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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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    Fab Five, as usual, Scott! In defense of Dungy, I would say that you have to go back to 1995, when this team was an epic failure for two decades. It was that patience displayed by Dungy and the loyalty of the core players to him that started this whole run. I just don’t see Gruden as the guy that would have built this team up from the depths. I honestly don’t think that we would have won the Superbowl, if Gruden wasn’t hired at that point. He put enough offense to a great Dungy defense and put us over the top… Not mention all of the signal stealing from the Raiders as well! As far as deciding who our best coach was; I’ll defer to Sapp… “Good luck!”

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      Dungy laid the foundation and certainly had some great draft picks, but his offensive philosophy was horrible.

      Gruden kept the defensive staff intact and finally brought a real NFL offense to Tampa.

      I agree the steady and patient hand of Dungy should never be diminished but the “Fire” of Gruden took the BUC’s over the top.

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    Man, I got goose bumps reading SR piece on JJ and watching the J Jurevicius video. 🙂

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    Very good Fab 5 Scott. Go Bucs!

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    I would agree on Gruden as best all time coach only because he was able to take us to the mountain top, Dungy did turn us around from a nobody to a somebody and I will always have a respect for him for that BUT he had no idea how to fix the offense where as Gruden came in and transformed the offense into a productive and successful one. While people will say” Gruden won with Dungy’s Team” I will also say didn’t Gruden take the Raiders from nobody and turn them into SB contenders and transforming journeyman players such as Rich Gannon to League MVP? A lot has happened in the transformation of this team from the 2002 Team to the 2015 Team we or as I will say some fans over hype mediocrity now which was never done in the 96-2002 era, I can’t recall fans saying how important Ken Dilger was to the offense like some fans and PR Mark Cook have said about Stocker is to the offense, just a shame to see the acceptance of mediocrity now I guess when you have a mediocre team you reach on player evaluations who knows. I live in AZ and follow the Cards and you would never hear such drivel like “well we couldn’t have went 13-3 without our blocking TE in Troy Niklas”, lol

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      This is quite a read, so I don’t post this for general consumption. But for our Jon Gruden to read in his spare time when he isn’t Facebooking with Luke Stocker.

      Just another perspective Jon and one that is the consensus opinion on your namesake. Remember reading is fundamental! lol.


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        Macabee – You crack me up for some reason I give you the impression I don’t know the history of this team or something I have been a fan since 1985 and read many articles and I have streamed many shows in the Tampa Area to get all the inside info on my team, thx for the copy and pasted article of what happened with Gruden but I already know the reasons there of. He also lied to McCardell about being resigned etc. My point is these are minor details to fire a coach who in his last season went 9-7 with an aging team, since then we have had catastrophic hirings yeah we are all excited about Koetter but Koeeter can only hope to be even close to the coach Grduen was for this team.

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      I think jongruden really is Jon Gruden!

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    Nice Fab 5 for a quiet week. I can still remember the Philly game like it was yesterday. Great story on the play Jurevicius play, it’s always the little things/seconds that define us.

    A little challenge on the best HC in BUCS history. No question Gruden won the super bowl (I loved that guy), and no question Dungy turn the “YUKS” to the BUCS, BUT what about TB’s 1st head coach John Mckay. He took an expansion team that went winless to the doorsteps of the super bowl. He also had some of the best quotes from a coach ever. Gruden still wins, but Mckay deserves at least an honorable mention.

    Enjoy your vacation, GO BUCS, in Licht we trust, and GOD BLESS!

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      I agree completely! I only wish he would have executed our offense, for it was truly offensive.

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    Another good Fab during the slow season. I’ve always been a JJ fan and I will always remember his double tap catch , when he tipped the ball to himself in the end zone that post season. Can’t remember what game it was but the catch was awesome. Dealing with what he had to deal with , with his son and still playing is some tough stuff right there.
    The fact that Brad Johnson almost changed that play is a great little tidbit to hear. I like how Christy was like hell no dude, you don’t second guess Mr. G.
    As for greatest head coach, I would take Gruden all day. He got us a superbowl, which Dungy would’ve never gotten. My only knock on him was that he loved veterans and wasn’t a guy that liked developing younger talent, especially at QB.
    But as for his fire and stuff, I loved it. To be a fly on the wall during a convo between Gruden and Sapp would’ve been epic. The dialogue would be killer.
    Can’t wait to see more of Simms this year and you could see he was a lot less “dancy” behimnd the line last year and more of a hit-it-and-go runner. As for catching passes, he will be in the slot a good bit this year I see. Especially when we do our two back sets.
    Love the youth on our team, we are finally being built the right way.
    Enjoy the Vacation Scott, can’t wait to see some real meat and potatoes stuff once training camp gets under way. It’s so close, yet so far away.

