhood of $14 million isn’t the worst idea in the world to see how he fares with the new coaching staff.

Just scanning the list of available players and it is rather underwhelming. Jared Veldheer of the Broncos looks to be the top name tackle available, but expect him to command crazy money. Guard-wise a player like Arizona’s Mike Iupati might make some sense, but he isn’t getting any younger. A.J. Cann and John Greco are two guards on the radar for some, but neither is going to make fans jump up and down.

I really expect this team to draft at least one guard and see if a new coach can salvage Caleb Benenoch and develop Alex Cappa. Draft-wise I would take Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom over any of the above mentioned free agent guards as he would have lot more upside and be a lot cheaper if he is drafted in the second round.

Question: Will the Bucs be playoff bound next year? Are expectations already too high?

Answer: Looking into my crystal ball I see a team making noise towards the end of the season. I see a team in red and pewter being talked about as the 2019 season heads into December. I see a battle for a wild card spot. I see … oh no, it is getting cloudy.

Bruce Arians
Bruce Arians with Channel 8 – Photo by: PewterReport.com

If you ask head coach Bruce Arians I am guessing he would say yes. Every coach for the most part believes this time of year that they can coach their team into the postseason. The coaching ego game is strong across the league, but do you know what? I like that. As a coach, if you don’t believe that you are great, how do you convince the 53 guys in the locker room that they can also become great?

The Patriots are not the best team in football from a roster talent standpoint. But they are the best organization with a coach and a quarterback that believe they are the greatest to ever step onto a football field, and it works. And probably works again next Sunday.

Arians isn’t here with a 10-year plan like Jon Gruden is out in Oakland. He is here to win, and win soon. Expectations are good as long as the players buy into the hard work it takes to get to the postseason. While the Patriots believe they are the best, part of that comes from the amount of work they put into it. The Bucs needs to understand that part of winning, show up and work and have Arians and his staff hold them accountable. That’s the biggest thing.

Question: In Arians’ best years with the Cardinals, he had David Johnson. These were also Carson Palmer’s best years. Can you see Bruce Arians making it a priority to go get a dual-threat RB, and if so what are some names to look for?

Answer: I think he will make a strong suggestion for that to take place. Nothing gives more credence to that than looking right here with this football team. Despite being in the Top 10 in virtually every offensive category last season, this team won a whopping five games. We all know the defense was a huge contributor to the the awful record, but a lack of a running game didn’t help things either. If Bruce Arians want to cut down on Jameis Winston’s turnovers he shouldn’t have him drop back to pass an average of 40 times a game.

I really like Peyton Barber. He’s a great young man, a hard worker and is tough as nails. But he is no David Johnson. Barber just isn’t as dynamic as Johnson is. And Ronald Jones? Does anyone think the light automatically clicks on in his second season? The team would love for that to happen, but you can’t build your roster on the hopes of Jones becoming a feature back who is going to run for 1,000 yards next season. And let’s not forget that he struggles catching the football.

In the draft, keep an eye on on names like Memphis running backs Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard, in addition to Notre Dame’s Dexter Williams. I do think the Bucs address the position again in the draft this year, but maybe not until the third round.

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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]

51 COMMENTS

  1. Sign Hunt, everyone deserves a second chance.

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  2. PR, is Smith’s agent giving you a cut of the new deal? Why are you all blowing so much smoke up the dudes a**? The team could put a literal dumpster fire out there for LT and it would block better than Donovan has over four years.

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  3. Just wondering if the new coaching staff breaks apart practice film too? And if they do is it about the same amount as game film? I know practice is just practice, but I bet they’d see McCoy coaching while he’s also grinding and that may help his chances to stay?

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    • Awww, man crush.

      McCoy was the man. The man whose 9 year Bucs career(with 2 complete seasons) will include 0 playoff wins, 0 playoff appearances, 0 sack titles, 0 MVP awards, 0 Defensive Player of the Year awards, 0 game winning sacks, 0 game winning forced fumbles, and 1 awkward apology to an opposing QB (he barely touched) that earned him a 15 yard roughing penalty.

      I sure will miss having him “coach” others around him.

