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May 14, 2021
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FAB 1. Is Arians A Corridor of Famer?
Coming off a Tremendous Bowl championship, is Bucs head coach Bruce Arians a Corridor of Fame coach?
That’s the query I posed to his son, Jake Arians, on Monday’s episode of the Pewter Report Podcast.
“Not but,” Arians stated. “This yr it will likely be attention-grabbing to see the way it pans out. If he wins one other one I feel he’s completely in there. However Tom Flores received two and needed to wait for a very long time.”
No, Arians definitely isn’t the category with Corridor of Fame coaches which have 150 wins or extra like Don Shula, George Halas, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, Chuck Noll, Paul Brown and Tom Landry amongst others.
Neither is he within the class of Corridor of Fame coaches which have a successful proportion over .660 like Shula, John Madden, George Allen, Man Chamberlain, Paul Brown, Joe Gibbs and Vince Lombardi.
However Arians could make a very good case for the Corridor of Fame with a few extra large successful seasons and one other Tremendous Bowl championship. In seven years as a head coach – together with 5 years in Arizona – Arians has a 67-44-1 report (.603). His total report, together with a 5-2 mark within the playoffs, is 72-46-1 (.610).
That successful proportion is presently higher than the likes of Corridor of Famers Weeb Ewank (.507), the newly inducted Tom Flores (.527), Sid Gilman (.541), Marv Levy (.562), Noll (.572) and Hank Stram (.573).
“He didn’t get [hired as a head coach] early sufficient to be up within the wins,” Jake Arians stated. “If he will get to 100 and wins one other [Super Bowl], then yeah. He’s completely in. If he will get to 100 and he doesn’t however he’s shut – he would most likely have to attend for some time.”
Arians, 68, has three years left on his five-year contract in Tampa Bay. If the Bucs common 10 wins within the common season over the subsequent three years Arians will attain 102 wins. Arians would have a 102-65-1 report and preserve that .610 successful proportion. That’s not together with any extra journeys to the playoffs, both.
Having 102 wins could be greater than Corridor of Famers like Man Chamberlain (59), Earle “Greasy” Neale (66), Ray Flaherty (80), Jimmy Johnson (89) and Flores (97). These are the Corridor of Fame coaches that Arians’ report might compete with. Neale, Johnson, Flaherty and Flores had been all two-time Tremendous Bowl winners, so Arians would want to win one other Tremendous Bowl over the subsequent three years to really be thought of for Canton.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht – Picture by: USA At present
“I don’t assume he’s fairly there but,” Jake Arians stated. “However the resume now’s fairly shut. He’s the one particular person to win the interim head coach NFL Head Coach of the 12 months and to win it once more in Arizona.
“I feel you must throw in there the contributing issues of being one of many forefront guys of hiring minorities on the workers. He’s the primary man to have two Black coordinators in Arizona. First ever to have three and a Black assistant head coach in Tampa. And hiring the primary girl [coach] to ever be within the NFL in Jen Welter and having two everlasting girls on the workers in Tampa – I feel that issues, proper?”
The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame favors successful at the start, however then appears at what an individual dropped at soccer by way of advancing the sport. Arians has definitely led the way in which with the hiring of Black coordinators and girls. No different NFL coach can come near his accomplishment in the case of variety among the many workers.
Arians has already received extra postseason video games in Tampa Bay than every other head coach in franchise historical past. Jon Gruden was 3-2 and Tony Dungy was 2-4 within the postseason with the Buccaneers. And Arians is presently tied with Dungy for the very best common season successful proportion (.563) in Bucs historical past.
Heck, after successful one Tremendous Bowl and one other successful season anticipated in 2021, Arians has most likely solidified his Bucs Ring of Honor standing already after simply two years in Tampa Bay. However Jake Arians want to see his dad be part of Dungy within the Corridor of Fame in addition to the Bucs Ring of Honor.
“The resume is fairly sturdy,” Jake Arians stated. “I don’t assume it’s fairly there but. I’m biased, however I’m not as dangerous as some folks would possibly assume. I’m rattling certain not a foul as folks assume on Twitter.”
I’ve to agree with Arians. Two or three extra double-digit successful seasons and one other Tremendous Bowl trophy alongside the way in which and he very nicely might be Canton-bound.
FAB 2. Bucs Nonetheless The Favorites To Win The NFC Once more
With all 22 starters from Tampa Bay’s Tremendous Bowl LV championship returning, many imagine that the Bucs are the favorites to repeat as world champions once more this season. A number of media retailers have Tampa Bay a minimum of representing the NFC in Tremendous Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.
