FAB 2. Less Is More At WR For Bucs

There’s an old saying: “Sometimes less is more.”

While analyzing the Bucs’ reshaped wide receiver depth chart this offseason, I think that old saying really applies now that DeSean Jackson – and his malcontent attitude – is gone.

Jameis Winston never had to worry about getting the ball to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin or Adam Humphries. Evans never lobbied for the ball because he knew that the passing game was going through him. Godwin and Humphries are patient, soft-spoken, team-oriented guys to begin with, and never pressured Winston to get them the ball.

With Jackson on the team over the last two years it was different, and Winston knew it.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Getty Images

Jackson was getting paid $12.5 million in 2017 and $11 million last year. There was pressure to get such a highly paid receiver the ball. Winston felt it, and when he wasn’t feeling it, Jackson was there on the sidelines at times pitching a fit to remind him. Jackson pouted when he wasn’t getting the ball – or when the balls that were coming to him were overthrown.

Winston and Jackson never had chemistry, especially on the deep ball, which is where Jackson excels as a receiver. The reason is because Winston is not pin-point accurate on deep passes.

When Winston throws the deep ball to Evans or Godwin, he knows that both of those big receivers can go up and get it – often out-muscling or out-leaping a defensive back to do so. At the very least, Evans and Godwin would play defensive back and try to make sure that any errant pass wasn’t going to get picked off.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jackson never did that. If the pass wasn’t on the money or overthrown, there was a decent chance the pass would get intercepted because Jackson would not fight for the ball. Winston has more success with receivers that have a bigger catch radius.

Humphries, who was Winston’s safety blanket underneath and on third down, is gone, and that won’t help the Bucs quarterback, who is entering a crucial fifth-year option year in 2019. The Bucs signed Breshad Perriman, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound target that has more size than Jackson or Humphries and offers Winston a deep threat with a bigger catch radius – provided he can catch it consistently.

The next receiver off the bench could be second-year receiver Justin Watson, who was last year’s fifth-round pick. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Watson is another big receiver that could continue the rapport he developed with Winston in camp last year this offseason. At 6-foot-1, 209 pounds, Godwin is now the smallest of the Bucs’ top four receivers.

Winston doesn’t have to worry about feeding the ball to anyone this year. There’s no pressure to get the ball to a $10 million receiver, and more importantly no yappy dog on the sidelines being a nuisance barking his head off when he doesn’t get the ball.

Bucs WR Justin Watson - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs WR Justin Watson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s true that Jackson and Humphries were the more accomplished receivers, but if Perriman and Watson can step up outside opposite Evans, and if Godwin can rule the middle in the slot, as expected, Winston and the Bucs will actually benefit from not having bigger name players on the roster – let alone more expensive ones as Jackson will be earning an average of $9.2 million in Philadelphia, and Humphries will be averaging $9 million in Tennessee.

The Bucs are hoping that less can be much more at wide receiver this year.

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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. Great article Scott.

    Feeling pretty positive this year. Here are some of my thoughts.

    1. Boy is Godwin in for a great year. I was a little disappointed in him last year. Seemed to drop the ball or fumble it one to many times, but he is young, talented, a hardworker, and a team player (would rather have guys with ME and Godwin’s mentalities than the A.Browns and OBJ’s.) Godwin has already started to build a solid rapport with JW. Will still miss Humps ability to get open and make crucial 3rd down catches, but Godwin will have a great year operating out of the slot as a top JW target.

    2. Really excited to see Jameis in this offense. He has always been a fantastic seam route thrower. With both OJ and Godwin attacking, its going to be a tall order for any D.

    3. I thought Breshad Perriman is a bit overpaid however I am excited to see him work with Jameis. Ppl complain about Jameis’ deep ball, but remember 2 things: 1. Jameis is one of the better long passers in the NFL when it comes to throwing 15-25 yard depth of target. 2. Even on a straight vertical further than that, Jameis had no issue with any WR other than DJax and made multiple deep balls to ME and others (I do disagree with you on this Scott, sure he relied on MEs size sometimes, but there were plenty of deep balls that were right on the money and in stride). Unlike Djax, Breshad isnt going to refuse to workout with Jameis, he is going to put that time in, he is also not going to sow dissent in the locker room. Breshad doesnt have the same talent as Djax, but by putting his ego aside, might actually be a better performer with JW at QB.

