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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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    Looking forward to this press conference today!

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    I would like to apologize. I too early on in the season after the Washington game was on the fire Lovie bandwagon and thought it would be great for us to somehow retain Koetter but figured it would never pan out that way. Then you kept on the fire Lovie trend and the team improved to 6-6. At that point I made a post saying how you must have a personal thing against Lovie and said that we should give him a chance to get things turned around next season. then we lost 4 in a row in disgusting fashion. I then was right with you and still am and I am now smitten with the NEW LOOK BUCS! Sorry Scott, although we both were kinda on the same page you were right and I hope we as fans can see better days in the future and it actually be fun to go the games again. I was seriously not going to renew my tix but figured I would give Jameis a chance…LOVIE almost ruined that. Dirk gets another chance too I guess!

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    Thanks for adding some clarity on what has been going on with the Glazers over time. I feel some good years have to be near for the organization. Dogged determination and sticking to a higher standard will pay off. It’s going to be fun to see what kind of defense will be created this year and next.
    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

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    This morning I put my two cents on another article. Here goes again. I think Dirk Kotter Is the best Hire for the HC in a long time the offensive is prime to do better, I hope that the next of Fa and draft players will find a home at Tampa and stays if they are successful at Tampa The fans and the communities needs to believe again in the bucs.Look at Lighting and Rays they are on the verge to even better in 2016-Go Bucs

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    “I’ll admit that after a 10-year run with Jim Flynn, I wondered if PewterReport.com would be the same after he left years ago. I was fortunate enough to have Charlie Campbell step in, followed by Mark Cook, and PewterReport.com hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, we’ve continued to grow.”

    I’m happy to hear that.

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      Yes, we haven’t missed a step. Mark Cook was perfect after Charlie.

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    #1. Just because we got a lot of meaningless yards at the end of games doesn’t mean we have a top 5 offense. We were below average on offense and terrible on defense. I attribute our gains more to our QB (who gives me hope) than our new HC (jury is out, but I wish him luck).
    2. Firing coaches after 2 years is the Browns. Yes, we do have a QB-because we drafted #1 with probably the 2nd or 3rd best QB prospect in last 10 years. GM-we will see. Remember, he is also 8-24 as GM.
    But we are the Browns. We have been the Browns since Gruden left. W-L doesn’t lie, and the Glazers W-L record last 7 years speaks for itself.
    3. But I do hope we get better.

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      We are no where near the Browns.

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        The proof of the pudding is in the eating. This pudding is nauseating.

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      Artpac I agree with most of what you said (including #3). The Glazer boys refusing to settle for mediocrity has certainly generated a $#!+load of mediocrity up to this point. Perhaps they should do nothing instead of trying so hard and get a recommendation by more successful owners on a firm that will hire a President/CEO to run the team.

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    Glazers and PR-
    I have been a long time Bucs fan over 25 years and I’ve never been more excited about this team now. Is it all perfect no but this is the grind and the reason you celebrate when you do win a championship. I was on the fence with Lovie out the gate but as time progress Smith’s philosophies and coaching became more of a glaring hinderance for this team. That said, thank you Glazers for keeping the standard the greats of yesterday worked to establish. Make no mistake we will win again and all the national pundits will soon forget about Smith. Scott you nailed it this season and showed tremendous courage saying the things other outlets either won’t say or they’re scared/unqualified to say. Also, I don’t know about some of you but I was VERY disappointed in many of the ex-Bucs responses (except Mr Brooks) and some media (won’t call out names in here) but they slammed the Glazers and started tumors about the Glazers being unprofessional and shady when the truth is 180 degrees. Lovie elected not to meet and talk, Lovie refused to correct his mistakes. The film don’t lie and neither does the results. From now on I take the ex Bucs players analysis of stuff as substantial as another fan and not as gospel. Again, I won’t call names because it doesn’t bring value to isolate anyone. If I were a Lovie guy or spoke out against the firing of Lovie I would be quick to get back in good graces with the current regime because that mentality and loyalty to Lovie is the same loyalty that led to poor play and penalties weekly. So for all the Lovie deserves another year, no the statement should read “we played undisciplined and lost too many games and we feel like we costs our HC his job. I’m just over trying to recreate the glorious Tampa 2 Bucs defensive reign when the game has changed; I can’t wait to support my Bucs and I will be at 2 games this year coming up! Thank you Glazers and Licht and Koetter!

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      Well said Architek, I’ll echo those statements.

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    nice article scott. good job with the background info on the possible defensive coaches…

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    Good Fab 5 Scott. I’m not sure who is worthy for us to draft at the No. 9 Spot. Hopefully it will become clearer in the next couple months. I’m going to throw in another option and plant the seed? We could trade down some and pick up another 3rd round pick which would allow us to draft both defense and offense in the 3rd round where we could add another WR and DE? Something to think about? Go Bucs!

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      Trade Glennon and get Bosa.

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    As usual, another good Fab 5! However I want to make an additional point!
    I looked up the number of coaches Super Bowl winning teams have had over the last 40 years – a period of time comparable to the Bucs years in existence. I divided 40 by the number of coaches hired in that period to get average number of years per contract.

