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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    The pass rush sucking is really causing problems and not Smiths fault. However the miscues with the safeties and CB’s and WR’s being wide open is squarely on him IMHO.

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    Perhaps fredster, but perhaps it’s because certain players still aren’t concentrating and focusing enough, which was a problem last year.
    I originally thought a safety was to blame on the first Rams TD but I later learned the defense that was called had Verner playing man to man down the field. Verner was simply playing the wrong technique for that type of coverage.
    Why did this happen I have no idea. You would have to ask Verner.
    In regards to Spense it might help if he was allowed to rush from his natural RDE position. Every time I saw him on Sunday he was rushing from the LDE and Howard Jones,. who doesn’t have a sack this year and is another DPR, was on the right.

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    Perhaps our opponents having the lead the past two games and not having to pass is a factor too. I think we played in fear of Todd Gurley and schemed to stop him. Did a good job against him then let two 40 yard passes and a strip fumble TD beat us.

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