Packers Are Far From Perfect

December 20th, 2014
Josh McCown should have plenty of chances against a pretty soft Packers defense

Josh McCown should have plenty of chances against a pretty soft Packers defense

Joe will feel like dead man walking driving to the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway tomorrow.

Can the Bucs really beat the high-flying Packers?. Jiminy Christmas! They average more than 30 points a game. [read more]

Jameis Watch: Michael Vick–Approved

December 20th, 2014

jameis 1119Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James 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 to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida. [read more]

Scouting Randall Cobb

December 20th, 2014

A possible Bucs target?

Not everyone knows about the Packers’ other stud receiver, Randall Cobb, who should be a handful for the Bucs on Sunday.

The 24-year-old speedster has 76 catches for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’ll be a free agent in a matter of weeks and reports out of Green Bay say contract talks have stalled.

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TV Map For Packers-Bucs

December 20th, 2014

tvYou asked for it, you got it. It’s the TV map for tomorrow’s game between the Packers and the Bucs, live from Green Bay South the Den of Depression in Tampa.

If you live in pockets of the Midwest, Wisconsin or Florida, you have a decent chance of viewing the Bucs live on your local over-the-air FOX affiliate.

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Can Bucs Snap Rushing Drought?

December 20th, 2014
When Doug Martin slashed through the Raiders defense in 2012, it marked the last time the team had consecutive 150-yard rushing days.

When Doug Martin slashed through the Raiders defense in 2012, it marked the last time the team had consecutive 150-yard rushing days.

At least in the past three seasons, no matter how deep the stable of Bucs running backs is, no matter who has been coach or offensive coordinator, the rushing game has revolved around one man.

That man’s name is Doug Martin. [read more]

Trading Down For Nick Foles And Draft Picks

December 20th, 2014

Ahh, you gotta love the modern media landscape.

On Thursday, Bucs beat writer Woody Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, floated on Twitter that the Bucs trading down their premium, first-round, 2015 NFL Draft pick to the Eagles could be a sound move. [read more]

Visit HillsboroughDefense.com

December 20th, 2014

Who’s your defensive coordinator?

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Tedford Infers He Tanked On Bucs

December 20th, 2014
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Per the Vancouver Sun, former Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said he’s been “good to go for a couple of months.”

So former Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, before the NFL season is over, before Christmas 2014, already has a new job. As many know, he is now the head coach of the BC Lions of the CFL.

Tedford suffered a heart issue in preseason and he was all but AWOL ever since. [read more]

Jameis Watch: Hypocrisy

December 19th, 2014

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Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James 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 to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida. [read more]

“This Is A Long Term Disaster”

December 19th, 2014
The sting of 30-58

The sting of 30-58

Lovie Smith absorbs backlash from seemingly endless Buccaneers losing.

That’s not really fair.

No, Lovie wasn’t responsible for the December collapse of 2008. [read more]

Joe Talks Kryptonite, Mason Foster, Realism & More

December 19th, 2014

joe_mug_shotIt’s time for Joe’s weekly podcast, as Joe sits down with smooth-toned Ronnie Lane, of WDAE-AM 620 and the Buccaneers.

The Packers were a hot topic. [read more]

Seeking More Than “A Few Bursts”

December 19th, 2014

charles sims 1212Individually, Buccaneers have loads to play for Sunday — job security, pride and the suffering home fans.

One unit that has plenty of guys still proving themselves and angling for the blessing of the regime is the running backs. [read more]

Leslie Frazier And The Packers

December 19th, 2014
Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hasn't had much luck slowing down Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in seasons past.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier hasn’t had much luck slowing down Aaron Rodgers

In a pathetic season in which the Bucs, if you believe the numbers crunchers, are historically bad, the season was even worse to due to little drama.

There were few reasons for a Bucs fan to remain engaged. Many were checked out by Halloween, many, maybe, for good. In a sadistic way, that changed thanks to the Chase for Jameis. [read more]

The Hidden Folly Of Turnovers

December 19th, 2014

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Yes, turnovers can kill a team. They can also help a team, if the team doesn’t need help scoring.

The last two Bucs coaches, commander Greg Schiano and current leader Lovie Smith, preached the Gospel of tunnovers. Lovie, in particular, seems obsessed with them. [read more]

Your Wounded Bucs

December 19th, 2014
Clinton McDonald

Clinton McDonald

It’s Bradley McDougald time in the Bucs’ secondary. What a big test against the Packers for Tampa Bay’s emerging safety.

The young man plucked from the Chiefs’ practice squad last year will get the start again Sunday — and all kinds of playing time. [read more]

Bucs Earn A Sniff

December 19th, 2014

dogs-sniffThose focused on the next game not thinking much about the NFL Draft and the Buccaneers’ future really need to watch the video below.

It focuses on Sunday’s Bucs-Packers clash and might further explain what Lovie Smith meant when he said the Bucs are “on the verge.” [read more]

Jay Cutler And The Bucs

December 19th, 2014

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There’s lots of local and national speculation about bratty Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith potentially reuniting in Tampa next season. Even NFL.com is talking.

Joe finds the notion ludicrous.

However, if the Bears are willing to trade Cutler for Michael Johnson, and Lovie really believes the Bucs are “on the verge,” then maybe the thought of a Cutler transplant isn’t thoroughly insane. [read more]