Cover 3 is a weekly feature column written by PewterReport.com’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Trevor Sikkema published every Tuesday. The column, as its name suggests, comes in three phases: a statistical observation, an in-depth film breakdown, and a “this or that” segment where the writer asks the reader to chose between two options.

Sikkema’s Stat of the Week

I’m the kind of guy who likes to finish what he starts. I don’t say that to pump up my ego on some sort of superior work ethic. Trust me, I know there are times when that comes into question; I’m not perfect. But I think what drives me to want to complete something is because I hate wasting time.

I don’t even have some cheesy cliche that I point to like “time is money” or anything like that as my motivation. I just know that the more time I spend on something, the more likely I’m going to see it through because I can’t stand the thought of wasting time. There is nothing more annoying than knowing that all the time, effort, energy, etc. that you might pour into something ends up being for naught. And I don’t even mean when you try something, it doesn’t work and you live and learn. I mean when, at the end of the day, whatever you did was just a big ol’ waste of time.

As this Buccaneers season grows on us, it is becoming more and more apparent that this current regime in Tampa Bay has just been a waste of time.

And it’s annoying for fans, I’m sure, because the whole point of buying a jersey or a ticket or proclaiming your fan-hood is that you’re investing in something. It’s about a commitment that you will be with them for the long haul. Sure, you know there are going to be good days and bad days, but you’re in it because you believe that at the end of the season, even if just one time, it will be all worth it. That wearing that jersey proudly will have paid off. That going to that road trip will give you a memory worth telling of your favorite team. That the commitment you’ve made to the team will be matched by the team’s commitment in itself to put together a winner.

You’re not going to get that out of this three-year – or four-year, depending on how you look at it – current Bucs regime, and that’s frustrating.

It’s frustrating because it hasn’t been a learning experience. It’s been a waste.

It’s been a waste of the most talented roster the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had since their Super Bowl era – or so we thought. The highest paid defensive line in the NFL, what people thought would be a good combination of young and old on that side of the ball, a veteran defensive coaching staff going into the year.

And on the other side, Tampa Bay has the best deep threat player in NFL history at wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, one of the top wide receivers in the league in Mike Evans, one of the best mismatch players in the game at tight end in O.J. Howard, an extra tight end on top of that in Cameron Brate, an offensive line that was suppose to be improved and budding. But somehow it doesn’t matter. The Bucs can’t get it done.

Bucs RB Doug Martin - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Bucs RB Doug Martin – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

It’s been a waste of a good salary cap situation. I can somewhat understand the whole Doug Martin thing because the guy was coming off being the second-best running back in the NFL for the second time in five years in his contract year. I get that. But J.R. Sweezy? Chris Baker? Will Gholston? Brate? Brent Grimes? Those deals were bad. And to top it all off. Now your window is closing with players like Gerald McCoy and Jackson, who will have to be moved now, as the team clearly no longer has a window to win lining up with their cap commitments there.

It’s been a waste of some good draft pick opportunities. I understand that you can play the “we could’ve had this guy!” when you look back on draft classes, and that’s not really a fair thing to do most of the time. But as time goes on, Jason Licht’s drafts look less promising. Now, you can say that the coaches have failed some of these players, and I would agree with you, but I can’t let them all off the hook.

Vernon Hargreaves is a nickel cornerback drafted in the Top 15. Noah Spence isn’t even making this roster next year. Roberto Aguayo … I don’t have to say any more. The 2017 draft looks great, but man, it’s an uphill climb for that 2018 class already – perhaps that’s coaching, too. Not saying it can’t happen, you just wonder how those players specifically will be viewed if a total house cleaning is on the way. And even the 2015 class. Jameis Winston’s future with the Bucs is now up in the air. Guard Ali Marpet has been good, but the amount they might be about to pay Donovan Smith and Kwon Alexander for the production they bring? Are they believing in those guys more than they should? Because that’s never a good gamble, and this regime has gambled like that before and failed.

