The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our @PewterReport 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: So will Koetter and Licht survive another season in the range of 6-7 wins? I like them both (especially Licht) and where this organization is now compared to when they started. It is night and day.

Answer: My crystal ball is cloudy. I suppose much will be determined by what caused the team to only get 6-7 wins, though, if that in fact takes place. If the team struggles out of the gate and goes 0-3 without Winston, then plays pretty well after that, they could survive, or if they were to get hit with some injuries at important positions. So many factors will go into whatever decision the Glazers make. Of course everyone involved hopes the team gets to that 9-10 game win total and sniffs or makes the playoffs, and at that point the needle is pointing up and everyone lives to see another year without a complete overhaul.

And yes, from a talent standpoint, it is night and day from when they took over. The organization has acquired the talent, now it is up to Chef Koetter to cook the dish.

Question: Is Licht guaranteed to get fired if Koetter does? I would be upset, I believe he has done his job well.

Answer: Where is all this negativity and gloom and doom coming from in these questions before the first game has even been played! I am kidding, kind of. But that is an answer only the Glazers would know, and that is down the road. As mentioned above, many factors would have to be considered. One, the quarterback. If the reason Koetter were to be fired is because of the play of Jameis Winston, or if he were to be suspended again, then yes, Licht would be packing his bags as well. Licht went to bat for Winston and is married to him. Winston’s future success will determine the fate of the franchise’s, and also Licht’s. You don’t get a do-over when you have the overall No. 1 pick and you select a quarterback.

Question: Do you see Monken calling the offense this season?

Answer: I sure hope to see that continue. I think the proof is in the results from the preseason, especially with the first team unit performing so well. That isn’t to say Koetter wouldn’t have had the same results this preseason had be been calling plays as normal, but knowing Monken is more than capable frees up Koetter to be an overall and all around better head coach. Monken’s success as a play-caller didn’t just start this season. He was very successful in his college stints and seems to really have a knack for it. As Scott Reynolds pointed out in his Fab 5 last week, if Koetter were to resume duties and the Bucs went out and fell on their face offensively against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers, he would really be setting himself up for a ton of criticism.

Question: What if Shaun Wilson is the best rookie RB on the team?

Answer: Simple. Then he deserves to play over Ronald Jones. This front office and coaching staff is in no position to not play the best player strictly because one was a second rounder and one was an undrafted free agent. They need to win and to win this year. I am in no way saying Wilson is a better player that Jones, but if the staff thinks Wilson is more capable, then he has to see the field. And if that proves to be true over the next five years then Licht and company will face criticism for drafting Jones that high, but also gets a feather in their cap for finding a diamond in the rough.

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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]

20 COMMENTS

  1. A lot of fans seem to support the job Licht has done, but so far the results, wins, doesn’t. We can point to his successes, and failures, but this is a bottom line business, and his win, loss record will determine his fate. If this latest draft class, and free agents don’t get us at least 8 wins this season, it would be hard to keep him. I know, it takes three years to really know if this draft pans out, but Licht won’t get another 3 years to find out. His record of high second rounds picks is dismal. Drafting behind us N.O. managed to find the offensive, and defensive rookies of the year, and a division title. Licht will need some success to keep his job.

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    • I agree. I think Licht’s record is spotty at best. As Cook points out, Winston is critical. If he plays better and stays clean, I think Licht survives. If not, he’s gone. I think done an OK not great job. Look what happened in Jacksonville when REAL football guys took over. Just 1 year later, they are contenders. Licht has had more to work with and yet has wasted premium picks, Aguayo, Spence etc.. In fact, the ONLY position groups he has built are WR and TE. The rest fo this roster is suspect at best.

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    • For Kamara, sure, because we had 2 chances to take him and passed on him twice, but Marshon Lattimore (pick 1.11) went off the board well before we drafted OJ Howard. N.O. drafted ahead of us when they found those two players.

