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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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    moose40

    Lacks McCown’s athletic ability, but before Glennon’s 19 yard run, the Bucs didn’t have a rush longer then that. I think I’m done with the “McCown has escapability” rumors. I saw Glennon with my own two eyes, get sacked just like McCown, and evade the rush, and gallop (if that’s what giraffes do) for 19 yards on one play. Guess what folks, Glennon isn’t a world beater, but he showed more athletic ability then McCown did.

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    player101

    “Glennon has a calm poise in the pocket that McCown doesn’t appear to have.”

    I completely agree with this Scott. Glennon just makes the O-Line look more effective. I am not sure if its the way he steps up or just a quicker read/react but something changed with the way the offense looked when Glennon came in.

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    buclover1988

    Can we just draft a whole new team?

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    tjhuth

    Here are my observations of last night’s debacle.
    First, either Atlanta has the fastest players in the league or the BUCs have the slowest. The BUCs are running tentatively — in all positions like they are stuck in molasses.
    Second, Glennon’s drop back is much faster and further than McCown’s. This gives him more time to look for his receivers.
    Third, we don’t have any mean, nasty players on our team. They are all politically correct and my grandmother would approve of them marrying her granddaughter. that is NOT what I want to see on the football field. I want someone NASTY who will hold his teammates accountable. I vote for Incognito. Maybe he can light a fire under some of these players.
    Last, the defensive backfield is a joke. On many occasions I saw players just stop and look confused about whether or not they were in the right position. One of the early touchdowns proves my point. Atlanta’s receiver pushed off a BUC defender and moved to the back of the endzone and caught the touchdown. The defender just STOPPED, like he was playing zone coverage — but there wasn’t anyone even remotely close to him. At some point you need to recognize that and continue with your man.
    What bothers me the most in all of this is that the players don’t seem to care.

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    mattym3

    All I cried about all off season was Revis leaving. Thank you for someone finally noticing how big a difference that one move made (cost us). Everything else is what it is (and it sucks), but I think every problem began there. Revis took away half a field. Banks & the safeties can handle half a field!

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    Garv

    STAY THE COURSE! Bucs are built to win this year!
    Major FAIL guys and it’s time to admit it. Start rebuilding asap and FIRE Lovie. It’s not 1997 anymore.
    Garv in Connecticut where the Bucs are a laughing stock. Having to agree.

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    [email protected]

    No easy answers or quick fixes here. The talent is thin – we’ve looked the same in the first three games as we did in preseason – just awful. Really not sure where we go from here. And BTW – Glennon is not even close to the answer. No QB, No O-line, No secondary, a banged up D-line, and special teams that look like they should be playing on Friday nights instead of Sundays. Gonna be a long season!

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    JayBuc52

    Ugly uniforms, ugly season.

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    rocketglass

    I said it before we hire Schiano and said it again before we hired Lovie. We should be running a 3-4 defense. The best defenses in the league are playing a 3-4 and our talent is suited better for that defense. Look at what the change has done for the Saints. Lovie was a terrible hire. we wasted a first round pick on the Revis thing and now we are screwed because Lovie won’t be fired for at least two season.

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      The_Rogue

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

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      OUT

      I disagree. The Seahawks and Panthers have two of the best defenses in the league and they both run a 4-3. The Saints are near the bottom of the league so far in D and haven’t been able to get stops. His particular 3-4 scheme is not sound at all. Either scheme can work, it’s the talent and nuances that make the difference.

      Please explain who the 0 Tech is if the Bucs go to a 3-4 and which 4 linebackers are going to play.

      SR nailed it. The Tampa 2 doesn’t work any longer, not against today’s NFL passing game. The scheme is outdated.

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    Buctebow

    “What do you think about your team’s execution?” McKay responded, “I’m all for it!” “Can’t stop a pass, or a run…otherwise we’re in great shape.” “Well, we didn’t block, but we made up for it by not tackling.” “Three or four plane crashes and we’re in the playoffs.”
    John McKay

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      Buctebow

      More like 10 or twelve plane crashes this year!

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    jshumaker

    Can you imagine how empty the stadium is going to be for this entire year if they don’t at least show there is some future to look forward to. Right now, I can’t see this team making a playoff run until the entire roster and coaching staff is cleared out

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    Buctebow

    I am going to have a whisky tonight and forget about it.

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    arizonajoe

    Wow, we just got whipped 56-14. Good thing, it only counts as one loss. I am still happier than during Schiano’s reign. Lovie will get things going. Give em more than 3 games.

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    EastEndBoy

    Dear Lovie, What a mess. I have been a Buc supporter since the very start – yes even before you came around here the first time. I have seen dismal performances by the Bucs, and sadly your team last night was as bad as any of the Yuccaneers. It’s hard to imagine that the players on our team are actually that much worse than the players on every other team (or at least the 3 we’ve played so far)…so what is it? Why is it that our Dline cannot reach a QB, while every other Dline rolls over top of us to get to our QB? Why does our secondary seem to watch WRs and TEs catch balls, while other teams’ secondaries make interceptions? Why do we give the ball away like a hot potato but can’t take it away from a baby? There is a reason – I have heard lots of excuses so far, but it’s your job to find the reason. In my humble opinion, having watched nearly every Buc game for going on 39 years, the only time we have ever been relevant was when we had a reasonable QB for a brief stint. All of the other seasons we had varying degrees of talent at various positions – we have that varying talent now too (so we should be fine there)….but our QB position can only be described as “the worst in the whole league”. Sure, you’ll put Glennon in next – and maybe he’ll look like Joe Montana relative to McCown – but he’s not Joe Montana…he’s a backup, a good backup but a backup…better than the guy you have starting (but so is my grandma). So all of this to say, Lovie – it isn’t about the Tampa 2 (play what you want), we will never be relevant until we get an actual, proper, big league QB…just ask your friends in Green Bay or New Orleans or Atlanta or Indianapolis (and so on) how they make a bunch of average NFL players into a contender every year….it’s the QB!

