Did The Bucs Win The Cappa-Mason Swap?

December 18th, 2022

“Sorry, Tom. I’d do it again.”

One of the more interesting nuggets of the Buccaneers’ offseason was young Super Bowl right guard Alex Cappa turning down Tom Brady’s pleas for his return.

That doesn’t happen every day.

It also makes cynical Joe wonder what Cappa knew or thought he knew.

Cappa, 27, landed with the AFC champion Bengals and locked down $13.5 million for this season and he’s set to pull in another $6.5 million next season.

To replace Cappa, the Bucs coughed up a fifth-round pick to the Belicheats for Shaq Mason, who has been a rock on the right side of Tampa Bay’s offensive line. But for some unknown reason the Bucs can’t run the ball right too well.

So could one say the Bucs won the swap?

Joe hasn’t broken down the film of Mason and Cappa to give an intelligent answer. But they do love Cappa in Cincinnati and think he’s a Pro Bowler.

Here’s a snippet from the Bengals’ official website this week in a feature on Cappa:

Bengals all-time left guard Dave Lapham, the club’s long-time radio analyst, says Cappa is playing at an elite level and compares his pass-blocking prowess to his Super Bowl teammate and multiple Pro Bowl right guard Max Montoya.

“He’s added new tools to his game during the offseason in pass protection,” Boggs says. “He’s playing pass pro a little differently. He’s always been a monster in the run game. He plays the pass a little more aggressively than he did in Tampa.”

Joe wonders whether the Bucs’ deep knowledge of Cappa’s weaknesses is something that can be capitalized on in today’s Bucs-Bengals game. Yeah, there’s film on every player, but it’s a little different when your coaches spent years around a guy.

Maybe, just maybe, Todd Bowles can take advantage.

40 Responses to “Did The Bucs Win The Cappa-Mason Swap?”

  1. D-Rok Says:

    Sounds like good coaching in Cincy coaxed more out of Cappa. My, how refreshing!

    Mason has been a very, very solid addition. Just think if we hadn’t landed him and stood pat even further on this O-line?

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Can’t run right if u always run left…A La Lefty.

  3. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Cappa looked like crap earlier this season. Apparently he got coached up.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Over paid Davis Donnie Shaq Godwin Vea. Then expected Gronk to come back for JAG money. Cappa wasn’t worth what the Bengals paid. Didn’t want to pay JPP or Suh. Piss poor personnel decisions to add to the incompetence. Didn’t spend Shlt on the Oline other than Jensen.

  5. Redeemer Says:

    IMO Mason is the better player. He hasn’t given up a sack last I checked. He’s at his best when pulling. Bucs Haven’t done much of that, minus Dallas and Seattle. One LG can’t fix our broken running game. It would look the same or worse with Cappa, as Mason is the better run blocker.

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  8. FrontFour Says:

    We let a little good young player go and signed old garbage players, Jones, Hick, Rudolf, etc. Same with Whitehead. And we have Gage who has done nothing. If we keep Capa do we move him or Mason to the left side. We developed two good young players,let them go and then Over pay older FA’s that don’t produce and always seem to be injured so that they can collect a paycheck without the work. Nice.

  9. Jack Clark Says:

    D-Rok Says:
    December 18th, 2022 at 12:36 pm
    Sounds like good coaching in Cincy coaxed more out of Cappa

    ^^^ See this is what I’m talking about you people on this site. Who coached Cappa to be a “young Super Bowl right guard”???? Smh

  10. AmauryGuzman Says:

    No because the Bucs can’t even run the damn ball. Run blocking has been awful.

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We lost some physicality when we lost Cappa who has a real attitude problem.
    He is one naturally mean dude, but as far as actual play goes Mason does not seem to be as good a run blocker. Cappa could be a real road grader as a run blocker.
    I could not blame Cappa for taking the big money Cincinnati offered. No way the Bucs were gonna pay him anywhere near that.

  12. AmauryGuzman Says:

    It’s embarrassing how bad this division is and the bucs haven’t taken advantage of it.

  13. D-Rok Says:

    Well, Jack Clark, according to the article above, WHO coached Cappa to be better than he was last year? Not the Bucs coaches.

    For a second there, I thought you were actually defending these coaches, but I know better. I hope you have a great day, and win or lose, I hope you enjoy this game. I know I will.

