As the clock ticks down on the offseason, we are left patiently waiting to see how the Bucs will look under a new coaching staff.

With OTAs and minicamp giving a small window into seeing a Bruce Arians led team, albeit with no pads, it let’s us speculate until the start of a training camp.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

The Bucs have went 5-11 in the last two seasons, leading to the hiring of Arians. It’s an important year for all sides of the ball. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has the challenge of improving a defense that was ranked 27th last year, which is in part as to why the Bucs spent five of their seven drafts picks on that unit.

Arians’ job along with being head coach is to get the best out of quarterback Jameis Winston. Known as the “quarterback whisperer” Arians will try to build on that repuation one more time.

There are also other storylines that include playing Chris Godwin in the slot, replacing Gerald McCoy with Ndamukong Suh, and seeing the continued development of O.J. Howard, Vita Vea, and the hope that running back Ronald Jones can put last season behind him, restore his confidence, and become a factor for the team this season.

On NFL.com, writer Adam Rank gave an entire overview of the Bucs, highlighting the most important areas to be looking for with the team. Included in that, Rank gave some predictions for team accolades and chose Jameis Winston as the team MVP in 2019, and O.J. Howard as the breakout star.

This was Rank’s reasoning for his selection of Winston.

Projected 2019 MVP: Winston. You know me. I won’t typically take the easy way out on this. But to me, the entire season comes down to Winston. If he has a stellar season, the Bucs will go to the playoffs. I guess you could say that for a lot of NFL quarterbacks, but it feels weightier with Winston.”

Ranks also gave explanation for taking Howard as the breakout star.

“2019 breakout star: O.J. Howard, tight end. Coach Arians has said in the past that his tight ends are primarily used to block, and his receivers will catch the ball. Which is great, until you have a tight end like Howard, and then your attitude is certainly going to change. It’s like how you think fanny packs look ridiculous. And then you use one, and you’re like, “This might be the greatest invention of my generation. Why did I besmirch these things for so long?” And remember, Larry Fitzgerald had his greatest success with Arians when he was kicked into the slot. Howard has a lot of similarities, and if Howard is used in the slot, he could be on the verge of a breakout. So keep an eye on this development as we head into training camp during the summer.”

You can read the entire article written by Rank here.

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  1. 4 years of history says Winston will be Winston not good news for Bucs.
    The great Bruce Arians isn’t going to fix a player at best he will Coach a player.
    OJ Howard is my favorite buccaneer just don’t like the history of Leftwich an Ariens using tight ends as blockers. OJ Howard is special he needs an offense designed around him catching a ball.

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  2. Winston’s career stats are better than the following starting QB’s:
    AFC North: Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson
    AFC EAST: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen
    AFC South: Marcus Mariota
    NFC East: Dak Prescott, Dwayne Haskins
    NFC North: Kirk Cousins, Mitch Trubisky
    NFC West: Kyler Murray
    So if anyone wants to rank Winston lower than any these QB’s go ahead but you have to base it on Team Stats not Individual Stats.

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  3. If the defense is is top 15 in points allowed, Winston will have a good season. He will actually take the dump off and punt or throw the ball away, and allow the defense to stop the team.

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  4. Agree Sly, but haters gonna hate and bitch and cry and blame Winston no matter what. Then you have A holes criticizing a proven head coach in Arians and best choice Bucs could have made last year. Same old Bs.

    I think Prescott is a joke as a passing QB. Good athlete yes. Go back and Watch film on him in games where the run didn’t work or they got behind and he had to sling it like Winston 50 times every game. He can’t do it period. Probably never will. That won’t stop idiots from blaming Winston for having no run game and no defense. I guess he should win the games by himself? Bunch of morons blaming it all on him. Yes he needs to improve but not nearly as most of the rest of the team

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  5. “But to me, the entire season comes down to Winston. If he has a stellar season, the Bucs will go to the playoffs.”

    Yes, that is true – but the defense has to play better, and they need the threat of a running attack. If those two things happen, then the chances of Winston succeeding skyrocket.

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  6. Yep Fredster without Zek Elliott Dak was ineffective.
    Here are some more QB’s Some May want to give a pass because of the Rings but: Eli Manning, Nick Foles, Jimmy Garoppolo with the Patriots. Winston’s Individual Numbers Overall are better so by my count that’s 15 QB’s with lower rankings than Winston.

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  7. Maybe the posted NFL stats are wrong and Winston was not rated 90 or below every year
    Maybe he really did not lose 70 % of his games
    Maybe in pewter world he was a winner.
    You all dreamers

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  8. Well it’s all public information Bob so without name calling I’m asking you to rank Winston’s Individual Stats vs the other QB’s.