It’s a waste of a talented team by this coaching staff, and a waste of what we thought was suppose to be continuity. Dirk Koetter was a guy who was a no BS kind of coach. You like that. You thought it could work. You thought you could pair that coaching attitude with an attitude of new players and it would all work out; you know, change things.

Man, it hasn’t.

This coaching staff looks worse and worse by the week. I mean, for example, how do you stand in front of the media and tell them that ideally you’d like to win the toss and start the game on offense, and then in your very next game you win the toss and send your beat-up defense out there first on the road, oh which, by the way, got scored on within five minutes.

Now it’s so bad we don’t know who’s at fault – the players or the coaches. In fact, I’d argue that now it’s both. We don’t even know who’s really calling plays, what the politics of all the decisions behind the scenes might be. Due to a failed marriage within each other, they’ve all become a waste of each other’s time. At least in a sense that if they move on and have success elsewhere it won’t benefit the Bucs.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

And finally, worst of all, it’s a waste of Winston. If any of you have read my work before you know that I hold Winston plenty accountable in his failures here. But Koetter was retained by this staff and made the head coach FOR Winston. Now we’re getting a clearer picture that the two are fighting against each other – and probably have been for quiet some time. Winston hasn’t improved the way he’s needed to. I don’t know if it’s out of rebellion or just lack of awareness. Whatever it is, he has not been coached to be the first quarterback in franchise history to sign a second contract with the team, a feat many thought was set in stone when they drafted. Koetter and Winston have failed one another, they’ve failed the investments made in each, and they’ve failed those who root for them endlessly.

Now it might all just be a waste.

If it is, it’s all a waste of time. It’s a waste of a another regime. A waste of another attempt at a rebuild, the fifth this team has had since they fire their last winning head coach.

Even now, at this point of the season, every extra win is a waste. It’s a waste at a better draft pick, one that people totally new could be using to select the next wave of players this team will hope can cure a cursed culture.

You all will always be Bucs fans. Love and good-hearted passion are two great emotions to have, two that exist a lot in sports. There’s more that goes into this than just the results on the field. The friendships you form and people you get to meet and talk football with on social media and in real life, the organizations, charities and businesses you get to be a part of, the feeling of community with a place you may call home or have called home before, all of that still makes it worth being a fans.

That’s what makes it worth sticking around. But when the thing that brings you all together fails you, it never feels good.

It just feels like a waste of time.

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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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TheBaron70

Don’t care about the draft order. This team needs to play hard and win so the next regime has something to evaluate the roster by. If we pick at 15, it’s still a good pick. If the new regime wants to pick higher, then trade up.

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Naplesfan

Yup … the teams that are consistently good also tend to pick last … yet they still pick well, which is why they are consistently good.

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e

It seems to me that Vea might have more success if they flipped him to guard? He doesn’t seem to have that attack mentality, so maybe he’s better suited to protect? So, how high up to do you go Trevor to try to clean up this dumpster fire? Do the Bucs need a president of operations? Do the Glazers own any of this as they are the one constant on this team from the Super Bowl on?

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Ron Potter

“….every extra win is a waste.” It doesn’t have to be but because we have the Glazers and their stupid rule not to fire HCs midseason then yes, it is a total waste to win games with Koetter as Head Coach. Fire him now, make Monken the interim. Win or lose with Monken as interim, it would be better for Winston and better for this team. Koetter has consistently shown he is inconsistent and/or slow making good decisions and consistent with bad ones. Koetter has no vision for the defense and his buddy Mike Smith was a crutch to lean… Read more »

Naplesfan

Koetter is not the weakest link in the franchise … not even close. The weakest link is Licht, and the second weakest link is the players he brings in … those are really two sides of the very same coin. Firing Koetter today would achieve exactly nothing. He may well, and probably should be, fired come January, but only as part of a housecleaning that starts first and foremost with Jason Licht, an absolutely terrible general manager and the direct cause of most of the futility of the Buccaneers’ franchise. Preferably a great football man such as Tony Dungy is… Read more »

