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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

Before We Get Started With This Week’s SR’s Fab 5…

Changes, time’s makin’ changes in my life
Rearrangin’, can’t seem to stop the hands of time
I remember, I was so young, I was much too young to see
Now I’m older, growing older, and I see things differently
Oh can’t you see, it’s changin’ you and me
Tesla – Changes

Time is makin’ changes to my Discount Garage Doors SR’s Fab 5 column. Starting with this edition, SR’s Fab 5 will be meaner and leaner. Faster for me to write, and faster for you to read – but not sacrificing any great Bucs content.

I know your time is at a premium in today’s world – now more than ever. So let’s make the most of it shall we? My goal each week is to produce an SR’s Fab 5 that is like Michael Jackson’s Thriller or a Def Leppard Hysteria – full of hits without the filler. If I happen to have a long interview that is worthy of a longer section in SR’s Fab 5 that you’ve been used to, don’t worry – you’ll get it all.

Each of the first four sections will have The Big Takeaway, which is the main idea, and will conclude with The FABulous Ending to summarize the section. In between will be the important stats, quotes, Tweets and highlight videos to help me make my points, and inform and educate you – the PewterReport.com reader. So let’s get to it.

FAB 1. Bucs’ Run Game Is Worse Than You Think

While digging through some statistics for my entry in this week’s PR Roundtable, – which asked: “Where do the Bucs need the biggest upgrade?” – I came up with an amazing find when it came to Tampa Bay’s ground game. The Bucs have the league’s 27th-ranked rushing attack (98.7 ypg) and the 29th-ranked rushing average (4.0 avg.) despite ranking 18th in the league in rushing attempts (324). But then it occurred to me that the Bucs’ running game is worse than you think.

The Big Takeaway
The total rushing yardage that the Bucs have this year has been greatly manipulated by the amount of yardage that Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks have contributed. The combined 396 yards rushing between Jameis Winston (244) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (152) ranks in the Top 3 in the league in terms of QB rushing yards this year behind only Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (475) and Joe Flacco (45) and Carolina’s Cam Newton (473).

The Bucs have rushed 324 times for 1,283 yards (4.0) and nine touchdowns with 69 first downs. But take away the rushing yardage from Winston and Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay’s ground game has actually rushed for 887 yards on 247 carries (3.6 avg.) with only six touchdowns and just 44 first downs.

Stats That Count
There are five worse rushing teams than the Buccaneers league-wide, according to total rushing yards – Philadelphia (97.9 ypg), Pittsburgh (89 ypg), Minnesota (85.4 ypg), Arizona (84.1 ypg) and Atlanta (81.2 ypg). Let’s remove the QB rushing yards from each team and reveal the true rushing numbers and compare that to how the Bucs stack up.

It’s important to remove the QB rushing numbers because those stats can underinflate or overinflate a team’s rushing stats. Multiple quarterback kneel downs at the end of the first half or the game hurt a team’s rushing averages. Outside of a few quarterback sneaks and called runs featuring the QB run game with certain teams like Baltimore, Carolina and Tampa Bay – on occasion – most quarterback runs wind up being scrambles. In other words, those plays were originally called into the huddle as pass plays – not run plays.

Eagles
Rushing total: 312 runs for 1,273 yards (4.1), 9 TDs, 73 first downs
QB Carson Wentz: 34 runs for 93 yards (2.7), 0 TDs, 9 first downs
QB Nick Foles: 4 runs for 7 yards (1.8), 0 TDs, 3 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 274 runs for 1,173 yards (4.3), 9 TDs, 61 first downs

Steelers
Rushing total: 282 runs for 1,157 yards (4.1), 16 TDs, 72 first downs
QB Ben Roethlisberger: 24 runs for 94 yards (3.9), 3 TDs, 13 first downs
QB Joshua Hobbs: 4 runs for 11 yards (2.8), 0 TDs, 2 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 254 runs for 1,052 yards (4.1), 13 TDs, 59 first downs

