Bucs In Need Of Imported Leadership

February 13th, 2019

Help needed

A reasoned and seasoned Bucs analyst, a former player and a current coach, sees a Tampa Bay team bereft of leadership.

Who doesn’t?

Still, San Diego Fleet (AAF) tight ends coach Anthony Becht, the former Bucs tight end and ex-Buccaneers Radio Network analyst, emphasized today that Bruce Arians’ offseason should be very much about about importing alpha dogs.

“I really think he needs to bring some leadership on both sides of the football,” Becht said the Bucs’ offseason needs on WDAE-AM 620. “Obviously, you gotta make some tough decisions. Donovan Smith, obviously, at the tackle position. The line, you have to get that shored up; make sure you’re clean there.”

Man, all those Bucs veterans on a high-powered offense with a franchise quarterback, plus established players on defense, yet Becht sees a need for leadership. That is telling and troubling.

Becht also said he’s eager to observe how Arians attacks changing the mental makeup of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

“I can’t wait to see the interaction that he has with the players there, you know, how he develops Jameis Winston,” Becht said. “And it’s really from a mental mindset, how he can change him at the quarterback position. He’s had a lot of success doing that.”

Interestingly, Becht went on to say he visited the Cardinals during the 2017 season, talked to Larry Fitzgerald about playing for Arians, and he and Arians crossed paths crossed in broadcasting last year.

Becht’s takeaway was that Arians has a hard, no-nonsense coaching style and is a strong teacher.

Joe is very excited about the Arians arrival. But Joe is very skeptical that Arians and his staff will be able to coaching the effects of all that losing out of the Bucs in a hurry, especially if too many 2018 Bucs are retained.

24 Responses to “Bucs In Need Of Imported Leadership”

  1. Buc1987 Says:


    Maybe Jesus himself might be able to fix my Bucs!

    This Arians dude has his work cut out for him….like what I’ve heard.

    This is the Bucs dude. Good Lawd.

    Good luck.


  2. Joe in Michigan Says:

    The old Bucs started turning things around when we signed Hardy Nickerson. That what we need now, a player like that. Although he’d be a rookie, I see some Hardy Nickerson in Devin White from LSU.
    One of the guys we shoulda kept around was Donald Penn. I’ll always remember this in Atlanta, Dunta Robinson was notorious for hitting guys in the head. Donald Penn was having none of it. https://youtu.be/va9dZOJ3iww
    I doubt he’d want to come back to Tampa at the end of his career, but he might have one season left in him at right tackle.

  3. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    I don’t believe “too many” 2018 Bucs will be retained…including McCoy. Bucco Bruce is a cerebral guy who focuses on chemistey and the mental makeup of players. Licht Weight will listen to BA and rightfully so.

  4. cmurda Says:

    Arians is the oversight committee. He knows what he’s doing but he also seems to understand the importance of delegating. The exciting part of this coaching staff is more than just B.A. Bowles has me pumped up. Leftwich. The list goes on and on. A staff with experience and they will demand accountability. Forget about the talent we do or don’t have just for a moment and simply factor in accountability. When was the last time a coaching staff and Head Coach demanded accountability .

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    No need for leadership with cancer93 and lvd as captain’s they are proven winners and legends.

  6. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    “The old Bucs started turning things around when we signed Hardy Nickerson.”

    Hardy was a unique personality. I see some of it in JPP, though. I think one day we may put both in the same conversation.

  7. westernbuc Says:

    Julian Edelman, per Peter King, said Belichick was at the training facility at 11 PM.

    Guess the greatest coach ever was stealing plays

  8. John B Says:

    To me it is simply this – who do I trust more BA/Bowles or Dirk/AnyDC

    At least we now have an NFL level coaching staff

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Perfectly said cmurda … ACCOUNTABILITY is the key to FIXING THIS MESS. I’m excited too about this coaching staff.

    And Joe, you might be skeptical “that Arians and his staff will be able to coaching the effects of all that losing out of the Bucs in a hurry” BUT … I don’t think all that many Bucs’ fans expect a Super Bowl championship tomorrow. Most just want to see ‘steady improvement’ IMO instead of the thrashing around we’ve gotten used to seeing year after year.