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    A much better article than last weeks.I never understood the lack of proof reading though. For example, Fab 2 with the best bucs coaches states that Koetter is the only active coach on the list. Then you list Bajakian as the best QB coach a mere two paragraphs later. Its not the end of the world, just some constructive criticism.

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    Yeah…but Scott, WHAT ABOUT BREXIT???? lol
    Another great Fab 5 giving us great insight into Charles Sims III and what went down in the NFCCG back in 2003.
    Keep it up!

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    Good fab 5. The Eagles had out number for a while back then. I remember the J.J. Catch well. The game wasn’t going well and that run up the middle in the beginning….I was like here we go again. That catch was the. Hanging point. Good times. We have a lot of weapons on offense if they all stay healthy and mature a bit. Penalties were just maddening last year. They should bring officials into practice this year.

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    Great Fab5 and terrific new intel on The Play to Jurevicius.
    Since Sims doesn’t seem to have a fumbling problem, only the ficklest fans would dog him for dropping the rock a couple of times during the season.
    Besides the QB, the RB’s touch the ball more often than anyone else so of course the number of fumbles they have will be greater. The degree and severity of hits they take also add to the numbers.
    Can’t argue with the coaching selections and always thought Rich Bisaccia should have gotten the head coaching gig instead of Morris.
    Still, with the way Dummynick was drafting, it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway but then again maybe we wouldn’t have ended up with Michael Jackson’s clone.
    Finally, while jongruden praises his namesakes acquisition of Ken Dilger, as I so as well along withmy all time favorite reciver Keenan McCradell.
    He also takes the opportunity out of leftfield to take another jab at Luke Stocker.
    Remember jonguden, it was your namesake who brought in Anthony Becht, another blocking TE. But I am sure that is something you wouldn’t want to acknowledge.
    As I have said before jongruden, no one, least of all Mark Cook or Scotty Reynolds have tried to make Stocker into anything he isn’t, which is a hard nosed TE who does the job he is called on to do.
    Just remember the vaunted Bill Belichek’s credo, “Just do your job well,” which from what everyone in a responsible situation says he does and more.
    It’s really somewhat hypocritical for someone such as yourself who professes to be a believer in the Christian faith to heap as much abuse on him as you do.

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      Stocker had a measely 60 yds for the yr as our TE blocking or not that is pure trash, man if this guy gets 100 yds for the season will you be buying his uniform? Becht was a bust from the Jets and was waived and he also sucked for us as well we also had Ricky Dudley who Gruden wanted and he sucked too, point is fans in those days didn’t over hype those guys like they do now, mediocre players are now appluaded in Tampa and this needs to stop, raise the standard for this team please

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    I suppose it was as good a week as any to go back to the well and talk about something all Bucs fans love to read about..the ’02 season and the best plays of all time. Thankfully we didnt get another sermon on God or a misaligned comment about soveriegnty for Britain – a country which so many other nations have declared their sovereignty FROM. I will add that a united Europe is stronger financially and from the threat of terrorism, just as the United States is stronger from 50 states working together vs 50 seperate countries feuding over everything. Also, I love how the truth is coming out about how the public was lied to and they mostly regret voting for leaving. Too late and what a mess. PM David Cameron is stepping down, Boris Johnson won’t run and there is no clear path forward. Bravo. I will celebrate this 4th of July with an eye on the our nations independance and the strength we enjoy from our collective INTERdependance on each other. Happy 4th!

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    The best celebration of fireworks I ever had in my life was in Viet Nam 1970 on the DMZ where we used just every flare, claymore, phu gas, rifle, machine gun, duster, tank; also called in artillery and everything the air force/navy/marines had available as to napalm. It also helped with the moon almost full too so there was no worries about being over run. Yep it was a great night.

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      Well I have nothing but respect for your services to our country horse. I have family of all generations in different branches of the military and I commend every man and woman who make sacrifices so I can rest a little easier at night.

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      That’s funny Horse. We did the same thing on the Korean DMZ in 1969. Even shot M-79’s straight in the air. Not very smart.

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    jongruden, that explanation still doesn’t jibe or explain your alleged Christianity and your continuous attacks against Stocker.
    You have posted many diatribe’s against Stoker and other players you consider, “mediocre” who didn’t warrant or deserve your wrath.
    “Judgment is mine sayeth the Lord.”
    I’m sure there are hundreds of other verses that encourage you to be kind to your neighbor, but I admit my bible learnings are a bit lean.
    Whatever the case, I don’t remember any that encourage you to pick on others with irrational wrath.
    I will say like so many of the self possessed Christian’s I have met, you talk a good game, but rarely play one.

