INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31: NBC studio analyst and Sports Illustrated write Peter King looks on during the Super Bowl XLVI Broadcasters Press Conference at the Super Bowl XLVI Media Canter in the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis on January 31, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
It isn’t just billionaire owners and custom-fitted suit wearing NFL general managers walking the halls of the Boca Raton Resort this week at the annual NFL Owners Meeting.
The media presence is at all an all-time high this year, with everyone from local bloggers to the top columnists in the country descending on this swanky upper-echelon tax bracket community for four days.
Boca Resort and Spa in Boca Raton – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
One of those in the national media who is in Boca Raton this week is a friend of PewterReport.com, MMQB.com author and award winning writer Peter King who took a few minutes to share his thoughts on the Buccaneers.
King, who writes the popular, must-read Monday Morning Quarterback column each week, talked about his impressions of new Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter.
“Well I think if they were going to make a coaching change, Dirk Koetter was not only logical, but he was probably about there only guy you could have picked,” King said. “What impressed me last year in training camp, and I was just there for a day, was the defensive guys respected Koetter from what I saw and heard.
“So to have that kind of guy on your staff, and you are going to make a change, you are best off going with him.”
Nest King shared his thoughts on what the Bucs need to do to get better in 2016. King’s answer answer may surprise some fans.
“But I think the biggest thing right now, if I am Tampa, is I continue in the draft to address the offensive line,” King said. “Not just because of the retirement of Logan Mankins. But because the line is one of those things that takes constant care and feeding. With the offensive line, that work is never done. And so I sort of look at it and say, this team is going to be as good as Jameis Winston is, and as he is protected.
“That plus obviously if I am them, I am still looking for an edge pass rusher, of course 20-25 teams in the league are. If they take the rest of low cost free agency and the draft, and address the offensive line and get at least an edge pass rush rusher prospect, I think that is the way to go for them.”
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
Big deal he was at traing camp last year for 1 DAY. Give me a break most of the people on here know more about the Bucs than that daytripper.
Go Bucs !!!
I’m sure if you asked Peter King who Kevin Pamphile was you would get a blank stare.
my thoughts exactly
Superficial answers. Zzzzz.
Why is there an article about this blowhard on Pewter Report? Draft O-Linemen? We need starters. Where would a rookie O-Lineman play? RT? No. LG? No. RG? No. C? No. Maaaybe RT. But doubtful. Peter King sucks.
Dont put to much stock into peter king. Ive met the man and sat down and talked with him about the bucs. His team of interns does all his leg work. Told me mccoy was childish.
My point is the man has his sources. But as far as roster evaluation goes i trust Jon Gruden and Horse more than I trust him.
There’s nothing wrong with taking another offensive lineman in the draft.
He was down on the Bucs picking Winston last year, so whatever, Pete.
Obviously Peter King is more connected to the inner circle of league matters than we are, but there is simply no way he has done any sort of player evaluation about our favorite team. His non-specific statements are more his, and many other ill-informed media types, perception than facts gained from in-depth study. I agree with his generalized statement about the practice of always seeking to upgrade the offensive and defensive lines and I suspect Licht will do just that if the opportunity to select a quality OL or DL presents itself in this Draft.
We should all just utter a collective “Duh” when these “experts” state the obvious needs for virtually every team.
I think Peter King is talking more about a general philosophy of protecting your young QB. While it’s not a glamorous pick, if Stanley is there at 9, I could see the Bucs taking him.
I don’t always agree with King, and I wouldn’t agree that addressing the line is our greatest need, but I do think it’s a big one. I’m not sold on Smith at LT yet, and I have trouble understanding anyone who is. Both of our current RTs are over 30. We have nothing but sub par players at center. And JR Sweezy has been a below average overall guard for the entirety of his career thus far. Honestly, the only line spots I feel really great about are RG and our depth pieces. Pamphile isn’t currently capable of starting anywhere, but he’s good depth. The same is true for Cherilus, EDS, and Hawley.
Again, not saying it’s our biggest need. If Donovan grows a reasonable amount this season and Demar plays like his usual self, then I think we’ll have a decent line, and one better than we had last year overall. But it’s still not even nearly a strength, and with the way it’s currently set up, I think we’re within a couple of years of it being a serious weakness again. We’ve got good depth pieces, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all for us to be short 4 starter quality players within 2 or 3 seasons, unless Donovan turns out to be good enough, which is still a huge question mark at this point. You don’t draft based on need. That’s foolish. But if Stanley falls to us at 9 and other strong options are off the board, I think you either take him or move back. If we get opportunities to draft projected long term starters on the line, we have to do that. I’d feel much more comfortable being able to move Smith to RT and having a better pass blocker at LT (which Donovan is genuinely just really bad at right now).
never a bad idea to grab another OL maybe a tackle like spriggs if he falls to are second pick. He is nasty and seems bright enough which this group likes. or maybe a center at three and let him learn and replace EDS or Hawley
I think last years 5th overall offense is something that the Bucs have never had. Are there still some missing components? Yes probably a few. I think after the Broncos Defensive performance it showed that Defense still wins Championships. Wake up people. How long has it been since the Bucs were relevant Defensively? Too damn long. This Defense pretty much sucked last year. Poor Coaching and an outdated Tampa 2 were the culprits but Coaching was not adaptable to change. Goodby Lovie. Lovies fault. New Coach, New outlook, New Defensive Coach and a New Scheme plus drafting DEFENSIVE FRONT AND BACK players will make the difference. Edge rusher or BPA should be number one priority at #9 and then follow up at #39 with another edge rusher or maybe even try to trade back into the first round to get an even better DE (What An Idea)and Find a serviceable CB and Safety in later rounds. Bottom line is Licht needs to go all out on Defense this year with the best depth of good Defensive players in quite a while. Just my opinion. But then again you know what opinions are. I really like Correa at DE as well as Ochi. Love Deion Jones AT LB as well.
Far as I know Peter King never played football or coached football in any capacity. Another football writer with no actual football experience. There are many.
And this is relevant how? (Hint: it’s not.)
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