Here Comes The Pass Rush

October 24th, 2014
Interestingly, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who came from Cincinnati, dropped a lot of cash on DE Everson Griffen, in his first season as a full-time starter, rather than signing his former protege, Michael Johnson.

Interestingly, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, the former Cincinnati defensive coordinator, dropped a lot of cash on DE Everson Griffen, now in his first season as a full-time starter, rather than sign his former protege, Michael Johnson.

When Bucs fans decide to partially fill the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway Sunday, they should expect to see a pass rush. No, not from the Bucs! Just what have the Bucs done this year that you would actually expect them to harass Teddy Bridgewater, even with a porous offnesive line? [read more]


October 24th, 2014

frustrationThe beginning of the Lovie Smith regime offered so much hope. A man who knows how to build defenses and make the playoffs with a Tampa Bay pedigree was coming to save the Bucs.

Bucs fans were giddy. Still searching for that first playoff win since Chucky hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft in victory in January 2003. [read more]

Lovie Putting His Foot Down

October 24th, 2014

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Before Bucs fans turned apathetic – the worst thing for any team is its fans just throwing in the towel — they were downright angry with players they believed were not playing up to their potential.

Oh, there were several names involved. And Joe cannot blame the fans. Well, now it seems Bucs coach Lovie Smith is joining them. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From

October 24th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Bratty Jay Cutler not an elite quarterback. [NFL]

Jadeveon Clowney claims he is ready to play. [BSPN]

A Broncos defensive back punched a cabbie. No, not that guy. [Deadspin]

Cash cut off to medical marijuana dispensaries. [Denver Post]

Corgi vs. squirrel. [YouTube]

How much could the Rays pocket off a new local TV deal? Enough to cover their payroll with cash left over. [RaysIndex]

“Cautiously Anticipating” The 3-Step Drop

October 23rd, 2014

joemugshotThe Bucs defense has been abused by three-step drops this season.

So doesn’t it make sense that the Vikings, a team with a good defense and a struggling offense, might try and see if the Bucs have figured out this quick-release riddle? [read more]

Lovie Talks Softness, QB Reps, “The Big Picture,” Hawk Reality, David Love & More

October 23rd, 2014

lovie 0613bAs usual, the leader of Lovieball, Lovie Smith, took questions this afternoon from the podium at One Buc Palace.

Lovie actually was eager to talk about his QB situation, though the chatter did remind Joe of his favorite James Brown song. [read more]

Mike Glennon Doesn’t Care Who Is Healthy

October 23rd, 2014

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Lovie Smith loves to play high school espionage. His attempted cloak-and-dagger dodging of who is playing quarterback this week is just silly. (And it continued this afternoon)

We all know who is playing quarterback and, as Joe pointed out earlier, there is so much video of both starter Mike Glennon and turnover-prone Josh McCown, Joe doesn’t understand what Lovie is trying to accomplish.

It’s like Joe sitting at his normal barstool trying to pretend he doesn’t like beer. [read more]

Rumors Based On Stubborn Facts

October 23rd, 2014

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Earlier today, Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson seemed flattered by trade rumors but claims he is perfectly happy in Tampa Bay. Joe can understand why.

This week, Bucs overlord of football operations Lovie Smith seemed to bristle — as he always does with unsourced reports — about news that was leaking out of NFL circles that the Bucs were open to moving wide receiver Vincent Jackson. [read more]

“Who Do We Have That’s Tough?”

October 23rd, 2014

Clinton McDonaldTwo days prior to Gerald McCoy’s brutally harsh words this afternoon, a former Buccaneer lashed out on his beloved team.

“Who do we have that’s tough?” he asked. [read more]

Shed A Freakin’ Block!

October 23rd, 2014
Gerald McCoy released frustration today

Gerald McCoy released frustration today

Gerald McCoy is sick of the talking. The Bucs captain was extremely fired up today at One Buc Palace.

The film don’t lie and he’s sick of motivational speeches. [read more]

V-Jax Talks Quarterbacks, Wrist, Trades

October 23rd, 2014

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Vincent Jackson stood before Joe and the Tampa Bay media in the locker room this afternoon and touches on various topics.

Of course, Jackson played the role of loyal captain. [read more]

Formula Over Football

October 23rd, 2014

Minnesota will play its second consecutive road game on Sunday in Tampa, and the Bucs are coming off a bye week.

The Vegas-type numbers crunchers will tell you that’s a big advantage for the good guys. But does that really apply this weekend? [read more]

Play To Your Paycheck Immediately

October 23rd, 2014

Clinton McDonaldJoe hates comparing the 1996, inaugural Tony Dungy Bucs to the current team. It’s almost stupid.

Different personnel, different rules, different approaches for offenses. [read more]

THE OPTIMIST: Soft Schedule, Draft Dreams And Bucco Bruce

October 23rd, 2014

In these unsettled times of devastating Bucs losses, constant change and growing pains, Joe thought it would be wise to bring back THE OPTIMIST.

THE OPTIMIST is Nick Houllis, a Bucs fan and an accomplished writer whose steadfast allegiance to the Buccaneers goes back to the 1970s. Houllis is the founder, creator and guru of, a place Joe goes to get lost in time via Houllis’ stunning video collection.

THE OPTIMIST will shine that positive light in your eyes. Some will love it. Some won’t. … Of course, THE OPTIMIST’s opinions are his alone and are not influenced by Joe. [read more]

“Highly And Overly Emphasized”

October 23rd, 2014
A little change was in the air at Bucs practice yesterday

A little change was in the air at Bucs practice yesterday

Every day at practice, Greg Schiano ran the Bucs through a circuit of high school-like drills on tackling, fumble-recovery, ball-stripping and interceptions.

Frankly, those tactics all worked for Commander Schiano. Tampa Bay was tied for third in the NFL at takeaways last year. [read more]

Lovie “Excited” About Holliday

October 23rd, 2014

Is Holliday signing a tell on the running backs battle?

It’s hard for Joe to excited over a returner who wasn’t re-signed by his own team as a restricted free agent, blew a hamstring this summer, and then sat unclaimed on the street for the past two weeks. But that doesn’t mean Bucs coach Lovie Smith isn’t excited.

The overlord of football operations with the Bucs is about as even-keeled as you get. Still, despite his Tom Landry-like demeanor, Lovie claims he is geeked — as only he can be geeked — about the addition of kick returner Trindon Holliday. [read more]