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Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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: [email protected]

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    Well I think I have a good idea what’s wrong with our Defense? It didn’t get any better! That tells me Mike Smith scheme is as old as Lovie Smith scheme and that’s the reason why they were fired as Head Coaches. LB D. Smith is hurting us when he gets out there on the field and our Safeties aren’t very good. Did we address any of this past Spring or Fall? No! Then we have the same problem we had before with the pass rush; it’s medicore at best without Ayers in the game and average when he is in the game.

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      Agree @horse. I’m not convinced that the reason we don’t get pressure is the absence of J Smith and Ayers…unless somehow those two became the reincarnation of Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor when I wasn’t watching. I would say the issue is the same one as last year…in today’s NFL, trying to rely on a 4-man pass rush is archaic/naïve/foolish…offenses have schemed well past the 4-man pass rush….perhaps if you have V Miller on your line you can try it, but for most teams like ours it’s outdated.

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    scot pederson

    Defense is barely better than last year. Many people questioned using a 2nd rd pick on a kicker. Plenty of kickers who had worse stats in college but are proven kickers in the league.

    Plenty problems on the offense as well, whether some of it is on any of the WRs is not certain. But seems to be too much excuses for the QB. The 8 TD passes is big for certain but he also has 8 TOs (6 Picks & 2 Fumbles lost). Would prefer an environment more like Dak Prescott & C. Wentz. They TD passes arent as high, but neither one has thrown a Pick. They protect the ball.

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      You know what Dak Prescott and C. Wentz also have in common? They aren’t throwing it 47 times a game because their defenses suck. Higher throwing rates lead to higher turnover percentages. It’s simple math. And that doesn’t even include that turnovers, some are subjective. No ones blaming Jameis for that int this week I would hope as the throw wasn’t any where near a defender until simms lateraled it to Barron. The Arizona game was all him, bad turnovers, but he’s not getting slack from anyone. Quite the opposite if you read any other sites from the fans.

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    At least you can’t blame Lovie for this, Scott.

    Kind of a shame really, would’ve loved to hear you harp on Lovie’s inadequacy as a game manager and as a defensive specialist. Unfortunately your hand-picked successor looks exactly the same as Lovie did. Solid win against division rival, followed by a blowout game and then a game where the defense and game management cost the team against a backup level QB. Hmmm where have I seen this before?

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      scot pederson

      All Lovie would say after most losses was “I’m disappointed”. That really got old, so I dont miss Lovie. Coaching is just part of the problem.

      It’s really an organization problem starting from the top down. Once the Glazers starting shedding superstars after winning the S. Bowl and putting their $ into Manchester United, then getting rid of Gruden it has been downhill ever since.

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    Another perspective for just a second; If Jameis had pulled off that last second touchdown, everyone would be talking about one of the great finishes that they’ve seen from the Bucs in a long time. I do like that our 22-year-old QB showed some flash coming down the stretch and giving the team a chance to win. I do agree with CG that this team lacks the overall depth and experience that are currently elevating other young QBs at the moment… Prescott, Wentz, Siemien… But, it’s necessary for a Winston to have these teaching moments. He’ll grow from it and I think it’s still early in the season; hell, we’re tied for first place after three weeks! Keep grinding, gents…

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    Lovie had over a decade of experience as head coach and clock management and still couldn’t do it. Not making excuses just saying Koetter will make mistakes as first year head coach. Jason Garrett was terrible at clock management his first 2 years and all Dallas fans wanted him gone. Don’t hear anyone calling for him to get fired now do you? People need to give Koetter a frigging chance! My god.
    As far as blaming Mike Smith for the defense? Really? You want to blame someone blame Licht. Other than Ayers and Smith nobody can rush the passer on this D line. That is the biggest problem with the defense. Also the safety position isn’t strong. Again who drafted the dumbass kicker who can’t even make point after attempts instead of taking Von Bell? Oh yea Licht. No pass rush equals no D. That simple.

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