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: If Tua Tagovailoa falls to No. 14 and all four top tackles are gone – are you taking him to be Tom Brady’s heir apparent?

Answer: I wouldn’t be able to get the pick called in fast enough. I have been somewhat against Tampa Bay taking a quarterback any earlier than Day 3 – if at all – as the Bucs are in a win-now mode and any quarterback whose name isn’t Tom Brady isn’t helping Tampa Bay get to a Super Bowl in the next two years. Why look three years down the road?

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and QB Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and QB Tua Tagovailoa – Photo by: Getty Images

But Tagovailoa isn’t Jacob Eason, or Jake Fromm or even Jalen Hurts. He is a special quarterback who can be a superstar in this league. In nine games prior to his hip injury in 2019, he completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with only three picks. And the season before he put up 3,966 passing yards and 43 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Yes, I know he is coming off a serious hip injury, but that would work in the Bucs favor as he wouldn’t be thrown into the fire in 2020 and would be able to fully heal and strengthen his body all this while sitting behind and learning from the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

With that said, I don’t see Tagovailoa falling to No. 14, but if he did, he would be worth whatever gamble that might be involved by taking him. If the Bucs hit, then they have won a big jackpot and likely secured your franchise’s need for a quarterback for the next 10 years after Brady departs with someone who has the potential to be a superstar.

Question: Is Shaq Barrett content with playing on the franchise tag or are they trying to work out a long term deal before the season? Haven’t heard much about this or maybe I missed it.

Answer: Ideally Shaquil Barrett and his agent Drew Rosenhaus would love to work out a long-term deal but he will be making four times the money he made last season as the franchise tag is worth $15.828 million. I am pretty sure he already feels like he has won the lottery. In fact, the money Barrett is making in 2020 alone is more than he’s made in his entire NFL career.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But like all players, long-term security financially is important and Barrett has mentioned that in previous interviews this offseason. But if you’ve seen his interviews, Barrett appears fine with playing on the tag this year if it comes to that, but his team and the Bucs are trying to work out a long-term deal done – perhaps before the season starts.

The Buccaneers may prefer to have him play 2020 on the tag however, as they could want to see if he can duplicate last year and prove he wasn’t just a one-hit wonder. And when I say duplicate, I don’t necessarily mean registering 19.5 sacks again. That will be nearly impossible to do two years in a row.

But the Bucs would be pleased to see him in the 12-15 sack range in 2020. And if he does that, they would gladly lock him up with a multi-year deal if they don’t accomplish that goal prior to the start of the season.

Question: Who (should) is going to be at the play-calling now that the Bucs have Tom Brady?

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich
Bucs OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Answer: Nothing changes in terms of who is calling the plays. Bryon Leftwich will still be handling things in that capacity, and when all was said and done last year, he ended up being pretty good at his job. There were bumps along the road, but no play-caller is perfect. Yet is hard to argue with someone who called the plays for an offense that was third in the league in total offense, first in the league in passing yards, and fifth in scoring. Not bad for a guy who was essentially a rookie at his job last year.

I believe Tom Brady will have more input on the game plan and probably more freedom on the field to change things up and make adjustments than Jameis Winston had. I suspect the trust level will be different and why shouldn’t it be when the Bucs will have someone under center who has played 20 years and won six Super Bowls? But on the headset it will be Leftwich with a healthy dose of Bruce Arians adding his two cents from time to time.

Question: If you could self isolate with three Bucs players, past or present who would you chose and why?

Ex-Bucs DT Warren Sapp
Ex-Bucs DT Warren Sapp – Photo by: Getty Images

Answer: The first choice would be The Godfather of Bucs football – the late Lee Roy Selmon. As a fan of Bucs history and someone who got to see Selmon play in person, I would love to sit back and listen to his stories of the old days. From the 0-26 start, to the NFC Championship game loss to the Rams in 1979, to his tales of John McKay and what life was like in the NFL in the 70’s and early 80’s. It was a different era with a different breed of players, and hearing the inside stories of those times from Tampa Bay’s first Hall of Famer would be a dream come true.

My second choice would be my all-time favorite Bucs player, Warren Sapp. If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to Sapp uninhibited and just going off on any topic, you are mesmerized. The guy is a natural story teller, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you have no idea what is coming next. When people use the term keeping it real, Sapp is the poster child for keeping it real. Scott Reynolds and I spent an hour in a British pub with Sapp in England last October and it was unreal. We also caught up with him in Hyde Park in London on a Friday afternoon and listened to Sapp for another 30 minutes of him just being Sapp. Classic stuff.

