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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

    surferdudes

    Correct me if I’m wrong Scott, but didn’t Lovie tell us when he was first hired he could turn this team around quickly? Now we need a total overhaul of personal, and a bunch of coaching changes heading into year three? Hasn’t Lovie already done that with the players? The defense as you said has already been a revolving door personal wise, and as you say, doubt if he fires his son, so don’t expect to many coaching changes. You also say Lovie should hire a bona fide D.C., isn’t that what he’s supposed to be? So over haul the roster again, get a real D.C., right? What the hell do we need Lovie for then? His free agent track record has been dismal, so now I’m supposed to believe he’ll get it right this time? Yeah we need to draft better defensive players, but do you believe Scott that a couple of rookies can come in next year and turn this D around? Wouldn’t it be easier to just fire Lovie then to have another over haul? All pre season Lovie would say we’re not Tennessee ready yet, like now he says we’re not there yet. Guess what, we were never Tennessee ready, and we’ll never be there yet while Lovie’s in charge.

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  2. 2

    kaymbee

    The biggest personnel overhaul we need is to get rid of Lovie.

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  3. 3

    Horse

    Well surferdudes and I feel exactly the same way. I pretty sure Glazer’s won’t fire Lovie, but I sure hope they take away some of his powers. If everything stays the same with the coaching then we will be another 5-7 win team. I don’t think I could stand to hear the same ole Lovie Press Conferences and his arrogance towards the Press who are just asking the same questions that the fans want to ask. He reminds me of Ray Perkins.
    Scott Reynolds deserves the kudos for saying what must be sad while all the other Press People look on and say “thank you”. You’re the man Scott. Fire Lovie!

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  4. 4

    jme0151

    Great Fab 5 Scott. I agree with everything you said Surfer. It just scares me Lovie will be picking the defensive players in this upcoming draft!!!! The only firing needed is Lovie…..the rest will take care of itself.

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  5. 5

    jme0151

    But I fear it will be another mediocre year under Lovie…….THEN HE GETS GONE!!!!

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  6. 6

    cgmaster27

    Great fab 5 as always. Fab 1 is the perfect response to Lovie supporters. Look how many people Lovie has brought in. I don’t want to hear this crap about him getting one draft to get it right on the defensive side. This guy can’t teach veterans how to play and some of you think he’ll teach rookies how to .
    Guy is a bum and I hope the glazers fire him and his whole defensive staff outside of Nickerson and Cullen. Lovie has had two years and I’ve watched turn around a with other coaches I think heir first year. Why are some of you so eager to give this clown a pass?

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  7. 7

    drdneast

    What a great NY’s day present, a Fab 5.
    Scott Reynolds, always on the job, 24/7. When do you sleep.
    Unfortunately it is also gives all the Lovie haters another chance to spew their venom.
    Give it a rest you guys. It gets tiresome and boring reading the same old tired unoriginal posts.
    Really doubt if Lovie gets fired this year. This team was a mess when he got here after 12 years of just horrendous drafts and I seriously doubt if he even knew how bad it was.systematic it was.
    I dare anyone to tell me the drafts over the dozen years proceeding him weren’t bad.
    I mean for gods sake we passed on Aaron Rogers because we had Chris Simms.
    Are you kidding me.
    Gruden was a great ooach but terrible at evaluating talent. The GM was worse.
    Morris and Schiano were neither although Schiano was a bit better at evaluating talent.
    Until you can prove to me otherwise by posting empirical facts, get off of it.
    Giddyup.

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    1. 7.1

      sunshineben

      I wonder if u pay for bucs season tkts since u seem to support Lovie and his poor results.

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    2. 7.2

      Horse

      Do you even live here? If you have been a Buc fan and seen all the coaches in the past get that 3rd or 4th year when they didn’t deserve it; you would feel the way many of us feel. I hate no one; you throw that word out quite easily so you must have a lot of experience with it as I sure don’t.

