Why Bowles Over Leftwich As Bucs Head Coach?


Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Todd Bowles – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

SR’s Fab 5 is a set of reporting and evaluation on the Bucs from yours actually, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds. Listed here are 4 issues that caught my consideration this week, plus some random tidbits in my Buc Pictures part on the finish. Get pleasure from!

FAB 1. Why Bowles Over Leftwich As Subsequent Bucs Head Coach?

Todd Bowles was all the time going to be Bruce Arians’ successor in Tampa Bay. That was determined in 2019 when Arians got here out of retirement to educate the Bucs on the age of 66. Arians, who’s a two-time most cancers survivor, retired from teaching the Cardinals on account of well being points following the 2017 season.

Each he and the Bucs wanted to have a succession plan in place in case Arians’ well being failed him once more as he approached the age of 70. Arians assembled an all-star workers of assistants and coordinators that he had coached with prior to now. Most of these coaches, together with Bowles, had been on his Arizona workers.

I’m an enormous Bowles fan, and I applaud this transfer by the Bucs. However why did Bowles in the end get the job as a substitute of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and even assistant head coach Harold Goodwin? There are a number of causes to be explored.

Bowles Has Been There, Completed That

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

The rationale why Bowles was picked to be Arians’ inheritor obvious again in 2019 is due to his head coach expertise in New York with the Jets from 2015-18. Whereas his time period in the end wasn’t profitable, evidenced by his 24-40 report, Bowles gained numerous expertise. He came upon what labored, and in the end doesn’t work with the Jets.

A number of profitable NFL head coaches have produced higher outcomes the second time round. Invoice Belichick, Pete Carroll, Marv Levy, Andy Reid, Dick Vermeil and Tony Dungy are only a few of them. The Bucs hope – and anticipate – Bowles will comply with that pattern.

It’s not usually {that a} coach will get a second likelihood at main a crew within the NFL. It’s even tougher for a minority to get that chance. That definitely wasn’t misplaced on Arians, who’s a trailblazer in selling alternatives for minority and feminine coaches.

The truth that Bowles has already had success establishing and working one of many league’s greatest defenses is a large plus. He has coached with members of this workers for years, so there’s no belief points or a studying curve. Bowles has a three-year head begin on this head-coaching job. He’s not ranging from scratch like he was in New York. Plus, he has Tom Brady for yet another season to assist kick begin his tenure in Tampa Bay.

Bowles’ Relationship With Arians And His Mind Made Him The Man

Arians has an incredible relationship with all of his coaches, however particularly his coordinators. Whereas Goodwin is a pure chief of males, and was given the title of assistant head coach, Bowles acquired the job due to his expertise as a head coach. And the truth that Arians’ loyalty to Bowles goes again additional.

Bucs GM Jason Licht, co-owners Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Joel Glazer, head coach Todd Bowles and senior football consultant Bruce Arians

Bucs GM Jason Licht, co-owners Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Joel Glazer, head coach Todd Bowles and senior soccer guide Bruce Arians – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bowles performed underneath Arians at Temple and joined his workers in Arizona in 2013. He was the crew’s defensive coordinator for 2 years earlier than his alternative to guide the Jets in 2015. Goodwin has truly coached with Arians for extra years (since 2013), however the relationship between Arians and Bowles dates again to the Nineteen Eighties.

Goodwin began working with Arians on his workers in Pittsburgh in 2007 after which adopted him to Indianapolis in 2012 after which to Arizona in 2013.

Leftwich was a backup quarterback underneath Arians in 2008 and once more from 2010-12. Arians made him a training intern in Arizona in 2016 after which employed him because the Cardinals quarterbacks coach the subsequent 12 months. After calling performs in Arizona for half a season in 2018 after Arians retired, Leftwich was named the play-caller in Tampa Bay in 2019.

All of this properly and good, however Arians stepped down because the Bucs head coach. Normal supervisor Jason Licht is delicate to Arians’ reasoning, but in addition needed to make the only option to guide the Bucs shifting ahead. Licht is an enormous fan of Bowles, Leftwich and Goodwin. However what bought Licht and the Glazers on Bowles was his mind.

That’s to not keep that Goodwin and Leftwich aren’t brilliant. They’re. However Bowles is simply on one other degree.

