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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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  1. 1

    Iabucfan

    “…but Smith would have none of it. He thought he knew everything and stopped taking input.” This is a dangerous mindset to have, no matter who you are.
    Another fabulous Fab5, Scott. Thanks for all you do. Go Bucs!!!!!

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    e

    Another very informative Fab 5 guys! Again, on Hargreaves; If Revis (5’11’) and Barber (5’10’) can make a living in the NFL, I don’t see his height as a major issue. I think his physicality and heart are part of what I see in him. As far as Belichick; he is also the only NFL coach to be punished for cheating twice and having first round draft picks pulled off of his board. Yes, he’s smart, but I have a feeling that those two instances are just the tip of the iceberg. Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong & Bill Belichick should apply for management jobs at FIFA. Thanks again Scott for the great work!

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    surferdudes

    Like all your coaching points Scott except for deferring the kick to the second half. Look at our first home opener last year. Having MM get the ball and scoring first was devastating. Take the ball at the 25 now, let your franchise Q.B. go out and put seven on the board. Even if you don’t score first get one first down, and your punter will be giving them the ball further back then the 25. You can’t say be more aggressive then not accept the opening kick, unless you have different meanings for offense, and defense.

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    JayBuc52

    DD was more often than not a liability on the field rather than an asset. He looked lost and hurt the team too often. Replace him. People keep on talking about taking players for the return game, but I wonder if with the new rule that position may gradually become a non-factor. How many times are you going to allow a returner to come out of the end zone when not returning it brings it out to the 23. Unless kickers start placing it on the one yard line, the kick-off return may just become extinct

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  5. 5

    sunshineben

    Coach Belichick is the best nfl coach so lets hope bucs gm can help guide Mr. Koetter to also being a winning coach

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    EastEndBoy

    Thanks Scott – good read. A few thoughts:
    1) it’s a very difficult draft strategy to hold if you will only pick a player that is “ideal”. This is why if you’re Cleveland you draft Wentz this year – he’s not going to be mistaken for Luck or Winston but if you’re plan is to wait for the next Luck or Winston you could a) be waiting a long time, and b) have no guarantee that you’ll be in a position to draft him. VHIII is not ideal, that’s for sure, but he would make our defense better.

    2) drafting to match-up is definitely a good part of a draft strategy, but again if you get too focused on that you could easily pass by a player that would make your team better (and perhaps create a match-up a problem for your opponents, even he doesn’t solve one for you).

    3) I like Miller too – but I always seem to fall for these guys (and there’s one every year…remember that Oregon RB…what’s his name). I will say this in his defense, he may have only racked up 12 yards in some of those games, but when EzE was running through Mac-truck sized holes all game long…

    4) 4th downs – I’m totally with you…but I am also confident that the reason NE has such success is because they have 1 play (the QB sneak) that they count on a lot for that 1 yard; they have no hesitation in calling that play; every player on tehri team has practiced that 1 play over and over to where they know how to make it succeed (or how it will fail) like the back of their hand; and Tom Brady is especially good at it…we need to find our 1 play and own it like NE does.

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    jongruden

    The Player from Germany looks good although he is playing with far less talent in the German League as he would play in the NFL, I wonder if Stocker would have a 100 yds for a season over there?

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    jongruden

    I was gonna write a huge blog on how PR is guilty of bias reporting when it comes t9o who they or don’t want all I will say is every scout, publication, and analyst has Hargreaves as the clear second best corner in this draft period

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      scubog

      A few years ago every scout had some guy named Ryan Leaf as the “clear second best” QB.Heck some even had him ahead of Manning. Not saying Hargreaves isn’t good.or that he wouldn’t be a good choice for us. Merely pointing out that these folks who give opinions and rank players tend to echo each other. We all know that there will be players who never fulfill their pre-draft accolades while others will surprise. I just hope we get it right.

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    cgmaster27

    Great Fab 5 as always. Not sure why most Gator fans are bitching, every point PR is making is right on. Hargreaves struggles with bigger WR, it’s no secret.
    If we draft him, I will support him whole heartedly, but I”m guessing we don’t draft him. You don’t draft a guy in the top 5 to play 60% of the plays. You don’t draft a Nickle corner in the top 10.
    I know, I’ll be called biased cause I’m a Noles fan, but I am just not a fan of Hargreaves at all.
    In terms of game management, Lovie was terrible. We all saw it with our own eyes. The worst was his use of timeouts. They would be random and never when the moment was needed for one. I can’t stress enough how glad I am that he’s gone.
    I am not sure we draft a receiver this year, w have a bunch in the stable and should see what we have in Kenny Bell first. He should have good chemistry with Jameis and its’ worth a look.

