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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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    Terrific performance by the defense at all levels. The line kept the pressure up on Newton forcing some bad throws, and our ball-hawking secondary went out and caught them, while the linebackers helped in creating pressure and even getting a couple of sacks and a bunch of run-stuffing tackles and for most of the game limiting RAC by the receivers .. that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

    At this point, the down side of the defense’s progression is that Coach Smith is very likely to get offered a head coaching job, with Jacksonville being the most likely destination. Hope that the remaining members of the defensive coaching staff are ready to step up in his place.

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    Defense was fantastic and it sucks that we’ll likely lose coach Smith this offseason. I hate it quite frankly because now guys will be learning a whole new damn system again. Hopefully we can use someone from within to take it over. This was the most aggressive I’ve seen this defense this whole season. I’ve never seen Lavonte blitz that much. Grimes is a beast and well worth every penny we paid for him. Give us one more solid year big guy!

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