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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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    I remember the 49ers/Bucs game. I believe that game ended the 49ers’ dynasty and the Bucs began their ascension.
    Stephen A. Smith loves to hear himself talk. Why would he let facts get in the way?
    Respect will come when they start winning. With Jameis as the franchise QB we all have been waiting for, I believe it will happen soon, if not this season. He’s a winner, a leader, and a competitor. The Bucs will go as far as he will lead them. What’s great is his team mates want to follow him! Go Bucs!!!

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      Well Buc fans and labucfan-Tampa bay has never gotten any respect even after winning the Super Bowl vs Oakland. Until Tampa gets back to several Playoffs games. Tampa has to be consisted. I believe That this coaches change was the best for the Buc Nation and all the bucs followers. Iam Age 70 &1/2 yrs old I WANT TO SEE A CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN BE FORE i LEAVE THIS EARTH. glh go bucs

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    I’m not surprised at what the national media has written and said about the Bucs given our talent level versus the schedule that we’re up against in 2016. I fired myself from making predictions in the offseason on what the Bucs final record will be after I said they would go 11-5 in 2011 after going 10-5 in 2010 and they went on to go 4-12, but 4 or 5 wins this year was the number I had rolling around in my head before I read that on ProFootballFocus a week or two ago. If it makes you feel any better that’s the same record they predicted for the Saints even though they’ve improved also. Like I said before, winning comes down to talent and preparation and reading stories like this won’t help the Bucs’ talent level, but it may motivate them to prepare harder. Hopefully that leads to more that 5 wins.

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    Scott- Same here buddy I brought my son to a few games and had him meet players outside stadium walking to the player parking lot etc he had Bucs Jerseys, pennants and a bed cover for his bed. After so many losing seasons and watching the likes of Byron Leftwich, Josh McCown and Josh Freeman lead this team to sub par seasons he jumped ship to the Cardinals his hometown team anyway so I can’t be to mad ha. I was at the Niners Game as well and remember thinking great I get to see the Niners take it to the Bucs again I person after yrs of watching Montana shred our defense I thought the same for Young and the Ninners it was a great day and I went down to the exit for the players after the game and Derrick Brooks was standing there literally talking with another fan and my friend said “do you want to try and get a picture with him”? I said “naw its ok I’m waiting for Dilfer” Yeah, that bothers me still today. That’s like passing up on Lavonte David for a chance at Stocker ok Dilfer wasn’t that bad but bad enough

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      Gru, would you get Stocker’s autograph for me?

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        I have to get one for Mark Cook and Drdneast too, ha They love their mediocre players in Tampa always have always will

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    Stephen Smith is crap. Who cares what he says. You are correct about winning though Scott. You gotta walk the walk first!! You win and people start to figure out who you are. I have no idea if we are better then last year but as a Buc’s fan I am as usual all in. Go Buc’s.

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    Kids inherit a sense of hometown pride from their parents win or lose its about your hometown and pride.

    Well that’s how it is for me and my family

    Sucks the Bay Area is a bandwagon kind of town

    Go Bucs

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    With the schedule this year, a winning season may be a long shot. Regardless, I think we will gain some respect this year with Jameis showing improvement and the defense stepping it up.

    If it makes everyone feel any better, I was born and raised clear across the country in Hawaii but myself and my 2 kids are still die hard Bucs fans lol. Pretty good considering the high level of bandwagon jumpers here.

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    We’ve earned the disrespect, but that should change over time. People underestimate the impact of leadership and coaching; if players on one team don’t believe and the team they are playing does, the intensity level and willingness to dig deep makes a huge difference. This could be a similar year to the start of the turnaround under Dungy; I don’t know much about next year’s schedule but if we get some momentum this year, the following year could really be exciting.
    I’ve been saying ASJ was in danger of adding a “B” to his initials for some time, just as I’ve said Evans needs to do a better job concentrating/catching or both, and that GMC simply hasn’t played up to his draft status and contracts, that McClown was a joke and Freeman worthless etc but am usually harangued for doing so (until it becomes obvious later). I hope ASJb can get it together, seems to have the physical talents, but if not then it’s his loss, this franchise is about to turn the corner with or without him.

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      What does the “B” stand for? I’m lost.

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    Time for action, not words. Go Bucs!

