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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds answers your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account each week in the Bucs Monday Mailbag  Submit your question to the Bucs Monday Mailbag each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Here are the questions we chose to answer for this week’s edition.

QUESTION: If Byron Leftwich becomes the head coach for another team next season, who would take over as offensive coordinator for Bucs?

ANSWER: The Bucs have a couple ways they could go if offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich leaves Tampa Bay for a head coaching job next year. Harold Goodwin, Tampa Bay’s run game coordinator, could take over as the team’s play-caller. He’s been a longtime Bruce Arians assistant and has the head coach’s trust. The fact that Goodwin – not Leftwich or Todd Bowles – is the assistant head coach also speaks volumes.

Arians has always believed in meritocracy, but within that he has looked to promote diversity as much as possible. Goodwin is a heck of an offensive line coach and a great leader of men. He’s more than deserving of the role of play-caller, and elevating another minority coach may be what Arians has in mind.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich, HC Bruce Arians, WRs coach Kevin Garver, OL coach Harold Goodwin

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich, HC Bruce Arians, WRs coach Kevin Garver, OL coach Harold Goodwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

At the same time, wide receivers coach Kevin Garver, is also deserving of consideration. He hasn’t been with Arians as long, but he has been with him since his Arizona days in 2013. Garver is an excellent communicator and he’s highly involved with the passing game, which is Arians’ passion.

While quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, who is 65, has plenty of experience as a play-caller in the NFL with stops in Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, Garver is a young, up-and-coming star in the coaching ranks. At the age of 34, Garver might be the guy that Arians wants to fast track into the role of play-caller like he did with the 41-year old Leftwich.

Leftwich has done a remarkable job with Tampa Bay’s offense over the last three years. The Bucs have increased their point production in each of the last three seasons to 28.6 points in 2019 to 30.8 points in the regular season last year. This year, Tampa Bay’s offense is averaging 33.3 points per game, which ranks third. With Leftwich calling plays, the Bucs have been in the Top 5 in scoring offense in each of the past three seasons.

QUESTION: Is there any player you think the Bucs will target in trade deadline?

ANSWER: No. I don’t think Tampa Bay will be targeting a specific player next week at the trading deadline, nor do I believe the Bucs will be trading anyone away. That goes for running back Ronald Jones II and tight end O.J. Howard.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard

Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: USA Today

Remember, if a player like Jones or Howard isn’t re-signed in free agency next year and signs a fairly sizable contract elsewhere, the Bucs will be rewarded with a compensatory pick the following year in 2023. So Bucs general manager Jason Licht can still come away with some draft picks for a few Tampa Bay players who may not be long term fits. And what would Jones or Howard fetch in a trade right now? Likely a Day 3 draft pick at best.

That’s not worth it to Licht and the Bucs, who saw depth play a key role in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl LV run last year. Key contributors like tight end Cam Brate, guard Aaron Stinnie, cornerback Ross Cockrell and running back Leonard Fournette were instrumental in helping the Bucs win the Super Bowl. Players like Jones and Howard already know the offense and have a track record of success in it.

There’s real value in that, especially right now for a 6-1 Bucs team that has a legitimate chance of making it back to the Super Bowl. Much more value than a Day 3 pick that may or may not work out in the future.

QUESTION: This Bucs team has a lot of star power that the national sports media focuses on, but who is the “no-namer” that is most important to this team?

ANSWER: Offensively, it has to be the entire offensive line. There has been little national recognition for Tampa Bay’s offensive line so far, and that’s disappointing. Tristan Wirfs has given up one sack in 27 games and is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He’s the best right tackle in football, as far as I’m concerned. Left tackle Donovan Smith is enjoying the best start to any season he’s played. He’s been so much more consistent. Smith is toying with most edge rushers. He deserves some Pro Bowl consideration too.

Bucs C Ryan Jensen

Bucs C Ryan Jensen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Left guard Ali Marpet has been playing at a Pro Bowl level for years now. His consistency and dominance in the run game is rarely talked about outside of the Tampa Bay media. Ryan Jensen may be having his best year at center, and he is constantly delivering some highlight reel hits, smashes and pancakes at the line of scrimmage and down the field on screens. Yet, no mention of him nationally, outside of offensive line guru Brandon Thorn. It’s a shame.

