In this edition the BucsBlitz.com Mailbag, we discuss free agent quarterbacks, drafting a running back, and the record the Bucs need to post for Lovie Smith to keep his job.
Trimble209: Even though the Buccaneers are looking for a quarterback in the draft do you still think they'll pick one up in free agency and who??
Let's start off by naming just a few that may be available: Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, Matt Hasselbeck, Brian Hoyer, and Blaine Gabbert. Of those names, I would probably understand Hasselbeck coming in and backing up their rookie quarterback. But for that I would keep Josh McCown as he has already grown to familiar with the organization.
For any rookie quarterback coming in, it would be best to bring him on with others who are familiar with the team its process. McCown can prove to be vital in this category. I dont't see a quarterback coming in from the outside. Unless it's for practice squad reasons.
FishDaddy217: What are you guys hearing regarding the Bucs' level of interest in the top two running backs in this class, [Todd] Gurley and [Melvin] Gordon? Could you see the Bucs taking either one if they are still available at pick #34? Someone with Gurley's marketability could help take some of the attention off of picking Jameis.
As much as their skills are evident on the field and their talent is tops among others, I do not see the Bucs going after a running back in this draft at all. However, I will add that depending on what they do with Doug Martin may decide how they approach the draft or even free agency for the position.
The team drafted Charles Sims last year to the surprise of many. That obviously ignited the speculation on Martin's time running out in pewter under Lovie Smith and Jason Licht. The lack of production and injuries did not help Martin's case but it was not all his fault as the offensive line struggled. The team may stick with Martin for one more year before deciding on what to do with him.
RLMBucsFan: In your opinion, what record will the 2015 Bucs need to attain to keep Lovie Smith from getting fired?
It's not so much his record but how the team performs. If they draft a quarterback with the first overall selection April 30, then I feel that will buy him another year. Come 2016, if they don't make the playoffs with a 10-6 or 11-5 record then that could be the end of Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I understand this as being an important topic of discussion among the fan base. Crazy things have happened where playoff teams have even fired their head coach. But Smith was the guy that ownership wanted to move in fast and make sure they got. And they did. It'll be at least two more seasons (2015 and 2016) before the thought of firing Smith crosses their minds perhaps.
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