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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

    jongruden

    Reading these articles have become very depressing to read, lets see we lead the league in penalties and haven’t been winless at home since 1976 the innagural season sigh.

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      tomort1

      We need a new O.C. you avail.?

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    EastEndBoy

    Thanks Scott – nice read as always. On FAB1, I suppose it becomes a question of what the second-best option is…while Lovie may agree with you on accountability, if he is just as scared by the “next guy up”, maybe it doesn’t matter. What puzzles me more than anything is how a team like San Diego manages to find its 5th (YES 5TH) center of the season (all of whom seem to do okay, maybe not great but certainly okay) and our GM/Scouts/FrontOffice can’t find one…

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    stone1

    the bucs are my team wear something buc everyday so people know, I hate rooting for them to lose but at this point you have too. don’t screw it up bucs and win one down the stretch. you have to have a qb in a qb driven league, winless for Winston say what you want but the guy has talent mm is a system qb and really not the leader Winston is. people screw up and should get another chance, and by the way I would still be happy with mm, when you have a chance at the best qb coming from college you have to pull the trigger, I just believe Winston to be the better player, just my opinion, stay winless for winston

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      jongruden

      stone1- Winston has 17 ints this yr and has play pedestrain all season, Marcus Mariotta has 34 td’s and 2 int yes that right two and btw way Marioota has less int’s in three yrs than Winston does this yr and its not even close, and to say ” Mariota is a system qb” shows your football iq

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      tjhuth

      stone1 – people have bent over backwards ignoring and minimizing JW’s transgressions. He has had numerous chances. He has also had a lot of support. Derrick Brooks has talked to him to try and turn him around – to no avail. JW keeps screwing up. Sorry dude, but the kid is trouble and once he gets handed a big paycheck, it will only get worse because he has no self-control.

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        jongruden

        tjhuth- agree 100%, fans of teams let their bias views effect their thinking

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      mjmoody

      Sorry stone1 not to pile on, & Go FSU and all, but JW isn’t anywhere near the NFL QB prospect MM is. I keep expecting JW to take off his helmet & Jamarcus Russle be there. Someday good coaching & some years of maturing could turn JW into the NFL QB he has the potential to be. But it’s going on 13 years for us poor Bucs fans…we need something to work with now.

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      Brandonges

      Winston supporter here. When comparing Winston to Mariota, you can’t just look at the interception discrepancy. Winston plays in a complicated, pro-style offense with only two experienced receivers (Greene and O’Leary). When one of Winston’s freshman WRs doesn’t diagnose coverage properly and runs the wrong route, you can’t blame that pick on Winston. Same goes for when his inexperienced Receivers don’t fight hard enough for 50/50 balls when they’re in the air. Mariotta comes from a simpler spread/speed attack with athletes across the board. All Mariota needs to do is get his guys the ball in space and they do the rest. Being wowed by Mariota’s numbers would be similar to saying we need to sign Mark Sanchez this off-season – any QB could succeed in that system with those athletes. Furthermore, Mariota is a lean guy compared to the stocky Winston. I view Mariota as an RG3 type player while Winston has the pocket ability of a Ben Rothlisberger. While Winston might be an immature nucklehead, he hasn’t been found guilty of anything, and has a very high football IQ. As long as the NFL team that drafts Winston has handlers supporting him off the field, Winston will have the more successful NFL career than Mariota.

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    jongruden

    Mariota not Marioota, lol

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    PederW

    What are the odds of us signing Iupati from SF in the offseason? Im not usually in favor of signing high-priced free agents but he is a beast and we need a solid guard. Not to mention that we need to draft an OL early regardless.

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      EastEndBoy

      Well, there seem to be a lot of moving factors there: Harbaugh looks to be leaving (he has no friends amongst players); who will replace him as coach (and will Iupati want to stay for the new guy); what sal cap moves will SF make; we certainly have a lot of room right now; do we finish with a top-2 pick (and look at a QB) or a top 10 pick (and look at OL); what happens to Wisniewski (I wouldn’t mind him at center) and could that make EDS a Guard….I guess I’m saying it looks like we would have a chance but there’s lots of room to run still…

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    Garv

    The one with the LEAST amount of “accountability” seems to be the condescending and arrogant St. Lovie Smith himself. It seems to be a foregone conclusion he’ll be back and the local media is just fine with it. Wonderful.
    I was on the Winston bandwagon but after seeing all the interceptions added to the immaturity and character issues I think the Bucs will have to go after Mariota, and should. But will St. Lovie allow it? After destroying the OL and bringing in Josh McCown what’s next? 0-8 at home is absolutely unacceptable and the man should flat out be fired for it. Not that anyone else seems to give a damn.