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  4. Wonder what Arians will think after he watches the film on Winston total joke first games then they pulled the wide open offense in exchange for much more conservative offence lower ints and lower yards. 21 MILLION FOR QB NEVER RATED ABOVE 90 LEAD LEAGUE IN INTS AND LOST FUMBLES EVERY YEAR LOST LOST LOST GAMES BECAUSE OF THOSE INTS DID I SAY LOST ALOT OF GAMES TO THE TUNE OF 74% OF HIS STARTS LOSER

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    • Hey, Bob, you do know you’re not supposed to mix cough syrup with whiskey, right? Well, at least not before noon

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      • Do you people really think you’re going to the playoffs with a quarterback rated 90 that leads the league in interceptions I’ve been told to shut up for 3 years and that Winston is great and for three years I’ve seen nothing but losses I will shut up when the Bucs get a good quarterback. The only people that think he’s great is this little world in pewterville . Maybe you people are so used to losing and it doesn’t bother you but I’d like to see Tampa Bay start winning. . The Los Angeles Rams the year after Winston use their first pick on a quarterback and look where they are a little bit different you might think!

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        • Hell, Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl so anything is possible! And Jared Goff? He was awful under eternally mediocre coach Jeff Fisher. McVay comes in and all of a sudden, Goff is in the Superbowl with Todd Gurley mostly on the sideline.

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    • ok why the neg on buc bob.. what is NOT a true statement ?

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      • Dude has NOTHING to ANY of his statements, most of the time. All it ever seems to be with this guy is hate for Winston. We get it, Bob, you don’t like him. Get over it and move on or just shut up, we’ve heard enough of the same trash ass garbage from you man. Ben, I know you don’t like Jameis, either. But you at least bring something to the table, outside of your disdain for #3. That, sir, is why he gets majority down votes on here

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        • Number three was a nightmare for dirk koetter last year started the year with a three-game suspension and got set down during the middle of the season. For throwing five interceptions in one half and you think this mess is going to not give Bruce Arians trouble.

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          • My comments aren’t out of some Winston love affair, BOB. I’m a Jameis supporter AND critic. Has dude done some stupid sh*t on the field? Hell yeah, he has. Off it, too, for that matter. Am I in the camp that he is a franchise quarterback? Still on the fence. Jaboo has had some flashes, sometimes sustained, where he’s been absolutely brilliant. Then turns around and throws multiple picks in a game. He has some things to clean up, for sure. But, I do believe with a decent run game, even a decent o-line and decent defense, we get to 10 or 11 wins with him under center. You’re just so damn blind and/or ignorant that you either can’t or refuse to see that. Dislike the guy…. Hell, hate him, for all I care. But find something else to talk about or shut the f*ck up….. For once. Please

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    • Dang it bobby, not today.

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    • You have to assume he has already viewed extensive film on him prior to even interviewing for the job with all the pre-coach search chatter by Licht about him being the starter in 2019. Long way to the season, who is brought in as a backup and probably who is drafted (although next year’s QB class is projected much, much, better)

      As to the salary, blame the system. If the reports are true that he is tentatively rated the 18th highest paid (which will only go down as teams renegotiate QBs to get under the Cap), he is already in the bottom half. Only Brady seems to get it that he doesn’t have to break the bank.

      Seems the player’s union (who demanded change to the rookie signing process) could establish a maximum percentage cap on a player “regardless of position”. Might be a relative handful of players who would object, but certainly not enough to vote it down if they wanted it.

      Current process is get a good rookie deal, hope they over-perform, then face salary cap hell if they do.

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  5. GMC would not be subject to waivers as he has been in the league a few decades now (haha), right?

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    • If he’s under contract and was then cut, he WOULD go through Waivers, just like Kareem Hunt did last year. McCoy has 3 more years on this deal worth 38.5 million. He is very unlikely to be traded because of that. He will more likely be released, go through waivers, clear waivers, then find a new team for market value. Considering his age and especially his production, his passion for the game is what it’s about now. Big time paydays are over. If he loves Tampa, he’ll stay for 2-3million per year. If not, he’ll test the market and go to the best situation.

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      • NO WAY IN HELL he would sign ANYWHERE for 2-3 million. Don’t be absurd. Somebody would sign him for $7M, easy. Probably more like 9 or 10

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        • 52-92. That’s the Bucs record with him LEADING it. He has been the face of the franchise for 9 years. He isn’t worth 2 million to the Bucs. Someone else? Sure. Not here. He needs to move on.

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  6. Veldheer and Iupati played for Arians in Arz. We will see what Bruce thinks of them real soon. Do it Bruce

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  7. I think the Bucs will keep 3 RBs – Peyton Barber, Shaun Wilson, and Ronald Jones (ROJO). Wilson is a 2018 UDFA that made the team as a Special Teams returner before landing on IR. I also believe they will continue to develop ROJO with the new RB Coach Todd McNair who has some familiarity with SoCal RBs.

