In the mind of former Bucs guard Ian Beckles, apparently NFL players should be tied up in straight jackets, muzzled and locked in cages during their whole career, and the only time they should be seen is on Sunday afternoons — and they are not allowed to talk at all unless they get a radio gig after their careers.
Beckles has long had a thorn in his side because Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has a personality and enjoys answering questions. Now, Beckles is turning his ire about players having the nerve to talk and the gall of having a personality to “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. [read more]
Joe sure thinks there’s a lot of overselling when it comes to new Bucs defensive tackle Henry Melton. [read more]
Rare is it for a rookie quarterback to be thought of as one of the 100 most influential people in the NFL.
Then again, if a nobody like Rachel Nichols is in the same list, then Joe guesses a rookie quarterback very well should be. [read more]
To all of Joe’s readers, happy Fourth of July!
This is by far Joe’s favorite holiday. It’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all rolled into one. What can Joe say about a holiday that is all about having fun, hitting the beaches, hitting the water, drinking like a fish, grilling meat and, at the end of the day, watching people blowing up stuff (which drives howling dogs throughout [oh, no] Pasco County running for pillows to shred). [read more]
Ronde Barber has studied more quarterbacks than most cornerbacks in NFL history, and Barber spent a huge chunk of the spring, including significant time on the sidelines of Bucs practices, studying Jameis Winston. [read more]
Joe remembers Ronde Barber talking about Josh Freeman in 2012 or 2013, acknowledging that the leaky, sleepy former franchise quarterback worked very long hours at One Buc Palace but Barber was unsure whether he was working smart. [read more]
Yes, the Bucs drafted “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston first overall. That generally signals the man has rare ability.
And just in his short time in college, Jameis did rare things on the field. [read more]
Rarely do three of the game’s best at a position leave college at the same time.
But damn, Joe is glad one of those, Gerald McCoy, is on the Bucs, thanks to former rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
McCoy is in an elite group with fellow 43 defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Geno Atkins — the best defensive tackles the statgeeks at Pro Football Focus have ever seen. [read more]
Most NFL observers cannot imagine the Seahawks walking away from Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, who already is making noise he should be one of the top-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. [read more]
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Bucs news forthcoming.
Dude goes shark fishing in a kayak. Predictable results. [Palm Beach Post]
Is the Big XII targeting Central Florida? [SI]
Dude, get off your cell phone when driving. [6ABC]
Pittsburgh wants to host a Super Bowl. [NFL]
DeSean Jackson claims the Eagles are trying to Pearl Harbor his career. Let it go, man. [BSPN]
Matt Moore is “limited” for the season. [RaysIndex]
Those starving for football — the way Joe aches for the backyard and neighborhood-wide smells of grilled beef on Independence Day — will enjoy a new Xs and Os look at the last glory day of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football. [read more]
Oh, those spreadsheeters are wearing out their keyboards this summer.
It really is something. As good guy Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders Twittered yesterday, when there is no NFL news, it’s time for research. [read more]
Defensive end Jacquies Smith’s story is much like Joe’s experiences with women. [read more]
Yes, the Bucs were able to draft “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. And yes, the Bucs were able to beef up the offensive line with Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. [read more]
Hardcore JoeBucsFan.com readers, and those who listen to Joe on the radio with Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620, know there are two “Joes,” the guys who pound the keyboard here and cover the Bucs all over the country.
Rarely is there significant disagreement in the ranks, but a giant divide has developed. [read more]