After discussing his father’s Corridor of Fame candidacy on Monday’s episode of the Pewter Report Podcast, I requested Jake Arians which groups he believes pose the largest menace to the Bucs within the NFC.
“If Aaron Rodgers is in Inexperienced Bay, they’re a menace,” Arians stated. “They had been proper there [last year]. If Aaron Rodgers is in San Francisco I’m nervous as a result of that workforce when wholesome with the move rushers they’ve – they might be a critical menace. I don’t know that that’s going to occur. San Francisco with Jimmy G. (Garappolo) – I don’t really feel like they’ve the firepower to maintain up with what we’re going to have the ability to do offensively nearly as good as our protection is.”
Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – Picture by: USA At present
Rodgers has voiced his displeasure with the Inexperienced Bay group and there was some hypothesis that he might half methods with the Packers through a commerce this offseason after 16 years at Lambeau Area. If Rodgers had been to return to his residence state of California and assume the QB reins whereas Trey Lance waits and develops behind the scenes that robotically makes the 49ers a reputable Tremendous Bowl contender. San Francisco went 12-4 and made it to the Tremendous Bowl two years in the past earlier than accidents struck the workforce exhausting final season.
“That firepower modifications a bit of bit,” Arians stated of the 49ers hypothetically buying Rodgers. “However they’ve to remain wholesome. They’ve been beat up with accidents. Final yr was brutal, however they nonetheless received what – seven video games? However they’ve to return out of that NFC West – which is ridiculous.”
The workforce that Arians believes poses the largest menace to the Bucs is one other workforce within the NFC West.
“I feel the Rams with Matt Stafford are considerably higher than they had been with Jared Goff,” Arians stated. “Matt Stafford doesn’t get close to sufficient credit score that he deserves. I say it’s like Ford purchased a Ferrari in put it within the storage for 10 years. That’s type of like Matt Stafford being in Detroit. You by no means actually received to see that factor unleashed. I feel you’re going to see that with Sean McVay. I like Cam Akers. Their protection isn’t going to be nearly as good, however they’re going to be strong.”
Within the NFC South, which has been dominated by New Orleans for the previous 4 years, Arians sees the Bucs taking the divisional title this yr. The Bucs put the Saints on discover in final yr’s divisional spherical of the playoffs with a convincing win within the Superdome.
“I like what Carolina is constructing, however they’re a number of years away from that,” Arians stated. “They know they’re constructing into that path and I just like the younger nucleus they’ve put collectively over there. Atlanta with a first-year head coach in Arthur Smith – they’ve received a bunch of defensive points. We might beat them 40-33 as a result of that offense goes to have the ability to put up some factors with Kyle Pitts, who was a hell of a draft choose. In the event that they transfer Julio or not, they’re going to be powerful to beat offensively. We must always win the division.”
The Bucs have received two Tremendous Bowls in franchise historical past not simply due to expertise, however as a result of they’ve stayed wholesome. In 2002, the workforce solely had one starter on injured reserve – nostril deal with Booger McFarland. Final yr, the Bucs solely had one starter on I.R. as nicely – proper guard Alex Cappa.
“I feel we’re the favorites,” Arians stated. “Both method Kansas Metropolis – whoever you need to throw in there if you discuss concerning the AFC – I feel it’s being wholesome and getting sizzling once more on the proper time. If we get wholesome going into the playoffs no matter seeding – I’d like to see us have home-field benefit and get some residence playoff video games for the followers that didn’t get to go to the Tremendous Bowl. However I don’t assume it actually issues. This workforce proved that it might go on the street and win. I feel the principle factor is getting wholesome when playoff time rolls round.”
FAB 3. SR’s Observations On The Bucs’ Schedule
Tampa Bay’s 2021 common season schedule is out and solely options one of many NFC contenders that Jake Arians was speaking about – the Los Angeles Rams. Listed below are my ideas on the Bucs’ 17 video games en path to the workforce defending its Tremendous Bowl championship.
BUCS’ 2021 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1 – Sept. 9: vs. Dallas – 8:20 PM ET – NBC Thursday Night time Soccer
Apart from all NFL groups having per week off previous to the season opener, the Bucs may have 10 days to arrange for the Falcons in Week 2. Tampa Bay’s protection would be the distinction on this one, as Dallas’ offense has loads of firepower, too.
