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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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  1. 1

    surferdudes

    Comparing Q.B.’s Glennon reminds me a lot like Matt Ryan. Tall pocket passers, not very athletic, very smart. If Glennon can become as good as Ryan, and Flacco, that’s good enough to win.

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    macabee

    I agree that Glennon deserves his chance to show that he can be that guy. But Glennon presents a contradiction in current Bucs offensive philosophy and they both cannot co-exist. As I understand it, Jeff Tedford’s philosophy was an up-tempo offense run by a mobile QB that allows play action with WRs, TEs, and RBs (ala Sims) all in play at the same time as well as the QB moving in space to find the open man – a mobile QB in the vein of Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick.

    If we are going to use a Tom Brady type pocket QB which I think Glennon is (high praise), we need to re-think our offensive line that is going to give an immobile QB the time needed to choose the open receiver because we don’t have those guys now and didn’t draft for them last year.

    The Bucs will need to decide what kind of offense they want to be – speed in space or the more traditional stretch-the-field offense from the pocket. I don’t have a preference for either offense, although the current trend in the NFL appears to be moving toward the mobile QB. As you have seen, either can be successful, but both cannot co-exist at the same time and expect long-term results. If Glennon is the long-term answer, then the Tedford experiment is over!

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    WeAretheChamps2002

    As talented as Mariota is, I caution against wearing those rose-colored frames and falling in love with his talent. He is a read-option QB and Tedford’s offense is not read option. If we draft Mariota, there’s nothing we’ve seen in this offense yet that will make use of his talents. He is not a natural pocket passer, and a majority of his throws are to wide-open receivers, not receivers in tight windows. This begs into question how good his anticipation is at the next level, because those windows truly do shrink (look at the throws Aaron Rodgers makes and even Mike Glennon). I think he can succeed at the next level, but it needs to be in the right offense.

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    pinkstob

    Very good and interesting Fab 5 SR. Fab 1: I think we’re all at the same place with Glennon. McCown is hurt so we have no alternative so let’s hope Glennon performs well enough to hold on to the job long term. Up until this point it made sense to me to debate whether or not Glennon should be starting, but now only those that don’t want to see the Bucs win could be debating this now. Fab 2: I like this year’s QB class a lot, as much as I liked last years WR class. I haven’t made up my mind about Hogan and Petty and I haven’t seen Mannion or Carden play yet, but I love Mariota and I really like Cook and Hundley. I think Hundley shows more poise and leadership than he is given credit for. As for Winston, even as a FSU fan he’s way to immature to trust, he’s overrated as an athlete and I’m not even crazy about him as a passer. Plus, I don’t think the type of sideline leadership he exhibits will translate well to the NFL. Fab 3: Agreed all the way around. Fab 4: We don’t talk enough about A. Seferian-Jenkins. I think he will be a Pro Bowler in the future and will do wonders for our future QB’s stats. Having him and Murphy in the middle of the field when Evans comes back will make this offense really pop, along with the running game. Fab 5: The only thing I disagree with here is the knock on the Cover 2. The Cowboys are running it well now. The Panthers were running it very well last year before they got a new secondary and their DE’s got suspended. You just have to have the right players playing it together for a long period of time. Let’s not forget that the Cowboys players have been doing this a while now because Kiffin was their DC last year. Our players just need time, along with a rangier FS and MLB that doesn’t fall for play action.

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    Horse

    If Glenn does average it will be better than McCown, then my focus would be DE as my first pick. My 2nd pick has to be OL. Third pick could be QB or LB or CB or OL.

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    nitey

    Two issues Scott.

    First the Bucs are only *1* game out of first place, not two as you mentioned in your article.

    Second, Brees was NOT highly sot after nor was he a ‘prized’ free agent when he signed with the Saints. At least not the way I remember it. He was on the market for about a month before going to Miami and was almost signed to a contract before Miami backed out and traded for Culpepper. After another week or two, he signed a modest contract with New Orleans. I remember this because *I* was screaming that we needed to sign this guy! However, too many teams were leery of him after his shoulder surgery.

    If only Gruden had signed Brees instead of going with Chris Simms.

    What might have been!

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    ColoradoBuc

    The Bucs aren’t two games out. With two teams 2-2 and two teasm 1-3, they are one game out…at this point.

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    ColoradoBuc

    The Bucs didn’t play “last Thursday night” – the Giants thrashed Washington 45-14.

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    seat26

    BUcs made a mistake taking Evans in 1st round.He has flashes of brilliance but he is injured all the time. We definitely needed a QB, and there were several that would have looked good in pewter. That being said, Glennon has done a decent job as a fill in for McCown and it would be foolish to go back to McCown now after the team’s first win. I have never been a big supporter of Glennon, but what I saw on Sunday leads me to believe he is our best option for making this season at least a partial success. Let McCown back up Glennon, and lets try to turn this disaster into success. If not, we can expect to pick in the top 10 picks in 2015, and clearly there will be a few QB’s available then.

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    ColoradoBuc

    “In Tampa Bay’s 16-14 loss to New Orleans in Week 2” – when did you write this? We played the Rams in Week 2 this year and lost 19-17.

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      Mark Cook

      Week 2 2013

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    Horse

    Nitey, I sure would have liked to have Brees and I think Pewter Report is close as to the thought back then.

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    buddah

    Am I the only one listening to the coach and GM. Glennon is the quarterback of the future. They will not drafting a quarterback. Give it up. We need to wish that Glennon continues to improve. By the way Scott, how about some affirmation for our GM. They stole Mankins. Wright has done nothing for the Patriots. We need patience with the defense. I don’t expect them to go into New Orleans and win. If they can get a win against the Ravens and go into the bye at 2-4, then I think 8-8/9-7 still is possible. It is important that they not get blown out this week.

