The PewterReport.com Roundtable features the opinions of the PR staff as it tackles a topic each week that involves the Bucs.

This week’s topic: What Midseason Grade Does The Bucs Coaching Staff Deserve?

Scott Reynolds: I’ll Give The Coaching Staff A “B-Minus” Grade

I’m giving the Tampa Bay coaching staff a “B-minus” grade at midseason, and I realize that doesn’t necessarily correlate to a team that has a 2-6 record at first glance. So let me explain. A coach’s job is threefold during the season. First, it’s to prepare the team for the coming week’s game. Second, it’s to call plays on Sundays and put the players in the best position to win with the scheme and the game plan. And third, it’s to develop young players.

Despite the losing record, the Bucs have been in position to win every game this season. The largest margin of defeat was a 14-point loss to an undefeated San Francisco team on opening day, but remember that the Bucs trailed by a touchdown with two minutes left before quarterback Jameis Winston threw his second pick-six of the day. The other loss that was by double digits came in London to the Panthers in a game in which the Bucs had a minus-six turnover margin. Tampa Bay only lost by 11 points, and had the turnover margin only been minus-4 or minus-3 the Bucs might have even won that game.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and OC Byron Leftwich
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Has the play-calling been perfect? Absolutely not, but the losses have been on the players not executing more than anything. Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich didn’t run the wrong routes, throw the ball into traffic, give up sacks, fumble the ball or missed any field goals. Todd Bowles hasn’t blown any coverages, missed any tackles or misfit any gaps on defense.

If this team were getting blown out or looked completely outcoached then I would give the coaches a lower grade. Leftwich and Arians get knocked for not making better use of tight ends O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, and offensive line coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert deserve some criticism for the fact that their unit is on pace to give up 60 sacks this year. It’s fair to criticize Bowles, cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross and safeties coach Nick Rapone a bit for the shortcomings in a very young secondary. Those coaches would love to hit the fast forward button on the rookies or download experience into them instantly like The Matrix, but time and experience are the greatest teachers.

On the flip side, the player development of young players like guard Alex Cappa, wide receiver Chris Godwin, running back Ronald Jones II, middle linebacker Devin White, safety Jordan Whitehead, kicker Matt Gay and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is encouraging. I think the players have let the Bucs organization down more than the coaching staff has at this juncture. Their on-field mistakes have cost them legit chances of beating the Giants, the Titans and perhaps even the Seahawks last week. I think the Bucs should be 4-4 rather than 2-6 but the players just haven’t learned to stop beating themselves yet. But I think they are getting close.

Mark Cook: I’ll Say A “C” Grade At Best

First of all, let me say I believe in head coach Bruce Arians. Spending time with him on and off the field and having a few personnel conversations with him, I believe he is the right guy for the job to turn around this floundering Tampa Bay franchise. If he chooses to stick it out, it will turn around.

With that said, Coach may have underestimated the job at hand. Clearly by declaring the secondary fixed, and that he could turn quarterback Jameis Winston around quickly, that has come back to bite him at the midway point of the season with the team’s 2-6 record. That isn’t to say he won’t turn Winston around or that the secondary won’t develop into a competent bunch by the end of the year with eight games to go.

The most controversial move Arians has made hasn’t been declaring anything or anyone fixed, but instead the handing of play-calling duties  to a virtual rookie in Byron Leftwich. His former QB in Pittsburgh has come into his own as a play caller as of late, but there were some rough patches over the first few weeks. Did the move cost the team a win or two early in the season? Does the lack of utilizing tight end O.J. Howard warrant some criticism? Yes, on both accounts. But with the Bucs being in there Top 5 in scoring, its hard to really beat up the offensive staff.

Bucs DC Todd Bowles
Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Defensively however, it’s an entirely different ballgame. The secondary has been particularly dreadful and is ranked next to last in the NFL in passing yards allowed. With draft pick after draft pick failing to live up to early expectations, the team has to wonder if it is the players, the coaches or a combination of both. The Buccaneers simplified their coverages last week against Seattle to avoid some of the communication issues, but by making it easier on the Bucs players, it also made things easier on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The experienced a damned if they do, damned if they don’t scenario.