Ron Potter

There is not enough information to form that kind of definitive opinion on Jason Licht. Some of our draft picks have been good. I’m not sure how many of our picks can be solely put on Licht or on the coaches begging for certain players they think would fit their putrid defensive system. The offensive system is decent but Koetter’s not even the best play-caller for his own system. So I disagree. Koetter is the weakest link. Licht needs an opportunity to bring in HIS coach. Koetter’s opportunity to be a Head Coach happened because the Glazers made a power… Read more »

Andy Ely

The entire 2016 draft can definitely be blamed on Licht, I know we have had kicker problems. But you never trade up into the 2nd round to draft a kicker. Vernon Hargreaves was a reach. Who did the Bears draft with the pick we traded to them Leonard Floyd, who has been a solid pro so far. You can definitely blame a lot of the drafts on Jason Licht. Just go back and look at the 2014 draft as well, no one is on this team anymore beside Mike Evans. Has Licht brought some good players in yes. But the… Read more »

Ken Grant

And it sure does appear many defensive acquisitions were made to “fit” the preferences of Smith and the Smith before him. Grimes, VH3, Vea, Baker, Gholston, Conte, Allen, McClain, and on and on. Guys that were projected as system fits. This is what mediocre coaches do when the going gets tough. They double-down on what they know. Lovie did this and got his run of the free agent market only to have the team regress even further. We’ve seen the same under Koetter. Stubbornly repeating failed philosophies, ideologies, and systems only to fail again despite hand-picked personnel. Maybe Licht’s biggest… Read more »

Ron Potter

Thanks for commenting, Ken. I’m thinking similarly. What potential Head Coach wouldn’t want a GM who is a team-player? Seems to me that Licht picked a lot of guys Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter wanted. But I’ll say again, the scrutiny on Licht’s picks are warranted and other fans have explained those reasons well. Nevertheless, I would also like to see Licht pick a new Head Coach next year with Winston on the one-year option. I feel Licht was somewhat handcuffed to pick Koetter as the Glazers fired Lovie Smith prematurely to the five-year plan everybody was saying he was… Read more »

BuccaneerBill

Every team wants to hire the “next Sean McVey”, but that rarely happens. I’d go so far to say that every prospective NFL coach is the “next Sean McVey” in the right circumstances. A decent defense, a solid running game, and a good QB goes a long way toward making the coach look good. There are a lot more Norv Turner’s than Bill Belichick’s in the league. Players make the coach as much, if not more, as the coach makes the players. Witness the Jaguars without a running game. Criticize Koetter all you want, but with the injuries and lack… Read more »

cobraboy

Most of the bad picks have been on the defensive side of the ball. I suspect bad coaching has a lot to do with failed player development on defense. That is neither Licht’s nor Koetter’s direct fault, but they do share some responsibility. Before another horrific rebuilding, I’d much prefer to gut the defense top to bottom and start the rebuilding process there. Getting rid of this offense would be a terrible waste. And while the turnovers are maddening, the offense has had to play a lot of desperation football, and overall, have played well in that situation. How often… Read more »

Ron Potter

Gotta agree that re-inventing the whole wheel in this organization is not the answer.

They definitely could keep the offense. They could even keep Koetter another year IF they brought in the right Defensive Coordinator and brought in more defensive talent.

Player development is a BIG issue. Players like VH3 had no chance to develop under Mike Smith who over-stressed off-coverage as a main philosophy. VH3’s natural abilities excel in press coverage and Mike Smith’s philosophy wasn’t good for any of our corners except for Brent Grimes.