Vikings
Rushing total: 274 runs for 1,110 yards (4.1), 6 TDs, 49 first downs
QB Kirk Cousins: 37 runs for 108 yards (2.9), 1 TD, 10 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 237 for 1,002 (4.2) 5 TDs 39 first downs

Cardinals
Rushing total: 291 runs for 1,093 yards (3.8), 8 TDs, 60 first downs
QB Josh Rosen: 17 runs for 81 yards (4.8), 0 TDs, 5 first downs
QB Sam Bradford: 2 runs for 7 yards (3.5), 0 TDs, 1 first down
Adjusted rushing total: 272 runs for 1,005 yards (3.7), 8 TDs, 54 first downs

Falcons
Rushing total: 273 runs for 1,055 yards (3.9), 8 TDs, 63 first downs
QB Matt Ryan: 25 runs for 101 yards (4.0), 2 TDs, 11 first downs
QB Matt Schaub: 1 run for 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 247 runs for 954 yards (3.9), 6 TDs, 52 first downs

Buccaneers
Rushing total: 324 runs for 1,283 yards (4.0), 9 TDs, 69 first downs
QB Jameis Winston: 41 runs for 244 yards (6.0), 1 TD, 16 first downs
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 36 runs for 152 yards (4.2), 2 TDs, 9 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 247 runs for 887 yards (3.6), 6 TDs, 44 first downs

So what does the adjusted rushing total tell us? Taking away QB yardage, the Bucs have rushed for the fewest yards in the league (887), the fewest first downs (44) and have the league’s worst rushing average (3.6).

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Peyton Barber is the team’s leading rusher with 183 carries for 677 yards (3.7 avg.) with four touchdowns and 33 first downs. But Barber is only averaging 52.1 yards per game, while Winston is averaging 30.5 rushing yards per game. And when Fitzpatrick was in at quarterback he was averaging 19 rushing yards per game.

Now to be fair, let’s take away the rushing yards by Jackson and Flacco in Baltimore and Newton in Carolina and compare them.

Panthers
Rushing total: 331 runs for 1,786 yards (5.4), 15 TDs, 93 first downs
QB Cam Newton: 96 runs for 473 yards (4.9), 4 TDs, 33 first downs
QB Taylor Heinicke: 2 runs for -2 yards (-1.0), 0 TDs, 0 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 233 runs for 1,311 yards (5.6), 9 TDs, 60 first downs

Ravens
Rushing total: 415 runs for 1,748 yards (4.2), 16 TDs, 115 first downs
QB Lamar Jackson: 95 runs for 475 yards (5.0), 3 TDs, 30 first downs
QB Joe Flacco: 19 runs for 45 yards (2.4), 0 TDs, 10 first downs
Adjusted rushing total: 301 runs for 1,228 yards (4.0), 13 TDs 75 first downs

What do we find? Both the Panthers and the Ravens commit to running the ball and both teams can do it well even without the designed QB runs and scrambles by Newton and Jackson, evidenced by the fact that both teams are over 1,200 yards rushing without QB rushing yards, have at least nine touchdowns and at least 60 first downs on the ground.

The FABulous Ending
Do the Bucs get the benefit of the combined rushing yards between Winston and Fitzpatrick? Yes, those yards still count.

But they hide the true ineffectiveness of Tampa Bay’s ground game and the numbers are worse than you think. Heck, Winston has been the leading rusher for three games this year, including the last two, which is embarrassing.

I believe the culprit is offensive line coach and run game coordinator George Warhop first and foremost, followed by the offensive line play and then the Bucs’ running backs in that order. Expect big changes next offseason in this area regardless of who the head coach is.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Pete Wood

The Bucs have a lot of issues to address. Head coach is not one of them. Keep Koetter. Bucs have had eleven coaches in their history. Here are the top three for winning percentage. Dungy 56% Gruden 51% Koetter 42% Yep, you read that right. Nobody else is even close. Here’s something else to ponder. Since firing Dungy, the winning percentage of every new hire has gone down. Morris 35%, Schiano 34%, Smith 25%. Koetter is the first new hire to be an improvement over the previous coach since Dungy. Y’all, I’m the voice in the wilderness, but Koetter is… Read more »

MudManVA

You are in the minority my friend, and the yellers & the screamers are getting ready to troll your ass.