Lastly, special teams were really bad early in the season, but it is amazing how much better things have gone since the return of special teams ace Ryan Smith.

This is a good group of coaches from top to bottom – not only is this staff one the largest in there NFL, it it is also one of the most experienced. Yet a 2-6 team, is a 2-6 team. They cant hide from it. On paper it may be a “grade A” staff but the game isn’t played on paper. Instead it’s on turf, and based on what we have seen this year, the results say this is a “C” grade staff, and I may be being a little generous.

Trevor Sikkema: I’ll Give The Staff A “C-Plus” Grade

Anytime a team is four games below .500, there are likely many directions you could point the finger. I believe that, in the Bucs’ case, the coaching staff is the least to blame.

This team just does not have the horses to finish the race on defense. This secondary is so inexperienced that they can’t even play zone coverage. So they’re force to play man coverage, which, as we saw in Seattle, can be easily manipulated. That’s on the players to improve, but it’s also on the general manager Jason Licht for how this roster was built.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Licht is in his sixth season as general manager. Though there have been reasons why maybe some of his players didn’t develop the way he thought they would when selecting them on draft night, you cannot keep using that excuse. Eventually it falls on you to pick the right guys.

The biggest criticism of this coaching staff that I have is the work of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Leftwich is sort of learning on the job the way these young players are. I can’t be critical of Leftwich for not having experience, but I can be critical in Arians for putting him in this position. Leftwich isn’t the best play-caller on the team; Arians is. And yet he continues to let the worse play-caller call the plays. They’ve scored enough points to win games, so it’s not like they’re far off or that Leftwich has been awful. But has it been the best it can be? No.

I also don’t love how they’re using their third receiver option on this team, whether that’s how limited tight ends O.J. Howard and Cam Brate have been in the offensive game plan or just how much faith they put into Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller. They’ve been a bit stubborn there. I also would have given Ronald Jones II the starting job at running back a few weeks ago. Seems they’re just coming around to that, too.

I think this is a good coaching staff. I think they know what they’re doing, and I believe they are the right people for the job. And where they don’t have the players to get it done on defense, which is on Licht, I think they have also mishandled how to optimize this offense, even if they are scoring a good amount of points.

Matt Matera: Bucs Coaches Get A “C-Plus” For An Average Job

Overall, Bruce Arians and the coaching staff has been an upgrade for the Bucs from prior coaching staffs. The coaches have done a good job in developing some of their young inherited talent – for example, Ronald Jones II got his confidence restored and looks to be the future number one running back in Tampa Bay, and safety Jordan Whitehead has become an excellent run stopper in the box along with solidifying his position as the top safety on the roster.

From a motivational standpoint, establishing a culture, and developing players, Arians and the staff has done a solid job, but there is room for improvement. Arians gets his message across to the players and they listen, and he’s not afraid to call someone out through the media if he wants to get the best out of his guys. But for all the good the coaches have done outside of the white lines this season, there’s been some in-game decisions that have been head-scratching, and drop this grade a letter grade lower. I’m not questioning if the 67 year-old Arians can still coach. He has the resume to back that up, but he’s made some calls this year that have – or could have – cost the team.

One happened in Week 2 when Arians got a penalty for calling two straight timeouts on a fourth down late in the game at Carolina, which put the ball to fourth and inches near the goal line. Now the Bucs made the stop to seal the game, but it could have blown up in their face had Carolina just run a QB sneak.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians
Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Arians then made a questionable call a week later when he decided to take a delay of game penalty even while having a timeout left when setting up a game winning kick for Matt Gay against the Giants. The penalty moved the Bucs back five yards and Gay missed the kick by an inch. Arians has also been hesitant to throw the challenge flag in situations that impact the spot of the ball even when replay shows even when the call looks that it might favor the Bucs. There’s plenty to like about Arians, he’s just made a couple of mistakes this season.