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cgmaster27

You’re continued defense of as coach who hasnt won more than 6 games but 1 time in his 5 years here is comical. Koetter is a joke, clueless for sticking in a 36 year old journeyman qb, and cant tell when hes got a timeout or not to even challenge a play. But you go ahead and pretend it’s not his job to put his players in the best position to win. Lichr is fully culpable as well as his last two drafts have sucked ,but stop absolving kotter for being a 2rd rate head coach. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

Naplesfan

Your reading comprehension, your comprehension of anything at all, is nil. I don’t defend Koetter, I specifically said that the new GM should try and hire a better coach, the next Sean McVey. What I state forcefully and with all the facts on my side is that it all starts with the GM, who is the very same guy who hired Koetter, and who signed every single member of the current player roster to contracts. The root cause is Licht. But you refuse to acknowledge that because you are a dyed in the wool Winston fan, and you want Winston… Read more »

e

Perhaps the Bucs could go to the McVey store?

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cgmaster27

Oh stop you tool. You keep saying it’s the players and not the play calling. Read your own posts you schmuck. And since you clearly cant read mine, ive said licht needs to go and its got nothing to do with winston. None of this does ,but you cant get his jock out of your mouth long enough to find the faults in our head coach. You were proven wrong last week and it’s just to easy to make you look stupid. Remember when you said playcalling doesnt make a difference? Wrong again genius. Remember when you said Jameis should… Read more »

Naplesfan

Losing for a higher draft pick is losing, period. It matters far less WHERE you pick than HOW WELL you pick. With Licht, he wastes our draft picks and our free agent signings because he is not a good judge of players. Thomas Bassinger has a very interesting article posted on the Tampa Bay Times this week postulating that is is easy to see how the Bucs could fail to win another game this season because of one thing – turnover margin. We give way too may away, and hardly take any back ourselves. The Bucs have a total net… Read more »

cgmaster27

You fail time and again to realize this offense, you know, koetters offense, is awful for QBs. You watch thay game last night? That’s offensive creativity. Our offense is predicated on the long ball and low percentage throws. And koetter cant even pretend to know how to use a running back. But you’re right, koetter should be brought back next year named on his extreme offensive genius.

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Ron Potter

Matt Ryan is on record saying that Koetter has his way and as a personal standard, he just expects the team to execute it better than the other team can game-plan for it. Koetter’s system is difficult for young QBs moreso than the vet QBs.

With that said, it’s a testament to how well Winston has done under Koetter by breaking NFL passing records as the youngest QB to do so.

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Ken Grant

This is is exactly the case. Koetter believes that if executed flawlessly his system cannot be defensed. It requires the utmost precision. An off-target ball, a receiver falling or running the wrong route, a bad read, and the result is a turnover. It calls for an extremely high degree of difficulty to be maintained throughout. Not only does this make things very hard for the QB and his supporting cast it inherently carries a degree of infallibility for Koetter. If anything goes wrong its someone else’s fault not his. There’s no need for adjustments, for evolution and implementation of trending… Read more »

Ron Potter

Agree wholeheartedly. It’s not that Koetter’s offensive system is bad if you have the weapons! The problem is, and you nailed it on the head, Koetter is stubborn! His stubborn mentality is a lot like Mike Smith’s. He’s pretty much duplicated the last year of his tenure in Atlanta over here. 2014 Atlanta had a top 10 offense and a last place defense, except over here, our defense is even worse! That year Atlanta ended the season at 6-10. Would not surprise me at all if we ended 6-10 it would be a perfect mirror match! As Head Coach, you… Read more »

Naplesfan

I don’t fail to do anything. You maintain that Koetter is “awful for QBs” – yet as of today, the Tampa Bay passing offense is no. 1 in the entire league. WTF? What more do you want besides best in the entire league? Are you trying to say with a straight face that no. 1 isn’t good enough … or that any offense that is the no. 1 ranked passing offense is somehow “awful for QBs? You literally sound insane, dude, I mean, really. SMH squared!!! Coaches don’t throw interceptions. Quarterbacks do that. I guarantee that there is not a… Read more »

SantanasBanana

We’re No.1 because we have to throw it almost every play to try and keep pace with this defense. We’re always in a hole, so we never are in the situation where we run the ball and chew clock, not that we can run effectively anyway. That No.1 is a deceptive stat because we’re always chasing and we end up getting a lot of yards when the game is pretty much out of reach, which has been a staple under Koetter pretty much since he took over.

