Mankins Leads The Way

September 30th, 2014

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Joe’s proud to continue his partnership with LandryFootball.com, run by former NFL personnel man Chris Landry, who has worked as an assistant coach and scout for Bill Belichick, coordinator of the Titans scouting department, among other positions in pro and college football.

Landry provides an exclusive podcast for JoeBucsFan.com readers, which you can enjoy here every Tuesday evening, as in right now. [read more]

Joe Talks Lovie Mindset, Glennon Mob Mania, Secondary Troubles, Quarterback Reality & More

September 30th, 2014

joemugshotIt’s Tuesday. So that means the “JoeBucsFan Hour” was in full swing tonight, as Joe squared off with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

It got a little heated at times. [read more]

Bucs Off To Tropicana Field For Two Practices

September 30th, 2014
Lovie Smith is taking a page from Raheem Morris' playbook

Lovie Smith is taking a page from Raheem Morris’ playbook

Is Lovie Smith channeling Raheem Morris?

The ol’ ball coach used to take the Bucs over to Tropicana Field to practice on Thursdays in order to stay cool and extra fresh. [read more]

Protection Is An Issue For Improving Foster

September 30th, 2014

Foster explains that he’s becoming a better football player on the bench

Mason Foster only missed one game through his first three NFL seasons entering 2014. But he’s been sidelined the last two games with an injured shoulder.

Foster explained to Joe today that there’s a silver lining to roaming the sidelines as an eager learner. [read more]

Stats Say Mike Glennon Is Your QB

September 30th, 2014
Numbers suggest Mike Glennon is a much better quarterback to run the "Dunkaneers" offense than Josh McCown.

Numbers suggest Mike Glennon is a much better quarterback to run the “Dunkaneers” offense than Josh McCown.

Yes, Joe knows there may be too much praise for Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon after he led a come-from-behind win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Wins, especially dramatic wins, tend to hide warts.

Then, here come the numbers geeks, among them Rivers McCown (not to be confused with Josh McCown) of FootballOutsiders.com. [read more]

“I Didn’t Play Too Well”

September 30th, 2014

asj 0902In the Bucs’ locker room today, safety Dashon Goldson was asked to name the toughest tight ends in the NFL.

He gave a few names — interestingly, none were tight ends that roasted the Bucs through the first quarter of the season. But then Goldson quickly and genuinely referenced how the Bucs’ young tight end could hit that level soon. [read more]

Lovie: Bucs Were Not 0-3 Team

September 30th, 2014
Bucs coach Lovie Smith stated the come-from-behind win Sunday, led by Mike Glennon, proves the Bucs are not a garbage team.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith stated the come-from-behind win Sunday, led by Mike Glennon, proves the Bucs are not a garbage team.

The win over the Steelers did a lot of things for the Bucs. It got them their first victory of the season and the hollering and screaming and slamming of beer steins on bars came to an end… for the time being.

Pets in the Tampa Bay area began to venture out from their hiding places in peace. [read more]

“We Were All Involved With Those Blunders”

September 30th, 2014
When Joe snapped this photo in Atlanta, seconds before the start of the second Mike Glennon era, Joe had no idea snapping the ball would become a major issue.

When Joe snapped this photo in Atlanta, seconds before the start of the second Mike Glennon era, Joe had no idea snapping the ball would soon become a major issue.

Against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay showcased a new brand of ball security. They had back to back delay of game penalties in the second quarter, despite being lined up and ready to snap the ball.

Those watching on TV saw Mike Glennon set in the shotgun looking furious when Evan Dietrich-Smith played a costly game of keepaway. [read more]

Quiet Surrounding Patrick Omameh Is Good

September 30th, 2014

Veteran left tackle Anthony Collins is committing ugly penalties, and veteran center Evan Dietrich-Smith has had bizarre ball snapping issues. (First, he can’t snap it successfully in Atlanta, then he refused to snap it in Pittsburgh.)

But there’s nothing too noteworthy about the least experienced member of the Bucs’ offensive line, and that’s a good thing. [read more]

The Return Of Michael Johnson

September 30th, 2014

One of the bright spots Sunday, aside from the glorious win over the Steelers, was the first appearance of defensive end Michael Johnson. Sure, the big-moneyed free agent was on the Bucs roster all season. But he finally showed up in the win.

Johnson had two sacks and five tackles. Cynics might say Johnson should have had a sack if he wasn’t blocked. Well, what is Johnson supposed to do, lie down on the ground because no Steelers offensive lineman put a body on him? [read more]

“Poised, Resilient, Resolve”

September 30th, 2014
Bucs GM Jason Licht sounds like a Mike Glennon Mob member

Bucs GM Jason Licht sounds like a Mike Glennon Mob member

It sure sounded like Bucs general manager Jason Licht has a Mike Glennon Mob membership card.

The man who passed on Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Football in favor of the “quarterback of the future” tossed around noteworthy accolades of No. 8. [read more]

The Legend Of Halftime Adjustments

September 30th, 2014
Like former Bucs commander Greg Schiano,  current Bucs coach Lovie Smith dismisses the concept of "halftime adjustments."

Like former Bucs commander Greg Schiano, current Bucs coach Lovie Smith dismisses the concept of “halftime adjustments.”

Pardon Joe if he thinks too much about football, but he always though the term “halftime adjustments” had more to do with jock straps than football.

Football, Joe is convinced, is like baseball. Adjustments are made play-to-play, drive-to-drive, much like baseball adjusts pitch-to-pitch. If one waits until halftime to change things, then the game is likely over. [read more]

Visit HillsboroughDefense.com

September 30th, 2014

Who’s your defensive coordinator?

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GMC Still The Best

September 30th, 2014
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, again, was dominant in his return to the starting lineup against the Steelers.

Gerald McCoy, again, was dominant in his return to the starting lineup against the Steelers.

There is no question who is the leader of the Bucs. It isn’t Vincent Jackson, though some fans want him to be. It isn’t Josh McCown, though he is a good dude.

No, the leader, without question, is Gerald McCoy.

Players rave about him. In the locker room, GMC is famous for going up to teammates, lauding their work or, if need be, giving teammates a needed pat on the back for support. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

September 30th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Evidence how Jetfan drives people nuts. [Vine]

E.J. Manuel benched. [NFL]

Jim Harbaugh denies inner turmoil. [BSPN]

Teddy Bridgewater injury may be better than feared. [USA Today]

Notre Dame-Syracuse fans brawl. [TheBigLead]

Gnashing Of Teeth At Bucs Win

September 29th, 2014

Joe has written a few times today how Pittsburgh folks are unhinged at the Bucs beating the Steelers. The passion of the football crowd up here is true.

So, to give you a taste, below is video segment from a WPXI-TV Sunday sports roundtable show in which the three panelists all but want Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gone because Lovie Smith beat him. LOL. [read more]