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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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    For this defense to be great, we will need better play from the middle linebacker, and wouldn’t be opposed to drafting one high. Lovie had Urlacher, and Briggs, we have Foster, quite the drop off. I would like to see Lansanah get a shot at MLB, and Foster try the strong side. As far as backs being a dime a dozen, why don’t we find at least one for the practice squad? Certainly there’s a FA running back out there better then we’re getting from James.

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      I’ve got to step up and say that I may have underestimated Glennon’s mobility. Last week he moved better than I’ve seen before and not afraid to say that I may have sold him short (pardon the pun).

      While I’m not ready to enter him in the 100 meter dash, if he continues to improve as shown last week, I would have no qualms about him operating any offense.

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    Again, when Martin and Rainey are both healthy and playing in the same game I don’t see one standing out much more than the other. I think it’s good that you brought this topic up originally SR because it gives us something to evaluate during the game but now it seems like you’re on a crusade to get him off the team or at least demoted. I haven’t seen enough of Martin this year to defend or denounce him. I’m more than willing to give a guy with his resume a few more games while Sims is hurt. Then we can evaluate all three RB’s.

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    I also think it’s a pretty tough comparison between the two. The CAR defense is always tough for TB to run on. Our line is just very inconsistent and I don’t think anyone other than Barry Sanders could consistently run for a lot of yards as it stands. RB’s are a dime a dozen for the most part, but the holes just aren’t there. You have to play the hot hand, and if that becomes Rainey, so be it. But you don’t trade Martin when you have little behind him and he’s still on his rookie deal.

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    It is obvious to all of us that Martin is not at his 2012 standard. But I get the impression that Lovie is still supporting him. He expressed high confidence in Doug at his last presser.

    Where is all of the trade talk coming from? Would help if Scott would let us know if he is hearing that kind of talk in Buc circles.

    I won’t attempt to make excuses for Martin’s performance or explain why he hasn’t performed better than he has. Honestly, I know the RB coach is Tim Spencer, but I’ve never heard a word from him. I wonder what he would say about Doug’s strengths and weaknesses.

    I guess I’m saying until I hear something from the coaches about Doug, I’m going to file the trade talk under the general category of “we should trade anybody that’s not meeting expectations”.

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    Based on what I’ve seen, whoever the back is, they need to learn to bounce it to the outside once in a while, but Rainey does look better by far. The defense is really the problem, I don’t understand why they aren’t able to quash the running game at least. I don’t think they are holding their gaps very well.

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    As the Bucs play each game, I always compare the players on the Bucs’ team against those on the other team and ask myself “Which players on the Bucs would make first team on the other team?” Unfortunately, I always answer myself (yes, the Bucs’ poor play has me talking to myself!): “McCoy and David.”. Maybe Evans & Sefarian-Jenkins will be part of that answer in the future, but my answer explains why the Bucs are 1-4 at this point.

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    So lets sum this up? We have one draft pick from 2010; we have had poor drafting and this is why we are here. This is not Coach or GM fault. It’s too late to trade Martin so he is what he is. I think he needs to put weight back on for power versus speed. I am thinking we have a decent chance to beat this team. It feels good to still be able to say that. We’re getting better and if Evans, Foster can play it will be a big help. I also believe Johnson is healthy enough to show something as to why he was signed to a huge contract. Go Bucs!

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    Martin has underperformed this year period. You’re drinking some really good kool-aid if you don’t see that. SR is right on topic and it is news worthy. The Defense stinks and if they were an average defense in the NFL we would be at least 3-2 right now. We need better linebacker play and Dline play. I also do not think we are that far off from being a descent team. Not sure about playoff but descent anyway. Glennon is the REAL deal and continues to improve under adverse conditions. Imagine Glennon in the same system 3-4 years with a couple of good receivers and the anticipation throws will be frequent. Go Bucs!

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    Not tryin to be a d*ck here I swear but 30 teams played last week so if 8 teams had 100 yard rushers that would be slightly more than one quarter of the teams… Not one third…

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    It’s pretty obvious that Bobby Rainey is a friend of Pewter Report. But I too have been disappointed in the lack of production from Doug Martin. It was inevitable that his play would decline and his career with the Bucs short-lived once I bought his #22 jersey. It’s the Scubog curse. I’ve always been in favor of a multi-back approach as long as the plays don’t change to tip off the defense. My theory on the Bucs difficulties running the ball is that there is something or someone tipping off the defense that a running play is coming. All of our RB’s are getting hit in the backfield but Rainey has a little more wiggle to escape. Maybe they can scout themselves during the bye week.

    I must say, I’m coming around to thinking Mike Glennon could be a viable starter if we can get more weapons for him to utilize. Glennon is never going to be a big play weapon in the running game like Wilson and others of that ilk. But I have been impressed with his poise and pocket presence this year. This Ravens game is key. Play as well as he has and bring a victory and McCown will remain a high-priced back-up after the bye week. Play poorly and Lovie and staff will go back the their original QB plan vs the Vikings. We’re all rooting for you Mike.

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    Long article. Unfortunately It’s a very long list of players on this team mired in mediocrity.

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    Man i dont get all this hate for Doug Martin. Whats the real reason for Dougs lack of production? Think about it what happened in 2012, Josh Freeman happened, 4000 yards passing ,many big plays down field to Jackson and William ,which the effect was teams could not load the box with 8 men . If you watch the games this year, 10 guys are are within 10 yards of the line, with one guy deep.So really Doug gets the ball starts to run and 2 guys are already in the back field. I dont care who is running the ball there is no where to run. Doug didnt forget how to run, he just needs a little room to run, so lets see if he can get the help he needs from the QB to make defenses play honest.

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