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    • nitey

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      Link: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/15/nfl-morning-after-bucs-should-quit-the-quest-for-a-quarterback/NFL morning after: Bucs should quit the quest for a quarterbackPosted by Michael David Smith on December 15, 2014, 6:19 AM EST

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      With Sunday’s loss, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped to 2-12 and remained in the lead for the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. If the Bucs lose the next two games, we’ll spend months speculating about whether they’ll choose quarterback Marcus Mariota or quarterback Jameis Winston.Here’s my advice to the Buccaneers: Draft neither.Instead, the Bucs should try something truly radical to turn their franchise around: Give up on the whole idea of a franchise quarterback altogether. While the 31 other teams value quarterbacks above all else, Tampa Bay should do something completely different and make quarterback their last priority, while building a great defense and a good running game.First, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith should make a firm commitment to building a team with a great defense (something he’s done before in Chicago) and making the offense revolve around the running game, not the passing game. Smith should hire an offensive coordinator from a college with a run-heavy offense like Georgia Tech, which is the No. 12 team in the country this year using an offense in which the quarterback runs more often than he passes. The Bucs should aim to run the ball 50 or so times a game.That hasn’t often happened in the NFL, but the Jets tried that strategy on a Monday night this season against the Dolphins, and it actually worked fairly well — by the Jets’ standards. They ran 49 times for 277 yards and would have beaten the Dolphins had Nick Folk not missed two field goals. If a terrible team like the Jets can find some success employing a run-heavy offense only after realizing that their quarterback situation is a disaster, think what some smarter team could do if it built a roster specifically tailored to that approach.Such a commitment to running the ball would liberate the Bucs from having to go through the growing pains of a rookie quarterback, or having to spend a fortune on a starter in free agency. Instead, the Bucs should sign run-first quarterbacks likeTerrelle Pryor, Vince Young or Tim Tebow, all of whom can be had for the league minimum salary. The Bucs have two good wide receivers in Vincent Jackson andMike Evans, but they should be traded for draft picks who can help build the defense. The wide receivers who remain in Tampa Bay should be good downfield blockers who can be had for the league minimum. Even at running back the Buccaneers shouldn’t spend a lot of money because they’ll be running these guys into the ground. Go for depth at running back instead of one expensive star.The only spot on offense where the Buccaneers should spend a lot of money is on the line, but even there they shouldn’t spend a fortune. They don’t have to out-bid other teams for great pass-blocking left tackles, they just need five above-average run blockers.With all the savings on offense, the Buccaneers would have more cap space available for defense than any other team in the league. That means they can sign good free agents who fit in Smith’s system to add to an already talented defense that includesGerald McCoy, Jacquies Smith, Lavonte David and Alterraun Verner. The Bucs could also add a bounty of picks by trading the first overall pick next year to a team that wants Mariota or Winston, as well as trading Evans and Jackson. They could use all of those picks on bolstering the defense. They should be able to build the best defense in the NFL because they’re devoting more resources to defense than any other team in the NFL.Do this right and the Buccaneers will have the No. 1 defense in the NFL, to go with an offense that has an unconventional approach that NFL defenses aren’t accustomed to playing against, and aren’t built to stop. This could work.Maybe you think the NFL is a quarterback-driven league and a team is doomed to failure if it writes off the quarterback position. But I say there are a limited number of great quarterbacks, and the teams that are really doomed to failure are the teams that devote the draft picks or cap space to a quarterback they hope will be great who turns out to be something less than great.I hesitate to use the term “Moneyball” in the NFL because revenue sharing and a salary cap makes football fundamentally different from baseball. But there’s something to be said for looking at what everyone else values (building a great passing game) and trying to do the opposite. That’s what the Buccaneers should do. Smith is the right coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl with a great defense and a mediocre offense. He’s done it before in Chicago. But when Smith was the coach in Chicago, the Bears were trying to build a conventional NFL offense, they just didn’t do a very good job of it. In Tampa Bay, the Bucs should make a specific point of saving resources by building an unconventional NFL offense, and reaping the benefits on defense.Would it work? Maybe, maybe not. But the Bucs have tried and failed to build a team the conventional way with quarterbacks like Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon andJosh McCown. It’s time to try something different.Note: From poster, this is NOT my opinion, I'm just posting it for comment. I think there is something to be said for what the article says, but I'm pretty sure I'm not in favor of trading off Mike Evans or even Vincent Jackson (both whom are good/decent blockers) to get to this point. I'm also NOT in favor of Tim Tebow or Vince Young as our next quarterback. But to try doing one thing well on offense, isn't a bad idea.

    • mdclarie

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      Wow, as a GT fan let me tell you… this is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. Its worked ‘ok’ for GT two times out of all the seasons Paul Johnson has been there. Most of the other seasons have been disasters. A run first offense doesn’t work against NFL speed and power. Lovie hasn't proven his defense can still be elite with the new generation of offense and rules in effect. So with a franchise changing #1 overall pick we should double down on his archaic scheme and try to go even more backwards in time?