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  9. Just pretend Ass doesn’t exist. He once said Winston didn’t have a nice enough but which made him less of an athlete. Winston has Amazing numbers besides the turnovers yet Idiots like Ass want to make him out to be Ryan Leaf. Look at Winston’s numbers compared to other QBs in their first 4 years and he blows so many of them out of the water. Even if Winston continues to lower his INTs as he did at the end of last year guys like Ass will still say he’s no good. We have never ever ever had a QB as good as Winston, not even Doug Williams numbers like TDS and yards compare. He doesn’t need “Fixing” he just needs to have a semblance of a run game and a half way good Defense to not try to win the game by himself which is what he does. Would people rather him have a 3TD 1 INT game where we still lose 21-37? He has never been a loser and will do everything he can to try and win it, which in the past 4 years has meant pushing things until they break. I want that in my QB, I want him to want to win no matter what. Guys like Ass aren’t even Bucs fans anyways so their racist, non rational arguments mean nothing. I hope and believe Winston can be even better this year, I hope and believe the Defense will be better this year so get ready… Go Bucs…

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  10. No QB has thrown more INTs or had more fumbles than Jameis Winston since he has been playing.
    Great coach quote ” Touch downs are good INT,s and turn overs are bad”
    No one has more turnovers than Jameis Winston.
    Hence he is a loser! loooooser.

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  11. I would not equate OJ Howard to a fanny pack.

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  12. Hey Ass, I only had to look up 3 and stopped. Favre had 63 in his first 4 full years playing and Peyton Manning had 81 in his first 4 years and Dan Marino has 67 in his first 4 years. Winston has 58. Do you bother to research and garbage that comes out of your mouth or are you just so full of yourself that you think just because you say it means it’s True? You are the only looooooser here Ass..

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  13. Agree with that @thewbacca…not a good compliment or comparison.

    If Winston is our MVP and leads us to the playoffs it will be because a lot of other things have come together too. It’s not realistic to think that Winston could be our MVP, while RG is manned again by someone pretending to be a turnstile, for example. Football, still a team sport, even if QB is clearly important.

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  14. Winston can play like Hercules. And he’s probably gonna need to. But if the Bucs Sorry A** Defense is not fixed, its gonna be a long long season. Our D needs to improve at least 50% or better.

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  15. Adam Rank makes an interesting case for Jameis as MVP and how the season hinges of his performance. The real truth is Winston could have no improvement over last year and the Bucs will still put up a shit ton of points on almost any defense with any capable coach and Arians is proven capable.

    The Bucs offense will face 49ers, Panthers, Giants and LA Rams to start the season. I think they can score 35 on every one of those defenses, even LA. So can this Bowles defense be good enough to only allow 30 per game early on? I’m positive of it. I think they could average 20 points per game before the season is over, which would likely put them in the top 10.

    They also improved the kicking game in all 3 areas: Punting, kickoffs, and scoring.

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  16. Buc-Ass-Bob making up stats yet again. you claim no one has thrown as many interceptions on the field as he has in the last four years. That may be true, but he is in good company.

    His 88 touchdown passes are second only to Dan Marino in NFL history, who had 10 more by the time he was 25. They’re more than Peyton Manning (85), Drew Bledsoe (80) or Matthew Stafford (80).

    Only Bledsoe had more passing yards (14,642) than Winston (14,628) at this point in his life.

    And since everybody (BOB!) seems to hone in on interceptions? Well, he’sin good company there, too.

    His 58 interceptions are tied with Payton Manning and Terry Bradshaw at the same age. They combined for six Super Bowl wins and are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fran Tarkenton (68) and Joe Namath (70) had more by the time they turned 25.

    So Bob, go crawl back in the corner that you call home. I could tolerate you if you actual did not pull stats out of nowhere. However, every time you make an inaccurate crack I ignore you – not this time.

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  17. Winston is good but not great. He’s what I call serviceable. He’s the kind of QB that needs to be surrounded by greatness to win games. Makes too many mistakes to carry the team so it’s time for the rest of the team to step up and remove some of the burden. I’m going to say Devin White ends up with the team MVP this year, with Ronald Jones II being the breakout star.

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  18. Oh see I thought Ass meant Jameis’ total in his career. Which is almost worse that you try to take a snapshot of his 4 years and ignore the entire history of the NFL. Oh Ass, you really are a Troll…

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  19. Fitzpatrick had better winning rate and passer rating than Winston in the two years they split starts. Jameis severely overrated.