    4. Agree on the rest of your points. Not overpaying Kwon or Hump was 100% the right call. Def need to flood more talent along the Oline especially

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  2. Pewter report Crew I know Jason is a good guy and you all like him.
    But it’s time you called for his job.
    At the end of the day he is a below average scout who can’t build a roster.
    It’s time….

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  3. There’s only one ball and if you have 4 talented WRs and two TE’s , someone is going to get left out. There were to many times in 2017 and 2018 when I saw both QBs force the ball into Jackson just so he wouldn’t whine, wasting a valuable down.
    I’m just glad he’s gone.
    Like Goodfellow, I have noted in the past that Winston didn’t have a much problem going yard with his other WRs, why was Jackson such a problem.

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  4. I agree with most points in the article. I do think Jamies is much better at the deep ball than you insinuate.
    His biggest problem by far with long passes has been with DJax.
    The Bucs need to fill some holes in free agency(right guard, corner, linebacker and safety) and then attack the trenches in the draft.

    I’d much rather the Bucs focus on defensive line and offensive line in the first four rounds rather than get a off the ball linebacker, corner or running back, even though they currently have needs at those positions.
    The Bucs have been very soft in the trenches over the last few years and they need to try and turn those areas into a strength.

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  5. Despite lot people constantly bashing Licht I’ve agreed with every move Licht has made lately. I’m glad abuvs kept him on and that he helped land us Arians. I hope he drafts well this year that’s been hit or miss and a learning curve for sure.

    Licht was 100% right letting Kwon go. I agree and said same thing weeks ago. He is good not great and he hasn’t been the best in staying healthy. He also is not very good in coverage period anyways wish him luck he plays with lots of heart.

    I agree with O line assessment and said same months ago Licht needs to flood O line with talent and bodies like he did when fixed this D line. Starts up front! Always has always will. I am not buying this O line can play good or much better without help on right side. I’m sorry but coaching was not the whole problem. If it was why did other guys on line play ok? No sir make no mistake this team needs more talent among with better coaching on O line! Big time. Yes we need more talent at RB as well but it is lower priority. I don’t care who RB is if no holes it won’t matter. We also have big needs in secondary and need another “stud” LB.

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  6. They really think Perryman is to replace DeSeanJackson ???????? Destin Jonney
    You are correct it is time to get a new GM however they’re happy with the things the way they’re going that’s why they’re going the way they go.

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  7. Nice article, Scott. I agree that they couldn’t overpay for Kwon. I doubt that he will play out that contract. I’m glad he’s getting paid though. Yes, FLOOD! Flood & flexibility. Draft a guy like Jonah give you solidity across the entire O-line. I personally think that Watson will end up having better numbers than Perriman by the end of the year. Give me a slower guy with route running and excellent hands any day.

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  8. Not only is this Winston’s prove it year, it’s Hargreaves and Spences as well. If Hagreaves ends up covering slot receivers he is already a disappointment since you don’t draft slot cover guys with high No. 1 picks.

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  9. IMO the only issue with “flooding” RB/secondary/O-line is that this draft is loaded at front 7 / DL and we are rebuilding a 3-4 defense where most of our front 7 is old outside of Vea. We should take full advantage of this.

    The biggest reason the Bucs have been terrible for so long is they have had a bottom 3-5 defense basically every year. The one year we had just an average defense with Winston we had a winning record despite a top 5 difficult schedule.

    Carolina has drafted DTs and DEs R1/R2 when they already seemed loaded at the time but their philosophical approach to prioritizing an elite front 7 over the secondary consistently has produced very solid defenses no matter who is shuffling around at CB/S. I remember one season they started all rookies basically at CB and a super old safety and still held their own / were much better than the Bucs.

    We have a ton of draft picks invested the secondary between VHIII (1st) Davis (2nd) Stewart (2nd) Evans (2nd) + Ryan Smith (4th) who was probably our best CB last year despite not getting enough play time and Jordan Whitehead who has flashed (4th).

    I don’t want a single draft pick going there unless it’s some HOF generational player or insane value. Sign a cheap Vet or 2 and let these guys develop while we rebuild our front 7 so we can move on from bloated fat contracts of old guys like McCoy/JPP in 2020.