Right guard Alex Cappa is playing quite well in his contract year and he’ll likely get a sizable new deal in free agency. Yet he’s probably fifth on the offensive line when ranking each starter, and he’s only the weak link by default because of the talent around him. There’s no question that the “no-namers” along the offensive line have been the key to Tampa Bay averaging 33.3 points per game this year.

Defensively, there have been several “no-namers” in the unit’s depth that have kept the level of play adequate enough to win with, while the starters have been out with injuries. This includes reserve linebacker Kevin Minter, backup cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Dee Delaney and Pierre Desir, and No. 3 safety Mike Edwards.

The Bucs have plenty of star power on both sides of the ball. But they also have plenty of really solid – and even some spectacular – “no-namers” that have contributed greatly to the team’s hot 6-1 start. Quality depth is not an underrated attribute in the NFL.

QUESTION: Why is Tampa Bay so amazing?

ANSWER: This one’s easy. It’s talent on the roster and top-notch coaching. It starts with general manager Jason Licht and the personnel department stocking this roster full of all-star talent over the years through the draft, free agency and trades. This is the most talented Bucs team I’ve ever seen, and that includes the 2002 Super Bowl champion team, too.

The reason why this year’s Tampa Bay team is more talented is because of the depth, as I’ve previously alluded to. That’s also a tribute to Licht, vice president of player personnel John Spytek and director of pro personnel Rob McCartney for finding players like Richard Sherman, Dee Delaney, Pierre Desir and Rashard Robinson off the street this year to step in and make an immediate impact when called upon. The 2020 and 2021 Bucs are deeper than the 2002 and 2003 teams were.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and LB Devin White

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and LB Devin White – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

There is plenty of star power in Tampa Bay, but there are also plenty of outstanding coaches, too. Bruce Arians has assembled a loyal staff that has been together for years. The continuity on the coaching staff has allowed each unit to know what is expected of it in terms of play and the position coaches know how to get the job done because of the familiarity with the systems in place.

I’ve covered some Tampa Bay coaching staffs in previous years under Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter that might have a handful of really talented assistants, but also a handful of assistants that simply shouldn’t be in the NFL. This coaching staff from start to finish doesn’t have any weak links and reminds me of the ultra-talented coaching staffs that both Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden put together in the 1990s and 2000s.

Well-coached teams stocked with talent should win at any level of football. That’s exactly what is happening in Tampa Bay with the 6-1 Buccaneers. The coaches are bringing out the best in the game’s best players each week. It’s definitely been a fun ride these last two years for everyone around Tampa Bay. Enjoy it while it lasts, because it won’t last forever.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
1 month ago

I’m sorry, but Leftwich is not ready to be a Head Coach. The team that signs him as such will regret it. I like Lefty but any decent coach can come in and call plays for this offense led by Brady… in fact, I dare say they might even be able to do a better job. Leftwich is still learning. Hire at ur own risk.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

Tom Brady, the GOAT, disagrees with you. He is full of praise for Leftwich as a playcaller and an offensive coordinator. So is Bruce Arians. Don’t know if another team will offer a head coaching job to Leftwich or not. But who the hell are you to say he is “not ready to be a Head Coach”? How many NFL head coaching and General Manager jobs have you performed successfully? You have no freaking idea what goes on in the film rooms, the weekly planning meetings, or the sidelines. Sure a great player like Brady makes his coaches look better… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Naplesfan
bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

He’s not READY!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

It’s my opinion azzhole!

Big Wheel 80
Big Wheel 80(@bigwheel80)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

Your right it’s only your opinion none of us know if he’s ready or not you don’t know until he gets put in that role

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Big Wheel 80
1 month ago

Exactly Big Wheel! I thought that was the purpose of PR? To give ur opinion on all things Bucs! Hell, I don’t know if he’s ready nor do I care! I think he’s green yet as an offensive coordinator. Let’s give him a couple of seasons more running an offense and see how he does. I’d rather hire Bowles before I’d hire Lefty. I hope that doesn’t hurt anybodies feelings. Except Nipples, he can suck an egg!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

