It is Monday and that means another Bucs Monday Mailbag where we answer your questions that readers submitted via Twitter using #PRMailbag.
Question: Who is more to blame for lack of pass rush personnel or D-Line coach Jay Hayes?
Answer: Well I am not going to pin the blame on coaching, for now anyway. From the looks of things, McCoy taken out of the equation, there just doesn’t seem to be a dynamic pass rusher on this football roster. Does Jacquies Smith make a difference? It is hard to imagine a player coming back after being off for over a year and stepping in and becoming an impact player right away. And now with Noach Spence hurt, and linebackers banged up, how do you even manufacture any pass rush? The Bucs staff will have their hands full trying to figure it out. One sack in two games will not win many football games. They have to find someone who will step up and at least make a quarterback uncomfortable. If Case Keenum can throw for 362 yards, Drew Brees might thrown for 700.
Question: If your GM Jason Licht do you make a call to Darrell Revis? Secondary could use some help.
Answer: Call Revis. Call Daryl Green. Heck call Ricky Reynolds and Cedric Brown. Obviously I joke, but there is no question the Bucs are always looking. The problem is, if the free agents who are out there are available, there is usually a reason. 32 teams don’t normally make the same mistake. I can’t imagine there is anyone of the street who could step in and make an impact. Best idea is to coach up what you have and hope they play much better than they did on Sunday at Minnesota.
Question: What is the obsession with running Charles Sims up the middle? HE CANNOT DO IT.
Answer: He certainly hasn’t proven your statement wrong in a long time. The only thing I can think is the Bucs were hoping he could provide a spark and at the moment, he is the only breakaway threat in the Bucs stable of running backs currently. I believe Sims can still have a role with this team, but not in the capacity of a typical three-down back. He doesn’t look comfortable or natural when lined up behind the quarterback and running between the tackles. If he ever does get to the second level, that is where he can make some things happen, but it has been a long time since we have seen him squirt through a hole. For most Bucs fans, Doug Martin can’t get back soon enough.
Question: Do you think the Giants game is a must win considering we will have New England on a short week afterward.
Answer: I hate to use the term must win this early in the season. And I won’t yet. But is it a crucial game? You bet. The Bucs need to get the bad taste out of their mouth and the Giants are a team that has struggled this season scoring points, at least until the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Hopefully they didn’t figure things out, as the Bucs will come into the game banged up and hurting. As mentioned earlier, finding a pass rush will go a long way in getting a win. And the Giant offensive line is one of the worst in the league. If the Bucs can’t pressure Eli Manning, what quarterback will they get pressure on this season?