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    1. 9.1

      jongruden

      Every publication, analyst and scout have Hargreaves as number two best corner, its not a matter of my opinion its everyone else’s opinion who are qualified to give one anyway. I personally like William Jackson III

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        cgmaster27

        I can only go by what my eyes tell me my friend and I’m no Hargreaves fan. However me and you are in total agreement on Jackson the 3rd. That’s why I would love a trade back even more. Get an extra pick and still get him.

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        scubog

        Those folks on TV really don’t know much more than you JonnyG, they’re reading an oft repeated script. I just get a perception watching Hargreaves that, while we hear he’s a good player, I’m just not sure he’s a top ten player. Gator friend claimed he was nursing a hamstring so maybe that’s the reason he didn’t look anything like Prime Time. Remember, Revis was a mid first round pick. Guess the experts got that one wrong.

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    flashgordon

    Louis Murphy and Deeante Dye are a little faster than you’ve got them at – Louis Murphy has ran in the 4.3 range, and Dye, well, I’d suspect he’s faster than he timed – also quicker and greater acceleration. He’s our most athletic Wr on the roster right now.

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    devasher

    Well as a noles fan, I see the argument against Hargreaves as eminently flawed. If he’s the best prospect on the board you take him. There isn’t a CB on the roster that is sure to be here in 3 years, is there a DT? Yes, McCoy.

    One of the reasons for less DT’s is because Gholston and Ayers can slide in as a pass rushing DT on passing downs. Run stuffers are a 2 down proposition, and its en vogue to use larger ends as interior rushers on passing downs. Which would you rather have, depth at DT or the secondary in the NFC South?

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    Horse

    In today’s and tomorrows NFL defensive back are getting taller. Please, I’m tired hearing about Rhonde as your example;it’s some 10 years ago he actually made a difference. How much tape do you need to see Hargraves gets beat alot? He is an average DB at best because of his size. Yes someone will draft him in the top 15 and then will still be looking for another bigger DB in the first round next year. He’s not just short, but he’s not tough, strong qucik,fast, nor can he time his jumps. Please pass on him.

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      devasher

      Well, Nostradamus, if 6+ tall CB’s are required in the modern game and short guys like Ronde, Chris Harris, Brent Grimes and Darelle Revis can’t hack it anymore you must be seeing a game I’m not. As noted by Scott, half the the pro bowl roster of CB’s were under 6 feet. But I’m sure you’d be drooling over the next Myron Lewis, I mean he was 6-2, so destined to excel in the modern NFL amiright? Should we even be talking about corner play with 6-2 Johnthan Banks as our shutdown guy?
      And obviously Hargreaves was an awful corner in college, that’s why he’s considered a top 10-15 pick. If Licht resigns for some reason, will you be our GM? Please?

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      1. 12.1.1

        Horse

        I’m only referencing it to the 1st round. The majority of the selected All Pro were over 6′.

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        cgmaster27

        Anyone can cherry pick names of guys that match what they want to say. Aqib Talib, Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson. You see I can find all kinds of guys over 6 foot that are really good. IT’s a player by player basis and just because the scouts say Hargreaves is a top 10 guy it must be true right? Kind of like Clowney being the consensus number one a couple of years ago. Point is anyone can be wrong, and many top 10 picks have busted.

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        scubog

        Watching him play and paying no attention to his height, I personally don’t see a top ten player. My Gator friend said he was nursing a hamstring. Maybe that affected his play.

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    drdneast

    Seems to me if Ogbah frightens you in a Panthers uniform, the best thing to do is to draft him instead of a puny CG with mediocre speed.
    I could give a rats rear end which school a player spent his semi-pro years with as long as he can become a playmaker at the NFL level.
    To draft a player because he comes from a Florida school in simply inane.
    College fans don’t buy season tickets to a pro game just to watch their favorite players unless they belong to something similar to the Tim Tebow cult.
    As far as Aquib Talib is concerned, he seems to play better when he is on a winning team.
    To put it bluntly, he lacks the character and leadership skills needed to help a team become a winner.
    I remember one play in particular against the Texans where he put in a half effort to arm tackle a WR when the Bucs were down and the guy simply stepped out of it and ran for a TD.

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    drdneast

    Should have been CB instead of CG.
    Horse, I agree with you about Hargreaves, but I never mind hearing from Rhonde Barber who made the ultimate signature Buccaneer play by pick sixing Donovan McNabb in the NFC championship game.
    The guy should never have to pick up a lunch tab in Tampa Bay.

