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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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    macabee

    Coaches are bad, but talent is worse! Stop shuffling players nobody else wants through the roster. Get rid of the ne’er-do-wells and bring in game changers. I took a stroll through the Buccaneer roster and believe these players and cap numbers will not return next year. Here’s the money to make bold moves in FA.

    DaQuan Bowers 1,226,000 not met expectations
    Jonathan Casillas 1,400,000 out played by Lansanah
    Adrian Clayborn 2,612,000 not met expectations
    Oniel Cousins 635,000 not an NFL caliber lineman
    Dashon Goldson 9,000,000 salary exceeds performance
    Mike James 520,000 not enough production
    Mike Jenkins 1,875,000 injury prone
    Leonard Johnson 570,000 too slow, no instincts
    Mike Kafka 570,000 not an NFL QB
    Michael Koenen 3,250,000 short punts, long salary
    Luke Stocker 775,000 too much tub, no plays

    Total Cap Savings 22,433,000

    Current Salary Cap 8,250,000

    Proj. 2015 Cap Incr. 10,000,000

    Proj. 2015 Cap Space 40,683,000

    Notes:

    -Vincent Jackson could be added to this list if he fails to get 1,000 yards. He will be 32 in January and has a 12.2mil cap for 2015. At minimum, he will be asked to restructure to remain with the Bucs – too many drops.

    -Doug Martin may also find himself on this list. If he does not improve his rushing stats he could be traded. Stevan Ridley/Pats has a torn ACL, if they have a mind to do it now would be a good time to do it before the trade deadline.

    -There are others on this team, picked up in the off-season who do not belong on this team. Too many Crezdon Butlers, Jacquies Smiths, Brandon Dixons to name a few.

    -Cap increase due to CBS and DirectTV contracts.

    Free Agency:

    -The Bucs need to make 3 free agency moves. They will have the dollars to make it happen.

    -Bucs should pursue a defensive game changer in FA. Do something bold. Add some nastiness. Put DT Ndamukong Suh next to Gerald McCoy. Suh is your junkyard dog. Stomps people, doesn’t help them up! They will have the dollars.

    -Bucs need a strong run blocker to secure the O-line and improve the run game – OG Mike Iupati, all-pro from the 49ers.

    -Bucs should add a veteran CB with man coverage skills – CB Perrish Cox

    2015 Draft
    -Round 1 – Draft DE Randy Gregory/Nebraska. We need a speed rusher off the edge. Move Michael Johnson to the left side.

    -Round 2 – Draft FS Cody Prewitt/Ole Miss. We need a big hard-hitting FS that can cover deep.

    -Round 3 – Draft WR Dorial Green-Beckham/Okla. Another 6-5 WR to groom as V-Jax replacement.

    -Remaining rounds, draft MLB, CB, OG, C

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      jayseven

      I totally agree with your assessment!

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    bucDsystem

    Number 4 is intriguing, the trade part. if it could be done I think I’d do it in a heartbeat, only if I thoroughly knew Suh could control himself on the field.

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    buddah

    1. Free agency is overhyped. The Redskins have been trying to build that way for years. It doesn’t work unless you only need one piece and the Buccaneers need more than one.

    2. Take Quinn off your list. Six games, no sacks. May be benched.

    3. Middle linebacker is the key. Hard to judge Foster since he’s missed so many games this year. Next five games will tell that story. Loss of Clayborn was bigger than most people think.

    4. We have yet to outyard opposition or win time of possession in a single game. The defense can’t get off the field and the offense can’t stay on the field.

    5. There is hope. Evans looks like a budding star. S-Jenkins plays like a rookie but you can see the talent and the drive. Glennon is more comfortable in the pocket and when he has time, he’s better than average. He’s going through his progressions faster and not making many bone-headed decisions. I discount the first quarter of the Ravens game because the team just wasn’t ready to play. That’s on the coaches.

