He’s dealing with a healing broken hand, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier revealed today. But Johnson played through it against the Redskins. Presumably, he broke it before the Falcons-Bucs game two weeks ago. (more…)
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Yes, the Bucs are running Lovie Smith’s old school, Tampa-2 defense, but Leslie Frazier is still the defensive coordinator. He has a role in what was a hot mess, aka the Bucs defense, before Sunday’s Redskins game.
As Vikings head coach and defensive guru, Frazier studied and faced Bears head coach Marc Trestman’s offense twice last year. (more…)
A guy in the Buccaneers locker room who’s been on plenty of losing teams says this edition of Tampa Bay losers is different. (more…)
You hear athletes talk about it often: “The Zone,” a dreamy area where they seem suspended in time, where they can do no wrong. Mike Evans visited the zone Sunday. The Bucs star rookie wide receiver had 209 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Redskins.
Evans, a former stud high school basketball player who came to football later than most, said he felt like a modern version of Steve Alford last Sunday, a guy who cannot miss. (more…)
So goes the life of LeGarrette Blount, the man former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano booted from the Bucs for Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick. (more…)
Yesterday, despite various questions at his press conference, Lovie Smith did his best to downplay his Sunday return to chilly Chicago. The Bears just happen to be the team that fired the Bucs head coach not quite two years ago for the nerve to have 10 wins.
Lovie tried to explain Sunday’s game is about the Bucs getting on a winning streak and has nothing to do with him. In theory, Lovie is right. (more…)
Time off with a bad thumb — and waiting to see if Mike Glennon would be the quarterback of the present after being named quarterback of the future – was great for Josh McCown.
McCown jumped on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week and explained. (more…)
Who knows Tampa-2 linebacker play better than Bucs icon Derrick Brooks?
So Joe perked up when Brooks offered firm evaluation of the Bucs linebackers yesterday. (more…)
Until recently, it was a flat out embarrassment how the Bucs could not get heat on a quarterback.
Tampa Bay spent so many draft picks and so much Team Glazer money in the past five years trying to find a heavy pass rush, only to be foiled at every try, sans drafting Gerald McCoy. Joe thought this team was cursed, almost resigned to a fact it just wasn’t going to have a pass rush and should proceed accordingly. (more…)
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Bucs news forthcoming.
Interesting steamboat business. [Denver Post]
Robert Kraft looking at building new stadium in Boston. [Boston Globe]
Orlando Magic buy a homeless shelter so they can make money. [Orlando Sentinel]
Unclaimed on waivers, LeGarrette Blount waits. [PFT]
Expenses up, revenue down for Team Glazer’s other team. [WSJ.com]
Chilling video shot inside the FSU library during the overnight shooting. [Facebook]
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 regular nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida. (more…)
The thought of a gimpy Lavonte David is enough to send Joe for a rare Wednesday night beer run. (more…)
Joe has written repeatedly that when Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford left the team due to health issues in August, it was the equivalent of tossing a hand grenade into a china shop.
The Bucs offense, all the work that was put in since January, through minicamps and OTAs and training camp, was blown up and left in the hands of someone (Marcus Arroyo) who, through no fault of his own, was terribly over his head. (more…)
The message inside the walls of One Buc Palace sure seems clear: the Bucs are driving now to win the NFC South — even if former Bears head coach and Tampa Bay special teams coach Dave Wannstedt says there’s no way Lovie Smith believes that. (more…)