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    3. 7.3

      nyubucsguy

      You mention no talent yet Goldson, Johnson and Swearinger are all now playing on playoff teams. Johnson and Swearinger are playing for teams which are probably going to be the 2nd seed in their conferences. So if the Cardinals could pick up Swearinger off the street and plug him into their defense how come Lovie could not use him?

      Not to mention Barron starting for the Rams as well. Prior to all of this Lovie jettisoned Revis to get three starters of which none of them are now two years later.

      So why are these players productive for other teams but not with Lovie? If your response is they do not fit the scheme then that is the primary problem with Lovie he is unwilling to alter his scheme to fit the players he has.

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  8. 8

    drdneast

    BTW, I agree with your defensive coaching overhaul but don’t see Smith getting axed as safety coach.
    I don’t like nepotism either and don’t like working for companies that allow it but it runs rampant in the NFL.

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  9. 9

    stone1

    lovie must go he is a clown, people like him and fisher must have something on people, because they get jobs and keep them even though the results are terrible

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  10. 10

    Gulfstrings

    It’s kinda lonely over here in the “keep Lovie” line, but I’m not moving to the end of another long line and starting all over. 2 Years is simply not enough time to turn around a team that was more than just poor. No one can deny progress was made. Count me among the many that “said” we’d be happy with a 6-7 win season. there are at least 2-3 games where, if players had simply executed their assignments, this would be a different discussion. Lovie and Licht put together a pretty damn good offense in years 1 and 2. #58 is a great indication for me that when they turn their draft attention to defense, a similar outcome will be realized. That said, after year 4, if we haven’t seen progress into the >10 game win column, I’ll step out of line. Go Bucs!

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    1. 10.1

      War Daddy Rambo

      Finally, somebody gets it!

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    2. 10.2

      1sparkybuc

      Schiano was fired after two years, and there is no doubt he would have won more games than Lovie did last year, which would mean no Winston. Odds are we’re stuck with Lovie even past 2016. Get used to the Bucs being carried by the offense.

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  11. 11

    jshumaker

    I am not thrilled with Lovie, but everybody is forgetting the impact that firing Lovie would have on Winston. You don’t rattle a young QB’s confidence or learning curve by firing his head coach after his first season. No matter how many mistakes you believe Lovie is making, none of them have a greater impact on this team compared to the development of Winston. Firing Lovie right now would be the dumbest move the Bucs have ever made next to the Revis trade. It is well documented that the 2nd season for a QB is when they make the biggest strides. If any of you Lovie haters think there is anything more important than Winston’s learning, then maybe it is time for you to switch sports and watch golf because you just do not understand what the QB position means to a football team.

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    1. 11.1

      War Daddy Rambo

      Preach. Got to keep Lovie and Koetter just to groom Winston. Give it a couple years, if there’s no progression, you move on. We’ve seen progression, let’s see where it takes us.

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  12. 12

    jshumaker

    Although I will admit PR’s statement of Lovie being fired if Koetter were offered a head coaching spot in order to keep Koetter working with Winston. In that scenario, it might be the best option to not mess with Winston’s progress

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  13. 13

    RB4TampaBay

    Thank you Scott for an outstanding Fab 5, great information included as well.

    I am not new to the “Fire Lovie” bandwagon, but it is more obvious than ever that it needs to be done. Schiano won 11 games in two years and a radio station was putting up billboards stating “Fire Schiano”, since Lovie has won 8 games in two years with one yet to play, where are the billboards proclaiming “Fire Lovie”? He has proven that he is not capable of evaluating talent, his selection of coach’s have not been able to improve the defense. Make the announcement Monday and allow this team to be able to improve with Koetter as H.C. and allow him, along with Jason, to make decisions regarding the other coach’s on the staff, it’s time.