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    flashgordon

    Jameis Winston is kind of exciting; but, you know the story on him. Bryce Petty is the only other guy I’d admit it hands down better(probably) than Mike Glennon. I don’t know the Michigan State guy.

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    76Buc

    Glennon is no Clark Gable, but since I don,t want to date him, I don’t care how handsome he is or what his body looks like. Just win baby.

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    I am Honestly sickened by the fact that I just learned that Matt Ryan makes over $20mil a year… Are you kidding me? What has this world come to? With all the money that could be paid to Teachers are are

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    (Cont) It just really makes me step back and take a look at what an atrocity all if this sports entertainment has come to and realize that Matt Freakin Ryan could fund half of My entire Fire Departments budget all by Himself… And those School Bus Drivers stopin at all the Railroad tracks makin sure our Kids get to school in one piece… Nurses workin Midnights to make overtime so their kids can go to school in new shoes… The stay at Home Mom with 4 kids and the Police Officer Husband that hopes Her Man will come home that night to lay next to her… My Dad who has been an Honest Man his entire Life and been VP and Pres of companies yet afraid to retire because he’s gotta pay for a wedding and afford to retire and Live out the rest of His Life… I’m really sorry to be a downer… But after finding out Matt Freaking Ryan’s annual avg salary it just made me realize how ridiculous entertainment has become… Now I am sayin I am a Bucs fan till the day my ashes grace Gods Green Earth and I leave My Mr. Derrick Brooks Jersey to My Grandson… But does anyone else have a comparison story to their Bad A** Family and what they have been through for us to be able to watch Mr. $500k vs Mr $20mil? Just outta curiosity… To put this all into perspective…

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    I’m sorry to change topic but just for the fun of it… After putting into perspective the ridiculous salary’s the people we concern ourselves of the prople we concern ourselves so muchwith so much… That we take a second to recognize the work and effort that our family… No matter how far back… Has put in to allow us to concern ourselves with Live we have out into our Buvs…

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    Sorry… Premature post I apparently cannot correct… But I’d just like to see a shout out from everyone to their family that has worked so hard to allow us to be here to comment…

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    fredster

    Can Glennon be the guy? Who knows, we need to let him play and see. Yes it was a mistake to hand the starting job to a career back up in McCown without having to compete for it. We should know by end of season if we need to draft a QB. About due to have success I would think at some point drafting a QB? Lol.

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    scubog

    I admire the work of our fire fighters, police officers, teachers, military, construction workers (my line of work) and many others in public service jobs Fire. But no one is paying billions of dollars to watch them in action. That’s what a supply and demand free market society is willing to pay one of the 32 people in the world who can play QB in the NFL. Same goes for the actors and singers who make a lot of money. Funny how we see athletes, singers and actors perform and think, “I could do that”. Fact is, we couldn’t. Heck, I’m sure there are those who think they could do my job and make my salary. The guy on the trapeze makes it look easy.

    Back to football! OK Mike, you want to make Matt Ryan’s, Drew Brees’ and Cam Newton’s salary someday, much to the chagrin of some; let’s see what you’ve got.

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    surferdudes

    Mac, you keep saying Glennon doesn’t fit the mold to run Tedford’s offense. You mention up tempo, and mobility being a factor. First off, you don’t need to be mobile to run an up tempo offense. You need to be smart, which Glennon is. Second, I’ve seen nothing from this offense that requires a mobile Q.B.. Even when McCown runs it, I see no bootlegs, rollouts, or waggles. I too was fooled into thinking this offense needed a mobile Q.B., but so far I don’t see why. Looks more like it’s suited to a pocket passer. As far as play action, you don’t need to be mobile to pull that off as a Q.B., you need a real running game, which we’ve been lacking. This thought that Glennon isn’t a fit for this offense I believe is more about perception, then reality.

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    macabee

    Surfer,

    You’re absolutely right, you don’t need to be a mobile QB to run an up-tempo offense, ie, Nick Foles/Eagles. But you do need to be a mobile QB to run Tedford’s offense as advertised.

    Problem is, haven’t seen it! (ref my Question in Friday chat). Up-tempo was just said to be one element of several “speed in space” expectations.

    Please do not misunderstand. I hope Glennon succeeds. I just don’t think the “zone blocking” lighter, faster O-lineman we were supposedly developing can sustain blocks for a pocket QB. If Glennon is the man and I wouldn’t mind if he was, then the Tedford idea of a speed in space offense is DOA! Just my opinion!

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    bucjoe

    Nitty is correct; Bree’s was NOT a “prized” free agent but only because of concern about his shoulder.

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    EastEndBoy

    Scott – nice review. On 1), I realized the other day that we’re the only franchise that has never had a legitimate franchise QB (leaving the whole Steve Young thing aside)…the best QB we have ever had, the guy with most of our records, is Josh Freeman…what other franchise can top that. On 2) Glennon may be the QB of the future…but not our future…I’ll take any of those guys please but Mariota would be awesome. On 3) I hope you’re right, but we need a lot more from some DE than potential….we need a sack machine. On 4) I’m happy with Evans…give the guy a chance, he played his first three games with McCown throwing the ball! Go Bucs!

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    niko521

    Oh how I wish Tampa Bay fans would go back to being lawyers, cooks, Drivers, Assemblers, mechanics, etc, and leave coaching and GM work to the Bucs

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    Buctebow

    They may make Glennon the Bucs franchise quarterback, but he is not a franchise quarterback on any other team.

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    JackinJersey

    YES!!

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    VTBucs

    PR, no love for Mississippi State Junior QB Dak Prescott? The kid is putting up some good numbers this year and went from a 58% completion rate last year to 64% so far this year.

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