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In this week’s post-game edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema are joined by Pewter Report intern Matt Matera to recap the Giants game. The three get into what was another disappointing game, what to make of the quarterback situation, where the future of the team is going, and the outlook for the rest of the season.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. That’s so cool that Pewter Report’s newest intern/CNN’s Harry Enten made an appearance on the Pewter Report podcast. But I’m kind of disappointed he didn’t give us any updates on the midterm polling average vs actual votes. Not even a mention of Broward County. Sad!

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  2. I have an idea. I am wondering if anyone else agrees with me. Todd Monken as Head Coach. We find the best Defensive Coordinator available in the offseason, and we right this ship.
    We have some talent on Defense still and once our Linebackers return I think we can still make this DL work. We could focus on the secondary, OL in the offseason and draft and who knows? maybe we won’t be looking at starting over completely?

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  3. Trev, you are wrong when you say this is just another season. The difference is that this year Tampa after two weeks got me to believe that we were special. The difference this year is that with the exception of Chicago in Carolina, the other team did not beat us. Repeater selves. Atlanta, Washington, Cincinnati, New York, Pittsburg … everyone of them we should’ve beat. That’s why this season has been more disheartening in anyway that I can remember, including 2017. That season we did not play well from the beginning. This year we were 2-0 Against New Orleans and the defending Super Bowl champs!

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    • Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for over 800 yards 8 TD’s 1 INT in his first two games setting a record. The offensive line held up particularly well in both games giving him time to throw the ball around. In 141 career appearances those two games were of Fitzpatricks best, but the NFL has a way of exploiting deficiencies and Fitz biggest deficiency is interception rate. He reverted back to his mean and the defense couldn’t stop anyone and couldn’t get turnovers. That’s a recipe for losing football and it’s the one that is more accurate than the illusion of the first two games.

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  4. The 6-6 season was with Lovie Smith. Then Kwon Alexander got injured and we went 0-4 to end the season.

    This was a real shame. I did not endorse firing Lovie Smith at that time. We had shown substantial improvement as a team going from 2-14 the previous year (with the Jeff Tedford disaster) to 6-10 the next (6-6 till Kwon injury).

    Kwon was the defensive QB of the team since his very first season! He was the main catalyst that year for the defense generating TAKEAWAYS. Lovie knew the team needed offensive talent first, before he could focus on rebuilding the defense. So the first two years we almost exclusively drafted for offensive player save for Kwon Alexander. Lovie thought he could rely on LVD and Gerald McCoy as he built up the offense. What a mistake in hindsight as fans and the Glazers lost patience! Lovie preached a 5 year rebuilding plan and he preached the importance of takeaways but all anybody could see was that they had a HC who specialized in defense and the defense wasn’t where anyone (including Lovie) wanted it to be. Nobody excused Lovie for something everybody gave him grief over…. and that was to build up an offense. Boy did that backfire on him, as the one time in his career that he did, nobody around here appreciated it. Thanks to him we have Mike Evans, Jameis Winston, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith and Kwon Alexander.

    Fast forward to now and our team is in drastic need for takeaways. Kwon is injured again, which leaves little hope for this defense to generate takeaways as he’s still the main catalyst. He’s still the QB of this defense, but under Mike Smith, we’ve seen some decline from him. Under Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter as the HC, we’ve seen a lot of decline. Koetter has nowhere near the vision and passion for takeaways as Lovie did. And as good as an OC Koetter is, he has failed to develop Winston to a point where everyone is confident in him as our franchise QB.

    So yeah, the 6-6 team was under Lovie Smith… a proven Super Bowl appearing Head Coach that we stupidly chased out of town. Ultimately, it was the Glazer boys who made this decision. I doubt Licht wanted Lovie fired that year. There are rumors that the Glazers wanted Lovie to make changes to his defensive coaching staff (which I believe included his son). The passing defense was bad, but nobody had the patience for Lovie to build what was a very bad roster of players. Verner, Banks… are they even in the league now? Lovie’s brand of accountability was much higher and much better than Koetter’s and Mike Smith’s. Lovie had us going in the right direction. Koetter was the logical choice by Licht to keep things consistent for Winston, Evans, Marpet and Smith (and at the time, Sims and Martin too). But there’s the history for you. Too bad the masses don’t understand winning culture… how to build it and how to maintain/sustain it.

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