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Ronald Jones will get his chance to start after the bye week by all reports. Will be interesting to see how he goes, hopefully better than he did in the preseason.
 

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*sigh* another terrible first half by the defense, turn overs and coaching are killing us.

Jury still out on Jameis ... I wasn't sold to begin with (he had an overattd FSU career IMO), but there is obviously some talent there to work with. My problem with him is three fold:

1. He has a terrible deep ball in an offense built to heavily favour the deep ball and use it to set up everything else (limiting what the defense actually has to defend)

2. He is always good for a couple WTF were you thinking plays every game and the team overall isn't good enough to overcome them

3. Our coaching is a mess and will never be able to get the best out of him.


This is looking like a 6-10 season. We’re on a 3 game losing streak and our defense is terrible
 

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Mike Smith fired from Tampa!!!

I was watching the game yesterday morning and thought it was strange that when they panned to him, he head this strange look ... must have known what was coming.

Long time coming and glad to see them make the move .... although not sure why didn’t they do this before the bye week?
 

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Big game for us coming up against the Panthers.

I fully expect the Panthers to try and take away the deep pass. We need to be able to run the ball on them. I’m including Fitz in that. He needs to make the quick decision to tuck the ball and run because those receivers are going to be battling.

The Panthers have been bad at stopping TEs so OJ Howard should have a great game and Brate will too if Fitz remembers he’s on the team.
 

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The Panthers played this like a scrimmage game.

It'd be nice if our OL could block for our runners, whoever they are. I don't blame the guys carrying the ball too much cause it's hard to run through the other teams defense when you have to expend all your energy trying to run through your own offense.

Defense is beyond bad, and it's not about talent. There are plenty of other teams do more with less. The suck is starting to become a vicious circle, as players don't trust each other to do their jobs and are getting out of their own lanes, making the problem worse.

I can't stand Koetter. Lies and avoids responsibility. You have Dirk apologizing for the Social media dept making a 28-3 joke, lying about not seeing players committing blatant fouls, and McCoy apologizing for a legit QB hit (he probably wouldn't have even been flagged if he didn't do that) and you see where the softness of this team is in play. I don't think Dirk can coach the toughness into the team that it needs.

All that said, I wouldn't be completely opposed to him coming back next year and installing a real DC. One that isn't going to try this passive BS scheme we love so much. It doesn't fit the players' skills. LVD shouldn't be used like he is - he's a great blitzer. Kwon was a liability in coverage, yet we rarely sent him in, just let him cover empty grass on pass plays (and I swear the grass burned him for a few TDs).

Our corners shouldn't be playing off so much (we all know that). There is more than enough talent there to field at least a top half defense, and top ten should be possible. Hell, if we were even top 20, we'd probably at least 5-3 right now. probably better.

The Saints are going to destroy us this time. In fact, I see 5 straight losses to end the season, so 6-10 is probably a reasonable expectation.

Another year without a playoff appearance :(
 

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Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports the Bucs are the team Mike McCarthy has "been connected to the most."

The Bucs are expected to move on from Dirk Koetter after two straight losing seasons. McCarthy wouldn't help Tampa's defense, but the Bucs could bring him in to turn around Jameis Winston given his history with quarterbacks. Despite a falling out with the Packers, McCarthy is going to be one of the hottest retreads in a down coaching cycle. He's also been linked to the Cardinals and Jets.

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As DeSean Jackson’s time in Tampa comes to an end, the dirty laundry begins to emerge
Posted by Mike Florio on December 28, 2018, 10:31 AM EST

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DeSean Jackson may win the war, but the Bucs will nevertheless fight the P.R. battle.

By reportedly asking for a trade before the 2018 deadline, Jackson made it clear that he wants to leave Tampa. The Buccaneers apparently are ready for him to leave. Or, at a minimum, to make him look bad on his way out.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (via JoeBucsFan.com) reported late last week on the various issues that have plagued Jackson’s time in Tampa.

The problems emerged in 2017, Jackson’s first season with the team. Per Stroud, the team fined Jackson “extensively for being late to meetings and sometimes [falling] asleep in them.” Jackson also rarely took notes in meetings, according to Stroud.