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Ken Grant

Coaches don’t throw interceptions, but they do dictate the conditions and protocols for the QB on the field. If you ask your QB to make high difficulty throws constantly while also being under a tremendous amount of pressure you’re going to have turnovers.

Also, by what measure is this the top passing offense? Total yards? That’s asinine. That has to be the least qualitative measure of passing success possible. As per usual the less someone knows about something the stronger they feel. Never fails.

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Bucsfan1983

As much as I hate to say it, I’m cheering for a top 3 pick/chance at Bosa.

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Naplesfan

We’ll be needing a new starting quarterback too.

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Andy Ely

Yea there is so much we can do with a top 3 pick. Greedy Williams, Ed Oliver, Clellin Ferrell, Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams. Even a slight trade down and pick Deointe Thompson. Then in the second round another defensive player like Polite or Montez Sweat if they are there

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Ron Potter

So you comment above about how 2016 draft was a failure and come down here to talk about how another draft is supposed to be the answer for this organization’s losing ways??

This roster has plenty of talent right now.

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Andy Ely

If Licht is not the one drafting then yes there is a chance to add to more talent to this already talented roster is. I dont get the disconnect, are you trying to say the 2016 draft was a success?

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Ron Potter

In many ways the draft is a lotto system. Getting excited over the draft is a waste of emotional investment right now. We need better coaching and better player development. Mike Smith’s off-coverage philosophy was a bad fit for VH3 who excelled in press coverage. VH3 had no chance to be successful under Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter. Everybody’s scratching their heads why there’s no interceptions and no takeaways when Mike Smith has been here more than 2 years stressing off-coverage to our secondary. Licht definitely deserves scrutiny for his drafts, but the coaching and player development should be higher… Read more »

JohnGaltsGhost

Neither Polite nor Sweat makes it to the second round Imo. In fact I think the Polite could end up being a top- 10 Guy

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Andy Ely

Yea, I dont expect either of them to be there either. It was more wishful thinking lol

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Buc76

It was apparent a long time ago. This should have been done 2 years ago. Jason Licht is NOT a NFL General Manager. He never should have been in this job period. He has set us back years with his failed Drafts and Free Agency busts. This thing needs to be completely scrapped Front Office and Coaching staff. The Glazers will feel the pain the next few weeks when the stands are empty. they will get 30-40 thousand maybe. Such a shame that we are at this point again. Time for Drastic change Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

MudManVA

Yes, a wasted opportunity. I’m a die hard BUCS fan in VA (born is St Pete in ’68 & sat in the old sombrero with a bag on my head as a kid…I saw the Yucks). I buy direct TV only for the basement just so I can watch all the BUCS games. The BUCS are a heart breaking, gut wrenching disappointment. I like many yell at the TV with these BUCS. My thoughts: – Koetter is not a HC as much as we hoped he would be (PR called for him to replaced Lovie) – Draft picks don’t always… Read more »

Naplesfan

Sorry, there’s been no yo yoing on GM .. the failed GM we have today has been failing for five straight years. What we’ve seen is exactly what we get. Never forget that if you want to blame Koetter for Bucs failures, the guy who hired Koetter is Licht … after he talked the Baby Glazers into firing Lovie Smith, and then gave him carte blanc to hire whomever he wanted to coach the team. You cannot finger Koetter without fingering Licht. Simply stating that GMs don’t pick winners on every pick is a dumb argument. Everybody knows that. Good… Read more »

MudManVA

Naplesfan not true. Rich McKay was the GM for the BUCS from 1994-2003. How many coaches and how many bad/questionable draft picks did he have before he found the right guy & players that turned this organization around?

The yo yo of GM’s & coaches began after he was pushed out with Gruden & Allen.

