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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    We finally have the most important piece to the puzzle. No more searching for the “savior”. With Jameis in place, Licht can now focus on acquiring players with not only the physical ability to be able to do the job , but equally important, the mental approach that will lead to winning. Too often in the past the roster was made up of too many players who didn’t really seem to have the passion to do much more than line up, go through the motions and, as a player once said, “go to the bank on Monday”. Too often, when something bad would happen, their collective heads would go down. Too often they were bullied and intimidated. Even the idea of needing a “savior” can mean the masses don’t want to do what it takes themselves. We need more saviors who take the responsibility on their own shoulders. Licht seems to recognize this flaw and is seeking players whose approach is like Popeye’s, “I took all I could stand and I can’t stand no more”. He opened his can of spinach like Sapp would open his can of “whoop ass”.

    I’ve always believed that NFL rosters are fairly equal but for a few “stars”, and the reason some seem to always win while others always seem to find a way to lose, is it’s psyche.

    I’ll give the Panthers some credit for their success. But they have a flawed QB, who can do his Superman posses when things are going well, but when things unravel he pouts with a towel over his head. Ever see Manning, Brees or Brady do that? Think our own Winston would do that? And that folks, is why I preferred Licht’s choice(s) in the 2015 Draft.

    Looking forward to watching the lichting of the fire.

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      scu, well said.

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    I’m not sure if it was a complete lack of passion, or being mentally tough Scu. I think some of it had to do with not believing in what they were coached to do. It’s obvious the Panthers follow Ron’s lead, Lovie staring up into space when things went wrong, not so much. Lovie chiding Sheppard for using some blue language during his pre game speech is a perfect example. Talk about taking the wind out of the players sails.

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    We’re not the Panthers nor are the Panthers like us. I actually like where we are and how we are going about it to get to the next level. If we pick up 3-4 quality players, I believe this coaching staff will take us to the next level. Go Bucs!

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