NFL analyst Mike Mayock – Photo: Heavy.com
The Philadelphia accent comes through loud and strong when NFL analyst Mike Mayock is casually talking football. Viewed as one of the most insightful commentators, Mayock is well respected throughout the NFL community, from fans, players and even coaches.
Last month Pewter Report caught up with Mayock at the East West Shrine practices, and asked him a few questions and got his thoughts on the Buccaneers.
Below is what Mayock had to say.
What are your thoughts on the progression of quarterback Jameis Winston after two seasons?
“I don’t care much about the stats. I think what is more important is tracking his growth, and I think he has done a great job. He is a big arm guy, he is a leader. The team responds to him. The way I look at it is, only 10 or 12 teams in the league have a franchise quarterback, or one that can develop into one, and Tampa is one of those. I think he he just needs to continue to make the plays he makes, and just limit the turnovers. I think if he does that, then he is going to be a big time, legitimate quarterback in the NFL.”
Should the Buccaneers concentrate this draft on finding for offensive weapons?
“They have a Pro Bowl wide receiver (Mike Evans) and a tight end that came out of nowhere in Cameron Brate. I think when you look at what Jason Licht has done there, I think 12 out of the first 13 picks were on offense, and last year he had to get some defensive players. But priority No. 1, when you have a franchise quarterback you have to surround him.
Right now you have one receiver, a tight end and uncertainty at the tailback position. I think going into this draft, it is deep at running back, I think you can get yourself a really good running back somewhere in this draft. And the wide recover position, is somewhat average, but a really good tight end draft if they want to get another tight end. And I am not even including the offensive line yet.
And obviously they took two lineman high two years ago (Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith) to give them help. So job No. 1 should always be to protect your franchise quarterback and give him some weapons.”
Your thoughts on Dirk Koetter’s first year as a head coach in the NFL?
“I think Dirk Koetter is as solid as there can be. There is no job too big for him. He wasn’t overwhelmed. He went in there and just went to work. I think his players respect him because he is honest. And tough, but players respect him being honest. Mike Smith does a nice job on defense. They were disruptive on defense. They forced turnovers. That is why they were plus-2 in turnover differential. That is what they did best. I like this coaching staff.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Nice words to hear from Mike Mayock about our once-maligned, but now budding franchise QB . Not going to bring up what Mike Mayock said about Winston during his draft year. Going to look forward. Success cures a lot of doubt and erases the past. I’m going to heed the words of Satchel Paige who said “Never look back, they may be gaining on you!”.
Mayock is Mayock and I love the guy for what he does at the Senior Bowl and the combine, but I’m taking my draft advice from Cook and Reynolds.
I agree with you, macabee. PR rocks when it comes to the draft.
AMEN Mac & well put!!! Must not be sauced yet, lol.
Amen, I say Amen! also ……
I totally agree. We have to get him a Starting Receiver right out of the gate on Day one. I think we have to follow with a Running back. And then load up on defensive players. Maybe throw a TE in there somewhere, unless we decide to take a TE with first pick, then take a receiver with second pick.
Mike Mayock is OK but I like Charles Davis a little more. My real favorite Draftnick was the late Joel Baushbaum. That little geek knew his stuff. Even though I have all of his big blue books, Mel Kiper has often annoyed me and of course Bill Tobin who once ranted, “Who the hell is Mel Kiper?” on live TV. It was hysterical.
Mayock and Davis are both excellent, but I loved Baushbaum too. PR does a fine job, but I will rely on me:)
Thanks for stating the obvious Mike.
Just wondering if anyone has heard of Victor Bolden Jr., he was a senior this passed season. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything about him?
You mean Victor “Quick 6” Bolden out of Oregon State. Fast little WR 5-9, 183, 4.42/40. He was not given a draft grade by the NFL – rated 76 out of 416 WRs. Will probably be an UDFA.
I listen to what Mike Mayock says alot He just seems to look deeper into players than others, he may not be correct every time but judging so many YOUNG men is not an exact science.
Well, Mayock pretty must stated the obvious. Everybody knows we need more offensive playmakers on the team, at WR, TE, and RB.
It is much nice, though, to not have to have the knockdown, dragout fights over picking a quarterback like we had a couple of years ago … and it is nice to finally have quality coaches on the sideline.
The folks who think the trenches are the more important needs, on offense and defense, are not “wrong”, nor are they “right”. We need all of the above, and we’ll never get all the toys we want every Christmas-come-April. We always have to choose, or at least, the Bucs have to choose. We’re headed in the right direction, and we won’t get to Super Bowl dominance in a single season unless everything just happily clicks – as happened this year for Atlanta, whom NOBODY predicted to be in the Super Bowl back in September after our Bucs beat them in the Atlanta Dome.
Said by the man who didn’t think much of Winston in the draft.
If you’re responding to me, Veejay, it’s not true. I wasn’t a participant here on PR at the time of the draft with our no. 1 overall pick … but I liked both Winston and Mariota, though I preferred Mariota (as did a slight majority of Bucs fans at the time, according to the polls on the local newsrags. I thought then, as now, that either player would make a fine quarterback over the years to come. So far, both have performed well for their teams. Neither quarterback is close yet to elite performance, which for most quarterbacks takes years of experience in the league.
No need to rehash the ugly debates …
Definitely need a speed WR to influence what teams do with their safeties and how often they double Mike. Not sure drafting another TE has quite as much of an impact in that regard unless his potential translates to a level of production beyond that seen in college (admittedly may not be his fault but still a risk). I actually think it’s moot, betting that others fall in love with his potential and he’s gone before 19.
Teams that are consistent winners have strong lines. We have too much age and injury history on our DL and too little talent on OL. So after that I’d go OL and DL in rounds 2/3 with the order depending on who is on the board (see job 1, above) and then RB and DB with the same caveat, unless there is a complete stud RB (who can also pass block) too good to pass up available in an earlier round.
On that point we need a bigger body at RB. Think about it – none of the smaller guys since Dunn has held up. Drafting another quick pass catching RB as PR suggests would just be a formal admission that Sims has failed to live up to expectations and his draft position. Not saying he hasn’t flashed, but i think most of us felt he was a reach when drafted and putting aside his lack of availability earlier, his complete inability to carry the load when needed last season confirmed our fears.
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