Can McCown Match Tom Brady’s Motivation?

September 1st, 2014
Josh McCown has big shoes to fill for Logan Mankins

Josh McCown has big shoes to fill for Logan Mankins

The newest Buccaneers guard, All-Pro Logan Mankins, was still desired by Patriots management before his trade to Tampa. The Pats just wanted to pay him less.

That nugget and more comes from pedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerkingbeer-chuggingcricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball box score-reading, NPR-listeningfilthy-hotel-stayingfight-instigatingbarista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, who talked to Mankins for his Monday column. [read more]

Target: Cam Newton

September 1st, 2014
If the Bucs had a pass rush, they could persuade Stinking Panthers QB Cam Newton from doing his Superman schtick.

If the Bucs had a pass rush, they could persuade Stinking Panthers QB Cam Newton from doing his Superman schtick.

It wasn’t but a few days ago that the Bucs found out the projected starting opposing quarterbacks to start the 2014 season were less than 100 percent. First, Sam Bradford is out for the season, again, with a blown knee. Then there was Cam Newton.

The franchise quarterback of the Stinking Panthers suffered a hairline fracture of a rib. This is one of the most painful injuries a guy can have and for a quarterback, even worse. Every time he throws, unless Newton is shot up, he will know it. [read more]

Busy Week For O-Line

September 1st, 2014
It's the NFL version of finals week for Bucs G Logan Mankins.

It’s the NFL version of finals week for Bucs guard Logan Mankins

A week or so ago, Joe had a really interesting, cool chat with Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith about how an offensive line develops. Joe always hears about “gelling” with an offensive line and why innate knowledge of each other may be more important than in any unit on a football team.

EDS noted that when he was with the Packers, he and his linemates eventually knew each other’s tendencies so well that they didn’t need to make line calls. They developed a body language that took its place. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe By HootersCalendar.com

September 1st, 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 the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Free marijuana with clothing purchase. Only in Colorado. [The Cannabist]

Alex Smith gets a fat new contract. Somewhere, Josh Freeman is shaking his head. [NFL.com]

Julio Jones thinks he’s a medical miracle. [AJC.com]

Vegas arena going up without a team. [Las Vegas Sun]

Luke McCown keeps surviving, just like his brother. [Nola.com]

Another landmark casino closes in Atlantic City. [NJ.com]

“He Looks Like He’s Angling For A New Contract”

August 31st, 2014
A Bucs great weighs in

A Bucs great weighs in

Opening day is less than a week away, and the Bucs don’t have a new contract for Gerald McCoy.

Barring an unlikely 11th-hour deal, McCoy will enter the final season of his rookie contract without a promise for more. [read more]

Official & Unofficial Practice Squad Chatter

August 31st, 2014
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Names are rolling in

Updated 8:05 p.m. – There’s nothing quite like the magical practice squad (kidding), guys who are allowed to practice a limited amount of time each week with a team’s 53-man roster in exchange for earning roughly $6,000 to $12,000 per week, depending on terms they work out.

These players can be signed away by another team at any time. But if they are, the thieving club must put their new man on the active roster and pay him at least the NFL minimum for three weeks. [read more]

Make Your Call On The 2014 Season

August 31st, 2014

Feel free to elaborate in the comments section, a great place for regular readers to get their predictions on the record.

Bobby Rainey’s Sales Job

August 31st, 2014

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Back on Aug. 12, when Lovie Smith was in anyone-but-Eric-Page mode, the head coach joked at a news conference that he had a chat with Bobby Rainey, who was imploring him that he could be a successful NFL punt returner.

So, Lovie said, Rainey would get a shot against Miami in preseason. [read more]

“There Is No Way In Hell… “

August 31st, 2014
Former Bucs DT Booger McFarland is no fan of sleazy Richie Incognito.

Former Bucs DT Booger McFarland is no fan of sleazy Richie Incognito.

Yes, Bucs fans were some kind of outraged last week when Joe asserted what a pathetic, panic move it would be to bring sleazy Richie Incognito into the Bucs locker room. The ire of Bucs fans towards Joe abated, somewhat, when Bucs general manager Jason Licht lifted All-Pro guard Logan Mankins from the clutches of Patriots strongman Bill Belicheat.

Still, even with Mankins, most Bucs fans want Incognito for reasons Joe just can’t fathom. Neither can Booger McFarland. [read more]

Bucs Retain 29 Schiano Men; Only 24 New Bodies

August 30th, 2014

schiano and glazerIn what would have been a surprising thought in January, Tampa Bay’s initial 53-man roster only includes 24 bodies new to the organization.

Andy Reid, by comparison, had 30 fresh faces to start last season in Kansas City, the year he was hired to overhaul a two-win club. [read more]

Final Cuts Are In; Meet Your 2014 Bucs

August 30th, 2014
Da'Quan Bowers is a Buccaneer

Da’Quan Bowers will enter his fourth Tampa Bay regular season as a Buccaneer.

Announcing your Buccaneers 53-man roster for 2014 — for now.

Veteran safety Major Wright, who was battling a back ailment, was a surprise cut, along with wide receiver Solomon Patton. The rookie appeared to win the returner job in preseason, and he had a nifty touchdown catch-and-run on Thursday, a play Lovie Smith recognized as one of the true highlights. Joe suspects Lovie saw enough from Bobby Rainey to turn the returner duties over to him — for now. [read more]

Looking To Carolina

August 30th, 2014

Currently, Bucs fans are fixated on the look of the final 53-man roster. The deadline is 4 p.m. today and fans are all worked up about what moves Bucs general manager Jason Licht may make.

(And, no, Joe doesn’t give a whip who will be on the Bucs’ 10-man practice squad. Yes, Joe knows there is a practice squad cult out there, for reasons Joe cannot quite comprehend. Only a sorry team led by Raheem Morris sweats over who will be on the practice squad.) [read more]

Demps Dumped

August 30th, 2014

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Final cuts are coming by 4 p.m., and the Bucs officially have eight to go. However, reports leaking out via various sources claim track star/former Gators running back Jeff Demps has gotten the boot. [read more]

Calling The Final 8 Cuts/Roster Moves

August 30th, 2014

CousinsOfficially, the Bucs have eight more bodies to clear from the roster by 4 p.m.

Here’s Joe’s morning call on the final eight, and some surprise keepers. [read more]