    IF free agency is an alternative, The Jags are underwater with cap space and will look to unload high salary players or not re-sign players that are UFAs. RBs Carlos Hyde is likely to be released and T.J. Yeldon will be a UFA.

    If FA is not an option and they look to the draft, Bruce Arians has a penchant for Temple players so I would keep an eye on RB Ryquell Armstead as a 7th round pick or premium UDFA.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHY9E14nb0

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    • Completely agree we go for a solid veteran RB – would take Yeldon for sure if we can get him. Wanted Hyde when the Browns released him this past season and would welcome him as well. Not a fan of drafting a RB, WR or TE. We’ve got plenty in those positions to be successful after we add the RB in FA.

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  8. I wonder how Arians feels about Smith..cause I don’t have a good feeling about keeping him around for $14+ mil a year. Seems like a waste…and Ariana hates laziness.

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    • What’s the alternative, spend even more money on a FA who may be every bit as likely to be mediocre? Spend a draft pick in the 1st or 2nd round when there are far more pressing needs for this draft? (Think DT, LB, RG, RB, CB)

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      • Would much rather draft a new LT…I just don’t understand the logic of resigning a player who has been inconsistent to a large contract when we could use that money on other positions.

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        • 48 straight starts isn’t lazy. He’s tough.
          2015 rookie year, he helped the rushing attack finish 5th in the league. Martin/Sims were 2nd best tandem that year.
          Last year, protecting 2 totally different QB’s, the offense ranked 3rd overall.
          His penalties and his sacks stats put him just outside the top 12 tackles.
          Jonah Williams isn’t guaranteed to be better(or even available), just cheaper.

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          • Sorry…64 straight starts. He has never missed a start in his entire career.

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          • It is no secret that Donovan’s work ethic has been in question before and we have even seen it during games in the past as well, just because he doesn’t miss a game doesn’t mean anything at all..pay this man and we’ll most likely regret it.

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  9. It would seem to me from a salary cap stand point alone, the Bucs have to use their 5th pick on a LT, and move on from Smith. If you franchise Smith, you’ll be spending 34 million in cap on Jensen, Marpet, and Smith, three players that under preformed last year. That’s not counting RG, and RT are BIG ? marks that need an upgrade. It’s crazy to think you can get another year out of Dotson, age, and injuries have caught up to him. At five we can draft one of the best LT’s in the draft on a cap friendly rookie deal for the next four years. That 14 million spent on Smith could be used for other players. Paying under performing players more money, and expecting better results has never worked for the Bucs. D. Smith doesn’t need better coaching, he needs more want to, and mental toughness. His MO has always been lazy, and taking plays off, paying him 14 million won’t change that.

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    • “Paying under performing players more money, and expecting better results has never worked for the Bucs.”

      Best post I’ve read on PR for a while. Apply that to all those guys that tanked this season and add players that want to be here, that want to win and that are willing to do the work it takes to make that happen.

      My continuing concern is Jason Licht doesn’t seem to get this.

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      • Good point. That’s why Mr. “52 wins in 9 years” GMC has to go. D. Smith can hold the door for him on the way out in true nice guy GMC fashion.

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    • Marpet under performed? Please tell me you’re not serious. Marpet is the best OL on this team. The worst thing about Jensen’s play was all the dumbass penalties he accumulated.

      Let’s all agree on one thing: George Warhop did these players no favors with the way he coached them. He accepted mediocrity and laziness out of Smith, he couldn’t find a way to make Benonoch serviceable, and the only quality depth player on the bench was Leonard Wester. It’s entirely possible with all the one-on-one or one-on-two coaching these guys are likely to receive this spring and summer that Arians and crew find a way to make the OL perform as needed in both pass blocking and run-blocking. IF that happens, Winston will be kept upright more often and running for his life less often, meaning fewer turnovers. That, and getting some quality depth on that squad will go a long ways to fixing the team’s offensive problems.

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    • My exact thoughts with Smith, I fully agree with just drafting a new LT and moving on away from Smith…

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  10. They better not draft an RB. 3rd round would be absurd, especially with the holes they have to fill. Fix the O line and Barber and Rojo are probably fine. Sign T.Coleman or Yeldon or someone if need be. If Arians is running multiple practices bring 6 undrafted guys in but don’t waste draft capital. Rojo better be something this season otherwise that is a wild miss! K.Johnson, D.Guice, Nyheim Hines, Ito Smith, Kalen Ballage, Justin Jackson, Lindsey in Denver, probably missing a couple guys, all showed something for their teams this year and all came after Jones. Makes me wanna puke, that 2nd round… MJ Stewart!… playoffs! We talking about playoffs! Better be a good draft this time. D and OL

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    • yeah I like Yeldon and Westbrook also

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  11. Remember with a great OL Coach the Redskins signed three OL right off the street a week before beating us and their OL played much better than ours with Turnstyle Smith at LT. We would be better off with a LT signed off the street than Lazy Smith who is a hazard to Jameis’ health! No way pay him $14 million. Offer him a one year show me contract as a Guard or trade him and use our first pick for a LT.