    IMO 2019 draft = mostly rebuilding front 7 and DL/edge rusher in particular, so we can move on from the old guys in 2020 while they groom these guys in 2019. In terms of draft preference IMO
    R1-BPA Defense front 7
    R2-OG (Chris Lindstrom / Elgton Jenkins / James Bradberry)
    R3-R7 BPA Defense front 7 with 1 RB sprinkled in

    2020 = either RT is solved by developmental guys or we still need one. RB may be solved or we still need one. Other than that offense completely set with drafted guys basically and some vets.

    If our secondary isn’t panning out STILL, then you take your newly freed up cap space from dumping McCoy and either trading JPP, and you sign the most expensive CB and /or S you want. Our front 7 would be rebuilt on mostly cheap contracts.

    That all just makes more sense to me given what you can do in one offseason. I hate the idea of avoiding a draft’s strengths because of desperation / “needs”

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  10. I still believe we should’ve claimed Kareem Hunt off Waivers last season. They would’ve had him under that contract for another two years averaging less than $1 million/yr. Cleveland signed him for $1-1.1 million/yr and will have him for 8 games. They already had Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, so he’ll be a bonus for them when he returns from his suspension. He was an absolute need here. If he comes back, balls,and stays out of trouble, then he’ll make a lot more as a Free Agent or Franchise Tag in 2020. We had a shot at one of the best RB’s in the league for a very cheap price and whiffed because the Bucs were afraid of how it would look. I don’t see the media or public ripping the Browns for signing him as a Free Agent. In today’s world we wouldn’t of had Michael Pittman on our Superbowl Roster because of his many domestic violence acts. His acts were way worse and continued even after he retired. Now, he never should’ve been a Buccaneer! https://www.dailybreeze.com/2014/10/23/former-nfl-running-back-michael-pittman-faces-another-domestic-violence-charge-in-torrance/ Hunt does has been accused two other times of being violent, but they weren’t against women. It seem as though his are just anger issues in general and hopefully he has learned to control it. It would’ve been worth the risk either way. If it’s under control, then you have an All-Pro RB for cheap. If not, you cut him and it costs you nothing! No draft picks or money as you could void his contract for violating NFL personal conduct policy.

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  11. Mid-off-season report card.

    We’re roughly half way through the off-season hoopla (the big wave of FA is over now anyway)…so how’s our GM done:

    Acquired Deion Buchannon (uh huh); Brashard Perriman (oh my…not that guy); another punter (at least Anger had a great last name); re-signed a few guys most notably Barber (ok – not that exciting really) and I guess D Smith (ugh, but ok we had to).

    Lost: Kwon Alexander (tough loss but I can understand…leaves another hole now), Adam Humphries (ok – he was too expensive and moving Godwin should help…but now we have a hole at WR, and please don’t say that answer is Brashard Perriman – ooofff); DJax (buh bye); Grimes (buh bye); Vinny Curry (makes sense).

    So far, we’re bringing back the same team minus a couple of key guys, plus Buchannon (I guess)…is this the strategy of addition by subtraction?

    Grade so far: F-

    The draft better be amazing if we expect to produce something better than the 5 wins we’ve become accustomed to…we have no help to a brutal OLine; no significant help to a brutal secondary…the best moves we made were getting DJax and Grimes out of the locker room; we only have LaVonte left to play LB. Fingers (and toes) crossed for a massive, massive effort at the end of April!!!!!

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  12. The secondary is still the weakest part of this team IMO. Is Tre Boston still out there? He’s 26 and has been on 3 different teams in the past 3 seasons accumulating 160 tackles, 24 passes defended and 10 picks. Not sure why any one of those teams have not signed him to a long term deal. Am I wrong to think he’s a good safety and could help this secondary? Thoughts?

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  13. then bucs are a lousy team (LOOK AT THEIR RECORD) and now have no cash with a bad team .. Yet fans still defend Light who should have been fired..how many excuses can fans make before enough is enough ?

