Johnny Football And The Bucs

April 13th, 2014

Johnny Football is on the Bucs’ radar, so reports Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The following is music to Joe’s ears. The problem is, April is Smokescreen Month.

It seems Johnny Football is not just Joe’s second-favorite dream, second only to Rachel Watson cooing Joe to join her for a long, heavy-breathing shower escapade. It seems the possibility of Bucs general manager Jason Licht calling Johnny Football’s name during the NFL draft next month is a real possibility, not just Joe’s fantasy. [read more]

Receivers, Dominik And Leapfrog

April 12th, 2014

Many assume the Falcons, with the No. 6 overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft, one slot before the Bucs, will pounce on the best available offensive lineman or pass rusher.

As their general manager Thomas Dimitroff has said, he acutely understands the need to protect their $100 million investment in Matt Ryan, one of three NFC South quarterbacks better than the Bucs’ current QBs. [read more]

Johnny Vs. Evans = Ridiculous Bucs Debate

April 12th, 2014

How often is an elite quarterback available on the free agent market? Rarely.

How often is an elite wide receiver up for the highest bidder? Every darn year; and it’s usually more than one pass catcher. Heck, three were on the market last year. [read more]

Championship Racing And Huge Cash Giveaways Tonight At Derby Lane In St. Petersburg

April 12th, 2014

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It’s always great fun at Derby Lane for the annual Distance Classic. It’s the place to be tonight! Visit DerbyLane.com for all the fantastic dining and wagering options. Admission is always free at Derby Lane.

Spending Spree

April 12th, 2014

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It wasn’t too long ago that Team Glazer decided the best way to a winner was to quit shelling out big bucks to marginal, aging players, and to build through the draft. On paper, it wasn’t a bad idea.

The dynasties of the NFL had always stocked their foundations with sound draft picks. In later years when free agency became a thing, then those teams might plugged a hole or two by buying a player. [read more]

Alterraun Verner: Suitable Replacement

April 12th, 2014
Stat geeks compare Darrelle Revis with his replacement, Alterraun Verner.

Pro Football Focus compares Alterraun Verner (above) with Darrelle Revis, and D.J. Moore offers reality on Lovie’s defense.

Though Joe has gotten over it, Joe still finds it a negative when a team willing waves goodbye to a future Hall of Famer in the prime of his career. Yes, yes, yes, Joe knows all about Darrelle Revis’ salary and how the Bucs spread the wealth around.

While the thought of losing Revis still irks Joe, the stat nerds over at Pro Football Focus believe the Bucs couldn’t have done much better in who they replaced Revis with, Alterraun Verner. [read more]

Joe Talks Johnny & All Things Bucs

April 11th, 2014

It was a special day. Joe’s usual Wednesday “JoeBucsFan Hour” with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, was rescheduled for today at 5 p.m.

Of course, Joe talked about all kinds of subjects. Enjoy! And don’t forget Joe’s got plenty for you on Saturday and all through the weekend.

James Wilder, Jr. Visits Bucs

April 11th, 2014
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FSU fullback and Bucs legacy James Wilder, Jr. visited his dad’s old team.

Joe’s a little late on this (no, a lot late) but it’s been a busy day away from the bustling JoeBucsFan.com headquarters.

This morning, Florida State all-purpose back James Wilder, Jr. announced on Twitter he was visiting the Bucs. [read more]

Did Freeman Get Mike Sullivan’s Blessing?

April 11th, 2014

josh freeman  0920Word that the Giants are about to bring sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman in for a workout intrigues Joe because it would mean the former Bucs franchise quarterback likely earned the blessing of highly respected ex-Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

Now don’t misinterpret what Joe means by “highly-respected” when it comes to Sullivan. [read more]

“He Can Win Without …”

April 11th, 2014

The Lovie way will immediately reign in the NFC South, says Willie McGinest and Rod Woodson.

Wow! There were two loud flags planted on planet Lovie yesterday on NFL Network.

Yes, prominent experts have examined the Panthers, Falcons, Bucs and Saints and declared the Buccaneers champions of the NFC South in 2014. [read more]

Playing To His Strength?

April 11th, 2014

Why run behind Anthony Collins and a suspect offensive line?

No NFL team pounded the football more without big results than the Cincinnati Bengals did last season. Their former offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, was committed to the run game like no other.

The Bengals had the eighth-most carries in the NFL but only averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which ranked 27th in the league. That’s almost old school football, and a tip of the cap to a suffocating defense that drove the Bengals to a division title but crumbled in the playoffs. [read more]

Joe Joins Steve Duemig Today At 5 P.M. On WDAE-AM 620/95.3 FM

April 11th, 2014

It’s a special time this week! Don’t miss the “JoeBucsFan Hour” at 5 p.m. today, when Joe sits down with The Big Dog to dive into all the Bucs subjects of the day. Always a fun time!

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Licht, Lovie “Love, Love, Love” Johnny Football

April 11th, 2014
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Love is alleged to be in the air at One Buc Palace over Johnny Football

After reading the piece linked below last night, Joe almost had to take a cold shower and kept reminding himself that April is the Season of Smoke.

A Houston sports radio host, who just happens to be the son of the assistant offensive line coach on the staff of Bruce Arians with the Arizona Desert Rats, where Bucs general manager Jason Licht worked last year, claims “for a fact” to know the mindset of Lovie Smith and Licht (or both) when it comes to drafting a certain quarterback. [read more]

An Easy Decision For Lovie

April 11th, 2014

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When the dinner bell rang to start the free agency signing period last month, it took Bucs general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith all but a few hours to find their man to lead the Bucs offense: Josh McCown.

Many are willing to start digging Mike Glennon’s grave with the Bucs as a result. But in an NFL Network interview that aired last night, Lovie explained the decision to go get McCown came down to two factors: knowledge and numbers. [read more]