I however lean on your side, but there would have to be coaching changes under Koetter. Special teams, OL coaches are starting points. 1 more year to give him 4 years to turn this team with the wind. This team fights & plays hard for him, and that does mean something.

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BucRy

Teams playing hard and fighting for koetter was a great thing to see last year, but it’s the same this year with the results being the same..losses. I don’t care that the team “fights” hard for koetter if we don’t get the wins.

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BucWonder

I agree with you Pete, but you’re not going find many fans here that will. Another well reasoned post, but it doesn’t fit the current scorched earth opinions held by many posters.

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Devasher

Asking the current regime which has missed the playoffs for 5 straight years, who’s been below .500 in all but one year is not a reasoned post. If you hire someone to build a house and 5 years later it’s still not close to completion do you keep throwing money at the same people hoping eventually they’ll get it done? The Browns have been bad because they have had an incredible track record of missing at QB. Since they came back into existence in 1999 the only QB from Cleveland to make the Pro Bowl is Derek Anderson in 2007.… Read more »

BucWonder

I like your contractor analogy Devasher. I disagree that we’re not close to completion though. I think we are closer than many fans realize. Our Dline was rebuilt in one season. Focus on Oline this off season, get a fast RB, and some secondary help and this team is very competitive. The roof is on the house and it’s dried in. There is no need to fire everyone and have a new contractor start over with a slab.

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Pete Wood

The way I see it, the Bucs house is three quarters finished. All the necessary permits and inspections have been done. The current contractor says he’ll finish it in a few months. A new contractor says he can do a better job, but he doesn’t want to work with the existing structure. He wants to tear down the entire house, get all new permits, use his own sub contractors and materials and start from scratch. He says he’ll have the house finished in two years, maybe three, possibly four. But, he guarantees it will be a much better house. Oh,… Read more »

Ron Potter

Can we find a new contractor who says he can finish the job with the structure we have?

You know, like we did with Jon Gruden back in the day.

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BucWonder

Gruden is currently busy tearing the Raider house down to the slab.

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wnb0395

I agree with Pete also. No good has ever come from a constantly changing coaches every couple years. Look at the Browns. Since letting Belichick go the Browns haven’t kept a coach longer than 3 years. there is def a correlation there. Every time we change coaches it sets us back 2-3 years. Koetter has shown improvement even though our record doesn’t show it. We now have a top offense and our defense is starting to play ok. With a couple additions to the oline and secondary we will be a playoff team next year. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

JohnGaltsGhost

I am leaning a little (but very little) that way. One reason is the 2019 draft and the QB situation. If we blow the whole thing up we might as well blow up the roster too in particular at quarterback. The problem is this year’s draft class is horrible at quarterback. So why not give Winston his option year to prove himself and the coaching staff one more season. If they fail they’re gone next year and Winston’s gone next year and the new regime and try to get Tua, Herburt, or Fromm etc. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

Devasher

2005 1st overall pick Alex Smith was almost cemented as a bust until Jim Harbaugh came on in 2011. Smith has made 3 Pro Bowls, led the NFL in passer rating in 2017 and had a winning record every season since. 2016 1st overall pick Jared Goff was essentially unplayable his rookie year under Jeff Fisher. Since Sean McVay came into LA Goff has had two seasons of 100+ QB Ratings and last week notwithstanding looks like one of the top young QB’s in the league. 2018 1st overall pick Baker Mayfield has had a significant improvement in play in… Read more »

