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In this week’s final’s Pewter Nation Podcast of 2018, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema recap all the changes — coaches, players, potential hires — happening with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and have a change of their own to announce concerning Pewter Report moving forward…

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  1. Congrats Trevor on the draft gig. You ate always thorough and analytical in your evaluation of players and film. Looking forward to your draft stuff.

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  2. Man, sad to hear Mark is moving on… it’s sad in general to see the turnover going on in Tampa.

    Thanks for your great contributions over the years and good luck

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  3. Bamboozled!

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  4. Good luck on new endeavors!

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  5. SR you are 100% correct.

    Bucs need to bring the work and business attitude back into the Bucs locker room with a new coaching staff.

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  6. Mark Cook is moving on?

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  7. Koetter can’t figure out that these guys can’t just turn it on on Sundays? That’s a firing in my book!

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  8. If Sapp, Brooks, Lynch and Barber were in that locker room they would never let that happen. The locker room is a place for business. Like it was already pointed out the Bucs have a rec room where they can play whatever they want.

    That comes off as tone deaf and socially uncalibrated to have players playing pin pong in the locker room.

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  9. For those that don’t know the majority of GM’s are first time GM’s. They rarely get second acts when they fail. By all means @pewterreportsr and @pewterreportts @pewterreportmc let me know how many out of 32 leagewide GM’s are on their second or third act. You’ll find it is the minority and less than head coaching retreads.

    I ran the W-L record on GM’s and found only two employed this year with 3+ seasons experience and worse records than Licht’s as Dave Caldwell and Reggie McKenzie. Mckenzie was fired this year while Caldwell is on thin ice (and had a 12 win season/playoffs and AFC championship appearance while Licht’s teams have been shut out). If you can find someone else please let me know. That puts Licht in elite company bottom 10% company.

    To your point about Jason being a good guy and caring, as though anyone who has his record should be judged by his intentions, I don’t recall it mattering much that Lovie Smith was a good person or Josh McCown cared about the team, for them results mattered. Lovie got two years and Josh got one. In your collective opinion Licht’s results don’t deserve the same weight.

    To Trevor or anyone’s point that Licht was getting his feet wet, I ask who is Licht’s best draft pick? Mike Evans right? That was literally his first ever draft pick. What was his best draft? His second in 2015 when he selected Winston/Smith/Marpet/Alexander.

    Which personnel guy left after that draft to run a more successful team that’s been to the playoffs? Jon Robinson. What was Licht’s worst draft? 2016, after Robinson left. An incredible whiff given how he started with a top 10 pick in every round. 2018, his fifth draft may be Licht’s second worst unless some of the second round picks make a Ronde Barber level turnaround in year two. Ryan Jensen, Vinny Curry and Brent Grimes all signed deals this year equivalent to the 25 million paid out for a season of Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. Not exactly inspiring fifth season free agent signings.

    We had 7 head coaches fired this year (Including Hue Jackson) and how many GM’s got the axe? Reggie McKenize and Mike Tannenbaum right? There’s even an article today to point to this interesting discrepancy https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2019/01/01/nfl-coach-firings-steve-wilks-vance-joseph-todd-bowles/2455288002/

    Jason Licht has had back to back 5-11 seasons in year 4 and 5, with his hand picked head coach, a worse record than Mark Dominik and you make excuse for him weekly. If Jason was a coach Scott would’ve called for his firing in year two. If he was a player Trevor would written him up as a bust and Mark would put him on the most disappointing list weekly. But instead Licht plays the one position that gets the most amount of support from those who cover the team, GM.

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  10. For those that don’t know the majority of GM’s are first time GM’s. They rarely get second acts when they fail. By all means @pewterreportsr and @pewterreportts and Mark let me know how many out of 32 leagewide GM’s are on their second or third act. You’ll find it is the minority and less than head coaching retreads.

    I ran the W-L record on GM’s and found only two employed this year with 3+ seasons experience and worse records than Licht’s as Dave Caldwell and Reggie McKenzie. Mckenzie was fired this year while Caldwell is on thin ice (and had a 12 win season/playoffs and AFC championship appearance while Licht’s teams have been shut out). If you can find someone else please let me know. That puts Licht in elite company bottom 10% company.

    To your point about Jason being a good guy and caring, as though anyone who has his record should be judged by his intentions, I don’t recall it mattering much that Lovie Smith was a good person or Josh McCown cared about the team, for them results mattered. Lovie got two years and Josh got one. In your collective opinion Licht’s results don’t deserve the same weight.

