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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht sees Kevin Pamphile as Logan Mankins' eventual replacement at left guard.

"He’s done so many things for us from playing the tight end role as a blocker, swing tackle and he filled in for Logan at guard," said Licht. "That’s where we think his future is." Mankins turns 34 in March and is entering the last year of his deal. Pamphile spent time at three different positions last year including right tackle and guard. His only start came in Week 5 when Mankins was injured.
Feb 5 - 2:50 PM

Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.

"I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached.
Feb 4 - 5:24 PM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds doesn’t expect the Bucs to ask Vincent Jackson for a pay cut.

Jackson played only 10 games this season and is due $12.2 million in the final year of his deal. He’s expected to stay with the Bucs despite the cap hit. Jackson averaged 54 YPG when healthy and should remain effective through his age-33 season. Keeping Jackson is an easy decision in a weak free-agent class.
Jan 29 - 8:04 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he’s not interested in trading Mike Glennon.

"I would hate to be in a position where your quarterback goes down and then you’re basically throwing the towel in, like a lot of teams did this year," Licht said. "Those were the same teams, a lot of them, that were inquiring about Mike Glennon at the time. Unless there’s [an offer] that blows us away, I think you lean towards keeping him and having him on your roster." It’s notable teams were asking about Glennon during the regular season, but it sounds like he’ll finish out his contract as Jameis Winston’s backup. Glennon could draw back-end starter interest as a 2017 free agent.
Jan 29 - 7:49 PM

New Bucs OC/WRs coach Todd Monken said fixing Mike Evans' drops is one of his top priorities.

Monken said he'll take it "personally" if Evans continues to drop passes like he did this past season. "He has good ball skills. So it’s not a matter of that," Monken said. "And he competes for the ball and wants to do it. He’s talented. And so I’m excited to get started." Evans led the league in drops in 2015 and left a ton of yards on the field. Not even 23 yet, Evans is a prime bounce-back candidate in an offense that wants to create more big plays under coach Dirk Koetter.
Jan 29 - 12:12 PM

New Bucs OC Todd Monken wants to increase the team's amount of big plays in 2016.

"We don’t need more five-yard plays,’’ Monken said. "How can we be explosive? That’s what the game’s about, man. People like big plays. I like big plays." Monken went on to say "trick plays are fun," and "what isn’t fun about explosive plays and throwing it down the field and guys making plays?" Dirk Koetter will remain the Bucs' play-caller in 2016, but Monken should be intimately involved in the game-planning. He's close friends with Koetter, and didn't leave a head-coaching job at Southern Mississippi to be hands off.
Jan 28 - 2:48 PM

Bucs LG Logan Mankins has not decided if he will play in 2016.

"I’m trying to just take my time and make the right decision," Mankins said. "Things like that, usually, you don’t want to rush into." The eleven-year veteran and former All-Pro will turn 34 in March. He is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses.
Jan 28 - 9:46 AM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds reports the Bucs have opened contract negotiations with impending free agent Doug Martin.

GM Jason Licht and Martin's agent, David Dunn, were spotted speaking in the stands at the Senior Bowl. The entire organization including new coach Dirk Koetter have been open about their desire to re-sign their No. 1 back. Martin should be looking for a four-year deal for upwards of $25 million.
Jan 28 - 9:11 AM

Bucs hired Southern Mississippi coach Todd Monken as offensive coordinator.

Monken will also serve as WRs coach. It's an outside-the-box hire, though Monken and new coach Dirk Koetter spent four seasons together in Jacksonville. It's odd from Monken's point of view, as he's coming off a strong year at Southern Miss, where he helped revive the program after taking over following an 0-12 2012. The Golden Eagles went 9-5 (7-1) in 2015. Monken previously served as the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State, where he oversaw such talents as Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Koetter is expected to call his own plays.
Jan 24 - 4:33 PM

New Bucs DC Mike Smith said he will run a "flexible" 4-3 scheme.

"It's gonna be very flexible," Smith said. "You can't line up in the same look and the same front every time, so we're going to have a lot of flexibility and we're going to identify what the players are capable of doing and try to give different looks to the quarterback." Former coach Lovie Smith did not run much deception pre-snap, so the defensive backs will be in for some adjustment. Even though Smith will use more odd fronts in his quest to become "flexible," the roles in the front seven will not change much in his scheme.
Source: Bucs Nation
Jan 21 - 11:38 AM

New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he will be a more aggressive play caller in 2016.

Koetter said ex-coach Lovie Smith did not specifically tell him to play it conservatively, but he was not as aggressive as he wanted to be while serving as the offensive coordinator. "When you’re the head coach and you’re the play caller, you have a license to be a little bit more aggressive," Koetter said. "You don’t have to worry about the head coach second guessing you; you are the head coach. So you make your game plan and you stick to your game plan." Despite having a big-armed quarterback and several deep threats, the Bucs were middle of the pack in deep shot attempts according to Pro Football Focus. That could change next season.
Jan 19 - 9:22 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter confirmed he wants to re-sign free agent Doug Martin.

"Who wouldn’t want Doug Martin back?" Koetter said. "Of course we would like to have him. Jason Licht’s got control of that. But I’m pretty sure he does." Martin’s fifth-year option was declined last offseason, but he’s expected to remain with the Bucs. Martin could command a four-year deal in the range of $6 million annually.
Jan 15 - 7:21 PM

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he'll continue to call plays on offense.

The Buccaneers missed the playoffs this year but were vastly improved on offense thanks to Koetter's work with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin. It's unclear who the Buccaneers plan to hire as offensive coordinator (quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian is a strong possibility) but whoever lands the job will be playing second fiddle to Koetter.
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Buccaneers hired Mike Smith as defensive coordinator.

Smith interviewed for the Giants and Dolphins head coaching vacancies but didn't land either job. Now he'll replace Leslie Frazier, who served as the Bucs' defensive coordinator for two years before being fired along with Lovie Smith last week. Dirk Koetter, who was introduced as Tampa Bay's new head coach on Friday, served as Smith's offensive coordinator when Smith was head coach in Atlanta. Smith will keep the Bucs' 4-3 scheme intact.
Jan 15 - 2:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith has emerged as a "hot name" as a defensive coordinator.

Smith interviewed for several head-coaching vacancies over the past two weeks, particularly interviewing well with the Giants and Dolphins and then being in the mix for the Bucs job, but he lost out on all three. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him land in Tampa Bay on new coach Dirk Koetter's staff. Smith was the head coach in Atlanta when Koetter was the OC.
Jan 15 - 10:12 AM


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