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SR's Fab 5 - 6-20

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Is Shelton Quarles a future NFL general manager? Which other former Bucs aspire to be GMs? Which O-lineman is considered to be a hidden gem in Tampa Bay? Why is Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith a control freak? Get the answers and more insight in this edition of SR's Fab 5.
SR's Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, Pewter Report publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place:

FAB 1. QUARLES IS RISING UP THE FRONT OFFICE RANKS IN TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay’s new director of football operations Shelton Quarles has spent the past eight years working his way up the ladder of the Buccaneers front office, much like he worked his way up the depth chart from being a special teams ace to a starting strongside linebacker to becoming a Pro Bowl middle linebacker on the franchise’s Super Bowl season in 2002. His latest promotion, which came this offseason with the arrival of new head coach Lovie Smith and new general manager Jason Licht, affords him the ability to work closely with Smith on a day-to-day basis as well as still maintain some personnel evaluation responsibilities.

“I would say that’s a fair assessment,” Quarles told PewterReport.com. “Being able to coordinate things with Lovie and our general manager Jason Licht. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to communicate quite a bit with the league and get up to date with the policies. The personnel side of things, to a certain extent, is pigeonholed into looking at players and not having too much communication with the league. Whereas now with the expanded role and responsibilities, I have the chance to communicate with people I’ve never communicated with before and become familiar with a lot of different things as it relates to compliance with the league. I’m excited about the opportunity. It’s a good thing.”

The relationship between Quarles and Smith goes back to 1997 when Dominik had just plucked Quarles out of the Canadian Football League and Smith was his position coach. Aside from becoming a Super Bowl champion and a Pro Bowler in 2002, Quarles also won the NFL Unsung Hero Award that year, and was the Buccaneers Man of the Year in 2004. In 2006, Quarles won the Ed Block Courage Award.

These days, Quarles’ accolades come in the form of promotions in the front office. After the effects of a knee injury ended his playing career in 2007, Quarles was immediately hired by general manager Bruce Allen to be a pro scout under director of pro personnel Mark Dominik. He served in that capacity for four years before being promoted to the coordinator of pro scouting in 2011 after Dominik became the team’s general manager in 2009. Dominik then promoted Quarles to the role of director of pro scouting in 2013.

The director of football operations position puts Quarles one step closer to his ultimate goal, which is to become an NFL general manager.

“When you are in the front office as a personnel executive your ultimate goal is to be a G.M. and manage your own team,” Quarles said. “You want to be the guy that is making the decisions day in and day out. That’s the ultimate goal. I have taken steps, but I don’t want to bypass the necessary steps of what it takes to be a G.M. The ultimate goal is to be the person charge of a franchise from a personnel standpoint.

“I’ve had many conversations with my wife and said that we want to take the necessary steps to avoid pitfalls and to get where we want to be, which is to where we run a football team. We’re excited about the opportunity to do what we’re doing now from a different vantage point. I see it from different facets that will help me be more well rounded and get me to that point.”

By working with both Smith and Licht, Quarles will be dealing with several compliance issues with the league office that will expand his knowledge of virtually every facet of the front office. Of course, the observant Quarles has already picked up several tidbits of knowledge working with the likes of Allen, who is now the general manager of the Washington Redskins, Kevin Demoff, who is the chief operating officer of the St. Louis Rams, and Dominik. All three of those men, in addition to Licht, have served as positive influences for Quarles.

“With Bruce it was his relationship with the league and his lineage with his dad and what he meant to the game of football,” Quarles said. “With Mark, he was the guy that found me in the CFL and it was the amount of time he put into the scouting aspect of finding football players. It’s the same thing with Jason, although I haven’t seen a guy watch more film than him. He makes sure that the guys we target are the right fit for our football team.

“With each of them, they all had their certain areas of expertise. Bruce has been very successful with guys he’s brought up through the front office through his different teams. Mark has been successful in finding diamonds in the rough. Jason is the same way. I’m excited about the opportunity of learning from and working with Jason. It’s only a matter of time before we put a winning product on the football field.”

