Tedford’s Up-Tempo May Not Be Revolutionary

August 25th, 2014
Bucs OC Jeff Tedford talks more about his offense.

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford talks more about his offense.

There was always a perplexing nag in the back of Joe’s mind with all the jumping up and down at One Buc Palace about running an up-tempo offense, excitement as if Joe coerced Rachel Watson to join him on a private sunset cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Was this mysterious Jeff Tedford offense going to be revolutionary?

Apologies, but Joe never asked. But Ronde Barber did. [read more]

Stop With Glennon-To-Rams Nonsense!

August 25th, 2014
Barring an absolutely unreasonable offer, Bucs QB Mike Glennon's is not playing for the Rams.

Barring an absolutely unreasonable offer, Bucs QB Mike Glennon is not on the trading block.

Joe just couldn’t believe it. Yesterday, it didn’t take but 10 seconds for it to happen. The instant the news came across Twitter that Sam Bradford’s days in St. Louis have essential ended, as the Rams quarterback suffered another season-ending knee-injury; Joe got a question about the Bucs trading the quarterback of the future and the quarterback of the past but not the quarterback of the present, Mike Glennon.

Joe’s head almost hit the keyboard.

(Bradford is due $16 million next season in the last year of his current contract with the Rams. The Walmart-heir-by-marriage who owns the Rams, Stan Kroenke, would have to be drowning in Budweiser to cough up that kind of cash on a guy whose career is shattered.) [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

August 25th, 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.

Baseball wants long, long, longer baseball games. Don’t believe Bud Selig’s lies. [YouTube]

Jeff Fisher is apparently no fan of Adam Schefter. [NFL]

Ndamukong Suh is at it again. [BSPN]

Oh no, Pasco! This sounds like one helluva night. [TampaBay]

Rays protest and baseball rules. [RaysIndex]

Herron Slotted Nicely For Opening Day

August 24th, 2014

Lovie Smith told media numerous times that who plays in the “dress rehearsal” game in Buffalo, and when they play, will reveal an awful lot about what Lovie thinks of the player.

Rookie wide receiver Robert Herron was targeted on the opening call of the Bucs offense. [read more]

Tiquan Underwood Cut; Davin Joseph Thriving

August 24th, 2014

UnderwoodThe man who was the Bucs’ No. 2 wide receiver for much of last season is jobless again, as he was about this time of year in 2012 and 2013. Tiquan Underwood was cut by the Panthers today.

The Mike Glennon Mob has been heard all afternoon screaming, “You see. You see. Glennon had no one to throw to.” [read more]

Tommy Streeter Cut A Bit Surprising

August 24th, 2014
Solid camp not strong enough.

Solid camp not strong enough.

Joe was a bit surprised to read the name of Tommy Streeter on the list of a dozen cuts today by the Bucs, who need to slice three more players to get down to the mandated 75 by Tuesday afternoon. In training camp, Streeter sure seemed like a keeper.

On the first day of training camp, Streeter, who often worked with the second team, caught a long ball from Mike Glennon and put a move on corner Rashaan Melvin so badly that Melvin hit the turf, blowing out an ankle. [read more]

Lovie Talks Up Da’Quan Bowers

August 24th, 2014
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Still surviving.

Joe knows DE/DT Da’Quan Bowers is anything but a popular player around these parts of the NFL universe. A second round pick in 2011, Bowers, who has a grand total of 5.5 career sacks and is far more experienced in the cold tub than the line of scrimmage, has been a disappointment.

But when the Bucs released a dozen players today in the process of eventually cutting down to the mandatory 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Bowers was not on the list (yet). [read more]

Page Purge Puts Patton In Power

August 24th, 2014
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Former Buccaneer Eric Page

Rookie wide receiver/returner Solomon Patton didn’t do much against Buffalo yesterday, but he did prove he could take a ferocious hit as a punt returner and hold onto the ball.

It seems that play, and Patton’s consistency (but not greatness) this preseason led to him ousting the NFL’s 13th-ranked full-time punt returner in 2013. Eric Page was cut this afternoon. [read more]

Bucs Cut A Dozen

August 24th, 2014

lovie and lichtThe Grim Reaper arrived at One Buc Palace today, as the Bucs lopped 12 from their roster.

Hyped undrafted rookie free agent defensive linemen Euclid Cummings and Chaz Sutton were in the mix, as well as a handful of Schiano men. [read more]

McDonald Will Back Up McCoy

August 24th, 2014
Clinton McDonald

Joe got reaction last night

Gerald McCoy got light duty yesterday in Buffalo and the Bucs were still dominant on defense. In one early series, McCoy even sat out a first and a second down before coming in on third.

In that instance, it was Clinton McDonald sliding over to do what he did for the Super Bowl champs last season. [read more]

Offensive Line? “Decent”

August 24th, 2014
The Bucs offensive line gets just enough of a push to allow Doug Martin to sky over the Buffalo defense for a first half touchdown Saturday. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

The Bucs’ offensive line gets just enough push to allow Doug Martin to score a first half touchdown Saturday. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Of course, the Bucs’ first-team offense, after some early, frightening jitters, broke out finally yesterday, actually looking like an offense. A nice catch-and-run down the middle to Doug Martin to set up a Martin touchdown run and a too easy-looking lob to Mike Evans in the end zone showed the Bucs have life on offense.

As Joe stated yesterday, it was fun to watch the running game work. It is nice to have cute plays on a whiteboard or stubborn running plays on an iPad, or for the offense to look sharp on a walk-through, but an offense needs blocking. [read more]

Did Lovie Send A Message To Mark Barron?

August 24th, 2014

LovieJagsIn Lovie Smith’s official “dress rehearsal” for the 2014 season yesterday, Lovie trotted out second-year safety Bradley McDougald, an undrafted Dominik-Schiano pickup last year, as the starter at strong safety alongside Dashon Goldson.

No, Mark Barron wasn’t hurt. And Joe, with his own eyes in Buffalo, saw McDougald working with the first team in pregame warmups. [read more]

Bucs Defense Catching Eyes

August 24th, 2014
Peter King of theMMQB.com is impressed with Lovie's defense, as he should be.

Peter King of theMMQB.com is impressed with Lovie’s defense, as he should be.

Joe had typed time after time after time this past summer he wasn’t worried about the defense. Sure, Joe groused that the Bucs let go of All-World corner Darrelle Revis, but Joe has pretty much let that water flow past the bridge.

Of course, if the Bucs are hurting for corners and Revis returns to his pre-surgery form, yes, let’s just say Joe has the memory of an elephant. [read more]

The Other 80 Percent

August 24th, 2014
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Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford says he has “to get used to” it.

Joe has poked fun at how the Bucs have done their best to keep offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense under wraps, as if it is a design for a revolutionary new stealth fighter. Tampa Bay all but promised fans will only see 20 percent of Tedford’s offense in the preseason.

In a sitdown with former Bucs great Ronde Barber broadcast on WFLA-TV Channel 8, just after the smackdown of the bungling Bills yesterday, Tedford confessed that, yeah, 80 percent of his offense hasn’t been showcased, and yes, he’s sort of uncomfortable with that. [read more]