    To Trevor or anyone’s point that Licht was getting his feet wet, I ask who is Licht’s best draft pick? Mike Evans right? That was literally his first ever draft pick. What was his best draft? His second in 2015 when he selected Winston/Smith/Marpet/Alexander.

    Which personnel guy left after that draft to run a more successful team that’s been to the playoffs? Jon Robinson. What was Licht’s worst draft? 2016, after Robinson left. An incredible whiff given how he started with a top 10 pick in every round. 2018, his fifth draft may be Licht’s second worst unless some of the second round picks make a Ronde Barber level turnaround in year two. Ryan Jensen, Vinny Curry and Brent Grimes all signed deals this year equivalent to the 25 million paid out for a season of Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. Not exactly inspiring fifth season free agent signings.

    We had 7 head coaches fired this year (Including Hue Jackson) and how many GM’s got the axe? Reggie McKenize and Mike Tannenbaum right? There’s even an article today to point to this interesting discrepancy

    usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2019/01/01/nfl-coach-firings-steve-wilks-vance-joseph-todd-bowles/2455288002/

    Jason Licht has had back to back 5-11 seasons in year 4 and 5, with his hand picked head coach, a worse record than Mark Dominik and you make excuse for him weekly. If Jason was a coach Scott would’ve called for his firing in year two. If he was a player Trevor would written him up as a bust and Mark would put him on the most disappointing list weekly. But instead Licht plays the one position that gets the most amount of support from those who cover the team, GM

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  11. For those that don’t know the majority of GM’s are first time GM’s. They rarely get second acts when they fail. By all means Scott, Trevor and Mark let me know how many out of 32 leagewide GM’s are on their second or third act. You’ll find it is the minority and less than head coaching retreads.

    I ran the W-L record on GM’s and found only two employed this year with 3+ seasons experience and worse records than Licht’s as Dave Caldwell and Reggie McKenzie. Mckenzie was fired this year while Caldwell is on thin ice (and had a 12 win season/playoffs and AFC championship appearance while Licht’s teams have been shut out). If you can find someone else please let me know. That puts Licht in elite company bottom 10% company.

    To your point about Jason being a good guy and caring, as though anyone who has his record should be judged by his intentions, I don’t recall it mattering much that Lovie Smith was a good person or Josh McCown cared about the team, for them results mattered. Lovie got two years and Josh got one. In your collective opinion Licht’s results don’t deserve the same weight.

    To Trevor or anyone’s point that Licht was getting his feet wet, I ask who is Licht’s best draft pick? Mike Evans right? That was literally his first ever draft pick. What was his best draft? His second in 2015 when he selected Winston/Smith/Marpet/Alexander.

    Which personnel guy left after that draft to run a more successful team that’s been to the playoffs? Jon Robinson. What was Licht’s worst draft? 2016, after Robinson left. An incredible whiff given how he started with a top 10 pick in every round. 2018, his fifth draft may be Licht’s second worst unless some of the second round picks make a Ronde Barber level turnaround in year two. Ryan Jensen, Vinny Curry and Brent Grimes all signed deals this year equivalent to the 25 million paid out for a season of Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. Not exactly inspiring fifth season free agent signings.

    We had 7 head coaches fired this year (Including Hue Jackson) and how many GM’s got the axe? Reggie McKenize and Mike Tannenbaum right? There’s even an article today to point to this interesting discrepancy

    usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2019/01/01/nfl-coach-firings-steve-wilks-vance-joseph-todd-bowles/2455288002/

    Jason Licht has had back to back 5-11 seasons in year 4 and 5, with his hand picked head coach, a worse record than Mark Dominik and you make excuse for him weekly. If Jason was a coach Scott would’ve called for his firing in year two. If he was a player Trevor would written him up as a bust and Mark would put him on the most disappointing list weekly. But instead Licht plays the one position that gets the most amount of support from those who cover the team, GM

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    • Good points Devasher. Perhaps the Glazers have a short-term plan to maintain some semblance of continuity during a transition from Koetter to the next HC. Isn’t it possible that Jason Licht’s current role is merely to aid them in this HC search and anything beyond that is…….pending?

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      • It’s possible scubog. I’ve heard rumors that it could be the case, however it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to me given his role in the HC search. If you don’t trust the guy with your roster you surely wouldn’t want his influence on the next head coach, especially since Licht played a big role in hiring Koetter from OC to HC in the first place.

        Also, @pewterreportsr any idea why a post gets flagged for moderation when you attempt to direct the message to more than one person? The writers here are welcome to their opinions but it would be nice if there was more than a half baked case made against Licht that you guys actually respond to.

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