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Naplesfan

Actually, Rich McKay precisely proves my point. He ran the drafts that selected our Hall of Fame players, and additional players nominated for the HOF, and that produced the only period of consistent winning in the entire history of the Bucs franchise. His players (both drafted and traded or signed as free agents) produced the only Super Bowl in franchise history. The W-L record under McKay (1994 to 2002) was 79-65, or 0.550 (not counting playoffs. His teams went to the playoffs in 5 of 9 seasons. And won 5 playoff games. All other Bucs GMs combined for a record… Read more »

Naplesfan

You know, it takes a really moronic idiot to downvote statistical facts.

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MudManVA

My point is Lovie hired Licht, Licht did not hire Lovie.
Lovie had to go (everyone called for that).
Licht did pick Koetter no question. That being said Koetter was the consensus pick by most at the time including PR.

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Naplesfan

Doesn’t matter who any “consensus pick” is – only the GM is accountable. The GM is accountable for all hires and fires and all player signings – only the GM is so accountable. And no, Lovie Smith did not hire Jason Licht. Only team owners, or their team presidents if they have one,have the legal authority to hire GMs. Lovie Smith reportedly recommended Licht for the job, and the stupid Baby Glazers agreed, which was yet another in a 11 year long wasteland of bad personnel decisions by the Baby Glazers …and the results, in Ws and Ls, are the… Read more »

scubog

Naples: I think we’re around the same age. Just curious. Why do you continue to refer to the 50+ Glazer family as “baby” in every one of your countless “yeah but” posts? I’m suspect it’s your attempt to insult them, but perhaps you have another reason. Is that really necessary? For me, along with your name-calling of fellow posters, it taints your otherwise thoughtful comments, many with which I even agree.

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cgmaster27

Awww look Naples is sensitive to downvotes everyone. Let’s make sure we all upvote the snowflake so he can sleep at night. You’re a child dude.

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fredster

Yes another wasted season. We fans have gotten used to it though. I’m a glutton for punishment though and each year have hope they at least getting little better. Lol. That’s asking too much though for this franchise. I’ll still be a fan but done going to games for a while. Gave most my tickets to my employees last year. Went to Steelers game this year and said I’ll watch the rest on the couch. Lol. Hopefully they can get a real coach. Koetter has just utterly failed this year. Looks so defeated too. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

fredster

Been on fence with Licht too but after this season seeing Jones and Vea both do very little I’m fine with him heading down the road too. Not the worst GM we’ve had by far but overall more misses than hits to say he deserves to stay.

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Naplesfan

At a 0.291 winning percentage over five seasons to date, Licht is very close to being the worst GM we’ve ever had. He is well below the average for Bucs GMs, even well below the average of all Bucs GMs not named Rich McKay, as I wrote above. His defenders inexplicably continue to make excuses for him … a lot of that is driven by the every shrinking cadre of Winston fans who understand that Licht is the only thing standing between Winston being off the roster altogether come March … so they (like cgmaster) continue to either outright defend… Read more »

e

Sikkema for GM!

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Buc stops here

You are very nice to Vea with that analysis. I was at the game and I wondered why when he went in he never seemed to go after the runner, even when they went right by him. It seems he is so focused on the block and not messing up he forgets about the play around him. You examples exemplify what I saw every time in the game. Did he have that tendency in college? If so, wasn’t it noticed by the recruiters? I cannot find any of his college play anywhere – I would be very interested to see… Read more »

a-bomb

One of the difficulties in evaluating Licht is an apparent disconnect between the coaches and the personnel staff. There really has to be a symbiosis between the types of players necessary for the offensive and defensive systems and the identification and selection of those players. I am not yet convinced that either Koetter or Smith provided a clear direction to the scouting and pro-personnel folks about the “type” of players that were desired at different positions. Successful teams don’t just select “any” player- they select the best players to fit the type of systems that they run. My sense is… Read more »

dfwbuc

a-bomb
I agree that there appears to be a disconnect between players abilities and coaching. How many of the turnovers, missed assignments are because you are asking a players to play in a system that does not use their strengths. Reid in KC has been written about how he has changed his coaching to the players and structure of where the game is heading. I wonder if our coaches have issues being creative in their approach to their jobs. I know Monte was.