BucRy

I, for the life of me, fail to see any great coaching quality from koetter..all you supporting koetter really confuses the hell out of me. What is everyone seeing? Cause from every year he has been here all I’ve seen is failure..failure to progress as a team and get better under the coaches…I was on the koetter train last year for him to come back, thought he needed just one more year and that he would correct his mistakes..but none of those have happened! He still plays conservatively to win the game when we have the lead, he obviously was… Read more »

MudManVA

Scott- If you’re the GM how do you play the draft? Assume you use the tag on Smith, who do you select? Your absolute needs are: RG, CB Your roster issues are: RT – getting old & on downside LT – Is going to cost you big time, and his play isn’t anywhere near his price tag. RB – Barber is all heart, but uber talented. Jones?! This team needs a bell cow. DT – McCoy is starting to disappear & aging S – Are the nuts & bolts you have on the roster good enough going forward. Draft Notes:… Read more »

surferdudes

Scott putting the blame for our poor O line play squarely on Warhop is ridiculous. Is he a good coach? Hell no, but it’s the responsibility of the G.M., and H.C. to upgrade players, and coaches who are failing. The real blame lies with Koetter, and Licht, and I can’t for the life of me understand why you’re giving them such slack. You go on to say that Cappa is not developing under Warhop. Do you think the problem might be that he’s from Humbolt St, wherever the hell that is, instead of let’s say, Alabama, Mich, Ohio St, or… Read more »

Buc76

Totally agree with surferdudes. Licht is the main culprit for all of this failure. He runs the team, he picks the players. Failure on top of failure. Half baked ideas and no real philosophy. He’s a scout level personnel guy and barely even that. Koetter is a 2 time failed offensive coordinator. He never should have been offered head coach. If you look at the standings a 9-7 will probably make the playoffs and we can’t even muster that. They all have to go. We need a complete overhaul like 1996. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

Naplesfan

Scott asserts without evidence or analysis that the fault for an underperforming offensive line is with its coach, Warhop Give us the evidence … give us the analysis. What specific coaching from Warhop is it that is holding back Donovan Smith, or Demar Dotson, or Caleb Benenoch, or Ryan Jensen? I’d like to know. Along with all the others calling for Warhop’s head … give us your evidence that coaching is the root cause. Whether or not Warhop is a good coach with mediocre player talent, or a bad coach with superlative player talent … or is somewhere in between… Read more »

Ron Potter

I think Warhop needs to go if we retain Koetter. Koetter needs an OL coach who demands more power-blocking schemes and power-blocking plays. Koetter’s stubborn commitment to run at the times he calls for run plays do not work well with the talent we have on the OL. Sure, we could use another high profile Offensive Lineman either thru a high draft pick or free agency. Not just to replace somebody but for depth reasons too. Sometimes BPA and availability do not coincide with need and we need an OL coach that’s married to the success of the OL players… Read more »

Buc76

Sure pick on Warhop. That’s an easy target but lets protect Licht right so he next GM knows you will back him too. Scott you are not an objective journalist. You are a shill for Bucs management trying to curry favor with the next regime.

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MudManVA

Yeah, Smitty was an easy target too. Oh, it turned out that it wasn’t the players (or the lack of) but the coach since the change. The defense is playing much better with a lot of scrubs under Duffner.

Unfortunately the fans are divided into 2 groups that are black & white:
1- burn the house down & try again
2- keep constancy overall but tweek some of the coaches on staff

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DonkeyHunter

LOL!

More Licht ball-washing from SR.

Shocker!

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cgmaster27

This offensive line is awful for what we are paying for it. Jameis is running for his life back there and the runningbacks are constantly hit in the backfield. Fun fact Jones has 42 rushing yards this year. 44 after contact. Let that sink in. Every run is after contact. It’s a joke. Warhop, who has been here for the last 5 years is another reason koetter should be fired. How can your run game suck for that long and not fire the guy? Just another thing koetter waited too long on. Our entire right side of the line is… Read more »

