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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

    seat26

    We are two or three defensive drafts away from being a Competitive team. My guess is we will concentrate there with a couple of offensive players snuck in for good measure. But we need help on defensive line and secondary yesterday.

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    1. 1.1

      georgehicks

      I THINK ITS TIME TO LOOK AT THE OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE BUCS NEED TO DO IN 2016 BEFORE TAMPA FANS LEAVE IN DROVES. NO#1 USED ALL THESE DRAFT CHOICES AS CORNERSTONE FOR NEXT YEAR.NO#1 GET THE PLAYER THAT WILL MAKE AN IMMEDIATELY IMPACKED IN 2016, NO#2 SHOULD BE AN IMPACKED 2016 AND NO#4 IMPACKED. ALSO FIRED LOVELY SMITH AND DEF COACH FRAZIER. PROMOTE THE OFFENSE COACH TO HEAD COACH. LET THE NEW HEAD COACH SELECT A NEW DEFENSE COACH AND A NEW OFFENSIVE COACH. MAYBE THE GLAZERS COULD ASK THE MAN TONY DUNGY TO HELP MOLD THE NEW BUCS IN 2016&2017 AS A CONSULT. I BELIEVE HE WOULD COME BACK AS LIMITED ADVISER-GO BUCS

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    THECHEFO

    McCoy underperforming
    David underperforming
    Banks underperforming
    Carter underperforming
    Johnson underperforming
    Lansanah underperforming
    Jennings underperforming
    Verner underperforming
    McDougald underperforming

    Hmm … anyone else notice a trend of defensive players underperforming under defensive minded Lovie Smith? Perhaps this isn’t a talent issue …

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    1. 2.1

      BucWild02

      I liked the defense Schiano fielded a lot more than Lovie’s. McCoy has been consistent since coming to Tampa though. He gets his stats but ultimately doesn’t make any game changing plays or have any impact performances. And boy do I wish he would stop calling himself a franchise player. The franchise player is the face of the team and I can think of 3-4 players who have been that face every year since McCoy’s arrival.

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    macabee

    I’ve been one of ASJ’s most vocal critics. I’ve even used the unflattering term “tub hugger” before. But have I (we) been too critical of a future superstar that has had some unfortunate and untimely injuries that simply need time to be totally effective? Perhaps so! As I understand it, he’s raring to go, but is being held out by Buc officials that do not want to risk further damage to a perceived valuable asset. JBF reports that ASJ seems irked at being sidelined. And Lovie Smith treats info on injuries like revealing top national secrets. So we’re left to our own opinions about ASJ’s playing status.

    If we are to believe former TE Tony Gonzalez, ASJ is indeed a valuable asset and has the potential to play at the same level as Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham. Gonzalez has ASJ as his “number one young guy” among emerging talents in the NFL. That’s high praise coming from a sure future HOFer himself.

    It is way too early to compare ASJ to Gronk, but their early and frequent injury history has similar parallels. The first two years of Gronk’s NFL tenure is a number of injuries that kept him off the field so much so that fans and officials had labeled him “injury prone”. But the Pats were patient and stayed with him and finally the results are paying off big time.

    If Tony Gonzalez has an eye for talent and the Bucs believe he is worth the wait, then maybe we (me, et al) should be more tolerant and wait for him to fully recover and realize his potential. There is no doubt that when he has played, he has looked the part. From this point on, I’m going to hold my fire and trust that the Bucs are handling him properly. Besides, who am I to doubt Tony Gonzalez? He’s set the standard for the position, so I’m hoping he’s right and we’ll all see it soon! Go Bucs!

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/73033/is-rob-gronkowski-too-injury-prone

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    1. 3.1

      seat26

      I would hardly say Future super star. He had a couple of good games but he has only played two games this year and how many last year ? He is obviously injury prone. I would say after two bust years we have to look elsewhere.

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    dm4bucs

    If every player we have on defense is bad except for a rookie MLB then something is wrong with coaching. I see many teams do more on defense with less stars than our coaches are doing…

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    pinkstob

    I thought this was a good Fab 5 all around. Fab 1 and 2 were spot on and Fab 3 and 4 were very informative. The only thing I’ll comment on in Fab 5 is that I want to see how V. Jackson performs the rest of the season when he gets back from injury before I decide whether we should bring him back next year. Also if we bring him back whether we should ask him to take a pay cut. The only thing I’ll say about what I’ve seen from him up to this point is that over the years he’s been here he seems to feel the need to push off just a bit to get any real separation as of late. Sometimes the refs call it and sometimes that don’t, but as he continues to age he may do that more and often and those penalties could cost us in key situations. I still think he’s a good WR though so again, we’ll see how he’s trending the rest of the season.

