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Daily Bucs Links: Why defer?

Here's your open thread for today.

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You didn't win Powerball, but we all win because of 'hopeful Powerball player' Chris Long -
"Hopeful Powerball player" Chris Long is also pretty good at football.

At least the Browns are using better buzz words -
The Browns talked an awful lot about stability when they introduced Hue Jackson as the new head coach on Wednesday night. At least their talking about it, right?

If you're sad about college football being over, just look at how awesome 2016's Week 1 is -
In a couple hundred days, college football returns with one of the most loaded opening weekends in a long time.

The Dark Knight unmasked -
Like the Panthers, Josh Norman is under-appreciated. But people are starting to take notice.

5 Pleasant Surprises from Tampa Bay in 2015
Five Buccaneers players who exceeded expectations in 2015.

Bucs an Attractive Coaching Job, says Licht
General Manager Jason Licht believes that the Buccaneers' have one of the more appealing head coach openings in the league.

Watch Winston's 28 Touchdowns from 2015
Watch all of QB Jameis Winston's touchdowns from the 2015 season.

Bucs Bonus Podcast: Coaching search | and The Tampa Tribune
In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman discuss Lovie Smith’s dismissal, head coaching candidates and answer fan-submitted questions.

Under the Glazers, Manchester United and Tampa Bay Bucs in similar situations | Tampa Bay Times
As owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Glazer family sure has its hands full seeking a new head coach and struggling to figure out how to up the performance of its pro sports team.

Associates: Bucs GM Licht right man to run coaching search | Tampa Bay Times
As a college scout in his second year with the New England Patriots, Jason Licht spent the spring working out nearly every defensive lineman in the nation. Among them was Marshall's Paul Toviessi, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end whom head coach Bill Belichick had taken a liking to. After the workout, Belichick called and asked the opinion of his newbie talent evaluator. Licht told Belichick what he didn't want to hear.

Dawkins: Bucs candidate McDermott well-prepared to coach | Tampa Bay Times
Among the three candidates to interview for the Bucs' head coaching vacancy is Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and the 41-year-old got an endorsement Wednesday from nine-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins, who played under McDermott with the Eagles.

Bucs' Koetter talking with potential assistants | Tampa Bay Times
Koetter talking with potential assistants

NFL coin toss deferral kickoff trend new england patriots | The MMQB with Peter King
More than eight out of every 10 teams that won the opening coin toss in 2015 chose to defer—seven years ago, it was less than one out of every 10. It’s clear that teams prefer to have the ball at the beginning of the second half. What’s much less clear: Does it actually provide any advantage?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is unlike any QB in the NFL
His celebrations might irk some, but Panthers QB Cam Newton -- the NFL's biggest kid -- is playing like he owns the field. Here is where that came from.