As the sacks leader among Bucs defensive ends with four, Smith has all of Joe’s attention. [read more]
Sunday’s first-quarter roughing the kicker personal foul on Gholston that gave the Bears a fresh set of downs was bogus. [read more]
Those “19-and-9″ bumper stickers, hot sellers last Valentine’s Day, were emblematic of the movement. But now there’s a new rallying cry fueled by fresh data. [read more]
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It just hurts Joe’s head when he hears Lovie Smith talk about being in a playoff race. With a two-win team that can’t win a game at home? C’mon.
Even if the Bucs were in a playoff hunt, the Bucs offense is in dire need of help. Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida believes it doesn’t make a difference who is the quarterback so long as the run game is swimming up stream. [read more]
The revolving door of returners trying to replace Eric Page keeps turning.
Jelly hands Marcus Thigpen was released today, after Trindon Holliday went to injured reserve and Chris Owusu was cut, after rookie Solomon Patton didn’t last long. [read more]
Lavonte David is a fierce competitor. Sitting out Sunday, his first missed game of his career, was brutal on him.
David painted a picture of a guy who wanted to go but was denied by team medical staff. [read more]
One bright spot in this miserable season is the glow of rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. It is hard not to group Evans in with the top tier of receivers in the league.
Sunday, in the loss to the Bears, the way Evans described it, he and quarterback Josh McCown were playing backyard football on his touchdown catch, the lone TD for the Bucs. [read more]
The easiest thing about playing football is going hard to the whistle. It takes no talent to give maximum effort. That’s learned at the Pop Warner level. Most plays are no more than six seconds of mayhem. Is that too much to freakin’ ask?
Joe presents Exhibit A from the Tampa Bay debacle in Chicago. [read more]
It was almost like two different games Sunday.
The Bucs thrashed the Bears and bratty Jay Cutler in the first half. In the second half? The Bears were wolves. Hungry wolves, in fact.
Bears safety Peanut Tillman, a Lovie Smith guy through and through, explained how Chicago coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker went all “Coming to America” and lit into the Bears at halftime and unleashed the dogs. [read more]
How should one view this ugly Bucs season?
Is Tampa Bay simply the worst team – with the worst quarterback situation – in what might be the worst division in NFL history?
Or are the Bucs on the rise and just jelling a little slower than Lovie Smith would like, but still jelling nonetheless? [read more]
That would be Michael Johnson’s lack of production. [read more]
In Joe’s time in the Windy City this weekend, there was sober, thoughtful, local analysis that the Bears would have been better off with Josh McCown as their starting quarterback than bratty Jay Cutler.
Adam Schein believes those folks were proven wrong Sunday.
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Bucs news forthcoming.
Eric Berry may have lymphoma. [NFL]
In case you missed it, Johnny Football’s entourage was involved in a hilarious brawl with a douchey bro who wanted to hug Johnny. [BSPN]
Matthew Stafford’s fiance has a better average than he does. [TheBigLead]
North Carolina players lost their minds by beating Duke. In football. [Deadspin]
Jim Bowden does not like the Rays, nor does he understand their spreadsheeter ways. [RaysIndex]