“Nothing Has Changed”

September 18th, 2014
The NFL is laughing at the Falcons' pass rush

The NFL is laughing at the Falcons’ pass rush

Former Falcons offensive lineman and Florida State legend Jamie Dukes was screaming his lungs out this morning on WDAE-AM 620 about tonight’s Bucs-Falcons game in Atlanta.

Dukes, who also is an NFL Network analyst and a radio guy in Atlanta, was appalled at the suggestion the Bucs might not have a shot to win. [read more]

Short Passes Are Working

September 18th, 2014

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Many Bucs fans jumped with glee when the Bucs drafted wide receiver Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick. All of a sudden, Bucs fans had visions of big-play bombs dancing in their heads.

Well, Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune has a rude awakening for these same fans. It seems when the Bucs try to go downfield, bad things happen. But good things are happening when the Bucs throw short, Cummings types. [read more]

CBS Bracing For Viewership Drop

September 18th, 2014

A CBS suit weighs in

In the immortal words of Bill Parcells, right now the Bucs stink. They are 0-2. They are what their record says they are. Winless.

Even when the Bucs were beating up the NFL with the likes of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks and John Lynch and Simeon Rice and Ronde Barber and Mike Alstott and Keyshawn Johnson, the Bucs were not among the most popular of NFL teams. [read more]

Patience, Please

September 18th, 2014

patience pleaseIt is gameday but Joe still can’t get it out of his head that the Bucs went complete scared turtle in the red zone and late in the first half with the ball against St. Louis.

When you let teams hang around, you open the door to get beat and that is exactly what the Bucs did Sunday. Somehow, they got the impression the end zone was infected with the Ebola virus.

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“Sugar The A-Gaps”

September 18th, 2014

A former Buccaneer weighs in on a key in Atlanta

Calling the defensive genius of Leslie Frazier and Lovie Smith!

No pressure on Matt Ryan tomorrow night will spell doom for Tampa Bay. So find ways to take smart chances and dial up pressure, even with a rash of injuries. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

September 18th, 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.

Chip Kelly’s secret helpers. [WSJ]

Cam Newton calls Ndamukong Suh “Donkey Kong.” [NFL]

Tom Coughlin and Victor Cruz have a sitdown. [BSPN]

Someone had too much fun at yoga class. [News4Jax]

The debut of Nick Franklin. [RaysIndex]

Derrick Brooks Says “They’re Playing Too Tense”

September 17th, 2014
"Get these guys to loosen up, Lovie."

“Get these guys to loosen up, Lovie.”

Mr. Derrick Brooks, Double-Nickel, No. 55, Hall of Famer, Buccaneers Ring of Honor member, didn’t love what he saw Sunday from his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brooks knows how a winning football team carries itself. [read more]

Bobby Rainey Pushing Out Doug Martin?

September 17th, 2014
The new Bucs bellcow?

The new Bucs bellcow?

It is just weird to Joe what is happening to Doug Martin and Joe cannot put his finger on it. The man Bucs fans affectionately refer to as “Muscle Hamster” exploded onto the scene his rookie year in 2012 and made the Pro Bowl.

He hasn’t been the same since.

Last year, he never got on track for reasons not exactly known. Martin was lost for the season injuring his left shoulder on a pass play. Martin returned healthy, but in the season opener, he looked far more like the Martin of 2013. To be fair, Martin also injured his knee in the second half. [read more]

No Issues With Offensive Line

September 17th, 2014
The offensive line has really solidified with the addition of guard Logan Mankins.

The offensive line has really solidified with the addition of guard Logan Mankins.

It is one of the oldest axioms of football: The game is won in the trenches. It was true 50 years ago and true Sunday.

With the exception of Gerald McCoy, the Tampa Bay defensive line is getting owned on passing downs. In Lovie’s defense, the foundation is quarterback pressure up front. No pressure, and it crumbles. This is why slugs like journeyman Derek Anderson and neverbeen Austin Davis were free to carve up the Bucs. [read more]

“They Should Be Playing Mike Glennon”

September 17th, 2014

Senior NFL writer for CBSSports.com, prickly Pete Prisco, is a man with access and contacts, and he just shared not only his thoughts about the Bucs’ quarterback situation but his confrontation with Lovie Smith this summer. [read more]

More Blitzes On The Way?

September 17th, 2014
Much needed help last week from Bucs DE Will Gholston.

Much needed help last week from Bucs DE Will Gholston.

Two things that irk Bucs coach Lovie Smith these days: virtually no pass rush and no takeaways. He discusses one of the two subjects with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club just about daily; often both.

Takeaways can be waved off as luck. A ballcarrier has to be careless with the football. A quarterback has to throw a bad pass. A receiver had to run a rotten route. Rushing the quarterback, though, is a matter of skill and ability. [read more]

“Honeymoon Period Is Over With”

September 17th, 2014
Ex-players are feeling the pressure on Lovie

Ex-players sense pressure on Lovie

“Take some chances,” Lovie Smith.

Boomer Esiason and the CBS crew, which now carries Thursday Night Football, was busy talking about tomorrow night’s big Bucs-Falcons game in Atlanta. [read more]

“I Wanted To Feel Retired”

September 17th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times rumor of Brian Urlacher to the Bucs was misguided

Joe read yesterday’s wacky afternoon report by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that implied retired Brian Urlacher is on the Buccaneers’ radar.

Stroud claimed fans should keep an eye on Urlacher maybe landing in Tampa, especially if Mason Foster can’t get healthy and/or Dane Fletcher doesn’t impress. But it seems Stroud wasn’t listening to Urlacher on Chicago Sports Radio yesterday morning. [read more]

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]