surferdudes

Remember last year when Marpet was moved to center after playing R.G. for two years? At the time Licht said the plan was always to move Marpet to center we think he can be a pro bowl center. After one year on the job Licht goes out and makes Jensen the highest paid center in the league, and moves Marpet to L.G. where he’s never played before. What happened to the plan? I’ll tell you, it was either flawed, or there really was no plan. The guy just doesn’t know how to draft, and build a team. It’s painfully obvious… Read more »

drdneast

Naplesfan, the fact that it seems you are defending Dominick and Gruden as a coach and GM who were able to put a quality team together shows just how delusional you really are. Dominick, by far, was the worse GM this team has ever had. Bruce Allen and what ever moron who was Ray Perkins GM run a close second. The cupboard was not only bare it was deserted when Licht got here. And that is not to say I am a big fan of Licht’s anymore. I believe it is time for Licht to move on and a new… Read more »

Naplesfan

I’m not defending Dominik, but the offensive line play has clearly gotten much worse than when he was GM. He had other issues, like the inability to sign a quality quarterback. But he was much better on his O-line. And yes I absolutely WILL defend Jon Gruden – he is one of the only two head coaches in Bucs history to get over 50% wins (Dungey being the other), and the only coach to produce a NFC champ and a Super Bowl Champ. Four winning seasons and three playoff seasons out of 7. “nuff said about Gruden. Nobody else can… Read more »

chefboho

So wait, now your telling me that coaching makes a difference after all the posts you made about it ring a player issue? Make up your mind already or you lose credibility.

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Naplesfan

Gruden had much better players, all of whom came either from Rich McKay, the best GM the Bucs have ever had, and from Bruce Allen, who was much better than either Dominik or Licht. And then he coached them up right.

Coaching matters. But success starts with good players, and continues with good coaching. Blaming coaches when the players suck is dumb.

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stlbucsfan

Warhop is a symptom but certainly not the problem with the OL. He has been doomed by terrible acquisitions both in the draft and free agency. Jason Lichts inability to see what others have seen for awhile have hindered his ability to properly fix the OL. NEWSFLASH Donovan Smith is not and never has been the top end LT the Bucs or PewterReport have tried to force feed us for the past few seasons. That realization years ago would’ve allowed us to move him to g or Rt where he’s better suited and then would position us to pay him… Read more »

drdneast

surferdudes I agree with you about Licht but not about Koetter. You should know by now after three years that Koetter is never going to publicly chastise a player in public. He is either going to shoulder the blame or as you say, take cover in the witness protection plan. You can scream and yell all you want to about it, but that is just the way it is and that is why the players still have his back. I thought it was stupid to move Marpet out of his RG position as well but half the armchair GM morons… Read more »

a-bomb

The problem with the Licht argument by the posters here is the Smith/Duffner experiment works against it. Smith wouldn’t utilize his players’ strengths but instead imposed his “system” on them. Duffner (with the same players- actually less because of the injures) has improved the defense by crafting a defense that utilizes the players strengths. Scott’s point is well-taken: just like Smith, Warhop continues to run zone blocking plays that this team cannot execute. That is coaching, not the fault of the GM. It may be an indictment of Koetter, but it is hard to transfer that argument to the GM.… Read more »

stlbucsfan

So it’s Mike Smiths’ fault that Jason Licht drafted VHIII when everyone saw his physical and athletic limitations. In a league where the athletes are getting bigger and faster you get a CB in the 1st round that’s small, slow and was dominated in the SEC when he played the better opponents. As GM Licht should be responsible for accessing the current state of affairs on the team so that he can make the necessary changes in the offseason. Who eye balled the Chris Conte over Bradley McDougald swap 2 offseasons ago? McDougald is playing at a Pro Bowl level… Read more »

Naplesfan

Actually, nobody ever says this, but the defensive backfield that Smith had to play with is mostly on IR, or hardly ever plays due to injury. Those are the starters and A teamers signed by our crappy GM. Duffner has actually had better success working with the scrubs some of whom were not even on the roster when Smith was coaching. I submit that Duffer is working with better players than Smith had ..even if they are no-name scrubs. Smith really had no choice but to play the guys that Licht gave him to work with, until they got hurt… Read more »

Naplesfan

Actually, the relatively unknown defensive scrubs under Duffner are playing better and making more plays than did the high paid starters drafted and signed by Licht. They are better and they play better. Coaching makes little difference unless someone can point to specific coaching decisions that are obviously bad. Nobody can point to any such bad coaching decisions by Smith. Or by Warhop.