The other coordinators aren’t off the hook either. For as much as Byron Leftwich has gotten monster seasons out of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, he’s still failed to establish a third wide receiver, and the presence of a tight end has been absent despite the talents of O.J. Howard. Leftwich’s play calling has gone stagnant at times as well, becoming predictable and easy to read for the opposing defenses. Todd Bowles, on the other hand, is looked at as a defensive mastermind with his schemes. And while he’s got the best run defense in the league, he also has the worst pass defense. With talents like Ndamukong Suh, Lavonte David and Shaq Barrett, there seems to be a little left on the table. All in all, the coaching staff has had positives and negatives about them that balance out to an average grade.

Taylor Jenkins: At 2-6, Tampa Bay’s Staff Gets A “C-Minus”

Heading into the 2019 season, with Bruce Arians and his hand-picked staff now at the helm, hopes were at an all-time high for good reason. Arians wasted no time winning football games when he took over the Colts midseason in 2012 and he wasted no time building a winning football team in Arizona after taking over as head coach in 2013. But now at 2-6 in Tampa Bay, it’s time to start realizing that this team is who we should have thought it was, and not who we were led to believe it was.

Arians stepped in and immediately said that he was here to win now, and while that may have been the intention, it hasn’t been the reality.

Run game coordinator Harold Goodwin has vastly improved the rushing attack, simplifying the playbook while allowing his offensive lineman to do what they do best while not forcing them to do the things that they don’t do well. This has allowed Ronald Jones to flourish and turn from bust to efficient starter in one year while the offensive line has steadily improved in pass protection as well, when a healthy starting five is on the field.

Defensively, the staff was able to effectively replace Gerald McCoy with Ndamukong Suh and Kwon Alexander with rookie first-round pick Devin White. Tampa Bay then drafted three rookie defensive backs in Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards and added outside linebacker Shaq Barrett. These things were done to build a unit that was faster, bigger and fit an aggressive 3-4 scheme.

All-in-all, while the team has improved its rate of forced turnovers and built the most ferocious run-stopping front seven in the league, the Bucs also failed to effectively address their issues in the secondary and that’s led to a defense that’s giving up 293.5 passing yards and 31.5 points per game – both ranking second-worst in the NFL.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and OC Byron Leftwich
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But the most perplexing thing that this staff, specifically Arians, has done this season was turn the play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. With only 10 games calling plays – in an offense that wasn’t his own – under his belt in Arizona before 2019, it appears that not only has the offense had to adjust to a new system, but Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator is still learning the ropes himself. And with all that was at stake entering the season with quarterback Jameis Winston in a contract year, Arians touting a reload over a rebuild, the expectation of winning now, why would the proclaimed “quarterback whisperer” turn over such a key position to Leftwich, who while he may turn out to be a great coordinator, has so little functional experience?

All things considered, a team starts from the top down and at 2-6 through eight games, it’s hard to give this staff flying colors yet.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Pander much, gents? In the words of Dean Wormer… “Zero… point… zero.”

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    • The grade is for the coaches. Giving them a zero means that every problem and failure is their fault. You can only do so much in half of one season. I can certainly point to some coaching mistakes. But, a lot of this comes under the heading of preexisting conditions for which the owners and GM are responsible as well as the players.

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      • “The grade is for the coaches.”
        The coaches are 2-6.
        The players are 2-6.
        The GM is 2-6.
        The Glazers are 2-6.
        That doesn’t add up to an “A” because they have all done some good stuff.

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  2. 2 and 6 is 33%. When I went to school that was an F.

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    • You lost me. 2 and 6 is 2 wins out of 8 games, or 20%. Still an F, but worse than the credit you give them.

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      • Sorry, I can’t do math either. 25%

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        • Maybe i didn’t stay in school long enough:)

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  3. At 2-6 the worst grade was slightly below average. Therein lies the problem, the fans have a higher bar for this organization than the media. No way a staff deserves even a C if they claim the fix is quick, declare the teams worst unit “fixed”, had clock management issues, play calling issues, blown coverages and missed tackles oh and a worse record that your predecessor who had a defense even worse than this one. Byron inherited a top 5 offense and hasn’t shown us anything exciting or that we didn’t already know. Bowles’ defense although different has proven to be equally as effective as Mike Smiths. His awful evaluations are part of the reason our pathetic GM didn’t add more veteran help. Bruce failed to field a competent defense which is what he stated the main issue with Jameis was. Always needing hero ball and no defense to rely on, well it looks awfully familiar under his watch. Hero Jameis or we have no shot Bc the TDs pile up, I think it affects him whether he ever admits it. It has to knowing your defense is giving up at least 30 would put pressure on anybody. No excuses but we have the same questions now that we had this summer and that’s in spite of this enormous staff. D- for me