“Seeing Todd coach that 12 months, even in coaching camp, and even going so far as the primary OTAs, you understand when you understand,” Licht advised SI’com’s Albert Breer. “You understand a very good coach, one which’s going to be a head coach. A few of them, it’s a little bit little bit of a sluggish warm-up and then you definitely’re like, ‘Yeah, you understand what? This man may very well be.’ However with Todd, it was fast. You knew he’s gonna be a head coach. Simply the way in which he communicates, he’s one of many smartest coaches I’ve ever been round—and never simply in soccer, he’s simply acquired uncommon intelligence.

“And he simply is aware of the right way to join and push the proper buttons on everyone, from all walks of life. He kinds relationships in his personal means with everyone within the constructing.”

This Was Bowles’ Greatest – And Maybe Final – Shot At Being A Head Coach

Each Arians and Licht anticipated that Bowles would  get a shot at a head-coaching job after his masterful recreation plan in Tremendous Bowl LV. Tampa Bay’s protection held Patrick Mahomes and the vaunted Kansas Metropolis offense out of the top zone in a 31-9 victory. When that didn’t occur the Bucs made him the league’s highest-paid defensive coordinator. His gamers love him.

Bucs DC Todd Bowles

Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

Certainly Bowles would get a head-coaching job after serving to the Bucs go 13-4 and make the playoffs once more, proper? Properly, he acquired 4 interviews, however these groups went for offensive-minded head coaches – all of them youthful, too.

Bowles is 58, Black and a defensive-minded head coach. Sadly, that’s not the stylish, en vogue system for brand spanking new teaching hires within the NFL today. Bowles deserves the proper to be Arians’ successor no matter his coloration or age.

And there have been loads of defensive-minded head coaches which have success within the league from Dungy to Belichick to Carroll to Invoice Parcells to Mike Tomlin. All have gained Tremendous Bowls.

However given the hiring local weather within the NFL, Arians figured that the 42-year outdated Leftwich would get a head-coaching job sooner than Bowles. Leftwich has presided over Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense for the previous three years, spending the final two with Brady. Leftwich, a former quarterback, has hands-on expertise working with QBs. That’s what NFL groups favor proper now.

So by anointing the worthy Bowles this 12 months for this job, Arians can have two of his protégés develop into NFL head coaches. Leftwich virtually assuredly will get employed subsequent offseason. He got here near getting the Jacksonville job this winter.

Bowles Has Expertise Working With QBs, Too

Regardless of being a defensive-minded head coach, Bowles has loads of expertise working with quarterbacks, too. Maybe an excessive amount of expertise. He began six completely different quarterbacks in his 4 seasons with the Jets.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and QB Tom Brady

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and QB Tom Brady – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

From older veterans like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown to a rookie like Sam Darnold, Bowles has realized what to do and what to not do with QBs main his crew. That is essential as a result of he’ll probably have to decide on a brand new beginning quarterback in 2023, as this may very well be Brady’s last season in Tampa Bay.

“I believe it’s essential that the quarterback is aware of the way you assume the sport, and the way you need the sport performed, being on the identical web page that means,” Bowles advised SI.com’s Breer. “Whether or not you’re his coordinator or not, it’s crucial so that you can be on the identical web page so communication and the dialogue flows simply. And I felt like I might’ve completed that a little bit bit extra in New York, and I do know I can do it much more right here. And conversations will likely be utterly completely different from that standpoint.

“Byron does a superb job being an offensive coordinator, nevertheless it’s my job to be the top coach and everybody understands that. It’ll go accordingly. There are such a lot of stuff you be taught from the primary time round. I don’t assume I did a nasty job being round quarterbacks, I simply assume that experience-wise, you see numerous nuances that you simply want you would’ve added to your teaching model. That’ll assist me be a greater coach for the quarterback.”

Bowles’ Greatest Problem Awaits

As a defensive-minded head coach, Bowles’ largest problem will likely be to not solely discover the subsequent quarterback post-Brady. Will probably be to get the offensive coordinator rent proper post-Leftwich. Perhaps Bowles promotes large receivers coach Kevin Garver to the function of play-caller. Or maybe assistant QBs coach Thaddeus Lewis will get the nod.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

Hiring Leftwich would have insured offensive continuity in Tampa Bay. He would have stored calling the performs and by no means needed to fear about discovering an offensive coordinator. That’s what in the end sank Dungy’s ship in Tampa Bay – not getting the offensive coordinator rent proper.