    • Anonymous

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      Must be a Jets fan. Seriously though. The guy says we haven't had good quarterbacks so we should just settle for bad quarterbacks. Ok. That makes sense. We have bad quarterbacks so draft Shane Ray. Ok.

    • Anonymous

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      I want some of what they’re smoking at PFT horrid idea…

    • Anonymous

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      Anddddd our stadium will be empty on day 1.

    • Anonymous

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      Must be a Jets fan.

      Nailed it .

    • Anonymous

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      LMFAO

    • Anonymous

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      Since when did Mr. Smith work for The Onion?

    • asaylor81

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      He’s just trolling.

    • Anonymous

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      That’s not even trolling. That is a plea for mental health assistance.

    • Anonymous

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      PFT can go fug themselves.

    • Anonymous

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      It’s the Seattle model… seems to work.

    • install

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      No wonder David smith is not an NFL coach….what a hack !

    • Anonymous

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      This has to be a jokehe literally suggested running the triple option in the NFLdont feed the troll

    • Anonymous

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      Is Lovie Smith a guest writer at PFT? What a horrible load of crap that was. They'll let anyone write anything nowadays.

    • Anonymous

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      Powerful run game with a great defense? Id take that almost any day. But not on the day that Winston is available to us. Id still take Winston. The plan should remain the same. Take a QB and rebuild the Oline. I agree with having a power run game, but I dont see why we cant go for that and take Winston. The only radical thing I would approve of is trading the top pick away and drafting DE, Oline, Oline. Probably in that order. Its either QB and Oline, or invest everything we got into both lines. I guess the writer was speaking of the latter, but he added in some funky triple option idea. Would have liked to see an NFL team try that with Tebow, but that ship has sailed.

    • mdclarie

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      It's the Seattle model... seems to work.

      Seattle has a pretty good QB too. Not top 5 elite, but definitely top 10.

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts… and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

      LOL

    • Anonymous

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      This has to be a jokehe literally suggested running the triple option in the NFLdont feed the troll

      This. And the GT triple option was exposed against a college defense in the ACC championship. It's all well and good til your playing from behind and are forced to throw.

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

      Like giving up 300+ points every season for the last 7 years?

    • Anonymous

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      The author is correct in my opinion. We could improve this franchise just as much by upgrading 10 to 15 positions as we could by upgrading the quarterback.

    • Anonymous

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      I thought he was being serious until I got to the bit about trading Jackson and Evans. Then I knew he was taking the piss.

    • Anonymous

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      THIS POST MAKES SENSE IF WE HAD THE FIRST 21 PICKS.

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

      Like giving up 300+ points every season for the last 7 years?

      We should draft some more players like Gaines Adams and Mark Barron.

    • Anonymous

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      The author is correct in my opinion. We could improve this franchise just as much by upgrading 10 to 15 positions as we could by upgrading the quarterback.

      LOL

    • Anonymous

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      If you pick at the top and you need a qb , you have to take a swing at the highest rated qb. Period.  End of story.

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

      Like giving up 300+ points every season for the last 7 years?

      We should draft some more players like Gaines Adams and Mark Barron.

      ...and less players like Freeman and Dexter Jackson...

    • Anonymous

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      Face it. The top two QBs have warts... and their warts have pimples.There are other options.

      Like picking top 5 for the next 5 yearsreal good options

      Like giving up 300+ points every season for the last 7 years?

      We should draft some more players like Gaines Adams and Mark Barron.

      ...and less players like Freeman and Dexter Jackson...

      Let's just stop drafting players. Too much risk.

    • Anonymous

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      This article is worse than what happened in the Detroit Lions parking lot yesterday.Somebody was doing the Mark Sanchez.

    • Anonymous

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      This has to be a jokehe literally suggested running the triple option in the NFLdont feed the troll

      This. And the GT triple option was exposed against a college defense in the ACC championship. It's all well and good til your playing from behind and are forced to throw.

      its been exposed forever. all you have to do is get ahead and make them throw the ball and they lose the game. take away 2 blown assignments that lead to a late garbage TD and they lose even worse in the ACCCG

    • Anonymous

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      If you pick at the top and you need a qb , you have to take a swing at the highest rated qb. Period.  End of story.

      not if Calico is running the team

    • Anonymous

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      This has to be a jokehe literally suggested running the triple option in the NFLdont feed the troll

      This. And the GT triple option was exposed against a college defense in the ACC championship. It's all well and good til your playing from behind and are forced to throw.

      its been exposed forever. all you have to do is get ahead and make them throw the ball and they lose the game. take away 2 blown assignments that lead to a late garbage TD and they lose even worse in the ACCCG

      take away two blown assignments and FSU wouldn't have 2 TDs either.

    • Anonymous

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      This has to be a jokehe literally suggested running the triple option in the NFLdont feed the troll

      This. And the GT triple option was exposed against a college defense in the ACC championship. It's all well and good til your playing from behind and are forced to throw.

      its been exposed forever. all you have to do is g