Marcus Arroyo Doesn’t Look At Stats

September 17th, 2014

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When the Lovie Smith regime took over One Buc Palace, it made no secret of its love for all things geekery, that is, analytics.

You know, like if the sun in shining at just the right 48-degree angle, Doug Martin has five carries for 18 yards, but when the sun is directly overhead, his yards-per-carry plummets to 1.8 yards a touch. [read more]

Falcons “Cannot Rush The Passer”

September 17th, 2014
There should be plenty of time to target Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans deep

There should be plenty of time to target Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans deep tomorrow night

The sackless Atlanta defensive line is so miserable, Josh McCown absolutely has to be successful on Thursday night, when he won’t be under pressure.

That’s the word from NFL Network analyst and former Texans and Redskins general manager Charley Casserly. [read more]

Mariucci: Lovie “Gauging” Switch To Glennon

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. [read more]

Lovie Cautious About “Quick Healer” GMC Return

September 17th, 2014
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Thursday may be too early.

When Bucs fans learned that arguably the biggest piece of the Bucs defense, tackle Gerald McCoy, left the game with a broken hand Sunday, it made a gloomy day all that much darker.

If the Bucs struggled containing a journeyman backup and neverbeen slug third-teamer quarterback with GMC, just what kind of a nightmare would it be without him? [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From

September 17th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

At 2 a.m. this morning, the Vikings announced that Adrian Peterson is indefinitely barred from his team. Talk about trying to bury news. Sounds as if Zigi Wilf is ashamed. [Vikings]

What the hell is the matter with Jameis Winston? [Deadspin]

Brandon Marshall doesn’t like BSPN. [TheBigLead]

Giancarlo Stanton released a gnarly photo of what his grill looked like after getting blown up by a fastball. [FoxNews]

Vote for Pro Football Hall of Famers. [NFL]

Chip Kelly has no use for individual stats. [BSPN]

Ugly Rays record. [RaysIndex]

An Exclusive Bucs Xs And Os Breakdown By Super Scout Chris Landry &

September 16th, 2014


Joe’s proud to continue his partnership with, run by former NFL personnel man Chris Landry, who has worked as an assistant coach and scout for Bill Belichick, coordinator of the Titans scouting department, among other positions in pro and college football.

Landry will be providing an exclusive podcast for readers, which you can enjoy here every Tuesday evening. [read more]

“Not Really Looking Forward To That”

September 16th, 2014


The Bucs had — and still have — plenty of money under the 2014 salary cap available.

But one of Lovie Smith’s favorite NFL players, a guy he doesn’t want to face Thursday in Atlanta, plays for the Falcons. [read more]

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

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. [read more]

Not Many Reps For Dane Fletcher

September 16th, 2014
Despite starting Thursday, MLB Dane Fletcher will get about the same amount of practice reps as he usually does because of the short week.

Despite starting Thursday, MLB Dane Fletcher will get about the same amount of practice reps as he usually does because of the short week.

A backup’s life in the NFL means you better know your s(p)it if you are called on in the middle of a game. That is where reserve middle linebacker Dane Fletcher found himself in when Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder Sunday.

Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier noted today that despite Fletcher being set to start Thursday night in Atlanta, Fletcher is getting about the same amount of reps this week. [read more]

“Bad Blood” Between Falcons And Bucs

September 16th, 2014

LavontetrainingcampLavonte David might be the most peaceful mellow guy Joe has met who is not smoking pot or popping downers.

David is a calm, reasoned, level-headed, polite but intense guy. [read more]

“I Don’t Know What He’d Call”

September 16th, 2014

Tedford rightFor those who believe Jeff Tedford is secretly in the ear of quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo calling plays, that’s just not the case.

In fact, today Arroyo said he doesn’t know what Jeff Tedford would call. [read more]

Frustrated? Alterraun Verner Is, Too

September 16th, 2014
Bucs CB Alterraun Verner is expecting a battle Wednesday night.

Bucs CB Alterraun Verner is expecting a battle Thursday night.

Joe wrote Sunday night how outraged left tackle Anthony Collins was with the nutkick of a loss to a slug third-string neverbeen Lambs quarterback.

It seemed there are a good many Bucs fans out there that don’t think Bucs employees are as upset as they are. Not true. They just don’t show their emotions.

Take cornerback Alterraun Verner. He had all sorts of teams he could have signed with this past offseason. He chose the Bucs partly because of Lovie Smith, partly because he bought in to what Lovie was selling. [read more]

Luke McCown Offers Advice

September 16th, 2014

“Call your brother, Luke. Help the guy out.”

Former Chucky quarterback project Luke McCown now backs up Saints legend Drew Brees. The 0-2 Saints opened the season in Atlanta, where Tampa Bay plays on Thursday night.

So Joe thought he’d ask Josh McCown, Luke’s older brother, whether he’s getting some family assistance this week. [read more]

McCoy’s Hand Wasn’t Wrapped

September 16th, 2014

RevisMcCoyProBowlA rather somber Gerald McCoy chatted with media on the locker room of One Buc Palace today about his broken left hand.

Joe found it interesting that the mighty hand was not wrapped. Not even a Band-Aid. [read more]

Michael Johnson “Will Try And Practice”

September 16th, 2014

michael johnson 0805Updated 2:05 p.m.: There’s hope for big-money free agent Michael Johnson, at least hope that he’ll practice today and play on Thursday night.

That’s the latest from Leslie Frazier, who talked to media this afternoon at One Buc Palace. [read more]

“Fine-Tooth Comb” Used On McCown

September 16th, 2014

josh mccown 0812De facto offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo spoke to media today at One Buc Palace and explained how deep the process was of selecting Josh McCown as a free agent starting quarterback.

Arroyo talked about how he, as quarterbacks coach, along with other staff, studied every last available free agent QB. [read more]