It smells like Mike Smith took one look at the train wreck that will be the Chargers this year — and in the near future — and bolted to Team Glazer’s office asking them to sweeten the pot in Tampa so he could stomach passing on the L.A. head coaching gig. [read more]
When Team Glazer made the right call to end the Lovie Smith regime, it had a big hiring decision to make, one that would be judged in various ways. [read more]
Yes, running back and wide receiver are critical areas for the Bucs to upgrade this offseason. [read more]
Stop saying general manager Jason Licht can’t scout guys who kick the ball for a living.
You’re dead wrong. [read more]
In a somewhat stunning move, Mr. Derrick Brooks, surely the Tampa Bay area’s most NFL-knowledgeable man, put his cards on the table for the 2017 season. [read more]
Free agency is on Ira’s mind today, right after he takes fans deeper inside the quest to get John Lynch into the Hall of Fame next month. Of course, Joe and Ira go head first into other topics, as well. Enjoy! Ira’s podcasts fire every Tuesday and Thursday, and his columns are rolled out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ira has been on fire lately, but he’s been advised a raise is not forthcoming.
As next week’s East-West Shrine Game practices begin in St. Petersburg, it sort of marks Joe’s beginning of draft season. [read more]
Yes, Noah Spence had surgery on his dislocated right shoulder and torn labrum. [read more]
Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2017 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.
Seems like the Las Vegas Raiders getting closer to reality. [PFT]
Could Deshaun Watson be the final piece to some team’s Super Bowl puzzle? [NFL]
Is the Eli Era in New York done? [CBS Sports]
Joey Porter claims he did nothing wrong and has witnesses to prove it concerning his hassle with a bouncer Sunday night. [TheBigLead]
Dabo Swinney beat Nick Saban by being the anti-Saban. [Wall Street Journal]
Attention perverts and black helicopter types: Report suggests Geek Squad may be a front for the FBI. [Washington Post]
Artists call for a “Culture Strike” on Inauguration Day. Please do so you can find out just how irrelevant you truly are. The nation as a whole yawns after snickering at your colossal snobbery. [New York Times]
Apparently, it is OK to walk into a New Jersey police station wearing a bunny suit and blow an air horn. [AP]
Was Donald Trump used by Alibaba? (No, that’s not some Saudi prince.) [CNBC]
BY IRA KAUFMAN
Picture this scenario, which may not be far-fetched.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, after watching the Chiefs take on the Steelers at Arrowhead, Dirk Koetter sends a text to Jason Licht — succinct and to the point.
“We need one of those.” [read more]
Remember all the whining and braying and hollering last year from so many Lovie Smith apologists who freaked out like Hollywood elitists over Donald Trump’s election when Smith was run out the door of One Buc Palace by Team Glazer for lousy work? [read more]
The unreasonably blinded Doug Martin backers who think he was a good running back during the 2016 season might want to avoid clicking to read more of this post.
It might induce a seizure. [read more]
If there was one Bucs element fans couldn’t stop ragging on (besides the offensive line), it was the secondary. [read more]