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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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    Some good analysis in there Scott.

    1 for 6 with the game on the line is not what we want from our QB, but we didn’t lose because of him…we could have won because of him, but we didn’t lose because of him.

    I’ve been writing all week about how I believe our talent is as good as any team’s, but for some reason the Pats can win with a bunch of backups and we can’t beat the Rams with (most of) our starters. Maybe it’s playoff experience as the difference as you surmise, but I think that may mix up causation and correlation…I think players get playoff experience because they’ve figured out how to win (like Belichick’s boys have), rather than winning because they have playoff experience.

    On ASJ, I respect your view that it was the right thing to let him go, but I respectfully disagree with the comment that “Hanging on to [ASJ as a player] with more potential than production is what gets coaches and general managers fired”. ASJ’s production was never a problem IMO. He recorded 18 games with us (a little more than a full season of work) and his production line is: 45 catches, 603 yards, 13.4 yard average, 7 TDs. While not Gronk-eseque, and respecting that half of those games came as a rookie, I think we’d take that production from our TE every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I think he had problems, but I don’t think production was one of them.

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      Production is also showing up for games … showing up for 18 games out of 34 games across two plus seasons is poor production. Factor in immaturity (acceptable to some degree as a rookie, but not acceptable in a third year player) and double-DWI was just too much.

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        I suppose one would categorize things as:
        Production = everything you do on the field
        Off field = everything you do off the field
        Injuries = what keeps you off the field instead of on the field

        So, again, I think his production was not an issue. The other things perhaps.

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    Jameis Winston definitely has a problem with his accuracy. For the game he was a respectible 36 of 58 for 62% and a passer rating of 93 … but in the two minute drill at the end he was only 4 of 9.

    Completions aren’t the whole story either … even quite a few of his completed passes were inaccurately thrown and the receiver just did a very good job of hauling it in. Which inaccuracy on completed passes tends to limit the YAC, and also makes the play more susceptible to tipped balls and INTs (not a problem last week, but it was the week before when JW had his 4 INTs).

    I’m surprised that Jameis’ inaccuracy is still a problem this year after all the work he put in last off-season, and his general improvement over the course of last season. Have heard a lot of excuses, such that Winston is more aggressive and throws more long balls than other quarterbacks who dink and dunk down the field … but even on the short passes Winston was often inaccurate this season.

    I don’t say this as a Winston critic – he is our quarterback and I believe he is our long-awaited franchise quarterback, but he’s got to improve, just as he says he will improve.

    This Sunday would be a fine time to show off that improvement. Much rather he throw less often and more accurately than to continue throwing 50+ times per game and suffering INTs, lost YAC, and failure to play clutch in the two minute drill with the game on the line. Making just 2 more completions, and going 6 of 9 could have easily provided the game winning TD last week.

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      Thanks for the reality . Bottom line, JW great leader, average QB. At times his accuracy is appalling

  3. 3


    Interesting Fab 5.
    I thought the zebras miss a few other calls during the game. I know they can’t see everything but some were blatant penalties.
    Not calling the time out really pissed me off.
    Cmon man get with the program.

    Chemistry and the culture will change, as long as Koetter keeps telling it like it is. No smoke No BS. Total honestly and accountability will bring these guys around.
    I’m not a big Belick fan, but that’s how he does it. No BS , just do your job. Sometimes I think that football players are to mollycoddled for their own good. The team has a gut check coming up. Grown men own up to their shortcomings and I see that is the case with the BUCS.
    I’ve been thinking about the ASJ thing all week. Maybe the BUCS could have put him in rehab and tried to help him with his illness.
    It’s a tough call anyway you look at it.
    Hopefully he doesn’t have animosity toward the BUCS. He had his chances. Or, at least I hope he had chances. It’s a hard thing to tell your employer that you can’t stop drinking. Best of luck to ASJ.
    I’m looking forward to the battle between Evans and Talib. Cmon Mike, beat his ass down. He’s good , but your better.

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    When you lose a lot then you have to look who has been the most involved in all those losses the last three years? Only one name comes up for me; Licht. Oh he’s hit on some picks, but has also blown others. I guess I can never prove he pulled the trigger early on some of our picks by using other draft picks to move up. I know he is learning as a young GM, but I hope he has learned from some of his mistakes. Now Mike Smith is the next concern. We need to acquire more draft picks, not less. Nobody wants Glennon; get something for him, please! The real problem is we still don’t have enough quality players because we’re still starting back ups as starters from the get go. I’m trying to figure how we are going to get to 6 wins this seasons; somewhere we’re going to have to beat a good team. Go Bucs!