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Devasher

I remember taking a sports management class at FSU in 2005. At the time Larry Brown had been named the Knicks head coach after taking the Pistons to two NBA Finals appearances and one NBA championship. I’ll never forget one of the instructors who confidently proclaimed that Larry Brown would fail in New York because there was no talent and talent mattered more than any coach would. And fail Larry Brown did. Brown went from two straight seasons where the Pistons won 66% of their games and had tremendous success in the postseason to a 23-59 (similar to Licht’s record… Read more »

surferdudes

Ultimately the only way to judge Licht is on his record. As mentioned above he’s on the same pace as Dom who was fired. He’s sitting on 50 losses in five years, that’s an average of 10 losses each season, not going to cut it folks. As for Koetter, no one can convince me he’s a capable H.C.. Last night I saw the coach of the Chargers go for the win with a two point conversion. Koetter would never do that, not that he could ever put his team in that position to begin with. Just like last week when… Read more »

Devasher

Koetter was far from impressive in his time as HC of ASU. I think if you spoke to those that followed him at that program you’d have a lot of surprised people that he would have found himself being the HC of an NFL team. But Dirk proved himself as an NFL OC thereafter and the timing of his success and Jameis being drafted recently gave rise to Scott calling for and Licht speaking with ownership about firing Lovie and promoting Dirk above his abilities. So Dirk the successful OC became Dirk the overmatched HC. It still amazes me that… Read more »

martinii

Good read Scott and I agree that the running game leaves a lot to be desired. Just a few comments if I may: I would seem logical that our offensive strategy is to throw the ball. With the QB’s and receiving corp we have the team is built to pass first. As remedial as it seems that strategy undermines great statistics in the running game. I agree Marpet is our best lineman, Smith is a revolving door for a left tackle although at RT Tackle with the Franchise tag may be a good move. Way too many times has Benenoch… Read more »

Ron Potter

It doesn’t only show the true ineffectiveness of the rushing game, Scott. It shows the true ineffectiveness of the offensive scheme designed by Dirk Koetter too. These are not designed QB rushing plays. Koetter doesn’t scheme to have the QB running. So why is our QB running so much? 1. Nobody’s open in this poor scheme. Fitz was running when the OL was blocking good so I list the OL second 2. Poor pass protection. When the QBs try to force the passing game, we get INTs. And a lot of those passing yards Koetter bragged about in his press… Read more »

JohnGaltsGhost

For those calling for Licht’s head, I ask you, isn’t is job to build the roster? Is the current roster better then the 2013 roster? Let’s go position by position. QB: Winston/Fitztragic is certainly better than Freeman/Glennon. Wr: this group is absolutely better then what we had in 2013 Rb: Barber vs Martin? Call it a push OL: worse DL: JPP and Nassib make it much better Lbs:Kwon and Beckwith make this much better than what we had in 2013 Dbs: very slightly better ST: a draw So in most cases the roster has improved and in some places substantially.… Read more »

Devasher

Let’s be clear JohnGaltsGhost, the average NFL career is 3-6 years depending on how you evaluate the players coming in. You’re subjectively looking at players that are still playing and comparing them to a roster 80% of which who are already out of the league. This is why everyone gets excited over draft picks, you don’t know what they will end up doing. Similarly if you try to extrapolate Carl Nassib as this long term fix on the D-Line and ignore that the Browns cut him a few months ago you’d be ignoring that NFL history is littered with players… Read more »

Horse

Then why did they go 9-7 2016 and gotten worse?