    6. Please stop saying that Ryan is an elite quarterback. He’s 6-16 in his last 22 games. That’s awful. He’s not earning his salary and we can now see that he was really a scheme quarterback who benefitted from having a Hall of Fame tight end. Indeed, Glennon may have more upside considering the guys he had to throw to last year.

    7. Once every decade there is an Andrew Luck who comes along but do not bet on it. Defensive End/tackle, offensive line, linebacker. That’s our draft.

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      Dbuc63

      agree 100%

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    Dbuc63

    go bucs!

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    FilmBuc

    And history repeats itself yet again… There is zero chance the Bucs should select a pass rushing DE in the first round next year. Tell me the last time that has worked out for this franchise. Go ahead… I’ll wait. In fact, I’ll argue the very reason the Bucs are in this predicament is the waste of all the draft picks we’ve made trying to develop a pass rush through the draft over the past 5-7 years. Clayborn is gone next year. So is Bowers. That’s two high picks from just a few years ago – wasted. Brian Price… another player who should be sliding into his prime right now – wasted. Let’s not forget the wasted pick we gave away for a meaningless year of Revis… gone.
    The answer is very simple, folks. The Bucs have wasted far too many picks in search of the elusive pass rusher that never seems to pan out in Tampa regardless of what regime is in place.
    What the Bucs need more than anything is an electric playmaker behind center for the offense… and then utilize the rest of the draft on hard-working players that fit the system – regardless of whether or not they are combine freaks.
    Look at Seattle… yes, there are a handful of first rounders dotting their landscape – but the VAST majority of their talent are system picked guys who they coached up and are now stars in the league.
    If the Bucs chase another combine pass rushing freak again, we are merely doomed to repeat this hellish cycle of ineptitude.

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      bucfan26

      Agreed. Time to get that QB. We’ve wasted at least 3-4 1st round picks looking for that pass-rusher and $24M invested in Johnson.

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        warren

        Mariota!

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          jayseven

          I say Brett Hundley!!!!

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    Garv

    Good Fab Five as always Scott. This Tampa 2 thing, I keep hearing about how difficult it is to play, that it takes time. But how often are they actually running it? We also hear only about 35% of the time. And why did Lovie insist we could win this year, unlike last year, with the payers he has if that is simply not the case? Player evaluation is piss poor IMO. Sounds like MORE rebuilding next year two. With Licht and Lovie in charge of picking players? MORE new players to this “difficult” system? I have my doubts. I want to see DRASTIC improvement with this defense by the end of the season. We SHOULD see DRASTIC improvement as the team is at an all time low on defense. If not, Lovie has to go. Better than prolonging our misery IMO.

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    Buctebow

    The defense doesn’t work without a good pass rush. The offense can work with an average quarterback and I think Melman fits the bill. Argument over. DE is the first pick, there is no other logical choice. I would love to have them get a first round qb that turned into a real franchise player for years. I just don’t see it happening with a Defensive minded head coach.

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    Buc4life79

    Hey Scott, Could you please pose a question to Lovie about DJ Moore and why he was cut in favor of Leonard Johnson. My reasoning for asking comes from Moore’s twitter account… he was prophetically predicting what was going to and what was currently going on with the Bucs D during that Ravens game.LITERALLY. I couldn’t belive it as I was reading them. You really should check that out if you haven’t seen it. It’s INSANE considering how bad Johnson has played the nickel compared to Moore’s BEYOND OBVIOUS depth of understanding of the ENTIRE defense, and not just what he’s supposed to be doing…Which is the most common theme I’ve heard coming from our D players…they know what they’re supposed to be doing (most of the time) but they need to get down how what everybody else around them compliments and works with what they individually are doing. Just a thought. Thanks for the gr8 read.

