We’re going to try a new feature on PewterReport.com over the summer called SR’s Fab 5 Reaction, which will be published every Tuesday morning following the most recent SR’s Fab 5 column from the previous Friday. My SR’s Fab 5 column is the most popular and widely read column on PewterReport.com and always gets a lot of excellent commentary from its readers.
I do read all the comments, but my role as publisher often prevents me from thanking each Bucs fan for taking the time to comment, or to offer my thoughts on their comments. Sometimes there is a point in my SR’s Fab 5 that I want or need to clarify or emphasize, or a question is prompted from a reader that should be answered.
So every Tuesday I’ll grab a few interesting comments from the latest SR’s Fab 5 and offer up my reaction to them in SR’s Fab 5 Reaction for some fun and further insight into the points I was making on Friday.
The comments listed below have been edited only for clarity and grammar – not content. If someone has an issue with something I write, there won’t be any censorship here and I’ll address it head on.
Let’s have some fun and see where this goes this summer, shall we? I’m interested to see what type of reaction there is to SR’s Fab 5 Reaction. Alas, I won’t be reacting to comments from SR’s Fab 5 Reaction, though as I’ve got to spend my time working on a brand new SR’s Fab 5 for Friday.
This week’s SR’s Fab 5 topics include: Adam Humphries Is A Rising Star For The Bucs; Lavonte David Is Still Surpassing Derrick Brooks; Buzzworthy Bucs From Mini-Camp; Warren Sapp Credits Mike Tomlin For Super Bowl Push.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
There’s definitely a lot of doubt about Dirk Koetter outside One Buc Place. But from PR’s reports, I really love a lot of things he’s implemented. The players seem to really like playing for him and he comes across as a Bruce Arians-type – someone who had been looked over for a long time that deserved a shot. SR, what is your opinion on Koetter? Do you think he is the coach that can get us back to the playoffs? – JasonOfthetower
I do believe Dirk Koetter was the right choice to replace Lovie Smith. If you remember, I called for Lovie Smith to be fired and replaced by Koetter after the loss at Washington and again after the loss to Chicago. There’s just something about him – his charisma, his energy, his urgency and his no-nonsense approach – that I find appealing. The Bucs players I’ve spoken with this offseason feel it, too.
Time will tell, but general manager Jason Licht has been around some great coaches from Jimmy Johnson to Bill Belichick to Andy Reid to Bruce Arians, and Licht says Koetter reminds him of Arians. That speaks volumes to me.
Bucs WR Adam Humphries – Photo by: Getty Images
There were some fine coaches on Tampa Bay’s 2002 Championship team beginning with Jon Gruden and Monte Kiffin, but the Bucs also had Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli, Joe Barry, Bill Muir, Richard Bisaccia and Raheem Morris on the staff. I hope we have some all-stars on this staff.
I remember that touchdown pass that Jameis Winston threw to Adam Humphries. I remember how impressed I was with Jameis because he had an easy, and safer, path to the end zone. Jameis has been so impressive and selfless. I wonder if presented with the same situation, whether or not Cam Newton would of done the same thing.
The teammates in the locker room saw how hard Humphries worked and how Jameis rewarded it. That has to have a positive effect.
On the buzz-worthy Bucs, I would have loved to seen Jameis, Roberto Aguayo and Mike Evans on the list. Also, I guess it’s difficult to put offensive linemen on the list since there are no pads on, but I am happy to see those that are on it.
Go Bucs!!!! – labucfan
There was no doubt that the Super Bowl staff contributed mightily to pushing a talented Bucs team over the top in 2002. Keep an eye on new wide receivers coach Todd Monken, who is also Dirk Koetter’s offensive coordinator. He’s special and reminds me of an older version of P.J. Fleck, who was Greg Schiano’s receivers coach in 2012 before he was hired to be the head coach at Western Michigan. I think Monken will be a difference-maker with Mike Evans this year.