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  4. Hmmm, lets see, team is 2-6 and coaches are an integral part of the team. In this case I am sure they had a say in picking the Free agents, draft picks, and UDFA’s. They decide on the final 53, practice squad, and tweeks from injuries and under performing players. The coaches decide the scheme, call the plays and assess the game plan. They watch the film and point out corrections. Finally they give the media a final analysis or list of excuses depending on the outcome of the game. F

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    • PS Per Parcells, You are what your record is.

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  5. Scott, what the hell happened to you? B-, you got to be kidding. If Arains came in and said, this is going to take some time, there are some question marks on this team that I’m going to have to do some work on I’d give them a D so far. That’s not what he said tho. He crowed about the talent, especially QB. He said he got his whole coaching staff back being a huge advantage everyone had worked together, and knew each other. Said it would be a quicker turn around then AZ, and here we sit on a four game losing streak at 2-6. That’s a big Friggin F!! Maybe they can do better the second half of the season and bring that mark up to a D, or C, but at 2-6 right now, this season has been a complete failure. Not getting blown out much, and competing means squat. The only thing that matters is winning. So far this staff hasn’t done enough of that.

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  6. C

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  7. “Eventually it falls on you [Jason Licht] to pick the right guys”…that’s the only viable excuse for giving the coaches a grade above F….like maybe a D. What a train wreck.

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    • and seriously Scott: B-….LOL

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      • I’m going to presume that it was Scott who gave me a “thumbs down”. Nothing personal Scott – I appreciate PR and the work you do to cover the team. Sorry we disagree on this rating, and it seems quite frequently on the value of Jason Licht as our GM. No hard feelings 🙂

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  8. B- Scott Reynolds?! You have lost all objective perspective! I think Taylor has it about right at C-. A lot of this falls on Licht. He’s been here. He knew the teams needs! Yet he still chose to ignore the O-Line and veteran DB help. He may be the GM but, clearly, he needs a football mind as a Team President to help him make better decisions! Ultimately, it falls on BA. He evaluated the roster and hired the coaches and decided the schemes that would be implemented. I think BAs worst coaching decision has been to let Leftwich call the plays. Clearly, he isn’t ready. Take back the play calling for the second half and we will see if it’s Leftwich or the players! But, of course this won’t happen. As has been said, the clock management, in game adjustments, game planning, subbing out players who r having a bad game, these things are all on the Head Coach! Shit rolls down hill, but starts at the top. In fact, the reason he gave up play calling duties to Byron was so that he could have better oversight over the other parts of the team! I don’t see where that decision has helped us. If that’s the case, go back to calling the plays! I’m just saying…

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  9. Wow I am not sure if it is coaching or players not getting the message. As I said before good teams find a way to win and bad teams find a way to lose. So many times I see MY Bucs make Mental errors, like false start in red zone also receiver not knowing where he is and going out of bounds for no reason then back inbounds. I could go on and on but no need. I have been a Buc FAN since the very beginning and will continue. Go Bucs

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  10. Scott you once called for Koetter’s firing and Right now Arians is on pace to win 4 games and you think that gets a B grade. I don’t know if I should call BS or incompetence.

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  11. I am told I am to harsh quote false stats so I double checked them before this post
    At 252 points Bucs have the worst defense in NFL Smith was averaging 28 29 th and every one here called out smith blamed him for everything
    So why does Bowles get the pass from all of you? No reason to hit neg just answer Question please.
    I would like know why?

