State Of The Bucs

February 20th, 2018

All you need to know about the current State of the Bucs can be wrapped up in one sentence.

And that one sentence comes from the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio. In an article yesterday about prospective players being slapped with a tag of some sort — today is the first Tag Day of the year — Florio breaks down each team’s franchise and transition tag candidates.

And then Florio comes to the Bucs.

Buccaneers: Another year, another roster containing no free agents worthy of the tag.

In the words of the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM fame, “that’s all you need to know.” If a team doesn’t have a candidate potentially worthy of a franchise tag, then that team is often a lousy team.

However, that may change in the near future. The way Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has drafted since he got here, there are all kinds of franchise tag candidates just over the horizon, beginning with wide receiver Mike Evans.

25 Responses to “State Of The Bucs”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe now, Joe will admit that it has been a total team rebuild from the garbage roster that talk show dominik built!!!!!!!!!!

    The truth is there, you just have to look!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    This is bizarre Joe. Was just thinking earlier this morning how neat it’d be if y’all did a ‘State of the Bucs’ article. You know, who’s worth keeping as a good starter or key rotational player, who needs to go, who to keep as a developmental project, who to re-sign from our own free agents, etc, etc. Mike Florio’s line may be ‘cute’ and play well in the media, but it’s not a bottom line at all. Tend to think that most JBFers really do love the Bucs (in a despairing sort of way?) and want a lot more meat than simply ‘cute’.

  3. Hoopstar82 Says:

    That’s because mark dominick couldn’t draft next 2 or 3 years plenty of players can get franchise tag

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    Tough to handle the truth, isn’t it?

  5. Wausa Says:

    The Bucs have some very good young players on the roster (Winston, Marpet, Alexander, Evans, Brate and Howard). However, the Bucs in my opinion have the worst DLine in the NFL, the worst group of running backs in the NFL, well below average group of defensive backs and a below average offensive line.

    If Jason Licht and the Glazers are serious about making the Bucs a playoff caliber team next year then the Bucs have got to be one of the top three or four teams in the NFL in their aggressiveness in free agency and the Bucs have got to hit on their draft picks.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    State of the bucs is obvious

    16 years without a single meaningful win

    11 years without a meaningful game

    Residency in buc safespace the nfc south basement

    Mentally weak team void of leadership

    Highest paid team captain loves losing and has a soft approach to his game

    Most importantly


    There is no hope or defense for glazers you can’t field a product this bad for this long if they actually cared or were trying.

    Reality sucks but that is the state of the buccaneers

  7. webster Says:

    Also those who would get the tag, licht locked up the year before they became free agents ie mccoy, lvd etc. He will do the same for marpet, kwon etc. I love how the joes get so hoodwinked with these easy to debunked articles. Oh yea and dominick sucked as others have already posted.

  8. ndog Says:

    This all boils down to just how poor of a GM Mark Dominick was. He did not draft ANY players worth keeping which is one of the main reasons we have been so bad for so long. But next year it could be Evans, then Jameis, or Kwon, or Ali then after that it could be OJ or Evans so we are getting more talented but the main problem is you did not see a d lineman or RB on that list above did you, yeah that is a major problem.

  9. SteveK Says:


    Dominik was the worst still feeling his pain.

    Additionally Licht has sucked ass at free agency. 5 years and no edge rush. Now or never time! I’m excited for 2018. Let’s see how this regime performs with the pressure!

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I saw that comment on PFT and wanted to smack Florio, lol.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Mark Dominick sucked in several areas, but the things he did not suck in he was very good at. He was a master at cap management, and when he set his mind to it, he was good at contracts too. He pretty much sucked at everything else though.

  12. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Joes- you just made the point. “The way Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has drafted since he got here, there are all kinds of franchise tag candidates just over the horizon, beginning with wide receiver Mike Evans”

    Previously, management was trading or giving up on top draft picks… stay the course, keep focusing on building through the draft – tried and true method of building a playoff caliber roster.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    ndog Says
    “…the main problem is you did not see a d lineman or RB on that list above did you, yeah that is a major problem.”

    I get what you are saying, but then, would the offense be so stacked around Jameis if Licht had drafted more defense?

    I think he had no choice but to build around Jameis first…and he did draft some defense during that time…pretty good guys mostly.

    But now is the time for him to go all out on defense. Let Monken focus on developing the offense.

  14. The Buc Realist Says:


    He did not do contracts, it was Mike Greenberg who is still doing all the contracts!!!!!!! In fact Because dominik was so bad in free-agency in 2009, that the Glazers and Greenberg stopped giving signing bonus and made the years guaranteed that became a league standard!!!!!!!!!

    dominik was only good at cap management because NFL GM Bruce Allen already fixed the cap and dominik drafted so bad that hardly any second contracts were awarded!!!!!!!!

  15. ndog Says:

    Well instead drafting a kicker in the 2nd round and trading up to get a part time LB in the 3rd round those could have been DL or Running backs. Nobody’s perfect, I get it, but both those moves had most of us scratching our heads at the time of the picks so those could have gone a long way to filling those massive gaps. Plus to make matters worse they were both gamble type selections that when they blow up in your face look even worse. And of course one of them was useless and the other one, unless we go 3-4, will have little value especially when compared to dline and RB.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    The truth just darn right Stings, The photo accomanying thr article sums it up. At least the guy with the bag over his head is..easing his pain with a cold one!! He’s and We’s..gotta plenty more cold ones to drink before them bags come off.

  17. martinii Says:

    @Defense Rules:

    Well said, there’s nothing easier than being a critic. I would love to see a breakdown of each player from a non-biased viewpoint without promoting the self-interest, hate, or personal prejudice of the analyst. One of my favorites is Mike Mayock.

  18. Eric Says:

    Folks can brag all they want about Licht and his abilities, but until I see some playoff games I am not impressed at all.

    Had enough of the participation trophies.

    4th year is more than enough time to produce.

  19. Eric Says:

    And Rock Star was an absolute unmitigated disaster…..

  20. SteveK Says:

    Jesus, Bonzai,

    Think about it. It’s easy to manage the salary cap when you draft/acquire NO PLAYERS WORTHY OF AN EXTENSION.

    Dominik lost me when he cut Derrick Brooks and brought in Geno Hayes and Quincy Black.

    Dominik’s ineptitude knows no bounds.

    From drafting a LB from USC, and declaring he was “going big back hunting”, to cutting Michael bennett bc you draft Adrian Clayborn (over Cam Jordan smdh) and Daquan Bowers is dumb as hell.

    No defending the rockstar! He is a legendary poor GM.

    To Dom’s credit he probably want allowed to spend big on FA bc the Glazers were cheap until the new CBA enforces a salary cap floor.

    I sure hope MLB gets a salary cap floor, as Sternberg is a shameful, vile, quitter.

  21. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    And of course the other team with no worthy franchise tag candidates, the Browns…LMAO!

  22. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I still say we need to get rid of McCoy and get something great in return as it seems as though WE are the only ones in the NFL that think he SUCKS!

    Maybe our new boy Brentson Buckner can talk some common sense into the higher ups after looking at game film.

  23. Eric Says:

    Nobody wants any of our coaches either.

    Or personnel staff.

  24. bucs_365 Says:

    BFD. We knew this. Next subject.

  25. mark2001 Says:

    Still believe that with good coaching, the team was at least an 8-8 team last year. So next year take all the predictions, subtract two or three games, and you probably will be pretty close to on the nose.