One of the major responsibilities of being a general manager is not only personnel evaluation and acquisition, but also salary cap management. As a player, Quarles saw some of his teammates, notably defensive tackle Warren Sapp and strong safety John Lynch, wind up as salary cap casualties due to the mismanagement of the cap after the Super Bowl victory in 2002. Despite Allen’s shortcomings in player acquisition during his Tampa Bay tenure from 2004-08, Quarles saw him fix the Bucs’ salary cap situation and position the team for plenty of cap room over the next decade.


“With Bruce coming in and his overall knowledge of the cap and at that time Kevin Demoff was his right-hand man and helped navigate the waters and get us to a point where we were able to retain our talent and go out and get guys and not put ourselves in a bad situation,” Quarles said. “Mark continued that with the help of Kevin before he left with his knowledge of the salary cap and the ramifications of overpaying and having a lot of dead money. Then Jason has come in with Mike Greenberg and is doing some of the same things that were done with Mark. They’ve all done a great job of getting the organization to where we’re not going to be one and done.”

When Tampa Bay returns to its winning ways in the near future, don't be surprised if Quarles becomes a very hot commodity for NFL teams looking for a general manager.

FAB 2. QUARLES ISN’T THE ONLY EX-BUCS LB WITH ASPIRATIONS TO LEAD AN NFL TEAM
Bucs director of football operations Shelton Quarles isn’t the only former Tampa Bay linebacker with the aspirations to become an NFL general manager. Two of Quarles’ former teammates, Derrick Brooks and Jeff Gooch, also have a burning desire to lead an NFL organization. Brooks, who was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played from 1995-2008 and is regarded as the best player in franchise history, while Gooch played in Tampa Bay from 1996-2001 and again from 2004-05.


“We root for one another, and we’re excited about having the opportunity to go to Canton and get Derrick inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Quarles said. “It’s been a highlight for us with him going in this season and Warren [Sapp] going in last year. As far as Derrick is concerned, he and I help each other with knowledge. Hopefully we’ll have the same opportunity one day [to become an NFL GM].”

While Quarles has spent the last seven years working within the Buccaneers organization as an NFL front office executive, Brooks and Gooch have been working a different angle within the Arena Football League. Brooks is a part owner and president of the Tampa Bay Storm, while Gooch is Brooks’ right-hand man.

“I’m the VP of football operations,” Gooch said. “Derrick and I started at the same time in 2011. It was in the spring and the season had been ongoing at that point and we took over a few games into the season. What I do is handle football operations. In the Arena Football League you do wear many hats. My responsibility is basically everything from assisting with personnel, assisting with player personnel to travel arrangements to everything having to do with our players.”

Gooch has seen Brooks’ drive to build a winning franchise with the Storm with the hope that success in the AFL will make him an attractive front office candidate for an NFL team.

“He’s always been a guy open to take on challenges,” Gooch said. “Derrick has been a willing worker. Now as a general manager I see him every day as a cup that is getting even more filled up with more knowledge about football. He’s doing a lot with the AFL, and not just our team, the Storm, but the league in general. He’s part of several executive boards that are making decisions about how the AFL should go in the future. He is a guy that has his mind and heart open to new challenges of football. He’s grown tremendously in the few years we’ve been here.

“I think Derrick has his eyes on bigger things and wanting to take on the challenges at the highest level of football. With the NFL being that, I think he would definitely be open to one day being involved in the league. He has been in contact with several front office executives and learning the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on in the NFL.”

Like Quarles and Brooks, Gooch is working his way up the front office ladder towards his goal of becoming a general manager – in due time.

“That’s always a goal and an aspiration for me,” Gooch said. “Having played in the NFL, you definitely grow fond of it. Being in any sport you always want to go to its highest level. Moving on to an NFL team would interest me, but right now and Derrick and I are focused on the job at hand, which is bringing a championship to the Tampa Bay Storm.”

With Smith having tutored Quarles, Brooks and Gooch during his stint as the team’s linebackers coach from 1996-2000, it could only be a matter of time before either Brooks or Gooch jumps from the Storm to the Buccaneers to work in some capacity due to those players’ relationship with Smith.

“In terms of Derrick, Jeff and myself, we have lofty goals,” Quarles said. “You need to aim as high as you want to go and you’ll never know how far you can get. Aim high.”