However there are many offensive-minded head coaches that don’t get the defensive coordinator rent proper, both. And giving up too many factors ends in losses. Losses lead to firings. There may be simply as a lot worth in stopping potent offenses with nice protection than there’s in creating potent offenses within the first place. Bowles proved that in Tremendous Bowl LV.

Changing Leftwich and discovering Brady’s successor will likely be Bowles’ largest problem as Tampa Bay’s head coach. And it’s a problem he’s more likely to face a 12 months from now.

The Bucs consider Bowles has the expertise and mind to make the proper name whereas his sturdy protection helps carry the crew in that transition. That’s why he acquired the job.

FAB 2. Arians Is The Greatest Coach In Bucs Historical past

Since I started reporting on the Buccaneers in 1995, I’ve had the honour of masking yearly of the Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden and Bruce Arians eras. That makes me certified to recommend that Arians is one of the best coach in Bucs historical past. That’s to not take something away from the job Dungy did turning the Bucs franchise round so rapidly and making them a playoff crew in simply his second 12 months. Or that Dungy and his workers constructed an amazing protection in his six years Tampa Bay.

Gruden used that protection and his personal rebuilt Bucs offense to win a Tremendous Bowl and three division titles in seven years as his successor, starting in 2002. Gruden edged Dungy to be Tampa Bay’s all-time winningest coach 57-54. Sarcastically, each males had been fired after producing profitable seasons for the group.

Arians coached simply three years in Tampa Bay from 2019-2021. He acquired to exit on his personal phrases earlier than his seventieth birthday. Arians retired this offseason and handed the crew over to his handpicked successor, Todd Bowles. Arians didn’t cling round lengthy sufficient to be fired, which is the eventual destiny of just about all NFL coaches sooner or later or one other.

Coaches are employed to win video games. No person did that higher than Arians in Tampa Bay, as he completed with a 31-18 report.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

He solely coached half of the period of time of Dungy’s tenure, and fewer than half of Gruden’s. However Arians gained Tremendous Bowl LV in his second season, and produced back-to-back profitable years in 2020 and ’21 with a daily season report of 24-9 throughout that span. That’s one of the best two-year run of any Bucs groups in franchise historical past.

Arians’ presence and his offense helped lure future Corridor of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to Tampa Bay in 2020. His management helped the Bucs win a Tremendous Bowl that 12 months, and a franchise-record 13 video games final season – along with the primary division title since 2007. His .633 profitable share is one of the best in crew historical past. Arians has additionally gained extra postseason video games (5) than another Bucs coach. He finishes with a 5-1 postseason report.

Even Arians’ worst season was higher than another Tampa Bay coach. Arians’ worst 12 months was going 7-9 in 2019. Dungy’s worst season was 6-10 in 1996. Gruden had a 4-12 report in 2006.

A part of Arians’ legacy in Tampa Bay will likely be what occurs in 2022 and past. Whereas any wins and losses will formally be on Bowles’ report and never Arians’, they are going to be part of Arians’ legacy in concept. How Bowles does will replicate on Arians shifting ahead, particularly the 2022 season, which Arians performed an enormous half in establishing this offseason.

The Bucs had a outstanding run of success between 1997-2007 underneath each Dungy and Gruden. The crew made the playoffs seven instances throughout that span, and gained 4 division titles and a Tremendous Bowl.

Arians has already kick-started a profitable tradition in Tampa Bay with a pair of fantastic seasons over the previous two years. The 2022 season ought to comply with this optimistic pattern. Will probably be as much as Bowles to proceed the success for a few years post-Arians. If he does, Bowles might be part of the dialog and have his title talked about alongside Dungy, Gruden, and naturally, Arians, his mentor.

FAB 3. The Subsequent 5 In The Bucs Ring Of Honor

It’s a no brainer that former Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians must be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor. Bucs co-chair Joel Glazer did the proper factor at Arians’ retirement announcement press convention and shock him – and everybody – with the information. Arians may very well be thought of one of the best head coach in franchise historical past together with his Tremendous Bowl win, his .633 profitable share and a 5-1 playoff report. To not point out that the Bucs gained a crew report 13 common season video games in 2021.

So it begs the query, who’re the subsequent inductees to the Bucs Ring of Honor? Listed here are 5 names I’m campaigning for, so hear up, Glazers.

