FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots

• Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leaves Tampa Bay as the second-best defensive tackle in team history behind Warren Sapp, and also the fourth-leading sacker in franchise history with 54.5. That trails Sapp’s 77 in his nine years in Tampa Bay and Simeon Rice’s 69.5 sacks, and of course Lee Roy Selmon’s team-record 78.5 sacks.

Legendary Bucs DT Warren Sapp
Legendary Bucs DT Warren Sapp – Photo by: Getty Images

While the two defensive tackles played in different eras with Sapp playing in a time where offense featured more five- and seven-step drops, which allowed more interior lineman the opportunity to produce more sacks, Sapp was able to force far more takeaways in his nine years than McCoy produced in his. Sapp had 15 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, three interceptions and one touchdown in his Bucs career, totaling 27 takeaways – or an average of three per year.

In his nine-year career in Tampa Bay, McCoy had six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries for a total of 10 takeaways. McCoy averaged over one takeaway per year as a Buccaneer.

Sapp also saw some time on offense in 2003 as a reserve tight end in Jon Gruden’s “Hurricane” package, which was typically deployed around the end zone. Sapp was targeted four times and caught all four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

• Bucs linebacker Lavonte David has 18 career forced fumbles in his seven-year NFL career, which ranks fourth in Tampa Bay history. Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon leads the way with 28.5 forced fumbles in his nine-year career in orange and white, followed by fellow Hall of Famer, linebacker Derrick Brooks, who had 24 forced fumbles from 1995-2008.

Bucs LB Lavonte David
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by Getty Images

With two more forced fumbles, David will surpass legendary defensive end Simeon Rice, who had 19 from 2001-06, and move into third place. David will need seven more forced fumbles to pass Brooks and 11 more in his career to top Selmon.

Bucs’ Most Career Forced Fumbles

DE Lee Roy Selmon 28.5 FF
LB Derrick Brooks 24 FF
DE Simeon Rice 19 FF
LB Lavonte David 18 FF
CB Ronde Barber 15 FF
LB Hardy Nickerson 13 FF

Both Selmon and Rice averaged 3.16 forced fumbles per year, while David has averaged 2.57 forced fumbles per year.

• IAN BECKLES JOINS THE LATEST PEWTER NATION PODCAST! I was out of town this week, so Pewter Reporters Mark Cook, Taylor Jenkins and Matt Matera were joined by special guest and former Tampa Bay guard Ian Beckles to talk Bucs football on the latest edition of the Pewter Nation Podcast. Beckles, who is the afternoon host with Ron Diaz on WDAE 95.3 FM and 620 AM, had some choice words to say about the departure of Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the arrival of Ndamukong Suh, who is his replacement. Don’t miss this episode!

Click here to listen to Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 129: Ian Beckles

If you missed our previous episode, you can still check it out today or this weekend. The Pewter Reporters discussed Gerald McCoy’s appearance on Shannon And Skip: Undisputed on Pewter Nation Podcast, Episode 128: The Real McCoy, in addition to the news about McCoy refusing a pay cut in Tampa Bay that PewterReport.com uncovered.

Click here to listen to Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 128: The Real McCoy

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• Tampa Bay cut second-year running back Shaun Wilson last week and the timing seemed rather odd, didn’t it? The Bucs had dispersed for the summer a week prior and Wilson gets cut out of the blue with no corresponding roster move.

It turns out the team had grown weary of the oft-injured Wilson, who has missed practice this offseason as well as last year, and wound up on injured reserve last year on November 13 with a shoulder injury after rushing six times for 29 yards and catching three passes for five yards. Wilson made the team last year as an undrafted free agent out of Duke and was considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster this year.

Former Bucs KR Shaun Wilson - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs KR Shaun Wilson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Wilson’s departure leaves an already uninspired Bucs backfield thin at the running back position. Peyton Barber will enter training camp as the starter with last year’s second-round pick Ronald Jones II looking to shake off a disastrous rookie season and fight for carries and playing time. Behind those two, the depth chart is wide open as former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington will battle Dare Ogunbowale and undrafted free agent Bruce Anderson for the final two roster spots.

Ellington knows the system, but has played since 2017 due to injuries, while Ogunbowale will be in the mix for Tampa Bay’s kick return duties. Anderson has an all-around skill set that appeals to head coach Bruce Arians.

Look for the Bucs to add another running back to the mix and replace Wilson before training camp to compete for a roster spot.

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• Linebacker Lavonte David and former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy teamed up on the field over the past seven years together in Tampa Bay and became good friends off the field. It’s always difficult for teams to lose good players and for players to lose good friends when the business side of football eventually hits, and such was the case for McCoy and David.

