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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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    Horse

    Agree with most everything Scott; still not sure about our top spot pick yet. I hope Glennon gets to play in two more games so we can positively say yes or no about him.

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    1BigOne

    I actually like Glennon but I still think we should draft Mariota, trade Glennon (while his value is decent) and keep McCown. Glennon is a solid game manager that would be best suited with a good defense to back him up. Unfortunately we don’t have that and what we need is a playmaker. Here’s to hoping we STAY AT 1 and draft Mariota. Go Bucs!!

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    scubog

    Good stuff Scott. Obviously Jeff Tedford’s heart wasn’t in it when he made no effort to help this struggling offense. While I have some sympathy for his health issue, I just can’t accept the fact that he remained on sick leave when he could have returned. But with this pathetic excuse for an offensive line, I don’t know that anyone could design plays where blocking isn’t a factor.

    Of course we all like talking Draft. Having the # 1 pick is something we have experienced many times. We got the first one (Lee Roy Selmon) right but it was pretty much down hill after that. Often we were bamboozled in trades for the coveted top spot. I’m not sure if taking Mariotta is the best thing to do because I haven’t seen enough of him and I don’t think Winston is worthy of a top ten selection. I’m curious what other QB’s might be available later in the Draft if we can somehow turn pick # 1 into enough in return to right the ship. The season is going to play itself out no matter what we may want. Yes, I’d like the first pick but I’m not looking forward to sitting in the stands with chants of “Go Pack Go” and “Who Dat” echoing in my ear. Maybe I can respond with “First Pick!” Nah, not much of a ring to it. I know, “We’re Number 1!” There’s also a nice hand gesture that goes along with it.

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    surferdudes

    Tedford is a west coast guy. He coached at Cal,and after spending the summer in Tampa, probably had a hard time adjusting to the change. Family, friends, probably adjusting to the climate too. That’s a concern with drafting Mariota also. If a man in his 50’s can get home sick, how about a 20 year old get? Don’t think it’s easy for someone to change coasts. Winston on the other hand is home grown. He knows how to train in the heat, and humidity, it won’t be a shock to him. If you think it doesn’t matter where you draft a player from, I believe it does. Isn’t Mariota from Hawaii? That’s a long way from home.

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    matador

    Lovie and Licht are not on the what’s wrong list? Getting lucky on one or two FA acquisitions but blowing the rest, making poor game day personnel decisions, getting little productivity from nearly all of our draft choices except for the obvious/easy decision to draft Evans, creating a culture of accepting/perpetuating mediocrity…? There is a bigger picture here and if that isn’t rectified we will be trapped in respectable but not elite level play for the duration of L&L’s tenure. Sorry if my concerns aren’t fun to read, I’ve just been sickened by the Glazer’s decisions about coaches and GMs post Gruden and have a sinking feeling they’ve whiffed yet again.

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    macabee

    Keeping the first pick and always encouraging your men to win is a dilemma. No General wants to tell his men to give up the fight. And I agree! But I want that first pick with a passion. So with a sturdy heart and a convincing tone of voice, as the General, I’m going to tell my men to pick up their weapons and advance to the rear!

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      EastEndBoy

      double time!

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    Horse

    surferdudes; that makes a lot of sense. I am going into this weekend like I do every weeeknd for a couple years now; no expectations. They win, great! They lose, great! I can’t figure this team out. These free agents weren’t previous world beaters; how do they come here and play so poorly for the most part? I think we should be like the Rays? Go to the other side of the Bay and find a new place. Hey Bucs; there’s a baseball stadium available in St. Petersburg.
    Maybe this is the answer. LOL

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    jongruden

    Tedford saw what I saw in this team when I was watching a Bucs Practice at one Buc Place peeking through the fence the week of the Atl Game, a dreadful situation at qb, I saw Glennon play two series and guess what he threw two picks to our defense OUR DEFENSE, McCown’s Arm is worse in person than on tv he throws a wierd side arm thing with nothing behind it, kind of like Bernie Kosar without the accuracy. I can’t imagine trying to coach an offense with these two qb’s and this putrid line. I think it was cowardly of Tedford to jump ship but after seeing these guys play makes me wonder if I wouldn’t do the same thing. BTW I flew to Tampa wo watch the Buccaneers vs Atl been planning the trip for six months but after I saw them in practice I didn’t go to the game after spending all the oney to get down there and I was offered free tickets but a few people. Untill this team gets their act together I won’t be making any future plans of flying across the country to watch these guys

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    KINDERRT

    macabee..Enjoy reading your posts. My thinking is the same as yours. I also want that first pick with a passion. Have had season tickets for 20+ years now and would like to have another shot at a #1 pick again. I can only hope the Buc’s don’t screw up the choice AGAIN if they get the pick.

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    dictate2u

    surferdudes, I agree with you. It makes so much sense to draft homegrown like Winston when talent dictates.

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      jongruden

      Maybe we can sign Tebow to back up Winston and have two Fla kids, ha

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        EastEndBoy

        not Danny Weurfel?

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          jongruden

          Weurfel is kind of old now, I know the Miami Fans are saying don’t forget about us we had Ken Dorsey

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            EastEndBoy

            Yes Dorsey – forgot about that guy too.

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    stlbucsfan

    The problem with the Bucs offseason was that we had the smartest man in the room syndrome. They thought they saw something correctable in Oneal Cousins when everyone in the league continued to say how awful he was. They replaced Zuttah who was perfectly fine at C with EDS who also had mixed reviews over the past 2 seasons. Then we move to the Bengals, one never started and the other came off a 3 sack season that even I thought was due to the scheme. Bucs should focus on proven commodities like Jared Veldheer last offseason who I wanted but they chose to save a few million and get the watered down AC. Everson Griffin had superior numbers last season yet we paid Michael Johnson. Had Revis in house yet chose to spend on Verner who is a downgrade and Jenkins who never played a meaningful snap for us and the list goes on. Moral of the story, pay for production and not hope. Still wonder how far ahead of the curve this defense would be with Banks emerging and Revis locking down the other side. After all we didnt save any of the money we just tied it up with downgraded talent. This regime has used all of its passes in my book this offseason is vital in determing how long Lovie sticks around.

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    EastEndBoy

    Nice review Scott. I would add that Jon Banks is doing well as another bright spot, perhaps unexpected. BUT, I for one never had any expectations for a third round reach RB (a.k.a. Sims)…I am not disappointed – he is pretty much as I expected. I know that most of the issue is actually with the line, but even with the best line in the league Sims would not be better than the other gaggle of RBs we have – he’s fine (like they all are) but nothing special as a RB, IMO.

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    Biff Barker

    Matador has a point. No criticism of Lovie? Warhop and O’Dea get a flyer too?

    PR and most TB Media has been far too soft on the HC and his staff.

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