Week 2 – Sept. 19: vs. Atlanta – 4:05 PM ET – FOX
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Falcons higher hope Dan Pees’ protection is best than Raheem Morris’ as a result of the Bucs lit up the Falcons for a mixed 75 factors in two video games final yr.
Week 3 – Sept. 26: at L.A. Rams – 4:25 PM ET – FOX
Talking of Morris, he takes over because the defensive coordinator of a extra proficient Rams workforce. The Bucs will need revenge for final yr’s three-point loss in Tampa, however new QB Matt Stafford will make this recreation much more difficult.
Week 4 – Oct. 4: at New England – 8:20 PM ET – NBC Sunday Night time Soccer
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski return to New England to tackle former boss Invoice Belichick and a number of Patriots teammates. Delight might be on the road on each side and this might be one of many highest-rates Sunday Night time Soccer video games of all time.
Week 5 – Oct. 10: vs. Miami – 1:00 PM ET – CBS
I’m not satisfied that Tua Tagovailoa is the actual deal, however the Dolphins are improved beneath Brian Flores and positively extra formidable. After difficult back-to-back street video games, the Bucs have to win this residence recreation earlier than hitting the street once more.
Week 6 – Oct. 14: at Philadelphia – 8:20 PM ET – Amazon Thursday Night time Soccer
Brady and the Bucs tackle Jalen Hurts and the Eagles on a brief week. All the latest touring would possibly make Tampa Bay a bit street weary, however Philadelphia is certainly beatable. Coming again with a win to relaxation up for 10 days earlier than taking over the Bears is the plain objective.
Week 7 – Oct. 24: vs. Chicago – 4:25 PM ET – CBS
Bucs CB Jamel Dean and Bears TE Jimmy Graham – Picture by: USA At present
The Bucs’ revenge tour, which began in L.A. in Week 3, continues in Week 7 when Chicago involves city. The expectation is that rookie Justin Fields is beneath heart by then, a lot to Todd Bowles’ delight. Tampa Bay is trying to avenge final yr’s 20-19 loss within the Windy Metropolis.
Week 8 – Oct. 31: at New Orleans – 4:25 PM ET – FOX
Talking of revenge, each side might be in search of it on Halloween. The Bucs return to the scene of the crime the place they killed the Saints’ Tremendous Bowl goals within the divisional playoff spherical. New Orleans swept Tampa Bay final yr previous to that, and NFC South supremacy is on the road.
Week 9 – BYE
The bye week comes at a good time for the Bucs this yr, as 12 straight weeks of soccer was an excessive amount of because the workforce began the season 7-5 with back-to-back losses previous to Week 12.
Week 10 – Nov. 14: at Washington – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
In a rematch of final yr’s wild card playoff recreation, this might be one in all Tampa Bay’s most difficult video games of the yr attributable to Washington’s protection. And Ryan Fitzpatrick will like to sq. off in opposition to Brady yet one more time.
Week 11 – Nov. 22: vs. N.Y. Giants – 8:15 PM ET – ESPN Monday Night time Soccer
Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Picture by: USA At present
One other week, one other rematch, because the Bucs and the Giants battle one another once more on Monday Night time Soccer. Tampa Bay escaped from New York with a 25-23 win in 2020. Remarkably, the Giants and Bucs will play one another for the fifth yr in a row.
Week 12 – Nov. 28: at Indianapolis – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
That is the Bucs’ bonus recreation with the change to a 17-game schedule. The Colts are hoping Carson Wentz may help take them to the subsequent stage. The Bucs are hoping Wentz is identical QB he was in Philly that made the Eagles bench him in favor of Hurts.
Week 13 – Dec. 5: at Atlanta – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
Will the Falcons be higher by Week 13? That’s Arthur Smith’s plan. Tampa Bay plans on sweeping Atlanta. Which may not be simple if first-round choose Kyle Pitts is within the working for Offensive Rookie of the 12 months.
Week 14 – Dec. 12: vs. Buffalo – 4:25 PM ET – CBS
Will this be a Tremendous Bowl preview? Buffalo is predicted to deal with Kansas Metropolis for the AFC title as soon as once more. The Bucs get a pre-playoff tune-up in opposition to an excellent AFC foe led by up-and-coming QB Josh Allen.
Week 15 – Dec. 19: New Orleans – 8:20 PM ET – NBC Sunday Night time Soccer
Bucs QB Tom Brady – Picture by: USA At present
After being swept by the Saints in every of the final two years maybe the Bucs can do the sweeping. Tampa Bay will attempt to atone for final yr’s embarrassing 38-3 loss to New Orleans on Sunday Night time Soccer at Ray-Jay on this do-over.
