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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

    macabee

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Hold the press! There is no bigger supporter than me for Jameis Winston. I think he is the best QB for the Bucs and have voiced my support on PR from day one.

    But I stop short of comparing him to other HOF QBs just yet. It’s way too early for that. He has that kind of potential and I certainly wish him such success, but let’s let him throw his first NFL pass before we anoint him or leap to such lofty comparisons!

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    pinkstob

    I feel SR is trying to bait me and anyone else who supported the drafting of Mariota over Winston into countering some of the points he’s making here. You won’t find that from me. There is now 0 chance of getting Mariota so you’ll see 0 response from me on Winston until Week 1 and there is something to evaluate in a game that matters. I don’t post messages or debate for the sake of being agreeable or disagreeable, I do it when I see a logical reason to do so. There is no value in it now so those that love Winston, enjoy! If the intent is to stir up enthusiasm that’s also fine with me, but the Bucs seem to make moves every year that do that and it never translates to winning enough on Sundays. I think I’ll take a wait and see approach this year instead of expecting progress and see what happens in the regular season.

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    1. 2.1

      grafikdetail

      delusions of grandeur LOL

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  3. 3

    derekmitchellmay

    What a great, insightful read!

    Licht and his staff just gained a ton of points with me, that’s for certain.

    As for Winston, I’m becoming a little less weary of the selection every day. Especially after the Florida St. anecdote here.

    Thank you, Scott. Great piece

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  4. 4

    dmajik85

    “It’s better to let a guy go a year too early than a year too late.”

    I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this – verbatim – from other Belichik disciples… maybe Newsome or Pioli. If we’re getting a reincarnation of that personnel philosophy we should all be excited.

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    cgmaster27

    Great article! I have no problems with the comparisons to these future HOF QB’s because they are spot on. They compare WInstons fire to Brady and Rivers, which I think anyone with two eyes can see that. And it also compares his gunslinger mentality to Marinos, which is also a fair comparison.

    AS for the Licht comments, I love what I am hearing. Don’t keep a bad player just to hold onto them. And the scouting department did much better getting us talent in the later rounds this year since we hired new people.
    It will be huge to see how our two rookie lineman play and that is just as important, if not more important, than even Winston.
    Can’t wait for the real football to start.

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    Dbuc63

    I thought this was one of the best Fab 5 articles in a very long time. It was informative and I liked the “process” of evaluation with other coaches or scouts. As for comparison of HOF QB’s, if you seriously think it is a fair comparison you need your head examined. Those kind of comparisons are never really credible when comparing players that have already played in the NFL many years. So much goes into that process. But for comparisons of future HOF and a college qb of 2 years is a BIG stretch. I truly hope it can warrant a discussion 10 years from now but I will reserve judgment like most objective people do. Again, good Fab 5…I’m excited for next year!! Go Bucs!!

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    1. 6.1

      FSUTBB2374

      I think you’re taking it out of context here. Comparing the fire Winston has to Brady is not out of line. Saying Winston likes to gunsling like Marino and comparing it with the high INTs of both players their final years of college is not out of line. Those are traits a player can and does have even after only 2 years. If they tried to compare his overall talent to those 2, then I see your point because he hasn’t proven anything yet. I am like you, even as a Winston fan, and I will reserve judgment because he has to prove himself over time. And also like you, I’m excited for this season.

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    BucWild02

    After reading the article, I am concerned about the Bucs not looking for quality free agents because that’s not really what they believe in or are comfortable with anymore. The Bucs have picked up key free agents throughout their history and those free agents have been important for the growth of the team in their respective seasons. Hardy Nickerson, Simeon Rice, Brad Johnson, Joe Jurevicious, Michael Pittman, Ricky Dudley, Keyshawn Johnson, and Keenan Mccardle are just a few of the great players that Tampa NEEDED to turn the corner during some of their best years. Those weren’t players that were “role” players. They were key contributors. They helped secure a super bowl win. Look at last years Pats if you need more proof, Tampa Bays own Darrelle Revis gets cut and becomes the shut down corner the Pats needed after Talib left via free agency when he signed with Denver. Basically, free agents matter. The Bucs just need to do a better job vetting the ones who fit and the ones who don’t if they plan on being successful in the game today.

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    Good report, Scott.
    This is just the kind of info I am looking for from PR.
    When Licht took over I really knew nothing about him. Sure, I could read his resume as to where he gained his experience. This article gives insight into his management philosophy, how the organization will operate, how decision are being made, etc. These things are some of the things I want to know as well as particulars about various players.
    I am feeling much better about the short range prospects as well as the long term success of the Buccaneers.
    I really feel the organization is finally going in the right direction and has a realistic chance to become top tier again. Go Bucs!!!

