Fundamentals Cost Bucs A Touchdown

November 23rd, 2014
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Safety Major Wright’s bad defense cost the Bucs early in the third quarter.

Though it didn’t matter in the long run, a whiff of fundamentals by Major Wright, who otherwise played fine football today, proved to be a major error in the Loss to the Bears at gloomy, rainy Soldier Field today.

It was the Bears’ first possession of the second half with the Bucs leading 10-0. Chicago marched down to the Bucs-3. There, the Bucs defense stiffened, forcing a 3rd-and-2. [read more]

Enough Already!

November 23rd, 2014

McCownlaughJosh McCown continues to play like a rookie quarterback. Nothing new there.

Hours after the Bucs and McCown didn’t show up in Atlanta, Joe began screaming from rooftops — and WDAE-AM 620 microphones — to let Mike Glennon start the Bucs’ final 13 games.

It was the only thing that made a lick of sense at 0-3 with two division losses, and a 35-year-old inconsistent QB as the other option.

It still is. [read more]

Bears 21, Buccaneers 13

November 23rd, 2014


A bad running game, bad quarterback play, bad hands, and lousy special teams will get you beat just about every time out.

That’s what happened to your beloved Bucs in Chicago today.

They imploded just before they took a 10-0 lead into halftime. And then got mowed down by 21 unanswered Bears points in the third quarter. [read more]

Bucs At Bears, Open Thread

November 23rd, 2014
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Comment here with fans all game long

Yes, Joe is in the windy city where it is rather pleasant (by Chicago standards). It is currently cloudy and 50 degrees. Windy (naturally) at Soldier Field near the banks of icy Lake Michigan. Consider when Joe flew in Friday, it was in the 20s.

As they say in the upper Midwest: Don’t like the weather? Just wait a few hours.

It was expected to rain all day today but, thus far, the rains have held off. There is a chance this game finishes without rain. When Joe walked up to the stadium around 9:30 a.m., Chicago time, there was a very light drizzle. [read more]

Lavonte David Leads Inactives

November 23rd, 2014
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Other notable names are on the list. Doug Martin is not.

Bucs stud linebacker Lavonte David will miss today’s game against the Bears. A combination of a gimpy hamstring, the notorious terrible Soldier Field turf in Chicago, and expected rain (though none yet) all added up to the Bucs sitting the stud out. [read more]

Gameday Tampa Bay

November 23rd, 2014

It’s Joe’s game outlook


Buccaneers (2-8) at Bears (4-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. [read more]

“In The Normal Time It Takes”

November 23rd, 2014


Tampa Bay had six sacks last Sunday — six! — but everyone isn’t sold on the notion the Bucs repaired their pass rush. [read more]

McCoy’s Long Matchup

November 23rd, 2014

Joe’s anxious to see how the Bucs will utilize Gerald McCoy against the Bears today.

Chicago has stud right guard Kyle Long, who was a Pro Bowler as a rookie last season, anchoring their veteran and sometimes shaky offensive line. [read more]

Trading Martin = Playing Martin

November 23rd, 2014

MartinPanthersDarn good chance Doug Martin is active and playing today against the Bears.

His ankle is in good shape. He practiced all week. He sounded happy and ready on his radio show. And there’s motive.

[read more]

Jameis Watch: A Bold Bucs Endorsement

November 22nd, 2014

Jameis 1107Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s regular nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback to wear No. 5 ever in the state of Florida.

Joe’s going to let a powerful quote to the talking here. [read more]

Your Bucs TV Map

November 22nd, 2014

?????????????????????????You asked for it, you got it. It’s the TV broadcast map for tomorrow’s game between the Bucs and the Bears, live from the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

If you are a resident of Florida or the greater Chicagoland area, there is a better than average chance you won’t have to run to a local bar or find someone with NFL Sunday Ticket to watch the game. [read more]

“I Was Surprised How Hard He Actually Plays”

November 22nd, 2014

Dashon-GoldsonA telling moment for Joe while hanging out at One Buc Palace this spring was a 1-on-1 chat with Lovie Smith’s son, Buccaneers safeties coach Mikal Smith.

Joe asked the younger Smith, who’s in his late 30s, whether he wants to be a head coach and follow in his dad’s footsteps. [read more]


November 22nd, 2014

Who’s your defensive coordinator?


THE OPTIMIST: McCown Follows November Rule

November 22nd, 2014

josh mccown 0812In 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, 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]

Mike Evans Talks College Feel And Swapping

November 22nd, 2014

mike evans 1030Bucs super rookie Mike Evans went toe to toe with Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru of, this week.

Evans held his own under the national spotlight. [read more]

No More Dreads For Davin Joseph

November 22nd, 2014

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Joe received an interesting story in his e-mail box recently from noted St. Louis-based NFL writer Howard Balzer. While Balzer is a national football writer, he hangs out a lot at the Lambs facilities because, well, it’s in the same area he lives.

Rams starting guard Davin Joseph (who still calls Tampa home) was a popular Buccaneer for years– partly because he was a No. 1 pick, partly because of all the good things he did for folks in need, in particular, Tampa Bay high school football programs that received money from his foundation. [read more]