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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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    An overweight Alec Baldwin? Nah! Fred Flintstone? Maybe! lol.

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    Scott, thank you for commenting on my post. I don’t post often but I try to add something to the conversation when I do. I also wanted to thank you, because over the years, even before this column, you have taken the time to respond to my posting from time to time. You columns are insightful and thought provoking. In addition, your Fab 5 is some of the most in depth reporting that is done on the Bucs. One thing I do miss from the printed magazine days was the centerfold with the point/counter-point column. I wish you would bring it back. It’s always fun to read differing opinions on the same topic.

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    I think that Licht & Koetter need time; I also think that every coach that we’ve had over the last ten years needed time as well. The worst thing that has happened to this team over that time is the constant disruption of quick firings and knee jerk schematic changes that require a revolving door of on-the-field talent that doesn’t match the current scheme. If you look at most of the winning teams in the NFL, they have one thing in common; stability. The Bucs have clearly displayed the opposite since the Superbowl. I just hope that with the Bucs’ first opportunity in forty years to have a franchise QB, that ownership doesn’t sabotage this rare moment in the team’s history to ascend out of the cellar and to allow them to be relevant again.

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      Stability is only good when you’re stable in picking good people. When you make bad picks, stability is bad. The problem with Morris, Schiano, and Smith isn’t that they were booted too soon. The problem was that they were ever hired in the first place – all bad picks. I thought so at the time, predicted inevitable failure for each as soon as they were hired, and each was a fiasco and failed. I was not the only one to think and predict that either.

      The “original sin” of the baby Glazers was in firing Jon Gruden at the end of the 2008 season … horrendously bad move that consigned the Bucs and their fans to 7 years in Purgatory, if not Hell. Firing Tony Dungy at the end of the 2001 season was equally bad, but at least the late Malcolm Glazer had good enough sense to go out and hire a great replacement for Tony, instead of rummaging around in the bargain bin at the book store like his babies did.

      Now that we finally have a quality head coach and a quality DC to go with him, along with fresh talent acquired by Jason Licht in the last three off-seasons, THIS is finally the time to focus on stability and incremental improvement, and skip throwing the babies out with the bathwater.

      Like every other supposed virtue in life, taken to an extreme, “stability” can be extremely bad. Once in awhile, when you draw a really bad hand, you just have to trade some cards.

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    SR- I am hurt and disappointed that you never comment on my posts.

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    “Bucs fans agree Licht…need(s) time”

    That’s not what I read….at best I read, Bucs fans disappointed with Licht so far but mixed on whether to give him more time.

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    I have no problem with Koetter; as far as I’m concerned; I don’t see him going anywhere.
    Coach Smith with another defensive draft should be good to go so he has to prove it in 2017.
    Licht has to prove it in free agency and the draft. He is on his 3rd year so he needs to prove it that he knows what he is doing going into his 4th season. Again, I hope he trades down and often to acquire more draft picks for the 2017 & 2018 season. I am not objecting in trading one of our RB’s after the end of this season in order to get more draft picks as I think that’s the only position we have plenty of players. I think there has to be some more changes in the scouting department; I’m still not convinced we have talented scouts. Go Bucs!

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    You didn’t want to get overtly political, but sadly you did. You said:

    “If some socially-activist media members and politically correct members of the NFL front office want to ignore that concrete data because it goes against their own ideological reasons they can, and they can join the rest of the mainstream media that simply refused to see a path for Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. Presidential race until the ballots were actually cast and he actually won.”

    This is such an “ideological” comment that ruined a perfectly entertaining piece. This is a false equivalent, btw. You learn about it in journalism school.

    Ignore the “concrete data”? So a Yahoo survey is what you call “concrete data”, something voted on by on the internet by folks that simply “identified themselves as NFL fans” during a heated election cycle? Last I checked, Yahoo is “MSM”, so that’s an absurdly dense example to use.
    Btw, what “concrete data” ever said Trump would win? Virtually every paid professional pollster, even Fox News’ polls had Trump losing before the election. I suppose you knew all along before the election the true “path for Donald Trump’s victory”. You should become a pollster, Scott, or I suppose a psychic. Maybe go work for the NFL since all those politically correct executives colluding with the “socially-activist” media just don’t have it all figured out. Just nonsense, Scott.

    Also, the majority spoke and they did not want Trump. That’s “concrete data”.

    It’d be nice if you could just leave your “ideological” politics out of your stories for us all.

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    Gruden was needed to spark the offense and secure a SB. I’ll always be grateful for that, but he couldn’t maintain what he had much less develope anything for the future. Kiffin kept him employed for way too long. Gruden was respected by the players, but he never had the love or trust that Koetter has with this team. The Bucs need more talent, more experience, and more stability in their leadership. Hopefully the Glazers recognize what they need AND what they already have. This GM/HC combination is the best this franchise has ever had. Stick with it for as long as possible.

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    What I’ve observed over the years is that the players most appreciate honesty in their coaching staff. They got that with McKay, Dungy and now it appears with Koetter. Morris and Schiano simply weren’t trusted.

    Licht has made a few mistakes as all GM’s do. He seems to have a steady hand on the wheel. What I look for on the personnel acquisition side is a well thought out plan to build the team for the long run. Not an injured Revis signing. Do what you know will be successful, not what you hope will work out. That “No risk it, No biscuit” only works when the team is already strong enough to absorb the hit.

    There are only so many high Draft choices, thus a strong coaching staff is needed to develop guys in the later rounds and undrafted college F/A’s. We have shown some success there with Panphile, Brate, Adams and others who are contributing.

    I’ve seen enough this first half of the season to see that the team is no longer a rudderless ship.

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    So far so good, but Licht needs to not make any more ego picks, ala Aguayo. Just make good solid picks. Can you imagine how solid our pass defense would be if we had picked Cyrus Vance? He is playing well for the Patriots and I bet Licht had a high grade on him.

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