In the case of the Bucs Ring of Honor credentials, the Glazers haven’t made their standards publicly recognized. However in my thoughts, the inductees ought to have left their mark in Tampa Bay in both the report books, as one of many biggest Buccaneers of all-time, or by enjoying a big function in serving to the crew get to the playoffs and win.

MLB Hardy Nickerson

Former Bucs LB Hardy Nickerson

Former Bucs LB Hardy Nickerson – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Ask Tony Dungy and he’ll inform you. Re-signing Hardy Nickerson in 1996 was simply as a lot of a key to the Bucs’ turnaround as his personal arrival in Tampa Bay that 12 months. Nickerson had already made a Professional Bowl in 1993 and set the franchise report for tackles in a season with a league-leading 214. That report nonetheless stands at the moment.

Nickerson introduced a profitable perspective from Pittsburgh and remodeled the tradition in Tampa Bay. His management helped Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber develop into one of the best variations of themselves. Nickerson’s Unimaginable Hulk poses made him a fan favourite, whereas his bodily and heady play made him a five-time Professional Bowler and a three-time All-Professional. He turned the Bucs right into a drive on protection within the late Nineties. Nickerson helped the Bucs get to the playoffs twice in 1997 and ‘99, profitable the NFC Central title in his last season.

After his seven-year enjoying profession concluded, Nickerson served the crew as the colour analyst for the Buccaneers Radio Community in 2006. He additionally returned to Tampa Bay because the crew’s linebackers coach in 2014-15 underneath Lovie Smith. When he retired he was the Bucs’ all-time main tackler with 1,028. Though he’s been handed by Derrick Brooks (2,198), Ronde Barber (1,428) and Lavonte David (1,222), Nickerson nonetheless ranks contained in the High 5.

The Glazers have completed numerous issues proper on the subject of the Bucs Ring of Honor. However making Nickerson wait this lengthy for his induction is just not one among them. He must be the subsequent inductee.

DE Simeon Rice

Former Bucs DE Simeon Rice

Former Bucs DE Simeon Rice – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Rice is without doubt one of the crew’s biggest free agent signings of all-time. The go rusher extraordinaire signed with Tampa Bay in 2001 and helped the Bucs make the playoffs in three of his six years with the Bucs. Rice helped win a Tremendous Bowl in 2002 and two division titles.

He grew to become one of the crucial feared go rushers in franchise historical past, and ranks third with 69.5 sacks in crimson and pewter. Rice made two Professional Bowls and two All-Professional groups in Tampa Bay. His double-digit sack string over 5 straight years from 2001-05 nonetheless stands as a crew report to this present day. Rice was simply as a lot part of the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl success in 2002 as Sapp, Brooks, Lynch and Barber had been.

RB James Wilder

Former Bucs RB James Wilder - Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Former Bucs RB James Wilder – Photograph courtesy of the Buccaneers

I don’t know if the Glazers will ever induct Wilder into the Bucs Ring of Honor. He wasn’t a participant after they owned the crew, as his time in Tampa Bay was from 1981-89. However over these 9 years he set quite a few franchise data – a few of which stand at the moment. Actually, Wilder continues to be the Bucs all-time main rusher with 5,957 yards. His 9,449 all-purpose yards continues to be atop the franchise, too.

Wilder had one Professional Bowl look enjoying on a decade’s value of awful groups. That got here in 1984 when he led the league with 407 carries for 1,544 yards and 13 touchdowns. These are nonetheless single-season data for carries, yards and dashing TDs. As a 6-foot-3, 225-pound again with velocity, energy and fingers, Wilder was actually forward of his time. His league-high 492 touches that 12 months, together with 2,229 whole yards can also be a single season report that stands at the moment in Tampa Bay. It’s time to present Wilder the popularity he deserves. It’s the proper factor to do, Glazers.

LB Shelton Quarles

Former Bucs LB Shelton Quarles

Former Bucs LB Shelton Quarles – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

No Buccaneer has served the franchise so long as Quarles has. Few would possibly know that Quarles ranks fifth all-time in tackles with 985. The previous linebacker had 4 seasons with no less than 100 tackles, together with the 2002 marketing campaign during which he helped the Bucs win a Tremendous Bowl. That was Quarles’ first season at center linebacker and he earned his lone Professional Bowl honors that 12 months, too.