    Patriots – 40/8 = 5.01
    Cowboys – 40/8 = 5.01
    Giants – 40/8 = 5.01
    Packers – 40/7 = 5.71,
    Steelers – 40/3 = 13.3,
    Bucs – 40/11 = 3.63

    The Steelers have had just 3 coaches in the last 40 years – Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and Mike Tomlin. The Steelers now have 34 playoff wins in franchise history, tying them with the Dallas Cowboys for most of any NFL team. If the Steelers can beat the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, they will take sole possession of the mark.

    My point here is that stability matters. The Bucs have not averaged the length of a typical NFL coach’s contract – 4 years. Not every year for the SB teams were winners, but they stayed the course, fixed the problems and eventually won big. Oh, and let me add they all had franchise QBs. The Bucs need to stop playing fantasy football with HCs. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a culture change!

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      Agreed Mac. Of course, there is a honeymoon period with Koetter, but is he also on the 2-year plan as well? I doubt it now that Jameis is the X-factor and I think that any coach would benefit greatly from having a franchise QB to start their career with. I expect this team to continue the climb with Jameis. I really like the Mike Smith DC hire as well… But, after the Koetter honeymoon, he better win quick or else!

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      mac, I bow to you. You nailed this to the wall. It is something that needs to be said. I totally for Koetter and have been for a while, but they need to give him TIME. However, with the 3 stooges running the show he only has 2 years ; not 3 or 4. Perhaps we need only 1 stooge.

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        Those stats are a bit misleading since it is normal for teams that are “winning” to not change coaches. However, the correlation of stability to winning the Super Bowl is not exactly fair. Tomlin has benefited from having a great QB his entire tenure there and quite frankly there had been numerous rumors that if they missed the playoffs again this year he would be out of a job. In any case I hope that we don’t have to discuss any new coaches for many years to come.



          (1) All stats are a bit misleading, ask Dirk Koetter
          (2) Read my third sentence from the end re QBs
          (3)Tomlin/Steelers did not miss playoffs, so…
          (4) Your last sentence is reason for my post
          (5) If nyu is New York University, great choice!

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    Scott- another really good Fab 5. I must say that you were correct about Lovie. I was not a fan and am on record panning the hire. But I did think he deserved another year because the Bucs had invested precious little in draft picks on defense. However, in hindsight you were correct in making this call. Well done. Great piece on the draft. I share your concern regarding the availability of elite talent at the #9 spot. Do you think we forgo defense and draft a elite slot receiver there?

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    I see the change in the franchise.

    A GM that can evaluate and draft well, great move.
    Back to an offensive minded HC, great move.
    Building team with youth and a sprinkle of FA, great moves.

    Looking forward to the DC hiring and hopefully with someone that understands “today’s game”.

    I’m all in for another year of Sunday Ticket and some more W’s.

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      The Glazers (3 Stooges) need to go back to their palaces and let this GM (a football guy) run the show.

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    I have to admit that I felt PR was not being patient enough with Lovie. Although the article that suggested to replace Lovie with Koetter did catch my attention. I even commented that it was an interesting possibility. Good call guys. I can’t wait for next season and hopefully we do see a serious uptick in points scored

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    Great Fab 5 as always guys.
    I have been a fan of the fire Lovie regime for a while now and Koetter was the only logical choice. The interviews were just window dressing.
    I do agree wit5h those above as we need to have some stability here, but with wins comes stability, so there is that. YOU don’t win, you get canned, and I see that point. In every other job in America, if you suck at it, you get fired. We just don’t get paid the millions that these coaches do.
    SO onto the future and keeping Jameis in the same playbook. I did notice how Koetter was saying he would like to open up the offense more. Kind of makes you wonder like Surfer did many times this past year, how much Lovie was holding this offense back.
    As for the draft, we are in a tough spot. Is it Ogbah or best available. I gues sit depends on free agnecy as BPA might come into play here. If Alexander is available, I say you jump all over him. I know Ramsey won’t be there, don’t worry Jon, I will come back to that bet. ha.
    So if Alexander is taken and Ramsey is gone then what? I, like Pewter report, am not so high on Hargreaves.
    It’s going to be a very interesting offseason and I look forward to some positive vibes coming out of the break. ON a side note, you nailed it again PR as Mike Smith has just been hired as our D-coordinator.
    I did a little research on his defenses and they were pretty damn good in Jacksonville.

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      Hargreaves is a future super star (sorry nole fans) and a great returner. However, I say trade Glennon (while we still can) for a pick and use it to move up.

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        I could see how peopls think I’m being a homer. I do hate the gators no doubt. But I am only going by what I have seen. I watched at least 3 games of Florida, Clemson, and fsu obviously and that’s how I would rank them. Stats definitely lean towards Hargreaves in the INT department, but It’s just my personal preference in guys. Ramsey is more versatile in terms of playing position, and Alexander is just a shadow on receivers. But you could stick a lamp out there at DB for us next year and it would be an upgrade. If in fact it is Hargreaves then mark me downs as a full supporter.

