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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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    EastEndBoy

    I agree that Special Teams was poor…very poor in all facets. I think you’re being a bit harsh on the secondary – I know this is always a chicken and egg argument but – our pass rush against some backups and a 40 year old QB was disgraceful…how long can we expect the secondary to hold coverage…and in that regard, I also can’t blame the DLine too much as they were regularly 4 against 5 or 6 blockers…not sure why we decided to abandon the sort of blitzing that was so helpful the last couple of weeks…maybe I give Lovie the C here and the players a little higher marks than you…

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      carhaul

      Very good analysis

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      carhaul

      Very good analysis

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    drdneast

    Unfortunately there is no cure for what ails this defense other than a good draft.
    It’s the same story every week as far as the defensive line and secondary.
    Unfortunately it’s not the fault of the current regime.
    Rah, Schiano and Dominick spent 6 or 7 high round draft picks on the DL and only one remains.
    To put icing on the cake of stupidity, they let the best DL who was a FA sign walk over a measly $3 million.
    The idiocy.

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    Horse

    Can’t disagree with these grades.

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    jongruden

    D-Line a “D” DE had zero pass rush on Hasselbeck who is a 40 yr old statue, zero. 4 tackles from our DE and he gets praise, Gholdston wouldn’t start for 31 other teams well maybe Jax and the Saints but that’s it. Jones sucks and Smith is our best DE and he is mediocre with his one move which is a speed rush around the corner, these guys make me miss Stylz White and Greg Spires

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      carhaul

      After I started laughing from your reply…. I realized you just dont know much about football….. your comments add nothing here on this board really… These comments are felonious and opinion but not fact. You just denigrated 3 fine football players…. Jones has been a great big asset since he came from the STEELERS, GHOLSTON is most often double teamed, and Smith is far from mediocrity…. do you realize if coverage was one second better we very well would have had a 10 sack day? Maybe Evans should catch the ones that bounce off his Numbers? Maybe we should end drive ending penalities? We are 11th in the league in run defense and we have held very good teams to half of what they average…. we are very close here in Tampa…. but with “WIZARDS” like you that just criticize sitting in the stands it hardly pays dividends…. so shut your Pie Hole with the A L L NEGATIVE banter.

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      carhaul

      After I started laughing from your reply…. I realized you just dont know much about football….. your comments add nothing here on this board really… These comments are felonious and opinion but not fact. You just denigrated 3 fine football players…. Jones has been a great big asset since he came from the STEELERS, GHOLSTON is most often double teamed, and Smith is far from mediocrity…. do you realize if coverage was one second better we very well would have had a 10 sack day? Maybe Evans should catch the ones that bounce off his Numbers? Maybe we should end drive ending penalities? We are 11th in the league in run defense and we have held very good teams to half of what they average…. we are very close here in Tampa…. but with “WIZARDS” like you that just criticize sitting in the stands it hardly pays dividends…. so shut your Pie Hole with the A L L NEGATIVE banter.

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        jongruden

        Sorry the truth hurts my friend, but we have zero at DE and you think Jones is good? The you don’t know what the hell your talking about, Gholdston has one sack and Smith has like 5, 3 of which came against Saints, we had Revis two yrs ago what did our DE’s do then? any guesses?. here’s a question for you can you name the last time we had a DE who had double digit sacks? Google Simeon Rice

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    scubog

    Sometimes it seems that so much goes unnoticed or at least not mentioned. What I saw on nearly every one of Hasselbeck’s 40 plus pass attempts was their O-line, RB’s and TE’s in mass protect double-teaming each of our four D-linemenenenee

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    jme0151

    The corners deserve an F!!! They gave up way to many completions. No press coverage…wide open receivers for Hasselbeck. Maybe it’s just me but seems every game the other team has wide open receivers underneath constantly.

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    fredster

    I think Jon Grudens assessment was cup is half full for sure. Carl you paint a way too pretty picture too though IMO. I’m somewhere in between. They have improved and we found couple guys cheap that can produce but it ain’t close IMO bro. You can blame corners all you want but how many coverage sacks in NFL do you see? Not a lot. No corner can hold up if the pass rush doesn’t get there. Colts had great short pass game to control clock and take place of a non existent run game. It worked perfectly. Also the corners not pressing when it’s a short passing game all day is stupid. I blame Lovie and Frazier more than the rookie corner. The next draft biggest focus will be on pass rush and DE specifically followed by CB. That’s not because our current D line is so great or so close. Even McCoy (hurt or not) very inconsistent. If Lovie’s total dismantling of a decent O line hadn’t blow up last year we could have drafted at least one DE this last draft. Yes some guys were aging. Yes some were overpaid l, but you can’t blow out that many guys in one year. That was dumb mistake IMO. Zuttah and Penn had miles left and still are starting. No effort was made to restructure contracts etc that I know of. Just get rid of them all. Anyways will be defensive draft next year. Not a bunch of bums at all on D line now, but there is nobody that really scares anyone or that teams have to really plan for except McCoy. No elite DE. Need one or two bad and some more depth.

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    fredster

    Meant cup half empty and it was over critical of current DE’s.

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      jongruden

      Ok, you want a cup half full opinion on our DE’s? Ok, well Gholdston plays hard and had 4 tackles in last weeks game, lol very exciting to say the least

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    edwamil83

    Gholston had his jersey practically ripped off multiple times, yet not one holding call. Jones’ hands to the face was missing the important part of the hand getting to the face. Pamphile’s alleged hold was just good blocking. Verner didn’t hold anybody to prevent our fumble recovery. Bradshaw did fumble the other time, despite the ref have his own little booth to correct the call. Mankin’s personal foul was a joke. Am I missing any? This game practically broke me. Shame on the NFL for the disgraceful officiating that is a story every week. Oh, I did forget one. Evans OPI as Davis was holding him the whole way down the sideline. Good teams don’t need these excuses but damn they really screwed us.

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      jongruden

      JJ Watt gets double teamed and held and gets 16-20 sacks a year, but teams focus more on Gholdston perhaps? I don’t understand the love from our fan base for a guy who does absolutely nothing, maybe its the culture we are use to in Tampa, love mediocrity. Get your Gholdston Jerseys on sale now!!!!

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    Ronald

    I agree about the officiating. It was atrocious.

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