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    Horse

    Great Article Scott! Just as I thought ASJ should have gone on IR weeks ago. There is no need to take the chance of him injurying that shoulder because it will get injuried again this season if he plays. I had dislocations and separations on my right shoulder for years. Surgery is the ultimate answer. I wished they had done it weeks ago so he would be ready to go next July. Now he is one play away from having to have the surgery and may not be ready to go in July.
    As to McCoy, he lost too much weight. DT’s have to be around 295 and up. Who the heck allowed him to lose so much weight!?. We draft heavy in Defense and we are set. My only thought is which will be faster to fix; Tampa2 players, or Man to Man players?

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  7. 7

    jme0151

    Agreed!!! We go and draft defensive players to fit Lovie’s scheme and he is let go then we are right back to square one.

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    drdneast

    I think some of your are confused.
    The scheme Lovie uses is the same one that allowed both Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch, Rhonde Barber and many others to excel in.
    In fact, this scheme is designed for pass rushing DL.
    As Sapp used to say, “We tackle the RB on the way to the QB.”
    I don’t know what scheme David is going to go to where he doesn’t have pass coverage responsibilities.
    But as PR says, the Bucs were trying to use Cover 3 and man on man but out CBs were having problems with them.
    Why they were having problems jamming receivers at the line and redirecting them after the coaches tell them to is beyond me.
    If the coach tells you to jam the receiver, jam the damn receiver.
    Why you wouldn’t do that is beyond me but it directly transferred into a couple of losses for the Bucs, the Redskin loss in particular.
    As far as ASJ is concerned, I am so tired of hearing about him and his shoulder.
    To even put his name in the same sentence as Rob Grankowski is absurd.
    He had one good game in garbage time against the Titans and that’s it.
    If ASJ is dying to get on the field his comments to the press haven’t reflected that in the least.

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    1. 8.1

      jongruden

      Ronde not Rhonde

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    2. 8.2

      macabee

      drdneast,
      They’re all just opinions. You’ve got yours, Tony Gonzalez has his. Nothing less, nothing more!

      http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl-news/4660622-tony-gonzalez-analyzing-tight-ends-austin-seferian-jenkins-buccaneers-gronkowski-jimmy-graham

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    3. 8.3

      player101

      Everyone understands the scheme Lovie is trying to run and it is not necessarily the problem. The conundrum is that it is not just Lavonte who is having problems running this defense. No one in the secondary seems to be able to play at a high level. We are shuffling players in and out weekly but the results are always the same. Tim Jennings was the starter a few weeks ago and now he is walking the streets…. Verner, a pro bowl corner, is now a nickel back… Lavonte looks like a scrub… What is the common denominator here?

      It is clear there is a problem in the way this defense is being implemented and Lovie, being Lovie, will do nothing to address the problem beyond shuffling personnel.

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  9. 9

    drdneast

    Thanks jongruden. I can never get that right.
    As for ASJ, maybe we should start referring to him as the Unicorn.

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    1. 9.1

      jongruden

      Drdneast- No problem- most people misspell Gruden’s name “John” instead of Jon too, ha

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  10. 10

    e

    My two favorite words in the article amidst all of the doom and gloom, was “franchise quarterback.” I’ll take that any day, as a Bucs fan.

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    cgmaster27

    Great Fab 5 as sual. Some good things to think about here. As far as Mccoy and David are concerned, I would have no idea why they are so ineffective. When it comes o Mccoy, I agree with Horse completely that he is too small. He lost all of that weight and gets pushed around regularly now.
    And on a side note, and this is just me thinking out loud people, I think Mccoy hates that Jameis is taking “his team”. He looks like he’s sulking as he is playing like crap while Jameis is excelling and leading, something Mccoy was never good at. Just a thought, but maybe a reason for the “uninspired play”.
    As for Lavonte, that ones just a mystery. He thrived in Schiano’s much more aggressive scheme and is just wilting in this one. But we all know stubborn Lovie, won’t change anything to fit his personnel. Hell when was the last time anyone saw Lavonte blitz?
    As for our lack of talent, that one is an obvious one to all of us, our secondary is other teams castoffs and won’t improve till the offseason.
    As for Vincent, Iw ould love it if he stays on this team. He should have to take a reduced rate obviously as his age and numbers don’t match the pay, but this guy is great for our lockeroom. And from what I see in other articles, great in the local community as well. I think he’s a great presence for not only Jameis, but Evans as well.

