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Defense Coming Together, Too

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Akeem Spence explained the spike in sacks was largely thanks to solid secondary play

A lot has been made of the Bucs offense the past week and that, with Mike Glennon at the helm, the long-awaited “Dunkaneers” finally showed up. Whether that was because of Glennon remains to be seen.

Well, anther thing that finally showed up Sunday was the long-awaited pass rush. The Bucs got Ben Roethlisberger on the ground five times. For long-suffering Bucs fans, that felt like two month’s worth of sacks. (more…)

Lovie Talks Trop, Graham, Brees and More

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Sometimes it’s nice to hear right from the head coach, rather than Joe’s quotes and spin on what the Buccaneers’ exalted leader is saying.

Lovie Smith was talking today, though he sure didn’t want to get into specifics on Drew Brees. (more…)

The Return Of Michael Johnson

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

One of the bright spots Sunday, aside from the glorious win over the Steelers, was the first appearance of defensive end Michael Johnson. Sure, the big-moneyed free agent was on the Bucs roster all season. But he finally showed up in the win.

Johnson had two sacks and five tackles. Cynics might say Johnson should have had a sack if he wasn’t blocked. Well, what is Johnson supposed to do, lie down on the ground because no Steelers offensive lineman put a body on him? (more…)

GMC Doesn’t Want Credit

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy blasts Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for one of the Bucs' five sacks today.

Gerald McCoy blasts Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for one of the Bucs’ five sacks today. Photo courtesy of

The Bucs’ locker room was jubilant after the game, as one can imagine.

Coming from behind after playing lousy football against a team like the Steelers in their own crib, well, that doesn’t happen too often. And the players knew it. They knew what mountain they had just climbed.

One could point to Mike Glennon for engineering the last-minute rally. One could point to Michael Johnson who finally showed up and got a pair of sacks on Ben Roethlisberger. (more…)

Who? Michael Johnson, That’s Who.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Bucs DE Michael Johnson chases down Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for one of his two sacks today. Photo courtesy of

Michael Johnson chases down Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for one of his two sacks today. Photo courtesy of

Joe had been dogging Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson because the Bucs put a nice chuck of Team Glazer cash in his lap to do one thing and one thing only: pressure the quarterback.

Until this afternoon, the only thing Johnson had pressured is the pen to sign his checks. (more…)

Stopping Ben Roethlisberger No Secret

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's ability to evade tacklers to extend plays allowing receivers to get open is what makes him so special, said Bucs S Dashon Goldson.

Evading tacklers and extending plays, allowing receivers to get open, is what makes Ben Roethlisberger so special, said Dashon Goldson.

Joe is frankly scared to death of what Ben Roethlisberger might do to the Bucs on Sunday.

If Matty Ice can shred the Bucs, imagine what Roethlisberger could do?

For a defense that has yet to demonstrate an ability to shut down a third-string scrub, much less Matty Ice, now comes the best quarterback the Bucs have faced this season, Roethlisberger, on his home turf no less. (more…)

Mike Glennon Like “A Veteran”

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Barring something terribly unforeseen, Bucs QB Mike Glennon will get his first start of 2014 Sunday at Pittsburgh. Photo courtesy of

Barring something terribly unforeseen, Mike Glennon will get his first 2014 start Sunday at Pittsburgh. Photo courtesy of

The future is now.

The man who was the quarterback of past but not the quarterback of the present (for a few more days), who Bucs coach Lovie Smith deemed the quarterback of the future, will have a “good chance,” Lovie said, of starting Sunday at the Steelers in place of hobbled, turnover-prone Josh McCown.

As he did this spring at the draft when Lovie spoke glowingly about Glennon, Lovie resumed his love for the NC State product yesterday, lauding how he has handled the past 12 months. (more…)

Gerald McCoy Is Fed Up

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy blamed players for not practicing Lovie Smith's teaches for the seal-clubbing in Atlanta.

Gerald McCoy blamed players for not practicing what Lovie Smith teaches during the seal-clubbing in Atlanta.

You think you wanted to toss your dinner all over the bathroom last week with the way the Bucs shat the bed in Atlanta? You are not alone.

The unquestioned leader of the Bucs defense, who was not a part of that debacle against the Dixie Chicks, fingered his teammates for a lousy effort while holding court in front of his locker today. (more…)

Joe Talks Change, Defends Glennon

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

joemugshotIt was the heated matchup many were awaiting. This evening, Joe sat down with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

Duemig was very unhappy with Joe moving all-in on Mike Glennon immediately — and permanently — replacing Josh McCown as the Bucs’ starting quarterback. (more…)

Michael Johnson Talks Growing Pains

Monday, September 22nd, 2014


Bucs big money defensive end Michael Johnson (who?) opened up to media at One Buc Palace this afternoon. (more…)

Ronnie Lane & Joe Talk Injuries, Slug QBs & The Dixie Chicks

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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It’s always a good thing when the Barry White of local sports radio, Ronnie Lane of WDAE-AM 620, sits down with Joe to talk Bucs football. Ronnie’s pipes are so smooth, it almost embarrasses Joe to talk to him on a podcast.

But the Bucs are why Joe and Ronnie join forces weekly. In this week’s episode, the duo discuss the myriad of injuries, Josh McCown’s Pop Warner-like mistakes and, of course, tonight’s game with the Dixie Chicks.

Click on the red arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friend at WDAE-AM 620. Enjoy. (more…)

Derrick Brooks Says “They’re Playing Too Tense”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
"Get these guys to loosen up, Lovie."

“Get these guys to loosen up, Lovie.”

Mr. Derrick Brooks, Double-Nickel, No. 55, Hall of Famer, Buccaneers Ring of Honor member, didn’t love what he saw Sunday from his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brooks knows how a winning football team carries itself. (more…)

More Blitzes On The Way?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Much needed help last week from Bucs DE Will Gholston.

Much needed help last week from Bucs DE Will Gholston.

Two things that irk Bucs coach Lovie Smith these days: virtually no pass rush and no takeaways. He discusses one of the two subjects with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club just about daily; often both.

Takeaways can be waved off as luck. A ballcarrier has to be careless with the football. A quarterback has to throw a bad pass. A receiver had to run a rotten route. Rushing the quarterback, though, is a matter of skill and ability. (more…)

Mariucci: Lovie “Gauging” Switch To Glennon

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
"Keep grinding, my son."

“Keep grinding, my son.”

Former NFL head coach and quarterbacks coach Steve Mariucci, a former college quarterback himself, offered no defense for Josh McCown’s boneheaded plays yesterday.

In fact, Mariucci was confident Lovie Smith is thinking about making a QB change. (more…)

Joe Talks Invisible Dunkaneers, McCown Confidence, Failed Blitzes, Play Calls & More

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

joemugshotJoe’s fiery “JoeBucsFan Hour” in the top-rated Steve Duemig show on WDAE-AM 620 was its usual fun time tonight.

Joe hit on all kinds of topics on both sides of the ball. (more…)