Speaking of receivers, how about Jameis Winston making sure all of his receivers, including Adam Humphries, caught touchdowns last year? Winston is a special player and a special person. I spent two days at the Jameis Winston ProCamps youth football camp and will have a special report on him with some inside scoop that will blow you away in this week’s SR’s Fab 5.
Winston had a good mini-camp, as did Mike Evans, but they were just outside of our top 10. Don’t be concerned as it was just a three-day mini-camp. As for Roberto Aguayo, he did miss some field goals, but he’ll adjust to life in the NFL. The team has a lot of confidence in him, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Getty Images
I thought Fab 2 was very good analysis. It was an apples-to-apples comparison of Lavonte David and Derrick Brooks. You didn’t drop the last season for David because he missed two games or only include the last two seasons because they were the only seasons where they both played in Tampa 2. You put it all out there and compared every aspect of the position: tackles, INTs, forced fumbles, etc. That’s the kind of no agenda, non-biased breakdown I would like to see in every article. That’s the way it used to be on PR on every article. – pinkstob
I appreciate the compliment about my SR’s Fab 5 and our coverage, but we do not have an agenda at PewterReport.com. Even when I called for Lovie Smith to get fired last year I presented a mountain’s worth of factual evidence that indicated that he needed to be replaced. The Glazers, who read PewterReport.com, obviously agreed.
Did I have an agenda? No. I had nothing against Smith other than the fact that he was a lousy head coach in 2014 and a lousy defensive coordinator in 2015. The facts – and the team’s record – support that notion.
I think our reporting is pretty straightforward on PewterReport.com. The columns that I write, including SR’s Fab 5, do have some opinion in them – but that is what columns are for.
Bucs TE Danny Vitale – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Great Fab 5 as always. Adam Humphries was one of my favorite players last year and everyone lovers the little guy that works his ass off and gets some good shots. He was very clutch on third downs and with the majority of his catches going for first downs. He was money. I personally am rooting for him in four-receiver sets, and he will probably start, but I really want to see what Kenny Bell is about this year.
That was a great breakdown of Lavonte David and Derrick Brooks in their early years. You hit every stat, as Pink said above, and really made a good comparison considering he played in the same defense as Derrick played in. I think it’s even more impressive because, in today’s passing league, Lavonte would have to make way more tackles in space than Derrick. Derrick would probably be making many more plays at the line, merely based on the way the game is played those days. Don’t get me wrong. Derrick could cover like a shadow, ever since his days at FSU.
For Fab 3, it doesn’t surprise me that our secondary guys look better. They actually have someone there to teach them to freaking play! When I heard them mention Lovie Smith didn’t even go over backpedaling because he didn’t use it, absolutely blew my mind and made me fully realize why the slants were killing us.
I really like to hear about Vernon Hargreaves making plays. I didn’t like the pick, but he’s a Buc now and I’m excited to see him work.
Danny Vitale is the one I really want to see this year. I think he will be very special in this offense. I mean think about it guys, you have him at fullback, Charles Simms at running back, both split out on third down. And Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and whoever our slot guy turns out to be out wide. The possibilities are pretty staggering.
That Super Bowl team was a dream team from top to bottom. That coaching staff was incredible. – cgmaster27
Thank you, cgmaster27. I wonder how high the ceiling is for Adam Humphries. Can he become a 1,000-yard receiver like Julian Edelman, or is he a role-player in the slot on third downs like Karl “The Truth” Williams was in the late 1990s and early 2000s. And I too am anxious to see what a healthy Kenny Bell can do in training camp and the preseason. He’s had a very good offseason and looked to be blazing fast.
I don’t think there has been a finer coverage linebacker than Derrick Brooks. However, if Monte Kiffin had called on him to blitz more and utilized his speed in that manner I think Brooks could have been a double-digit sacker, too. But Brooks’ ability to simply erase a running back or a tight end in coverage was special.
