Logan Mankins Seemed Dazed

August 28th, 2014

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A shell-shocked Logan Mankins, with much of his trademark burly beard gone, took to a podium set up in a VIP room in the bowels of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway two hours before kickoff this evening. He met with assembled members of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club and bartenders shocked since they had yet to pour a drink.

Mankins, an All-Pro guard from New England, was swapped in a bombshell trade to the Bucs earlier this week. It was Mankins’ first meeting with the local fourth estate. [read more]

Gameday Tampa Bay

August 28th, 2014

Preseason Game 4

Redskins at Tampa Bay

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. [read more]

Shaun King Endorses Richie Incognito Signing

August 28th, 2014

One of the NFL’s sleaziest characters, embattled Richie Incognito, is a guy many Bucs fans believe should be plucked from his couch immediately so he can start at right guard and help lead the Bucs to an opening-day victory.

Never mind that high-mileage, 31-year-old players who have been out of football for 9 1/2 months don’t always fare too well, especially under the extreme scrutiny awaits Incognito. [read more]

A Nice Grade

August 28th, 2014
Thumbs-up from Walter Football.

Thumbs-up from Walter Football.

Let’s just say Joe was as shocked by the trade that brought Logan Mankins to the Bucs as Tamp Bay fans were. It really came out of left field.

So much so, that the WalterFootball.com crowd is shaking its collective heads. They can’t seem to put the pieces together as to why Patriots strongman Bill Belicheat would pull such a stunt. [read more]

Logan Mankins = Bad Pass Blocker?

August 28th, 2014

Not everyone believes the Bucs made a hell of a trade acquiring All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins for a fourth-round pick and Tim Wright on Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer Greg Bedard paints a picture of Bill Belicheat fleecing the Bucs. [read more]

“Definitely Think We’re An Eight, Nine-Win Team”

August 28th, 2014

shaun kingNFL prediction season is about to hit its full swing in a matter of hours, but one former Buccaneer is ready to call Tampa Bay’s 2014 campaign right now.

This homegrown, lifelong Bucs fans has put his cards on the table. [read more]

Jonathan Vilma Rips Former Bucs O-Line

August 28th, 2014

davin joseph 0308Former Saints Pro Bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2008-2013) looked into a national TV camera the other day and stomped on the reputations of Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, Jeremy Zuttah, Demar Dotson and other former Bucs offensive linemen.

Listening to Vilma, it’s a wonder Tampa Bay won any football games. [read more]

“Old School To The Bone”

August 28th, 2014

A Lovie Smith team leader paints a picture of the head coach being a throwback

Don’t think for a minute that Lovie Smith isn’t yearning to run the football.

Lovie bought all kinds of offensive toys this offseason and in the draft, but that wasn’t necessarily to break new ground under Jeff Tedford’s mysterious offense. [read more]

Tom Brady Is Peeved

August 28th, 2014
Patriots QB Tom Brady is reportedly PO'ed over the trade of Logan Mankins to the Bucs.

A report claims Tom Brady is PO’ed over the trade of Logan Mankins to the Bucs.

Bucs fans wondered how Josh McCown would stay upright three weeks into the regular season the way the offensive line, specifically the guards, were (not) blocking. After just one preseason game, McCown’s life insurance policy was canceled.

This all changed when Bucs general manager Jason Licht went out and obtained All-Pro guard Logan Mankins from the clutches of Bill Belicheat. [read more]

Bucs Wanted Patriots’ Backup Guard

August 28th, 2014
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Logan Mankings was not the initial target of Bucs GM Jason Licht’s cold calling.

It is interesting that the seed that grew into the Logan Mankins trade for Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick was planted back in late July, per Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s comments Tuesday.

Yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Twittered that the genesis of the trade actually was Licht dumpster-diving for a different guard. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

August 28th, 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.

For the stat nerds: Bucs one of the three most underachieving teams last season. [Football Perspective]

Danny Snyder has deemed FedEx Field, just one year older than the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, outdated and is looking to build a new crib. Let’s do the math: Dixie Chicks get new stadium, Dolphins get renovated stadium, Jags renovate their stadium, Saints renovated the Superdome, Stinking Panthers getting a renovated stadium… and the Bucs still have analog video boards. But they have a pirate ship few can go up in, yay! [NFL]

The NFL quarterback with most game-winning drives is… [BSPN] [read more]

Joe Gets Called A Tree Hugger, Talks Guards, Trades, Bubble & More

August 27th, 2014

joemugshotThe always fiery and entertaining JoeBucsFan Hour with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, was especially intense today.

Joe’s never been called a “tree hugger” before. [read more]

“Hard Nosed Runner” Is “Coming Back”

August 27th, 2014

mike james 1104Tasty Bucs nuggets were dropped during the appearance of center Evan Dietrich-Smith on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night.

Of course, Joe was paying attention. [read more]

Excitement Brewing For Rishaw Johnson

August 27th, 2014

The forgotten new guard in Tampa, Rishaw Johnson, doesn’t exactly have fans doing cartwheels like they are about the acquisition yesterday of Pro Bowler Logan Mankins.

However, there is growing confidence inside One Buc Palace. [read more]