Bucs LB Lavonte David and DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But for David, while losing McCoy to Carolina is tough, that blow was softened with the arrival of five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“It’s different because I’ve known Gerald for a very long time personally,” David said. “We have a friendship outside of football and I know what he’s capable of. I played with him for seven years. He’s going to bring his same force to a new team. Bringing in Suh, I’m expecting him to come in and do what he knows how to do. Come in and play hard. We’ve been watching him for a long time. He’s a dominant defensive lineman. Guys up front, and myself included, we’re expecting him to come in and dominate up front and help us out a lot on the back end playing behind him. It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be a different process. He’s got a different mentality and a different character. It’s going to be fun and we’re happy to have him.

“From what I’ve been hearing and from what I know, Suh is one of those guys that is full-go all the time. He’s one of those guys that you have to pull back some time, but that’s what you want as a football player. It’s going to be fun to see him play in this defense.”

Although they never played together at Nebraska, missing each other by one year, David has followed Suh’s career and is excited about playing with him this year.

“We’ve known each other over the years,” Suh said. “We obviously didn’t play with each other [at Nebraska]. Obviously, the Nebraska connection is very tight and look forward to obviously getting a chance to have him behind me. He’s very, very talented and he’s proved that throughout the years. Glad to have him here.”

• I will be vacationing next week, so there won’t be a new SR’s Fab 5 on Friday, July 5. I want each of you to have a safe and happy Fourth of July as we celebrate America’s Independence Day from tyranny and the creation of this great nation. SR’s Fab 5 will return on Friday, July 12 with a special Bucs training camp preview.

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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. You only see it if viewing this website on a wide screen monitor, but it is probably time to take McCoy’s picture off of the top left!

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  2. I really love Lavonte. It’s a shame he’s been on so many bad defenses and hasn’t received the national recognition he deserves. He’s been my favorite player and arguably the Bucs best player since they drafted him. Hoping he can recapture some of that magic he had under Schiano’s scheme when he was playing out of his mind. Seems like he’ll get the chance under Bowles after years of toiling under Lovie and Mike Smith.

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  3. Scheme,coaching do matter. They must match specific talents of the players. Instead of changing player to fit scheme. Builds chemistry. Make week to week changes within your scheme & your depth to attack other teams weaknesses. Then you doing special things like the N.E. coach. It works on both sides of the ball too. You must as coaches know your opponents very well. This is what urks me about Glazers they do not demand cohesion.

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  4. Fab 4
    I think we are getting Arians mental heavy and Arians physical light.

    When Lovie Smith came I had hoped his time away from coaching meant that he would bring a better version of his previous performances as an NFL HC. I saw what he actually did as self aggrandizement and milking the situation to enhance his net worth. I don’t want to judge the individual so I hope I have merely exaggerated the true situation in my mind. Not that it matters to anyone else. (Just to show you what is in the back of my mind.)

    Here also I was envisioning a better but not a dramatically different version of Arians. The delegation part is new and introduces uncertainty for our preseason assessments. Obviously, the differences are the new part of the improvements in his mind at least.

    At this time I am still in “In BA we must trust” mode.
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    Go Bucs!!!

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  5. Well, of course it’s Arians-light. The guy was retired….for health reasons….related to the stress of being an NFL Head Coach. He has said since Day 1 that he sees Leftwich and Bowles in charge. He has been talking those two up like they’re the next coming of Bill Parcells, and has said he’s done that in part because of the personal relationships he has with them, dating back many years. He wants one of those guys to get his shot (or in Bowles case, another shot) to be a Head Coach.

    My hope was that he was going to use 2019 to ease one of them ahead, and then take over Jason Licht’s job next year, sending him out to pasture. Sadly, his relationship there seems like that won’t be the plan.

    But to answer your question Scott – no the Glazers didn’t hire Arians…they hired one of Bowles or Leftwich to be Head Coach, and hired Arians to run their interview process for a year.

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  6. After seeing Koetter focus only on the offensive side of the ball, and leave his defense totally in the inept hands of M. Smith, I’m glad B.A. isn’t locked in a room with Winston wearing blinders to what’s going on with the rest of the team. I don’t see the GOAT Belichick calling plays on defense, or offense. He has an eye for coaches, and let’s them do their thing. Of course he’s making calls on both sides of the ball, and I’m sure Arains will too. This is not a problem Scott, don’t make it one. Good to see Arians cut Wilson, showing no patients for his inability to stay healthy. To much in the past we’ve hung on to guys who spend more time in the tub then with the club. So we’ve had more players miss time do to injury then most teams. I hope the new training hires help, but I think some of the problem was our guys weren’t mentally tough enough to play through some minor injuries.

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  7. OMG! Can we PLEASE stop talking about GMC. He plays for the hated Panthers! Forget him already!!

