How he defines controversy, of course, isn’t clear. [read more]
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]
After rewinding all kinds of game film during the bye week, de facto offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo issued that address today. [read more]
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]
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]
The Bucs defense has struggled mightily to get off the field, and all that extra playing time isn’t helping. [read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Da’Quan Bowers will sit for two games after getting pinched by the NFL. [read more]
A wise ass might say that since the Vikings’ defense has been so bad on 3rd-and-long this season (and 4th-and-long), they’re a great Sunday matchup for Tampa Bay, which finds itself in 3rd-and-long quite often.
Yes, the Minnesota defense has been very solid but has folded at key moments. [read more]