“Just before Christmas last year, he played cards in the locker room with his former Washington teammate, defensive tackle Chris Baker, and was late to a meeting,” Stroud writes regarding Jackson. “When told he would be fined again, Jackson erupted and kicked over a display Bucs receivers were using for a secret Santa gift exchange. He then became involved in a physical altercation with one of his coaches and had to be restrained by a teammate.”

None of this came out last year, presumably because the Bucs wanted to try to make it work. Indeed, when given the chance to trade Jackson in October, G.M. Jason Licht was steadfast in his position that Jackson wouldn’t be leaving. Now that the Bucs apparently have decided to give Jackson what he wants, things that otherwise remained secret will emerge.

Jackson surely would have trade value, even with the team airing dirty laundry that had remained in the hamper for more than a year. And there’s still a chance that the post-2018 configuration of the organization could entail a coaching staff that embraces Jackson, causing him to perhaps change his mind about leaving. That said, he’d need to be very confident that he fits into the offensive plans, and he’d need to have plenty of confidence in the new coaching staff.
 

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Brent Grimes opening up about how the Bucs season derailed, from his pov...

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Brent Grimes says he wasn’t being paid to cover top receivers

Posted by Mike Florio on January 4, 2019, 11:33 AM EST



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Of the looming changes in Tampa, cornerback Brent Grimes undoubtedly will be one of them.

The 35-year-old defender opened up while appearing on his wife’s podcast, explaining what went wrong for him with the Bucs this year.

“We get to the Steelers and then they start asking me to follow people,” Grimes said via JoeBucsFan.com, regarding the Week Three Monday night game. And he regarded that as a slap in the face, because he believes that cornerbacks who follow the No. 1 receiver “earn $13 to $15 million.” (Grimes made $7 million for 2018.)

Grimes blames his performance for the full year on that one moment.

“That just f–ked up my whole vibe for the whole year to be completely honest,” Grimes said.

Ordinarily, honesty is preferred. But in this case, Grimes would have been better off keeping his candor to himself, if he hopes to extend his career by another season. Once a guy becomes part of a team, he should do what he’s asked to do by his coaches, and he should welcome any unexpected chances to compete as an opportunity, not a hassle.
 

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Bruce Arians expects to win quickly: “I’m not about rebuilding”

Posted by Michael David Smith on January 10, 2019, 2:41 PM EST



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New Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians does not think he’s taking over a long rebuilding effort.

The 66-year-old Arians said today that he wants to win right away, and he thinks he has the talent to win right away in Tampa Bay.

“I think we have the core here to win quickly,” he said. “I’m not about rebuilding. I’m about reloading.”

Arians said he believes in quarterback Jameis Winston and that he can build an offense around what Winston does well.

“People want to know what’s your system? You’re system is your players,” Arians said. “It’s his team.”

Arians said he thinks the Buccaneers are in better shape right now than the Cardinals were when Arians arrived in 2013. Arians went 10-6 in his first year in Arizona, 11-5 in his second and 13-3 in his third, so if Arians has a better team right now than he had then, the Bucs should be ready to end their 11-year playoff drought.
 

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Buccaneers announce full 2019 coaching staff

Posted by Josh Alper on January 16, 2019, 5:23 PM EST



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The Buccaneers have announced the full coaching staff for Bruce Arians’ first year as their head coach.

The team had previously announced the hirings of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and run game coordinator/assistant head coach Harold Goodwin. They officially announced a handful of other coaches whose additions had been reported already.

Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, wide receivers coach Kevin Garver, defensive/special teams assistant Cody Grimm, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, offensive assistant Antwan Randle El and safeties coach Nick Rapone make up that group.

They will be joined by 12 other coaches. The group includes defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, who was the Jets’ defensive coordinator when Bowles was the team’s head coach, and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote, who both played and coached for the Cardinals when Arians was in Arizona.

Defensive quality control coach Tim Atkins, specialists coach Chris Boniol, inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell, assistant to the head coach Mike Chiurco, tight ends coach Rick Christophel, offensive line coach Joe Gilbert, assistant special teams coach Amos Jones, running backs coach Todd McNair, cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross, and offensive quality control coach John Van Dam round out the staff in Tampa.

