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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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    Horse

    I am confused here; I thought Smith played the left side not the right side? I thought I saw many plays with Smith rushing on the left side next to McCoy and Johnson on the right side next to McDonald?

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    jongruden

    We have to draft a franchise qb, period! To discuss any other position is just water cooler conversation

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    KINDERRT

    jongruden, Agree 100 o/o. It’s just a matter if we have to trade up to get our guy. If we pick in the top five and don’t take a QB L&L should be shown the door the day after the draft.

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    martinii

    Jongruden I also agree….. The only way we pass on a QB is if they are both off the board. I would even consider trading up and I hate to trade up. We must find someone who can see an open WR and throw the ball to him. It is as simple as that. No running backwards for 20 yards, no throwing the ball to a wide open defensive player, and no fumbling the ball while trying to make chicken salad out of chicken crap. We have seen enough poor QB play. Buc fans deserve better…….

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    stone1

    i believe the bucs are still picking third the draft tie break is strength of schedule with the bucs having an easier schedule they would pick ahead of the jets

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    scubog

    Sure would be nice if we were discussing the Play-offs instead of the Draft. Play-offs?, we’ll be lucky to win another game!”

    You can never have enough pass rushers but the DE’s described above seem more like 3-4 outside linebackers. Will Gholston sure seems to be fading fast. I’m hoping Michael Johnson’s injuries are behind him and we can use these last few games to evaluate him.

    We need to find a quarterback who won’t be the worst in our own Division. I hope that guy is there in the 2015 Draft. Only a promising young quarterback and a real proven offensive coordinator will be able to stir the interest of our apathetic fan base. No defensive end or offensive lineman will generate anything more than a ho-hum response from Buc Nation which is already located in the 3rd world. We need a little pick me up.

    If Jason Licht and the rest of the organization believes one of the QB’s available in the Draft is that guy, they need to do whatever it takes to get him. After that, focus on the offensive line.

    Given the situations in Washington and Cleveland, should Licht consider trading for RGIII or Johnny Football?

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    Horse

    Scubog; I’m now on board too for a QB then OL. I’m not on Board to pick a QB somewhere else that has shown the last two years he hasn’t developed and another one who thinks he’s the next coming, but hasn’t even played yet and is a bench warmer. Besides I think Washington and Cleveland would want too much for them and they both have proven so far they aren’t starters.

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    Dbuc63

    Thank you SR for mentioning “other” draft prospects than QB. I know I am in the minority but that has always made me have success in my life..don’t follow the herd unless I’m hungry! We need better QB play but there are several holes to fill to be legitimate contenders. I could care less about having the worst QB in our division that has no one at .500 after week 12. I want a good team and there are many ways to become that besides this crap about having a “franchise” QB which in definition means different things to different people. Many old timers on here don’t seem to realize that they ,as well as most of us, have been dead wrong on almost every QB in the draft the past 10 years. But somehow somewhere they KNOW this is what we need and they KNOW the 2 next great upcoming QB stars in the league. SUCCESSFUL TEAMS DRAFT BPA NOT BY NEED. Can anyone of you really say that if we had better coaching, better OL, Special Teams, and the defense was playing like it is now that you would be hollering about a QB? BPA and if it is not a QB then don’t reach. The few rookie QB’s that made the playoffs had a good team already, we don’t. So, wait 2 more years (assuming QB is good)?? Not with my money. WIN NOW BABY!!

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    KINDERRT

    I think most of us think that QB is the most important position on the field. If you can get a top QB in the draft when you have a top five pick ( which should not come around very often) you need to take that QB. A good QB, not great QB could play for your team ten to fifteen years. Those years you don’t have to think QB in the draft and have time to build a team. When other good players are on a poor team they leave for many reasons, money, QB can’t get me the ball, play the game in front of a full stadium or they just want to WIN. So for my money the QB is the engine that makes the team go. In an offensive minded league you have to pick a QB if needed,(WE NEED) when you pick in the top five.

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      macabee

      Dbuc63,

      Let an oldtimer agree with you – take BPA! I want to make you aware when you are clamoring for BPA you are in fact saying draft Marcus Mariota, because Mariota is BPA in the 2015 draft. I researched the top 10 big boards – Rob Rang, Matt Miller, Kiper, Mayock, etc. And it just so happens that they all have Mariota at the top of their Big Board. So be careful what you ask for. lol

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      macabee

      Sorry KINDERRT,

      Clicked the wrong “Reply to” button, comment is meant for Dbuc63.

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    chipbuc

    Im sorry but the one common denominator for winning teams for the most part is a good QB. Think bill belicheck is such a great coach without Brady, no way!!!!! What my point is no more DL OR OL picks when a potential great QB is there for the taking!!!!

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    matador

    Smith’s stubbornness about Martin is hurting the team yet playing McCown is…not? Winston is a hoodlum so that leaves one draft able QB in the draft. Based on what I’ve seen this season I wouldn’t even want McCown as a backup. Shouldn’t we be giving Glennon all the time and rope we can? Paying him only 3rd yr money (another reason to sack McCown), Glennon is on the team next yr, whether as a starter or backup. Wake up Lovie, let the kid play.

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    chosen1

    Does anyone really think that a rookie qb is going to save this team, with all the holes we have on it? there is no OL, no one on defense besides David and McCoy that we cant live without. I just hope we take BPA no matter what the position is. Scott, what do you think of Nate Orchard and Kalcie Clay in later rounds instead of ray and lockett?

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    Horse

    We’ll be debating this for 5 more months; one thing we all can agree on and that is we have to get a lot better than where we are now. Go Bucs!

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    buclover1988

    I think Marcus is the pick that needs to happen. I’m salivating at getting a true shot at getting him. Mariota to Evans will be very filthy.

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    scubog

    Just to set the record straight. I too agree that you draft the BPA (hopefully that matches a position of need). And as an “oldtimer” I’m all too aware of our teams bleak history with QB’s. Think that might have something to do with the horrendous won-loss records we’ve had the past 38 years? There’s no doubt that we could use an upgrade at nearly every position. So regardless of who we select, it will be a position of need. As macabee said, Mariotta is considered one of the BPA’s. Hmmmm, BPA meeting the greatest NEED. Seems a reasonable match to me.

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    tpeluso

    Scott, the Bucs would currently pick third ahead of both the Jets and Titans if the draft occurred today. Strength of schedule (weakest to strongest) is the first (and usually only) tiebreaker and ours stands at .430 to the Jets at .585 and the Titans at .557.

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