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Lovie Is Learning

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014


From the time Joe played for a former NFL player who counted among his mentors Tom Landry, John Madden, Gene Stallings and Lou Holtz, Joe has always believed a good football coach adapts to his talent, to the changes in the game and is open-minded.

It’s great to hold firm to core beliefs, but football is cyclical. Good football coaches learn something new almost every week. The game is always changing. (more…)

Team Game, Says Danny Lansanah

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Bucs LB Danny Lansanah wraps up Bengals RB Jeremy Hill in the second half of Sunday's game. (Photo courtesy of

LB Danny Lansanah wraps up Bengals RB Jeremy Hill in the second half today. (Photo courtesy of

The defense is playing well. They held the AFC North division leader to two scores today, and that was without stud linebacker Lavonte David.

One bright spot has been the play of Danny Lansanah. Playing in David’s spot, Lansanah racked up 14 tackles today, to lead both teams. He also had three tackles for loss. (more…)

RGIII And The Bucs

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
He likely could be had for a second-round pick says a former Redskins executive

He likely could be had for a second-round pick, says a former Redskins executive.

Yes, super-talented, 24-year old quarterback Robert Griffin, III, has been benched and many believe his days in Washington are finished.

The Buccaneers, to be kind, could use a new starting QB. (more…)

Joe Talks Breakdowns, Rebuilding Plans, False Title Hopes & More

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

joemugshotIt was that time of the week again — the “JoeBucsFan Hour” with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

Joe dove into all kinds of topics. (more…)

Football On A Playground

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Bucs WR Mike Evans scores Sunday. (Photo courtesy of

Bucs WR Mike Evans scores Sunday. (Photo courtesy of

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. (more…)


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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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.

In a scathing handful of words, Schein, columnist and host of “Schein on Sports” heard exclusively on SiriusXM Radio, typed how bad the Bucs have sunk this season. (more…)

Slip, Slip, Slipped Away

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Bucs CB Alterran Verner discussed an opportunity lost yesterday in Chicago.

Alterraun Verner discussed an opportunity lost yesterday in Chicago.

Yesterday, when Tampa Bay had bratty Jay Cutler and the Bears scoreless at halftime, it sure seemed like the day belonged to the Bucs, even in the rain and the slop of Soldier Field.

Alas, it was not. Josh McCown turned into Josh McCown, the turnover-happy signal-caller, and the Bears rallied for a 21-13 win. (more…)

“I Felt Like It Was Our Day”

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Bucs DT Akeem Spence thought the way the Bucs played in the first half at Chicago, the team was due for a win.

DT Akeem Spence thought the way the Bucs played Chicago in the first half the team was due for a win.

There are a lot of problems with the Bucs. A team isn’t 2-9 playing in a crap division without some significant issues. Joe believes defense is not one of them.

Oh, sure, the defense was pitiful earlier in the year. Just look how the defense got seal-clubbed at Atlanta and against Baltimore. Shameful, in fact. (more…)

Evans Hopes For A Return To “The Zone”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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Private Texas time with Josh McCown made a difference

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…)

Lovie Downplays Return To Chicago

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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At first it was jarring to hear. But research proved it correct. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who was close to Lovie Smith when the current Bucs coach led the Bears, noted in a teleconference call with the local pen and mic club yesterday that Lovie was the third-best coach in Bears history.

Briggs was spot-on. (more…)

Brooks: Linebacker Play “Average At Best”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Mason Foster fans should be troubled

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…)

Joe Talks Skins’ Ferguson Mode, Ghost Rules, QB Future, D-Line Surge & More

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

joe_mug_shotIt was time for the popular “JoeBucsFan Hour” this evening with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

All kinds of topics were on the table. (more…)

Starting Fast

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Danny Lansanah and Will Gholston celebrate an interception early in the game that helped the Bucs jump out to an early lead against the Redskins.

Danny Lansanah and Will Gholston celebrate an interception that helped the Bucs jump out to an early lead against the Redskins. (Photo courtesy of

Few football teams — save Florida State, which has a loaded roster and a once-in-a-lifetime-quarterback — can cough up two- or three-score deficits in the first half and regularly rally to win.

But when the Bucs jumped out to a strong lead against the Redskins, not only did that surprise Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida, but he dared to hint such a pattern could mean big things for the Bucs. (more…)

Mike Evans: Rookie Of The Year?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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There are few things to like about this current Bucs season. It is almost like this franchise is cursed. All the lofty expectations for the club, and then — BAM! — the bottom falls out and the Bucs are in a race for the top overall pick. Nobody saw this coming.

Neither did anyone see how Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans would blow up so quickly. (more…)

Bucs’ Best Was “Contain”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


Those six sacks by Tampa Bay on Sunday? The man who is arguably the premier Bucs Xs and Os guru says that wasn’t what was most impressive from the defense. (more…)

Film Study

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Mike Evans said he noticed on film last week how the Redskins like to cover a wide receiver with a linebacker.

Say what you will about the Redskins; and boy, Redskins fans sure are. They have become unhinged after getting blown out by the Bucs — but it seems they are a very consistent team.

Both wide receiver Mike Evans and middle linebacker Mason Foster noticed tendencies while studying film on the Redskins, and sure enough, they repeated their patterns against Tampa Bay, which led to big Bucs plays. (more…)