Why has the TE position been a dead end for Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year? Is it because Bruce Arians system doesn’t involve the tight end? NO, he didn’t have one worth a spit (trademark BigDog, we miss ya) . Is it because OJ Howard has to be kept in to block? NO, PFF.com will show you the numbers of snaps he stays in to Block.
But after a ball thrown slightly behind him (to be honest) but still catchable, Howards gaff that was a big difference early on in the game, Cameron Brate comes in full times and has a typical receiving game. Brate may be the missing slot crossing target gone since Bucs let WR Adam Humphries go last year. Time will tell .
One thing is for sure; OJ Howard is not an Arians type of Tight End. Here we go with why its not good to change coaches every three years. No Continuity, you inherit a team of someone else’s players. This is why every team with a Head Coach more than 5 years, is always a winning football team.
All the excuses were hearing from Bucs fans, Arians isn’t calling the plays, (so what, top 5 scoring offense) Jameis Winston sucks (see last excuse breaker, and good luck with any QB free agent) are all Bull Spit (RIP SD). stop firing your staff after 3 years.
Jameis Winston gave everything he had. Anyone who doesn’t like Winston, or thinks he half-asses anything, watch the last few minutes of the game. I don’t see many Quarterbacks who give it all when the game REALLY truly isn’t that winnable. Jameis doesn’t quit, and linebacker extrodinaire turned Fox Color man Chris Speilman called it out; he’s the first one in the door, and last one out the door. Thats why he is a leader of this team, and why the team respects him. The dude is 25 years old, he has 5 years in.. so what. he has another 15 years to play before he’s Drew Brees age.
He has a lot of turnovers. Peyton Manning had more. I don’t want to hear about it. Before you even think of moving on from Winston……
you build an offensive line in front of him like the Colts did.
you build an offensive line in front of him like the Texans and Giants are learning to do (in addition to the Colts.
you build an offensive line in front of him like Aaron Rogers has, like Ben Roethisburger had, like Tom Brady has. The championship teams know that the big splashy name stars on the outside, can’t do anything if the play can’t develop from the inside.
Find me a game Winston has had since he was drafted by the Bucs that he has had time to let a play develop? He hasn’t.
The foundation is there.
Jensen at Center
QUESTION MARKS IN TWO PLACES: Left Tackle and Right Guard
Is Kappa right guard material? is he starting material?
Is Donovan Smith Left Guard material? Probably not, but newsflash: The NFL has a SHORTAGE OF GOOD LEFT TACKLES.
Right Tackle Demar Dotson. Sorry Demar, your a good guy, and you got screwed by the Bucs… but they made it up to you and hopefully they send you off at the end of the year with heroes farewell and good compensation package. Longest Tenured BUC.. Demar Dotson played from Raheem Morris’ first season in 2009.
I was listening to Pewter Nation podcast super early this morning as I do Mondays as they are the first of my podcasts to hit by 5am on Monday (Kudos to PR.com for always having a podcast available to listen to so early Mondays!).
Near the end the point was being made that basically Jason Licht can’t draft, that his top draft picks are nowhere to be found on Sundays, and then the debate and discussion went to what will happen to Arians if Licht is fired. It seemed like no one came up with the idea that maybe Jason Licht was signed to a 5 year extension matching the HC Bruce Arians contract because ARIANS is the one doing the player moves, and Licht is the contract guy; the one who inks the contracts, manipulates the salary cap, makes the bonuses work, but doesn’t serve as really anything more than a glorified assistant.
We know Jason Licht track record by now, so have you looked to see how many 2019 Bucs draft picks are playing/starting right now? SIX of EIGHT picks are… that’s as many as the first 4 entire seasons that Licht drafted!!
2014 Mike Evans. 2018 Devin White
2015 Jameis Winston 2018 Sean Bunting
2015 Donovan Smith 2018 Jamel Dean
2015 Ali Marpet 2018 Mike Edwards
2017 O.J. Howard (Benched 4 Brate) 2018 Scotty Miller
2016 0 (Zero) 2018 Matt Gay
2017 Chris Godwin
Lets be honest here, we don’t know the full story on a lot of these players; Jamel Dean may become an incredible DB… all of these guys may.