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    chuckbville

    Coach Schiano was not a winner but he at least demanded the discipline it takes to play the game. Smith is used to having players govern themselves and the kids he has here are not up to the task.

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    tjhuth

    Thanks Scott. Good read.
    For the past several weeks I have been calling for the BUCs to draft linemen and not a QB, but I can see how a QB would be the sexier pick and more likely to get fans back in the seats. If the BUCs do go after a QB, they better make some big moves on the OLINE in FA. My QB vote has to be for MM, I just don’t trust JW to do the right thing and to stay out of trouble. We can’t afford to miss on this year’s first round pick. It has to be SOLID, with a high probablility of success. JW just doesn’t fit that description.

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    76Buc

    I disagree with what most of you are saying about the draft (going mostly offense again). Yes, our defense is developing, but has no depth. I say use the draft for defense this year to develop depth, and obtw, that will improve our special teams. On offense we need OL; we all agree on that. But, not rookie draftees. We need to go out and get the cream of the FA market for our line-and get it right this time. Guys in their late 20,s with a lot left. Spend the money.

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      mjmoody

      Look at the Packers; the top of the NFC right now. Out of 53 men on their roster 5 of them were not drafted by the Pack. And they pick sub 15th overall almost every year. If you have good scouts, and know how to evaluate talent, the draft is the only way to build a team. (Evans or Jackson this year? Who cost more?) FA’s still need time to gel in a new system & with a new team. They aren’t magic band-aids.

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    pinkstob

    Fab 1: I agree with you on this. Gilkey should no longer be on the team and cutting him would demonstrate accountability. What’s puzzling me and one thing I want to make clear is that the O-line is the only part of the team Lovie hasn’t held accountable. He started replacing D-linemen after their pitiful performance in the Week 1 loss to Carolina. He benched L. Johnson when he did like his NCB performance. He traded a #7 overall pick in Barron. On offense he got rid of C. Owusu after the Carolina game and brought back L. Murphy. He benched a healthy M. Glennon for poor performance. He eventually made A. Seferian-Jenkins a starter over the underperforming Myers. Like you said, he put J.Smith as a starter at LDE. He replaced KR/PR’s week after week. It’s not like Lovie doesn’t hold players accountable for poor performance this year and isn’t sending messages. It’s just that for whatever reason he’s turning a blind eye to the O-line. I would ask the question does Warhop have some level of influence over Lovie that he shouldn’t, is Lovie a moron when it comes to O-linemen, or both?
    Fab 2: Interesting, I wasn’t aware of that.
    Fab 3: I couldn’t care less about the home vs. the away record. I care about whether we made the playoffs or not and ultimately winning the Super Bowl. Nothing else matters. The owners should focus solely on the same thing. If we’re making the playoffs every year the fans will show up. If I were the Glazers I would take a Mulligan on 2015 when it comes to the number of fans in RJS and focus on building the team through the draft, starting with Mariota. They’ll make up the money they’ll lose in 2015 when we’re in the playoffs every year.
    Fab 4: That’s great to hear; I wasn’t aware of that either.
    Fab 5: Interesting info. I love it when we coach the Senior Bowl!

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      macabee

      Regarding Fab 3, I agree. NFL owners still want the gate, but it is not where they make their money now. there is a new paradigm and revenue model.

      The economics of the NFL have greatly changed, as well. TV contracts — and the massive at-home audience — now fuel the mighty NFL financial machine.The FCC has eliminated the “black out” rule and Congress has threatened to take away Anti-Trust protections if the NFL does not concur.

      The days of threatening not to buy season tickets to get owners to respond to your wishes have gone by!