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  14. 14

    macabee

    You know one of the biggest problems I have is that I read. I mean I read everything. While I don’t keep everything I read, I do remember where I read it.
    Now I’m not going to take everybody back and ask “are these your words and did you say this on this particular date”. But words do matter. Sometimes it’s good to see what you’ve said before and examine why you’re feel differently now.
    I’m going to say nothing more than to ask you if appreciate the fact that we have Winston as our QB. Then examine why you would want to replace Lovie with Koetter. Would Winston be our QB if Koetter were HC at draft time?
    Now look to see who other than Scott Reynolds, Martin Fennelly, and JP Peterson (great company), if any other local media person or national media person that has even suggested that Lovie should be fired.
    As I said, I read everything and I can’t find one. And I looked at Al Breer’s list of 17 potential NFL 2016 HCs and Koetter does not even make the list. See if you can find a list that he’s on?
    I didn’t want Lovie for HC when he was hired, but he has done two unexpected and out of character things since he got. He forwent two drafts in favor of the Offense, only drafting a LB in the 3rd round (4th pick who looks like a budding star) and he drafted QB Jameis Winston against what some would say is better judgment.
    Now all of you who want to fire him now, go right ahead, but think of the alternatives before he has had a full defensive draft to support his claim as a capable defensive coach! If past is prologue, it gets worse not better!

    http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2015/07/28/dirk-koetter-jameis-winston-tampa-bay-buccaneers

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    1. 14.1

      macabee

      In the Link, I should have directed you to read paragraph 8!

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      1. 14.1.1

        cgmaster27

        You make some good points Mac as always. I look at it as , when Koetter came to the Bucs, I knew right then and there we were picking Jameis. I could venture a pretty good guess we would take Jameis if our head coach was Koetter based solely on the offense he runs.
        DO I think the Glazers will fire Lovie? No. But He should be held to the same standard that every coach before him has gotten. Wins.
        He’s had two off seasons to put together a defense through free agency and has whiffed on literary every player taken.
        What makes us beleive he’s going to hit on four starters again in the draft? That is a very rare treat we got this year. 4 rookies aren’t going to make his defense any better, especially when they’ll all be playing 10 yards off of the WR every play.
        Believe me, there is no one in this room that appreciates having Jameis as our franchise QB more than me and that is why Koetter should be our new HC. The guys press conferences say it all to me. He’s a no BS guy and tells it how it is. Lovie’s just regurgitates “coach speak” every press conference.
        Does Koetter want it? That I don’t know, but having him is much more important to Jameis than Lovie is.
        Well sorry that was long winded, I just beleieve deep down that Lovie is too passive from gameday all the way through and will never lead a team to the superbowl, and that’s what it’s all about for guys like Jameis. Winning.

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    2. 14.2

      76Buc

      Mac, what you say makes so much sense. I’m tired of new coaches and systems every 2 – 3 years. Let the guy have a defensive draft, get some good FAs and see what happens. Give him at least 3 years.

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    surferdudes

    Lovie was quick to point out numerous times when he was hired that he was inheriting a 4-12 team. Lovies first year we sunk to 2-14, this year we likely finish 6-10. That’s progress? Drd calls us Lovie haters. I don’t hate anyone, although drd might make the list. Hate is an emotion, I like Scott am just going by the product I see on the field. Lovie says stats are miss leading, like completion percentage, lol. Koetter says refreshingly, the only thing that really matters is winning. Going by that alone, Lovie should be shown the door to his basement.

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    1. 15.1

      War Daddy Rambo

      I’m predicting 7-9. Players make plays and FG kickers make kicks and we’re a 11-5 team. Can’t fire HC or OC. Patience is a virtue.

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    surferdudes

    Drd you know whats really tiresome, and boring? Lovies press conferences, and excuses.

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  17. 17

    stlbucsfan

    Mario Williams is supposed to be cut and should be targeted by the Bucs. Nick Fairley should also be a target to add talent and depth to the DL. Lastly both Rams CBs(Janoris Jenkins and Johnson) will be FAs and both/either should be targeted if they are not locked up by STL. Stop signing players like George Johnson and hoping that we are the smartest people in the room and start paying proven impact players like the guys I’ve mentioned.

