PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature this year, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered about the Bucs by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions and our message boards using the hashtag #PRMailbag.
Alldayway asked, what exact progress is the Bucs FO looking from McDougald? I know the Bucs FO is high on him, but what is the bar for McDougald this season and beyond?
Answer: The Bucs coaching staff, when Lovie Smith was the head coach, certainly was high on McDougald, and I suppose the front office as well. The fact that they didn’t seek out a safety in the draft with a early draft pick says they have hopes for the former Jayhawk. But I believe they are approaching this as a make-or-break year, partly because they only offered him a one-year deal. The team could have easily locked him up at a relatively low price if they felt he was definitely the safety of the future. While the safety play has been lacking this season, I thought it was much improved in last week’s win over the Panthers. McDougald led the team in tackles, playing very physical against the run and making sure tackles. I think the jury is still out, however if he can build off of last week’s game, everyone will be pleased moving forward.
Bucsbigot wants to know, how much of Jameis Winstons accuracy issues come from being just too excited and moving too fast compared to mechanics?
Answer: As Dirk Koetter often says, if it were a simple answer, it would be an easy fix. The answer could be as simple as you mentioned, or the issue could be more complex. As an FSU fan, Winston rarely was a fast starter in college and that trend has continued in the NFL. But Winston tends to settle down as the game goes on, and when he hits his rhythm, there aren’t maybe quarterbacks in the league who are better. Now the question is, how to get him into that rhythm earlier? There is no question he is excitable, but he also has in the past started games quickly – Pitt in his first ever college start, Clemson in 2013 for example – so he has it in him. It may be a combination of things, and it may be something Bucs fans just have to live with.
Samer Ali asks, at what point do we get a report on Sweezy? Could he return? Or will we never see him in red/pewter? ZERO answers so far?
Answer: It is certainly frustrating for fans, however teams just don’t give out this information. There is no rule that say they must, and Sweezy himself may not want any of his medical information released. Perhaps when he does return back to the locker room we can ask him, but I don’t know that happens anytime soon. Dirk said today he just goes by what his medical staff says, and right now, Sweezy isn’t ready. I don’t really worry about players that aren’t here and honestly Kevin Pamphile has graded out as good as any linemen so far this season.
Ren Daxt asks, Louis Murphy can play some outside, with his return do you think Vincent Jackson gets some snaps in slot to get him more involved?
Answer: I am not sure what it means for Jackson, but I expect the Bucs to try and get Murphy as involved, as soon as possible. There is no equation the offense can use some juice, and while I am not sure Murphy can provide it, it will be nice to have another receiver as an option. Donteea Dye is back on the practice squad as well, and with the constant roster shuffling going on between the practice squad and the active roster, the Bucs are exploring any combination of receivers they can at this point.
Parris asks, If 2017 started tomorrow Ryan Griffin is not the solution for backup QB could the Bucs overpay to keep Glennon?
Answer: That is an interesting question. I really like Mike a lot and it would great to see him back. But from talking to him just casually off the field and in the locker room, he really would love to go to a team where he has a legitimate chance of winning a starting job. There is just no way to say for sure what the market holds for Glennon but I for sure expect him to test it. The Bucs front office does as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Well lots to discuss here. Question 1; we need a lot of help here and will have to draft a Safety. Question 2; Winston has more positives than negatives and will be here for years. Question 3; All I can say is it appears to be another Carl Nicks and if I was the Owners I would be pissed to just throw away 10 million for nothing. Question 4; We need Murphy to play as quickly as possible as he still has more gas in the tank than Jackson. Question 5; We have no legit back up QB and should already be searching for it now. Glennon nor Griffin can come in and do much of anything because they are too slow nor can move around in the pocket. I have zero confidence Glennon or Griffin could do much of anything but get sacked often.
Horse, I don’t necessarily agree about Glennon.
So I’ll get back on my soap box.
What chance has he had to learn any system since he’s been here.
He hasn’t been put in a position to learn with the first group and get the reps he needs. He has always sucked hind tit since he’s been here. Is this his third head coach and system or 4th-I lost track.
I don’t think anyone honestly knows what he can or can’t do on a regular basis.
He maybe knows more about our opposing teams systems (from our division) than he does our own-he’s had a lotta practice with that.
Bottom line no one knows including Koetter, IMO.
Instead of using our two draft picks on a kicker, we could have used our 4th on Prescott as a backup for Winston and our 3rd on Aguayo if we chose to do so. I think Licht got bad information that someone was going to draft Aguayo in the 2nd round.
No kicker is worth two draft picks. As I showed earlier, Janiskowski is the 40th most accurate kicker of all time. Plenty of available free agent kickers.
The Bucs aren’t talking about J.R. Sweezy now but according to NFL PUP rules that silence must eventually end. Let me share the rule with you.
At the end of 6 weeks a 5 week clock starts and the player has 2 options – he can begin to practice or he can remain on PUP for an additional 5 weeks.
If the player chooses to begin practice as in the case of Louis Murphy, a 3 week clock starts, the team is given a roster exemption and must make a decision at the end of the 3 week practice period. Whenever the player chooses to start practice, it cannot exceed the maximum 5 weeks allowed (11 weeks total from the beginning of the season).
At the end of the 3 weeks allowed for practice or the 5 weeks extension (whichever comes first), the Bucs must decide to leave the player on PUP for the remainder of the season, move the player to IR, move player to the 53 roster at which a corresponding cut must be made or release the player.
No later than the 11th week of the season we will know Sweezy’s fate. No later than the 9th week of the season, we will know Murphy’s fate if not sooner.
Every man should get his 15 minutes of fame and there are those for whom the bell tolls. Lol.
The whole Sweezy thing is just a thorn in our side. It reminds me of someone I know that recently bought a 3 year old car and the engine blew within 300 miles… now the “great deal” will cost a great deal…more, than if they had consulted with someone that knew something about cars instead of impulsively buying this car. Which brings up the more important question of who is responsible for clearing this guy to be signed in the first place?! That is the head that should be rolling. How much are we paying him for nothing? Please, sign me up! I’ll do what he’s doing for half! I’ll even show up at One Buc Place once in a while!
“What will happen with JR Sweezey” lol is this a real question? Pamphile has played well and done a good job of NOT getting his name called frequently in the penalty dept. He’s healthy, young and for the second year in a row played well when his number has been called. Let the kid play bc he’s earned the job and allow Licht to right yet another FA whiff by cutting this bad back guard that received mediocre grades even when healthy last season.
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