[043] Free Agency Update 1

We talk new acquisitions and recent departures, team culture, Bruce Arians’ charity work, and more!

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[042] Free Agency 2019: Week 1

Two days into free agency, and there have been some rumblings at One Buc Place. Ralph and Molly discuss, plus notable transactions around the league.

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[041] Experience the free agency hangover with Ralph and Molly

We’re wallowing for some of our fallen Buccaneers today as the legal tampering period of NFL free agency comes to a close. Our thoughts on the loss of Kwon, Humpries, DeSean Jackson, Bryan Anger and more. We also discuss moves the Bucs have made thus far.

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[040] Know Your Enemy: New Orleans Saints Free Agency Edition

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Saints are still nursing their butthurt after losing the NFC Championship. Find out which part of the team is getting a revamping, and how they’ll fare in free agency.

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[039] Demar Dotson was re-signed this week and other news from around the league

As we anticipate the start of free agency, Bucs news is fewer and further between. We go over what little tidbits there are in this episode.

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[038] Molly and Ralph discuss Donovan Smith’s re-signing

Donovan Smith was re-signed by the Buccaneers for a 3 year contract worth $41,250,000, including $27,000,000 guaranteed. That comes out to an average annual salary of $13,750,000. Is it worth it? Did the Bucs do the right thing? Molly and Ralph discuss it as well as other Bucs news.

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[037] Know Your Enemy: Carolina Panthers Free Agency Edition

We’ve got Bucs news from around the league. Plus, we talk about the changes the Carolina Panthers have undergone this offseason, including some major developments within the coaching staff.

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[036] NFL Combine pressers and other Bucs news

GM Jason Licht and Coach Bruce Arians both gave pressers at the combine. What did we learn new about the team? Molly and Ralph go over their thoughts. Plus we talk about other Bucs news and dabble a bit in Rub-and-tug-gate starring Robert Kraft.

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[035] Ralph and Molly analyze recent reports made by Bucs media

Who initially coined the term “Jameis Winston football”? We’ll tell you. Plus, we’ll analyze Rick Stroud’s report on Gerald McCoy’s future. Then, we’re talking about DeSean Jackson almost as often as Joebucsfan!

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Rick Stroud “reports” Gerald McCoy will return to the Bucs next season

Twitter is in a frenzy today with news that Gerald McCoy will be returning to the Buccaneers next season, courtesy of an article written by Rick Stroud entitled: “Why Gerald Mccoy will return for a 10th season with the Bucs.”

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“Stop the speculation,” the headline reads. “The sixth-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and his $13 million are a good fit for coach Bruce Arians.”

Who, exactly, deemed McCoy “a good fit”? The headline seems to imply it was Bruce Arians, but there’s no attribution given. Was it Bruce himself? Was it someone close to him? Someone in the front office? Unclear.

A typical headline that satisfies journalism’s cardinal rule of always citing your sources might typically go something like this:

Stop the speculation: Sources say six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and his $13 million are a good fit for coach Bruce Arians

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Stop the speculation: The sixth-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and his $13 million are a good fit according to coach Bruce Arians

The headline, and subsequently Rick’s article, give us absolutely no indication who it is making this claim. The only quotes in the article are tweets not from Bruce Arians, but Gerald McCoy.

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The general public’s takeaway from the article is that Bruce Arians has publicly stated McCoy will remain with the team, based on one paragraph of the article:

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But how do you know this, Rick? Bruce Arians? An insider into the organization? Your own brain? I’m confident Rick is not making up information, but to not tell us where he’s obtained his is just sloppy journalism.

To make matters worse, the only quotes used in the article were those two tweets from Gerald McCoy. It’s not completely clear Rick even talked to an actual human person to write this article.

But he was spending a lot time on the internet. The rest of the article argues why McCoy should stay with the team, including his stats, how easy the transition to a 3-4 will be for him, the lack of trade value due to the “glut of defensive tackles available in free agency,” how reasonable his salary actually is, and who we can cut instead of him.

This. Is. Not. News. The cardinal rule of journalism is you always cite your sources. The author of this article lays out a lot of arguments–why McCoy is worth keeping–and not one of them is attributed to anyone. We then have to assume they are the author’s.

Sources are vital in good journalism. It allows the reader to judge for himself whether the information is credible. We are never given the opportunity here.

I am not saying McCoy will no longer be with the team. It is entirely possible Rick has a source inside the organization and this is breaking news, albeit bad journalism. The two are not mutually exclusive. Equally plausible: perhaps it’s an opinion piece that was not properly labeled “Opinion,” which, in that case, would not necessarily be the fault of Rick, but of his editor at the Tampa Bay Times.

Nonetheless, as fans we have a responsibility to our team to examine information we’re presented and analyze it critically. We must demand better from the sources of that information, just as we do our team.

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