Buccaneers Talk: Falcons recap, Koetter and Panthers preview

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Jameis Winston
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Jameis Winston /

After some time off, Walking the Plank returns with new hosts! Zach Sauers and I take over this week and in our debut episode, we recap the Buccaneers’ loss to the Falcons and talk about Dirk Koetter’s future. Then, we dive into the upcoming matchup with the Panthers.

That’s right, Walking the Plank is experiencing a youth movement! Zach Sauers and I debut this week as James Yarcho and David Harrison have officially moved over to the Locked on Bucs podcast. The Buccaneers dropped a fourth straight game on Monday, but we remain surprisingly positive about the future. In the middle of recording, Zach’s cat threw up and my dog whined at me, so we feel like we’re off to a good start.

After initial introductions, we get into a recap of Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss to Atlanta on Monday Night Football. Zach opens by saying Patrick Murray doesn’t deserve blame for the game-closing missed field goal. Then, we talk about Jameis Winston and his outstanding performance before discussing the emergence of Peyton Barber and regression of Doug Martin. What follows is injury talk and a look at what the offense looks like with a competent running game.

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Next, we look at the Bucs picking up Jason Licht’s option and what that could mean for head coach Dirk Koetter. Does another year for Licht mean one more chance for Koetter? We speak about how we could be open to that, but come to the conclusion that there should be no circumstance where Mike Smith returns as the team’s defensive coordinator.

To wrap things up, we preview Sunday’s game in Carolina against the 10-4 Panthers. Continuing with Walking the Plank tradition, we give our score predictions and player of the game picks.

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What did you think about the Monday night loss to the Falcons? Does Koetter survive this season? What are your predictions for the upcoming Christmas Eve game between the Bucs and the Panthers? Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with your thoughts and predictions.

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