If you need a taste of what I mean, just take a listen to our Pewter Nation Podcast we did with him last year during training camp where he took former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to task.

And my third quarantine mate would be former tight end Alan Cross. And for the record – no, he is not my son, as Robert Ayers and other players used to say despite our similar appearance. But there hasn’t been a more down-to-earth unassuming NFL player that has walked the halls of the AdventHealth Training Center than Cross.

Bucs TE Alan Cross (left) and Mark Cook (right) – Photo by: Andrew Scavelli/PR

Cross is a salt-of-the-earth country boy from Memphis with an “aw shucks” attitude and a brilliant sense of humor. He might have played the part as the team’s resident country bumpkin, but Cross was one a smart dude who worked his tail off and one of the best stories to come out of Tampa Bay in a long time.

You can check out Cross’ humor – and our physical resemblance – in this previous episode of PewterReport.com’s What’s Cooking? While he wasn’t the most popular and well-known Buccaneer with the fans, he was extremely well-liked in the locker room and one of the funniest guys on the team.

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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Dman

Reading elsewhere that Jamal Adams from the Jets is on the trading block. Package Howard and picks and go get him. Figure the money out, but young All-pro safety would make a huge difference on this defense.

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chefboho

I just don’t think they have the cap space to do so. As good as that sounds it would certainly cost a first and probably a third plus the large money he would want to resign. I will say that the pic of Alan Cross and Mark cook was hilarious. They do look like family. I’m just ready for the damn draft. Enough smoke screens from all these teams. If Tia was somehow available you couldn’t get me up there fast enough to turn the card in. But since that won’t likely happen, stick to the trenches in the first.… Read more »

Dman

Howard, 2021 RD1, maybe and extra 2021 later pick. For a cornerstone safety on the back end, pull the trigger. Jets are gonna have to do something sooner than later. If Adams holds out the price drops. We can figure out the money.

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fanofdabucs

You want to give up 2 first round picks and a pick in 2021 for a Safety that wants to be the highest paid S in the league?

Good lord

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Spitfire

I’d rather spend a first round pick on a Safety than trade next years pick for one that wants $15mil. No arguing he isn’t good but giving up those first 4-5 years of affordable salary is how you get into Cap Hell. You have to manage new young superstars and their drafted salary with older superstars that break the bank. If you trade away all your picks for expensive Vets you end up having to rebuild. I still have hope that Edwards will make major strides this year And that Dixon May be ready to go this year even if… Read more »

Dave

Dman Please tell me you’re kidding?

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Dman

Trade for a legit pro bowler for a failed RD1 pick [a sunk cost] and then a RD1 pick next year. If they ask for more throw in a late round pick in 2021. For the Bucs, we get pro-bowl caliber players at all three levels on D – Up front Vea and Barrett, Middle David and White and then Adams on the back end and hopefully either Dean or Davis. Haven’t had that since Sapp & Rice, Brooks & Quarles, Lynch & D. Jackson. And again, we can figure out the money. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

Dave

Failed 1st round pick? He’s been in the league 3 years lol. Rookie TE’s don’t produce, and his 2nd year he was graded as the #2 TE in football. One down year in a very unfriendly TE offense, and he’s a bust and a failed pick. So if you base everything off last year, then Brate sucks too. So We have no TE. But let’s trade one away for multiple 1st round picks and an additional pick for a safety that we most likely won’t be able to resign without losing Godwin next year. Sure, makes perfect sense! Rate this… Read more »

Dman

Missing the “multiple” first round picks, just one, next year. Both guys were RD1 picks in 2017. Adams has been to two Pro Bowls and is 24. Howard, not so much and is 25. Trade rumors are swirling around Howard because he’s under performed. Trade rumors are swirling around Adams because he’s been a stud over the same period and now wants to get paid. Brate was tied with the NFL lead in TD receptions for TE’s the season before Howard was drafted.