Week 16 – Dec. 26: at Carolina – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
The Bucs don’t get to play the Panthers till the tip of the season and play them twice within the span of three weeks. Search for Carolina to be one of many extra improved groups within the NFC by December – so long as Sam Darnold develops.
Week 17 – Jan. 2: at N.Y. Jets – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
The Jets might be making strides beneath new head coach Robert Salah and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The Bucs might be confronted with a big-time chilly climate recreation in New York, however proved final yr in Inexperienced Bay that nothing can cease them in January.
Week 18 – Jan. 9: vs. Carolina – 1:00 PM ET – FOX
The Panthers and the Bucs finish the season in Tampa Bay – each searching for some momentum. For Carolina, it’s momentum to start out the 2022 season. For Tampa Bay it’s momentum to go into the playoffs with a division championship and presumably home-field benefit because the Bucs look to defend their Tremendous Bowl title.
FAB 4. Bucs Veterans That Should Shine This Offseason – Or Else
For the primary time in Tampa Bay historical past, the Bucs entered a draft not needing to pick a direct starter. The workforce re-signed all of its starters and most necessary backups in free company due to Jason Licht, Mike Greenberg and Jackie Davidson.
But the Bucs added seven gamers by way of the draft and signed eight extra undrafted free brokers. To say that competitors might be fierce for some key reserve roles on the 53-man roster could be an understatement.
Listed below are eight Buccaneers that actually have to step up this offseason and have an ideal coaching camp or they won’t be on Tampa Bay’s opening day roster in September.
QB Ryan Griffin
Bucs QB Ryan Griffin – Picture by: Getty Photographs
The Bucs will solely hold three quarterbacks – and two of them might be Tom Brady and Kyle Trask, the workforce’s second-round choose. Which means Griffin must pull off a grand upset and unseat Blaine Gabbert as Brady’s backup. Given the workforce’s fondness for Gabbert that could be a tall order. However Griffin has shined within the preseason earlier than, main the league in preseason passing in 2019. The one downside is that Trask is predicted to obtain loads of preseason reps – and there are solely three preseason video games this yr. Griffin might must depend on an harm to one of many Bucs’ QBs to have a shot at making the roster.
WR Justin Watson
Watson, who’s coming into his fourth season, hasn’t developed right into a receiver on the NFL stage and has seen Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson transfer previous him on the depth chart. Watson has been a very good particular groups participant, however the addition of Jaelon Darden seemingly steals his roster spot, because the Bucs received’t hold seven receivers. Watson’s greatest probability of successful a spot in Tampa Bay’s proficient and crowded receiver room seems to be beating out Johnson, final yr’s fifth-round choose, or hope that Darden bombs within the preseason. Watson must do his half in turning into extra constant getting open and catching the ball.
G John Molchon
Molchon was one in all two undrafted free brokers to make the workforce final yr, however suffered a knee harm in coaching camp that required surgical procedure. The Bucs like his versatility to play guard or deal with, however have added some newcomers this offseason in third-round choose Robert Hainsey and undrafted free agent Sadarius Hutcherson. Throw in Nick Leverett, an undrafted free agent final yr who’s again for one more coaching camp and the development of Aaron Stinnie and it will likely be a tall order for Molchon to make the workforce as a reserve inside offensive lineman in 2021.
DT Khalil Davis
Bucs DT Khalil Davis – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR
Davis’ roster spot appears safe this yr, however he actually must develop right into a rotational participant on protection in 2021. Final yr’s sixth-round choose didn’t have an offseason program or a preseason to get beneficial reps, however he’ll have to shine in these conditions this summer season. The Bucs didn’t draft a defensive deal with in April attributable to lack of high quality and amount on the place, and Ndamukong Suh (34) and Steve McLendon (35) are seemingly of their remaining seasons within the NFL. The Bucs want Davis to point out that he’s value maintaining round in 2022, because the workforce is predicted to revamp the defensive deal with spot then. Within the meantime, Davis must fend off holdover Benning Potoa’e and newcomers Sam Renner and Kobe Smith for a 2021 roster spot.
OLB Cam Gill
The drafting of Joe Tryon within the first spherical seemingly price Gill his roster spot except he can beat out former fourth-round choose Anthony Nelson or persuade the Bucs to maintain 5 outdoors linebackers attributable to his superior particular groups play. Gill, an undrafted free agent signing from a yr in the past, was the fourth OLB on the depth chart final yr and recorded half a sack within the Tremendous Bowl. It is going to come right down to Gill beating out Nelson, which is a tall job, along with follow squad participant Quinton Bell and newcomer Ladarius Hamilton.