  10. Pryda..sec147 Says:

    I believe he can save this sinking ship ! I think more than “alpha” we just need the biggest alpha at the most important position head coach. He will bring Accountability! Something we have not seen here since I was a kid in the 90’s

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think Arians’ leadership skills can carry the day…….that coupled with his trusted staff who will all be on the exact same page.
    As for imported players who are leaders…..look to see him bring in some faces that are familiar to him just like his staff….

  12. down in the dirt doug Says:

    We have bad ass junk yard Bulldog Bruce –we had fluffy miniature poodle Koeter and his cartoon dogs—goofy,muttly,droopy,odie,dogbert,porkchop, and pudgy.

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    We know what won’t work!!!! and that is overpaying for inconsistent talent and then saying that they lead the team because they have the largest weekly paycheck!!!!!!!! Its been to long of trying to manufactured leaders because the sheep and media anoited them!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The problem has been apparent and proved everytime a free-agent walks in the room and tried to fill that void!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. EvolvingBucsfan Says:

    As far as leadership goes JPP has definitely stepped in that role by his words and his play, Dude just gets it and gets after it. Need more guys like him on this team with his mentality and grit period.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Interesting that Anthony Becht “sees a Tampa Bay team bereft of leadership”. Like you said Joe… “Who doesn’t?” Bucs have had a number of guys who talk a lot, but their on-the-field play doesn’t speak nearly as loudly as their mouth. Bucs desperately need several strong FIELD GENERALS to hold players ACCOUNTABLE for their play on-the-field, down after down, 60 minutes a game, game after game.

    Right now we don’t have ANY of those FIELD GENERALS. GMC & LVD haven’t filled that void. JPP very possibly will on the defense, but only for the DLine I’d suspect. Our Secondary & LB groups still need someone to step up & take charge. I was hoping that Jensen would become that Alpha Dog on the offensive side, but thus far I don’t think he has. Maybe this year. I do think though that BA & his coaching staff will be looking to bring in alpha dogs in several position groups in the near future. And guys like that don’t tend to be part-time players … and don’t come cheap.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    the only leader that we have on the team is JPP…..thats it….

    once upon a time we had a few leaders in vjax, russell shepard, tandy but they were let go…..

    folks confuse leadership with stats…..dont get it twisted….


  17. tmaxcon Says:

    vjax, russell shepard, tandy

    vjax did more for veterans in area than he ever did for the bucs…. vjax was not a leader a good man yes but a team leader no

    shepard and tandy are not even backups of backups how are they supposed to lead stars that actually can play football… damn you people really fall for some mediocre and bad players.

    just like bucfan confuses popularity with greatness they also confuse doing a some good for the neighborhood with being a great leader…

  18. Etzel Says:

    Jameis needs someone to push him and match his competitive fire. Not Timid Turd Koetter, pumping the brakes and casting doubt along the way.

  19. TOM Says:

    Licht just needs to let BA & his coaches do there thing. BA should have the last say on any player moves.

  20. 813bucboi Says:


    again, your confusing stats with leadership…..

    ask yourself why matthew slater has been with that pats for so long….it aint because of his production….its because of his leadership…..


  21. firethecannons Says:

    Last year Jameis got in the face of Ryan Jensen and and got roasted for it from Warhop. It was an important moment for young Jameis.

  22. RickinFtMyers Says:

    To me this is a unique opportunity to send Gerald McCoy on his way and save his $13 million salary and see what happens. While everyone, myself included, is always ready to sing McCoy’s praises as a player and a force offensive coordinators must account, people rarely mention on irrefutable fact. McCoy is the sole constant throughout the Bucs’ decade of losing football. He came on the scene in 2010 and since his arrival the Bucs are 52-92 without a playoff appearance. At the same time, everything on the Bucs has changed around McCoy, five head coaches, at least six defensive coordinators, and a complete roster change out, but the Bucs keep losing while McCoy remains the last man standing. It would interesting to see what might happen if the Bucs use a change to a 3-4 defense as a reason to help McCoy find a new career.

  23. Owlykat Says:

    Warhop never demanded any accountability from his two inept pets: Benenoch and D. Smith. And when Jameis had to straighten out Jensen for his terrible penalties dragging down our Offense, Warhop jumped all over him for doing what Warhop should have done himself. Our OL will be a lot better just with the departure of Warhop. Warhop was the Culprit of our OL woes!

  24. MHBuc1 Says:

    Dirk Koetter is laughing his ass off right now. Imported leadership? Will Arians have a remote to control the ball out of the hand of Winston to the other team? This site is most definitely The Onion for everything Bucs.