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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

    TAMPA BAY’S QB QUANDARY

    It should evident to everyone by now that we do not have a franchise QB. It is the one ace that the other NFC-South teams hold over us. I grant you there are other needs, but if not now when? Administrations come and go with the Bucs about every two years. This may be the single most determining factor in whether we get out of that revolving door.

    There is no doubt in my mind that any one of the QBs taken last year or either of the top 2 QBs in the 2015 class would have won that game Sunday. Keep in mind these are opinions and may be never heard outside of this forum, but I say them because I believe that it’s time to change the trend. Sure we have other needs, but there is no single position that will have more impact on wins and losses than this one. The status quo is not an option. Which QB plays the remainder of this season is as simple as a coin flip or how the coach feels when he gets out of bed Sunday morning!

    These are changes I recommend for 2015. A QB should be drafted in the 1st round. If the 2015 QB rankings remain as they are we should take either Mariota or Winston. Which one should be determined by the remaining performances and other selection criteria leading up to the draft. McCown should be retained as back-up QB and acting QB coach. In 2016, a back-up QB should be drafted in the middle rounds and McCown’s contract can be renegotiated as the full-time QB coach. Glennon should be traded for any draft pick that is offered.

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    KINDERRT

    macabre…You are right on target with your 2016-16 plan. I was thinking the same thing. A franchise QB could make so many other poor positions on a team look good with good QB play. Now we need the team to lay down (shouldn’t be to hard ) and go winless for Winston.

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    KINDERRT

    Sorry macabee about the type O on your name. Haven’t figured out how to edit a post.

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      macabee

      No problem Kinderrt. I showed your post to my wife and she said “seems some of your friends know the real you!” lol

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    PewterPose

    Macabee is on point. This organization needs to find a QB that elevates the offense, takes advantage of turnovers from a hopefully improved defense next year, and controls the clock. The days of just-good-enough QBS is gone – not with these pass-happy rules. Mariota, Winston, and Cook should all be on Licht’s radar. This decision will make or break him and Lovie in Tampa, just as Josh broke Raheem, Schiano, and Dominik. They had better make the right decision.

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    martinii

    macabee…. After reading your post my recovery jumped ahead 2 weeks. It all starts at the QB and there are a couple of good ones hopefully available in 2015. Mc Cowan would make a good back-up/ coach and a mid rounder for insurance and development makes since. We can always fill other needs through free agency and the draft. Go Bucs……

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    Buctebow

    Yup, we need a new QB. Will they get one in the first round, or pick up another used player like Sam (I’m hurt) Bradford.

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    Dbuc63

    Yep, all of you and you great astute opinions are right on point, draft a QB first round. That rookie QB will win games all by themselves. Heck he will pass for 500 yards a throws 7 TD’s as we win 52-49 and make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade!

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    Horse

    I think our problems are much more than just a QB. We have 6 months until the next draft.

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    cremdonado

    I agree with horse- there are more than just QB problems in Tampa…I believe we also have a problem with our coaching staff- mainly the head coach and the OC…NONE of next years top rated QBs will pan out- MARK MY WORDS…the ducks have yet to produce a successful NFL QB and the crab thief is just an accident waiting to happen- if Jamarcus Russell , pacman jones and mike Williams had a child in the League- Winston is their child…just face facts- this franchise is a bottom feeder and is still YEARS away from being competitive…

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    scubog

    This team has been searching for that elite QB since Steve Spurrier trotted onto the field in 1976. I agree with those who believe your chances of winning are much greater when you have one of those special players. Sure you can win with an average schmo if the rest of the team is comprised of great players. But that’s the one position that can kill the rest of the team’s opportunity to win a game. How many times did we hear Sapp beg for a mere 17 points a game. Consistently successful teams have that one guy on whom the rest of the team looks for leading the team to victory, or at least gives them a chance. No other position on the team carries such a status. Yes, we need nearly every position but if we are fortunate enough to draft that elusive special QB maybe the rest of the roster wont be so bad. How would the Saints be without Brees, the Packers without Rodgers or the Broncos without Manning? I think we all know that answer.

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    Horse

    Scubog; are you saying that this type of quarterback is in this draft for us to pick? I don’t see it, but maybe you do. Based on what I just said, I am looking for a starting defensive lineman, offensive lineman, or linebacker

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    macabee

    Horse,

    Can you explain why Jason Licht and the pro personnel director was at the FSU/Louisville game? Maybe just boys night out?

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      ngldevin

      Doing their due diligence, I’d assume. Not doing their job if they don’t. But Winston is a moron…. Qbs at the NFL level have to be at least a little cerebral. Winston can barely form a coherent sentence sometimes. If we really wanted a qb I think we missed or chance this year with Bridgewater or carr. They both are looking like they can make the strides to be successful at this level

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    scubog

    To answer your question Horse, I don’t really know yet. Assuming we end up with a top 5 choice and no QB is worthy of that lofty status or risk we may need to trade down as you often suggest and perhaps take one a little later in the round. I’m certainly no QB guru, but if Winston wasn’t so immature, he’d be a no-brainer. ngldevin questioned his intelligence, but I heard he was accepted to Stanford. Those off the field issues with him have to be considered. If Winston comes out this year, Licht and company need to dig really deep before selecting him in the top 5. I haven’t seen or read enough of the others to really say who else might be a candidate. I know this; don’t force the pick just to take a QB or any “need” position. What O-lineman or D-lineman are you taking with that choice?

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