FAB 3. DANIELS IS A HIDDEN GEM ON TAMPA BAY'S OFFENSIVE LINE
One of the reasons why the Buccaneers decided to move on from Jeremy Zuttah, the team’s center over the past two seasons, was the behind-the-scenes development of Jace Daniels, an undrafted free agent the team signed last year. Daniels was on Tampa Bay’s practice squad all of last year and made quite an impression on the organization as he learned to play the center position for the first time in his football career.

No, Daniels wasn’t a candidate to start in 2014. That’s not why Zuttah was traded to Baltimore. But the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Daniels was thought to be a developmental prospect that could continue to learn the center position from free agent acquisition Evan Dietrich-Smith, who will be the starting center to replace Zuttah.

Daniels’ hard-working style has earned him the respect of Tampa Bay’s veterans – past and present – since he debuted in red and pewter last May.

“I didn’t find out that he’s never played center until training camp,” Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson said. “I asked him, ‘Didn’t you play center in college?’ He told me no, and that he only played left tackle and that he didn’t play center until he got here. I didn’t know how tough it was because I didn’t know he had never done it. He was willing to learn, and when I say willing it’s not like he had a choice. He’s got to learn it or he’s not going to be around.”

Daniels was a four-year starter at left tackle at Northern Michigan, earning second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior. An impressive highlight tape that displayed his nasty attitude, quick feet and athleticism helped lead him to Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent, which was the way Dotson and former left tackle Donald Penn entered the NFL.

“I watch those two and how they act – everything from how they are in the facility to how they are on the field,” Daniels said. “What separates them from highly-drafted guys is that they have that fighting mentality where nothing is given to them and they have to work for it. It’s called hunger. That hunger is going to be there for their entire career.”

Penn marveled at Daniels’ ability to switch positions from the left tackle spot he was so familiar with to playing center, which was completely foreign to him.

“That’s probably one of the hardest switches – from tackle to center,” Penn said about Daniels late last year. “You’ve got to know when to snap the ball and your knowledge of the game has to be there. I give him a lot of credit to be able to make that switch. The center has to know all the line calls and what everybody is doing. He’s talented. He’s a talented guy. I was a little sad when they cut him the first time, but I was glad to see them bring him back because the dude can play. I love seeing guys like him succeed because that’s how I started when I came into the league.

“I’m a big supporter of his. He works hard, and if he puts his mind to it and stays the course I think he’ll be all right. He’s hungry. If you ain’t hungry and you ain’t got a chip on your shoulder you’ll be diminished like a lot of the guys that come into the league. They say the NFL stands for Not For Long, and that’s true. You’ve got to be hungry.”

Penn, Zuttah and right guard Davin Joseph were experienced players that Daniels looked up to last year. But a 4-12 record and disappointing play from an overpaid and underachieving offensive line last year led to all three veterans being dismissed from Tampa Bay this offseason.

“It puts it in perspective real quick,” Daniels said. “As good as it may seem it can come to an end real quick. It’s hard to keep your spot in the NFL, and you’ve got to put good tape out there for your team and all of the other teams out there. But I want to stick around here. I love being a Buc.”

Daniels is aided by the fact that the Buccaneers have a new head coach, new scouts and a new offensive coordinator. It puts him an equal plane with experienced veterans that have to learn the new offense, too.

“That’s true,” Daniels said. “We have established veterans that have the experience on me, but it does level out the playing field for me a lot. We’ve got a lot of combinations of everything in there on offense with man and zone with the offensive coordinator coming from college and then implementing some pro style stuff. It fits what I do well.

“There is a lot of enthusiasm with the offense. [Offensive line coach George] Warhop is a very enthusiastic coach, so he really gets us going. He’s such a people person. He’ll talk to you, but then he’ll get on you when you need it. He expects you to be at your best and he’s getting us there. Even in practice, he wants the tempo amped up. Obviously there is always technique stuff you have to work on, but it’s mostly get out of your stance and get going. That’s a big thing Coach Warhop is teaching us – to get out of our stance and get running and finish your blocks.”

One of Daniels’ best traits is his ability to run and get to the linebackers and safeties in the run game.

“He’s very athletic,” Penn said of Daniels. “He’s athletic and he can move well. The center has to be able to reach the nose [tackle] and he’s very quick. He gets to the second level real well. He’s got good balance and good leverage on his pass pro. He’s learning. Some guys fight wanting to learn, but he wants to learn. That’s a good thing. He picks a lot of people’s brains and is trying to get better. He asks a lot of questions to guys that have done it.”