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    “I’ve been writing all week about how I believe our talent is as good as any team’s, but for some reason the Pats can win with a bunch of backups and we can’t beat the Rams with (most of) our starters.”
    I agree, but we are not a deep team and we have too many candy asses on this team. The Lambs won because they are tougher. We need some Romo’s (not Tony, another candy ass) and Dobler’s.
    Also, we have too many candy ass fans. Left the game because of rain? Paleeeese. Only the true fans like scubog and family stayed. Tampa has become a transient town. These people have allegiances elsewhere. We’re LA Southeast. No more tailgates featuring bbq and PBR. Now it’s catered sushi and white wine with pinky’s up. If it rains or gets hot: let’s leave and go sailing.

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      Thanks for the props 76. Some might question my sanity……..but never my loyalty.

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    Could Winston have played better? Absolutely. But it doesn’t excuse the fact our defense gave up 37 points to the Rams (to the RAMS?!?!?!?!?!) or the fact that our hall of fame kicker missed an extra point and a FG (if he makes either of those, we would have had a FG to win or tie, and we are kicking at the 15. Of course, we might have missed that kick too). Yes there are times he is inaccurate, but the other part of our problem is we have one good big receiver-Evans….one shifty receiver-Humphries, and one tight end who catches passes when he is open. Another receiver or 2 would help, especially a speed guy who would free some of the other guys up. We just don’t have the talent to win-we expect Jameis to be perfect every week, and he isn’t quite there yet.

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      I would just like JW to be somewhat accurate, don’t need perfect

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    Hey SR- Stop making excuses for JW. While on one hand you say he is inaccurate, which he is, you excuse him by saying they should have called time out to calm him down. Bottom line, everyone sold us fans that JW is a franchise QB. If he is he would have found a way to win that game. All, what about the hole that our kicker put us in. RA was a major reason we lost. Do you not want to address that because you supported Licht on drafting him?I used to think you all did objective analysis, I now think you a a shill for the team. Like you guys a lot and respect you, but feel like you have lost perspective given your full throated support of Licht, Winston and Aguayo.

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      Admit it Bucnut, you wanted Mariota.

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    I don’t think SR was making any excuses, quite the contrary.
    I was ambivalent about the non called TO but now that I know what Kotter was trying o accomplish, I completely agree with the strategy because it would have worked except for the overthrown ball.
    Winston has to learn how to stay more composed and less exciteable. Perhaps Mike Glennon can give him a clue as to how he remains so dormant all the time.
    However, what lost that game wasn’t Winston who had to toss the ball close to 60 times, it was our new and improved defensive scheme and anemic pass rush.
    When I heard this defense was more complex than our previous defense – what wouldn’t be – I stated at the time that wasn’t the greatest thing in the world since we don’t have a lot of members of MENSA playing on that side of the ball.
    Sure enough, it seems to be what has gotten this team in the most trouble as we have seen numerous big plays come to fruition due to blown coverages and miscommunication, mainly from the CB’s.
    Still, I do have hope for this team if it can improve in making sure everyone is on the same page as far as the coverages being called. Also, I saw one play where McCoy was dropped back into coverage and I hope they never do that lunacy again.
    As far as team captains our concerned, I just don’t have to much faith in McCoy. I saw his team speech last week and it sounded like he was leading his team into a church service, not battle, which is what an NFL game is.
    Somehow the team needs a leader who is a starter on defense that can carry a fiery lance of speech and leadership like Winston can with the offense. Kwon Alexander anyone?

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    There is a big misunderstanding by many of our Buc fans about what is meant by calling someone a FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK.
    A franchise quarterback is a quarterback who has shown he can operate at a high level of performance over many years. Jameis is not there yet! He won’t be next week or next month either! He may or may not actually perform at that level by the end of this season. He has much to learn and much plain old experience to acquire over time in order to reach his potential.
    Just go back and check out a “franchise quarterback ” named Bret Favre . He threw many interceptions early on in his career. Check out Drew Brees’ career also. When would anyone be able to say he had earned the label of “franchise”. In the middle of his second season? After his third? His fourth. The labels are always easy to assign in retrospect.
    My point is that it always premature to call an NFL quarterback “franchise” before at minimum two years. It is not really likely to be valid until after 3, 4 or 5 years.
    Anyway, Jameis has shown a tendency to overthrow his target frequently in his first 19 games. He may have gotten away with those throws in college but he can’t in the pros. I am sure that his coaches are working with him to break bad habits. This is why the word “repetitions” is so prevalent in “coach speak”.
    Patience with Jameis and with the team is needed. They are working their butts off. Keep up your support. Don’t expect miracles this year.
    Go Bucs!!

