BREAKING NEWS: GRUDEN SAYS HE WANTS TO COACH AGAIN

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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: sr@pewterreport.com

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    Alldaway 2.0

    I was disappointed by the the play of all the DT’s. Exception being McDonald and maybe Ward on that one play.

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    skipper

    Critical of Mike Evans for only 58 yards in one quarter of play, Really? He was the offense.

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    pinkstob

    I agree SR that they need to be great. My only question is did the PR staff lament the live tackling and full contact in private or did they lament in an article. They could have but I don’t remember seeing it.

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      Rut

      Listen to the podcasts and read the fab fives. Idk where you’ve been, they’ve mentioned it a couple times actually.

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        Alaskabuc

        It’s just the first preseason game. I prefer they avoid as much injury from too much contact early in camp as possible. There were no injuries, except for Griffin, so we came out pretty good. When its all said and done the only thing we will remember or care about from this game is Aguayo and his misses. The run defense was porous more than it was miss tackles, at least what I saw. Evans missing Mixon on the dump pass could be more of the fact Mixon is big, fast, and talented more than poor tackling.

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        pinkstob

        That’s why I asked. I don’t listen to podcasts (not just PR but anyone’s podcasts) and I don’t read every Fab 5 anymore so I miss a few things. Where I’ve been is less important than what I’ve been which is extremely busy the last couple years unfortunately. I expect things to normalize around March of next year and I should be able to read and post more often.

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    surferdudes

    On run plays it looked like our D line rushed on an angle instead of going straight up field. This left wide open cut back lanes, don’t understand this tactic. One play McCoy rushed to the right while the play went left, leaving him zero chance to make any kind of play. Both first, and second string D’s were exposed on boot leg plays. Fool me once shame on you, fool me all night long shame on us. Not very assignment sound.

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    fredster

    My thoughts. The game was overall dissapointing. Mike Evans got away with push off on the deep catch. Other than that played pretty well. He didn’t catch a ball that was behind him, I though Pacman mugged him in the end zone but wasn’t called. Play calling odd, two fades? Winston was sharp but he’s likely never going to be the guy that’s accurate every throw. Maybe but doubt it.
    Defense was terrible. They ran it down our throats all night. Lots to fix there. They better push them hard in practice and work on tackling! Basics aren’t good.
    Time to love on from Aguayo Licht. Rolled the dice and lost on this one. Let’s not get cute in the draft again please. So many options were available at that pick. Good-great kickers are easy to find. Come on!

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    fredster

    Move on from Aguayo. Stupid iPhone. Lol

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    Naplesfan

    I agree with Scott, while looking at the numbers both Winston and Evans looked fine, one of the key areas needing improvement all last season was red-zone offense, getting TDs vs. FG attemptes. They didn’t get it done.

    Quite a few of Winston’s passes were off target, thrown behind or wide of the target, even some of the receptions. Winston was careful with the ball, didn’t make any bad throwing decisions, which is good (he’s listening to his coach), but there seems to be something with his throwing technique that is causing off-target passes, so to be “great” he needs to work on that.

    Evans needs to do a better job of getting separation from defenders, especially in the end zone, which he was not able to do even if the passes from Winston had been on target.

    None of these factors are anything but areas that need further work. I do expect both players to get better in the pre-season games. Neither of these players or their coaches are satisfied with last night’s performance.

    On the plus side, Jameis commanded the first team offense and really mixed up the plays effectively, and getting out of the hole on both possessions was impressive. There’s much to feel good about, and much to work on.

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    fredster

    Oh and finishing drives with touch downs has been an issue for 3 years now. Better work on it hard. Better play calling. Better throws, better everything. FG’s especially if the keep Aguayo isn’t going to cut it.

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      Alaskabuc

      How about a better run game? First and goal at the 4 and we turn to two throws to try to get it in? Those throws will be easier if we got good push up front in a power goal line running game that forces the defense to load the box.

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