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cbbucfan

Well, Herman Edwards is famous for his press conference rant while head coach of the New York football Jets when he implored, “Hello! You play to win the game!” And he is right. The moment every player and every coach steps onto a football field, one goal must be in mind: win the game. Anything less is detrimental to the integrity of the game itself. Why would any player or coach want to step onto the football field with the goal in mind of losing??!!! If they are all the competitors that they say they are, then there is no… Read more »

sunshineben

bucs have nothing to gain…loose the rest for better draft pics for new gm . Waiting for the next season !!!

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cgmaster27

Been saying since we drafted him, vea isnt good. All.i heard was ” did you watch his college tape”? Sont need to, the stats speak volumes. He was never a pass rusher and licht bought into the “athletic” crap about him. Production matters way more than athletic training numbers. Licht whiffed on a sure fire player like derwin for this show west coast city who had zero fire on the football field. Unless we switch to a3-4 vea will continue to be useless

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cgmaster27

Damn auto spell screwed that post all up

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WineGuy

Losing is a disease that is very hard to cure, as the Bucs have proven time and again. Losing on purpose is even worse, because it defines the team as losers… good at losing. We need winners. Win now. Now! Losing takes no talent whatsoever and simply demoralizes the organization even further – if that’s possible.

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AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE

As much as people want to blame Licht for some questionable selections. I get it. Yet,I have to agree with Trevor in regards to Koetter. His sole purpose of getting hired was to work with JW and help him achieve his potential. While some of you may say that he isn’t a Franchise quarterback. I will agree that he has some faults. But, there are ways you can scheme to cut down some of the turnovers. Such as more running plays. Take away some of his options in the pass offense. They do it all the time except here. Have… Read more »

Devasher

Noah Spence was not a big guy when Licht burned a high second round pick on him. William Gholston was a Dominik draft selection when Licht poured 7 million a year contract to retain his services despite no pass rushing ability. In the end the GM is in charge of signing the players. The GM works with the coaches to get the types of players they want but it’s the front office and not the coaches that engage in contract talks with free agents and decide how much they are willing to pay for a players services. It’s also the… Read more »

Devasher

One of the most unfortunate things to happen last year was the Jameis TD throw to Chris Godwin to beat the Saints last year in week 17. It was effectively an exhibition game for the Bucs, perfectly meaningless. It dropped them from 5 to 7 in the draft. At 5 the Bucs would have been staring down the barrel of Bradley Chubb, or if for some reason they didn’t want pass rush, Quentin Nelson. Bradley Chubb has 9 sacks this year. NINE. Quentin Nelson had a viral video for blowing someone up and was the first guard ever to win… Read more »

tpeluso

IF we are going to blow it all up and start over (again), then Licht needs to be fired now, not at the end of the season. There’s literally nothing of note the GM needs to do between now and December 31st that doesn’t merit getting a head start on looking for the right personnel leader. If you don’t do anything at the GM spot before the end of the season, then you keep Licht and you let him choose a new HC with a blank slate instead of being in a position where you’re forced to fire the HC… Read more »

Dman

Seems Koetter made the decision Fitz was his guy after the suspension – period. Made him the starter, Jamies the afterthought. Fitz was The Man from that point forward – period. Cancer D Jax, who never spent any time with #3 last year, or this year, got his money and Lamborghini, went to the vet and said throw it to me, supported him, asked to be traded when #3 was inserted as starter and convinced Koetter to stick with the Bearded One. After Steelers and Bears games, some folks reminded Dirk that Fitz is a 14 year journeyman QB that… Read more »

Ron Potter

If we’re keeping Koetter another year, I’d be ok with firing Warhop. Benenoch has had plenty of time to develop and I’m not sure why he’s struggling as badly as he is. Donovan Smith is inconsistent but his reliability is good and that’s got nothing to do with Warhop. Marpet got moved around way too much the last few years. Probably stunted his development. Jensen seems to be more inconsistent here than he was in Baltimore. And where’s Cappa? Looked pretty good in the Senior Bowl but he’s STILL on the inactive list…. where’s the player development on our OL???… Read more »

Ron Potter

On top of benching the best QB for the Giants game, Koetter benched Monken for the Washington game. LMAO! LOSER CULTURE! Koetter’s reactions to stop the bleeding is to bench your best players and coaches and start game-planning for Jacquiz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson.

