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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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    ColeRiel

    Am I the only one who gets a good laugh out of every mention of the Bucs and playoffs? Really wish things would’ve panned out with Hester or Demps in the return game. If you watch any game where a big return happens, you realize it is such a momentum shifter. Hope to Martin dropped at some point, as well as Collins EDS and a few other busts. Better to go into next year with committed players than over-priced losers. Not sure why Incognito hasn’t come around, oh well. Hope for the best, expect the worst.

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    sunrays08

    I love the concept of this article that you have introduced this year. But from someone who has read almost all of these, this was the worst written one.

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    jerseybucsfan

    Since the Falcons and Saints play each other, isn’t it just about a mathematical possibility that the Bucs could win the division at 5-11? And it’s not far from that at 6-10.

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    matador

    “Bucs Offense Continues To Pass The Ball Well…Josh McCown contributed three turnovers, but threw for a season-high 341 yards…”
    C’mon, man! Integrity? Credibility? Bueler, Bueler..Bueler…? Freaking embarrassing.

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    scubog

    This season has been all too reminiscent of those mid-80’s to mid-90’s teams. Remember those JonnyG? Every once in a while they win a game and not all of the players deserve the dismal won-loss record they represent. But in the end, we will be looking to the next Draft for our savior. Who knew in 1995 that a lame-duck coach would select two risky players who would turn the franchise around for a decade? There’s always hope.

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    EastEndBoy

    I think the state of the Bucs right now must be “bewilderment”…seriously Scott, it must seem incredibly odd to be writing about a 2-9 team and using the word “playoffs” anywhere except to say “this team needs a lot of help to make a run at the playoffs next year”. Anyway, @scubog, I agree this team feels in many ways like the mid-90’s teams…we were bad, we knew it, but there was some small inkling of hope…I remember year after year saying “all we need is to get some offense now and we’re there”…it took a coaching change, a very good game-manager QB, and a few FA’s nearing the ends of their productive NFL lives to get us that offense…this time around I really hope we can just draft some serious offensive weapons…hope in the form of Mariota would be so much nicer to cheer for…

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    76Buc

    I’m not concerned about how high we draft. We don’t need a bunch of rookies right now who will take 2 or 3 years to develop and commit rookie mistakes. We need to go out into FA and this time do a great job bring in talent. We especially need to retool our OL with the best talent we can fine. Use the draft to add quality defensive depth.

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    macabee

    We’re going DEFCON 1 in 2015 – the nuclear option. We’ve got to blow this thing up! The Bucs need draft picks and better performance at key positions. I don’t believe these players and cap numbers will not return next year.

    SALARY CAP

    DaQuan Bowers 1,226,000 not met expectations
    Jonathan Casillas 1,400,000 already traded
    Mark Barron 3,616,000 already traded
    Adrian Clayborn 2,612,000 not met expectations
    Oniel Cousins 635,000 too little, too late at LT
    Mike Glennon 776,000 traded/ 5th rd pick
    Dashon Goldson 8,250,000 salary exceeds performance
    Vincent Jackson 11,111,000 traded to Eagles/3rd rd pick
    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
    Logan Mankins 8,500,000 traded to Pats/4th rd pick
    Doug Martin 1,696.000 traded to Bills/5th rd pick
    Luke Stocker 775,000 too much tub, no plays

    Total Cap Savings 47,382,000

    Current Salary Cap 1,823,000

    Proj. 2015 Cap Incr. 10,000,000

    Proj. 2015 Cap Space 59,205,000

    NOTES:

    -Vincent Jackson could be traded to the Eagles. They made a big push for him before the trade deadline, but the Bucs held out for a 2nd round pick. 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 could also be traded to a RB needy team. The Miami Dolphins or Buffalo Bills are likely targets. Bobby Rainey has already displaced him as starting RB. Since Charles Sims has returned, Martin has become the 3rd RB. No more Smurfs, the Bucs need a big power RB in the stable.

    -There are others on this team, picked up in the off-season who do not belong on this team. Too many Crezdon Butlers, Marcus Thigpens, and Brandon Dixons to name a few. They should be gone too!

    -Cap increase due to CBS and DirectTV contracts.

    FREE AGENCY

    -The Bucs need to make 4 free agency moves. They will have the dollars to make it happen.