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  14. Scott Reynolds wrote an excellent article this week, especially the part about flooding the preseason and training camp roster with lots of inexpensive free agents. Combining a flood of low-priced free agents at running back, defensive back, and offensive line with Bruce Arians’ “two practices at the same time” preseason philosophy may just uncover some diamonds in the rough. Too often Bucs fans, and really most fans around the league I think, and sometimes even Jason Licht and his professional scouts I fear, are attracted to the latest shiny object in free agency and the draft. There are plenty of busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame attesting to players who only found their way into an NFL training camp because they were a two-digit round pick when the NFL Draft was 20 and even 30 rounds long. Today, those men would have been undrafted free agents, like Adam Humphries, who come to the team’s training camp having to prove their worth, before worrying about a big contract. i think it would be great to see Arians and his staff get the opportunity to sort through 20 or so free agent running backs, defensive backs, and offensive linemen each and see what they find. As fans we might be surprised.

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    • Keep in mind that the more players in OTA’s and camp The less reps each player gets. That could become an issue. Hopefully with such a big staff that will not become a problem.

      Go Bucs !!!

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  15. Great article, Scott, as usual. I’d like to see us draft front 7 defense in rounds 1 and 2, like but if Lindstrom is available in the 2nd round, we’ve got to take him. The only reason I wouldn’t draft J Williams in the first round is that LB is a critical need for us, and this draft doesn’t have much depth. I look at this year’s draft as Licht’s last chance to prove he’s a good GM, and if he gets it right in the 2nd round this year, as well as 1st and 3rd rounds, all is forgiven for past mistakes.

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  16. If we draft a RB in the 2nd round again, I’ll lose it. Flooding the roster with talent still requires we do it intelligently. We have A LOT of positions we need to flood besides RB…OL and LB for starters…but losing Grimes and moving Stewart to safety means we likely need to add at least one CB, if not 2. And it would still be wise to address the DL again with GMC taking his final bow this season, Unrein being released, and Gholston being essentially useless the past 2 years (and honestly, he should probably be released to free up some cap space anyways). So that’s a lot of positions to “flood” with talent…and RB is probably the least of those needs with Barber showing flashes last season and RoJo being FAR too young to give up on after a single season. The top 3, maybe even 4 rounds should be applied to those other positions first and foremost. Maybe by the time the 5th rolls around, we can look into options for a receiving back to compliment the rest of our RB’s, otherwise we’re wasting value taking one earlier that…value that can be spent on positions of higher importance for this team right now.

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  17. All that said, I’d be more willing to sign a cheap RB and then add a late round RB to the mix to figure out the best combination…but taking another RB early in the draft with the other needs on this team would be a fireable offense for Licht…and the list of those is starting to pile up a little too high already.

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  18. I concur @dt25: we have a lot of holes on this roster, and seem to be adding more by the day…better be some incredible draft in the works.

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  19. Good thoughts Scott. I still don’t understand why McCoy and Gholston weren’t asked to take a pay cut. Both were under performers in 2017 & 2018. My preference is to release or trade them for something; both have shown enough from past seasons they aren’t going to improve anymore because of age & injuries.
    I wouldn’t structure Evans contract either; better to save that for real emergency’s. Just my opinions.

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  20. Another “In defense of Jason Licht” Fab 5.

    Let the results of 53-loss-Licht’s final season in Tampa this year play out and no amount of rationalizing by Scott Reynolds will matter. You have a two time coach of the year and Scott’s constant badgering of the coaching staff (and not the construction of the roster) will then turn into “with the Bucs cap-strapped Jason Licht managed to do his best to build a team into 6-10 in 2019 and should be retained for another year when Ryan Jensen’s can be cut without penalty.”

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  21. If we drop to 7 in the first round and get White we don’t need Bucannon starting there because White will have Minter next to him helping him on the field play in the new scheme. Have Bucannon start at Safety and train them then later in the year if we have a rash of LB injuries he will be able to move back there. Just get a Veteran Safety that is all we really need now. Scott please watch the tape of the Kentucky Florida game and you will see the answer for backing up Barber and starting as the Third Down Back and that is Benny Snell Jr. who will be available in the third round. Also the future RT we need is Greg Little who Lindy’s grades as the second best OT in the country but we will be able to take him with our second round pick.

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  22. Just get a Veteran CB not Safety.

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  23. @SR -Entertaining Podcast and Fab 5

    Podcast: Good listen but one tiny mistake…As you reported, the Bucs and Beau Allen restructured his base salary $4 million. What was not mentioned was he can still make the lost million through incentives, kicking it right back up to $5 million. The trade off for him was that he gets to be a free agent again after the 2019 season and go to the highest bidder.