Want some evidence this is Arians drafting and not Licht? Arians was quoted “When you draft an Offensive Lineman, you’re drafting him for the next coach.” Bucs didn’t draft an O lineman this year, even though it was a need. However Licht has drafted an O Lineman in 2018 (Kappa) 2016 (Benenoch) 2015 (Smith and Marpet) and ’14 (Edwards, Pamphile). Basically every year then suddenly, with need at Guard, Tackle, Center, depth… nada. Why? Because Papa Arians said No! Hopefully some free agency help on the O line and in the secondary (veteran presence).
The Bucs defense has been the most consistent streaming D to play; no one plays them, and they get you 10 points week in and week out;
Until this week. Someone told the New Orleans Saints about Mr. Barrett. Was it you?
Maybe it was the MEDIA, naming him Defensive player of the Month and weeks (too many times).
Consider the Bucs have been the bottom 5 priced defenses each week, last week 2200 dollars on DK, yet produce lines of 12, 9, 8 and 15 before earning this 1 point score. Thats awesome value that lets you pay up for, say, Michael Thomas LOL!
Remember, when playing a defense, FORGET ABOUT THE POINTS THE OTHER TEAM SCORES. That’s a fish way to think about defense. The Rams game, the Bucs gave up 40 points right? but finished with a 15 point score. Thats because they got 3 interceptions, a Scoop n Score, and a bunch of Shaq Sacks! Thats where points are at in DFS defense streaming.
So now what? Will Bucs D be playable anymore? At this point we should wait until we see. The NFL is a copy cat league, and in division Home/Away series, the second game is NEVER a smiler outcome as previous game.
I doubt McCaffrey will go off, but he could since he will touch the ball on over 50% of the plays and will be on the field for 100% of the offenses snaps.
Allen and one of the Carolina WR could be a good way to go, and then go back with a Buc WR. Godwin will be heavily owned so Mike Evans will be the contrarian pick, especially after last week.
Recency Bias, thou art a helpless bitch.
GLOSSARY and TERMINOLOGY
These are DFS terms, DFS meaning Daily Fantasy :
Contrarian: picking a player that goes against the grain, goes against what most people will be picking, in hopes of getting a low owned player which is good for tournaments.
Fish: A less talented DFS player, because the pros are called Sharks, so obviously, the Sharks eat or take money from, the fish. In slang, its used to refer in a derogatory manner :”You played Robbie Running back? Your such a fish bro. “
“Go back with…“In what’s considered a sound stacking strategy, stacking meaning taking several players from the same team in hopes of capitalizing on a scoring outburst by a team (ex. QB and WR1 of team A). Going back with refers to the concept of adding to a stack a member of the other team, in hopes of capitalizing on a high scoring game. Example would be Away Teams QB and WR1, with home teams WR 1 ‘going the other way’.
“recency bias” is a theory that states Daily Fantasy players (us people) will fall victim to a players (actual sports players, NFL, MLB etc) last game performance in defining his capability this week. EX. Quinn Quarterback has poor game, people remember this poor game when considering wether or not to play him. Or EX Ryan Receiver catches 9 passes for 182 yards and 2 TD last week, so a DFS player remembers this performance even though Ryan Receiver has not scored well in previous 3 games. ‘Recency Bias’ can span to also include when a player has had a bye week, (out of sight out of mind) and even include “highlights watchers” who see a running back run for 4 TDs, and remember those videos when comparing and selecting players for a new weeks’ slate.
They are starting to develop a name for themselves; the Bruise Brothers. Given no doubt because they inflict pain on their opponents, and I’m sure also because these are NO diva WRs and block during running plays.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston can pick his poison, hit Evans all day long like he did vs the Giants, or target Godwin every Sunday pass like Carolina and Rams game. These are elite corners the Bucs go up against (Rams, not the Giants. Would never call the Giants corners elite) but fact is Mike Evans simply catches everything thrown to him, or at least 95%, while Godwin really does catch everything tossed in his direction.
