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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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14 Comments

  1. 1

    Horse

    Bucs over Saints by 4. I only say 4 because most teams play conservative Defense in the last part of the 4th quarter. Go bucs!

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    cgmaster27

    Have to go for the jugular in this one. We are in a rare opportunity in this game with Minnesota losing again as well. We are going to have to score at least 28 in this game to win. We’ve been pretty fotunate against Brees , but he ALWAYS has the ball on the final drive of the game, which drives me crazy. Let’s make sure it doesn’t get to that.
    Bucs 31
    Saints 20

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  3. 3

    owlykat

    Scott I agree with your score prediction, but not how to get there. Yes, NO will want to play shoot out. We must not get sucked into that. By using our running game and play action, we can both rest our defense (so we can harass their QB and stop their runs) and limit their touches drastically. Running the ball makes them load the box to stop it and leaves them one on one with our 6’5″ receivers. Then Winston can burn them bad for an easy WIN!

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  4. 4

    cgmaster27

    On a side note, I did see Schiano got hired by Ohio state yesterday, that means we don’t have to pay him any more right?

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    1. 4.1

      macabee

      While all NFL coach’s contracts are guaranteed, almost all have offset language. The only exceptions are the ones that have star power and can negotiate for it. Coming in and receiving a low level contract, I doubt Schiano held out for that. Schiano is owed 3.1mil in 2016. OSU DC will not be making 3.1mil. He is likely to still get some Glazer money in 2016 – the offset of 3.1mil and his official OSU salary. The highest paid college assistant coaches (Muschamp just went to South Carolina as HC) are:
      1. Will Muschamp Auburn defensive coordinator $1.6 million
      2. Kirby Smart Alabama defensive coordinator $1.5 million
      3. John Chavis Texas A&M defensive coordinator $1.5 million
      4. Cam Cameron LSU offensive coordinator $1.5 million
      Notice they’re all SEC coaches too!

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    drdneast

    Not necessarily cgmaster. Depends on how his contract is written.
    I see the Saints stacking 8 in the box and making Winston beat them with his arm which he is capable of doing.
    Even though Ryan isn’t there I expect them to run plenty of blitz packages and various DL stunts especially if they watch the Colts tape.

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  6. 6

    Entre

    Has anybody else noticed that our defense drastically improved around the week 8 or 9 mark. That happened last season as well. Hopefully this is just a coincidence, and not a sign of a trend. We need our defense to be humming week 1 next year to be real contenders.

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    1. 6.1

      warren

      It all changed when the Bucs changed cornerbacks.

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    ForeverCream

    If I remember the first matchup correctly the way we won was to line up two TEs for blocking. The way our OLine has improved I’m hoping that’s no longer necessary. Also, Brees was hurt that game, it was apparent with the ducks he was throwing. I’m hoping we can just pile points on in this game cause I don’t think we’re going to see the same Brees as Wk 2.

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    drdneast

    Brees was hurt in that game because Jacques Smith hurt him. Lining up 2 TE’s in the formation isn’t the worst situation since all of ours can catch, even Stocker.
    I’d be happy if the Brees who played last year at RJ showed up since he threw 3 INT’s in that contest which Lovie had the team tank on.

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    1. 8.1

      ForeverCream

      I don’t know if it’s true that jacquies hurt him but I wouldn’t be surprised for how that game went. They never said anything formally but we beat him up and forced some mistakes. But Jacquies is out. I like Gholston when I see the highlights anyhow; maybe he can make some splash plates.

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      1. 8.1.1

        ForeverCream

        Plays obviously.

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  9. 9

    scubog

    Here’s what I know about Drew Brees and his whining HC Sean Poutin. It’s never over until it’s over and they are easily frustrated when things go bad. Do not put the ball in Brees’ hands with any time left. I agree with Scott. Control the ball and score. Make them earn everything themselves. Hit their defense early and let the self-doubt kill any thoughts of victory. Bucs would have won on the scoreboard the final game last season if not for the Lose for Winston game plan. I know when I left the stadium after clinching the first pick, it felt like a victory. Who Dat?……..our franchise QB.

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  10. 10

    fredster

    Lovie and his defense suck. Enough said.

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