    Fab 1: Hopefully Perriman can revive his career in Tampa. He was clearly a bust for the Ravens. In watching his highlight reel from Cleveland, his speed didn’t really show up. One thing that did show up…His fear of drops while making catches. He doesn’t seem to snatch the ball, and he has plenty of double clutches. I feel like if we could hear his inner monologue, he would be saying over and over, “just don’t drop it. just don’t drop it. just don’t dr…” Again, I hope he turns it around.

    I have about as much faith in Perriman as I do in Spence, another clear bust with potential that is mostly from measurables, not actual production.

    Fab 2: I was never a fan of the Bucs adding Desean Jackson. Everyone in the media and most fans were so excited when the Bucs signed him. I hated the move. I thought the better play was to develop the drafted players organically and not sacrifice their experience for a “win now, mortgage the future” mentality. It is no surprise it ended the way it did.

    What is surprising is that the Bucs didn’t get more for him at the trade deadline. I feel confident that some team would have given more than a late 6th for the player and 7th. Hell, Philly traded for Golden Tate for a 3rd round pick and he was only signed through the rest of 2018. Tate is now a Giant.

    Fab 3: I love the double standard that gets applied when discussing Kwon Alexander leaving the team. He’s only been to one pro bowl. Ok. Hes missed 18 games (4 from PED suspension, 14 from injury) in 4 years. Ok. He’s only played in all 16 games in 1 out of 4 seasons(25%). Ok. He isn’t even the best linebacker on the team, so why pay him!

    Great argument, but if the team TRULY believes that, they should apply the same logic to Gerald McCoy. He is making MORE than Lavonte David, but his sacks, QB pressures, TFLs, Forced Fumbles, batted passes or passes defensed, and tackles pale in comparison to Lavonte David. The argument that David is good because McCoy plays in front of him is bull. It’s the same as saying JPP gets sacks because McCoy. I call BS on that too. McCoy lined up next to Curry over the RG a lot this last year. Teams ran right at them both. When they ran past them, it was up to linebackers and safeties to make the plays. McCoy didn’t funnel them. McCoy and Curry were flat ineffective.

    McCoy has only played in all 16 games twice in his 9 year career(22%). He has been the highest paid Buccaneer for most of his career. Where’s the BEEF? Where are the key plays? Where are the dominant performances? Why do the Bucs keep him around? If its cold hearted calculation on Kwon, why does McCoy get a pass?? I havent even brought up his age or his bad attitude about reality of a coaching change slapping him in the face. I would rather the Bucs line up with Roches-Nunez than McCoy.

    Fab 4: “This isn’t a Super Bowl roster. Not yet. Not even close.” Truer words have never been spoken. Flooding the RB room, CB room, and LB room is a start, but it’s superficial. Regarding talent: Winning teams have a great QB first, a good offensive line second, and an ADAPTABLE defense that can counter to defeat the other teams strengths on a week to week basis last. Running backs come and go. Linebackers come and go. Corners come and go. A 3-4 defense that can bring pressure from anywhere in the front seven or can rush 3 and drop 8, and still get home is the kind of defense that has been winning in the NFL. Look at New England. Look at Pittsburgh. Look at Seattle. Look at Chicago. All very adaptable defenses that can bring pressure from anywhere.

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  24. You are what your record says you are. Licht’s record is what it is, dismal. You fans can defend him all you want, but his record is way below .500. Hopefully B.A. and crew can turn this ship around, Koetter, and crew were awful coaches, but that’s on Licht too. He had the power to hire, or fire coaches that weren’t getting the job done, and did NOTHING! We have him to thank for clueless Koetter. Stop giving Licht a pass, he’s the reason we’re devoid of talent.

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  25. @bucwild02: Very perceptive of you – with apologies to the Licht Apologists:

    If Licht can claim credit for acquiring [insert whoever here], it must be pure genius. If he cuts [insert same player here], it was a “smart move” by said genius. If [insert any player here] is garbage, it was [Koetter, Lovie, SchiaNo] fault (I read on here that OLine coach George Warhop must have ruined all those great OLinemen that Licht acquired for him. LOL).