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  9. 9

    EastEndBoy

    Thanks Scott – good read. A few thoughts:
    1) JW = Brady…hold your horses there folks.
    2) you can’t have it both ways by saying you don’t believe in “hanging on to guys too long” and so you cut Collins, Johnson and McCown, but then you keep EDS (who was awful last year as FA pick-up), Martin (who has hung around despite a prolonged period of ineptness), Gilkey (oh my word, how this guy is still on the team)….you see, if you’re moto is cut em early is better than cut em late, you can’t then cherry pick. And for the record, I am fine hanging on to Martin and would have hung on to Johnson too…I would have cut loose EDS and signed Wisniewski (but that’s for another day).
    3) you can’t say you “didn’t draft for need” when your biggest need was QB (pick #1), followed by OT (pick #2) and OG (pick #3)…and moreover, you reached for the OT entirely out of need.
    4) “undrafted free agent class a lot better than some of the picks in rounds 4-7″…AMEN brother!

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    1. 9.1

      Uncle Stan

      I agree with you 100% on EDS, Gilkey should have been cut, but I disagree about holding onto Martin.

      Also agree with your points 1 & 3 comments

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    grafikdetail

    really loving Jason Licht even more after reading this!

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    grafikdetail

    they were only comparing PERSONALITY TRAITS not on field performance… and seeing that Licht actually worked with & knows all the QBs mentioned personally… he’s more qualified to make the comparison then any of us

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  13. 12

    magoobee

    I do believe last year we were told the team was good and just needed a few FAs and good leadership….NOT THAT THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE.

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      Uncle Stan

      Very true!!!

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    Bucnut2

    I have become a Winston fan. I like the pick and as a 22 year BUC fan I’m really hoping he’s the real deal. Having said that, I’m starting to doubt what I have always considered great analysis by PR. Mark Scott, please wake up. This guy has not played one down in the NFL and you’re running a piece comparing him to some of the all time greats? Of course light is going to say that he is. His career is invested in him. Please guys get real. You’re losing your credibility and looking like nothing but lap dog homers.

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    cbrady2k

    Great article as always, personally I love these long form articles with lots of detail and analysis. Well done.

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  16. 15

    scubog

    Really good stuff Scott. Those personality traits that Winston has are what sold me. It’s been a while since we had a player with so much swagger and enthusiasm.

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  17. 16

    niko521

    macabee, the word comparison tells you what your doing, comparing two people. you can compare Jameis to anyone if you want, if you find similarities. that doesnt mean the writer is saying he is going to BE LIKE HIM, but is comparing the qualities. You can compare ME to Tom Brady if you want, if you find a similarity in us, that doesnt mean anyone is annointing me a starting QB. You can compare anything.

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      macabee

      You’re right Niko, you can compare anything. And usually they’re done to point out similarities or differences. And everybody doesn’t see the same things when they’re made. For instance, Jason Licht thinks Winston has Brady-like leadership skills. On the other hand Jon Robinson, who spent a decade in New England, sees where Licht’s comparison of Brady comes from, but isn’t willing to go that far.

      “It’s really hard to compare anybody to Tom because he’s such a special player,” Robinson said. “He’s the hardest worker on the team. He’s extremely intelligent and very demanding of his teammates offensively and defensively. His teammates love him. There are some similarities there between he and Jameis, but I reserve judgment on comparing him to Brady because he’s such a special player.”.

      Both men were in agreement on the best QB for the Bucs, one simply wanted to wait before making that comparison.I felt as Robinson did, there’s plenty of time going forward to not just make that comparison, but to also validate it!

      There’s one other thing to keep in mind. Guys like me sometimes talk too much. Some things, though thought, are better left unsaid. Like Jameis, I’m still learning too! lol.

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    niko521

    EAST END, the difference your not seeing is the Free Agents from last year NEVER SHOWED US ANYTHING. Martin had an amazing first season, so were waiting to see if he returns to that form with an O line in front and if he’s healthy. Collins, Johnson, etc, never panned out from game one.

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    1. 17.1

      Uncle Stan

      Isn’t 2 years enough time to wait?

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      EastEndBoy

      Not wishing to make too much of this….one could say Johnson was hurt all year last season and hasn’t had a chance to show his form either….not that I think he’s the next coming of Reggie White but we just had no alternatives when we cut him, and still have the biggest need on our team at DE….anyway, my point just was if that is Licht’s “moto” then it should be his moto a little more often than sometimes.

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  20. 18

    buddah

    Yada, yada, yada, talk is cheap. Let’s see what the guy does on and off the field. Seeing is believing, but for Scott believing is seeing. The lack of balance in reporting is unprofessional. Objective stat- oriented, highly regarded websites such as F ootball Outsiders have presented well-reasoned, logical, historically documented arguments why Winston will likely never be more than an average NFL quarterback and has less than a 5% chance of becoming a franchise-level player, but analyses like theirs is given no space here at all. I root for the Buccaneers but I refuse to let delusions of grandeur bias my judgments. Prove it on the field and shut up until you do.

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    georgehicks

    Well Buc fans I do appreciate all the coaches viewpoint. Jameis Winston is the man at qb I hope he will be.Now and down the road.I believe that Tampa did a good job of reallt not letting anyone truely know which way they would go. I had 3 ways I thought they would go. In the Nfl draft there is so many smoke screens. And Tampa did very good.Some were reaches but if they do work out great. Go Bucs.

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