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  12. Sign Hunt is about the dumbest comment I’ve heard on this site.

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    • It may sound dumb to you, but I wouldn’t say this is far fetched…Bruce Arians is a second chance guy so I wouldn’t be surprised if we took our chances with him.

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  13. Unlike Buc-Ass-Bob and sunshineben, BA is going to hold every player accountable, not just Winston, which is the only player the aforementioned posters hold accountable for the Bucs losses.
    Every player who makes a bonehead mistake on a second and goal on the 5yard line. Every player who jumps off sides on a third and 8 or holds defensively on a third and 14 will be held accountable.
    That will be the big difference between BA and Koetter.

    Unlike Buc-Ass and sunshine, BA realizes the players who committ stupid plays like that have just as much to do with causing losses as an INT late in the game when a QB is trying to make up a 14 point difference in a game that was created by mistakes like that during the course of a game.

    A recent case game to prove my point is the recent Patriots/Chiefs game. Brady throws two INT’s, one in the endzone, yet behind a stellar running game and a near penalty free game where Brady wasn’t sacked once, the Patriots beat the high octane Chiefs offense on thier home turf and it’s on to Atlanta for the B & B Show.

    It would be nice if Buc-Ass and sunshineben would take thier telescope off of Winston and switch to a wide angle lens like Belicheck and hopefully Arians do.

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  14. Dr. d your trying to reason with idiots. Bob and Ben are Broken records. Same old garbage posts and no new sense, if they had brain in their head they would be more concerned with Bucs fixing the O line that’s sucked for years, defense that’s been last in league for years now learning a new scheme, RB uncertainty, etc etc. instead just continue to harp on Winston because they don’t like him.

    Do I have concerns with Winston? Sure some, but I think he is least of this teams concerns to anyone that’s being logical, open minded, or not stupid biased.

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  15. Thanks Mark for objectively stating the case for keeping D. Smith and getting rid of McCoy. It makes perfect sense.

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  16. A few things:

    1) why do you keep saying the Bucs are in cap trouble? No they are not. Yes they have a limit like every other team. Yes they have money committed already. Yes they have 3 (noteworthy) FAs not signed. They also have numerous large cap underperformers to cut like DJax, Curry, Gholston, Unrein… The cap position is fine..dare I say one of the top 15 best positions in the league.

    2) why is everyone writing off ROJO after 30 (yes that’s right 30!) touches in 2018. Maybe he’s terrible but how about we actually let him touch the ball before concluding that.

    3) the way people talk about GMC you’d think he was Swaggy part two. The guy was still our best DT by far – the 1 guy opposing teams game planned for – and he’s 1 year removed from the pro bowl. It would be such a Buc move to toss him out (like we did with Talib, and Penn, and Bennett, and so on).

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    • 52 wins in 144 games. He missed 21 games of the 144. Swaggy Mccoy has got to go. Somebody be a gentleman and hold the door for him.

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      • I’m actually not sure which of these two conclusions you are reaching:

        1) Over GMC’s entire resume of 123 (I take your word for that) games, the team only won 42% of the games, hence GMC was never a good player over his 123 games (like I would suggest could be argued about Jason Licht as the architect of the entire roster over hundreds of games)?

        2) Because we have seen the team’s record over 123 games with GMC (and it’s only 42% wins), we should no longer be willing to keep GMC at DT?

        In the first instance, that sort of conclusion (basing a player’s ability on the team’s results) is akin to saying Barry Sanders was never any good (49% wins), and neither was Joe Thomas (30% wins) – so conclusion 1 seems way off IMO.

        In the second instance, it’s really the same analysis – because Joe Thomas’s teams were horrible (30% win percentage is really one of the worst ever), we shouldn’t have even wanted him on the Bucs in his prime…I would have taken him as our LT all day long from 2007 through 2017.

