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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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    oh for the love of all things holy please. We need all the pass rush help we can get. IF we can’t get pressure on Eli, we won’t pressure anyone the rest of the season. He will pick us apart if there is no pressure.

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    We put good pressure on Glennon two Sundays ago, even if it only resulted in one sack … but it also resulted in four turnovers, which is the real measure of pressuring the quarterback.

    One game – last week – does not make a trend, especially when that one game featured missing or degraded starters on both the front four and the linebacking trio.

    With Jac Smith back, with (hopefully) Kwon Alexander back, and with more game experience under the belt of newbies Beckwith and Glanton, and (hopefully again) full strength by McCoy and Ayers, then perhaps we could put some pressure on a Giants team with a terrible offensive line.

    We won’t have Lavonte David back yet. And we don’t know yet if Brent Grimes will be back to bolster the backfield.

    So we have more questions than answers today.

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      Agreed. Sacks are great. We need them. But pressure is right behind sacks in importance. Eli is prone to INT’s. Need to make him uncomfortable as much as possible. Pressure will also help the LB’s in coverage.

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      Naplesfan, We had pressure on Glennon because we didn’t have all these injuries at the time; things are much different.

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        Yep, Horse. The defense that played Chicago was definitely not the defense that played Minnesota. By the second half, we were missing all of Baker, Smith, David, Alexander, Spence, and Ward, while we had Ayers, McCoy and Hargreaves hobbled by leg or ankle injuries and missing at least some plays. That’s down 9 of 11 starters either missing or hobbled and operating at less than full speed. Just incredibly bad luck.

        I find it incredible that some of the commenters here in another thread were bitching about Coach Smith’s inability to game plan an “adjusted scheme”. I wonder how many other defensive coordinators in the league would be able to game plan and adjust their scheme effectively to losing all or parts of 82 percent of their starters?



          Oops .. forgot to also list Brent Grimes being missing all game … so Coach Smith had to successfully game plan his defense at Minnesota with 10 of 11 starters either missing altogether or operating at half speed. That would be missing nearly 90% of his starting squad.



            Some fans never seem to understand that players (back-ups) simply aren’t as good at what they do as others (starters). Kind of like life in the real world. Of course the defense is hampered when Ryan Smith takes over for Brett Grimes. And those same folks think there’s someone wandering the streets who can rush the passer.

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