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Dave

Your analysis on Howard versus Brate is skewed for your argument. I brought up that Brate didn’t produce at all last year, same as Howard. And your response is, he led the league in TD’s 4 years ago lol. Well Howard would have been a pro bowler and an all pro as recently as 2018, had he not gotten hurt week 10. Brate has 1 fluke good year. He’s done nothing the past 2 years. He was even less productive than Howard last year. So if you want to completely ignore Howard’s breakout year 2, and only focus on his… Read more »

AlbJack65

I’m with you on this one Dave, mostly. I feel like our young secondary is beginning to round into shape and gaining confidence, obviously getting pressure up front helps that a lot. It would seem to more prudent to allow those guys to continue gaining experience and grow. Bringing in a veteran that’s good in the film room at a reasonable price for stability and making sure that their is money available to resign Godwin seems more logical. However, if we trade Howard and possibly a later round pick to move up a few spots to take a top OL… Read more »

Dave

Yeah I mean I do think we need a safety. But trading for one that is gonna command a huge salary, when we already have our own drafted players that have earned a big payday, isn’t the best way to do it. I like Edwards, and if we can get Evans healthy, and draft a safety, that’s the way to go. And as far as Howard goes. Look I’m not sitting here saying he’s a finished product, or a complete stud that can’t possibly fail. But he showed enough talent and promise year 2, that I would hate to give… Read more »

Bucko40

Dman is a classic example of why fans aren’t allowed to be GM of the teams they root for!

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Dave

Seriously Bucko40. Love the player, but that trade in every sense of the word, is bad. Financial, locker room moral, and where we’re at as a team. Even with Brady we’re not 1 safety away from winning the SB. This would hurt is in almost every way possible for the future

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Dave

Package? Yeah a 5th or 6th, or nothing. Anything higher, is an overpay for a potential rental. So then we would have to sign him and Godwin to huge money. And I’m not letting Godwin go just to resign a safety. No way should we do that

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Pete Wood

Bucs have Brady for two years. Drafting a QB in the first, even a future superstar, might be the difference between getting to the Superbowl two years in a row and then searching for a QB or being a pretty good team for the next five or six years. So, what do you do? Have five or six 11-5 seasons and no superbowl or go all-in and have two superbowl contending years followed by the unknown? I’d take the two superbowl contending years. If a great QB is available at 14, I would prefer to take advantage of some QB… Read more »

Naplesfan

Having the GOAT as your starting quarterback is great. But he is aging out, old man time cannot be beaten, and no matter how good and how young your starter is, he is never more than one play away – in practice, or in a game – from being unavailable for anywhere from the rest of that game to the rest of that season. Having no decent backup who can conceivably win at least half his games started means we are putting all of our eggs in one basket. Neither of our other quarterbacks on staff are capable of winning… Read more »

Dave

I don’t get the thought process behind having a great backup. Having one that knows the system and has starting experience is all you can ask for. Having a backup that can win half of their games is incredibly unrealistic. I don’t think there’s a team in the league with a backup that can win half their games. Even our 5000 yard 33 TD QB from last year couldn’t win half his games. In fact we’ve had like 1 QB in the last decade that won half his games. Winning half the games is not ever a goal from a… Read more »

Naplesfan

I did not write, nor do I think, that we must have a “great” backup. We need, and all teams need, at least one guy who can plausibly be expected to win at least half his games as a starter. There is no other position on an NFL team that is good to go with no backups. Why on earth would the most important position on the team not need a quality backup? A quality backup does not need to be expensive – draft picks are extremely cheap, especially anyone taken late in the first round and in later rounds.… Read more »

Dave

I guess we have completely different views on what a backup QB should be. You say a quality backup. I think we have a quality backup already. He’s had starting experience and knows the system. Most of the backups in this league won’t win half their games. Outside of maybe a few backups on the elite teams. I just feel like unless the backup is the QB of the future, or a QB that can still take you to the playoffs or SB, it really doesn’t matter who it is. Just having one that has plenty of starter experience and… Read more »

captain ahab

Hopefully Tua can stay healthy. If I am a GM I would have serious concerns that he could be another John Ross the speedy, often injured wide receiver who was drafted 9th overall in 2017. Hopefully we will all get to see a healthy Tua play football.

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Pete Wood

The injury concerns me too, Ahab. Good point.

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Makski13

I am concerned with the injuries too. If he does fall to us then hopefully we can trade down with someone else that wants him. Of course, there would have to be good options fo is to grab a little later, at least Jones, and then we would have extra picks to help fill out our roster

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Spitfire

That’s why it’s an interesting thought of drafting him if he falls, even though it would hurt our current standing with needing to protect Brady. If Tua came here and had 2 years to learn and get into a Pro Weight Room and training schedule, he would be physically and mentally ready to hit the ground running in 2 years. I still can’t budge off the fact that we need to Draft Oline early and often for probably the next 2-3 years. It would be a long process but after wards we would be good to go on the Oline… Read more »

awwdembucs

I hope Tua has a great career. But he got hurt so much in collage I would pass on him.

