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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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    BucWild02

    Love to hear that the big fella is motivated to take it to the next level.

    I really like that the Bucs brought in Chris Baker this year and Robert Ayers last year. Resign RFA Jacquies Smith. Draft another CB to keep the NFCS WR’s in check and give time to the DL to get to the QB. This line is gonna be nasty.

    Starters are Ayers, Baker, McCoy, and J.Smith with Gholston, McDonald, Spence, and Jones rotating in.

    Me likey.

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    Mic

    They told him needs that dawg in him nothings new, if he brings it expect a different MCcoy next year. Jameis is our leader now

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    Horse

    Gerald, a fella by the name of LeeRoy Selmon lead by setting the example with tackles, sacks and double/trible blocking coverages. You’re doing fine; be like LeeRoy. Go Bucs!

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    cgmaster27

    I hope he kicks some ass for us this year. He’s just echoing everything I’ve been saying about him for the last 2 years. He needs to come through in the 4th, which he never does. I think having Swaggy can only help. but if Gerald does take that next step, then we will be in good shape.

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    surferdudes

    I’ve been a McCoy critic from time, to time. Whoever he spoke to is right, the great ones make the plays when it counts. That being said, football is the ultimate team game. There’s 10 other guys on defense who woulda, coulda, shouda. The hero of the super bowl one year was a rookie who made the key interception on the goal line. I like the way you’re thinking Gerald, but it’s not all on you. This TEAM is ready to bust lose. Just do what you can do, the rest will take care of itself.

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    RootsCrew

    GMC gets a lot of flack (some deserved) from fans. Sapp was a one of a kind HOF DT. But he also benefitted from playing with Culpepper and then McFarland. Our front took off when Simeon joined the team. We don’t need GMC to be Sapp. He’s very good at doing his job of eating up double teams & disrupting the pocket. What we’ve lacked for years is a dominant DE presence and proper anchor beside McCoy to take advantage of his work. I think we now have that with Baker & fingers crossed that Spence takes the next step. I’d also love to draft an EDGE like Barnett at #19. Smith, Ayers, Spence, McCoy, Baker, McDonald, Gholston, Jones, A Spence. I’m excited about the DL this season.

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      BucWild02

      Akeem Spence is no longer with the team. Signed with the Detroit Lions.

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        RootsCrew

        Good catch. Had a brain fart remembering the roster.

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    bEubanks11

    Not sure who those fans are that have been calling for a trade but it’s not hard to see that this defense would be fu(%$d without McCoy in there. This article brought up two things that have been in the back of my mind and I’m sure in the minds of ownership. Gerald can’t play forever and without him we’d never be better than average. His replacement which is going to be hard to find needs to be a priority in the next few drafts. If there’s someone they think can fill that 3 technique similar to the way McCoy does, they need to snag him in the not so far away future. I’m sorry Gerald has the notion that fans don’t understand how valuable he is, but this fan knows we can’t do it without him. From what I’ve seen most of you agree.

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    Naplesfan

    It’s great that Gerald is not satisfied, wants to be and do much more. That attitude if shared throughout the lockerroom by his teammates will make a big difference.

    But I’m not with the McCoy critics at all. A defensive line works when all parts are working, and we’ve had difficulty for many years with poor defensive lines relying far too much on one man to do the work of all. We’ve had lack of talent and clearly busted players on the D-line … we’ve had absolutely rotten defensive coaching until last year … and we’ve had a lot of injuries to key guys like Clinton McDonald, Jacquies Smith, and Roberty Ayers just last season that hugely hampered the defense in the first half of the season.

    The business of running out of gas in the fourth quarter is clearly a reflection of having little to no depth on the d-line. We need the kind of depth we had back in the late 90s/early 00s, so that we don’t have to play our pass rushers 60-70 snaps a game. Keep them fresh for the fourth quarter. Last season injuries really made it hard to rest anybody on the D-line.

    Of course, an effective offense also is a huge help to keeping defenses fresh. Our fourth quarter offense, even last season, wasn’t very productive in terms of holding onto the ball and keeping drives alive in the fourth quarter. That needs attention too.

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      Michael WestDominguez

      I have to agree with you Naples, 10 other guys on the defense to include the other D-lineman. I think the real issue is we, meaning the organization has done a poor job at building a consistent supporting line around GMC. The addition of Baker was good and I do believe Spence will continue to improve, but again, fairly new pieces around him in the grand scheme of things. As you mentioned, depth at the D-line has also been an issue that also impacts everything as a whole in regards to production. A few people commented on Sapp, and yes, he was a beast. However, throw in Simeon Rice, McFarland, Culpepper and some of the other linemen we had at that time who definitely took some pressure off of Sapp to just be “the man”.

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        Naplesfan

        Yep – also, our offense in those days of the late 90s/early 00s were clearly built to operate as ball control offenses. We had good run blocking and great runners, referred to as “Thunder and Lightning” (Alstott and Dunn) who came into their own in the fourth quarter, hogging the ball and demoralizing defenses. That also helps keep our own D-linemen fresh late in games. We haven’t had that in a long time.

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    e

    Love the accountability. The first step to being that leader.

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    SappAttack

    Damn, shots fired… at himself! Love it, you’re off my shitlist now. Go F’ing dominate now.

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    fredster

    I’ve been a critic of his at times and I’m glad he sees opportunity and wishes to address it. He is who he is but always thought he just needs to get more serious and little more attitude. You can be a Christian and still have fire and passion and get in somebodys face if they aren’t doing what they need to. A leader has to kick ass and chew ass sometimes. His injuries have been annoying too. Again is what it is in that respect too. Unlucky or whatever Sapp didn’t have these issues.

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    Iowabucfan

    This is why I am glad GMC is on the Buccaneers. He is one of the leaders on defense and he wants to get better. Jameis, the leader on offense, wants to get better. Team mates better be ready to keep up. How can you not be excited about this team! Go Bucs!

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    drdneast

    For years I defended McCoy and cited Lee Roy Selmon as one of those players who didn’t have to be a mean SOB like Sapp to perform at a high level in the league.
    Unfortunately the NFL has changed since Selmon’s days and it takes a different type of cat to play in the trenches nowadays,
    McCoy has always been an enigma in that regards.
    He has stated it is the competition that ignites his fire, but in the fourth quarter you have to want to do more than just be better than the man in front of you, you have to want to physically dominate and beat the other team.een enough fig
    In short. there just hasn’t been enough nasty fight in this dog.
    Even when he gives a pregame pep talk it hardly fires up the team like his speech before the Cowboys game.
    Any halfwit could have turned that team into a howling lynch mob by talking about the media darling Cowboys and how they are the pretty boys of the NFL.
    Instead, McCoy talked about how much fun it was going to be to perform on TV.
    Give me a break.
    McCoy can be a Christian all he wants, but when the whistle blows he better snap out of it because the lions are on the other side of the line and they are just as hungry as he is.

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      Naplesfan

      Sapp was nasty and loud, sure, as a matter of style and personality. But Brooks wasn’t, not like Sapp. He ended up in the Hall of Fame too. Ronde Barber wasn’t nasty. Neither was Simeon Rice. Or John Lynch (he hit nasty, but his style was anything but).

      It doesn’t take a personality like Sapps to be an effective D-lineman. Most of the great ones, including guys like the late Reggie White, were gentlemen on and off the field, but effective in their performance.

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    scubog

    Gerald got some good advice. The great ones do seem to come through when it matters most. As Horse noted, Lee Roy would flip a switch as did Sapp, Brooks and others. But for me the one Buc player who always came through at crunch time was Ronde. It’s always Ronde.

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