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    ON a side note, just watched Koetters presser and it’s good to finally see some emotion out of our teams leader and not the same media BS Lovie liked to spew.

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    Not happy with koetter who I know very well from ASU, good coordinator not head coach material like Whisenhunt, Josh McDaniels, Norv Turner, Trestman and so on. He couldn’t lead college kids to success why would I think he could do that with grown men? I know I will be jumped by fellow posters for saying this but its the truth I have seen Koetter for 4-5 yrs already with ASU we hated him here as a coach its a fact. Hope I’m wrong but I doubt I will be wrong on this one we will see though.

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      Norv Tuner? come on. He had his chance in Washington + San Diego.Still riding his fame from Dallas!!!

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      I hope you are wrong as well Jon. YOu do have experience as he was coach of your team. I can only hope that when players like MJD came out a few weeks ago and said Koetter has learned how to deal with players much better over the years, they mean it. I did like his presser as he is much more to the point about things than Lovie. Only one way to find out if he is that guy and that’s to give him a chance.

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    Last message faintly heard by shortwave radio from OBP “send help, they’re killin’ everybody over here”….then static. Cullen is gone and Hardy is gone. Got this tweet from Alex Marvez/Fox – By @alexmarvez news, Bucs are changing out all defensive assistants from Lovie Smith’s staff to Dirk Koetter’s staff this fall. What can I say “to the victor goes the spoils”!

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    I thought it was Dashon Goldson and Mason Foster that turned Washington into a playoff team this year. Just kidding.
    Saw Goldson standing around piles and missing tackles through the whole game. Foster was just see chasing people except for one tackle. Even a blind squirell…..

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    Nice stars once again but perhaps you need to add an asterisk to those teams.
    Steelers *Rothlesberger
    Giants *Manning
    Patriots *Brady
    Packers *Rogers
    Cowboys *Romo

    It seems a head coach becomes a lot more stable and smarter when he has a franchise QB at the helm of the team.

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      Gotta love ya man because you try so hard. But enamor me and go to my post on stats, go to the end, back up three sentences and read! If I can just get people to read…lol.

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    I wish people would quit saying the Bucs, “won’t accept mediocrity.”
    As I have time and again .500 is mediocrity and neither Morris, Schiano or Lovie finished with an overall .500 record.
    Even worse, all three ended their final seasons with poor successive games.
    If Lovie had finished 8-8 and his team hadn’t been spanked 38-10 in the final game with the Panthers on the sidelines taking team photos of themselves, he would still have his job.

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      Uncle Stan

      If a frog had wings. Lovie didn’t and he’s gone, thankfully!!!
      In 2 years here, IMO, he contributed nothing positive.
      Leading 24-0 and losing defines Lovie job here.

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    Lots to be excited about right now. Franchise QB, legit offensive and defensive play callers. We have a good draft position. I was apprehensive about Mike Smith but I truly believe that he will be very good because he is just going to be focusing on the defense, and his issues on defense in Atlanta were personnel issues rather than coaching issues IMO.

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      Uncle Stan

      I think the biggest plus is knowing each other after having worked together with two different teams. Koetter wouldn’t have hand picked him if their personalities and work ethic didn’t mix well.
      Koetter will be spending minimal time even thinking about the defense.

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    Fab 1 – Actually, the Bucs would have also beaten the Giants, as their last touchdown on defense wouldn’t have happened.

    Fab 2 – The Glazers are the iconic symbol for mediocrity. In the 7 years since firing Gruden, the Bucs are 36-76, while the Browns are 33-79. (Cleveland of the South.)

    Fab 3 – No comment.

    Fab 4 – No comment.

    Fab 5 – The only time I will applaud the Glazers is when they sell the team to a worthy owner and promise to leave Tampa and the NFL behind them.

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      Since 2010 the Bucs and Browns have exactly the same record. To the game.

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    Sometimes when reading these posts I feel like I’m in the movie Groundhog Day or in the mountains of Switzerland hearing an annoying echo over and over again. Perhaps I’m guilty too. I’ll have to be cautious of that.

    Really good Fab-5 as usual. As I have been many times over the past 40 years, I am hopeful that these hires will make sitting in the stands this next season a more pleasurable experience than it has been.

    Hopefully, the naysayers will at least give the new regime a chance before predicting failure and believing their perceptions and limited information are somehow superior to those having to bear the risk of their choices. “Easy to do when it ain’t on you”

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    Great read as usual. National media do not know what’s going on here for the most part. Your preaching to the choir about Lovie. They were not impatient with respect to him he was terrible. Your statement “nobody has even sniffed him for head coach or defensive coordinator” tells it all! Go Bucs! Hope they got it right this time, but it was clear to me Lovie wasn’t able to coach anymore for whatever reason. Now I’ll sit back and Dr.d can say how stupid I and the Glazers are. Lol. Just needed one more draft…..lol.

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    I have eaten my Crow…your article on Lovie’s Pregame buzzkill was a sad read. In the end, you were more right that Lovie had to go than the keeping together a coaching staff was. Keep doing what you do Scott, no one reports inside the Bucs better than you.

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