The braintrust over at One Buc Palace is taking the allegedly mighty Bills (4-8) and their big pass rush very seriously. Of course, that’s their job.
However, nobody’s going to dupe Joe into believing Buffalo is a good team. The New Schiano Order must emerge with a win Sunday. No excuses! Buffalo News beat writers gather in the video below to talk Bills and Bucs. Two pick the Bucs to win, and one is darn sour that EJ Manuel hasn’t won a road game.
Among the interesting nuggets at today’s Greg Schiano news conference was a shout to Bucs fans for noise. The head coach wants Buffalo to struggle in their hurry-up offense.
“I just throw this out there to our fans that when a no-huddle team tries to communicate, if you can take the verbal communication out of it by crowd noise, it’s very, very helpful,” Schiano said. “So now it’s all hand signals. So we need our own 12th man when we’re on defense this weekend.”
Catch the entire news conference below via WDAE-AM 620 audio.
Last week Bucs stud cornerback Darrelle Revis messed up his shoulder against the Panthers and was knocked out of the game, the second time he had to leave the field for an injury in as many games. [read more]
Joe went looking for emerging rookie tight end Tim Wright yesterday to talk about his development and what it’s like to have top NFL defenses double-teaming him repeatedly, as was the case against the Panthers.
Wright, who’s beefed up his skinny frame, had plenty to share. [read more]
Much has been made of the Bucs’ second half adjustments, or lack thereof. Naysayers say this is the reason Bucs commander Greg Schiano should not return for the 2014 season.
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune started researching and found that, indeed, Schiano’s charges have made the ever-popular halftime adjustments.
Gone was the original plan to run Rainey mostly out of single-back sets, and in its place was a new plan that called for Rainey to run almost exclusively between the tackles and behind fullback Erik Lorig. [read more]
It’s back to the diner again for TBO’s Patrick Welter and Tampa Tribune humorist Martin Fennelly as they discuss the upcoming Bills and Bucs game at about the one-minute mark in this TBO video. Fennelly gets free orange juice for pulling out a Wizard of Oz reference when discussing the Bucs’ fortunes.
Eight games into his triumphant return from his couch, wide receiver Tiquan Underwood has opened a few eyes with his play of late after a rough start. He’s now got 16 catches for a whopping 325 yards and three touchdowns.
Joe talked to the soon-to-be free agent yesterday about taking over for Mike Williams and surviving an ugly 2013 debut. No hair questions, though Joe does think the Buccaneers need to sell an Underwood bobblehead. [read more]
It’s sort of neat to understand how, in part, a couple of Bucs players found their way onto the roster.
When Bucs commander Greg Schiano accepted the job as Bucs coach in January 2012, he knew a lot of guys who entering the NFL draft or soon to enter the draft because he had recruited many of them.
Leonard Johnson and Mike Glennon are two guys Schiano recruited hard to join him in Rutgers. While neither player did, they left a large enough impression upon Schiano, that Schiano came calling in the NFL. [read more]
Joe remembers during the offseason, once you got past the rancor of Bucs fans wrestling over the pros and cons of former Bucs franchise quarterback leaky Rip Van Freeman, that the second-most angst-ridden topic was the lack of a tight end.
Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik thought he found a steal when he purloined Tom Crabtree from the Packers, yet fans still howled for more. This, despite Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s offense not featuring tight ends. [read more]