The 12 months prior in 2001, Quarles intercepted Brett Favre and returned the decide 98 yards. That also stands because the longest interception return in franchise historical past. After his 10-year enjoying profession concluded, Quarles went to work within the Bucs’ scouting division. Since then he has transitioned to engaged on the soccer operations aspect of crew. Quarles is celebrating 25 years with the group this season, which is a Bucs Ring of Honor worthy accomplishment.

C Tony Mayberry

Former Bucs C Tony Mayberry

Former Bucs C Tony Mayberry – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Mayberry has the excellence of being the primary Tampa Bay offensive lineman to make the Professional Bowl, which occurred in 1997. That kicked off three straight Professional Bowls for Mayberry, which continues to be probably the most in franchise historical past. That makes him probably the most embellished offensive lineman in Tampa Bay historical past. He spent all 10 years with the Bucs, first arriving as a fourth-round draft decide in 1990. Mayberry grew to become a starter the subsequent season and didn’t miss a begin for 9 straight years.

His 145 begins rank had been the second-most in crew historical past when he retired in 1999. Now he ranks fifth behind Barber (232), Brooks (221), Paul Gruber (183) and David (149). Mayberry was a key blocker for the Bucs’ WD-40 working recreation that featured Professional Bowlers Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott. Gene Deckerhoff’s legendary phrase, “Alstott up the intestine!” is a tribute to Mayberry’s blocking. Mayberry helped the Bucs make the playoffs in 1997 and ‘99 and win an NFC Central title.

LB Lavonte David

Bucs LB Lavonte David and CB Jamel Dean

Bucs LB Lavonte David and CB Jamel Dean – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

David turned 32 in January and is coming into the ultimate 12 months of his contract. Even when he indicators one other extension and performs for 2 extra seasons and retires at age 35, he’s nonetheless on this listing. As a result of instantly after his retirement the Glazers ought to do for David what they did for Arians – induct him into the Bucs Ring of Honor. That will occur in 2025 if he performed three extra seasons in Tampa Bay.

Whereas David has solely made one Professional Bowl, he’s been on three All-Professional groups, together with through the 2020 season when he helped the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV. He’s recorded eight 100-tackle seasons in his 10 years in Tampa Bay to this point. With 1,222 profession tackles, David additionally has the chance to maneuver previous Barber (1,428) and into second place on the Bucs’ all-time sort out listing behind Brooks (2,198).

David is firmly entrenched because the second-best linebacker in Bucs historical past. His 149 begins are the fourth-most in crew historical past and he has an opportunity at catching Gruber (183) over the subsequent three years. David will make the Bucs’ Ring of Honor. It’s solely a matter of when.

Does Gerald McCoy Deserve It?

And eventually, I’d not object if the Glazers wished to induct former defensive sort out Gerald McCoy into the Bucs Ring of Honor sooner or later. However I’m not going to marketing campaign for him.

McCoy is without doubt one of the extra embellished Buccaneers with six Professional Bowl berths. Nevertheless, he didn’t make his mark on Tampa Bay’s report e-book nor did McCoy play on a playoff crew. McCoy ranks fourth in crew sacks with 54.5 sacks and by no means had a double-digit sack season in his profession.

He was one of many higher gamers on some awful Bucs groups. However all McCoy has are private accolades. To me, that’s not sufficient.

FAB 4. Licht’s Greatest Draft Picks In Each Spherical

Jason Licht has constructed a Tremendous Bowl winner and an NFC powerhouse roster in his eight years because the Bucs normal supervisor. His roster creation expertise helped entice future Corridor of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and Licht has drafted 9 Professional Bowlers. With the 2022 NFL Draft simply three weeks away, let’s check out Licht’s greatest draft picks in every spherical.

First Spherical – WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Licht has completely exceled in drafting within the first spherical. He’s drafted 5 gamers which have made no less than one Professional Bowl within the eight first-round picks Licht has had. Granted, quarterback Jameis Winston (2015) was one among them, however Licht’s greatest first-rounder was his first one. The opposite Professional Bowlers are nostril sort out Vita Vea (2018), inside linebacker Devin White (2019) and proper sort out Tristan Wirfs (2020).

Evans, a four-time Professional Bowler, is a probable Corridor Famer. He’s had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL profession. And Evans has develop into the Bucs’ all-time main receiver (606 catches for 9,301 yards) and landing producer (75). He has rewritten Tampa Bay’s report e-book and has surpassed Mike Alstott because the franchise’s all-time greatest weapon. Wirfs would possibly find yourself being on Evans’ degree sooner or later, however Evans has fairly a head begin.

