News Channel 8 Sports’ Gabrielle Shirley spoke to Scott Reynolds with about the trials and the tribulations of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entering Week 9.

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  1. Excellent Scott. You answered the question about the QB situation like a pro. Our concern now is on the defensive side of the ball. Can we stop the run and can we get to the QB? And will our Secondary finally get an interception? at the halfway point, one is simply not cutting it.

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  2. I really wish our only concern was the defensive side of the ball. Yeah it’s worse than the offense, but not much IMO lately. Catanzaro sucks for one. Pencil him in misses extra point and or a FG every game leaving precious points on the board and leaving us chasing points. Two we have no run game and cannot protect any lead we get. Also there is no play action or run threat thus they know we are throwing and tee off on QB. 3 there has been too much pressure on QB and imo it won’t matter who the qb is unless something drastically changes. Evans and Benenoch have both been atrocious at RG. I expect Fitz to make some good throws and throw for 300-400 yards but against good Panthers D on the road I fully expect 3-4 turnovers and bad game overall by him similar to Steelers and Bears.

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  3. Scott Reynolds, you’re spot on about the Bucs’ offense being a machine into which we can plug and play a quarterback. With the weapons available on the Bucs’ offense, what the team needs is a quarterback that is an accurate passer, doesn’t make mistakes, e.g. no interceptions, throws the ball away when indicated, and permits the array of weapons available to do the heavy lifting of getting first downs, scoring touchdowns, and winning games. Basically, the Bucs need a latter day Brad Johnson, who did wonders in 2002, despite having about one-quarter of the weapons available to today’s Bucs quarterbacks.

    Looking to the future, Jameis Winston needs to go, if for no other reason than the $20 million payout due him is a liability to the team because it will eat into the available salary cap to resign other more reliable players, e.g. Donovan Smith, Kwon Alexander, Adam Humphries and others. Whether Winston can ever become a true franchise quarterback is, at the present time, unanswerable and I wish him well. The reality, however, is the Bucs have the core of what can become an outstanding team and it’s not worth blowing that up for one uncertain player, Winston.

    In addition, head coach Dirk Koetter needs to figure out how to get Ryan Griffen some regular season opportunities, if for no other reason than to get the measure of his ability in action that counts. Griffin’s performance this past preseason makes him appear to be just the sort of quarterback described above, but the Bucs need to see how he performs when it counts.

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