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    Pick6

    when you are 2-10, it is definitely not too soon to take out the trash. if there were hope of contention, you might worry about the talent level of the replacement, but a player who is in over his head but willing to work and be accountable sends a better message at this point in the season than a marginal player whose lack of discipline undermines the team. and if the guy who replaces gilkey gives his best but is a lesser player, so be it, our march to the top of the 2015 draft carries on

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    KINDERRT

    Our OL has been terrible from the start. We have an OL coach(Warhop) that picked or went along with bringing in these duds from the Browns,C’mon MAN, the Bowns? This was a mistake from the start listening to Marinelli the so called friend of our HC to pick Warhop. Next year we need a OC and an OL coach.I would suggest let the new OC select his OL coach as it seems our HC has very little knowledge what is needed to get an offense to perform at a NFL level.

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    Pick6

    the way to solve penalties is players holding their teammates accountable in the huddle and on the sideline, like warren sapp or nickerson back in the day or like mike evans did to gilkey last week. at some point you have to stop patting a guy on the back and saying “you’ll get them next time” and start looking him in the eye and saying, “you’re hurting your teammates and we are sick of it.” coaches can only do so much, the great teams are great in part because of accountability among the players themselves.

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      Uncle Stan

      I would vote this the best post in a long time.

      Now if only the local media would follow suit, instead of being afraid of rattling the players AND the coaches cages.

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    lalvarad

    The 2009 season. That was the year I cancelled my season tickets after 3 years and lost my deposit. I’m glad I never renewed. For me watching the game on tv and eating the food I want, and not having to wait in line for the bathroom, beats the stadium experience

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    Buc-Up

    Fab 3 has Luke McCown instead of Josh.

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    Horse

    Why don’t some of you Schiano lovers and Lovie Smith downers ask the Owners to bring back Schiano as he is still under contract. At No. 2 Spot you have to still ask the Question is Mariota a Franchise QB. We already know Winston isn’t and have still have doubts about Mariota. My problem is that I know we need a QB.

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    1BigOne

    Hey SR, if we most likely will be revamping our OC and offensive staff does that mean we WONT be eligible to coach the senior bowl?

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    scubog

    lalvarad: The worst part of the “stadium experience” since so many season ticket holders sell their passes on the various exchanges, is the number of fans wearing the opponent’s colors. No longer are they tucked away in a corner of the upper level like the first ten years of Ray Jay. Now they are enjoying some of the best seats in the house. That’s what makes a season like this even more unbearable. Having never missed a home game since 1976, I have to carry on the tradition even if doing so is somewhat of a gauntlet. I’ve never even missed a play taking a trip to the bathroom because I take my leave by watching the TV Timeout guy. There’s a guy on the sideline that wears a big orange glove. When he raises his hand to his chest I know they are going to a TV timeout and I will have enough time to take a leak before play resumes.

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    surferdudes

    So Russell Shepard Makes two clutch catches against Pitt that helps win the game, so he’s rewarded by not seeing him again on offense the rest of the year? He made a couple of plays as a receiver in the pre season too. He makes plays, I’ve wanted to see him more on offense but for some reason no. Gilkey who hasn’t earned anything in the NFL gets to start a game at center where he’s never played, but Sheppard who makes plays doesn’t?

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    KINDERRT

    Watched the Arizona-Oregon game, Mariota sure looked good. He is much more then a system QB. I was more a Winston guy for our pick but I have no problem taking Mariota. He looks like the real deal and no off field problems. The only problem I see is he might run a little to much but when no one is open it’s nice to see he is also very mobile.

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      EastEndBoy

      I watched it too – and have seen all of his games this year….the really amazing thing is that if you thought he looked good, IMO, the first half was his worst football of the year….if that’s what bad looks like for this kid, we must find a way to get him in Pewter!

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    matador

    I’ve been very critical of PR, holding them accountable so to speak, but I have to agree with several others that this is the best article in a long time, one that is a more genuine reflection of what is wrong with this franchise (glad to be past all of all that pro McCown BS

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    matador

    Rest of my post disappeared. Anyway, it’s a scary topic because we may be trapped in mediocrity until Lovie (and Licht BTW) are held accountable. We need OL help so badly, would still go that way unless we have the #1, then draft MM, otherwise trade down.

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    LordJim

    I’m proud to have been against hiring Lovie from the start. Nevertheless, if he gets us Mariota and then gets fired next year, it might turn out to have been the only good decision the Glazer boys have made since taking over from Malcom, may he rest in peace.

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    HeyHeyTampaBay

    I stopped reading after SR was pointing out everything he was right about.

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    tomort1

    We don’t need a new Q.B. we need O.L. & D.L.

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