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Only Two Options At Head Coach

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The walls of One Buc Place are closing in on Dirk Koetter.

The steady drip, drip, drip of reports that Jon Gruden is returning for a second stint in Tampa is taking its toll on a proud second-year head coach.

So how has Koetter responded? With class. With dignity. (more…)

Ira Talks Hiring Brooks, Chucky Rumors And Who’s Fueling Them, Changing The Dynamic, Panthers Choke, Jameis Fumbles & Freakout, And More

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

You want answers? Ira Kaufman’s got answers. Or at least he thinks he does in today’s new episode. The great Sage of Tampa Bay sports is all fired up. Dial up the Ira Kaufman Podcast right here, or enjoy at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Hire Derrick Brooks Immediately

Monday, December 25th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The Glazers need to do the right thing and bring back the man they fired in 2009, a Buc icon who can help lead them back to relevance.

Put down your Chucky dolls for a minute, people … I’m talking Derrick Brooks here.

In the spirit of giving, I’m offering ownership some sage advice. Mr. Brooks, also known as The Godfather around these parts, needs to be made an offer he can’t refuse. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Panthers

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

They ravaged the NFL’s No. 5 defense for 392 yards. They kept Greg Olsen in check and punted only once. They scared the bejesus out of Jerry Richardson, who surely has bigger issues to worry about.

Still, they lost.

That’s five in a row in the wrong column for Dirk Koetter, who lasted a little more than three minutes on the podium following Sunday’s setback before the media ran out of questions or Koetter ran out of answers. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s Week 16 Picks Against The Spread

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Joe challenged Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only Hall of Fame voter, to pick against the spread this season for a $500 prize. Every Friday, Ira types out his picks for each Sunday and Monday game. If Ira hits at 53 percent or better for the regular season, then he gets $500 in gift cards to Abe’s Place in Clearwater, home of historically amazing food and 44 craft beers on tap. Feel free to send Ira your stone cold locks on Twitter, @ikaufman76. The sage of Tampa Bay sports always appreciates a tip.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

A bounce-back week for sure, but hardly good enough.

After a 2-13 debacle that followed a 13-2 mark, we found the middle ground at 6-6 against the spread, with three games finishing as a push. (more…)

Ira Talks Grimes Desperation, Soft Bucs, Scott Pioli, Defensive Development & Overhaul, Jameis Evaluation, Predictions & Much More

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Fired up Ira is barking on many Bucs topics of the day — and of tomorrow. Dial up the Ira Kaufman Podcast right here, or enjoy at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

The New Word For The 2018 Bucs

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The good teams in this league make stops. The Bucs make waves.

Whether it’s Dirk Koetter, Jon Gruden or Matt Patricia calling the shots next fall, Tampa Bay’s offseason priorities remain the same. (more…)

Ira Talks Falcons Loss, Lowered Bar, Koetter Status, Jason Licht Report, Jameis Ascension & Much More

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

The wee hours are when Ira Kaufman is at his best, and that’s when this podcast was cut, about an hour after last night’s Bucs-Falcons game. Dial it up right here, or enjoy at or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Inside Gruden Saturday Bash; Glazers Assessment

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Ira Kaufman is the most revered sports personality and writer in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Jon Gruden’s homecoming affair is a joyous occasion, a chance for the Tampa Bay community to express its appreciation for a Super Bowl-winning head coach as he enters the Ring of Honor.

It’s also a sad reminder of where this franchise has dwelled since that fateful evening of Jan. 16, 2009.

It was a Friday night and I was at a local dining establishment with my wife when the phone rang. Just as I was polishing off my second margarita, the office called with the news that Gruden and GM Bruce Allen had been fired. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s Week 15 NFL Picks

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Joe has challenged Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only Hall of Fame voter, to pick against the spread this season for a $500 prize. Every Friday, Ira types out his picks for each Sunday and Monday game. If Ira hits at 53 percent or better for the regular season, then he gets $500 in gift cards to Abe’s Place in Clearwater, home of historically amazing food and 44 craft beers on tap. Feel free to send Ira your stone cold locks on Twitter, @ikaufman76. The sage of Tampa Bay sports always appreciates a tip.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The football gods giveth, then they taketh away.

