Archive for the ‘Echoes From The Cave’ Category

Bears Shouldn’t Hang Around

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan.com Saturday columnist Gil Arcia (@PewterNerdGil).

By GIL ARCIA

Well, it’s opening week and excitement is in the air. The Bucs finally kick off the season and kick it off at the soon-to-be Den of Happiness. (more…)

Resolve Tested

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan.com Saturday columnist Gil Arcia (@PewterNerdGil).

By GIL ARCIA

The Buccaneers would have played Sunday to open the season and I’d be posting my preview for you all to enjoy, or hate.

Instead, I am writing this real life column from the cave. (more…)

Flipping Off The Freakout

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan.com Saturday columnist Gil Arcia (@PewterNerdGil).

By GIL ARCIA

The preseason has concluded. Roster cuts are underway. The 2017 NFL regular season is upon us.

Thank goodness.

This preseason was unbearable. (more…)

RB Answers Hours Away

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan.com Saturday columnist Gil Arcia (@PewterNerdGil).

By GIL ARCIA

The Buccaneers’ preseason is heating up with reps that mean a lot for many individual players. During tonight’s game against the Cleveland Browns at the soon-to-be Den of Happiness that is Raymond James Stadium, that bodes true for the starters. (more…)

Jameis Jump, Two Real-Deal Newcomers, And Three Question Marks

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

It’s more takes from JoeBucsFan.com Saturday columnist Gil Arcia. @pewternerdgil

By GIL ARCIA

Two games into the preseason and the Buccaneers’ first-team offense appears to be progressing at a promising rate. And don’t give me that “it’s just the preseason” talk. (more…)

Friday Night Highs & Cutting Aguayo

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

By GIL ARCIA

The preseason is not about the scoreboard. It’s not even about stats, really. Even criticizing the play-calling or the decisions made from the sidelines is silly. (more…)

Long On History; Short On Time

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

When the Bucs brought in competition for kicker Roberto Aguayo in Nick Folk, hope was that Aguayo would get his act straight. (more…)

Deeper Into McCoy Tweetgate

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

By GIL ARCIA

Training camp is officially underway and while there were several stories from the first day of camp, only one sticks out the most leading into Saturday. (more…)

The Show-Stealers

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

By GIL ARCIA

Training Camp in just under a week!

You’re beginning to smell the fresh cut grass at One Buc Place mixed in with sounds of metal clanking as construction continues on the indoor practice facility. (more…)

“The Battle At Defensive Tackle Lies Within Him”

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

The Buccaneers have several headlines heading into training camp in just over a week. The obvious is the battle for kicker between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk, but there’s more going on than who will be the No. 1 leg in pewter. (more…)

Hands-On Reliability

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

National love for the Bucs dates back some time. And after the acquisition of DeSean Jackson in free agency, and drafting tight end O.J. Howard as well as wide receiver Chris Godwin, high praise for receiving units across the league has shifted Tampa Bay’s direction. (more…)

Fiction Can’t Hide Bucs’ Growth

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia. (Yeah, Gil took a week off last Saturday. Chill out!)

The term “elite” gets thrown around too much. It’s ultimately based on opinion, not true factual data in many cases. Of course, you have Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, etc. currently playing at “elite” status, I guess.

But is it really worth it to sit there and justify other players and label them as such? (more…)

“Disease” Finally Infects Bucs; Be Bold For Boldin

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

More takes from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

The hype train is moving along with a full head of steam and right into One Buc Place.

This week’s minicamp brought so much promise, so much optimism that it is truly upsetting there are still nearly two months until the Bucs take on the Bengals in preseason. (more…)

How Valuable Is Donovan Smith?

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

It’s another take from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

If I were to ask you to name your Top 10 Bucs players right now, I’m sure there’d be a mixed bag of opinions. That’s fine.

I think it’s fair to say Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and DeSean Jackson are easily in the top 5. Now remove Winston and who lands on that list? (more…)

Why Roberto Aguayo Might Deserve Another Shot

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

It’s another take from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

Oh, covfefe.

What to do with Roberto Aguayo.

Head coach Dirk Koetter has defended him. So too has general manager Jason Licht. So what are we to think? (more…)

Another Vernon Hargreaves Overreaction

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

It’s another entry from JoeBucsFan Saturday columnist Gil Arcia

Too many people are too quick to throw players under the bus. Bucs’ cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, III is the latest victim. (more…)

A Fitzpatrick Lesson For Doug Martin & Fans; America’s Salivation

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Gil fires away every Saturday with his thought-provoking Bucs columns.

By GIL ARCIA

Sitting on the balcony of my beach resort room as I type this, I can’t help but think outside the box on something: how the Ryan Fitzpatrick signing ties in to a potential false belief in running back Doug Martin. (more…)

Reading The Pressure Gauge

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Saturday columnist Gil Arcia dives into the Bucs’ pass rush.

By GIL ARCIA

 The Buccaneers’ pass rush has not gotten its act together in quite some time. When you think about it, it makes you appreciate the Monte Kiffin days that much more. (more…)