Second Spherical – LG Ali Marpet

Discovering a franchise left sort out within the second spherical like Donovan Smith (2015) is sort of a coup. Left sort out is without doubt one of the premium positions in all of soccer. Smith has already earned a second contract and helped Tampa Bay win a Tremendous Bowl in 2020. However pretty much as good as Smith has develop into, Marpet has been higher. The truth that Licht took an opportunity on a participant from tiny Hobart Faculty makes Marpet’s success even sweeter.

Picked a number of picks spots after Smith, Marpet rapidly developed into the most effective guards within the NFL. He performed proper guard and heart earlier than discovering a house at left guard the place he lastly made a protracted overdue Professional Bowl final season. After serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV and report a franchise-record 13 wins within the common season, Marpet retired on high this offseason.

Third Spherical – WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

The proportion of discovering a star participant within the third spherical is considerably decrease than the primary two rounds. However Licht did simply that. Godwin has develop into a two-time 1,000-yard receiver and was a Professional Bowler in 2019. He’s been an ideal match as a slot receiver in Bruce Arians’ system, which has made him the first goal on offense.

Godwin earned the franchise tag after serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV. Regardless of tearing his ACL close to the top of the 2021 season, he nonetheless led Tampa Bay with a career-high 98 catches for yards 1,103 yards. That allowed Godwin to money in on a three-year deal value $20 million per season.

Fourth Spherical – SS Jordan Whitehead

Whereas center linebacker Kwon Alexander (2015) made the Professional Bowl in 2017 and was a four-year starter, he tore his ACL six video games into his last season in Tampa Bay. Alexander led the crew in tackles with 145 stops, together with a league-high 108 solo stops. However Whitehead, a fourth-rounder in 2018, has been barely higher.

Whitehead grew to become a starter as a rookie with 11 begins. He’s had 4 seasons with 69 tackles every season in Tampa Bay because the crew’s sturdy security. Whitehead’s hard-hitting methods and skill to make some splash performs helped the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV in 2020 and an NFC South championship final 12 months. He left the Bucs in free company this offseason for a richer payday in New York with the Jets.

Fifth Spherical – Ok Matt Homosexual

The pickings are slim on the subject of the Bucs’ profitable fifth-round picks. After all the possibilities of most fifth-rounders sticking round previous a 12 months or two are fairly slim, too. Kevin Pamphile (2014) was a nondescript two-year starter at guard. Caleb Benenoch (2016) every acquired a number of emergency begins alongside the offensive line. However the collection of Homosexual in 2019 was a bit daring, particularly since Licht failed miserably together with his drafting of kicker Roberto Aguayo within the second spherical in 2016.

Homosexual gained the kicking duties and linked on 77.1 % of his subject objectives and 89.6 % of his additional factors. There have been some painful misses in opposition to the Giants and Falcons, however Homosexual has moved on to the Rams the place he grew to become an incredible kicker in 2020 (87.5 %). Homosexual grew to become a Professional Bowler in 2021 (94.1 %) in serving to L.A. beat the Bucs and win a Tremendous Bowl. Whereas he’s not serving to the Bucs, Licht nailed the expertise.

Sixth Spherical – WR Scotty Miller

Bucs WR Scotty Miller

Bucs WR Scotty Miller – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

Sixth-round picks have even much less of an opportunity of creating the crew than fifth-rounders. Miller (2019) is the clear-cut winner amongst a bunch of sixth-rounders that both didn’t make the crew or didn’t make an impression. He caught a career-high 33 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Miller got here up with one of many biggest performs in Bucs historical past – a 39-yard landing proper earlier than halftime at Inexperienced Bay. That play helped Tampa Bay win the NFC Championship Sport.

Seventh Spherical – LB Grant Stuard

The success charge for seventh-round picks is nearly non-existent within the NFL. Out of Licht’s seven seventh-round picks, Stuard, his most up-to-date one, stands out. Stuard was Mr. Irrelevant final 12 months, however went on to guide the Bucs in particular groups tackles with 12 plus a compelled fumble. He additionally notched a team-high three particular groups stops within the postseason. Licht appears like Stuard can develop right into a Professional Bowl-caliber particular teamer.

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UConn DT Travis Jones

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