Take it out and taste it, and it’s kind of runny and each spoonful doesn’t taste quite right. [read more]
There are a lot of problems with the Bucs. A team isn’t 2-9 playing in a crap division without some significant issues. Joe believes defense is not one of them.
Oh, sure, the defense was pitiful earlier in the year. Just look how the defense got seal-clubbed at Atlanta and against Baltimore. Shameful, in fact. [read more]
Joe really wants Bucs fans to watch this NFL.com video link a couple of times. It illustrates why, in part, Josh McCown doesn’t belong on the field in this lost season.
It was one of many times yesterday that McCown looked like a rookie. Heck, as Joe’s written, McCown’s entire season has been one that looks like that of a typical rookie QB. [read more]
Banks put another solid game in the books yesterday. [read more]
Joe thought the Bucs were in perfect shape yesterday. Playing on the road in rainy, chilly Soldier Field right on the banks of icy Lake Michigan, shutting out the Bears at halftime, well, Joe felt good about the game.
And then came the second half. [read more]
The Find and The Flop.
The Animal and The Apparition.
The Beast and The Bust.
The Bucs have a couple of stunning stories starting for them at defensive end. [read more]
A long look at the Bucs yesterday, today, and what to expect tomorrow and beyond.
For this entire season, Doug Martin has been nowhere near his rookie self, when he made the Pro Bowl and it appeared the Bucs had their version of Ray Rice (the football player) for years to come.
Now, he plays like he’s third string.
What a far fall. Joe knows way too many Bucs fans quickly blame the offensive line. While that may not be accurate, it’s lazy. Bobby Rainey runs behind the same offensive line and gets much better results. So the offensive line is laying down for Martin? Get real. [read more]
Chicago safety Chris Conte explained. [read more]
At one point, Joe was outraged. Then depressed. Then numb. Losing upon losing will do that to a football fan.
But there is one person who has not yet gone apathetic. That is Joe’s good friend, “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski of Scout.com. He watched yesterday’s nutkick of a loss to the Bears and it proved to him why the Bears waved goodbye to Lovie Smith and Josh McCown. [read more]
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Bucs news forthcoming.
Bedlam in the beltway. [NFL]
It is idiotic to buy a “free” ticket from a scalper in Detroit tonight. [BSPN]
Trying to take out a player’s knees. [TheBigLead]
Why are UCLA players going blackface? [TheBigLead]
Jealous Mark Cuban whines about the NFL again. Go way, pest. [Deadspin]
Discussing the finalists for the Rays’ manager gig. [RaysIndex]
“Simple as that,” as Lovie likes to say.
But on offense, Lovie isn’t such a simple guy. [read more]
One could say it was the turning point. The Bucs, down 21-10 late in the third quarter today, looked as if they had the play of the game when Josh McCown connected with Vincent Jackson on a 24-yard pass down the right sideline.
Jackson was tackled at the Bears-4. But the ball popped loose and the Bears recovered.
Was it a fumble? Replays Joe saw in the press box were awfully close but seemed to suggest the ball came free just an instant before Jackson’s arm hit the ground. [read more]
As he usually does, defensive tackle and team leader Gerald McCoy spoke about the game, after the game.
Many today will blame Bucs turnovers for ruining what looked to be a promising day, up 10-0 on the road at halftime, only to toss their cookies all over their shoes in the second half for a 21-13 nut-kick of a loss to the Bears at rainy, chilly Soldier Field. [read more]
That paltry number has fallen. [read more]
The Bucs’ final drive of the first half made Joe want to slam his head against the glass of the press box window at Soldier Field.
It was bad enough the Bucs left way too much time running off the clock, it was quite another that Bucs quarterback Josh McCown played (again) like a rattled Pop Warner quarterback. [read more]