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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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    How depressing is this season already? Vjax, McCoy, Martin, Jenkins, Johnson,Clayborn,McCown,Mankins, all injured in some way by week 3. Were 0-3 and we’re not even out of the first month of the season and already it is over. All the preseason hype during the draft and OTA’s and getting a new coach and a new scheme and it all turned out to be the same old bucs. A mirror of the 2013 season so far, possibly even more of a let down because expectations weren’t this high for Schiano. I’ll still watch every second of every game and follow all the way until the last whistle but damn is this getting old playing for nothing already in the first month. I need a more competitive product put on the field, I need a playoff team back in Tampa its getting harder and harder to support something whole-heartedly when it consistently lets you down time and time again. Sorry for the depressing post bucs fans but it’s just how I’m feeling and I’m sure that I am not alone.

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    I think this was an outstanding Fab 5. Full great data, quotes and interesting topics. Fab 1: As I’ve said before, my overall grades on Martin and Rainey are so close that I don’t think it’s worth debating at this point who should start. Go with the hot hand and bench whoever fumbles for a significant portion of the game. Fab 2: Way back when we had Geno at WLB and I was searching the college ranks for a replacement I watched a Michigan State game because they were supposed to have a good WLB. I was unimpressed with who they had but came away very impressed with their QB (Collins), RB (Bell) and CB (Dennard). I followed all three ever since and I am not the least bit surprised at how well Bell is doing. As for Blount, we all know about him. He averaged 5.0 yds/carry in 2010 and 4.2 yds/carry in 2011 for us so who is really surprised to see him considered a monster now? He’s gonna kill us. Fab 3: Again, where is the exorcist I requested for One Buc? Fab 4: I’d try anything or anybody at this point (see my response to Fab 3). Fab 5: No need to apologize SR. It’s tough to gauge the Off vs. the Def without pads. The most mind blowing thing to me this season is why the defensive starters looked so good in preseason and so bad now? The defense wasn’t just productive in preseason, they were good in two areas that should have translated to the Carolina game: they were fast to the ball and they tackled well. There were no holes wherever the QB threw the ball in preseason. If a receiver caught the ball there was a defender waiting right there for him. Now there’s holes everywhere and the tackling has been hit or miss. I am glad Goldson made the right adjustments this offseason. It had not gone unnoticed with me.

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    Very good Fab 5. I am up beat about what is changing at OBP despite the injuries and losing the Offensive Coordinator. Lets give Arroyo a chance. We can always change offensive scheme next year as we are use to changes aren’t we. I like Scott’s prediction for the game. Go Bucs.

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    I agree with Fab 5 on Rainey. He has “it” like bobby Bowden used to say about players. I just wish he was heavier but I wouldn’t trade size for ”it”. I just wish we had a QB with “it”. I don’t think Glennon has “it”. He may do well with great offensive players around him but even though he is playing better than last year he does not look as good as Austin Davis 3rd string when he beat us now 2nd string. The only really “it” we have ever had is Steve Young and we gave him away because the Bucs front office has always been incompetent.

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      ABN, Glennon has “it”, but “it” starts with “sh”

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    Rainey may have “it” but when “it” includes frequent fumbling and at key times I am NOT impressed. Same goes for McCown and his INT’s.
    Bell and Blount. Dumb and dumber. We all know what a genius Blount is and wasn’t Bell the idiot who actually asked the cop who busted them for pot possession and driving under the influence, “I didn’t know you could get a DWI for driving STONED?” But here they are playing as if nothing happened.
    I’ll be “upbeat” when something positive happens Scott. Like winning a home game or two and finding a QB! THAT matters to me.

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    Scott, I dont get all this hating on Martin. As far as im concerned when healthy, Martin is the better back. Just give him a threat at QB to take the 7 or 8 men out of the box and he will be back to the 2012 form. Seems everybody forgot just how good he was in 2012. PRO BOWL, almost 2000 combined yards,much better track record than Rainey ever had!!!!!!!

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    Good arricle. Injuries aside in still puzzled how bad this team is in all 3 phases of the game. Steelers look pretty good I expect another beat down but probably not quite as bad as Atlanta. Hope they shock me and play well but my 9 or 10 win expectations went to I just wonder if they can win a game period. Looking at rest of our schedule I don’t see one team playing as bad as bucs are.

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    Good article. I am concerned that Doug Martin has really lost a step faience his injury. Granted the O-line is a work in progress, but I can see a vast difference in his explosiveness since 2012. Smog looks like a project converting him to a 4-3.

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    I don’t get this Martin vs Rainey argument like it is some “more taste vs less filling” debate. Neither has been causing defensive coordinators to lose sleep trying to devise ways to stop a 3 yard run. There was a reason the team drafted Charles Sims. There was a reason Doug Martin was a high draft choice who immediately showed his worthiness. There also was a reason Rainey was on the street. The problem for me is the mystery surrounding the seeming decline in production from Doug Martin when he was healthy. Now that he is set to return I suspect there will be some rust to shake off. I like Bobby Rainey but I don’t think he’s regarded as an elite back by any stretch. We don’t have a problem at running back that having a QB worthy of a starting gig wouldn’t solve.

    Not sure what the “sources” were watching with how our mighty offense was being defended. But from Scubog’s perch at 23 rows up, there was typically one safety back and everyone else near the line of scrimmage on early downs vs Carolina and St. Louis.Of course that’s the limited time our offense actually had the ball.

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      Mr. Incredible

      Less Filling vs Tastes Great should read Fat & Slow vs. a crap sandwich. I have a BAD feeling about this next game.

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    With Sims out, and James looking pathetic why have’nt the Bucs signed any running backs to the practice squad? Doug’s banged up, Rainey’s having fumbling problems, James isn’t playing well, yet we’re staying pat. I’d have cut James already, there has to be someone out there who can gain more then one yard per carry.

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    Running backs fare well when defenses fear a QB downfield. Feel free to infer from my truism whatever you wish!

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    True true Mac, it goes hand, and hand. That being said, Rainey’s been fumbling, Martin’s been hurt, and James has no burst since his injuries. As a G.M., I’d have added someone to the P.S.. Remember too, a great back, can take pressure off a Q.B. by bringing the safeties up. Right now our backs are going nowhere with both safeties playing deep.

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