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  2. All of this doom and gloom is forecasted for the Bucs based on “last year’s” record of the first three teams they meet.
    I find that not only hilarious, but stupid as well.
    Don’t get me wrong, they are three formidable opponents, but every team in the NFL is formidable and the difference between a playoff team and a 5-11 or 7-9 team is a handful of plays a season.
    The Bucs fell into the category last season.
    This isn’t college football all of you armchair GM’s.
    Forget the suspension, the hysteria over Ronald Jones poor running stats behind backups and a shuffled offensive line or whether or not Winston can connect or if Dirk Koetter can call a good game plan (he can, his play calling was just fine last year).
    What will matter is the same thing that led to the Bucs losing 11 games.
    Will the defensive line put enough pressure on the QB and control the line of scrimmage so Winston doesn’t feel like he needs to score on every possession to keep up and will the Bucs be able to run the ball so the opposition doesn’t pin their ears back on every down to get to Winston.
    This is what eventually led to the Bucs losing 11 games last year.
    If they have corrected it, they have the talent to win 10 or more games and go to the playoffs.
    It’s really as simple as that.

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    • It’s not that simple. Your post totally ignores the awful position Winston’s NFL leading TOTAL TO’s have placed this team in. Blaming just the defense is naive. Just look at last years’ results. Same D, same lack of running game, same weapons, Fitz record 2-1, Winston 3-10. JW owns a HUGE piece of our losing record!!

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      • Bucnut, you have to look at who they played. Fitz beat 2 crappy teams. One was 5-11 and the other was 6-10. Winston was 2-2 before getting hurt. When he came back from his injury he lost 4 straight games by 6 points or less. 3 of those games were lost by 3 points while the 4th was lost in OT. During that 4 game span Winston was the best QB in the NFL. He threw for 1221 yds and 8 TDs to 2 INTs. He completed 72% of his passes, avg 305 ypg and we still lost all 4 games. Those games were def the defenses fault. It doesn’t matter how great Winston played, we still lost because of our defense. We should have beat the Patriots also if we had a kicker who could make a filed goal. Those games are what drdneast was talking about. Our kicker makes his field goals in the Patrito game and our defense plays just a little better in those 4 games were Winston was on fire and we are a play off team last year. We lost 7 games last year by 5 points or less. Granted Winston didn’t play well in a couple but he was hurt. IN 3 of those 7 games Winston was hurt and we still almost won. Winston does need to limit his turnovers but based on the end of last season and this preseason, he looks like he is doing that.

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  3. Looking at league-wide final rosters, it’s worth nothing that a high number of draft picks are getting cut with many day 2 picks in that mix. I think it lends evidence that this year’s draft isn’t as good as others and also that GM’s whiff on picks. Tampa is not immune.

    I’ve always been suspect of the “revamped” D-Line because typically good linemen are hard to find in FA unless the other team is over the cap. It’s worth noting as well that the D-line has had no consistency in preseason to be able to work an O-line over dozens of plays – that’s where the nuances of D-Line play bear fruit in terms of sacks an pressure.

    And whoever thinks a team needs to tank a game to move up in the first round needs to jump in the lake – this isn’t the NBA.

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  4. Keep Jones on the bench for the first three games and play Barber with Wilson in relief. Use Cross as a FB (who can also catch passes too on certain plays.). Pick up a 225 pound RB to back up Barber if he is hurt. The Jags cut a good one. Keep running as well as passing in a balanced attack and use Monken to keep the defense guessing by calling new plays. That also will give our defense time to rest, important, where our backup DL has too many injuries.

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  5. I think a lot of us have no clue what this team is going to do. We have hope but they will do good, but I’m just not confident enough to say this team is anywhere close to being better than last year because of our schedule. Go Bucs; do your best.

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    • Lots of reasons for hope (JPP, Curry and Jensen… Davis and Watson too) and a few blips of potential despair (injuries already)… but no idea what to expect. Fingers crossed for lines on both sides to gel enough to let the skill positions show their stuff. I’m wishing for lots of empty backfields with Evans, Jackson, Godwin, Brate and Howard… quick passes, WR screens, pick/rub routes, etc. Give Fitz’s aging arm a break and YAC it up. If anyone gets tired, you’re going to Humphries, Martino, Watson, Auclair or Cross. Who needs a RB with all these hands and big bodies? Coach K, PLEASE pass first and second and third… save our first run up the gut for the second quarter after the opposing D is gassed.

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  6. Don’t sleep on Barber/Wilson/RoJo/Rodgers. This group is in the underrated category.

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  7. I was happy that they picked up Dare Ogunbowale (that is a mouthful) on the practice squad. He really had a good preseason and deserved to be on the team. I hope he sneaks on to the regular roster.

