Tampa Bay Buccaneers mailbag

January, 9, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. -- I asked you to hit the mailbag with questions about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and you delivered. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Brian in Atlanta asks about the possibility of a reunion of Lovie Smith and Devin Hester in Tampa Bay.

Pat Yasinskas: It sounds like there’s a good chance Hester won’t be back with the Chicago Bears. If he indeed becomes available, I think Tampa Bay would be a logical landing spot. Smith and Hester have history. Smith talked at length about the importance of special teams at his introductory news conference. Hester is as good a return man as there ever has been.


Christian in West Haven, Conn., asks about what type of culture change Smith might bring to the Bucs.

Yasinskas Smith will try to instill a culture of winning. But, as far as what type of players and personalities he wants, I don’t think he’ll be all that different than Greg Schiano. Say what you want about Schiano’s tenure, but he did rid the locker room of some problem players. Smith isn’t the type of coach that will reverse course and start bringing in problem players. In that regard, Schiano left the Bucs in good shape.


Michael in Columbia, S.C., asks what I see as Tampa Bay’s biggest offseason need.

Yasinskas Two areas really stand out in my eyes. First off, the pass rush needs to get better. The Bucs have Gerald McCoy in the middle, but they need to upgrade on the outside. Second, I think the offensive line needs some major help. The line wasn’t very good in 2013 and it has to be improved because everything starts up front. Also, it’s not quite on a par with defensive end or offensive line, but I think the Bucs could use some help at tight end.

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