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  20. Spitfire,
    I just do not buy the BS this GM is producing
    Do not beleave this Bust QB is going to get fixed by Arians after 4 years of 90 % and losses Winston should have been released.
    They keep him so they would not have to admit they made huge blunder.
    The only thing worse is paying a bust 21 million.
    The other owners and GM will laugh there asses off next year at owners meeting at the Glazzer morons.
    Mean while Bucs fans have to hope new GM is any better 5 years wasted on top the 5 years before that. THESE OWNERS NEED GO. THEY RAN THIS TEAM TO THE BASEMENT OF NFL ATTENDANCE.

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  21. It is funny to me all these so called fans pin every loss on Winston, probably because they can no longer blame McCoy. I will say this none of the greatest QBs ever had to do it alone. None of the best teams pin the year on the Defense or the Offense. It takes the entire team including the coaches and the bench to win/make the play-offs or otherwise be considered successful. As you know we blamed many coaches hired new and nothing changed. Blamed many QBs drafted new and very little changes, we blamed the kickers and have tried many times to fix that and nothing changed. If/when this team ever gels they have enough talent to win. They have a better than average Offense, kicker, QB, WR, TE, & more…we have a bunch of new talent on Defense and at least 2 or 3 better than average players…I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is better than average, if you don’t think we will end the season this year better than 8-8, I’m not sure what you are doing making any predictions or comments on this page.

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  22. I am surprised no one is referencing the Times article about Winston’s adjusted INT numbers and those of Carson during the BA years

    https://www.tampabay.com/data/2019/06/20/tampa-bay-buccaneers-fewer-jameis-winston-interceptions-in-2019-dont-count-on-it/

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  23. I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a much improved defense and that a placekicker will emerge who is at least adequate. So, with the team actually stopping the opponent once in a while and able to make PAT’s and FG’s on a par with NFL averages, our team just might win a few more games and be in a position to even have a team MVP and Breakout Player to consider.

    It’s important to look much deeper than pure statistics when evaluating teams and players. They can be deceiving either way and can be twisted when one has an agenda to prove. Actually watching the game, especially live, might make a difference.

    In spite of the won-loss record these past two dreadful seasons and beyond, the roster is not devoid of talent. There are probably a half dozen candidates to be the team Most Valuable Player and perhaps a half dozen more who could be that surprise Breakout Player.

    Perhaps Bob could go his typical more negative route and give us his choices for his own categories……. Most Vile Player and Breakdown Player. For him the possibilities are endless, but he might just go along with Rank’s guess of Winston and O.J. Howard. No doubt he’ll whip up some stats to justify it.

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  24. It not just the QB ,its the building a team around a broken player IE”Jameis Winston” If he was not broken why does Arians have to fix him ?
    Lost 30 million cap space keeping Winston and giving a fat lineman a raise. Overpaying Evan’s 20 mil to score 8 TDs. Cutting 9 starters to make room for Jameis and his fat lineman. Not drafting a better lineman in draft “RIESNER” DRAFTED BUNTING INSTEAD. HIRING COACH WITH 2 BAD YEARS 16 ,17. HIRING FIRED COACHES THAT RAN BAD O AND DS LAST 2 YEARS.

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  25. You do not hire coach to fix a player get a player not broken. Hire coach that is young and full energy with resent success in collage or that ran a top o or d as coordinator…………

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  26. Funny BOB because I went allllll the way back to a January 7th mailbag article in which you said “ I would be very happy if Arians came here to coach but no way would he come to this dumpster fire.” Look it up. This is why you have ZERO credibility on here, because you switch your stance every other article. Now Arians all of a sudden isn’t good enough. You said the same thing about Sue. It’s one thing to be a troll, it’s another to be an uniformed troll who can’t even make a compelling argument due to switching stances every other day. Pick a stance, or idea and stick with it. You bitch just to be heard. Well, I listened and couldn’t wait to call you out.

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  27. Yo Bob. Bad O line, no running game & one of the worst Defenses in league History. Have more to do with his career losing record. That is Baby Glazers fault. They have been 2 or 3 years late on making changes. Plus they choose not instill winning standards to run this organization.

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  28. Thanks chefboho for the reference from earlier this year on our resident troll Ass Slob. Once a troll, always a troll.

    Go Bucs! Go away Ass!!

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  29. Stop feeding the troll. He’s a pathetic loser that wants attention. If the sky was blue, he’d argue it’s grey just to stir the pot and get people mad. And to boot, he talks like a retarded 3rd grader. My 5 year old spells better than he does. Do yourselves a favor guys, and just ignore the loser. If nobody replies, he’ll eventually go away

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