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    Thanks PR for that snippet of the Bucs Fins game. Forgot how fun WD40 were to watch. maybe Vitale and Martin can get some of that old magic back. Watching Dilfer play you’d of thought that he was the greatest. Good to go back in time for awhile. Hope ASJ gets his s**t together, time to grow up kid.

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      Yea man, that was a blast to watch. I miss some of those guys so damn much. I had more fun watching that than I have watching us play a game live in years, lol. That was definitely an unusually awesome Dilfer game, lol. He looked awesome.

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    I understand wanting to cheer for a winner but don’t really understand not cheering for your hometown team….. I imagine for young kids, their favorite team will change, especially if they remain in the area they grew up. I am from Canada and started to get into the NFL around 2001… Obviously the Buccaneers were great and I started rooting for them… But once I did that I stayed with them. If I was from Minnesota, I would be a Viking fan. Outrageous, that people from Florida don’t cheer for the Bucs or Jags. I know it happens all over the place but if your home team sucks when you are 10 so you choose someone else and then home town team wins it all when you are 40… You gotta feel like a bit of a dick head or you have no choice but to be a bandwagon jumper.

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      From Pennsylvania and me and my brother started likeing the Bucs when they started grabbing FSU and Miami players. Have been “on Board” ever since and won’t leave now, especially with Jameis in the house.

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        @cgmaster, your post forces me to ask – with you being from Pennsylvania, why did the Bucs taking UM and FSU players make you want to cheer for them? There doesn’t seem to be a natural connection between your origins and those college teams either.

        Not giving you crap, just honestly asking.



          Yeah I guess I didn’t explain that connection very well. Our grandmother is from Florida, so when she’d come to visit, we’d always watch one of the Florida teams playing. I’m a big Noles fan and my brother a miami fan. I got the better end of that deal, Haha. But then Tampa started getting those key players from those schools so we just gravitated towards the bucs.

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    Stephen Smith is what is wrong with affirmative action.
    Wasn’t it Stephen Smith who tired to whip up all the media frenzy about Peyton Manning’s college prank after Cam Newton was justifiably slammed in the media for the way he sulked after the Super Bowl.
    It’s easy for national writers to say coaches or players should be given second or third chances when it’s not costing them any money to witness the losing.
    As for jongudens desire to get a picture with Dilfer more than Brooks, I can only say his judgement and observations were as bad then as they are now.
    Somethings never change.

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    Well as posters above had stated, winning changes everything. The other thing these bucs teams had in common with losing in the NFL was no QB. We have that now and we can only go up from here.
    Love the interviews with Sapp and as I’ve said he’s a dick off of the filed, but on the field, he was exactly what this franchise needed.
    Him talking to Derrick about the losses we had brought up a good point too for me. Picking players from winning colleges matters. These guys get used to winning and will not except losing.
    As for Stephen A. Smith, he’s a racist asshole anyways , so who cares what he thinks? If he thinks Lovie was fired because of his skin, he clearly didn’t see how terrible of a coach he really was.
    The disrespect in the media was at an all time worst last year when Gurley , how had 1 100 yard game in his final 8 managed to beat Jameis out for rookie of the year. What a joke. Jameis and Sapp could easily get along as their personalities on the field are very similar. Luckily Jameis is a much better person off of it.
    As for ASJ, I have no idea why he wouldn’t know the offense, it’s pretty much exactly the same as last year. And I saw some of his tweets after, what a tool.

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    Another good FAB5. Especially for this time of year.
    Character concerns are not just about whether a person got into trouble or did stupid things while in college. I did not see a lot of negatives written or said about ASJ when he was drafted. If ASJ becomes a bust it will really be too bad. He has shown flashes that he could become “the TE the Bucs have never had”. We as fans are limited to what we can glean from various sources including what other’s are asserting about this or that player.
    I will be disappointed (based on the talent I see, not my “great” football knowledge) if we don’t achieve at least 8 and 8 this year. I am really hoping for much, much more this year! I am in harmony with the sentiments expressed overall in this edition of Fab5.
    Go Bucs!

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      “The tight end we’ve never had”????

      I guess the name “Jimmie Giles” somehow doesn’t mean much to you?

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    P.S. If what some of you are saying about Stephen Smith turns out to be true in the longer run (or even in a shorter term), he too will become a bust in his career.
    Go Bucs!

