Michael Johnson: A “Success Story”

October 22nd, 2014


Right now, when Bucs fans broil in the sun at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, they just slam their souvenir beer cups on the concrete floor of the stadium in disgust when they watch opposing quarterbacks loft passes without a Bucs jersey in the same zip code.

It has become a long-standing Bucs tradition.

Though it hasn’t boiled over yet, there is a bubbling irritation with first-year Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson. [read more]

Lovie: We Don’t Have A Quarterback Controversy

October 22nd, 2014

lovie smith 0511Today, Lovie Smith was selling the lack of a quarterback controversy on his team.

How he defines controversy, of course, isn’t clear. [read more]

Smells Like Glennon

October 22nd, 2014
From the words and body language of Bucs acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo today, it sure seems like QB Josh McCown won't be ready to play Sunday.

From the words and body language of Bucs acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo today, it sure seems like QB Josh McCown won’t be ready to play Sunday.

Of course, the Bucs love to go all high school espionage when it comes to quarterbacks. Will Mike Glennon start Sunday? Or how about Josh McCown?

Lovie Smith, as if 17-year olds are playing defense for the Vikings, coached by part-time guys who may have never taken a snap of college football, loves to play it coy. [read more]

“None Of Them Are Terminal”

October 22nd, 2014

GlennonsackDon’t worry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, the woeful offense can be fixed.

After rewinding all kinds of game film during the bye week, de facto offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo issued that address today. [read more]

Will Vikes Fix Bucs’ Pass Rush?

October 22nd, 2014
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Bucs DT Akeem Spence talks Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and rushing the quarterback.

It’s like a hemorrhoid for Joe that flares up every fall and nothing doctors can do, short of carving the thing out, will subside the damned thing from September through December.

That NFL-hemorrhoid is the Bucs’ pass rush. As Joe wrote earlier, how many freaking draft picks, how many high-priced free agents have or will the Bucs have to go through before they find a guy to record double-digit sacks? [read more]

The Decision

October 22nd, 2014

McCownGlennonThe call at starting quarterback may not come for days. Josh McCown is healthy, yet Lovie Smith says Mike Glennon provides “a lot of hope.”

Joe suspects Lovie would be happy to keep the Vikings and Mike Zimmer thoroughly confused up until kickoff Sunday. [read more]

“It Was Blood In The Water”

October 22nd, 2014


During a week when Lovie Smith is preaching a “mentality” change, quite a picture was painted yesterday of the defensive hunger the Bucs should have.

Former Tampa Bay starting linebacker Ryan Nece, a rookie on the legendary Super Bowl team, explained what a guy like Teddy Bridgewater coming to Tampa used to mean. [read more]

“Diminishing Returns”

October 22nd, 2014

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The Bucs defense has struggled mightily to get off the field, and all that extra playing time isn’t helping. [read more]

Nursing Home Neglect Should Never Happen

October 22nd, 2014

Click through below to learn more about the experience of local attorneys Sam Harden and Brett Metcalf.

Nursing home neglect should never happen.


The Maddening (Non) Pass Rush

October 22nd, 2014
With the exception of Gerald McCoy, the Bucs have swung and missed so often on pass rushers since Chucky was jettisoned, Joe thinks he is watching a Rays game.

With the exception of Gerald McCoy, the Bucs have swung and missed so often on pass rushers since Chucky was jettisoned, Joe thinks he is watching a Rays game.

Joe just cannot remember a Tampa Bay team that for five years running has spent so many draft picks and so many zero-filled checks from Team Glazer in an effort to pump up its pass rush.

Yet the Bucs are probably worse off now than they were when Raheem Morris took over. [read more]

Wounded Watch

October 22nd, 2014


Yes, the Bucs are getting healthier, with high-profile names like Josh McCown and Dashon “Hawk” Goldson returning to the practice field at full speed Monday. But injuries remain. [read more]

Roll Dice With Bobby Rainey?

October 22nd, 2014
The spreadsheeters seem to think Lovie Smith should turn the running game over to Bobby Rainey.

The spreadsheeters have a strong opinion

Joe doesn’t think if he suggested the Bucs are a mess, few would argue. The defense is the laughingstock of the league. Blocking is an issue on offense and there is no running game to speak of.

Oh, early in the year, Bobby Rainey ran well, but virtually fumbled his way to the sideline. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

October 22nd, 2014

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

Bucs news forthcoming.

Smoke weed all day, says Colorado, but don’t dare eat it. [Denver Post]

Preston Parker talks more about working hard labor before landing with Giants. [NYTimes.com]

Soccer lunacy continues in Orlando as $110 million stadium breaks ground. [Miami Herald]

Johnny Football rumblings hit a new level. Will he start vs. Bucs? [Plain-Dealer]

Rave reviews for Donald Penn in Oakland. [ESPN]

Living In Hester’s Shadow

October 21st, 2014


Bucs opening-day returner Solomon Patton, who replaced Eric Page, was cut today. He was replaced by newcomer Trindon Holliday, as Page sits on the Bucs’ practice squad after being plucked from his couch last week.

Lovie Smith is finding that life after Devin Hester isn’t so pretty. [read more]

Joe Talks Locker Room Attitude, McCown-Glennon Madness, Building For 2015, Vikings & More

October 21st, 2014

joemugshotThe “JoeBucsFan Hour” was back with its usual vengeance, as Joe sat down for his weekly chat with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620 this evening.

It got heated at times. [read more]

Bowers Suspended For Performance Enhancers

October 21st, 2014

BowersreturnsInsert your one-liners.

Da’Quan Bowers will sit for two games after getting pinched by the NFL. [read more]