  14. Redeemer Says:

    They weren’t going to pay two guards that kind of money. Licht just whiffed on the pick. This has more to do with Jensen than anything. the communication up front has been abysmal.

  15. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I agree with others saying that they didn’t win the swap.

    REMEMBER this O-Line compliment each other the others are playing well around him……and Cappa is benefitting from that.

    Shaq Mason has been a reliable consistent player on that line…..second best to Wirfs. That others haven’t been consistent at all……and Donovan Smith is straight trash….most penalized player in the league…..yet alone the tackle position.

  16. Leighroy Says:

    “Joe wonders whether the Bucs’ deep knowledge of Cappa’s weaknesses is something that can be capitalized on in today’s Bucs-Bengals game.”

    With who, Roaches? Vernon Gholston? You gotta have somebody to take advantage with to TAKE advantage.

  17. HC Grover Says:

    LOL Stanks are stankin and Panters Pantin so far. What a division.

  18. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Slimy saints up 14-0 on the falcons.

  19. AmauryGuzman Says:

    HC Grover what does it say about the bucs? Christ this coaching staff is a joke.

  20. tampabuscsbro Says:

    overall Mason has been a better player for cheaper. So we definitely won this.

    Granted the line as a whole is worse and our big brained OC loves to not run behind the strong side of the line so it may not look like it much.

  21. Bengals14 Says:

    How bad will the Yucs lose today boys? GO BENGALS!!!!

  22. Redeemer Says:

    Start chirping at Cappa early, and bait him into a personal foul. They always throw the flag on the guy who retaliates. He loses his head sometimes

  23. Bucs14 Says:

    How bad will the Bucs loss be today? GO BENGALS!!!

  24. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    This Oline was looking solid on paper this off-season before Jensen’s injury. Lt Smith, LG Hainsey/Stinnie/Leverret, C Jensen, RG Mason, RT Wirfs. We lost Cappa and Marpet during the off-season. Licht stole RG Mason from the Pat’s. So the only question mark was LG. At LG we had two solid backups that played well when asked to in the past. Licht even drafted a LG that can play a variety of Oline positions in Leverret. I truly believe without Jensen’s injury this Oline would have played solid all year. Jensen would have been able to help Mason with blocking assignments. Jensen would have also been able to help the LG if he was struggling against a superior opponent. This oline will be much improved and a solid unit next year. With a healthy Jensen this Oline looks a lot different.

  25. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Bucs14 troll alert.

  26. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Bucs14

    I predict the Bucs will lose by 3 scores this afternoon.

  27. NEfan Says:

    What choice did they have?

  28. NEfan Says:

    Anthem@ if they lose by 3, that’s a win for Leftnut & Joe.

  29. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Watching these other nfc south teams and it’s amazing they hav score more total points than the bucs lol. What an embarrassing stat. Anway if they destroyed today nobody will be fired which is a sham. Any other franchise and these guys would be finishing and wouldn’t make the season.

  30. NEfan Says:

    FYI, Pittsburgh has beaten all the NFC South teams except Carolina, they are playing today.

  31. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ NEfan

    A loss is a loss regardless of the score…..but you’re right.

    The bar is set extra low for Byron Suckwich….

    THERE are rumors and rumblings that Brady is fed up with the offense Suckwich is calling 📞……but obviously, sports politics won’t allow Brady to call out his own OC for it.

  32. AmauryGuzman Says:

    NEfan the nfc south stinks though. Joke to a division. The bucs stink much mroe that it could come down to the final two games.

  33. kyle Says:

    havent heard masons name all year, forgot he was on the team.. I think thats a great thing for a guard! Beckles always says that.

  34. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I’d hire Ian Beckles instantly to coach the offensive line….atleast he’d recommend getting rid of Donovan Smith!

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Cappa is the winner
    Bucs are losers this year

  36. HC Grover Says:

    NFC South Clown Show on display today, Bucs can back in to the playoffs with a nice loss to the Bengals unless the Stanks make a run.

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    How can you ask this with Jensen and Wirfs out?

  38. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Bucs doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs cause they’re playing like a 3 win team.

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs won the swap in that they aren’t stuck overpaying for a guy on a long term deal. Otherwise the play seems about the same, meaning both have been very solid.

  40. Steve Says:

    It was 4th and 1 again a few minutes ago, and again the Bucs choose to punt !