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    • I haven’t done the math. But, I am sure the defense would be rated much higher if you took away the points given up after the terrible number of turnovers. I do not hate Winston. And, not every turnover has been his fault. But, it is hard for any defense to deal with so many turnovers. Now, contrary wise, the defense at the end of the last game sucked! I am not sure what the fix is. But, if the blitz is not getting there, you have to drop more people into coverage, and mix in more disguised coverage with guys showing blitz before dropping into coverage.

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      • Freeman, the defense stunk in overtime because it was gassed. They got pressure on Seattle’s backfield all four quarters just the secondary was miserable. I believe they had 22 pressures and 3 sacks that game. In overtime there was one pressure that I could see that was it. They just had nothing left in the tank because the secondary was so bad. That is my take on the situation. You cannot go into prevent and put everyone in the secondary because that defense is worse than the full press defense by a lot. A prevent defense with this team means “prevent win.”

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    • I gave you a thumbs up Bob because those facts are correct. To answer your question from my view, the secondary is the problem not the defensive line which is playing well at this point. The secondary has three rookies now playing, which is a huge problem. A bigger problem is Vernon Hargraves is useless in the backfield with one pass defensed in the past three weeks – which I did check. For a high draft pick in his fourth year he is pretty much a bust. MJ Stewart, another third year player drafted in the third round two years ago, he is on the bench as third string behind the rookie because he is so bad.

      Both Hargraves and Stewart are on Licht and Koetter, no question. They are turning out to be bad picks in the last few years. However all the offensive weapons (particularly wide receiver and tight end) are Licht as well. With the good is the bad – and on defense – Licht is not known for drafting well so far.

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  12. These should all be F for the grade. Headed for a 4-12 season is a failure.

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  13. I never thought I would say this or text this. Greg Schiano has been the best first year coach since Gruden. He had a competitive team with far less talent. Imagine if Josh Freeman liked studying game film instead of partying and chasing a good time. The curse continues. I’m tired of being heartbroken.

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    • That year I liked JF. He came out of a high scoring program also. Kid had a cannon, and your right- had he been more studious things might be different..but Greg schiano was too strict,how the f u gna make ronde barber toe the line too and treat him like some rookie?? Also had the d line rush eli on a victory snap..made us look real bad…

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  14. Is this a joke PR staff? I know you have to kiss the ass of the team and coaches to continue access, but c’mon man.

    At best this is a D minus coaching job.
    Offensively – QB play is bad. RB play is mediocre. TE play regressed. OL Play better than last year, but still sucks outside of Ali. WR play, Godwin is a stud and Evan’s is making big plays, but we are not developing anyone else.
    Defensively – DL – I’m having to readjust my view of DL, as I’m much more familiar with a 4-3 line, but they are stuffing the run and moving the pocket. ILB’s, outside of last week, White has been below average, David is a stud. OLB’s are not getting the pressure needed, outside of Shaq and now JPP. All of our DB’s deserve to be fired.
    Special Teams – SUCK

    As I relook at this, we are an F-Plus

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  15. You guys are the kind of Professors I used to like when I didn’t attend most classes and still got a C+.

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  16. an F and “see me after class” in bold red letter ink

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  17. D + at best. The trajectory is that we will end up losing more games than the last two years. If you’re pining for an overall 1st pick in the draft, Bucs are still not out of it. But getting to 8-8? Not a chance.

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  18. An “I” for INCOMPLETE.

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  19. Blutarsky…zero point zero

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  20. They just aren’t good enough. They are not a playoff team. But they aren’t the Bengals, Redskins, or Jets either. Four of the six losses are to the following: 49ers (undefeated); Panthers 5-3 (who they also beat); Seahawks (2 losses); Saints (1 loss). Our two wins are both against teams with winning records. Who ever heard of having to play five straight games away from home including three that require 6 or more hours of travel. Let’s be realistic. We were screwed from the get go.

    BA and co. had thier work cut out for them this past offseason..they inherited Dirks team for crying out loud, with Jason’s prints still tarnishing the aisle..

    Solid C for doing working with what they have.

    D- for BA due to letting the original winston ( Leftwhich) call the shots.

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  21. Grading the coaches is a tough assignment. Oh sure, one can simply look at the 2 dash 6 score on the top of the mid-term test paper and mark down a big red F for only getting 33.3% of the questions right. But there’s more to it than that. Allow me to explain.