Which player to play during fantasy? well for year long, if you have one of these guys you have to run whomever you have in your lineup each week. For DFS, in GPP tournaments, play the one who DIDNT GO OFF LAST WEEK (Evans in week 5) because Godwin will certainly be chalky (highly owned).
As we transition from a Bucs website to a Bucks $$$ website, well throw in glossary for terms to get the newer fan!
THIS WEEK- I don’t think either one will smash, neither one will crash either; I see Evans getting a TD and possibly Godwin too, but Bucs taking a lead then running the ball with Jones and Barber.
It was 1990, Fred Bruney was the defensive coordinator and the Bucs were running off the field after losing to the Jets 16-14. That was the last time Bucs walked off the field a 3-4 defense. Next year the late great Floyd Peters was installed as Bucs DC and the franchise has been a 4-3 ever since… through the immortal Rusty Tillman, and some guy named M.Kiffin… until now.
New DC Todd Bowles has installed a 3-4, But if you take a closer look at the formation… look at those two outside linebackers that will be rushing when time calls for it: Carl Nassib and Noah Spence. Those are DE edge rushers!
Thats one defensive lineman for each Offensive Lineman, that can lead to a lot of sacks for Bucs Defense, or at least pressures, hurries, etc.
Former Bucs OG Ian Beckles said it plain; “if Jameis goes down, your looking at two wins”. Id like to put an addendum to that statement….
We know what Blaine can do in the NFL, but the statement that Ryan Griffin hasn’t played one snap in the NFL is meaningless, every QB has that moment. Griffin has progressed to the point where he looks sharp in every preseason game running the offense.
Yes, its preseason, and its against future Publix grocery baggers, but that also makes up his supporting cast too. It’s even.
In a regular season game, Griffin would have the Bucs starting offensive line to allow him to get crushed, er, protect him while he passes the ball.
Mike Evans would be catching balls. So would Howard.
While were at it, just give Bucs TE Tanner Hudson a spot on the roster. The NFL is moving toward receiving Tight Ends as passing rules open up the passing game. Hudson or Brate would give Bucs trade bait.
Under the heyday of Buccaneers football, DC Monte Kiffin would preach all 11 Bucs running to the ball. NO LOAFING was the sign, preached by Tony Dungy and Kiffin.
That ideology was lost after 2008, and it shows in the W/L column and defensive statistics. Last year the Bucs were in the bottom 10 in defense, the year prior the worst defense in the NFL. 10th worse the year before that.. HC Lovie Smith’s Bucs were the 10th ranked defense in 2015 his last year, improving from another bottom feeding year before. Greg Schiano’s last season and Raheem Morris’ 2nd are the only middle of the road finishes for a once proud defense that ranked in top 10 or top 5 annually from 1996-2005.
Last season, once DC Mike Smith was fired, the defense improved leaps and bounds. It was reported on JoeBucsFan.com that Smith at one point called the same defensive play for 27 plays in a row! Where was the coaching?
Its a tough question to ask of someone who never coached before. Dirk Koetter was hired because of his familiarity with Jameis Winston, Bucs QB who for some strange reason is beleaguered from Bucs fans after one disappointing season. Something tells me thats about to change.
Unlike every previous Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach in HISTORY, the Bucs have brought in a proven winner to lead the franchise out of an 11 year playoff drought… and he has proven it more than once.
Bucco Bruce as he is now know around these parts, brings back a winning mentality, which is done by getting rid of a losing mentality. Talent will get you so far in the NFL, but getting the most out of that talent, well, that never gets old.
Even the Bucs O line looked invigorated Friday night when it played the Steelers, and perhaps a test vs the Dolphins will be more formidable.
Malcolm Glazer was head of the team when the Bucs took a chance on defensive coordinator Tony Dungy who had been passed up countless times for a head coach, mostly because he was black in what was at the time a white coaching league.
All Tony Dungy did was win where so many 9-7 seasons were met with a firing, and his replacement, Jon Gruden, was also fired after a pair of 9-7 seasons.
Since then, 4 of the 5 next coaches were hired as simply reactionary measures to the last. Raheem Morris’ youth would be countered by