Jameis Watch: Jason Licht Says “Check The Box”

March 2nd, 2015

jameis 0221Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, former national champion Jameis Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s daily nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback ever to wear No. 5 in the state of Florida. [read more]

Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 13

March 2nd, 2015

teddy bridgewater 1027In many ways, Tampa Bay’s 2014 season was more bizarre than the MRSA-infected, quarterback-gone-mental, Fire-Schiano-billboards campaign of 2013.

There were plenty of real Bucs mysteries last year, and Joe’s revisiting the most interesting of the bunch. [read more]

Glory Days Bucs Tackle Shoots Down Suh

March 2nd, 2015

Sporting News ArchiveJoe is flabbergasted by the drum pounding for Ndamukong Suh by some Bucs fans, and it’s mind-numbing that some local media types think Suh in Tampa might actually happen.

It’s about as likely as Team Glazer hosting a clothing optional Town Hall meeting on Clearwater Beach and insisting on questions about Manchester United. [read more]

A Rockstar “Set Up”

March 2nd, 2015
Former Bucs rock star GM Mark Dominik talks Bucs QB Josh McCown and "game managers."

The new regime appreciates the old regime

By now, most Bucs fans have realized their beloved Buccaneers are about $30 million under the 2015 salary cap, and the free agency dinner bell rings in eight days.

The Bucs can play the game, if they desire. [read more]

“There’s A Bunch Of Stuff In Our Offense That Will Marry Up Well”

March 2nd, 2015
Important people on Team Mariota think he can play Day 1

Important people on Team Mariota think he can play Day 1

It’s official, Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has been talking about Marcus Mariota to his old colleague and friend Mark Helfrich, the Oregon head coach.

It’s got draft gurus chatting about whether Mariota would be targeted — and ready — to play for Tampa Bay on Day 1. [read more]

Take Anthony Collins, Please

March 2nd, 2015
Seems the Bucs are trying to unload LT Anthony Collins on an unsuspecting team.

Seems the Bucs are trying to unload LT Anthony Collins on an unsuspecting team.

Yes, the free agency dinner bell rings next week. Seriously, eight days away. Already, rumors are flying everywhere about this player and that. More on that later.

One guy the Bucs threw a lot of Team Glazer cash in a free agent spending spree last year was left tackle Anthony Collins. What to make of that move? Well, Collins was a healthy scratch down the stretch in the Chase for Jameis. [read more]

Cold Shower On Mike Iupati

March 2nd, 2015

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Just thinking of that sieve passed off as an offensive line last year makes Joe shudder. Joe has seen more solid bricks of Swiss cheese in a deli than what the Bucs trotted out as a front line.

No, Joe isn’t buying that barbecue pitmaster Logan Mankins was the second-coming John Hannah. His left-his-heart-in-New-England-inspired play didn’t sit well with Joe. [read more]

Licht Won’t “Get Too Cute”

March 2nd, 2015

jason licht 1229Who wants to play Let’s Make A Trade?

One might think Bucs general manager Jason Licht would raise his hand, considering he made a pile of trades last season — in a league that doesn’t see many trades. [read more]

Entertaining Orlando Franklin

March 2nd, 2015

No wonder people run around Denver smoking legal marijuana. They’re celebrating the Broncos’ outstanding 2011 NFL Draft.

The Bucs’ 2011 draft? Well, Joe thinks it’s a solid bet Luke Stocker will be re-signed for 2015, but that’s about it. [read more]

That B-Word

March 2nd, 2015

For many Bucs fans, the ghost of Bo Jackson lives.

While the story is a lot more complicated, the Bucs chose Bo Jackson first overall in the 1986 draft and he stiffed the Bucs, choosing instead to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals organization.

When Joe asked possible Bucs No. 1 pick Jameis Winston at the NFL Scouting Combine in frozen Indianapolis if his baseball career was over, Winston didn’t say, “No.” [read more]

Barren Roster

March 2nd, 2015
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The data crowd checks in

 

Hopefully, one thing the braintrust of the Bucs can solve is depth. The roster has no depth. Hell, there’s barely enough for a starting-22. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

March 2nd, 2015

hooters 2015.0302Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2015 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Top 101 free agents. [NFL]

Could Snapchat bring down the mighty NFL? [Business Insider]

Google now supports free porn. [Yahoo! News]

YouTube is losing money. [ABC News]

Dirtbag is the 51st best player in MLB. [RaysIndex]

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Barbecue Time! Maybe.

March 1st, 2015

logan mankins 0917Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud was busy Twittering today that barbecue-yearning guard Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson will return to the Buccaneers in 2015.

Joe would caution that things change quickly in the NFL (see Darrelle Revis in March 2014). [read more]

ASJ Needs To Stay On The Field

March 1st, 2015

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So when the Bucs bring in Jameis Winston, it is all set up for him to be successful. He’s got Vincent Jackson to throw to. He has Mike Evans to throw to, which makes Joe just drool.

But what about a third receiver? [read more]

Jameis Watch: The Godfather Shift

March 1st, 2015
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Team Mariota picks up a big name

Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, former national champion Jameis Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s daily nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback ever to wear No. 5 in the state of Florida. [read more]

Awaiting Jon Beason?

March 1st, 2015

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If Tampa Bay wants a talented, experienced 4-3 middle linebacker, a guy who is a huge personality and an even bigger leadership presence, then the Bucs will be quick to sniff Jon Beason, if/when he becomes a salary cap cut of the Giants next week. [read more]

Simeon Rice: Hall Of Famer?

March 1st, 2015

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We all know former Bucs great Warren Sapp used to bellow from the mountain top that his fellow Hall of Fame member Michael Strahan was overrated and may not be worthy of his bust in Canton.

(By the way, Sapp has been really quiet since he last appeared on the NFL Network, hasn’t he?) [read more]

Middle Linebacker Crop Is Weak

February 28th, 2015

lovie 1110bSo who’s going to play middle linebacker for the Buccaneers?

Likely soon-to-be free agent Mason Foster is not that ideal cover guy Lovie Smith needs. [read more]