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    • Ogunbowale is so good in open space as a receiver. This guy sooner or later is going to stick on the Bucs roster. I agree as a runner and receiver for a player of his size he is impressive.

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  8. Does anyone else remember all of the people who thought Mark Dominik left the team with far more talent than Bruce Allen had with his draft picks? Seems we like to forget that the peanut gallery believed when Licht came on board there was that there was a lot of talent, until people look back and realize that 3-4 good players is nice if you’re an NBA team, not an NFL team.

    It’s just history repeating. People anticipate all rookies and second year players get better and so a GM with a number of young players drafted is going to be thought of as having “stacked the team” with talent for years to come. Didn’t quite work out for the Michael Claton, Cadillac Willians, Mark Barron, Doug Martin, Mike William’s of the world despite good to great starts to their careers.

    Licht will be looked at as bad as Dominik will, potentially worse if people realize that Licht had an open checkbook and was possibly the worst free agent evaluator in Bucs history. Dominik, who was completely hamstrung in FA in his first two years managed to sign Vincent Jackson. Bruce Allen managed to sign Joey Galloway and Jeff Garcia. What is Licht’s signature signing? 35 year old Brent Grimes?

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    • I am mystified that so many commenters here, as well as Scott Reynolds keep saying that Licht is a great talent evaluator … 🤤

      Licht, as you wrote, is bar none the worst free agent oucker the Bucs have ever had, and his drafting is at best mediocre, with a bunch of head scratchers.

      Whether Winston is eventually adjudged a bust or a great quarterback, or a merely mediocre player, is yet to be determined. But he has to show progress in this season that is already partially busted due to his bad behavior.

      A winning record and a playoff spot will buy Licht another season of survival … but anything less and he must be fired.

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  9. IMO the 2016 draft was not good and is a reason they have struggled. A short CB,small DE, a fing Kicker were the first 3 picks.

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  10. BucNut, you are beginning to sound a lot like BucAssBob. Do you really think Winston commits all of those turnovers if he didn’t think he had to score on every possession because the defense was so weak. That is exactly what I am talking about.
    Quit regurgitating every negative comment you hear from pundits that don’t even watch the Bucs games.
    I watch the All 22 after every game and while you hate on Spence, I see a guy who was facing double teams on every passing down and a defensive coodinator who wasn’t changing the sush scheme to overcome it.
    While people bang on Ronald Jones, I see a kid who is given no running lanes because future stock brokers are blowing line assignments which is later verified By Koetter. I also see a kid picking up blitzes in the backfield.
    Aguayo was a bad mistake but at least a dozen players were released this week who were selected though the first and third rounds. The Bucs aren’t alone in that department but you are either ignorant or just choose to ignore what is going on in the rest of the league.
    Facts aren’t facts just because they are your opinion.

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  11. Bravo! Good for you, drdneast.

    You expressed it so well I won’t attempt to add anything to what you said.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!

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  12. I actually question Licht’s decisions a lot more than Koetter, a second round kicker that can not make a squad. A second round running back, Simms, that was finally released and should have never made the team his first years. Now another high pick running back that is very disappointing. Almost all the FA’s from last year have been released and now they can not even make another teams roster. Even Winston who I think is a hell of a football player is questionable when you call in character. Hopefully his last incident is just that his last incident because we need his football talent badly. If Koetter has a sore spot it is his friend ship with his old head coach, Mike Smith, Coach Smith was fired in Atlanta because he never had a defense so I have always questioned why hired him as a defensive co-ordinator. I would be for keeping Koetter another year but if I were the owner I would make a condition that he hire a new defensive coach. What killed Coach Dungy in TPA is that he would not hire a real to OC. Koetter needs a very good DC to keep his job and really let the Buc’s shine. Just an FYI I am a season ticket holder who sat through that first winless season so I remember it all. Go Buc’s

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  13. First of all, 6 to 7 wins is optimistic for this team. The actual win total is more likely than not to remain at 5 again this year, or worse. If that is the case, the Glazers have to ckean house.

    The bottom line is the bottom line, and for any sports franchise, wins are the bottom line. Anything less than 9 wins and a playoff spot, it is housecleaning time.

    Especially if the Bucs lose December. A bad finish tends to be a bad finish for the regime.

    Firing Koetter would not be enough. Licht picked Koetter.

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