All in all, 14 of the 21 coaches have been on staffs with or under Arians in the past.
 

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I won’t lie - I’m disappointed with the White selection given that I felt we could have traded down slightly to take him.

The White Pick seems to now tilt the odds towards our primary base nickel being a 2-4 rather than a 3-3 front.
 

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After some soul searching ... I think I'm still undecided on how I feel following the draft.

On the one hand - it appears that we have depth in the secondary and a paper thin d-line, we have a (mabe) have a kicker and a paper thin offensive line.

We've seen from past experiences that building from the outside in doesnt work.

On the other hand/ I don't mind that we drafted two genuine CB's, because even though we spent a few high picks on that role in recent years, no one we have currently would be termed as a reliable press CB:

MJ Stewart = slow
Vernon Hargreaves = injury prone
Carlton Davis = can't catch

Given the above, I think its fair to say that depth in this area would be eventually be exposed.
 

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Arians is going to turn the ship around, a 7-9 record belied the good season you guys had - and Winston is the biggest issue here. That 30-30 season hurts massively, regardless of him being the 12th instance of a player recording a 5,000 yard season. I can't see Winston turning it around.

That 7-9 could really have turned in to a playoff challenging record, all due to turnovers and 7(!!!!!!) pick 6's.
Week 6 : -6 turnover differential in an 11 point loss
Week 7 : -3 differential in a 4 point loss
Week 16 : -3 differential in a 3 point loss

Better ball control, who knows what could've been.
 

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Bucs traded up with the 49ers to select Iowa RT Tristan Wirfs with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Bucs moved up one spot, sending the Nos. 14 and 117 picks for 13 and 245. The first true freshman to start at tackle in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 20-year Iowa tenure, Wirfs' (6’5/320) salivating strength (450-lb power clean) and ceiling stem from his background as a renowned wrestler and two-time state champion shot putter at Mount Vernon High. While the 21-year-old did log a majority of his snaps at the collegiate level at right tackle, his skillset is considered interchangeable. Wirfs took home the Rimington-Pace award for Big 10's Offensive Lineman of the Year as a true junior, permitting respectable marks in sacks (2) and quarterback hits (5) in his final two seasons due in part to his strong foundation and quick feet. He was rarely caught off-balance in pass-pro, standing tall and doling body blows with power rushers all the while showcasing the slide to cope with EDGE bodies rounding from the outside. A disciplined mauler who compiled just three penalties in his final year with the Hawkeyes, Wirfs will protect Tom Brady from the right tackle spot opposite LT Donovan Smith.
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Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen disclosed Bruce Arians "wants to keep the offense the same" with an addition of "a Brady influence."
Christensen coached Peyton Manning, and says the two late-career transitions are different from the standpoint of Manning bringing the playbook and verbage with him to Denver, while that does not seem to be the case with Brady in Tampa Bay. "Tom has been terrific as far as saying, ‘Just tell me what you want to do," Christensen told The Athletic's Bob Kravitz, adding Brady will certainly have input with his own ideas. With the Bucs likely to have more positive gamescript in 2020, it is fair to wonder if Chris Godwin and Mike Evans can sustain the same receiving volume as last season, 8.6 and 9.1 targets per game respectively.
SOURCE: The Athletic
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NFL Network's reports Tom Brady plans to play in 2021.
Brady is expected to return for the second year of a two-year contract he signed with the Bucs. He'll be 44 in August, but Brady didn't show much dropoff in his first season in Tampa, setting three-year highs in yards (4,633) and touchdowns (40). Brady will count $26.6 million against the cap if he returns in 2021.
SOURCE: NFL Network
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Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he is not considering retirement following the Super Bowl.
“Hell no,” Arians said. “I’m going for two. If the (owners) will have me back, I’ll be back.” 68-year-old Arians is the third oldest coach in the league after Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, and has already retired once before. Arians' marriage with Tom Brady seemed to get off to a rocky start, but the duo course corrected at the exact right time, winning three road playoff games before becoming the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl at home. Arians tends to burn rather brightly, so his tenure in Tampa Bay probably won't be overly long even though he is already committed to 2021.
SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times
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