    If draft pick proves horrible (nearly everything out of round 1 aside, apart from maybe Marpet, Godwin and perhaps Justin Evans?), drafting is very hard. If draft pick proves good (some of the round 1s), it was pure genius (never mind that Mel Kiper/Literally Anyone could have made our 1st round picks each year under Licht – all straight from “the big board”).

    If Licht trades down, it is smart to acquire “draft capital”. When said “draft capital” is completely wasted, crickets can be heard. When Licht passes on opportunities to trade up a single spot to grab sure-things (e.g., Jack Conklin, Quenton Nelson: both pro bowlers), preferring to trade down for the bounty (Aguayo & VHIII; Vea & Stewart) crickets can be heard. When Licht passes on highly rated players of need (e.g., Gabe Jackson when we had ZERO OGs on the roster) to take his “favs” (e.g., Charles Sims), crickets can be heard.

    At some point we will move on from Licht and actually hire a real GM….only then will people look back and realize how bad our team is being played by this guy.

    Let’s hope that somehow he steps aside and lets Arians run the upcoming draft….with the painful FA off-season we’re having, we’re going to need an amazing draft.

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  26. @EastEndBoy My old handle! I agree with your thoughts about leadership claiming the good things and blameshifting the bad things.

    This season will be interesting, but there are big changes on the horizon. The whole organization is on a 1 year deal.

    If BA can’t work a miracle, and make no mistake that’s what it will be, a miracle, then it all gets blown up.
    Consider BA’s tasks:

    Have success with Byron Leftwich calling plays in his 1st year as an OC. Who’s scheme though? Bruce Arians or Byron Leftwich’s? He defended the job Leftwich did last year in AZ after OC Mike McCoy was fired, even though he was “stuck” with Mike McCoy’s scheme.

    Have success getting the right talent for Todd Bowles to be able to implement his defense. The team currently has 43 personnel and a young secondary. Leaders on the defense have been bad for a decade ZERO PLAYOFFS for MCCOY, DAVID. Overhaul on defense coming and needed, big time.

    QB whispering to a QB who is pretty sloppy with the ball, whether that’s passing it or when he’s running with it. Winston is the key to the whole season, and he’s on a one year deal. Pressure city.

    No great running backs on the team. Spare me the talk about how impressed he was with Barber. Also, it’s not a guarantee that he will hit on a RB in the draft. I watched “All or Nothing” and he was ALL IN on RB Abdullah who went to Detroit one pick earlier. Abdullah has been a bust. Landing David Johnson a round later and getting the production out of him wasn’t expected based on his place on the depth chart.

    Division Pedigree. The NFC South is the best division in football. Dan Quinn, Ron Rivera, and Sean Payton are good. Really good.
    Dan Quinn has the weakest resume but his teams have not won less than 7 games in any season. He has 1 superbowl appearance and he’s been to the playoffs in 2 out of 4 years in Atlanta.
    Riverboat Ron Rivera has 4 playoff appearances in 8 years and has never had less than 6 wins.
    Sean Payton has never had less than 7 wins in any season. He has 7 playoff appearances and 1 super bowl ring in 13 seasons.

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  27. I left out the fact that Ron Rivera also had a Superbowl appearance. He made it to the Super Bowl by DESTROYING the Bruce Arians Arizona Cardinals in their magical “All or Nothing” season.

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  28. You nailed it @eastendboy

    Towards the end of Dominik’s 28-52 half-decade of incompetence (but still one game better than Licht’s), fans and writers like Scott all proclaimed the foundation was there with Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Mark Barron, Johnthan Banks and Doug Martin even though that was only 5 players. Then Licht is hired, does some tinkering with the roster and voila! 2-14 and the worst team in football. By now most fans, including many writers that excused Dominik’s mistakes admit he was a failure. The same history will be written about Licht and writers like Scott will just pretend the past 6 years of nonstop defending him didn’t happen.

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  29. I agree 100%.

    Bring in a vet G, vet OT, another vet RB, vet S, and a vet CB. Go hog wild and let them compete.

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  30. Bravo Mr Reynolds,
    Another great article I agree with on all points. For all the “losses” we’ve taken in FA so far, I believe Licht has made the right moves. I love Kwon, but $13.5mil is just crazy and Lynch will probably realize that too late. Getting rid of MeJax is a great move relating to both cap and chemistry. Perriman will provide similar speed as well as increased catch radius, which will make things easierl for Jameis. There was only one receiver with chemistry issues so the problem was pretty blatant.