If you don’t know or don’t care, then don’t write freaking comments claiming authoritatively that Leftwich is not ready, moron.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Ur such a douche Nipples! Why would u think anybody who comments on a Buccaneer’s fan website is posting as a authoritative expert u nitwit?! Who do u think u r to tell someone what they can and cannot post? And what they can post about. It’s people like u who r menace to our country! U don’t want free speech and u oppose a dissenting opinion. U been slamming everybody’s post as if u r the expert. Get back on ur meds bro! Ur ignorance and mental illness is just shameful to watch! In my opinion, because only a… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

The purpose is to comment on the team .. not to show off and act ridiculously stupid, making this thread all about YOU instead of the team. I certainly hope I hurt your tender feelings, as you just need to STFU.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Show off… what r u twelve year old! Shut up and take ur meds. U will be ok! Maybe a stronger dose will help with the diarrhea of the mouth u seem to have!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Do u know what goes on in the film room, weekly planning meetings or sidelines? No! U don’t! Like I said, just about any decent coach could call plays with Brady in the huddle! And no I haven’t been a GM before but it doesn’t take a GM to see that Lefty is a very average play caller!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

None of us knows what goes on, so stop acting stupidly like someone who does know.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

I know this… ur an azzhat!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Damn son, I see u have a problem with everybody! It might be time for u to get back on ur meds Nipplesfan!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

I call out every idiot commenter who complains and moans and whines and viciously attacks the players and coaches of the current Super Bowl champions who started this year with the best record in the history of the franchise and are most observers’ picks to win another Super Bowl this season. What kind of a moron whines and complains and moans and viciously attacks the team in that position? Why, a moron just like you, and another dozen or so whom I enjoy eviscerating in these comment threads for the morons they and you clearly are. Cleary you morons are… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Naplesfan
fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

You call out everyone that says anything negative about anything or contradicts anything, but I saw your dumbass constantly criticize and bash “Baby Glazers” and Licht here when Bucs were not winning. Shut up and let people comment you know it all moron. Nobody viciously attacked anyone he said Leftwhich isn’t ready to be a head coach. I happen to agree. You disagree that’s fine but you need to shut the hell up like your the damn authority on everything Bucs and defender of any criticism. Your a complete and total donkey!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Yes Fredstet! U r correct. I, for one, am tired of this azzhat! He talks to hear himself talk! I will not allow Nipples to castigate these loyal Buc fans, such as yourself, who just love all things Bucs!

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

😂 Sooo True! Can’t stop laughing. Too Funny!

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

There’s our coach, Naples feeling is all we need to know about our Bucs. Maybe you should be the head coach since you know more than everyone else on here. Or better yet, you could actually STFU as you like to say to everyone else and mind your damn business. I don’t see anyone tagging you on these posts to get your attention but clearly you lack that in the outside world and think this is the place to “earn respect”. All you come off as is a douche bag who cries over every post.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

And by what measure do u determine whose post is “ an idiot” ? Viciously attacks? Son, u r demented and need to check yourself. Those “dozen or so posters” u speak of have every right to voice their opinion. And u r not the arbitrator that decides if their post is valid or vicious! We r in the middle of the best Buccaneer’s season of all time and we have to deal with negative Nancy’s like u! Take ur meds! Don’t skip a day! You’ll be alright Nipples!

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Have u ever heard Tom Brady say a bad word about anybody?

Buc-Up
Buc-Up(@buc-up)
1 month ago

Just because they’re a great coordinator doesn’t mean they’ll transition to even being an average head coach. They need to understand the entire game and how to manage the whole team. Dirk Koetter was too focused on the offense and neglected to manage the defense and special teams.

PewterPose
PewterPose(@pewterpose)
1 month ago

I wouldn’t worry too much about losing Leftwich, Bowles, or Goodwin to a head coaching position elsewhere. NFL owners have made it clear that they are not interested in hiring black coaches.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 month ago

Just incredible how folks can have such a strong conviction about a person they really know very little about, to the point of name-calling anyone who disagrees. I know this much; being HC requires a much broader skill-set than an OC drawing X’s and O’s on a whiteboard. I have no idea if Leftwich possesses them or not, and neither does anyone here. There have sure been a lot of “golden boy” candidates like our own Ray Perkins, who Culverhouse called his, “Vince Lombardi”. Of course there was Steve Spurrier, who many thought would bring the “Fun and Gun” to… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
1 month ago