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fanofdabucs

The game plan will be a group effort with BA, Leftwich and Brady. Leftwich calls in the package of plays and Brady will ultimately be the one to pull the trigger on which play is run.

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Spitfire

That’s how I see it. I see BA, Leftwich and Brady sitting down all preseason and developing the playbook, then Leftwich calling the plays with Brady having a handful of audibles to call at the line and BA speaking up when he feels necessary.

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DerLutz

Tua would be a big gamble. Yes, he is very talented but his injury history is huge. If he falls to 14., that would mean that Dolphins, Chargers, Raiders, and Jaguars pass on him. The only reason would be the injuries.
The Bucs also have QB now and should try to maximize the success for these two years, with players that would help now

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BigSombrero

Tua seems likely to be picked by Miami or San Diego. Miami has so much draft capital, they could afford the risk and Fitzmagic is only on a one year deal. Really, it’s a perfect situation for Tua and Miami. Win-Win. The player I see slipping is Becton. But how far? 10? 14? The player I see getting drafted a lot sooner than many expect is CeeDee Lamb. I could see the Giants picking him. That guy is a difference maker, day 1. Speed, hands, YAC, highpoint 50/50s, quickness, routes. He’s really got it all. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Dave

You’re kidding me right? So we have a 2 year window with Brady, with clear and obvious holes, but we should use our 1st round pick on the most injury prone QB in this draft, In a season where it’s impossible to get your own doctor to evaluate prospects health. The answer is very simple. If he’s there at 14, let him slide to 15. And I’m not even getting into the fact that I think he is an incredibly overrated QB, and his injury history is downright frightening. Injuries aside, I don’t see him as a special QB or… Read more »

chefboho

Incredibly over rated? That’s laughable. A guy who in college throws for 83td’s and only 11int’s with a 70% completion rate and he’s over rated? On what basis is he “over rated”?

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Dave

Congratulations. You can google his stats, good for you. It’s called the eye test. My original comment was pretty clear. I never watched him play and was left saying, he’s a franchise changing QB. First and foremost his injury history(which is scary) is bad and can’t be ignored. His throwing motion is extremely long, and won’t work at the nfl level. He doesn’t stand tall in the pocket in the face of pressure. And he had one of the best lines in all of fbs. Pressure also forced him to rush his throws more often than you would like. His… Read more »

chefboho

And we can all agree that you’re no scout so stop acting like your word is the end all. Good grief you’re full of yourself.

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Dave

And neither are you. So don’t pretend my opinion of him is any more predictable than yours(along with everyone else) I have my opinion, the same as EVERYONE else. You don’t like it, don’t read it. I won’t lose a single seconds sleep over it.

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chefboho

I didn’t like it, that’s why me and 12 others gave your crappy opinion the thumbs down. You can google what that means if you need to.

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Dave

Good for you. You’re a clown. so ask me how much I care that some Tua fanboy got really mad that I don’t agree with his stat googling analysis. Won’t lose a single seconds sleep over it. I don’t post my opinion hoping and praying for likes. Not every one of my opinions is going to be popular. But over the years, I’ve gotten way more likes than dislikes

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awwdembucs

Again I agree with you Dave!

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Dave

Thanks. See the cool and easy thing to do is read his stats, see where mock drafts have him going, and piggy back off of what everyone else thinks of him. Even if he was the perfect QB(which he is so far from), just knowing his injury history, and knowing that this season is almost impossible to get your own doctors to thoroughly look over his health, i couldn’t possibly take him at 14. And that’s if he had an A+ grade everywhere else. I don’t read stats and base my predictions on them. Stats so many times are misleading.… Read more »

Naplesfan

The so-called “injury prone” Tagavailoa played sparsely as a backup his freshman year, then replaced the starter his soph year and played in 15 games. Then he got injured seriously once in a game late in his junior year, in a play that would have knocked out virtually any quarterback, including the GOAT.

That does not make him “injury prone”.

That made him unlucky in his junior year .. and he has been declared healthy by sports doctors.

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chefboho

Save it Naples. Dave is clearly a GM who knows more than us. It’s not worth your time.

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Dave

Every analyst out there agrees he’s an injury risk. A hip injury(which is scary for a mobile QB) and 2 knee surgeries for a QB before the age of 22 is the definition of injury prone. And Chefboho, I’m sorry you know more? I’m just not a lazy fan that reads stats 2 weeks before the draft and agrees with whatever everyone else says. Yeah, let me be you instead lol

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chefboho

funny how no ones even heard of you on this page till Brady got here. Does that mean you jumped on the ship? And I forgot more about football then you’ll ever know young buck. And earlier you weren’t knocking Tua for his injury, you said he was over rated. Big difference chief. Make up your mind or you point loses validation.

