Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

December 15th, 2014
Wholesale roster changes afoot from Bucs GM Jason Licht?

Wholesale roster changes afoot from Bucs GM Jason Licht?

A long look at the Bucs yesterday, today, and what to expect tomorrow and beyond.

Well, well, well, Joe smells a shakeup. So Anthony Collins got benched and Demar Dotson was moved to left tackle. If you read between the lines, it doesn’t seem temporary, short of the Bucs drafting a left tackle in the first round (God help us).

Joe remembers Bucs general manager Jason Licht saying a huge thing he learned working with Bill Belicheat was that Belicheat said, if you make a mistake, then cut your losses and move on. Everyone makes mistakes, but hanging onto a guy with the hope he turns things around will dig your grave. [read more]

Who Is “Upstairs?”

December 15th, 2014

DotsonJoe brought word yesterday when Lovie Smith stated on the Bucs-Stinking Panthers pregame show that inconsistent left tackle Anthony Collins was getting benched and right tackle Demar Dotson would shift to fill Collins’ spot.

After the game, Lovie said it was a “coach’s decision.”

It seems Dotson believes the call came from higher up the food chain. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

December 15th, 2014

HC20156Start 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.

Johnny Football most resembles Tim Couch when it comes to first-time Browns starters. [Plain Dealer]

Slot machines and legal pot at the Hard Rock in Tampa? [Denver Post]

The teenager with the $72 million stock portfolio — he earned on his own. [New York Post]

Greg Schiano dances with the Badgers. [USA Today]

Bills win against Packers called best Buffalo win of the century. [Buffalo News]

How to trade Jim Harbaugh. [Sacramento Bee]

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Bucs Clinch Last-Place Schedule For 2015

December 14th, 2014
The Bucs and Bears likely will clash next season

The Bucs and Bears likely will clash next season

The Bucs own the NFC South cellar for the 2014 season. Today’s loss at Carolina guaranteed that.

As a result, the Bucs’ schedule for next season gets a little clearer. [read more]

Run, Dougie, Run!

December 14th, 2014
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(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

After sporting a dreadful running attack for weeks — perhaps since Bobby Rainey went wild (144 yards) against the Rams in Week 2 — Tampa Bay found its mojo today and ran the ball all over the Panthers.

What a surprise! Joe had almost thrown in the towel on the rushing attack. But the Bucs’ success today further illustrated the ineptitude of the passing attack. [read more]

GMC Should Shut It Down

December 14th, 2014

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Look, no one loves Gerald McCoy as much as Joe. He is the heart and soul of this team. He is a self-professed leader.

But after leaving today’s game with the second knee injury in as many weeks, an injury Lovie Smith called a hyper-extended knee injury, enough is enough. Time for GMC to start planning on his Cancun vacation. [read more]

McCown Logic Is Hard To Explain

December 14th, 2014

mccownlovie1After today’s display of poor ball security and pedestrian play, Josh McCown’s statistics now reveal a veteran quarterback who is worse than Mike Glennon in nearly every category.

Man, Glennon sure could teach McCown how to tuck the ball and eat a sack, a lesson McCown simply hasn’t learned. [read more]

Bucs Must Be Prepared In 15 Days

December 14th, 2014

lovie and lichtJoe’s getting nervous.

Will the Bucs be ready to hire a new offensive coordinator in 15 days, when Black Monday comes and coaches are fired around the league? [read more]

Missing Mason Foster

December 14th, 2014
The Bucs defense suffers (like today) when MLB Mason Foster is in street clothes.

The Bucs defense suffers (like today) when MLB Mason Foster is in street clothes.

It’s unclear why a good chunk of Bucs fans don’t like Mason Foster. Joe doesn’t get it. At one point in Foster’s career, Joe thought the middle linebacker would be eating pineapple.

Foster has had a not-so good season this year, mainly because of injuries, of late, an Achilles problem. And lest fans think Foster is a bad player, consider how the Bucs defense has (not) fared with him watching from the sidelines, per good guy Gil Arcia of TheBayCave.com. [read more]

Demar Dotson Move Might Be Permanent

December 14th, 2014
Jason Licht talks about today's major lineup change

Jason Licht talks about today’s major lineup change

The way Bucs general manager Jason Licht talked about Demar Dotson today, it sure seemed like Dotson’s relocation to left tackle was not just a one-time thing.

Dotson slid left and played reasonably well for his first game at left tackle. It could signal the end of the Anthony Collins era. [read more]

Wake Up!!!

December 14th, 2014

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This information gets Joe so whacked out he just wants to ram his head through the wall. It is unconscionable.

Does the Bucs offense stick their collective heads in a urinal at halftime (and flush)? What is going on?

On the very first friggin’ play from scrimmage in the second half, the Bucs get called for a false start by Garrett Gilkey. [read more]

Hyperextended Knee For GMC

December 14th, 2014

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On the Buccaneers Radio Network postgame show on WDAE-AM 620, Lovie Smith updated Gerald McCoy’s injury.

Right now, per Lovie, Bucs fans from all corners of the globe can let out a collective sigh of relief and grab a cocktail. [read more]

Larry English Helps Bucs Cling To No. 1 Pick

December 14th, 2014

Joe knows plenty of Bucs fans will be sending gifts to backup defensive end Larry English tomorrow.

Perhaps roses are in order. [read more]

Greg Olsen Does It Again

December 14th, 2014
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Apparently, Lovie Smith and the Bucs defense didn’t learn from the first meeting with the Stinking Panthers that tight end Greg Olsen is talented.

Want to know how awful the Bucs have been coached up this year?

Today’s game is Exhibit-A.

The Bucs are marching towards the top pick in next spring’s draft. They are 2-12. By any measure, Lovie Smith’s charges have deserved an “F” grade for coaching.

Terrible. [read more]

Panthers 19, Buccaneers 17

December 14th, 2014

Another carving at the hands of Derek Anderson

The Bucs were dominated for the second consecutive week, this time at the hands of a 4-8-1 football team that now has five wins.

Simple as that, as Lovie Smith likes to say.

Despite starting two rookie guards, a backup quarterback, and a 2013 Buccaneers practice squad guy at right tackle, the Panthers offense marched up and down the field. [read more]

Bucs-Panthers Open Thread

December 14th, 2014
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Interact with fans here all game long

This is where wildly passionate Bucs fans hammer away in the comments section all game long.

It’s always a fun time, and a fantastic place to ride the rollercoaster and share your in-game sorrow (usually).

Can the Bucs improved defense slow down the fourth best QB in the NFC South, Derek Anderson?

They saw him once before, and the Panthers have two rookie guards. If not, Joe suspects the comments here might turn particularly ugly.

Enjoy the game. No sharing of illegal video streams. That’s only good for your own emails.