    -Bucs should pursue a defensive game changer in FA. Put DE Greg Hardy on the left side. The one big FA move.

    -Bucs need a strong run blocker to secure the O-line and improve the run game. Put All-Pro OG Mike Iupati on the left side to replace Logan Mankins. Iupati can be had for what Bucs are paying Mankins and 6 years younger.

    -Bucs should add a veteran CB with man coverage skills – veteran CB Brandon Flowers will be a UFA in 2015. He is the 2nd ranked CB by ProfootballFocus.com and has 23 tackles, 2 INTs, and 7 pass break-ups this season. Move Alterraun Verner to the slot to replace Leonard Johnson. Verner can tackle but hasn’t shown that he can play on the outside.

    Bucs should add a big MLB (another Urlacher) and move Mason Foster to the strong side. WLB/MLB K.J. Wright/Seahawks will be a UFA and can fill the ticket.

    2015 DRAFT

    -Round 1 – Draft QB Marcus Mariota/Oregon or Jameis Winston/FSU

    -Round 2 – Draft 6-5 WR Dorial Green-Beckham/Oklahoma to replace Vincent Jackson.

    -Round 2 – Trade back into the 2nd to draft FS Gerod Holliman/Louisville or Cody Prewitt/Ole Miss. We need a big hard-hitting FS that can cover deep to replace Mark Barron and/or Dashon Goldson. Or sit still and take SS Durell Eskridge/Syracuse in the 3rd round.

    -Round 3 – Draft CB Cam Thomas/W. Kentucky. Need a long speedy CB to back up Johnthan Banks on the outside.

    -Round 4 – Draft OT Tyrus Thompson/Oklahoma. OT Kevin Pamphile is developing on schedule. Move FA bust OT Anthony Collins inside to ROG.

    -Remaining rounds – Draft DE, MLB, a big power RB, and C. Get punter from UDFA class.

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      EastEndBoy

      wow mac…you usually have such short, poignant posts…I really like the Mankins to NE for a 4th rounder (but wonder if we would get our 4th back, or theirs)…and “short punts, long salary” is a classic…like it!

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    arizonajoe

    What I do like is that the Bucs seem to be playing better and competitive. However, the penalties are killing me as a fan. We get something going then a penalty or back-to-back penalties kill us. Offensively, defensively, special teams too many penalties.

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    JackinJersey

    Here’s the State of the Buccaneers Scott. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an unwatchable embarrassment of an organization. Bucs pass the ball well, what games are you watching? Throw in the fact that Lovie Smith is the most clueless Head Coach since………..Rich Kotite.

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    martinii

    macabee…..
    I hope you don’t mind but I am going to use your above analysis as one of my possible contingency plans for the 2015 offseason. When I set up my war room each offseason I always like to compare different fan idea with what actually develops. You’re scheme is very thorough and well thought out. I would never hav considered the Mankin move nor the Dorial Green Beckam pick. I agree we need a QB and regardless of the 1st round history I’m all in on Mariota. And Winston.
    Appreciate your insights…… Go Buc’s

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    scubog

    Good stuff macabee. You obviously have a lot of time on your hands to come up with such a thorough and well thought analysis. But there are more players to be as Ted Webb used to say, “Given a copy of the Home Game.” Might fetch a draft pick for Glennon. Need to replace Dietrich-Smith with a more stout center. I’m not a big fan of free-agency for reasons proved out this season, but we might not have a choice but to make another run at it. No more one-year wonders and back-ups please.

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    mjmoody

    Playoffs?? Does any self respecting Football fan really want the entire country watching the Bucs play football right now? The NFC South is doo doo this year and that’s a great thing. It means that the Bucs have a very weak schedule. When their draft position is determined they will go to the head of the line between any other 2 win teams they are tied with. Lovie’s playoff talk better just be coach speak. Winning at this point is just plain stupid. The Colts pulled a “Major League” the year Payton left. 16 painful games earned them Andrew Luck, and a return to the playoffs this season. So far, through 3 coaching changes, 16 painful games has earned me a lot of false hope followed by bitter disappointment. I want some restitution for all this pain and suffering.

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    ryan24

    Nice ideas but we don’t get all that cap space as Jackson and Goldson both have significant dead money which, I think, totals about $10mil.

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