Daniels spent the 2013 season as Zuttah’s shadow. Having played tackle and guard at Rutgers, Zuttah also had to learn how to play center at the pro level and could relate to the challenge Daniels faced.

“I sat in the meeting rooms next to him,” Daniels said. “I’ve learned so much from him from a physical standpoint, but honestly, even more from a mental standpoint. That’s what helped me switch from being a tackle to a center. That’s a huge part of being a center. I had to learn that it’s not the physicality, it’s the mental side of the game and being smarter about the way you move and making the calls. Jeremy helped me tremendously.”

Zuttah saw the daily progress that kept Daniels on the Bucs’ practice squad last year.

“Jace has been getting better,” Zuttah said late last year. “Every time he takes the field he has that mentality that he has something he needs to work on and he keeps going with that. When he got here he didn’t play center in college at all, and that’s all he’s been doing for us. He’s been getting better and better every day. He asks a lot of questions and he’s learning how to prepare. He’s a guy that has the ability and he’s smart enough to handle being able to play multiple positions. I think I’ve done that pretty much my whole career. It would be hard for him not to learn from me.

“He’s a pretty big kid and Jace is pretty well put together. He moves well for his size. He’s pretty fluid. With him it’s just about learning his new position and getting comfortable at center. It takes a little time to adjust but I think he’s getting it.”

Entering his second season as a center, Daniels has also spent time cross-training at guard to increase his versatility. It was that type of versatility that kept reserve lineman Ted Larsen around Tampa Bay for several seasons.

“It’s not that I’m so comfortable playing center, it’s that I need to know both to be more versatile and be a swing guy to make it in this league,” Daniels said about playing some guard this spring. “I’ve bulked up a bit and gained some weight. I’m about 315. I want to be between 310-315. Coach Warhop loves big, athletic guys that can move, so that works well for me. I’m just trying to show him I can be that kind of guy for him.”

Now that he has the mental part down, Daniels is anxious to put the pads on and show his improvement from a year ago when the center position was so new to him.

“During the preseason I wish I could have done a little better,” Daniels said. “I was still mentally getting the transition down, but I love playing center now. I feel like a center now. Knowing that I’m not going to be in space anymore is the biggest difference. It forces to me think quicker and act faster. Playing center is really reacting, and I like it. Hopefully I can keep improving every day.

“Going against Akeem Spence every day made me a better player. His strength and his ability to play the run helps me, especially on my technique. It makes me really focus on other things. I can’t beat him on pure strength. I have to use the proper technique. With Gerald McCoy, he’s so fast that he makes you really develop your quick twitch muscles. I love going against those guys because they make me a better player.”

The Bucs have had their imported centers over the years from Jeff Christy and Jeff Faine to Dietrich-Smith. But the franchise has also had homegrown centers, too, such as Tony Mayberry, Todd Washington and Zuttah. Daniels has the physical ability and the work ethic to succeed as long as he continues to improve.

“Jace is a young guy that is hungry,” Dotson said. “He comes to work every day and does what he’s supposed to do. He came from a tough background in his life, but it gives him something to work towards. He’s hungry and he wants it. As long as you have that want, that determination and that hunger it will take you a long way in life like it has with me. He’s a hard worker. He has a lot of areas to get better in – we all do. But he works hard. You can see it in his game and the way he approaches practice. He wants it.”

FAB 4. DIETRICH-SMITH IS A MENTOR AND A CONTROL FREAK AT BUCS’ CENTER POSITION
Tampa Bay backup center Jace Daniels isn’t the only Buccaneers undrafted free agent offensive lineman from a small school. Evan Dietrich-Smith, the team’s new starting center, played at Idaho State and entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2009.

Dietrich-Smith stuck around the Packers for a year, but was waived in the last round of roster cutdowns prior to the start of the 2010 campaign. He signed with Seattle for a month before being released and re-signing with Green Bay on New Year’s Eve in 2010 – just in time to win Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dietrich-Smith got some playing time after injuries to starters Scott Wells in 2011 and Jeff Saturday in 2012 before becoming the Packers’ starting center last year. Because of their backgrounds, Dietrich-Smith and Daniels are kindred spirits.

