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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    I’d say the DLine was a B+ except for the fact that George Johnson was on the line, he brought the grade down all by himself.

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    Again, great game all around. D-line definitely set the tone. The only non-impact player was G Johnson. LBs performed up to the high expectations we’ve all had for them since the off season. Secondary rebounded very nicely after a bad game last week. Special teams Brindza, Schum, and Rainey all with great games. Go Bucs!

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    Very pleased with the effort. They did not play their best football. But, they still got a division road win. I am very encouraged by that. Go Bucs!!

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    Well Zach – I think you have some high standards for ST…not sure we’ll get a much better all around effort than that on ST…I understand we got no TDs (so perhaps that knocks us down a notch) but only B…tough judge!

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      We also blocked a kick!…I mean the only thing short of a perfect ST day would have been if Brindza had hit the 52 yarder and if we’d run back some kick for a TD…it just doesn’t get much better than Sunday for ST…37 yard kick return average is the 3rd longest in the league this year (and the 37 average would lead the league), while 11 per punt is top-10 easily…this might well end up being our best ST performance this year…

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    Tough grades….the BUCS did win didn’t they?

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    D line stuffed the run all day, 2 fumbles, and 4 sacks, and get a B? A or A- is my grade. Johnson did not have a sack, but he had a tackle behind the line. Glad you recognized Conte as he was a beast all day. You haters will have to leave him alone this week.

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    Agreed with you yesterday 78Buc about Conte and will do so again today.
    The guy was in perfect position for his INT and showed why the Tampa 2 can be so effective.
    He actually gave up his body on one running play to stop a long run. The guy had a monster game.
    Surprising why our two high priced safeties from last year couldn’t ever grasp the concept of Cover 2.
    I think the grades our fair and lets lay off George Johnson. He’s hardly breaking the bank and no one said he was going to be the next Simeon Rice.
    As long as he is giving effort, then the sack will come. it’s a 1 game season and we don’t need a scapegoat on this board like they do on another catty blog.

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    BTW, I love that pic of the Buc defense after Brees. it looks like they are trying to get him by the throat and choke the life out of him. That’s the kind of attitude we need.
    Also, reports out of New Orleans might have Brees out with a rotator cuff injury. Wonder if we can get a No. 2 for Mike Glennon who Sean Payton supposedly loves.

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    When you stop the run with speedy linebackers and stop the pass with an effective 4-man rush, Lovie’s mostly cover 2 zone scheme works brilliantly. Perhaps the once powerful Saints offense is not what it used to be. I knew the Bucs had the brains and talent to succeed and I was depressed about how a few mistakes against Tennessee led many to conclude they might be hopelessly incompetent. Not so. This group can win, and it will do it some more soon. These new rookies are getting the hang of it!

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    Overall the D played well, but this is not the Saints offense of old. Brees still doesn’t have the chemistry that he did with Graham and the wideouts. That being said, the D got after him all day and that can only bode well coming into the Houston game against the statue known as Mallett.

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