If Byron was smart he’d stay right where he is, and take over for Arains when he hangs it up. Everyone thinks Bowles is line to take over, but I think the Glazers would go with the younger offensive minded coach. Why go to a team like the Lions as a first time H.C., and suffer just wait B.A. out. Lefty already has Trask who he’s molding to take over, and a great staff right here in Tampa to keep the ball rolling. Leave Tampa for a H.C. job, and you’ll be going nowhere. Stay put, and bare the fruits… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

Precisely my point surferdudes. The GOAT only has a season or two left… I think??? Any team looking for a new coach means that they r probably not that good and have a losing record… thus why would they be looking for a new head coach? So ur going to take a chance with Leftwich who is still learning how to run an offense? Doesn’t make sense. Leftwich may be a head coach one day, he might even be a good one,I don’t know. But if I were him I would stay with Brady and this dynamic offense and try… Read more »

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

I can tell you why – $$$, plain and simple. Coordinator pay in the NFL tends to top out of $1M. Leftwich’s compensation is not public knowledge, but you can bet it’s under that ceiling. Meanwhile, head coaches have a FLOOR of about $4M per year. He is seemingly a young man, but nobody knows what the future holds, and gettin while the gettin is good is a valid approach for any professional. if you’re Leftwich, and someone offers you, say, $4M per year for four years, that deal is fully guaranteed. He’d have to turn down a $16M fully… Read more »

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

I wish I could agree here, and that I saw this job as a good one for the next HC once Brady is done. I think reality is likely going to hit our franchise hard when that day comes. We’re basically in full-on Saints mode, clearly willing to sacrifice as many tomorrows as we have to in order to field great talent and contend to the best of our ability today. It’s a trade off I’m plenty okay with, and which I endorse. But at some point, the salary cap bill will come due, and we will owe a heavy… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  toofamiliar17
1 month ago

With all of the comparatively high priced veterans like Brady, Suh, JPP and others, there should be ample cap space to keep the team from entering Cap Hell. The key to success will be the youngsters becoming stars.

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
1 month ago

Seriously the Bucs number one in the power rankings. Barely beat the Cowboys and lost to the Rams the only two teams in their weight class on the schedule thus far and could have lost to the lowly Pats.
The schedule paved with mediocrity leading up to the play offs………..again.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Spruce
1 month ago

So let me get this straight; you’re putting an asterisk on victories and somehow finding fault with a 6 dash 1 team. Amazing how some longtime residents of Bucville would rather swim in the cesspool.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

I’m like most; no clue who it might be. Did anybody watch the Saints last night? Their Offense looked like they have some weaknesses we could take advantage with. Their Defense definitely were aggressive and I believe we will be challenged, but should be able to neutralize that aggressiveness. I know Coach is suggesting Gronk, David, Williams, Davis could be back? I’m fired up to watch this game; I hope we never take the foot off the pedal as they deserve no mercy!

Dman
Dman(@dman)
1 month ago

This is a talented team and organization, top to bottom. I’ve never been a fan of this generation of Glazer ownership, but they’ve opened up the purse strings and supported Licht. There’s no salary cap for the coaching staff and it seems like we have more than any other team. And the upgrade to the facilities and practice fields have certainly helped recruiting players. [Yes, I know, tax payers chipped in as well.]

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Dman
1 month ago

U r right though Dman. The Glazers might be a lot of things but cheap ain’t one of them. Unlike their troubles with Man U, the Buccaneers r doing quite well. Reigning SuperBowl Champs and perhaps, on their way to another one if they continue to improve and get the injured players back on the field. And avoid too many future injuries. The depth on this squad rivals none. Extremely talented roster! It’s a magical time to be a Buc fan. Enjoy Tampa Bay! I believe power rankings had the Bucs at number 1. That’s just freaking awesome!

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
1 month ago

I wouldn’t fret about losing Leftwich. And that’s not a slight to him, he’s a fine coach as far as I can see. But we all know who runs this offense and he’s not going anywhere. He won’t let this offense slow down regardless of who is on the sidelines. I’m hoping he sticks around for 2 more years and hits 700 TD’s.

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