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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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    I believe that part of the Bucs overall problems have to do with the turnstile management of coaches and GMs. The only common thread through all of this inconsistency since the Superbowl is the Glazers. They’ve hired and fired at will. New coaches, mean years of installing new systems. New GMs with different philosophies. Each time, tearing it down and trying to build it back up again. If you look at the successful teams, you see consistency on all levels. I really believe that if Gruden was still the coach, that we’d have a stronger team today. I believe that if Raheem was still the coach, we would have a stronger team today… Yes, even Schiano and Lovie as well… So, here’s Koetter manning a 2-3 team. If this continues for rest of the year and then into next year, are the Glazers going to pull the chain again? I hope that’s not the case and I hope that fans can take a longer view of what it takes to have a consistent winner in the NFL; patience.

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    I agree with the comment about Defensive Line and Safety. We need a ball hawk at safety and Conte is terrible. We still don’t put enough pressure on opposing QB’s. Our strength when we won the Super Bowl was our front 4 who dominated the line of scrimmage. IMO the best defense we’ve ever had was not our SB defense, It was the one the year we lost to the Rams 11-6 in the NFC championship game. We need to swing a playmaker (free agent) in the off season who we know produces and get off the JR Sweezy type free agents, then draft another defensive lineman/safety and perhaps a corner because Grimes is not the youngest of corners and Verner is suspect IMO. I think we have great run plays at times in reference to our blocking assignments and scheme but our pass blocking is inconsistent to maintain and hold blocks long enough, in particular on the edge. These next two games will really define this season with the 49ers and Raiders coming up. By that time, I hoping like hell that Gerald Mccoy is back and also Robert Ayers and Doug Martin. It was also nice to see VJ catch a few balls last week against Carolina but Winston, if anything, needs to just learn to go to his check downs at times and not always look for a home run ball to Evans unless it is there and wide open (like the one in Carolina).

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      Michael – looks like a safe bet that the Bucs will try and draft a quality safety in the early rounds next year. In the meantime, the ball-hawking is going to have to be handled by our linebackers and corners … seems like between Alexander, Smith, Grimes, and Hargreaves, we’re pretty well covered by ball-hawks at those positions.

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    As SR wrote, “good Jameis” showed up on Monday night, so that makes him 3 out of five. If after the bye week, good Jameis shows up at the 49ers – and as we Bucs fans all know, those west coast trips haven’t been good to us over the years – then Jameis will have achieved the “Meat loaf” standard of performance (“… and two out of three ain’t bad”).

    If the rest of the team gets healthy for the 49ers game, especially Doug Martin, as aided and abetted by Jacquizz Rodgers as the change of pace back, AND if the D-line gets noticeably better with the return of McCoy, McDonald, and Ayers – then this could set up very well for us to achieve the Meat Loaf standard by Jameis. Wherein Jameis doesn’t unlearn the lessons his head coach tried to teach him about not trying to win it all by himself.

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    Two unmentioned but persisten problems: no pass rush, which makes the whole defense look bad, and no pass protection, which makes Winston look bad. The first problem is injury-related. The second one is that the starters they have are not developing well as a pass blocking unit. Dotson is ok, if overly penalized. Donovan Smith only has a good game every once in a while. Hawley gets beeten often. Marpet is getting better, but not quite average yet. Pamphile is doing ok for a second stringer, which is to say, he’s really part of the problem, too, because he’s doing a below average job. Evan Smith is not an upgrade or he would have replaced Hawley or Pamphile by now, plus he’s still on his pricey veteran free agent contract. Perhaps the worst FA signing of a veteran FA is Sweezy. He may just turn out to be an expensive zero.

    Winston needs to go back to going through his progressions instead of anticipating who is going to be open two seconds into the play because he knows his linemen are going to lose their battles. If he could play pitch and catch like opposing qbs have in every game we’d be calling him a genius now.

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    Without a pass rush we are doomed.

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      It doesn’t take a lot of words to say what is wrong with Buc’s. Horse nailed it!!!

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        Penalties, kicker, turnovers. You’re right. It really doesn’t take a lot of words.

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    Jamies’ two bad games were against two of the best defences in the league. How did Matt Ryan’s stats fare vs DEN after all? Our QB is getting better with experience, even if it doesn’t show in PR’s supposedly all knowing stats. Stats don’t show his command of the offence, command of the huddle, leadership, etc. His stats will improve now that we’re past those two defences, and then the critics will have their beloved stats to back a new opinion.

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