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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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    Very good Fab 5 Scott. Seems like we’ve got depth at wide receiver & tight end; maybe we could do some swapping/trading and find another backup QB because so far Griffin has shown nothing for his time here?

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    Good fab five Scott. When it comes to the QBs, this coming class is average at best so I don’t see the bucs taking a qb earlier than the 2nd or 3rd round. The thing is , this will probably be the best defensive line class in decades and the Bucs will have a glaring need there as well. Mccoy will probably be gone, Will Gholston will probably be gone. Vinny Curry and JPP, might be gone. Then youre right back to an awful defensive line. Now I believe that kid from Oregon will be coming out this year, Ironic that I would mention a Qb from Oregon, but he was having a damn good year before getting injured. Just not a good year to be looking at QB’s.

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    Hank Scorpio

    “Grier was kicked out of Florida after he was suspended for PED usage”

    This isn’t accurate, Scott. Grier was never kicked out of Florida. McElwain did push him out the door in favor of walk-on Luke Del Rio though. One of the many dumb decisions he made that thankfully lead to his sudden firing.

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    While I applaud Scott for even mentioning the possibility the Jason Licht might not be the one to make the QB pick next year, the majority of your Fab 1 steadfastly presumes he does.

    As usual, I find this so interesting, Scott’s been so quick to appoint accountability to coaches, whether it be the first half of Greg Schiano’s 2nd year when Scott called for him to be fired, the first half of Lovie Smith’s 2nd year when Scott called for him to be fired (the Redskins game) or…the first half of Dirk Koetter’s 2nd year when Scott writing about Gruden replacing him.

    Yet despite the quick hook for the last three head coaches all early in year 2, Scott sees Licht’s signature number one overall pick of Jameis Winston result in a 3 game suspension after a lengthy NFL investigation and rather than assign any accountability to Jason at all for making the pick he sees a future where the 22-42 GM makes the NEXT selection of a QB as he would go into his 6th year as GM while likely missing the playoffs all 5 of his years on the job. If we agree that Jason was the engine behind selecting Winston in the first place, where, then is the accountability today?

    So I pulled up your Fab 5 when a commenter actually tried to spin the Jameis selection onto Lovie. This is what you wrote May 8 2015:

    To properly appreciate Tampa Bay’s 2015 draft class it’s best to fully understand how and why the Buccaneers got to the point where they had the first pick of the NFL Draft and what led the team to choose Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston instead of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and why the team was never considering trading down in the first round.

    I’m not going rehash the 14 losses of the 2014 season. Instead I’m going to take you inside the mind of Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, the man who had the full authority to make Winston a Buccaneer and this may be one of the most important SR’s Fab 5 columns that you read in some time.”

    Tampa Bay’s new quarterback, Jameis Winston, who was the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, started off as a Jason Licht pick. The Bucs general manager had been on his trail since his days in Arizona working for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians, scouting Winston as a redshirt freshman in 2013 while he was guiding Florida State to a national championship.

    Winston then became a Lovie Smith pick after the head coach joined the scouting process in January after the conclusion of the 2014 season. Smith saw Winston first hand in the Rose Bowl as he outperformed Oregon’s Marcus Mariota despite the end of his 26-game winning streak due to the Seminoles being routed by the Ducks.

    After meeting with ownership in March, Winston became a Glazer pick, and after his pro day and a private workout in April when the rest of the scouts and coaches had a chance to evaluate him, Winston became a Buccaneers pick.”


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      Quite true. It’s because SR really, really likes Licht and does not want to see him fired. Licht has been the GM that has run the team the closest to how SR would run it if he were the Bucs GM since at least I started coming to this site in the early 2000’s.

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        And the results are….22-42. Thanks for playing Scott! 😀



          Tough crowd.

          Personally, I agree with SR. I also think Licht is a good GM.

          The talent is on the roster. I like that Licht takes chances on (top) free agents to win now. I like that he makes bold moves in the draft to secure players he thinks gives the team the best chance to win now. Those moves aren’t always gonna produce for any GM or team, but I like the aggressive approach. The cap is in great shape, and once again, on paper, the Bucs look like a vastly improved team after key free agents and draft picks were acquired.



            “The talent is on the roster.” That’s the biggest misconception in Tampa. If the talent was on the roster one of the many coaches the Bucs have had over the past 10 years would have made the playoffs.

            Also, you listed 3 things you like. None of them were “winning”. I like the Bucs to win the Super Bowl. That and that alone guides all my posts.

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    I would keep an eye on Clemson QB Kelly Bryant this season.

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      I dont even think hell be starting by mid season with trevor Lawrence there. I’d be surprised if he was even drafted as a qb to be honest.

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    Not even preseason and here we are talking about the draft. Not my idea of fun.

    Typical Buc fan and reporting. Wonder why ??

    Go Bucs !!!

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    Thanks for all your excellent insight, Scott. I was hoping to hear that the Memphis QB did well in the OTAs. He had a great year statistically at Memphis and gave UCF a tough game at the end of the season. Hopefully he will show well in preseason and move up to second string behind Fritz. Glad to hear Licht is in our plans for the future! He redeemed himself with a great draft this year. Also Jameis will get the chance to prove himself on the field here after his suspension. Knowing he will be banned from football his next slip up with the NFL may well be the incentive for him to clean up his act off the field and be the great guy we have seen here since he was drafted as his personality from here on off the field and on. I just hope this latest low in his life does not doom his play like it did with our star golfer.

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    We now enter the final four weeks until Training Camp. Here’s hoping there are no off-field incidents.

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    The assumption at this point that there won’t be any major holes to fill in the 2019 draft. We made the same false assumption in 2018 baed on the belief by many that the Bucs would go to the playoffs, win 10-13 games, and that Winston would have a breakout season, with many predicting here amongst Bucs fans that he would even win MVP.

    Then instead, 5/11 happened.

    We cannot make any assumptions, period. Maybe all those new defensive linemen will pan out and the holes will be declared filled come January …. or maybe Licht and Koetter are fired and the new regime will insist on a conplete roster rebuild.

    Who knows? Certainly nobody knows where we’ll be a half year from now.

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      Glad you’re back Naples. Missed you.

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    Not that you do not deserve a week off….you do….but just a reminder that I have been addicted to SR’S Fab Five forever, and when it does not show up by 10am every Friday, life is not the same.

    In my “management” job, I never discuss a problem without also having a solution….assuming you agree. You have some awesome readers who post interesting comments. Maybe when you will miss a week, you pick a reader ahead of time and the reader takes a shot at the Fab Five….or maybe one reader per Fab.

    The easier fix is to have Mark or someone at PR write the article, or maybe an intern.

    Got to go.

    Go Bucs!!!

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