- Since returning from injury in Week 13, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown for 1,221 yards (fourth-most in the National Football League in that time) and eight touchdowns (tied for the fourth-most in that time).
Let's start with Baker, who the Bucs signed to a three-year, $15.75 million contract over the summer, only to be rewarded with a mere 32 tackles and half a sack thus far; Baker recorded 101 tackles and 9.5 sacks over his final two seasons in Washington. But the team has struggled with injuries, poor performance and close losses. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. Tampa Bay controlled much of this game and kept the Panthers on their heels, but that wasn't enough to get the victory in Charlotte.
- After a 2-1 start to the season, the Buccaneers have gone 2-10. Tampa is expected to fire Dirk Koetter next week and Gruden is their top candidate replace him. He'd missed the majority of the season due to a broken collarbone, and once the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs, they deemed that it wasn't worth the risk. There have also been games in which he's clearly been hampered by an ailing shoulder. You just don't understand that relationship in that quarterback room.
Jackson has been more productive than Baker has been so far, catching 50 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns, but he's managed just 47.7 yards per game, the lowest of his career. "Somebody wrote me the other day and said that they love me as a player, they love me off the field, but I should get traded, so we can get more picks".