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Legendary sports columnist Gary Shelton returns to PewterReport.com for his second season of providing post-game commentary on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers like no one else can. No one has won more sports writing awards than Shelton, who has covered Tampa Bay area sports for decades with his unique brand of humor and insight. Bucs fans can Shelton daily on GarySheltonSports.com and follow him on Twitter at @Gary_Shelton

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    Gary has it right.

    With the caveat here that it’s still early, only one quarter of the way through a 16 game season, what is most disappointing isn’t necessarily the W-L record. Despite the rah rah at the beginning of every new season and annual predictions of “we’re going to the playoffs this year!”, I think most knowledgeable Bucs fans, looking at the schedule, penciled in at 1-3 in the first quarter .. thinking we’d probably lose at ATL and beat LA at home … so we flipped that, still at 1-3. No, the problem is that in our three losses, we looked simply over-matched by the opponent, especially on our defense. Offense has been flipping from hot to cold to hot to cold.

    What I wanted to see was the Bucs in every game through the final whistle, playing good defense, and good offense, making progress, and showing consistency from week to week. Even if it still produced the same 1-3 record to date.

    But that is not what we’ve been seeing. We’re all over the map on the offense – you define quality and reproducibility of results – and the defense is just not getting it done. Well, you may say they gave up “only” 27 points yesterday, but that was with two quarterbacks with a total of 4 NFL starts between them … one had a passer rating of 141.7 and the other had a PR of 94.1 yesterday!

    I remember well the good old days of Bucs defenses when we made even the star quarterbacks of the league have off days when they played the Bucs. Now we make the rookies and backups look like stars.

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    Well if one had listened to Winstons Press Conference he was asked that question about Sims trying to lateral to him and he said he never said a word and thought the play had already been stopped by the refrees.

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    In fairness to Sims – and with a heavy but honest heart – I’m not sure that play was even top-10 ugliest in our storied history.

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      Btw, my vote would probably be for that falling down (over his own feet), on an otherwise seemingly positive drive, baffling under-arm, tumbling, inexplicable throw/toss, directly into the arms of an awestruck defensive lineman, interception by our supposedly prized free agent QB Josh Mclown.

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        But there really are a pirate’s bounty of riches to choose from in looking at ugly plays….

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