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Devasher

Are you asking why the team in 2016 played better than every other team under Licht, @horse Well, PR has covered the back end of that season as “smoke and mirrors” with Keith Tandy playing out of his mind with 4 INTs and Chris Conte had a well timed INT in KC. The Bucs also played the Panthers in week 17 that was a meaningless game for both teams and try and they might the 8-8 Bucs won that late season exhibition. So congrats to Licht and Co, it was the only time in 5 tries the Bucs won more… Read more »

Devasher

Are you asking why the team in 2016 played better than every other team under Licht, Horse? Well, PR has covered the back end of that season as “smoke and mirrors” with Keith Tandy playing out of his mind with 4 INTs and Chris Conte had a well timed INT in KC. The Bucs also played the Panthers in week 17 that was a meaningless game for both teams and try and they might the 8-7 Bucs won that late season exhibition. So congrats to Licht and Co, it was the only time in 5 tries the Bucs won more… Read more »

Horse

Scott, I like the layout; less fluff and to the point. No way the DB from a small college is going in the 2nd round and I bet he’s really not 6′ either. There will be OL available in Rounds 1 & 2 and RB’s in Rounds 3 & 4. Scott I wouldn’t be proud of PR predicting Spence , Cappa, Watson drafted by the Bucs; so what have they done for us? There is blame all around; GM, Coach, Player’s. We’re fast to find knew player’s; should be the same for GM & Coach. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Brandonges

$13 million for Donovan Smith!!! Are you high? Did you forget a decimal place in there? The dude is trash and always has been. He’s not worth $1.3mm per season. Use a first round pick or throw an obscene amount of money at another free agent. Either way, get Smith off this team. No one needs the constant pressure he allows in addition to the three penalties per game he gets.

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fredster

Good article I agree with everything pretty much Pewter Report pointed out. I don’t care who the RB is they won’t do much behind this lame ass line. Smith is terrible LT. The stats don’t show how bad he is because his score ups come at such bad times in big games. Paying him 14 million is nuts I don’t care who free agency brings. There has to be a better solution. Has to be! Warhop has sucked for 5 years with different players. He is not getting the job done I don’t know how anyone can defend him. Running… Read more »

bucballer

All good comments. Bucs fans just want some consistency in performance and a team that plays with passion. Changes need to be made. Period. Licht has 50 losses in 5 years. Gone. Koetter is 19-26. Not horrible within itself. The problem is he ultimately decides as Head Coach the identity of the Offense and Defense. What is the identity of this Buc’s team? Apparently we r a pass first offense with not much of a run game. We r what we thought we were. The problem is the system and the coaching. Of course talent is an important ingredient as… Read more »

bucballer

I thought he should’ve been fired after last year… I’m just saying

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EastEndBoy

You know who would look good at RG for us:

Gabe Jackson…that guy Licht passed by to take a 3rd down RB that is long gone,

or better yet, Quentin Nelson…that guy Licht never even tried to trade up 1 slot to get, instead selecting yet another DT for the team.

Whatever Warhop’s role in this debacle, Licht is the mayor of our debacle-town!

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thewbacca

I know this sounds picky but I would not lump Noah Spence in as a small school player. He played for Ohio State before he got caught doing ecstasy.

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Dman

Good lord, the season is over and you guys are finally getting around to this!!!! Average backs that all of a sudden become stars in the NFL shine because they have superior O Lines. Championship teams are such because they have dominant O lines. Anybody remember the Hogs? Peyton Barber is a hell uv a back. Runs hard EVERY time, top rated RB in the league for yards after contact. Watched him giving his line high fives on the bench last Sunday while they let him get crushed within fractions of a second of a second after getting a handoff.… Read more »

thewbacca

Couldn’t agree more.

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76Buc

“But the fact that Benenoch is playing out of position – I don’t think he’s built to play guard – and hasn’t developed, nor has Cappa and Pamphile before them,”-easy fix-switch D. Jones to RG and let Benenoch and Cappa fight it out in their natural positions. Draft an LT. Jones goes to the pro-bowl after a breaking in period.

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