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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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    artpac

    Other than Murphy….no one on offense deserves praise….they gave this one away, and Jackson can’t fumble in that situation.

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    Horse

    Not bad Scott.

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    KINDERRT

    The ref’s called the fumble on Jackson after a review which was very questionable. You can’t blame the loss on one play but that one really hurt. Need to ” suck for the Duck” the rest of the year so we can get a REAL QB.

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    owlykat

    All three comments below we’re right on and good article PR. I think McDonald is an impressive backup at Safety, but Tandy needs to be the starter in place of Golston who was unimpressive for a well paid all pro.

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      owlykat

      were not we’re

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    scubog

    With Chicago’s “Twin Towers” being held in check I think Banks and Verner deserve some recognition here.

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    scubog

    That’s a good one Kinderrt. How about, “In the hole for the ‘Nole”?

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    KINDERRT

    scubog…Would love to get Winston but I don’t think this town and the G boys will be on board with that pick.

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      macabee

      KINDERRT,

      I would also take Winston! Do not let the off-field shenanigans color your opinion of Winston any more than they did with Farve or Broadway Joe or Rothelisberger. These flawed but superior talents had something called “It”, and Winston has “It” in spades. Many of you think that his having to come from behind is a knock on his ability. No! The scouts see an accurate, poised, and unrattled winner that wins under duress with a lesser team than he had last year – yet he stills wins – matter of fact, never lost a college game!

      Coaches can do more than Xs and Os. They also help young men become grown men. His upside is worth the investment!

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        stlbucsfan

        Winston is everything this team lacks on offense. He’s confident, poised, clutch and a leader. If we could add that element with the hunger the young guys have on offense, they could grow into a very special unit. Also dont rule out an RGIII or Sam Bradford type of player if we elect to address the trenches. But Winston is definitely my choice.

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        Dbuc63

        I’ll bet anyone of you that he is not a starting QB in the NFL after 4 years.

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      EastEndBoy

      I would welcome Mariota, Winston, or even Winston Mariota at this point…the bar is very low for a QB upgrade in Tampa Bay right now….

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    macabee

    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright said that “Form follows function”. If that principle can be applied to the Bucs, It’s more than just selecting a talented QB in the 2015 draft. It is what the offensive philosophy is going to be for the Bucs – traditional Pats/Broncos type of offense or the increasingly popular up tempo 49er/Seahawk offense that employs a highly mobile QB. That decision will be made and an OC hired long before a QB is selected because the whole offensive organization has to be built around that philosophy.

    If the Bucs have decided that they are going the Seattle route, Then Marcus Mariota is undoubtedly the best QB on the board. He has thrived in a spread type, read option offense, and if the Bucs intend to draft him, they should get the whole package. Hire Scott Frost from the University of Oregon as OC. Make the move transparent with the QB, the OC, and the offense. Lessen the timeline to put your franchise QB on the field. The worst thing we could do is try to remake Mariota, who some would call a system QB, in a new system as the Bucs attempted to do with Freeman after the 2010 season. Frost is a Chip Kelly protégé and is even a former Buc under Jon Gruden.

    If the Bucs decide on a more traditional offense, they should hope the rumors are true that Marc Trestman may be out as HC in Chicago. If the Bucs are going to run a traditional offense with an accurate pocket passer, then Winston is the guy and Trestman should not stop until he gets to Tampa as the next Buc OC. The man is a virtual QB Whisperer (bratty Jay Cutler is beyond help). Especially if McCown is going to be the back-up QB, the pieces immediately fall into place.

    The Bucs will pick the right QB for their system if they pick one at all. But they will pick the system and the OC first before any QB is drafted. If they pick Mariota, they will get a good one. And if they pick Winston, I will not be bothered one bit about the non-football stuff believing that they picked a QB that has “It”. And “It” is all that matters to me.

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      Dbuc63

      Respectfully disagree mac. BPA is the way to go and if you look back at the most consistent and successful teams in the past decade they are drafting as such…BPA and that is NOT a QB if we pick in the top 5..NO WAY.

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    nmkinley

    Agreed with the sentiments above. Next year’s QB is not on the current roster, and continuing to find ways to lose this year will only give us more power to select who we want. Go Bucs…?

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