A week after shocking the world with a 13-2 mark against the spread, yours truly promptly suffered a 2-13 slate that put your favorite soothsayer in his place. (more…)

Ira Talks Rapoport Omission, Gruden-Or-Bust Thinking, Rebuilding Defense, Potential Jameis-Gruden Clash, Covering Julio Jones, Predictions, Tells A Great Sapp Story, And More

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Ira goes deep and long today in a thoughtful and fiery look with Joe at various states of the Buccaneers. (Thanks to Hooters of Port Richey for hosting the Sage of Tampa Bay sports!) Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

One Concern Looms Above All Others

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Ira Kaufman is the most beloved, revered and esteemed Buccaneers columnist in town. He has hung his hat at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters since July 2016. Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ira busts out columns here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and his award winning podcasts fire Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also see Ira every football Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FOX-13, Scott Smith’s Tailgate Sunday.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

So many things have gone awry for the 2017 Buccaneers, it’s fruitless to try and list them all in one column.

Great expectations have given way to feeble reality as the Bucs slog their way toward an offseason that will likely be marked by significant changes. But of all the sub-plots lurking at One Buc Place, one story line carries the most weight. (more…)

Ira Dissects The Jameis Winston Report, Talks Leakers, A Jameis-Gruden Relationship, Koetter’s Key Card, Doug Martin & The Loch Ness Monster, Blitzes & Much More

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Whoa! Armed with all kinds of info and takes, the Sage of Tampa Bay sports is swinging a big stick on many Buccaneers fronts. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!

Who’s The Coach Killer?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Gather ’round Buc fans, we’ve got a classic whodunit on our hands.

Somebody wants Dirk Koetter fired, that much is clear. If the Glazers haven’t already made up their minds about whether to bring Koetter back for 2018, the best way to get him out of town is to suggest things have soured between the head coach and the face of the franchise. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Lions

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Sage Ira is about as disgusted as most Bucs fans. He shares a neat nugget from Matthew Stafford, and plenty, plenty more.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

The Bucs suffered a blind-side hit before the game even started on Sunday, courtesy of a national report that suggested Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston have a strained relationship.

Then the Bucs went out and virtually handed the Lions a 24-21 triumph that won’t help the relationship between Koetter and Tampa Bay’s disconsolate fan base.

Undermined by five giveaways, the Bucs assured themselves of a losing season after three months of hard knocks and soft defense.

There were some bright spots amid the darkness, but in the end the Lions took another step toward an NFC Wild Card berth while the Bucs slouched toward a division basement they have grown accustomed to. (more…)

Ira Kaufman’s NFL Picks Against The Spread

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Joe has challenged Ira Kaufman, Tampa Bay’s only Hall of Fame voter, to pick against the spread this season for a $500 prize. Every Friday, Ira types out his picks for each Sunday and Monday game. If Ira hits at 53 percent or better for the regular season, then he gets $500 in gift cards to Abe’s Place in Clearwater, home of historically amazing food and 44 craft beers on tap. Feel free to send Ira your stone cold locks on Twitter, @ikaufman76. The sage of Tampa Bay sports always appreciates a tip.

BY IRA KAUFMAN

Ah, sweet redemption.

After nearly three months of frustration, your favorite football swami rebounded in a big way last week. A 13-2 mark picking against the spread is nothing to sneeze at, almost making up for all that losing. (more…)

Chucky’s Friday At MacDill

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Chucky talks Bucs and more

BY IRA KAUFMAN 

(A special bonus report from Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall Of Fame Voter. Ira’s NFL picks column will be out tomorrow at its usual time)

Jon Gruden returned to coaching Friday — and he had a blast. (more…)

Ira Talks Mike Smith Future, Fall Guys, Jameis The Player, Head Coach Decision, Gerald McCoy Attitude, Matthew Stafford, Predictions & More

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Sage of Tampa Bay sports is swinging a big stick today on many Buccaneers fronts. Tune in right here, or at iTunes, Google Play or Podbean.com. The Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and entertained every Tuesday & Thursday — and there is no offseason. Click or download above. It’s free and easy. Enjoy!