Quarterback By Committee Approach Coming?

October 18th, 2014

McCownGlennonMike Glennon may by the quarterback of the future performing OK as the quarterback of the present, but that doesn’t mean Lovie Smith has lost his acquired taste for Josh McCown.

In fact, one noted former QB suspects Lovie will let them share time. [read more]

Lovie’s Advice To Page: “Stay Ready”

October 18th, 2014

eric page2Spoiled by years with Devin Hester, it’s understandable Lovie Smith might be soured by watching a mortal return man.

Lovie keeps saying how the Bucs need a greater spark from their return game, though not naming rookie Solomon Patton. And now Eric Page returned off the street last week. [read more]

Visit HillsboroughDefense.com

October 18th, 2014

Who’s your defensive coordinator?


THE OPTIMIST: Trust The Plan And The Drafting

October 18th, 2014

lovie smith 0511In these unsettled times of devastating Bucs losses, constant change and growing pains, Joe thought it would be wise to bring back THE OPTIMIST.

THE OPTIMIST is Nick Houllis, a Bucs fan and an accomplished writer whose steadfast allegiance to the Buccaneers goes back to the 1970s. Houllis is the founder, creator and guru of BucStop.com, a place Joe goes to get lost in time via Houllis’ stunning video collection.

THE OPTIMIST will shine that positive light in your eyes. Some will love it. Some won’t. … Of course, THE OPTIMIST’s opinions are his alone and are not influenced by Joe. [read more]

Sifting Through The Noise

October 18th, 2014

LovieJagsWhen teams endure stunning stretches of losing like the Bucs have, negativity grows like summer weeds. You pluck a bunch of those weeds with a victory, but another couple of losses adds about triple the weeds you pulled initially.

Fans want hope and want to believe, but ultimately, after so much losing, only consistent winning makes them believers. [read more]

Harsh Words From Trusted Analyst

October 17th, 2014
Former Bucs defensive lineman and recent Bucs coaching intern Steve White takes his beloved team over his knee for its dismal play.

Former Bucs defensive end and 2014 Bucs coaching intern Steve White takes his beloved team over his knee for its dismal play

Boy, oh boy, Joe doesn’t know where to start with this. At least the competent, candid analysis is refreshing.

Former Bucs defensive end Steve White knows something about the Tampa-2. He spent each of his Bucs seasons under Father Dungy. Even more, White was a coaching intern with the Bucs this past spring. [read more]

Disturbing Pass Defense

October 17th, 2014
So far, the Bucs secondary can't cover themselves with a blanket at night, including safety Mark Barron.

So far, the Bucs’ secondary can’t cover themselves with a blanket at night, including safety Mark Barron.

Man, the Bucs’ pass defense is a trainwreck. Not only are the Bucs threatening to allow the most yards in the 95-year history of the NFL, but also the most points.

It is simply incredible how with all the Pro Bowlers and high draft picks on the defensive roster they can get so lit up so badly. It really is a difficult task to be this bad.

John Parolin of BSPN seems to know what ails the Bucs. [read more]

Is Whip-Cracking On The Way?

October 17th, 2014

lovie 0912The most verbal, in-your-face coach on the Bucs’ staff might be high-energy cornerbacks chief Gil Byrd. Joe can still hear his spring and training-camp intensity.

Byrd was visibly and passionately teaching the finer points to Alterraun Verner from Day 1 back in April. [read more]

“This Isn’t College Football”

October 17th, 2014


The chorus of former Buccaneers appalled by their team’s performance has reached a new crescendo.

One of three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, Shaun King of NBC Sports Network, says the Bucs have a Division 1-AA pasty feel about them. [read more]

TV Producers Don’t Like Mike Glennon

October 17th, 2014


In a quarterback-driven league whose television popularity is fueled by fantasy-football-loving lunatics, it’s the starting QBs whbo command the greatest interest.

But when it comes to Bucs games, TV producers don’t have much use for Mike Glennon. [read more]

Joe Talks Bucs At 10:15 A.M. On WDAE-AM 620

October 17th, 2014

It’s Joe’s weekly chat on the popular Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620/95.3 FM. Always a fun time.

Click below to listen online at 620wdae.com.


“The Grass Is All Dewy”

October 17th, 2014

McCoydrillEarlier this week, one way Gerald McCoy defended himself against attacks from those who call him too soft was to remind the world that the day after his wife birthed twins he was at One Buc Palace running gassers at 6 a.m.–  by himself, his own decision to continue his fierce offseason regimen.

McCoy’s dedication already had been documented, but Joe was glad to learn it at least rubbed off on someone. [read more]

ESPN: Bucs Coaches Get A “D-”

October 17th, 2014


Joe hoped that after the circus the Bucs franchise had become since the jettisoning of Chucky, Team Glazer tapping Lovie Smith on the shoulder to take over the franchise meant happy days were here to come.

Joe understood Lovie’s defense takes a while to grasp but thought with his resume, demeanor and ability to work with players — all the qualities of a fine teacher — that the Bucs would climb out of the NFC cellar. [read more]

Nickel Change?

October 17th, 2014
Changes coming to the nickel corner position?

Changes coming to the nickel corner position?

You wanted change. Joe wanted change. Lovie Smith wanted change.

And change you may have. It appears the Bucs head coach and overlord of football operations is coming through with his previous promise. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

October 17th, 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 amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Bill Parcells talks about his “divorce” from Bill Belicheat. [NFL]

So that’s one less stripper Jerry Jones has to worry about. [BSPN]

Geno Smith freight-trained some woman as if Lavonte David was chasing him. [TheBigLead]

Eagle steals a golf ball. [YouTube]

Chris Christie still fighting the good fight to let red-blooded Americans gamble on football. [NJ]

“There’s Just Gotta Be A Mindset Change”

October 16th, 2014


Derrick Brooks is looking for a “mentality” change. Warren Sapp is ready to vomit. Others are talking about “tissue-paper soft” Buccaneers.

Former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht is on their bandwagon. [read more]