“He’s an athletic guy like me,” Daniels said. “He may not look it, but he is. He’s a real aggressive center. He’s going to really get after it. He’s a mauler, and he’s going to help us. He already is. Even in the meeting room, Evan is always helping the younger guys. He puts things into words that the players can understand and relate to. He’s like a player’s coach for us.”

Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop likes the fact that the 6-foot-2, 308-pound Dietrich-Smith has stepped in taken an immediate leadership role in Tampa Bay, especially with the team rotating several players in at both guard positions next to him in order to find two starters.

“I like my centers to be control freaks,” Warhop said. “He’s got that, and that’s important with all the guys rolling in there have that. I like the center to be in charge.”

While Dietrich-Smith has become a leader, he’s not an overly vocal leader with a rah-rah style, and that’s okay with Warhop.

“Everybody has their own way in leading, you don’t have to be a vocal guy to lead,” Warhop said. “I had the opportunity to coach Larry Allen. Larry Allen didn’t say five words, but there’s no question how he lead. So it comes in all kinds of packages.”

Because of his background, Dietrich-Smith can relate to players like Daniels and guard Kadeem Edwards, the team’s fifth-round pick from Tennessee State, and help mentor them.

“I come from a small school, too,” Dietrich-Smith said. “It took me a little bit to figure it out, but if you have veteran guys that are going to help you out and point you in the right direction, it’s definitely going to work in your favor. But sometimes if you’re a small school guy playing with some young guys upfront it might take a little bit longer.

“Everybody is good – it’s the NFL. But you’re here for a reason. Obviously you have some talent, but everybody is big, everybody is fast, everybody’s strong. The biggest thing for those guys is just learning how to play the game, be a pro, be mentally sharp all the time, see things before they’re going to happen, that kind of stuff. It’s going to help you slow the game down and become a better player.”

Dietrich-Smith was mentored by some experienced veterans in Green Bay in Wells and Saturday, who was a Pro Bowler for years in Indianapolis, and is eager to pass on the knowledge he’s learned to Tampa Bay’s young players.

“I’m not going to steer these guys the wrong way at any point in time,” Dietrich-Smith said. “And I’m going to make sure whoever is out there – the five guys that are with me – that we’re going in the right direction and we’re not getting our quarterback hit in the back of the head.”

FAB 5. Here are a few things to hold you over until the next edition of SR’s Fab 5:

• Count Tampa Bay director of football operations Shelton Quarles as a huge fan of Hardy Nickerson, the Bucs’ Pro Bowl middle linebacker from 1993-99, who has returned to be the team’s linebackers coach this season under new head coach Lovie Smith. Quarles played strongside linebacker next to Nickerson from 1997-99 and credits Nickerson for his development into a Pro Bowl middle linebacker in 2002.

“We’re excited to have Hardy back in the building,” Quarles said. “He meant so much to the organization and what he meant to the team and how he approached the game. He made us all better on the football field. He has a professionalism that will make our linebackers better and to play the game of football the way he played it and to study it like he studied. Hardy was a great guy. He set the tone for what we did on defense. I remember being in the huddle with him on multiple occasions when things weren’t going right and Hardy stepped in and said, ‘Hey, this needs to happen and it needs to happen now. No excuses, no explanations.’ Everybody talks about Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, but it all started with Hardy, especially with how the defense played.”

The philanthropic Quarles, who started the charitable IMPACT Foundation years ago, said that Nickerson’s impact in Tampa Bay and within the Buccaneers organization wasn’t only on the football field.

“I remember he had this charitable organization called Hardy’s Huddles where he went into the inner city and taught kids how to become computer literate,” Quarles said. “That made such an impression on me that it made me want to start my own foundation and made Derrick want to start his Brooks Bunch foundation. It all started when Hardy came to Tampa.”

• In March, Buccaneers strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas signed a one-year contract with the team for the second time in as many seasons. One of the big reasons was the chance to play for Lovie Smith, a successful head coach in Chicago from 2004-12 and a former linebackers coach in Tampa Bay.