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      Very true Winter. Farve was a party boy similar to Johnny Football and Brees was a so-so QB with an injury. What they and young Jameis have is moxie. The skills and knowledge of the game can be taught and developed over time. It’s that “it” that the player either has or hasn’t. Few can deny Winston’s “it.”

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    To quote Nick Saban, “We need to find more players that can play winning football.” (He made this statement after Alabama’s season opening blowout of USC in Dallas.) His statement certainly can be applied to the Bucs. They simply do not have enough good NFL football players on the roster. That is why this team continues to find ways to lose instead of ways to win. To find these players, it must start at the top of the organization. Ownership must find and hire people who know how to find players who can play winning football at the NFL level. General manager, college scouts, and pro scouts. The Buccaneers are getting terrible results from their work in the college draft over the past decade. Look at how many draft picks in rounds 1-4 this team has failed on. Here’s a rundown:

    2005 (round 3): OT Chris Colmer (never played a down for the Bucs)
    2006 (round 3): WR Maurice Stovall (no impact as a WR, only started 11 games at WR in 5 seasons with Bucs)
    2006 (round 4): CB Alan Zemaitis (couldn’t play at NFL level; never appeared in a NFL regular season game)
    2007 (round 1): DE Gaines Adams (a bust for a player drafted #4 overall; spent just 3 seasons on team)
    2007 (round 2): G Arron Sears (out of league within three years)
    2007 (round 2): S Sabby Piscitelli (started just 20 games in 4 seasons with Bucs, out of league after 5 seasons)
    2007 (round 4): S Tanard Jackson (couldn’t stay on the field due to substance abuse, gone after 5 seasons)
    2008 (round 1): CB Aqib Talib (talented but couldn’t stay out of trouble off the field, gone after 5 seasons, now a star in Denver)
    2008 (round 2): WR Dexter Jackson (never caught a pass in one season with Bucs)
    2008 (round 4): DT Dre Moore (0 starts, 11 tackles, 0 sacks in one season with Bucs)
    2009 (round 1): QB Josh Freeman (if he was worthy of this pick, he would still be on the team, instead, he’s currently out of the league)
    2009 (round 4): DE Kyle Moore (7 starts, 0 sacks in two seasons with Bucs)
    2010 (round 2): DT Brian Price (out of league after two seasons due to hip injury)
    2010 (round 2): WR Arrelious Benn (gone after three seasons with Bucs)
    2010 (round 3): CB Myron Lewis (recorded 1 start, 0 interceptions in three seasons with Bucs)
    2011 (round 1): DE Adrian Clayborn (two productive seasons in 4 years with Bucs)
    2011 (round 2): DE DaQuan Bowers (just 7 sacks in 5 seasons with Bucs)
    2012 (round 1): S Mark Barron (3 interceptions in just 2.5 seasons with Bucs before trade to Rams)
    2013 (round 1): pick traded to Jets for CB Darrelle Revis, who was released after just one season with Bucs)
    2013 (round 2): CB Johnthan Banks (good rookie season, but playing time now diminished to the point that he did not play a defensive snap in Week 4 loss to Denver)
    2014 (round 2): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (released after 18 games in a Bucs uniform due to off field and character issues)
    2014 (round 3): RB Charles Sims (has not shown ability to run between the tackles effectively, but good receiver)

    These are players who should be forming the core of your roster over this period. The Bucs won-loss record during these years: 70-110 (including this season’s 1-3 start). Playoff appearances: 2 (2005 and 2007 seasons). Playoff victories: 0.

    These are absolutely horrible results with premium draft picks (rounds 1-4). It should be no wonder why this team finds ways to lose instead of ways to win football games. The Buccaneers simply must do a much better job acquiring NFL-caliber talent in the college draft. That is the only way to get the results on the field to change.

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