“It’s The Bucs Who Are The Soft Ones”

November 15th, 2014

Last month, Gerald McCoy called his defensive mates “soft.” But nobody really toughened up, outside of a more physical showing in Cleveland.

So it’s understandable analysts would call the Bucs soft, too, especially as they relate to the rest of the league. [read more]

Do Your Job

November 15th, 2014
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Mason Foster talks takeaways.

Joe remembers how Bucs fans recoiled when former Bucs commander Greg Schiano recoiled when he heard someone mumble the phrase, “Make a play.”

Schiano would explain that often means a player is trying to do too much. In doing so, he strays from his responsibility and often leaves himself and his position vulnerable. [read more]

THE OPTIMIST: Changing The Shape

November 15th, 2014

MikeEvansIn 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]

TV Map For Bucs-Redskins

November 15th, 2014

tvYou asked for it, you got it. It’s the TV map for tomorrow’s game between the Bucs and the Redskins, live from FedEx Field in Virginia.

If you are a resident of Florida or the mid-Atlantic coastal region, 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]

“About 10 Days Ago, I Couldn’t Really Even Stand On My Toes”

November 15th, 2014

doug martin 1021aIt’s been 20 days since Doug Martin was on the field, struggling for 27 yards on 10 carries against the Vikings.

Martin walked off with an ankle injury. His last 100-yard game was against New Orleans in September 2013. [read more]

“Apathy”

November 15th, 2014
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“A giant yawn,” explains The Custodian Of Canton.

Joe has often stated the absolute worst thing for any team, much less an NFL team, much less the Bucs is apathy.

Once apathy sets in among the fanbase, fans have checked out. And if things don’t turnaround quickly, many of those fans may be gone for good. [read more]

Defenders Don’t Fit What Lovie Wants

November 14th, 2014

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Before the season began, Joe thought the Bucs would be 7-9 largely because Joe was not sold on the offense, particularly the offensive line.

Joe was scolded by many for being so pessimistic about the new, overhauled frontline.

Joe never, ever dreamed the Bucs defense would be so rotten. Not with Lovie Smith as the head coach. [read more]

Jameis Watch: Gettin’ “The Boot” Every Week

November 14th, 2014

JameisCrab-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. [read more]

Exposing The Offensive Line

November 14th, 2014

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You want to know why the Bucs offense has been, as Charles Barkley would say, “turrible” this year? Well, Mark Bullock of the Washington Post sums it up in two factors: inconsistent quarterback play and a struggling offensive line.

Bullock, an X’s and O’s guy who writes for the paper of record in our nation’s capital, goes into great detail (with photos) as to why the Tampa Bay offense is a mess, and why he expects the Redskins to expose the offensive line for what it is: subpar. [read more]

Collins’ Return Is Expected

November 14th, 2014
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Joe’s got the full injury report

When you’re listed as “probable” on an official NFL Friday injury report, then that means you’re playing Sunday unless you get mixed up with dangerous women or have an accident.

Big money Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins, who missed the last two games, got that label today. [read more]

It Starts With Practice

November 14th, 2014

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In four losses the season, the Bucs held leads in the fourth quarter. Problem was, the defense couldn’t make critical stops hacked up leads.

Few were more gut-wrenching than the losses against the Lambs and Vikings, both at home, when a never-been quarterback who was pulled off the street and a green rookie, respectively, led their teams on last-minute scoring drives. [read more]

Gruden Talks Gerald McCoy

November 14th, 2014

gerald mccoy 1207There are Bucs fans frustrated enough to berate Gerald McCoy for his on-field play.

These angry types don’t like McCoy’s off-field chatter and let that cloud their judgment. [read more]

Report: Tedford “Didn’t Feel Like Returning”

November 14th, 2014

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Harsh words were typed this morning about Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who left the team in September following heart problems in August. [read more]

Perform Now Or Get Cut

November 14th, 2014

A former Buccaneer takes a hard line with underperforming free agents Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson

A prominent former Buccaneer says Lovie Smith and Jason Licht need to “honest with themselves” when it comes to big-money free agents, especially left tackle Anthony Collins and defensive end Michael Johnson. [read more]

Lovie’s Confidence Rating Stable At 32%

November 14th, 2014

lovie 1110bJoe’s been polling readers weekly asking to rate their confidence in Lovie Smith.

A funny thing happened after the loss to the Falcons on Sunday. [read more]

Spreadsheeters Love Mike Evans

November 14th, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

(Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

Each draft, folks wearing suits in Manhattan try to give each draft class a label of some sort. You know, “Year of the Quarterback” or “Draft Class of Linebackers.”

This past spring could have been the draft of the wide receiver. Many went early, more so than Joe can remember in recent history. Of course, the Bucs joined the fun by selecting Mike Evans. [read more]