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The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retiremen
06-09-2019, 05:01 AM
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The former Arizona Cardinals coach came out of retiremen
New regime Jonah Williams Jersey , same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again.to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after another losing season extended the club’s playoff drought to 11 consecutive seasons.And while Arians insists the Bucs are not in a rebuilding mode, it sure seems that way heading into yet another draft where Tampa Bay will continue an ongoing effort to fill holes in a leaky defense.General manager Jason Licht is working with a third head coach in six years and is banking on the bond he developed with Arians while they were both in Arizona will help him finally get it right with the Bucs.“I have a great relationship with Bruce. I have a good feel for him, what he likes. We’ve had many, many meetings together, they’ve all been great, very productive,” Licht said. “It’s an open door, no walls between the scouting and the coaching, which is what we had in Arizona and we’ve had here too.”More Tampa Bay Buccaneers newsJameis Winston aims to realize potential under guidance of new Buccaneers coach Bruce AriansBuccaneers sign 5th overall selection LB Devin WhiteNdamukong Suh practices with Buccaneers for first time, dons customary No. 93 jerseyNdamukong Suh agrees to terms with Bucs, replaces 6-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoyBuccaneers release 6-time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy after nine seasonsMistakes in free agency and recent drafts contributed to a tight salary cap situation that’s placed limits on how much the Bucs could spend to fix one of the league’s worst defenses this offseason.Over the past three drafts alone, they’ve used a first-round pick and a pair of No. 2s on cornerbacks who’ve yet to make compelling cases that they can be long-term solutions or even bona fide starters.Jason Pierre-Paul, a pre-draft trade acquisition a year ago http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-au...ple-jersey , became the first Tampa Bay player to have at least 10 sacks in a season since Simeon Rice in 2005, yet bolstering an inconsistent pass rush remains a priority a year after Licht used a first-round pick and invested heavily in free agency to overhaul the defensive line around veteran tackle Gerald McCoy.Licht said the toughest part of the evaluation process for the draft is not gauging a prospect’s talent.“It’s what the player is all about and how willing he is to put in the work, what kind of a teammate he’s going to be. So you can kind of separate the guys that don’t have the talent to make it. The guys that do have talent, you rank them into how talented they are, but then the tough part is reading the player,” the GM said.“Bruce doesn’t live by a lot of mottos. … But one thing he does adhere to that I took from him in Arizona is, ‘trust, loyalty, respect.’ You’ve got to have players that trust each other, trust the coaches, are loyal to everybody and respect everybody,” Licht added. “So if you can get a talented guy that you know hits on all three of those things, you have a really good chance.”Barring a trade, the Bucs hold the fifth overall selection. In addition to improving the pass rush and secondary Germaine Pratt Jersey , they likely will seek help for the offensive line and, possibly, at running back in later rounds.“We have at least five players that we think — at least five — that if we stay in our spot that we’d be very happy with,” Arians said.TRADE BAIT?McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is due to earn $13 million next season, his 10th with the Bucs. Both Arians and Licht have shied away from talking specifics about how the defensive tackle fits into the plan for 2019, including whether he could be traded on or before the opening day of the draft.“That’s hypothetical,” Licht said. “Right now, we are focused on the draft.”RATING THE CLASSWhile Licht expects to find help regardless of whether the Bucs stand pat at No. 5 or wind up trading down in the draft order, the GM said there is a clear drop-off in the level of talent available after a certain point.“I would say after a certain number — which I won’t give — then they kind of all are together,” Licht said. “It’s tougher than most years to really rank the let’s just say top 50 players, because of that.”Staying put could mean taking one of the defensive studs up front — Quinnen Williams of Alabama, Ed Oliver of Houston http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-au...ley-jersey , Montez Sweat of Mississippi State — or linebacker Josh Allen of Kentucky.CUPBOARD NOT BAREDespite going 5-11 and missing the playoffs again ast season, Licht feels entering the draft that Tampa Bay’s roster is more than talented than it was this time a year ago.“We think we have a talented team, but we know that we have some pieces that we need to add, too,” the GM said. “We are not a finished product. We have the draft coming up, we have moves that we can make all the way up through training camp.” EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning hasn’t been looking over his shoulder since the New York Giants took heir apparent Daniel Jones with the sixth pick overall in the NFL draft.The 38-year-old Manning is always focused on what he can control and right now that’s being the Giants’ quarterback in 2019.There seems to be no doubt the kid from Duke is going to replace him some day. The question is when it will happen.On the opening day of organized team activities Monday, coach Pat Shurmur said Manning is his starting quarterback. The goal for Jones and fellow backups Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta is to be ready to play on opening day if something happens to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.Manning, who has led the Giants to the playoffs just once since the 2011 season, refused to say Monday he wants to be the starter as long as possible.“I understand that I am the quarterback on the Giants and it is my responsibility to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability,” he said. “I want to be in this position and be the quarterback. I want to go win games and have a great year.”Manning, who has led the Giants to eight wins over the past two seasons, said he has not worked any harder in the offseason or he is more concerned because Jones is waiting behind him.“I don’t think this has changed that,” he said. “I understand the circumstances that I am in and sure Renell Wren Jersey , I need to play well and play well early. Just do my job. You want to do that. You have to be careful not to press and do too much when things aren’t there and force things. Just have to play to the best of my ability and make good decisions. Lead this team to wins.”Manning intends to take Jones under his wing. That’s not a change though. He has done that for years with every quarterback who has joined the team, whether it was Ryan Nassib, Davis Webb, Geno Smith, Tanney, Lauletta or now Jones.“Whoever is in the quarterback room, (we) talk football,” Manning said. “If someone is confused about something or not sure about something, we have a great communication system and a relationship.”While Manning lost his biggest offensive threat in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, other upgrades have been made.Right guard Kevin Zeitler was acquired in a second trade with the Browns and the Giants recently signed veteran Mike Remmers, who should take over at right tackle. Center Jon Halapio is back after breaking a leg early last season and left guard Will Hernandez should improve after a decent rookie season.Left tackle Nate Solder had minor surgery to clean up his ankle, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.That should improve the line, which gave up 47 sacks last season. And the offense as a whole should also benefit in its second season in Shurmur’s system and having Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley.“Guys get lined up and are playing fast. They know what to do,” Manning said. “They know plays http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-au...dan-jersey , adjustments and different things. Just a few new spots here and there at receiver or offensive line. For the most part, a lot of the base guys are returning. They have that second year and will be able to play fast. It is just not thinking as much early on. It should help out on both sides of the ball.”Shurmur believes he has a good quarterback room.“Eli is getting ready to play winning football and Daniel Jones is trying to learn the offense and get himself ready to play Week 1, like all the quarterbacks in the room,” Shurmur said. “Because they have a general respect for each other and because that really is a healthy quarterback room, they can improve and get better. I think that is good.”NOTES: Rookie CB Corey Ballentine was at the OTA. The sixth-round draft pick was shot in the buttocks on the night he was drafted. His best friend was killed. “He is making progress,” Shurmur said. “I think it is still going to be a little bit of time, but he is getting better.” Ballentine did not speak to the media … Remmers had back surgery and is getting ready to play. He said he felt fine. .. Lauletta has his knee cleaned up and is working his way back, too. … The coach said some players missed the workout because their flights were delayed by weather.
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