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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…)

McCown: Offense Now More Complete

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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The Bucs’ passing game, well, Joe holds his breath whenever Josh McCown/Mike Glennon goes back to pass. The run game? Thought the Bucs gave up on that.

Still, since he was reinstated to the starting lineup, McCown believes the offense is more complete than it has been this season. (more…)

Lovie Defends Michael Koenen

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Bucs punter Michael Koenen is last in the NFL in average yards per punt.

Michael Koenen is last in the NFL in average yards per punt.

Bucs fans are outraged and Joe not only senses their anger, but understands their disgust.

Contractors who hang drywall in the area are reporting a brisk increase in jobs due to Bucs fans punching holes in their walls when Michael Koenen is punting. (more…)

“As Bad As It Looks, It’s Still About Them.”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
A former Buccaneer finds hope in the Bucs' game film

A former Buccaneer finds hope in the Bucs’ game film

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a lot of mistakes and play undisciplined football. Performance is not their strong suit.

Joe finds this to be a terrible sign. Joe would much prefer a smart, precise team in need of talent versus a team in need of talent, plus focus and will. (more…)

Pros And Cons Of QB Change

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Though Lovie Smith may argue to the contrary, for Joe, the benching of the quarterback of the future Mike Glennon for turnover-prone journeyman Josh McCown is a move reminiscent of the French army in 1940.

Surrender! (more…)

“Why Don’t They All Just Come Out In Dresses?”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

brantley-83Strokes and seizures and other problems have plagued former Tampa Bay standout linebacker (1980-1987) and Gators great Scot Brantley.

A regular on local sports radio in the previous two decades, including a run alongside Gene Deckerhoff on the Buccaneers’ radio broadcasts, Brantley joined the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday. (more…)

Big Game Coming For Mike Evans?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Yes, Joe was as surprised to read the following as you might be.

The Browns have the best pickoff artist in the NFL. Tashaun Gipson and his five picks lead the NFL. He has eight picks in his last 10 games and three in his past two games.

In other words, the guy is on fire. So it would help Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon to stay away from this guy. (more…)