It’s been preached by the coaching staff all season that the NFL is a week to week league, but with the Buccaneers sitting at 5-10, the playoffs out of the question and the season coming to a close, the conversations around One Buc on Wednesday largely revolved around the development of players and the takeaways from the season as a whole.

Defensive coordinator Mark Duffner stood at the podium before the team’s open locker room period, talking only slightly about their upcoming game against the Falcons.

He started with his opinion on where the defense has grown and improved this season as well as his evaluations of rookies Vita Vea, Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead.

With the rookie notes out the way Duffner was able delve into talk about what Gerald McCoy and Dirk Koetter have brought to the team. The two have been keys in the franchise for years now, but both face their futures hanging in question.

In the locker room it was again more about the season as a whole than the team’s upcoming game. Jason Pierre-Paul, Adam Humphries, Beau Allen and Vea spoke to the media covering everything from how they’ve grown and improved this year to keeping the motivation alive to fight through the team’s last game.

Here’s Pierre-Paul on how his season went and how he was able to fight through injuries all year to stay on the field.

After his thoughts on his own season, Pierre-Paul joined Duffner in praising Vea on his improvement throughout his rookie year and then spoke to the development of Carl Nassib, a diamond the team was able to find in the rough through waivers, and Coach Buckner.

In Adam Humphries’ chance to talk to the media he touched on some important notes, from his season takeaways and his views on Koetter’s work in Tampa to his thoughts on Sunday possibly being his last game with the Bucs.

Finally, after being a talking point all day, first round pick Vita Vea talked about what he has learned throughout his rookie season and what it was like transitioning from college football to the NFL.

Last to the podium was head coach Dirk Koetter. In a long line of grading positions and players that were asked about, Koetter gave his thoughts about how the defensive line changed from last year to this season.

Koetter then gave some insight on why Cameron Brate’s statistics have been down. He attributed it to both the rise of O.J. Howard and a list of injuries that Brate has been playing through, despite not letting the public know. Koetter know’s that once healthy, Brate can return to his form.

Others that were spoken about were some follow ups on Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston. For McCoy, it was about the example he sets for this team.

For Winston, how to play aggressive vs. turning the ball over.

The ending to this edition of Inside One Buc is dedicated to a burning question throughout the minds of Tampa Bay fans everywhere: should the team lose to improve their draft spot or fight to win their final game of the season, despite the playoffs being out of reach?

This is how the Bucs responded:

 

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seat26

I don’t see how McCoy sticks around unless he is willing to take a big cut in pay. Same goes for Jackson. Although Jackson will probably get a lot of money thrown at him by other teams as soon as he is cut. Bucs have some tough decisions to make. Starting with the Coach. Hopefully, there won’t be too much blood.

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seat26

They should keep Humphries if possible.

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drdneast

seat26, bet here is the is Meshawn Jackson will be lucky if he signs for half as much as he played for this year. Word is out that Jackson was a real diva last year. Falling asleep, showing up late or not even attending meetings. In then at the end of the season he threw a little temper tantrum. He never had full attendance at OTA’s during either off season. He’s not the best route runner and I think he has lost a step. I don’t remember who was calling the game last week but he is not the fastest… Read more »

drdneast

Only a moron, which is why sportswriters are the ones who ask the question, would consider tanking a game for a draft pick. Even in the loss to acquire Winston the team certainly wasn’t playing to lose. If not for some butter fingered WR whose name I can’t recall, the Bucs were on the verge of beating the Saints until the WR let a pass from Josh McClown go through his hands and it turned into an INT. You can’t talk about ending a losing culture and then go out and lose a game on purpose. The idea is so… Read more »

Horse

Absolutely agree.

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seat26

McCoy is done in Tampa. Bucs had a chance a couple of yrs ago to trade him for lots of picks. But we wouldn’t get a second rounder now. His salary is 13 million next year. He will definitely have to settle for less next year on another team. Bucs will never pay him that much. He had a team full of players who were supposed to make our Team a top Defense. Clearly, that did not happen. When Sapp was here, he made everyone else around him better. McCoy curiously doesn’t seem to have that effect on others. Rate… Read more »

fredster

McCoy is a very good DT. He doesn’t make everyone around him better and he doesn’t always show up when you need him most. That’s why he’s is very good not great. Great guy though overall. We should have got rid of him already IMO. I hope we keep Hump, love the guy he’s humble and a baller. To all the Bucassbob idiots out there calling Vea a bust you look like the total asshats you are. It many times takes sometimes 2-3 years to know for sure and after less than a season it’s obvious he’s no bust and… Read more »

WiltheBrewer

Didn’t he break up a pass last game?
(I was listening to the radio broadcast- gotta get things done during games now that they don’t mean much). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan- just don’t understand why they threw up “jump-balls” to him-both QBs- when that is not his strong suit

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BUC-ASS-BOB

I guess what Frester does not understand is when a fat man makes a tackle in the backfield the chains keep moving and as long as most tackles are made after RB or Qb make yards the ball will keep coming at him all afternoon long. And he is a target. MORE THAN SEVERAL TIMES I HAVE SEEN HIM LAYED ON HIS ASS He could be a starter but not much more There were stars drafted after him Star he will never be the days of short fat DT is fading . Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

scubog

The players and coaches sounded a little more upbeat than last week. I agree with DrD that it’s just irresponsible to even ask a question about improving the Draft choice with a loss. What does anyone think will be the response? “Shhhhhh, move closer. Just between you and me, we’ve devised a terrific game plan to tank the game so we can get a top five Draft pick to, get this, choose another QB and start over again. But don’t say anything to # 3. He doesn’t know it. Now here’s the Offensive scheme we’ve cooked up. First we’re going… Read more »

Bucfannomatter

Please…with that whole article. Sub par organization. BLOW….IT….UP! Unless you want this same dialog next Christmas. PERIOD!!!! END OF STORY!! All you Koetter lovers…..F-YOU! HE SUCKS, THEY SUCK, BLOW IT UP. LICHT…..GONE!!! WINSTON….GONE!!!!! START OVER. HIT THE RESET BUTTON. We will suck for a couple of years, but at least a year less, than we would by keeping these sub par scrubs, which includes free crab legs.

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