The Bucs’ secondary will be much improved this year with better coaching from Jon Hoke and Brett Maxie alone. Mark it down. Tampa Bay’s defensive backs had six interceptions last year. My guess is that they will have at least six by the Bucs’ bye week in Week 5. Throw in better talent like Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes and I could see Tampa Bay’s secondary finishing with close to 20 picks as a unit.
I’m high on Danny Vitale and he’s generated quite a buzz at One Buccaneer Place. I’m not saying he’s the second coming of Mike Alstott, but I think the guy will play his butt off and receive quite the fan following.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
Well fellas, it’s been a long road for this “rebuilding process that we’ve been undergoing for the past eight or more seasons, but I think this year I can actually say that I feel somewhat happy about the talent that we are trotting out on the field this year, save for a few spots here or there. We have legitimate, high-caliber ball players all over the field. Let’s not forget about the stud we finally have behind center for the first time since … ever?
I consider myself a Bucs optimist, almost to a fault at times. However, after so many years of heartbreak I honestly and truly feel that we are on the brink of having a year-in-year-out playoff contending team coming up the pike. If we can keep ourselves relatively healthy and have our coaching work out as it looks it should, there is no reason why we can’t shock the league sooner rather than later. Once again it all comes back to the biggest piece of the puzzle hopefully finally being in place with Jameis Winston.
I know it’s only underwear football at this time but this Fab 5 in particular has been extremely positive and is really pumping me up! If we can gel this season and continue to build I can see all of our pain and suffering ending sooner rather than later. This is an exciting time to be a Buccaneer faithful, and I for one am all aboard this pirate ship. Dirk Koetter steer us into the breeze and let’s see where this ship ends up! GO BUCS! – esquandolas4
I feel your angst, which is why I wrote about the fact that it’s time for the Buccaneers to win in a recent SR’s Fab 5 column. I know the youth on this team, combined with a more challenging schedule says that Tampa Bay is likely a year or two away from serious playoff contention, yet there is something inside of me saying not to underestimate the Bucs this season.
I’m glad this SR’s Fab 5 got you pumped up, but I’m just reporting the facts as I know them. I’m not trying to blow smoke about the Buccaneers. I think there’s a real chance Tampa Bay’s playoff drought could end in 2016. If I weren’t optimistic there would be a different tone in my reporting. I’m not always right, but I always call it like I see it.
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]
Brooks should get credit for erasing mike Vick when he was a human highlight reel. Brooks would spy him and keep him from running every game!
I’m glad we get another steady article! You say fab 5 is the most read article for PR but honestly it’s the only one. We used to get lots of regular articles. It was like every writer had their own. The Monday mailbag just started so i guess we have 2 others now! Go bucs!
Just as much as it was Derrick, Simeon Rice owned Michael Vick. Vick would tear teams up and he just couldn’t get outside Simeon, who I think is the most underrated DE in NFl history. He was a freak and the best free agent pick up of all time for the Bucs.
Thanks for picking me again this week Scott. Love the input. Derrick would most definitely have had some serious sack numbers had he been asked to blitz more.
AS for Vitale, I agree that he isn’t a Copy og Big Mike, but he is definitely a better catcher coming in and I think that is where his versatility will really be valued. I follow Vitale in Instagram and that dud is just huge.
Totally agree on Humpheries as well and I think he can be very productive. But he does have a much lower ceiling than others like Bell. But if he keeps improving his route running he will be pivitol on third downs again.
@cgmaster- I’m with you on the Simeon stance-he was an incredible DE- one of the best to ever play the position IMO… Sim is easily I my top 5 bucs of all time…
Simeon Rice needs to receive a place on the ring of honor and in time I feel he will. I think we will be in every game this year despite the tough teams we will play this year and our lights better Coaches we brought in this year will pay off and Licht is brilliant with his decisions as well. Expect us to shock our adversaries this year. Koetter and Smith will have us playing tough on all sides of the ball. If we stop our penalties, have some luck avoiding injuries, expect a GREAT Season this year. Our fans deserve it.
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