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  8. Best part of this article is how it points out how low McCoy’s takeaway total is. Hahahahaha!!!

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  9. I love all of this, but the strength and conditioning coaches get me the most excited. Wow, what a concept, having different positions doing different drills. These types of things can only help this team. It seemed like every game a starter was going out. Love the insight for this time of year guys! Keep up the good work

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  10. Injuries and misdiagnosing drafted players and free agents have plagued this franchise for over a decade. About time the team moves forward with sports science and embracing such analytics.

    Lavonte David has been quietly grinding and he is putting up a resume that will probably go the distance. I am proud of him and even when people doubted him I was in his corner. The guy plays with so much heart and it shows.

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  11. Abnormal high injuries last few years have cost this team as many wins as anything really. It’s been nuts. I always wondered if it was bad luck, bad conditioning coaches, or both.

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  12. So Arizona didn’t have a quarterback coach?

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  13. SR on vacay?? Where does a FL boy go on vacation? As Sapp said to Meshawn, “We got it all right here man.” Enjoy yourself sir, have a safe and wonderful time. As to BA light, I agree his successor is very likely already coaching on this team. Certainly Winston’s success is the team’s best case scenario. But I honestly believe that BA’s #1 job is to change the culture on the entire team. He has to get these guys to play a whole game. All 3 phases for all 4 quarters. To not play up to the competition but to play up to each other. Even in the 10 wins we’ve watched over the last 2 years, I don’t think we have seen that.

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  14. Derrick Brooks played from 95-08 or for 14 seasons.
    Lavonte David has played for 7 seasons so far.

    I really hope I get to watch Lavonte for 7 more seasons in pewter and red. He’s been my favorite Buc for 7 years.

    He may go down as the most unsung superstar in team history. With all the stats in the world to make the case that he was consisitently one of the best linebackers in the entire league, he was snubbed year after year for the meaningless pro bowl. When comparing his first 3/5/7 years in the league to Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, he compares favorably in every category except playoffs and wins.

    I can’t wait to see the dependable ‘Husker in this new defense.

    Some Lavonte Highlights:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C8SBKJHwSg

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  15. Great article once again Scott! You will be missed while you are on vacation, but enjoy your time away. David has been my favorite player on defense also and I know he will shine as an ILB and will be in plenty of Pro Bowls before he retires. BA has already turned around this culture! I love all his innovations he has brought to do so. His keeping the rookies here to learn will pay off this year and I expect four of them or more to be starters and play like veterans based on all the superior development BA has brought. His strength program will also make all his players stronger and less likely to be injured and putting heat monitors on players in practice is genius given his practices in high temperatures this year.

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  16. I don’t think BA needs to bring in another RB unless it turns out Jones can’t cut it this year. I am glad to hear that BA likes Anderson too. I think he will bring a lot of flexibility. If he uses Ogunbowale to return kicks he needs to keep five RBs. Ogunbowale also could be the best sub backing up Barber in case he goes down. Anderson could be a good third down back, Jones a good change of pace back who can go all the way, and Ellington is great for attacking the perimeter and comfortable as a pass receiver too. We can use them all.

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  17. Ariana wasn’t just brought her to mentor Winston, if that was the case, he would’ve been the oc, not the hc. For far too long I’ve made myself excited and emotionally invested in players/coaches that I knew deep down weren’t the answer. We’ve had plenty of teases along the way. Hell raheem Morris still have us the best season we’ve had this far this decade. We’ve been through a lot as buc fans. But I do believe in arians. The drafting of Devin white out any of my doubt to rest. We will be healthier and not burnt out simply because of our new indoor practice facility. Our guys will get more reps because because we’re having multiple groups going with first stringers with first stringers, second stringers with second. So on and so forth. Arians while being looked at to help Winston put it all together, is changing the way we do things around here for the better. Scott do you honestly think Asians isn’t doing anything to help Winston? Do you really think Winston hasn’t had Asians in his ear? Just because Arians isn’t physically showing you what your were looking for doesn’t mean he’s not getting through to Winston in other ways. I’m pretty sure Asians is helping out leftwich where he sees he needs help, but let’s not forget that leftwich was an NFL qb for years and was a pretty damn good backup in Pittsburgh. Bowels I’m not worried about at all and he might be the one that replaces Arians once he decides he’s done done. I know we’ve been burned, believe me, WE ALL KNOW THAT lol. But this isn’t the same thing. Players are being held accountable, the tough but correct roster moves are being made, and our draft picks from Devin white to sc try Miller are turning heads, making plays, and showing leadership. Enjoy your vacation and don’t worry about getting arians “light”. BA is here and will be getting us more wins than losses. He’s in control, trust me.

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  18. Sorry for all the typos /errors. Please do your best to read through it!

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