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    1. 17.1

      cgmaster27

      I could not agree more there stlbucsfan. Especially Jenkins and williams. With our bank account next year, we should be able to lock up some of these guys. And Jenkins comes from the south, so hopefully he misses that FLorida weather.

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    2. 17.2

      pinkstob

      I agree the right FA’s can make a difference. I’m a fan of both J. Jenkins and T. Johnson but I’ve never been a M. Williams fan, and I’m less of a fan after hearing he’s been mailing it in for the Bills the past few months. I like Jenkins and Johnson better than any of the CB’s in this draft (I consider Ramsey a safety).

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      1. 17.2.1

        cgmaster27

        Not sure what you don’t like about Williams Pink. The guys averaged double digit sacks his entire career. He’s been off this year as he’s clearly a 4-3 guy and rex’ dumb ass is trying to make him a 3-4 guy.
        As for the players saying he mailed it in, others say he didn’t. We can’t go by what other people say or we wouldn’t have a franchise QB right now.

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    3. 17.3

      plopes808

      Only problem is we haven’t had much luck with any FAs named Jenkins or Johnson in the past lol

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    4. 17.4

      76Buc

      I agree. We should not give up in FA just because we have been bad at it. Pick better groceries by shopping in a better store. Get some quality FAs that are proven and stop bargain hunting except for depth.

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    drdneast

    Been a season ticket holder since 1980m sunshinebe. I’m in on 219. If you want the seat and row number I will have to look it up for you.
    What about yourself and all of the other haters, can you say the same.

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    drdneast

    Been a season ticket holder since 1980m sunshinebe. I’m in on 219. If you want the seat and row number I will have to look it up for you.
    What about yourself and all of the other haters, can you say the same.

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    1. 19.1

      sunshineben

      i have had season tkts since bucs started in 1976 . I also went to sb in San Diego so yes i have paid the price. Not sure why u called me a hater as but I tied of the bucs being a joke. What has Lovie done to make u think he is a great coach?

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      1. 19.1.1

        scubog

        Me too sunshine.

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  20. 20

    drdneast

    Another great read macabee, as always.
    Unfortunately you are trying to teach Calculus to grade school pupils.

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  21. 21

    drdneast

    Of those players you listed, in the defensive secondary keep, Moore, Conte, McDonough, Tandy and Aberjeemie.
    LB: Possibly but make it incentive heavy. This guy plays better hungry.
    DL: Melton and Smith.
    Offense:
    Vjax: Try to renegotiate but don’t insult him. We have wasted a lot more money in worse places.s
    Martin: After two seasons of little wear, this guy has plenty of tread left on the tires.
    6 to 6.5 mill.
    Humphries, Brate and Shepherd are no brainers.
    For 7 mill I’m wondering if we can get a better younger guard than Mankins.
    Evan Smith might need to take a sabatical as well.
    I would also give Stocker a singing bonus but only because he annoys Cards fan jongruden so much.

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    1. 21.1

      76Buc

      We have a good young guard in Kevin P.

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  22. 22

    Horse

    drdneast, glad you purchase tickets and happy for you Lovie will take us to the promise land.

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  23. 23

    warren

    I predicted a 6-10 season during preseason and although I wish the Bucs were Super Bowl contenders, I agree with Lovie that the team is improving. I think he needs another two years…yes two years…to make this team be a contender. If he can’t, then absolutely get rid of him. Calling for his firing now is unrealistic. We can’t keep turning over head coaches every two years unless we want to be cellar dwellers forever.