“It was a combination of everything,” Casillas said. “The locker room was something that I really stood behind. I felt like we really came from the 0-8 start and we finished 4-8. That was just a true testament to the character in the locker room and you can’t replace that. I learned in New Orleans what it took to win the Super Bowl, and I felt like we had a similar character in this locker room. Once we got Lovie – his track record speaks for itself. I kinda begged to be back here.”

What helped seal the deal was the fact that Bucs legend Hardy Nickerson was going to be Smith’s linebackers coach in Tampa Bay.

“Oh, definitely I am excited,” Casillas said. “Like I said for Lovie, Hardy’s track record speaks for itself. He played for 16 years, he was an All-Pro, Pro Bowl guy, and he’s somebody that played at a high level for a really long time. He’s somebody that knows what it takes; he knows what the grind is like. Also, like Lovie, his track record and what he’s done and the bar that he sets, he sets it so high, you come into work every day.”

• Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown and his brother, Luke, the former Bucs reserve QB who is Drew Brees’ backup in New Orleans, are no strangers to the NFC South. The Bucs’ new signal caller is thrilled to be in the same division as his brother and is anxious to play the Saints twice a year for family bragging rights.

“I’ve had a stint in Carolina and he’s had a stint in Atlanta, so between us we’ve got the division covered,” McCown said. “It’s cool to be in the same division with your brother. It makes our conversations more delicate than usual. He might say, ‘So how’s it going, Josh?’ I’ll say, ‘It’s good.’ It’s a lot of one- or two-word answers. It’s cool. It’s a blessing and a privilege to have your brother play in the NFL, too. But to play him twice a year in the same division is kind of the icing on the cake.”

• One of the reasons why the Buccaneers signed wide receiver David Gettis after a try-out contract during the team's mandatory mini-camp is because he displayed great hands, toughness and concentration holding on to the ball while taking an accidental shot from a Tampa Bay safety across the middle. All NFL offseason practices are non-contact, and this was an accidental hit as the safety (I believe it was Major Wright) was trying to intercept the ball while Gettis was trying to make the catch. But nonetheless, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Gettis took a big hit and showed how badly he wanted to make the catch and the Bucs' training camp roster.

In his lone productive NFL season in 2010 as a member of the Carolina Panthers, Gettis, a former sixth-round pick, hauled in 37 catches for 508 yards and three scores. During the 2010 season, Gettis had five total catches for 60 yards in two losses to Tampa Bay, but he did have eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco. Against Baltimore, Gettis had two catches for 92 yards, including an 88-yard TD.

Gettis tore his ACL in 2011 and missed the entire season and most of the 2012 campaign. He signed with Washington last year, but didn't make the team. When healthy, Gettis, who was a track star in high school, has 4.39 speed and a big body. He could be a training camp sleeper at the wide receiver position in Tampa Bay. He's already made a solid first impression.

• Are you excited for the start of the Buccaneers 2014 training camp? Do you want to get a training camp primer from Tampa Bay tight end Tim Wright and the PewterReport.com staff before the pads come on at One Buccaneer Place?