Next Sunday Koetter will bench JPP. Hahahaha

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AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE

Why don’t they move Liedke to RG. They had him out there almost the whole final preseason game. because they thought DSmith might be out for awhile. He also played interior line during the preseason.
This Coaching staff is very bad on judging talent. Especially Koetter, as he does not like rookies. Example: Devonte Freeman…..Look how long it took him to trust Godwin as well Howard.

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BucRy

Nice article Trevor and I’m loving all the comments here too. All I know for sure is that koetter has to go, we have seen enough of him here and he hasn’t turned this team around and he continuously makes bad decisions, it’s easy to let him go. As for licht, it’s hard but I think his time is up too, after watching this last draft, I questioned a lot of the picks he made and he hasn’t proven me wrong on any of them so far. Do we sit around with Jason for another year to see this last… Read more »

martinii

Nuff said, nuff posted, if I wasn’t depressed earlier I would be now if I really cared. You see I have learned to be a Buc follower and after years of crying in my beer and and going to work pissed on Monday I learned the secrete to being a football fan in Tampa. OHIO STATE, ALABAMA, FLORIDA, FSU……….et al. College football is GREAT!!! Kids play hard, great selection of teams and I follow several. Never go away pissed, always entertained, and if the Buc’s are making fools out of themselves on Sunday, I just turn off the game and… Read more »

SaskBucs

It’s crazy that this team could easily be 6-4 right now if the QBs could protect the ball. Winston gave Cincy the game with his picks, same goes for Fitz vs Wash and then all the bad decisions vs NYG. Poor execution, poor decision making within the scheme set forth by the coaches. The coaches have to go though, possibly Licht and they need to clear some cap space. Winston hopefully plays well enough to end the season that the new regime gives him his 1 year chance. I was excited about Vea and hoped he could be a difference… Read more »

Horse

I would think any player we pick should value self worth.

I expect the Buccaneers to go and beat the 49ers, then on to the next team.

I don’t care where we are in draft order.
It’s all about self worth and one should feel good about themselves if they tried their very best win or lose. Character counts!

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drdneast

Naplesfan, It pains me to admit this because of your hated of Winston but I agree with most of what you say in your post.

I’m just not sure about Dungy. Like Gruden, I think he has been away from the game to long.

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jerseybucsfan

I’m unequivocally rooting for them to lose. Get Drew Lock or Colin Ferrell or Greedy Williams. But get the right GM and HC too. It absolutely has been a waste of time!

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stlbucsfan

Trevor you are getting close now just substitute regime for Jason Licht and we are there. Everybody knows Koetter and his staff are bad but these are Jason Licht’s guys because he hand picked Dirk and assembled this roster accordingly. When the GM hand picks a terrible head coach, runs an awful defensive scheme, either missed on the franchise QB or didn’t surround him with the proper teachers/scheme to excel and has not knocked any 1st round pick out the park except OJ who looks like more luck than skill then it’s on him. People love the Mike Evans pick… Read more »

Brooks Dunn-Winston

Jameis is going to rip off 6 in a row.

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flarick

Okay folks this is really, really simple. Keeping to the theme of simplicity, football is a simple game, if one just follows the rules. First, “it all starts up front.” The Bucs need to make free agency deals, trades and draft to build dominant offensive and defensive lines. The trade for JPP comes to mind as do drafting Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith, while the free agency acquisitions of Vinny Curry and Beau Allen haven’t worked out so well, yet, and remain to be seen if they do. Second, in the words of the late, great Coach Vince Lombardi, football… Read more »