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    Horse, nothing like well lit targets shoot at and see the flesh flying from the broken torn limbs and blood geysering from open wounds.
    Have talked to a fee veterans in my time, including my dad, and none spoke to me with as much glee about killing the enemy like you did.
    Most of them talked about the honor they felt in serving alongside and helping brother soldiers or were proud of the sacrifices they made for their country.
    But none of them talked about the glory of combat or killing. Most wanted to forget if they had taken a human life and the damage it had done to their soul, no matter how justified the killing was.

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      drdneast, I have no clue what you are talking about. We were celebrating the Fourth of July! We weren’t blowing anybody up, we were having fun watching our made up fireworks. Geez give it a break. Our Combat Base had at least a click of clear ground around its perimeter. The nearest village was a couple clicks away across the Cua Viet/Quang Tri River and nobody was getting hurt as we were firing west not east. Geez I’m sorry I even brought it up as it was one of my better nights in Viet Nam.

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    Great Fab5.
    I can remember being quite on edge during the start of that game. Wondering how they can get over the hump and beat the Beagles. I’ll tell you this, I spilled my popcorn all over this place when JJ took off. One of my favorite Bucs plays ever.
    I think you nailed the coaching staff. But, I have always had a soft spot good ol’ McCay. All he did was take the dregs of the NFL and got to the NFC Championship game.
    And his pressers were priceless. The guy was just funny as hell.

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    Interesting recollections from some of our Vietnam Vets for this Independence Day celebration weekend. I remember shooting a few flares and firing some rounds on the one 4th I spent there.
    The most “fireworks” I remember happened one night during the “mini Tet” of 1969. The VC rained over two hundred rockets on us according to “official” reports. This was at Chu Lai, Quảng Nam Province.
    For those who don’t know, Tet is the New Year celebrated by the Vietnamese in February.
    Also some Americans may not realize that for Many of the Vietnamese people the war was mainly about getting their independence from all foreigners be they Chinese, French or whatever.
    Though the communists were the organizers for the most part,the average peasant would not have known Karl Marx from Harpo Marx.
    I think that the overwhelming majority of Americans can be united in celebration of what our independence means to us.
    God Bless America!
    Go Bucs!!!

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    I also wanted to follow up on something that was mentioned in Bucs Shots.
    The comparison of Sims to Eric Dickerson is really interesting to me. Dickerson is one of my all time favorite NFL running backs. I just loved to watch him play. For a big man he glided like a deer when running. He was a joy to watch as a fan, though, I did not follow any of the teams he played for.
    I will watch Sims more closely this year. We have a great tandem with him and Martin.
    Go Bucs!!!

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    I’m glad to hear that Horse. I hope you accept my apologies for the misinterpretation of your post. Also, thank you so much for your service to this county.

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    Xpfcwintergreen. and thank you for your service as well although the Tet Offensive as we know it now as happened in 1968.
    One of my main recollection of the war was when the first night they did the ping pong ball lottery and all the anguished cries I heard in the student union at USF.
    It was 1973 I believe and no one wanted to be the last person to die in that godforsaken war.

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    As good as Dirk seemed to be last year as off. coordinator, I think a strong case might be made for Joe Gibbs as the best we had all-time. Before all the injuries hit in ’78, he did some great things with our team that carried on with Washington. Wondering if you had thought about him.

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    Wife and I spent some time in Steelers and Browns country this past weekend, but all the buzz in those parts is the Cavs and Pens.

    Framed Joe Jurevicius’ jersey is hanging on the wall of my Bucs room. He was an inspiration to the team in its’ quest to knock off the over-confident Eagles.

    As for our best HC. Each benefited from their predecessor except John McKay. In those days an expansion team had no chance. The 26 straight losses in 1976 and 1977 were what defined the team for years to come. The 1978 team began 4-4 before injuries derailed the promising start. The Worst to First poster from the 1979 surprise team is on my wall so I have to give McKay some props for that.

    Dungy benefited greatly from Wyche’s foundation of Sapp, Brooks, Lynch and Nickerson.

    Gruden benefited from that same established defense. But he created an offense from what was left in the cupboard and a few key ingredients in one off-season. To me, that was masterful.

    How about a debate on the worst HC?

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      Hey scubog. Perkins and Bennet. They were equally crappy. Those were some dark years there.

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        Don’t forget Richard Williamson

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