Well, well, well, here we are again. In 5 days, it will be 11 YEARS since we have actually made the playoffs. Man, that stings... You must admit, it is hard to stay a fan of a team with a record like this.
It's been a long time since I have posted here. Unfortunately, I think my moniker on the last website talked about how LOVIE was going to bring us back to glory.... A New Year is upon us, and before I take all my Buc's gear and put in a box AGAIN, I had a few thoughts. Many may disagree but, GRUDEN was the LAST BEST thing to happen to this FRANCHISE. This franchise itself has been in SHAMBLES for years now. I have many thoughts regarding the difference between MALCOLM and (MY 3 sons) running the state of affairs here. Alas, here we are, starting the coaching search yet, again... I think we are all thankful we didn't pay a KINGS ransom for that again. The MACK and the COOPER trade, are prime examples of a MEGALOMANIAC out of touch, running the show.
Moving on to the new regime. I do not think we need to blow the team up necessarily. We have GREAT players at a lot of positions. I think we are more than fine at WR and LB. Our Defensive line after YEARS is finally starting to become a CONCERN to other Offensive units. SPEAKING OF OFFENSIVE Units the O-Line is in MUCH need of a serious REVAMP. Bare with me while I try to fathom the future of this unit. Here are some thoughts:
Ryan Jensen: C'mon MAN! We needed a presence in the middle big time but, WAY to many penalties. Seriously a DISGUSTING performance, compared to salary (on the fence) C
Donavan Smith Hmmm... For a guy expected to protect the BLINDSIDE, NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Franchise Tag? 14 Million dollars... I've watched the GREGORY sack over 20 times NOT GOOD ENOUGH, LAZY EFFORT. This guy needs to be made ACCOUNTABLE! C-
Caleb Bentoch: Uhhh, Buh BYE: Cannot keep this guy on the ROSTER... Don't let the DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ***!!!! D-
Demar Dotson: Been with us for several years now. Not terrible not great.. Needs to be replaced 33 years old. C (at best)
ALI MARPET: No critique, no question the best lineman we have moved around. SOLID PERFORMER B+
O- LINE: We need to BLOW it up and start over. Marpet and Jensen will more than likely still be here. Let' sign at least two Free agents and Draft 2 new O-Lineman. There will be plenty of free agents to go after. Licht doesn't have the greatest record in this regard. I'm hoping the new coach and new offensive line coach can help turn this thing around.
RUN GAME: We need to have a HARD LOOK at improving this unit as well.
BARBER had a fairly good year with the cards he was dealt. I definitely think he should be resigned to compete.
ROJO (Hmmmm) I'm very unsure if he will pan out... Can he at least become gadget playmaker? With all the comparisons to Jamaal Charles I had high hopes. He'll likely be around and given another shot to compete.
FOURNETTE: Time seems to be possibly running out for him already in Jacksonville. I'd give good thought into a 2nd or 3rd round trade offer for him. He is a BRUISER. He is a bit of another MESEAN but, can he be harnessed? Perhaps a change of scenery for him could help.
AJAYI: What happened to this guy? Can he come back from the Torn ACL? Worth a shot maybe.
Lets move on to some possible Salary Cap Predictions:
I am borrowing a few thoughts and ideas from Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report for this:
DT Gerald McCoy – $13 million in salary / cap savings SAD BUT TRUE, I wish we could keep him. He deserves better. He has been an ANCHOR here but, needs flourish elsewhere.
WR DeSean Jackson – $10 million in salary / cap savings UH BUH BYE, doesn't mesh with WINSTON (He's our guy for 2019)
DE Vinny Curry – $8 million in salary / cap savings TO RICH (for a back up)
TE Cameron Brate – $7 million in salary / cap savings TO MANY DROPS not the same guy he once was, UNFORTUNATE....
DT Beau Allen – $5 million in salary / cap savings (To rich for a back up) Pay cut perhaps?
RT Demar Dotson – $4.85 million ($125,000 dead cap money – saves $4.725 million) UH BUH BYE
DT Mitch Unrein – $3.75 million in salary / cap savings NOPE (did he even play this year?)
DE Will Gholston – $3.75 million in salary / UH BUH BYE (LICHT, I'm staring DIRECTLY at you on this one)
P Bryan Anger – $3 million in salary / cap savings (We can find a cheaper version of this...)
G Evan Smith – $2 million in salary / cap savings GONE no need Possible total cap savings = $54.5 million +
We will certainly need this cap room for a turn around. The Offense has been much better this season compared to the last five. Let's hope this up trend continues with the new regime, and we become more of a force to help out the defence.. Man do they need it.