ILB Kevin Minter
The workforce thinks extremely of the veteran Minter, who was final yr’s particular groups captain. He seemingly sticks round for yet one more yr at age 31 attributable to his expertise. However the arrival of veteran particular groups participant Joe Jones from Denver, coupled with the drafting of Okay.J. Britt and Grant Stuard on Day 3 complicates issues for Minter. He’ll have to point out he can nonetheless play on protection and particular groups at a excessive stage. There are two roster spots behind Lavonte David and Devin White, and Minter should show he’s worthy of one in all them and let Jones, Britt and Stuard duke it out for the opposite one.
CB Herb Miller
Bucs CB Herb Miller – Picture by: USA At present
The Bucs return all three beginning cornerbacks in Carlton Davis III, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean, along with veteran reserve Ross Cockrell, who signed a two-year deal this offseason. Tampa Bay will hold 5 cornerbacks and Miller, who has nice dimension (6-2, 190) and recorded his first profession INT final yr at Detroit, has the within monitor on the fifth spot on the depth chart. The Bucs drafted one other large cornerback in Chris Wilcox (6-2, 193), who has blazing 4.31 pace to assist on particular groups. Miller must shine on particular groups to push Wilcox to the follow squad and hold newcomers Cameron Kinley (6-2, 204) and Nate Brooks (6-0, 192) at bay.
S Javon Hagan
The Bucs actually preferred Hagan’s growth behind the scenes final yr and it appeared like his probabilities of making the workforce once more improved when Andrew Adams left through free company. However the Bucs simply added veteran Raven Inexperienced and a pair of undrafted free brokers in Auggie Contressa and Lawrence White IV that can drive Hagan to shine in camp and the preseason, particularly on particular tams, to stay because the fourth security – or make the Bucs hold 5 safeties once more. Jordan Whitehead, Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Mike Edwards are already assured roster spots attributable to their expertise and playmaking skill.
FAB 5. SR’s Buc Pictures
• DAVID IN ELITE COMPANY: What a tremendous stat from CBS Sports activities. Bucs linebacker Lavonte David is one in all solely two gamers in NFL historical past to start out their profession with 1,000 tackles, 20 sacks and 10 interceptions. The opposite? Corridor of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis.
Saints QB Drew Brees and Bucs QB Tom Brady – Picture by: USA At present
• BRADY TO BREAK A BIG RECORD VS. THE PATS?Professional Soccer Speak reported that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady might turn into the league’s all-time main passer in Week 4 when he returns to Foxboro to play his former workforce, the New England Patriots. Brady has 79,204 profession passing yards and presently trails the just lately retired Drew Brees (80,358) by 1,154 yards.
If he averages 289.6 yards per recreation within the first 4 video games of the season he would surpass Brees in opposition to the Patriots. Brady occurred to common 289.6 yards per recreation final yr en path to throwing for 4,633 yards with 40 TDs. There’s a very good probability Brady joins Brees as the one QB to move for 80,000 yards by Week 3.
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Pewter Report’s Mark Prepare dinner and Scott Reynolds welcomed Jake Arians to the present on Monday. The trio talked about his father’s Corridor of Fame candidacy, the Bucs draft and the workforce’s outlook in 2021.
Pewter Report’s Jon Ledyard and Scott Reynolds analyzed Ledyard’s early 53-man roster prediction on Tuesday’s present.
Your entire Pewter Report workers weighed in on Tampa Bay’s 2021 schedule, which was launched on Wednesday evening.
Pewter Report’s Jon Ledyard and Mark Prepare dinner talked concerning the greatest problem for the Bucs within the 2021 season.
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• BRADY THRIVES IN SEASON OPENERS: Bucs QB Tom Brady had two TDs in final yr’s season opener. And he’s solely three TDs away from beating Drew Brees’ report for many profession TDs on opening day. Will that occur this yr in opposition to Dallas in Week 1 on Thursday Night time Soccer?
• DALLAS’ PRESCOTT IS NOT A ROAD WARRIOR: Greg Auman has an ideal stat about Dallas QB Dak Prescott. Nicely, it’s an ideal stat for Bucs followers – not a lot for Cowboys followers.
One be aware on Bucs-Cowboys 2021 season opener in Tampa: Dak Prescott’s residence/street profession splits are extra obvious than most — he is 24-11 at residence, 18-16 on street, with 16 extra landing passes in residence video games.