General manager Jason Licht joined the WFLA-TV broadcast in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game and shed the first real light on his and Lovie Smith’s meeting with Incognito this week. (more…)
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The newest Buccaneer, All-Pro guard Logan Mankins, arrived in Tampa this morning and looked like he was still in a bit of shock this evening at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
Joe’s got video. (more…)
OK boys and girls. Time for the final preseason game of the year and frankly, Joe can’t wait for this game to be over. Only two “starters” are starting, guards Patrick Omameh and fan favorite Oneil Cousins..
Notice Joe used the word “starters” in quotation marks. (more…)
A shell-shocked Logan Mankins, with much of his trademark burly beard gone, took to a podium set up in a VIP room in the bowels of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway two hours before kickoff this evening. He met with assembled members of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club and bartenders shocked since they had yet to pour a drink.
Mankins, an All-Pro guard from New England, was swapped in a bombshell trade to the Bucs earlier this week. It was Mankins’ first meeting with the local fourth estate. (more…)
Preseason Game 4
Redskins at Tampa Bay
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (more…)
One of the NFL’s sleaziest characters, embattled Richie Incognito, is a guy many Bucs fans believe should be plucked from his couch immediately so he can start at right guard and help lead the Bucs to an opening-day victory.
Never mind that high-mileage, 31-year-old players who have been out of football for 9 1/2 months don’t always fare too well, especially under the extreme scrutiny awaits Incognito. (more…)
Let’s just say Joe was as shocked by the trade that brought Logan Mankins to the Bucs as Tamp Bay fans were. It really came out of left field.
So much so, that the WalterFootball.com crowd is shaking its collective heads. They can’t seem to put the pieces together as to why Patriots strongman Bill Belicheat would pull such a stunt. (more…)
Former Saints Pro Bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2008-2013) looked into a national TV camera the other day and stomped on the reputations of Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, Jeremy Zuttah, Demar Dotson and other former Bucs offensive linemen.
Listening to Vilma, it’s a wonder Tampa Bay won any football games. (more…)
Don’t think for a minute that Lovie Smith isn’t yearning to run the football.
Lovie bought all kinds of offensive toys this offseason and in the draft, but that wasn’t necessarily to break new ground under Jeff Tedford’s mysterious offense. (more…)
Bucs fans wondered how Josh McCown would stay upright three weeks into the regular season the way the offensive line, specifically the guards, were (not) blocking. After just one preseason game, McCown’s life insurance policy was canceled.
This all changed when Bucs general manager Jason Licht went out and obtained All-Pro guard Logan Mankins from the clutches of Bill Belicheat. (more…)
It is interesting that the seed that grew into the Logan Mankins trade for Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick was planted back in late July, per Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s comments Tuesday.
Yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Twittered that the genesis of the trade actually was Licht dumpster-diving for a different guard. (more…)
Bucs news forthcoming.
For the stat nerds: Bucs one of the three most underachieving teams last season. [Football Perspective]
Danny Snyder has deemed FedEx Field, just one year older than the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, outdated and is looking to build a new crib. Let’s do the math: Dixie Chicks get new stadium, Dolphins get renovated stadium, Jags renovate their stadium, Saints renovated the Superdome, Stinking Panthers getting a renovated stadium… and the Bucs still have analog video boards. But they have a pirate ship few can go up in, yay! [NFL]