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Dave

well smart ass, ive been on this site for years. Ask anyone that’s not new on here. I’ve been a Bucs fan since 1992. And just because you’re old doesn’t mean you know anything, buck. And I said both on Tua. I said he’s a monumental injury risk(which every nfl expert out there agrees) and I also said he’s overrated. See how it goes is, there’s things called opinions. It’s not, oh everyone thinks Tua is a HOF’er in the making so that’s what it is. I think he’s overrated, as do some others. In fact as I speak I’m… Read more »

Dave

And no it wouldn’t have knocked out the GOAT. The GOAT has played 20 years with 1 injury that cost him time. He’s been hit harder over the years. Please

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Horse

Enjoyed the Article Mark.

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magoobee

Agree totally with LeeRoy Selmon. Ricky Bell would be interesting considering everything he went through. I have always been a Doug Williams fan. People probably do not remember Spurrier was Buc in the early days. Of course I wouldn’t want to be around John Mckay (not jr).

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Dman

Hey Mark, thanks for the link to replay Sapp podcast – my favorite Buc!

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sunshineben

Sapp was my fave buc player and I think the greatest ! He was so intimidating to the other team.

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Spitfire

I always wondered about that pic of Cross 😂 When y’all mentioned they could maybe bring him back a few months ago I was like “But that guy already looks like he’s been out of football a while” Haha. Did you guys switch clothes? Haha

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surferdudes

If Tua fell to us we’d have to take him for the reasons Mark stated. Could still get O line, and RB help in a deep draft from the 2nd round on. If a rare talent falls, pounce.

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Naplesfan

The entire NFL world – front offices, scouts, coaches, media pundits and draft analysts, and most fans are notoriously bad at predicting how well any player will play in the NFL. Only a limited few – those teams with their talent evaluators who consistently are right significantly more often than they are wrong (otherwise why pay someone when a coin flip will perform better?), a group of which the Bucs people are also notoriously not part of – seem to get it right more often than a coin flip. Every “expert” is convinced their opinion is much better than everyone… Read more »

scubog

You’re right about that Naples. Year after year, Draft after Draft it’s the same scenario. Folks proclaim BPA is the best philosophy then promptly make team forecasts based on need. Then we have “experts” basically echoing each other rather than seeing something in a player that few others see and make a bold assessment. Of course there’s the GM wannabees like all of us who watch a youtube video, read PFF stats and suddenly we think we know more than a real GM and certainly more than the next guy who may have done little more than “flip a coin”.… Read more »

Naplesfan

To quote the great Forest Gump – “Life is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get.” And to quote the immortal Yogi Berra – “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” In other words, all of our pretended wisdom, massive research, and self-proclaimed wisdom results in us making choices in life that we have no freaking idea how they’re going to turn out. Success in life more than anything, beyond blind luck, is in how we react when we discover how well our choices actually work out. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

AlbJack65

I’m a hard pass on Tua. From everything I’ve heard and read he seems to be a fine, likable and intelligent young man. But that was not your run of the mill injury, broken and dislocated hip is pretty serious stuff. At 6’1″ and 218 pounds, he doesn’t have the biggest frame and will quite possibly be injury prone. I watched Winston take some pretty nasty hits for 5 years. For all of his flaws, he was tough as nails and more often then not bounced right back off the turf. Tua is talented, no doubt, but he also played… Read more »

AlbJack65

How in the hell did I get thumbs down votes on this comment? I gave Tua respect regarding his talent. I stated facts. Was it an Alabama honk that thinks the sun rises and sets on Saban’s ass? Was it a CSA conference extremist? Did I offend someone by giving Winston respect? Was it someone from the NCAA selection committee? Come on. If you gave a thumbs down then identify yourself and explain it. Unless you are too cowardly to do so on a public forum?

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Buc stops here

Better question, “Will Tom Brady be doing a fair percentage of the play calling from the field during the games?” The answer to that question is yes. While Bryon Leftwich is highly capable and will still call the plays, when the defense shifts I imagine with Brady’s experience he will be free to shift the play calling as well. I would hope with him at QB that the anticipation of what the defense will be doing will go up markedly over what we saw from Jamis Winston last year.

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