    Some construction projects are set up to succeed no matter who is managing them. Client isn’t demanding or overly concerned about cost or schedule, subcontractors can be hand-picked, drawings are complete and accurate and it doesn’t require a lot of attention. The project virtually runs itself and makes a nice profit. Does the manager get a good grade for basically being an observer? As my favorite saying goes, “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

    Then there are projects where just the opposite is true. The client is very demanding, has a limited budget, an aggressive schedule, incomplete drawings, low-bid subcontractors and requires full time management due to the inherent challenges. Often the management team has done a much better job than the former just to break even on the “stat sheet.”

    It’s like a chef that takes a Kobe steak, throws it on a plate and declares what a great meal he prepared. While another is tasked with taking a lesser cut and making it edible. See the difference?

    Perhaps Bruce Arians and staff have done a better job than we think just to get to this modest showing. I do think the team’s psyche is far better than a year ago. I don’t see the cowering or the giving up. I see more confidence. I see more spunk. Perhaps that’s why B.A. has made the positive statements since his arrival. That for me is what the team needed. Now, it just needs experience.

    Scubog’s School of Project Management 101.

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    • Love you Scubog but That argument is flawed my friend and let me explain why. The success of any project is dependent on how well it was “engineered”. If that engineer has done his homework then that project is set up for success on a paper only called a Blueprint. Now when the owner hires a Builder he gives him the blueprints to build to specifications, now if the builder decides that he’s going to run with his old way of doing business called a (system) you don’t blame the engineer for the project failing…
      In Bruce Arians case he was never given the blueprints for success, this team has been getting built backwards from the start. The foundation (Oline) was cracked when he got here but instead of delaying the project to address the problem (draft) he concerned himself more with the deadline (his Age). So he ignored the crack and scheduled the framers (Bowles) to proceed with construction (Devin White, SMB, J Dean, M Edwards). Don’t get me wrong the building may solid but the foundation is Cracked. I don’t know maybe we are saying the something I just wanted to get that off my chest. lol

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      • That’s a big “IF” Sly. No one blamed the engineer, but there are good ones and mediocre ones which can cause the project to go smoothly or slowed waiting for the “homework” to be corrected. The point is, perhaps the “engineer” (Licht) made the coaching staff’s job a bit harder. You obviously don’t work with engineers. Maybe you are one.

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    • Scubog, good examples. The only issue might be it is a very competitive world than the past as to construction. In other words too many fingers in the pie and now you can hardly tell that it actually was a pie at one time.

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      • Too many computers.

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  22. Have to say I’m with the group assigning failing grades. As Parcells used to say, you are who your record says you are. Yeah, Licht is in charge of the roster, but BA and his team have to have sanctioned the changes and draft. Net, net we’re no better than the past few years under Dirk.

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  23. Arians was dealt his hand without much opportunity to play his cards. Why is everybody grading him so early? He made Jones the first running back which has slightly improved the running game. They know now Winston that is not the answer. Litch’s draft 2019 has been mixed. White and Gay(except Giants game) good secondary not good
    Barrett has been a diamond in the rough. I would say the second half will give fans the required knowledge. The Buccaneers have a long losing culture, so any new coach needs time. Next the Buccaneers have a ton of cap space. Cardinals game is a great test because their first half schedule was brutal. They won the Giant game except for a chip shot field goal miss. The Cardinals are somewhat similar a so-so team at Raymond James stadium.

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  24. Arians was dealt his hand without much opportunity to play his cards. Why is everybody grading him so early? He made Jones the first running back which has slightly improved the running game. They know now Winston that is not the answer. Litch’s draft 2019 has been mixed. White and Gay(except Giants game) good secondary not good
    Barrett has been a diamond in the rough. I would say the second half will give fans the required knowledge. The Buccaneers have a long losing culture, so any new coach needs time. Next year the Buccaneers have a ton of cap space. Cardinals game is a great test because their first half schedule was brutal. They won the Giant game except for a chip shot field goal miss. The Cardinals are somewhat similar a so-so team at Raymond James stadium.

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