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In this week’s pst-game edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema recap a wild 26-23 overtime victory by the Buccaneers. The gang gets into the inspired defensive performance with a new defensive coordinator, what to make of Winston’s day and where they stand on the current kicker situation.

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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. Not only did the secondary improve from this simplification/practice, but the dline improved. You know the Dline got much more sacks than usual; but, I’m thinking they also improved due to this simplification.

    We lost one starter; but, we’re likely to gain another – at linebacker

    I was saying “go for the two point conversion” in the first half tds.

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    • Use the kicker for the kickoffs, and two point coversion for the extra point after a Td. Betcha we make more than not.

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      • One more thought(I think) – an interesting Qb to compare with Winston – Blake Borttles. Bortles was drafted a year ahead of Winston. I mean, “who would you rather have?” It’s Jamies hands down.

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  2. Good podcast, y’all.
    I predict Bucs pick a QB in the first three rounds of next year’s draft. Time for some insurance or maybe more.

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  3. Impressed with the level of effort – basically a shutout in the first half and the first 9 points by the Browns were off the offense. Hopefully the medical reports on Kwon reveal less than a torn ACL. Would be a tremendous loss. Still need a kicker, the “redemption” didn’t matter as he created his own drama. Winston was what he is, an average quarterback – better than half the league, but 20 million?? QB has to be a point of emphasis in the draft – unless he increases 25% plus the rest of the season or becomes the second coming of Tom Brady, the Cap space would be better spent. The “D” was obviously motivated, the simpler game plan played into their strength – no long term solution with “Duff Man”, but shows what a coordinator who plays to the teams talent level can do. Unless something changes in the last half, it is time to cut times with DJack – for whatever reason, I’m not sure him and Winston will ever be a connection and I think Winston’s ability to stay in the pocket and scramble out when necessary, along with his ability to check-off to whoever is open, make DJack a cap casualty – if they could get a number 3 or 4 they should jump on it quick while there is still a market. Can’t say it enough – O-line, secondary, needs to be the emphasis in the draft. Still don’t see more than 5-6 victories, but with the parity in the league and he HCoach obviously having less than an ego than 25-28 teams, who knows, 7 & 9 could possibly happen. Today’s NFL needs a QB coming out of college with a 75% plus completion rate, If the Buc’s decide one season at 20 Mil to see if there is some salvation, there is nothing wrong with a 1st/2nd round pick learning by holding the clipboard.

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  4. One more thought – I’m thinking the Bucs don’t do nearly as many screens to slow down the passrush at the beginning of games – like the Patriots do.

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  5. The jury is in! Winston’s “fatal flaw” is his decision making. He has demonstrated this consistently over his NFL career so far. He lacks something in his internal makeup, something intangible, and that something is also called judgment.

    Over his college and professional he has consistently demonstrated bad judgment off the field as well. We have been waiting for him to grow up for four years now.

    The question is what are his quarterbacks coach and/or his head coach doing for him as a professional quarterback? Someone needs to “jump down his throat”. Someone needs to come down hard on him. He should no longer be coddled. The time for the tentative handling is over.

    This is extremely important for the near future of the Buccaneers. It will prove to be extremely important for Jameis’ pro career as well. And yes it has a bearing on the tenures of Koetter and Licht as well!
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    Go Bucs!!!!! No excuses!

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  6. I like you guys. Sound like a lot of fun to have beer with and talk football.

    Nevertheless, you guys contradicted A LOT in today’s podcast. You can’t call the Cleveland Brown defense THE BEST IN THE NFL in takeaways, which is fact… that means they are the most opportunistic defense in the NFL so far this year… you can’t say that and then mock them as the Browns being the same old Browns OR be hyper-critical of Winston’s turnovers. That’s just too much paradox, guys. Too much contradiction in your judgments. Our team deserves all the credit in the world for winning this game!

    Good game by Winston. Leading team rusher. Sacrificing his body. Can Fitz do that like Winston? No. A game that needed 15-25 yard throws all game because Koetter said Cleveland played two deep very often. Know what that means? The windows of opportunity for throwing the deep ball to DJ shrink drastically against this kind of strategy. And who is better at throwing the intermediate passes? Winston. Fitz’s throws die about 8-10 yards down its journey to a 15-25 yard pass. Winston is very accurate and very good at these passes.

    Catanzaro is a hero. LONGEST FG MADE IN NFL HISTORY IN AN OVERTIME GAME. I think the chatter about firing him needs to stop. Yes, he made errors. Yes, this game, like last week’s felt like chasing one point again. Let’s see how he does next week and simmer down with the firing talk. Here’s looking at you, Tre.

    This game changed BECAUSE of Kwon Alexander’s injury. The whole complexion of the game changed when he went out. What a tough loss…. a sad occasion! He was looking incredible before the injury and those who were hyper-critical of him under Mike Smith need to realize that he was the QB of an over-complicated coaching style! Yes… the K.I.S.S. acronym is 100% applicable and this is what we were talking about when we were saying that Mike Smith was the reason some of these players looked worse than they truly are.

    Duffner was 100% the right move. Think you all covered that very well in the podcast. The two blitzes he mixed in on the first Cleveland drive was exactly what this defense needed.

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  7. Trevor, you forget the fumble by Brate, the strip sack bc of Smith, the drop by Howard, his multiple scrambling and making throws, his 4/4 on the last drive for a winning FG. An average kicker makes a 40 yd FG, an extra point and we are not even talking about the mistakes in overtime.

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  8. Trevor, let me ask you a question. How many QBs in this league can consistently throw 50+ times a game, with not threat of a running game, when the defense knows you are going to pass, with a suspect OL, and not make one turnover? JP Peterson said on his show today, when Winston throws 35 times or less the Bucs are 9-2. That means in those games, they had a running game, the Defense played well, Winston is not playing from behind. Why on multiple occasions, 2nd and 4, they go 5 wide without a RB in the backfield. Don’t you think a draw is in order some of the time? They are putting too much on Winston.

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