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    pinkstob

    I agree with all points made SR. To me, Clayborn was going to be our no-nonsense player on defense, but with 2 seasons ending early on IR I think he’s done as a Buc. I think GM’s are scared to draft the “Bash Brothers” from the Mighty Ducks because of the potential for off the field headlines. What a shame. As bad as our O-line and D-lines are I would take Mariota over the DE’s you named. It’s about the best player available. Mariota isn’t just the top rated QB, he’s the best one since Luck. Yeah we really need another DE, but I don’t think the guys you highlighted measure up as special when compared against the other DE’s in the NFL. Mariota will become a top 5 QB in the NFL, especially with Peyton and Brady heading out of the league in the next couple of years.

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      1040Buc

      Be careful wishing for Marriota, Oregon & the PAC 10 have a terrible reputation for Qb’s being NFL flops!!

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    Buc4life79

    Oh and as far as “Buc Ball” being dead…the great Payton Manning did only manage a measlely 8 points in that last Super Bowl right??

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    deeznuts

    1st round draft pick next year needs to be CB or O-line. 2nd round find goldson’s replacement at safety. Resign Clayborn to a 1year incentive laden deal. Overhaul the secondary- only keep Barron, Vernor, and Banks. Resign Foster, slide him to SLB; find a true tampa 2 MLB in FA/draft. Glennon looks like a franchise QB to me, his confidence is growing every game

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    bucsfan4ever

    Sorry Scott but really have to disagree about which QB the Bucs should draft. After watching both I think Dak Prescott would be a fit. He is tall, has a cannon for an arm and can move like Cam when needed. AND he can play under pressure (beaten LSU, A&M and Auburn in a row).

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    Horse

    I have changed a lot on my thoughts because the League has changed for more points not less. Glennon is adequate for the time being. Lets say we draft 2 -4 spot; I’m trading down and giving any team that has an older QB a chance to stay on top because we need draft picks. I’m done with the free agents; they usually aren’t worth the value. I would trade Martin, Johnson, Barron, Stocker, right now. I still believe the last 10 roster spots should be a revolving door; you can see what they can do within 3 weeks and then it’s nice knowing you or it’s Hello!

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    macabee

    If we had Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Wilson and Mariota on the bench during the 1st qtr of the Ravens game when we were being seal-clubbed 38-0, which one of these elite QBs could have prevented that from happening? Neither of them! You know why? Because they don’t play defense!

    We need to take a long look at where the real problems are before we go shopping. We had two offensive tackles that looked like a screen door in a submarine. We have a D-Line that refuses to pressure a QB for fear of hurting his feelings. We have a secondary that treats TEs and WRs like they just flew in from West Africa.

    I understand the constant cry for a franchise QB. When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, they never asked for a map, they asked for a king!

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    fredster

    Superb article Scott. The good old days are over and it sucks. You are so correct about some of my favorite players like Lynch would not make it today with these rules. I do think Glennon could be our Brad Johnson if we can run the ball, and play some decent defense and special teams.

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    liquidmuse3

    Good report. I have a few comments, one of which will get me thrown off the board ;o)

    —At 1st I thought “1st round QB, of course!” But then I remembered we won a SB with 3rd overall pick Simeon Rice at RE & 9th round pick Brad Johnson. So there is that.
    —Funny Scott brings up how much the defense plays & the running game/ball control. I just read an article where Marinelli has coached the Cowboys to the exact same yardage per play as last year—but the defense is infinitely better because the running game on the offensive side of the ball is completely controlling the clock. And then one witnesses last nite, where for the 1st time in NFL history a team actually lost controlling the ball 40 minutes of the time, but Geno Smith was awful in the red zone. Combine all this with QBKilla’s quote of “getting it done when it counts” (as an offense). I proffer Tim Tebow. I just do. What does he do? Not turn the ball over, control the running game, & makes plays when it counts. He’s a punchline & a scourge, I know, but I’d take him over Glennon & I’d do it yesterday. You win with Glennon/Brad Johnson if the QB doesn’t throw backbreaking picks, & if the defense is top-10 all time. This was all sparked by Scott’s “there’s no help on the streets in October for this defense”, which led me to think—you know, there kinda is.
    —Why isn’t Da’Quan Bowers getting a shot at left end? We know how semi-incompetent the last staff was, but this staff is accepting a player (Gholston) with one sack in 5 games. Bowers can’t do better than that? How do we know?