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    knight

    Born & raised in Tampa, always been a Buc fan. Worn a bag on my head as a kid w/ dad during the “hey, hey Tampa Bay you know how to shine dark days”, and cried w/ joy during the super bowl…this might be the worst game I’ve seen them play. I say that only because the other bad losses we knew the team stunk. We ate the propaganda pie this year.

    PR-PLEASE save the “most Impressive” article this week, anything would be a reach!

    All that said, Go Bucs

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    chuckbville

    I was a season ticket holder and we lost 26 straight games, and I wore my Buc’s gear proudly. I just put it in the closet.
    We have a QB that completed 71% of his passes. One change made. We can not play Tampa 2 with the personnel we have. Make the next change. God, it is a rainy day, make the change and bring sunshine back to Tampa.

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    macabee

    I just watched the Lovie Smith press conference and I gotta give it to the man, he is cool under fire. Never blinked, owned the fiasco, and called it a “scar” that he will remember. His resolve kinda reminds me of the boxer, Jack Johnson, from the old bare knuckle days. I trust Lovie and think he deserves time to fix the monstrosity we saw last night.

    Now if that had been me, I would have come out dressed as the unknown comic from the old Chuck Barris Gong Show. With the infamous bag over my head and responded “What game? Oh, that game!Uhh… What had happened wuz…. #Total embarrassment!

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    niko521

    #1 the Bucs did lose by 42 in 1976 at Pittsburgh. #2 Tampa two needs the right players. No one says west coast offense is old, everyone knows how to defend it …. Lovie didn’t have game pass him by in 1 year. He has to get this team to play better

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    pinkstob

    Nice job SR, you said it all. I disagree about Rainey and still think Martin should start but who cares who is right about that when they’re both hurting the team, just in different ways. I will say I am ready to move back to Glennon. I think they both stink now, but McCown’s fearful body language and inaccurate throws were new and tip thy he scales in Glennon’s favor. As for the team as a whole I still love our draft class from this year. Unfortunately last night was the ultimate result of quantity over quality (Revis for other players), character over talent (we know the names), poor drafting and a biblically awful curse when it comes to injuries since 2003.

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    The_Rogue

    I am so fed up with NFL football coaches and their marriages to certain philosophies be it offense or defense. I have yet to see this staff try to compensate for our lack of pass protection by calling bootlegs or moving the QB outside the pocket. He have not seen any manner of adjustments made to tailor the game plan to our personnel. As for our defense,same goes. We simply lack the players to effectively employ the cover 2, not to mention that in today’s NFL it is simply outdated. Week after week it’s just more of the same, asking players to do the impossible with the same futile results. Like putting a square peg in a round hole. The NE Patriots are a shining example of what it takes to be successful at coaching today in the NFL. They have no “pedigree” they will adjust their style of play and schemes from weak to weak putting the players in the best possible position to have success and/or to exploit their opponent.

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    buddah

    Whew, things really look bad–even for a franchise that perpetually looks bad.

    But we historians know there is hope. In 1989, Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers opened the season with a 51-0 loss at home and followed that up by losing 41-10 on the road. They finished 9-7 and made the playoffs. No hope of that here, but I’m still think that this team has enough talent to eke out a few wins.

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    Horse

    Same speech for; poor drafting the last few years has shown what happens. I was wrong about McCoy and Barron. One was a bust; i just stated the wrong one. I am trading Martin, Barron, Stocker; heck anybody for draft picks. Only McCoy and David are safe.

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      macabee

      Horse, the more I think about it, I’m starting to believe you may be right to start trading players that probably aren’t going to make it here any way.

      Vincent Jackson is dropping to many passes to keep an 11mil salary. Same for Goldson. Currently he is not earning a 9mil salary.

      Some of these guys can’t be traded because their salaries are prohibitive. Logan Mankins will get a hard look this year too. Too much money to get the kind of return we’re seeing.

      We are not going to recognize this team next year.

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    fredster

    Good article and it’s a depressing situation. I really believed Smith would be good after his Break and we had enough talent to win 8-10 games if we stayed healthy. Nobody has a crystal ball but if I was owner of this team I would have a very uneasy feeling about hiring Lovie. Shiano did better with less talented players and rookie QB. I don’t want to hear about be patient or he needs time. Win now was what was being touted after his hire. Bucs fans have waited too long for a decent team. Sadly we will have to endure at least two years of Lovie now. I don’t know how anyone can say after that shameful game he is a good coach or have much hope. This had been 3 pathetic games and his hand picked QB is a disaster.

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    jshumaker

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2014/week/4

    Who in their right mind actually believes there is any team worse than the Bucs right now? That was an ass whipping that goes down as the worst in Bucs history, which is saying quite a lot. Damn it I want the cellar of the power rankings and anything more than that is insulting

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    DrT1066

    81-63 in 9 years. Hummmm – averages 9-7 record. Not top tier.
    Yes, Horse. Mark Dominic = BAD. Picks =. Years of misery for Bucs’ fans = 🙁

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    inspecto

    not one person said that we are in new offense with no OC. everyone was right about the defense , what defense? I’ve been a rabid fan since 76 and this game was the first time I turned it off or left the stadium at halftime. I just couldn’t bear it anymore. Things seeme so promising 5 months ago. Now it’s all turned to sh33t.
    Go Bucs!

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