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Johnson Added To Walking Wounded

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Bucs DE Michael Johnson is among the Bucs’ walking wounded Lovie Smith revealed.

The Bucs defense is starting to resemble an infirmary with so many players hurt or fighting through an injury of some sort.

It is worrisome, especially now that the prized jewel of the Bucs free agent spending spree this spring, defensive end Michael Johnson, has been felled. (more…)

Preparing Defense For Offense

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Bucs DT Akeem Spence said the Bucs defense is not only ready for opponents, but also the Bucs offense.

Bucs DT Akeem Spence explains the Bucs defense is not only ready for opponents, but also the Bucs’ up tempo offense.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the headline is dumb on face value. Of course a defense will prepare for an offense. But with Lovie Smith’s Bucs, it’s more than that.

It seems Lovie is preparing his defense to handle the effects of Jeff Tedford’s offense. (more…)

McCown Wants Long Drives Before Opening Day

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

McCown also shares what’s new to him in the Bucs offense

The Bucs’ offensive line engaged in NFL-caliber blocking on Saturday against Miami. How refreshing. The first-team offense even had a 25-yard touchdown drive.

But Josh McCown is looking for much more on Saturday in Buffalo. (more…)

The Boot

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


The rash of Bucs injuries, in particular to the defense, is starting to unnerve some Tampa Bay fans, and if you believe the words typed by Peter King himself, the Bucs are shopping for secondary help.

Alterraun Verner already stated he isn’t sure if he is 100 percent ready to play Saturday in Buffalo. To add to fans’ angst, it sure doesn’t look like fellow corner Rashaan Melvin will be ready to go either. (more…)


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans is learning basic football fundamentals at the highest level of the game.

Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans is learning basic football fundamentals on the highest level of the game.

One reason rookies don’t always shine when they get to the NFL is the much tougher competition. That’s a no-brainer. But there is yet another big reason.

In college, often, stars are going against children, freshmen or sophomores who can’t yet buy alcohol (legally). In the NFL, you are going up against grown-arse men. No boys, here. (more…)

“I Wouldn’t Want To Say 100 Percent I’ll Be Playing”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

VernerGetting Alterraun Verner on the game field and making his Tampa Bay debut isn’t necessarily in the immediate future.

Verner explained to media today at One Buc Palace that he hasn’t really tested his bum hamstring yet. (more…)

Secrecy Of Tedford Offense Remains

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

maxwell smartIn some ways, Joe leans back in his comfy high-back leather chair in his home office and roars out loud. It’s almost like a cheesy 1960s James Bond knockoff where a sixtysomething evildoer holds a hottie spy hostage in an underwater Caribbean lair in some diabolical plot to break out stolen nukes and rule the world.

Only this is the NFL and Jeff Tedford is the sixtysomething guy. But to the best of Joe’s knowledge, Tedford doesn’t have Rachel Watson lassoed in Lovie Smith’s notorious basement, mainly because Floridians don’t have basements. (more…)

“I Have To Take A Young Guy And Make Sure He’s On Point”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

gerald mccoy 0814Practice starts 30 minutes early for Gerald McCoy.

That’s his personal rule. McCoy is on the field 30 minutes before he’s supposed to be, and he’s never alone. (more…)

Extra Catching Work A Daily Routine For Martin

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

DougMartinThe Bucs had so much confidence in Doug Martin’s pass-catching prowess they drafted running back Charles Sims in the third round primarily for his elite pass-catching ability.

Draft a guard to block for Martin? Nope. Draft a running back who would limit Martin’s touches out of the backfield. (more…)

Will Gholston “Day-To-Day”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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DL Will Gholston got heartfelt praise from Lovie Smith yesterday.

Yes, readers of this here corner of the Interwebs know Joe is a Will Gholston kind of guy. After hearing about his nightmarish upbringing and getting to meet Gholston — Joe isn’t about to say he knows any Bucs player — it is hard not to pull for the guy.

We all know his Bucs story. He began on the fringe of the bubble, an uphill climb to even make last year’s squad. (more…)

Another Major Gamble By Lovie Smith

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

lovie smith 0807Goodbye, Eric Page. Thanks for being the 13th-ranked punt returner in the NFL last season, among players with 15 or more returns. Joe’s writing your Bucs eulogy this morning.

Lovie Smith is going with a rookie at punt returner, a rookie who happens to be older than you and a guy who didn’t even return punts in college. (more…)

Lovie Endorses Luke Stocker

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Bucs TE and fan favorite Luke Stocker received high praise from Lovie Smith yesterday.

Bucs TE and fan favorite Luke Stocker received high praise from Lovie Smith yesterday.

A sect of Bucs fans cannot wait to run certain players from the team. Yes, Joe joined these folks when it came to the likes of Sabby the Goat and Myron Lewis, to name a couple. It seems this season, these fans have aimed their ire at tight end Luke Stocker.

In his fourth season, Stocker’s days have been injury-riddled and forgettable, largely because it is hard to remember him being on the field. When he played, he didn’t always have reliable hands.

With Tim Wright already on board and the Bucs going out and getting Brandon Myers in free agency, and then surprising the NFL world by selecting Austin Seferian-Jenkins, it seemed like Stocker was on the endangered species list. (more…)

Morning Cup Of Joe From

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

Bucs news forthcoming.

Bobby Petrino winning folks over at Louisville. [SI]

Dragging a safe behind your car is sort of like the Bat Signal for cops, isn’t it? [WCTI]

What a bunch of wet nurse hand-wringing and gobbledygook. [Macleans]

Watching the first 24 hours of the SEC Network. [Alligator]

Darnell Dockett blew out a knee yesterday. [NFL]

Are people beginning to turn on Merlot Joe? [RaysIndex]

Burn The Floppy Hat

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Lovie Smith changed his tone on Alterraun Verner this afternoon

Lovie Smith changed his tone on Alterraun Verner this afternoon

Bucs fans feeling the urgency of opening day in just 20 days – 20 days — will like the message from Lovie Smith today.

The head coach says he needs bodies on the field against Buffalo on Saturday otherwise the team will have a setback. (more…)

“We Have Work To Do… “

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Starting right Patrick Omameh was lauded for his play Saturday night by Lovie Smith today.

Bucs fans climbed off ledges and drove away from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Sunday after the Bucs’ offensive line looked like they could block a little bit. It was relieving if not refreshing.

Images of the loss to Jacksonville to open the preseason were all too fresh in Bucs fans’ minds. That night, sans Demar Dotson, the line couldn’t block a tackling dummy. It was every bit the word “trainwreck” sounds like. (more…)