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  24. 24

    drdneast

    Horse, not sure if Lovie will take us to the promised land but I do think he deserves one more year to show he has ue headed in the right direction.
    I like Lovie as a coach because he stays calm and composed, the same reason many of you hate him.
    I also know I have never heard a player, past or present, speak bad of Lovie.
    Last year at 2-13, there was no quit in this team. They were winning the last game of the season until they came to their senses and realized they needed to go in the tank.
    Thanks god they did.
    Even at 6-9 they are still playing hard, even though they have dropped three ina row.
    I believe that is more of a result of the DL being depleted by injuries and the loss of Kwon Alexander.
    On offense I think they have suffered greatly from the loss of Vjax, just as they did earlier in the season without him.
    Tell me when was the last time you saw any head coach getting in some players grill and reading him the riot act because he caused an illegal motion penalty, let alone any other penalty.
    This isn’t high school. These are highly paid professionals and grown men. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t work for managers who scream and yell at me if I make a mistake.
    I just call the clown a few bad works, question his heritage and walk away.
    The last company I worked for had an excellent policy in regards to this subject.
    “Praise in public, criticize kn private.
    If the managers didn’t follow this rule, they would find themselves sitting in the principals office, not the person who made the mistake.
    As for taking players out of the game if they make a penalty, who are you punishing, the player or the team.
    if the person behind the player being penalized is definitely not as good as the player who you sitting, who exactly is being punished.
    Those who do,

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    scubog

    Here’s my take, Lovie is not getting fired, short and…….”simple as that.” But I do think the Glazers will insist on changes to his coaching staff and demand that Lovie concentrate on just being the HC. I know Raheem says “statistics are for losers” but our offensive and defensive rankings are much improved from a season ago as well as a modest improvement in the win column in spite of each having a jonnyg asterisk. The starting line-up when intact could be competitive, but when your depth is so weak players are literally being brought in off the street and inserted in the game that’s “tough duty” for any coach. Surely folks can recognize that. My main issue has always been the FA failures for which I think Lovie “Bears” the “Lions” share of the blame.

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  26. 26

    russmillerwy

    The defense really does need new secondary coaches and a new coordinator. Perhaps Mykal could break down film or something.

    I don’t think giving up on Mankins or Jackson would be wise. There is no one around who could make the difference up and there’s way too much salary cap room to be stingy with quality veterans, even if they are only a year or two away from retiring. If the Bucs get stingy with Martin, I pity them. He’s been the one consistent fan favorite all season who is obvioualy doing everything he can to help the team win. If the Bucs let Martin or William Gholston walk, no season ticket for me next year.

    I don’t see the Bucs gaining much by letting guys like Banks, George Johnson, or Alteraun Verner go. A new defensive coordinator could shape the system to better suit their skills. This is where we miss a guy like Raheem Morris, who always found a way to get the most out of the personnel and personalities available to him. Coaches who insist on getting exact fits for their schemes and temperaments lose a lot of players and a lot of games. Michael Bennett, Mike Williams, Darelle Reavis, and Aqib Talib all filled needs that are proving very difficult to meet now. You can’t help but roll your eyes over how many smug Bucs GMs have patted themselves on the back for penny pinching or trading future Pro Bowlers for 6th round draft picks. Hopefully none of those guys ever gets back into 1 Buc Place.

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  27. 27

    EastEndBoy

    Thanks for the read Scott. As usual, I’m with @stlbucsfan. FA is not a bad word….we have the best WR in our history to thank for it, the QB that won us the Super Bowl, in fact we have a number of those Super Bowl teammates (including the best DE we’ve ever had) due to it. I’m sorry that L&Ls first foray was a dumpsterfire, but that doesn’t mean it all has to be. In addition to the guys @stlbucsfan mentions, there are the two probowl safeties I mentioned before and several excellent OLinemen. We simply have far too many holes – as Scott points out in this article – to draft our way out of this….

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    plopes808

    Great article Scott! We have a chance to cut a good amount of dead weight this offseason, both in cap space and performance. I hope to see Licht and his team continue building as they have the last 2 years, but this time on defense. A few valuable FA pickups to shore up our depth would also go a long way in helping us out for 2016.

    As for everyone calling for Lovie’s head…I think cutting him at this point may do more harm than good

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