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    Always fun to take a trip down memory lane and watch the Bucs highlights as they shocked the world by destroying San Fran and became 5-0 on Sunday Night Football against Jimmy Johnson’s Dolphins. The only highlight missing is the playoff win vs. Detroit and Barry Sanders that year!

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    Right on the money, Scott! Loved and fully agree with your analysis. A key to the Buc’s succeeding is to utilize Florida talent from winning programs. It is where Warren Sapp, Brooks, and Warrick Dunn all came from. With our present team it is where Winston, Hargraves, and Westbrook all came from. Then you add in players from winning teams like Evans, McCoy, our MLB from LSU, Spence and Spencer from Ohio State, Smith from Penn State, Humphries from Clemson, and David from Nebraska. Very good points, Scott! It is also where our leadership comes from on the Bucs.

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    Great work Scott. Kids want to do something because it is fun or maybe because their friends are into it. It’s certainly been no fun going to the games in recent years being surrounded by opponents fans who more likely live here and losing. But as you said, that can all change as it did in 1979 with our Worst to First season and again in 1997.

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    Bad parenting causes hometown kids to grow up as fans of other teams.
    Just kidding.
    Still, I wonder how many Brownie fans would put up with that.
    When you allow your children to make a front running team their favorite team just because they are in first, you aren’t teaching your kids much about loyalty.
    My daughters asked me why I kept supporting the Bucs because they lost so much when they were growing up.
    I explained to them the concept of loyalty and always backing someone no matter how bad they performed sometimes.
    I explained to them how this transferred to the rest of the parts of their life as well.
    Are you going to leave your husband because he gets fat or loses his job?
    If you never know how bad it feels to be down and losing, you never understand and appreciate how good it really feels when you are up and winning.
    It’s a cliché but like most clichés, it is a true one. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

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      The other day my 9 year old daughter comes in the house and asks me “Dad, why do you like the Bucs? My friend said they suck.”

      “Oh yeah? And who’s your friend’s favorite team?”


      I had nothing more to say at that point lol…I was proud though when my daughter replied “that’s ok Dad, I still love the Bucs too even if they’re not the best team”

      “They will be soon,” I said

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        Tell her to ask the friend why they ran the worst play in the history of the game in the Super Bowl.

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      Here’s another saying when one chooses the winner as his team…..after the fact. “The sun doesn’t shine on one dog’s ass forever.” Captain Fear and Rodney Dangerfield have something in common, “It ain’t easy being me”

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    SR, thanks for calling out the Bucs. Sapp and Brooks called out the Bucco Bruce Yucs and began to turn around this team. Someone needs to call out this current roster and make them understand the influence they have over the psyche of this community. We love the Lightning and cheer for the Rays, but nothing lights a fire in the Bay area more than when the Bucs are winning. Hopefully Winston, who is developing into their vocal leader will put this team on his shoulders and call them out. His work ethic and enthusiasm are already having an effect. Next McCoy needs to get pissed off enough to rally the defense to play up to their potential.

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      Agreed, the combination of Winston/Koetter made a HUGE impact on the offense last year. Hoping for similar change on defense under Smith. I believe Kwon is becoming our vocal leader on defense as it’s not GMC’s style. Hopefully he will lead by example this year and hit those double digits

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    Them 1997 clips got me fired up Scott. Weird to hear a full Bucs stadium so load for the Bucs. I do believe we added a lot of key pieces last year, Koetter, Winston, K Alexander, Licht’s first draft with his staff and depth (and great pieces in 2014). This year it looks like a lot more of the same with another possible solid draft and coach’s like M Smith, J Hayes, T Monken. second year in Koetter’s Offense and getting rid of L Smith and replacing with a real Defense. The players really seem to be buying in and we have much more talent all over the team. I do believe this will be a season where the world realizes the Bucs are on there way. I can see us getting into the playoffs or just barely missing but I do believe we are on our way for a decade or more of winning records, playoffs & SB wins. GO BUCS!!!

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    ASJ has just got to mature a little more. I think the worst thing we could do is let him go, than he’ll mature for another team. Not all players have the same background growing up or mature at the same rate, he’ll be fine soon. He will be a beast in this league, I don’t want to see him kicking our butts every time we play new England. 🙂

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    Were those both horse collar tackles?

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