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  12. 12

    DrT1066

    Does Lavonte David have:
    An illness?
    An injury?
    Poor coaching?
    Or Albert Haynesworth Disease?

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  13. 13

    martinii

    I actually started checking out some 2016 draft sites the other day. For the past several years by mid season most of the optimism has faded and Free agency and the upcoming draft begin begin to prevail over the current season. I love college football but pro ball IMO is not what it used to be. Big money, big contracts, rule changes and an overall deterioration of parity has for me greatly detracted from the game. Many coaches and players are nothing more than revolving doors and off-field newsmakers. Fortunatly I am getting up there in age and have some great memories of days when this was a special part of my life. Now I find myself telling my grand kids about guys like Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Mike Ditka, Larry Zonka, Jerry Rice and so many others.

    I enjoy reading all your post and wish I was more enlightened regarding current situations. For now I will muddle around in the off season and see what new players and coaches might be on the horizon. Go Bucs

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    1. 13.1

      Horse

      I know the feeling. I remember my grandparents and parents saying how fast time goes by when you’re older; they were right.

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    deeznuts

    LVD and GMC played the best of their careers with Revis behind them..not a coincidence. We dont have a starting caliber safety on the roster and our secondary is woeful. For the record, WR Evan Spencer is a great prospect. ASJ is a butterball- he’s never in football shape but Winston is playing well, Sims is night-and-day from last year, Martin is back, and the O-line has improved.

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    GoldsonAges

    I completely disagree that the defense lacks talent. We are an edge rusher away from having ample talent. What SR failed to mention is how terrible the scheme is. There are no players available who could excel in this scheme, because the scheme itself is unviable.

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    GoldsonAges

    Almost every one of the defensive players has already proven to have good NFL talent.
    McCoy
    David
    Verner
    Banks
    McDougald
    Wright
    All played better under Frasier.
    Lovie Smith is the common denominator here. As soon as he took over the defense we started sucking.
    The narrative that all we need is better talent is bogus. Raheem Morris did more with EJ Biggers than Smith can do with former Pro Bowl players.

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    GoldsonAges

    Why is McCoy pushing up the field so much? I dont know. Ask Melton because he is doing the same. Coaching?

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    drdneast

    Let me try this one more time for all you Lovie haters.
    This defense is designed for the DL to put pressure on the QB and also for a DT to exert a lot of that pressure up the middle.
    Also, I don’t know of any 4-3 defense that doesn’t require its LBs to play pass coverage.
    To say it is the scheme that is hampering McCoy and David is absurd.

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    surferdudes

    Look, when Lovie’s teams did good in Chicago Ron Riviera was his D.C.. Riviera runs the same defense as us his team is 8-0. What would our record be same players if Ron Riviera was our head coach?

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    macabee

    Surfer,
    Does any of this sound eerily similar? And what saved Rivera’s job? Wasn’t it drafting a franchise QB (Newton) and fixing the defensive front seven through the draft?
    It looks like we may have our franchise QB now. Shouldn’t Lovie get a defensive draft to fix his front seven too?
    You’re right Rivera was DC for Lovie in Chicago in 2004, had a great 2005, but the defense faltered in in 2006 and Rivera was let go or as the historical record reflects – his contract was not renewed. He went to the Chargers as LB coach, later named DC, before being named HC of the Panthers where his troubles began before his current success. Not an easy correlation as it might seem!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000256758/article/ron-riveras-seat-hot-as-panthers-talking-coach-search

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    1. 20.1

      Horse

      Agree with you. He gets one more draft to right the ship.

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  21. 21

    Garv

    I’m greatful you explained ASJ’s injury to us Scott. It’s benn frustrating for fans but obviously far more painfull and frustrating for the player. I just want to see the kid play and succeed here.

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    scubog

    Garv: Was the misspelling “Benn” a Freudian Slip referring to another oft-injured second round pick? It’s really funny how even after ASJ’s serious injury is explained in detail, some here think he should just wrap it up with duct tape, take an aspirin and go suck it up. Probably the same folks who call in sick every time they feel a little tickle in their throat.

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