    I also agree with “flooding” the roster with talent and competition. Too often we’ve seen players signed, often for big $ with no competition, only to get burned in the end. All these 1 year prove-it deals are the smart move to find out who really deserves an extension while avoiding dead $.

    The offseason plan so far is clear and it’s good to see us sticking to the plan. A few more value additions should provide us with valuable depth and competition throughout camp. I’d love to see Crowell and maybe Kalil added if the price is right. A veteran DB wouldn’t hurt either, but having all our young guys back in the secondary should work out well for us.

    We have a tried and true coaching staff now, something we’ve been missing for too long. The difference in coaching alone should make us a better team. Picking up good players in the draft will be the icing on the cake

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  31. Good article that makes solid points. DJ really had a way of making Winston’s warts look worse. When it comes to catching the deep ball from Winston, Evans and Godwin have a better connection with Winston. Less is more.

    I like the approach to free agency this year. The previous coaches have failed to develop talent behind our clear-cut starters, fringe positions and a lot of the defensive players. They also experienced some bad luck. For example, they gave a chance to Isaiah Johnson over Keith Tandy and then Chris Conte went down with injury… all of a sudden, the secondary was in an awful inexperienced position last year because of their own decisions and a failure to develop the guy they chose. Tandy and Conte were system guys. There are more examples but this is a good one.

    Now with Bucannon, Minter, Watson, and dare I say Griffin too, we’re getting solid pickups for their systems. We’ll have better coaches who coach their own systems and while there will be reclamation work on former draft picks like Spence and VH3, I have a positive outlook that the next draft class will receive much better coaching and focus on the team’s systems and weekly game plans.

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  32. I always enjoy reading the Fab 4 plus the Podcast and sponsor pimping Fab 5 every Saturday morning. Of course I also get a kick out of the all too predictable comments section; some of which are longer than the article. Guys like Big Sombrero and others sure have a lot of free time spent on Pewter Report. Now Naplesfan has gone underground and I miss him. We come to know each other………at least our on-line personas, even though most of us have never met. I suspect some points of view are a bit exaggerated from reality and that the over-the-top negativity some spew is actually their defense for being so passionately disappointed year after year. I know for me, I have learned to temper my formerly blind positivity.

    So here we are, just starting the 2019 off-season this past week. I’m thankful that Jason Licht has refrained from doing a cannonball into the free agency pool just to make a big splash only to have the team treading water. OTA’s start in two weeks. Perhaps appropriately on April Fools Day. By this time six weeks from now the first two days of the Draft will be in the books. The woulda, coulda, shoulda critiques and the ridiculous grades will follow. As Yogi (for you youngsters, not the cartoon character) would say, “It’s de-ja-vu all over again”.

    For over 40 seasons I’ve supported our GM and coaching staff until my support was no longer warranted. Giving them the benefit of the doubt can only last so long. The “poor coaching” excuse is no longer available as the reason for the team’s dubious showing under Jason Licht’s watch. He’s had plenty of time to put together the roster that is now in the hands of the highly respected HC and staff of assistants.

    If the results of our GM’s efforts don’t show up on the field this year we’ll have to dig up Dandy Don to lead us in the Buc’s fans’ rendition of “Turn Out the Licht….the Party’s Over.”

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  33. Licht should be criticized for the position he’s in and some of the decisions he’s made. The problem I have with some of these negative commenters is that they never name a GM that hits on every coach,FA, or draft pick. I don’t like everything Licht has done but there are about 20 GM’s in the league that I’m glad are not running our team.

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  34. We don’t care what the other 31 G.M.’s are doing, we care about our Bucs. Licht came in with top draft choices, and all kinds of money to spend. His first pick was a good one, Mike Evans, how could he screw that up he was the sixth pick in the draft. Still an argument could be made it should’ve been A. Donald, build from the trenches out to the skill players, he went ass backwards. It seems Licht has convinced ownership that success is signing your picks to second contracts, Marpet, Evans, Smith. I say success is a winning record, playoffs, and players becoming all pros. In that regard Licht has been a five year failure. 5-11, 5-11.

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