        If you are instead trying to make a conclusion that despite GMC’s individual success (6 pro bowls in 9 seasons), which came inspite of the team’s failures, he is now at a point in his career (a sort of argument about Barry Sanders in 1998, or Joe Thomas in 2017) that you do not believe he is the next best option we have at 3T for the 2019 season, then I would be interested to understand the measures you are looking at to make that conclusion. What about GMC’s performance is now playing-out worse than Beau Allen (the alternative DT we have on the roster)?

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        • @EastEndBoy – So, GMC is 47-76(34%) in games he’s played in(123 games). The team is 52-92(36%) since he arrived(144 games). They were 2% better when he played. I assume he was on the sideline helping his teammates on weeks he couldn’t play, but whatever.

          Either way, comparing him to Joe Thomas or Barry Sanders is somewhat silly. Their individual stats are HOF worthy. GMC…not so much. GMC was voted by the FANS to the Pro Bowl 6 times. He was an All-Pro (voted by AP/NFL PLAYERS) 3 times. The last time was 2014. 4 years ago. He’s done. I don’t like watching the defense suck. He is a big reason why they do in my opinion.

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          • This was not a comparison of GMC to Sanders and Thomas. It was a demonstration of the flawed logic of comparing an individual player’s ability to his team’s results. If you use that methodology to denounce GMC, then you are also denouncing these two HOFers, and that would be somewhat silly.

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          • @EastEndBoy – You talk about his accomplishments being probowl nods. I guess I can see why someone might think that matters. Really, its a popularity contest. Lavonte David earns his keep. He is a gamewrecker. McCoy will never be confused for Sapp, or Donald, or Suh, or Snacks Harrison, or even frickin Booger McFarland. He is past his prime and is the 3rd highest contract with little return on investment. Maybe he should just retire.

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  17. I really think we will learn just how poorly coached the Bucs have been in the last couple of years when BA and his coaches get the Boyz into camp for evals and offensive install. Like I said many times before, I understand some people’s concern with Jameis… hell… I have some reservations too. But, I had them for Testerverde and Dilfer too! The owners have spoken and Jameis at QB was a precondition to hiring a Head coach who was on board with this! So, enough about Jameis… he is our starting QB for 2019. As for LT Smith… I think he can be lazy at times, but I think this staff keeps him around for one more year. He does have 64 starts in a row…he is young, and I think he can be coached up a bit… we will see. McCoy gets another year but I do inquire if he is willing to take a pay cut. As for RoJo he was a high round pick and got only 30 carries! He gets another camp to prove he can develop into a serviceable RB. After all, u can’t teach speed! Resign WR Hump for sure! Sign Veteran FA RB to round out the stable! If nothing else this 2019 season will be exciting! Can’t really say I’ve felt that way in a couple of years! Certainly not if previous Coaches had remained! Go Bucs!

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    • Nice post bucballer. It’s comical to me how some “fans” solution for ending the over a decade of losing ways is to get rid of everyone they see as the culprit without any sort of in-depth evaluation. They rely more on their perceptions, bias and too often, an agenda, than an honest analysis on which to base their points. One can only have credibility when they can see both sides of a topic.

      Here we are subjected to the continual tirades of Bob and Ben who see nothing in Jameis Winston’s play except the INT’s and fumbles. They turn a blind eye to the plays in which any observer would see as outstanding. They fail to recognize missed kicks, no running game and a porous defense as major contributors to the losing record. They see only the alleged crotch grab and not the hours of charity work.

      Most of us see both, hence credibility in our statements. I’m sure Coach Arians and his staff are looking at the tape of every rostered player with no preconceived notions.

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  18. Thanks scubog! After all, we r all Buc Fans first and foremost! We just want the Bucs to be revelent again and win! In the NFL there are business decisions and then there r fan expectations! We must try to wear both hats when making player decisions! Take ur emotions out of it! Most posters are just “fanatics” … thus fans of the Bucs! I’ve been a Buc’s fan since they got team in 1975 and began play in 1976! Was a teenager when LeeRoy and Doug Williams, Jimmie Giles, Dewey, Dave Pear, Ricky Bell and boyz we’re in Creamsickle orange! Love the Bucs! Peace. Go Bucs!

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    • It has certainly not been an easy trek cheering for this team all of these years. Having my same great wife has made it sort of a break even life for me.

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  19. Despite what I said above, I do have sympathy with this point of view:

    If you think keeping D Smith for say $16m (ie, a longer term deal), is a better use of money than keeping GMC at $13m – because maybe you believe we can’t keep both – and because you think we can do better with the 5th pick in taking a DT than an OT….

    Well I can see that point of view – it’s not my point of view, but I can see it.

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