PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. @calibuccaneer asks, With the Bucs cutting players after only one year, does that hurt us for potential new free agents coming in?
Answer: I really don’t believe so. Players are smart. If they don’t perform, or if there are issues with intangibles (work ethic, lack of being a good teammates etc.) then they know this is a business and are at risk of being released. And if they have a concern about it, I am sure Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter will spell out the expectations the organization expects prior to signing them. Despite researching film, and even talking to former coaches, and so on, sometimes players and teams just aren’t a good fit. Ultimately it is usually up to the player if he stays or goes, so moving forward I can’t say that I feel it will be an issue in free agency in the future.
Question 2. @Donnie1965 asks, With it being so important where do you see FSU kicker going in the draft, should Tampa be looking 4 a kicker that good?
Answer: I have seen some scouting reports that have Roberto Aguayo going as high as the second round. And yes kicking is important, as many games come down to clutch kicking late in games or in overtime. At the same time, rarely you see kickers being drafted, much less in the second round and I can’t fathom the Buccaneers, with all the needs they have, taking Aguayo that high. Perhaps if he falls to later in the draft, but even then I am not sure the Bucs pull the trigger. As a Florida State fan, I obviously think he is one of the best college kickers off all time, and his stats back that up, but kicking a 38-yarded against Boston College during a noon game in October is a lot different than doing it on the NFL stage. Tampa Bay will have Patrick Murray back and Connor Barth is still under contract, and I would guess one more leg will be brought in, and they fight it out during training camp and the preseason.
Question 3. Dylan Todd asks, What does Glennon provide as backup QB that can’t get from a vet that is worth losing draft pick in trade?
Answer: Quality. Experience. The chance to win meaningful games if Jameis Winston goes down. I was completely on board with the Bucs taking Winston, as I felt he offered some intangibles that are special and don’t just come along with every quarterback. However there isn’t a free agent quarterback I would take over Glennon. Now, if the Bucs are offered a second round pick, and definitely a first rounder, I would certainly pull the trigger. You have to weigh the options though. You would think a second rounder, and definitely a first rounder would be an instant starter, so do you keep a player on your roster that you hope never sees the field, on a chance that Winston goes down? Those are the questions Licht and his staff will be debating.
Question 4. @Pickett971 What do you think the Bucs would be more likely to do keep #9 pick or if they do find a partner trade down?
Answer: I really believe in this draft the No. 18 player, isn’t too far off from the No. 9 player, and unless someone projected to be a Top 5 player slips to No. 9, then you might want to explore trade partners if any become available. But it won’t happen until the night of the draft when the Bucs are on the clock if it happens at all. If the Bucs had a Top 3 selection then maybe you see pre-draft trade possibilities, but not where the Bucs are currently. There are just too many factors and unknowns for a team to make a move at this point.
Question 5. @crag326 asks, what do you think will be the top 2 differences for this team in the HC change?
Answer: Well first off a better defense. We have been accused of bashing Lovie Smith, but the fact is, we have only pointed out issues and we never got personal. PewterReport.com respects Lovie Smith as a coach and a person. But for whatever reason, his defensive coaching style didn’t work. Player contributed to some of the failures, but in our opinion it was a flawed scheme that was rarely adjusted and didn’t work around the talent on the team, instead attempting to make the players fit the scheme. And perhaps the message was wasn’t gotten across effectively as well, but for whatever reason, you can’t argue with or defend an 8-24 record in two seasons. So I believe Mike Smith will run a better defense, and has better coaching to go along with a better style and scheme. The other thing would be even more aggressiveness offensively. Koetter wants to get the ball down the field and mentioned he wants Winston to be more aggressive in his down field throws. I also think you will see a more attack style going into the end of the first half, going for it on fourth down and little more and those type of things.