Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

September 19th, 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.

Julio Jones wasn’t the only guy scoring at the Georgia Dome last night. [TheBigLead]

Good thing there was no such thing as social media when Peyton Manning was at Tennessee. [TheBigLead]

Josh Gordon still working as a used car salesman. No, really. [NFL]

Michael Vick supports Roger Goodell. [BSPN]

Reviewing replay. [RaysIndex]

“I Just Couldn’t Grip The Ball”

September 19th, 2014
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Josh McCown and his wrapped thumb was a lonely spectator through the second half of the Atlanta massacre

The Buccaneers’ starting quarterback had a lousy night, threw a pick-6 and busted up his thumb.

After the game, McCown talked about that thumb, which opened the second Mike Glennon era. [read more]

Time For Kevin O’Dea To Face Music

September 19th, 2014
Kevin O'Dea's special teams have been anything but special through three games.

Kevin O’Dea’s special teams have been anything but special through three games.

No, Lovie Smith has not done a good job. Let’s not be naive or look at the world with pewter and red glasses.

Yes, the offense is a mess. Joe suggested this would happen when it was announced offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was sick. Folks either mocked Joe or flamed him.

No, Leslie Frazier hasn’t done a good job either, but he is mostly carrying Lovie’s water. This is Lovie’s defense, make no mistake. [read more]

Can Lovie Now Adjust?

September 18th, 2014

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First Joe was aghast. Then he was angry. Then he was PO’ed.

Now, Joe is just spent. Emotionless. Nothing left in the tank.

Joe is a coach’s guy, both good and bad. The one thing Joe learned when he was a kid was that good coaches adjust to the talent on a roster. [read more]

Has Lovie Smith Lost His Edge?

September 18th, 2014

LovieJagsThe question absolutely must be asked.

Sorry, when a powerful, accomplished head coach takes over a new team, and the winless team doesn’t show up for a “must-win,” Week 3 game against a division opponent on national television, it’s fair to wonder aloud whether the head coach knows what he’s doing. [read more]

Falcons 56, Buccaneers 14

September 18th, 2014

Pathetic. Pathetic. Pathetic.

This was the big stage, Thursday Night Football, against a division rival the Bucs prepared for all offseason. Lovie Smith even acknowledged earlier this week that he was glued to Hard Knocks to get every last possible edge on the Falcons.

And the Bucs didn’t show up. [read more]

Bucs At Dixie Chicks, Open Thread

September 18th, 2014

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This very well could be the crossroads of the Bucs season. Do the Dixie Chicks light them up with Matty Ice? Or do the Bucs shock the NFC South by upending the Dixie Chicks in their own nest, despite all the injuries to the Bucs defense and all the mistakes by Josh McCown?

The only way Joe can see the Bucs winning is to play perfect Lovieball. So far, that has not worked out so well, has it?

Bang it here with crazy Bucs fans with your comments and thoughts throughout the game. As always, go Bucs!

Your Inactive Buccaneers

September 18th, 2014
Michael Johnson was busy in pregame warmups and is active tonight. His ankle must be ready.

Michael Johnson was busy in pregame warmups and is active tonight. His ankle must be ready. Yes, Joe’s in the Georgia Dome.

Your Bucs inactives tonight in Atlanta are Doug Martin, Mason Foster, T Kevin Pamphile, G Johnson, G Edwards, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Gerald McCoy.

Gameday Tampa Bay

September 18th, 2014

Game 3

Tampa Bay at Dixie Chicks

Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. [read more]

Ice Cracking Under Josh McCown?

September 18th, 2014
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If Josh McCown cannot stop making terrible mental mistakes, his benching is near, says Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

For the most part, Joe has been impressed with Josh McCown. He has a decent completion percentage and he is one helluva leader.

Then Joe watches McCown’s ghastly, boneheaded, Pop Warner-like mistakes and Joe not only has acid reflux, but bitter beerface.

Aside from that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln? [read more]

“It Could Get Worse”

September 18th, 2014
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Josh McCown is one of a few things WTSP-TV Channel 10 sports anchor Dave Wirth says must get corrected soon.

Veteran sports anchor Dave Wirth of WTSP-TV, Channel 10 smells the same thing blowing in the wind that Bucs fans do. No, he hasn’t been by the stables of Tampa Bay Downs, but the scent isn’t much different.

Like many Bucs fans, Wirth smells a freefall if Tampa Bay somehow cannot manage to pull off an upset tonight at Atlanta. He shares his thoughts below. [read more]

Judgment Night For Alterraun Verner

September 18th, 2014

VernerThe big-money free agent who replaced Darrelle Revis, Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner, has looked darn good in his first two Bucs games.

Verner can cover. He can tackle. And he’s 100 percent healthy after a late July hamstring pull. [read more]

“Bad Teams Think About Field Goals”

September 18th, 2014
Bucs coach Lovie Smith irks Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith irks SiriusXM’s  Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Joe remembers when the Bucs hired Lovie Smith to man the pirate ship, there were kudos offered and glasses clinked all over the place with folks from coast to coast thinking the Bucs got a steal. That is, all but one guy.

The one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo was not among the chorus. He scoffed at the hire. Thought it was uninspiring. Thought Team Glazer could have done better. [read more]

Mike Smith Ready For McCoy’s Broken Hand

September 18th, 2014

mike smithFalcons fans sure have their fingers crossed and their lucky sweaters on hoping Gerald McCoy is unavailable tonight.

Joe’s sure McCoy won’t play after breaking a bone on the left side of his left hand against the Rams. However … [read more]

Doug Martin, GMC Likely Out Tonight

September 18th, 2014
Bucs RB Doug Martin will miss tonight's game, says NFL.com.

Bucs RB Doug Martin will miss tonight’s game, says NFL.com.

One comes as a bit of a surprise. The other does not.

If one is to believe the words typed from the fingers of NFL insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bucs will be down two of their brightest stars tonight when Tampa Bay faces the Dixie Chicks in Billy Sherman’s favorite southern city. [read more]