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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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    Ken Grant

    Not a hug fan of the constant stunts and line-slanting either. Ran ourselves out of way too many plays last year. Sure would love to get Cullen back.

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    BucFan circa76

    This is great news for the Bucs, the Defense, and even more specifically the D-line. Not sure what took so long, but this had to occur if the Bucs have any chance to improve next season. Love to find a Marinelli clone……

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      JustaBuc

      What took so long is probably the organization figuring out their successor options. I would expect the replacement to be inserted quite quickly tbh.

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    Buccluck

    Whew!!! I was pretty bummed that there wasn’t going to be any changes to our worst in the league defense. Hayes never was able to make any d-linemen better in Tampa. Wouldn’t surprise me if he went back to cincy and found success again.

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    Bmore.Buc

    Please tell me that John Hoke is next

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    Ken Grant

    Hopefully this means as they are evaluating 2017 tape they are agreeing to stick to what the guys do best rather than shoehorn them into the “system”. Let the line rush straight up and the corners press.

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    FLBoy84

    Have to think they’ve got someone in mind considering they waited almost a month and a half after the season concluded. Curious who the replacement’s going to be.

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    Pete Wood

    Hire Sapp!

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    deeznuts

    We’re better already

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    KnoxvilleBuc

    Now fire Mike Smith! Hire Derrick, if he is willing.

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    Darin

    If the guess about the players going to Dirk is true then that shows us even more Dirk should have been fired. Dirk cant figure out they shouldnt be doing all those stunts but the players can? Whoever made the call I’m glad they did. I still think it should have been smitty who got canned, along with hayes. Now whos next the secondary coach who plays the guys 10 yards or more off the line? Doesnt that all fall on smith? This team seems to have too much disconnect between coaches. Something is way off here. Hope they figure it out soon

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      cgmaster27

      This is my problem too. If the bucs and Mike Smith didn’t like all of the stunting, why not tell him to stop?!

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        Darin

        Exactly cg. Not sure how something like that happens. It’s like the coaches dont talk to each other about the game plan. It’s inexcusable if you ask me. And it starts at the top. Not sure why the D line coach is taking all the blame. Oh well all we can do now is hope they have a better plan than last year. Hope they change their “tried and true” philosophies.

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    macabee

    My bet is Brentson Buckner/former DL coach at the Cardinals. First, availability, then familiarity. He is available and Jason Licht knows him from his time in Arizona (overlapped with Licht in Arizona in 2013) and his relationship with GM Steve Keim.

    Arizona led the NFL in sacks in 2016 with him as DL coach. At least 35 sacks all of his years there – Bucs had 22. Don’t think Licht would pull this trigger without already having someone in mind. Don’t get excited folks, I’m just guessing here!

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      martinii

      I’d like to think this might serve as a lesson for everyone who knee-jerked their way through the news that the Bu’c were going to retain whole coaching staff. Only believe half of what you see and nothing that you hear. Considering the Fan displeasure, the Jobs that are on the line in 2018, and the Buc’s considerable salary cap (IMO) we might see some huge changes to our team.

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    martinii

    I’d like to think this might serve as a lesson for everyone who knee-jerked their way through the news that the Bu’c were going to retain whole coaching staff. Only believe half of what you see and nothing that you hear. Considering the Fan displeasure, the Jobs that are on the line in 2018, and the Buc’s considerable salary cap (IMO) we might see some huge changes to our team.

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    Horse

    So firing one defensive coach is the answer?

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      FLBoy84

      Probably not, but it’s better than firing zero defensive coaches.

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      Pete Wood

      You gotta start somewhere, Horse.

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    Charlie

    It’s definitely a step in the right direction…

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    hamilton

    not the coach,its the players felt.

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    FLBoy84

    As a team, how do you sell this if this is the only defensive coaching move that’s made? “Yeah, we realize our defense ranked 32nd in total yards allowed, 26th in 1st downs allowed, 32nd in pass yards allowed, 23rd in rush yards allowed, 30th in rush TD’s allowed, 24th in rush y/a, 23rd in oppt avg drive time and # of plays, 32nd in avg drive yds allowed and 23rd in points allowed. It’s all Jay Hayes’ fault, so we canned him. Just replacing him makes us a top 10 defense next year, just watch’.

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    surferdudes

    Some red meat for the masses!!

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    Pit of misery

    I hope it’s Brentson also!

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    Ja'crispy

    I am just reading this Monday morning and this is great news! Hopefully more changes to come to that bad defensive coaching staff. like others said its a good start! Hallelujah!

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