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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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    I think this is a make or break year for Licht.

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      The Bucs ownership has learned the lessons of unstable football management and coaching staff. They will sign Licht for a few more years to continue the positive on-field development.

      Every GM strikes out in FA and the draft, but Licht has put together a credible team in a relatively short time along with excellent cap management.

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        Cap management, yes, but give Licht props for his crap management, as well. Crap management was something Domenik sucked at!

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        Really, so many of you all think Licht is so good? I think he’s done okay, but if we don’t win at least nine games he’s in trouble.



          We disagree, Horse. Licht is doing very well, no way on God’s green earth is he on the bubble this year. Best GM we’ve had since Rich McKay.

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    It was my understanding that the bucs safeties are interchangeable on any given play as they do not want to tip their coverage. So labeling one strong or free is sometimes pointless as they will play both on any given drive etc. Thats the beauty of the scheme. Are our safeties less flexible now?

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    I think the center formerly known as Evan Dietrich Smith was also involved in that initial wave of free agents that were brought in under Lovie Smith’s first year.
    As far as Carl Nick’s is concerned, he was a real road grader and was of the reasons the Bucs got off to a good start in Schiano’s first season.
    Unfortunately he suffered a turf toe injury that not only ended his season, but also his career, not MERSA.
    I always suspected Nicks came down with that malady in New Orleans since it is an injury often suffered by players who play on artificial turf, not real greaas
    How he got through his physical is a wonder to me.

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    Not sure that Ward bolsters the Bucs secondary! He’s more of a box safety and shallow zone defender. In the 48 passing plays from the All 22 coaches film from the 2016 season he is used more like a hybrid linebacker / safety or what is more commonly known as a “Moneybacker” or “Rover” – he wont be a center-field type with extraordinary range to go sideline to sideline. He will undoubtedly be asked to play near the LOS.

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      Ken Grant

      Much of that can be attributed to scheme. Denver can afford to play ultra-aggressively in the box because of their corners. Just because Ward was used(and thrived) in that roll does not preclude his success in others.

      I would like to see some of those robber and 3-safety looks to take advantage of his downhill/blitzing skillset. We used some robber last year(think Tandy’s pick to close the Saints) but predominantly employed a 2 or 4 shell.

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    I honestly still think that first free agency spending spree was way more Lovie’s doing than Licht’s.

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      Ken Grant

      It absolutely was. They gave Lovie the checkbook when he was hired. Licht was brought it to put together the team Lovie wanted. That first free agency class was Lovie’s personal wish list. Didn’t take very long for the Glazers to realize who’s decisions were proving more prudent.

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    The only way JL ends up on the bubble – and it would be next year not this season – is if the OL play is so poor that it so undermines the offense to the point that we post a losing record along with JW being battered throughout the season, possibly being knocked out of a couple of games.

    Otherwise I agree with posters that despite his flaws he’s still considerably better than the other GMs in our history and that of the Glazers, specifically Allen and Dom (though hard to tell how much of that was Hickey’s fault).

    Stay safe everybody. This storm is nothing to be cavalier about.

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