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    1. 14.1

      Horse

      drdneast your memory is better than mine. Wasn’t Rhonde the Nickel Back in that game? I can’t remember if Will Allen was already gone or not?

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      scubog

      There’s no “h” in Ronde. Photo on “the pick” is hanging on my wall. There’s no “u” in Aqib. Didn’t his team just win the Super Bowl? Just sayin.

      Agree with you that drafting players from the Florida schools won’t likely do much for season pass sales. Although I think Winston had some influence, including maybe some negative last year. Wins are what sells tickets.

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    jongruden

    You guys are Bucs fans stop spelling “Ronde’s” name wrong its bad enough when Bucs Fans keep spelling John Gruden instead of Jon Gruden

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    magoobee

    The problem Boehringer is going to have in the NFL is he is long strider. Foot frequency is key. A 4th round WR like is Keyarris Garrett from Tulsa. Looks like a reasonable Vincent Jackson replacement a year from now.

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    pinkstob

    I’m ok with Hargreaves at the #9 spot. I would say his value is probably slightly higher than Rankins, but I’m okay with either. The problem I have with getting excited about the draft this year more than any other year I can remember is the players that will be left by the time our pick rolls around just aren’t that talented. I think the only players in this draft class that will go on to become elite players in the NFL are J. Ramsey, E. Elliott and R. Aguayo. I think there will be some good players and a few very good players, but no elite players are making it to #9 (besides Aguayo of course). Because of that the player I’d probably take at #9 is still Ogbah since to me they’re all about the same, except R. Stanley who is overrated. Also I really like Fab 2 today because those are the things I think about also. Every player SR named that the Panthers took I loved going into the draft except Norman, who I had never heard of at the time. I felt the same way about Tevin Coleman who the Falcons took last year. I’m trying to remember the last time the Bucs drafted a player I loved at the time going into the draft. Cadillac Williams maybe? Probably not a coincidence now that I think about what our record has been since 2005…

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    1. 17.1

      EastEndBoy

      LaVonte David….I think a lot of fans were in love with him due to the Brooks comparisons….nice that that one worked out.

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        pinkstob

        I wasn’t impressed with his 40 time at the combine at the time. I liked him but I didn’t love him. I’m not saying there aren’t draft picks that didn’t work out, I just didn’t love the guy prior to drafting him. A. Talib is a good example. That year I wanted DeSean Jackson or Donnie Avery.

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        pinkstob

        I wasn’t impressed with his 40 time at the combine at the time. I liked him but I didn’t love him. I’m not saying there aren’t draft picks that didn’t work out, I just didn’t love the guy prior to drafting him. A. Talib is a good example. That year I wanted DeSean Jackson or Donnie Avery.

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      scubog

      I was looking forward to your Hargreaves assessment Pink. I agree with you that there are probably only a half dozen players worthy of top ten status. That’s why, unlike in previous years, I think trading down may be a better option to get proper value.

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  18. 18

    Buc-Up

    I’ve heard (Chris Landry?) there’s are concerns about Hargreaves shutting it down at the end of the season, especially in their bowl game.

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    seat26

    Great Article. The video against Amari Cooper is not flattering. He will help us no matter. I would be ok with the pick, but would still prefer a DL.

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    tjbucsman

    Great FAB 5 as always. Hope to see you at the draft party. I sent email to RSVP. Tom Bowery (TJBUCSMAN)

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    tjbucsman

    Trade down and still get a serviceable DE and then draft Aguayo with the extra 2nd round pick. We all have dreams.

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      scubog

      I’m for that.

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  22. 22

    Bambam

    Dear Scott,
    Love reading your weekly Fab Five. This site does a great job of giving us fans information that can only be told by having sources and reporters s on location.
    That being said,sometimes the analysis can be lacking, or in this article, factually wrong.
    You posted a youtube link of the gametape of Hargreaves against Ole Miss, and then write a paragraph about how well he fared while covering Treadwell. You might as well have made up a story about how well Hargreaves covered a unicorn, because he never matched up against either of those two. In the game tape that you linked, and apparently didn’t watch, there is only one play (at the 2:30 mark) in which Hargreaves was initially on Treadwell (FYI Treadwell wore #1 at Ole Miss). But he bailed into zone coverage and let the safeties deal with him. Tabor did a great job against Treadwell. Not Hargreaves. Hargreaves got his pick while covering Cody Core. Not Treadwell.
    Seriously, don’t know why you would post a video of something you didn’t watch, and then write about it. You should apologize to all your loyal readers for giving them incorrect info, because they trust you.
    Thanks for all the awesome reporting. Please, in the future, when doing analysis, look beyond the box score.

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