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    wbfresh1

    O line D line. Glennon is gonna be a really good QB. And I do agree if we have pick 2-5 we should trade back for more picks. No more spending big on FA most of them hasnt paned out. And that goes back more then 3-4 years

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    cbrady2k

    They should have taken Johnny Football this last draft – at least we’d have something interesting to talk about for the rest of the year.

    Glennon isn’t a playmaker, the only game I’ve ever seen him clutch in was that Pittsburgh game, and that was only after they scored to fail on the previous drive at the end zone. The best Glennon can ever be is Brad Johnson, but he’s not even close to that now.

    If they pass on yet another QB this offseason we’re going to be looking at another high draft pick in 2016, so on and so forth. Glennon is not the answer.

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    owlykat

    If Lovie goes for one of your DE picks in the first round and misses Marriota in the first round he will not be a Buc when he retires. Carr almost beat the 49ers last week for the Raiders of all teams, and Jacksonville’s QB easily beat out Glennon’s production last week too. Glennon is OK for a backup QB but is not the future of this franchise, and yes, Tebow would turn around this team like he did the Broncos, winning seven straight when he took over after they had lost four in a row.

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      warren

      Totally agree Owlykat!

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        warren

        Except for your Tebow comment (again!).

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          Buctebow

          Tebow would be for entertainment value only. He was a great college QB, but there is nothing he could contribute to the Bucs situation.

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    scubog

    Sad when we’re not even to the half way point of the season and we’re talking top 5 draft pick. Someone asked what DE the Bucs drafted in the first round who had lived up to expectations. Only the great Lee Roy Selmon. Then again, we could ask the same question about drafting QB’s in the first round. Not much “Luck” there either. Nice piece about the Tampa 2. Funny, not one quote from an ex-player who thought it to be obsolete. Funny too when someone mentioned only playing it 35% of the time. If that’s the case, what defense are we playing the other 65%? None in those Ravens and Falcons games.

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      Buctebow

      I think the Bucs should do the George Costanza, whatever player they think they should draft, they should do the opposite. It worked for George!

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    seat26

    Unless Glennon has a spectacular year and actually wins some games, I cannot see a situation where we don’t go after a QB. Glennon has the skills to be a very good back up, but so far he has been way to inconsistent, and in this Division if you don’t have a franchise QB, forget it. I think Bucs can address the problems on Defense with the rest of the draft and in free agency.

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    KINDERRT

    This team needs to inject HOPE into this fan base next year. They need to draft the best QB available in the first round. I for one will not renew my season tickets after 25 years. I’m done paying for this garbage year after year.

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    Buctebow

    They have to pick a DE first, then take a second round QB, or move back up to getthe one they want, they are all a crap shoot anyway.

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    Weren’t we in the NFC North with Green Bay in ’96? Not the NFC Central?

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      Buctebow

      Yes We went 6-10 for last place. Losing 6 of 8 in the NFC Central Division.

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    Buctebow

    This is why we don’t have enough talent, first round picks for the last 10 years:
    2004 15 Michael Clayton Wide receiver LSU
    2005 5 Carnell Williams Running Back Auburn
    2006 23 Davin Joseph Guard Oklahoma
    2007 4 Gaines Adams Defensive End Clemson
    2008 20 Aqib Talib Cornerback Kansas
    2009 17 Josh Freeman Quarterback Kansas State
    2010 3 Gerald McCoy Defensive Tackle Oklahoma
    2011 20 Adrian Clayborn Defensive End Iowa
    2012 7 Mark Barron Safety Alabama
    31 Doug Martin Running Back Boise State
    2013 No pick
    2014 7 Mike Evans Wide Receiver Texas A&M

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      Buctebow

      Few players that we pick in the first round turn into stars, or at least lasts as a star. GMC ok, Evans still a maybe, the rest are a flash in the pan, or not stars, or are gone, or a combination.

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