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    I never knew I was supposed to be putting three periods at the end of each sentence. All these years I've only been using one. And, I guess I need to eliminate commas and semi-colons from my bag of punctuation marks since Love Me Some Fire refrains from using them in his written offerings. Me, I notice a minor grammatical error from the Pewter Report staff every now and then; but have never felt the urge to get out my red pencil and mark up my computer screen a la Old Lady Ammons. I enjoy the comments section nearly as much as the articles and find the lack of Language Arts skills among the writers quite comical. But I'm most interested in the content and really have more to be concerned about in my day to day activities than scolding Scott Reynolds for misspelling "punk"tuation.
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    I have been a loyal reader since about 10 years now and I have never complained about content or anything else for that matter because I truly do enjoy your coverage and the effort you guys make to bring us valuable information and provide us with in my opinion the best Bucs coverage anywhere... But I have 2 issues that I am submitting with all due respect... The first is a chronic problem that I have bit my tongue on since it may seem petty but I might as well address it since I am making my first and hopefully last complaint... So the first one is requesting that you guys make a better effort to proof read your articles before publishing them... I know I am not perfect in any way in this respect but I try to submit comments with the best effort at proper grammar and spelling that I can and proof read my posts before submitting them... But when I read your articles there is constantly problems with grammar and missing words which I'm sure comes from editing your articles and adding and eliminating words or sentences which may sometimes leave sentences incomplete or left with mistakes that as a reader you are forced to reread these mistakes to try to understand what you are trying to say... It has happened to me where when you run it through spell check it will not detect it because the words are spelled right but the issues with grammar are not detected... So again I know this may seem petty but it would just be appreciated if you guys could proof read the articles before they are published because it would help us as readers when we are reading the articles we won't have to stop and reread those sections to try to figure out what you guys were intending to say when words are missing or the grammar is incorrect and it would just make for a easier and more enjoyable reading experience... Again I don't mean to be petty because you guys really do a great job... It would just be greatly appreciated... The second issue has to do with content... I know it is kind of a dead point in available content right now before training camp starts but as much as I Love Shelton Quarles and as much of a fan I have always been of his and watching his show that he had while he was playing... I have always liked him and think that it is great that he is with the team again and I hope he continues to have success in his new career in football... But honestly I think that we have heard enough about him... There have been a lot of articles this offseason about him and like in this Fab 5, 2 out if the 4 real Fabs are dedicated to him and his position with the team... I'm happy for him but I would really rather hear something, anything else about the team and players or whatever else over hearing anything more about Quarles and his position with the team... So take it for what it is and I know that I am just one reader out of your entire following but I'm pretty sure if you took a poll you would find that we have heard enough about Shelton Quarles and would appreciate your Fab 5s having a little but better content about the team and it's players as they have been a little weak lately and a little unsatisfying... And since your Fab 5 is honestly my favorite article that you publish I just finally felt it was time to make a plee to you to try to get some better content out of it than we have been getting lately... So please don't take this post the wrong way because I Love what you guys do and will be a loyal reader till the end... I just felt like it was necessary to make these 2 points... Thank you guys for your time and for what you guys do because reading your new articles is honestly one of the highlights of my day...
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    ILoveMeSomeFire- You made alot of grammatical errors yourself in that comment
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    HORSE- I don't think Mark missed your point at all,, you're missing his point. SALARY CAP plays a major role for EVERY team. Take a deep breathe and think about ALL the roles involved in it. How many Superbowl QB's won a Superbowl and had a good NFL career after having a losing season their first year as a starter? We do need a couple more solid drafts to get what you are stating, FA will not permit it because of the ....
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    Dbuc63; you're right I did miss that point in trying to get my point across. I totally wasn't focused on salary cap issues other than Nicks which I know we are stuck with that situation. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will all work out.
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    What would my weekend be without a Feb 5 to start my Saturday. Thanks, Scott. This was a fun read. Hopefully we have a solid contributor in Jace Daniels. It's going to be fascinating to watch the progress of our ex-Buc linebacker, GM's in waiting. When the time comes for them to be considered as real GM candidates, what will the rest of the league think of them? Obviously, we're all a little biased about our heros.
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    Mark, I think you missed what I was saying. If you have a starting QB that has been here for you for a few years and doing well then there is no need to be concerned about the the 3rd QB spot. We don't have that. We have an older QB that played well the last half of the season and his back up had a 4- 8 record. That is a big roll of the tice. We have maybe 1 veteran OG; Nicks is not playing and we are rolling the dice with just back ups that are in experienced. Everywhere else there is competition at other positions.
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    I would love to hear how Kafka is progressing. He averaged three more miles per hour in his passes at his combine compared to Glennon at his combine.
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    Horse, as you know so much success is also about luck. This isn't Playstation 3 where you can override the salary cap button and make any trade you want. Find me a team with depth everywhere. There just isn't one. You stack it as best as you can, and throw the dice. As far as 3rd QB – if you are even considering playing your third QB your season is royally screwed. You don't even mention GMC but if he goes down then I don't think this defense recovers. It is just the way of the salary capped NFL. The teams that stays healthy at key spots are the ones that you usually see in the postseason.
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    I still see OG and QB as our true weaknesses. I am uncomfortable going into preseason with what we have because one injury to any of those two positions will be tough to rebound. So far everything we are hearing about Nicks and from people who have seen him at One Buc Place are very hesitant to say much about his immediate future. Where is that seasoned back up OG? I get it that McCown is being marketed as the QB lost in the shuffle fog for years and now he is Wonder Boy; I just can't buy into that yet. Where is our real serious 3rd QB?
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