“Pressures” Debate Stays Intense

May 16th, 2016
How much do sacks matter? An ex-Buc and a former Dirk Koetter guy have opposing takes. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

How much do sacks matter? An ex-Buc and a former Dirk Koetter guy have opposing takes. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

How is it that two guys with nearly 25 years of NFL playing experience combined can disagree on a key element of the game?

But that’s case with an ex-Buccaneer and a guy who had Pro Bowl years under Dirk Koetter. [read more]

Does Jameis Have Trouble Handling Success?

May 16th, 2016

JameisPro16On Mondays, Joe rises early and tunes in to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, before eventually kicking on NFL Network in the background. By 7 a.m., Joe is fully immersed in football.

Today, on the league’s mouthpiece station, Joe already heard a troubling take. [read more]

Improved

May 16th, 2016
Winning the offseason.

Winning the offseason.

One hopes the Bucs improved this offseason with the free agent acquisitions and draft picks.

It’s been so long since the Bucs made the playoffs, fans are beginning to think “playoffs” is a term only known to cities outside of Tampa Bay. You know, like “snow?” [read more]

Chucky Talks Bucs

May 16th, 2016
Chucky takes a break from hanging with Hooters Calendar girls to talk Bucs.

Chucky takes a break from hanging with Hooters Calendar girls to talk Bucs.

Who better to talk Bucs than the only man who guided the team to a Super Bowl victory. That would be Chucky! [read more]

Unleashing Lavonte David

May 16th, 2016
Turn him loose.

Turn him loose.

One of many things folks are looking forward to as we inch closer to July (it’s almost June!) and the beginning of training camp is seeing what the new defense will look like. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

May 16th, 2016

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for the 2016 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Too hot for TV: Weather babe told to put on a sweater during her live forecast because she is showing too much skin for the old ladies in SoCal. Somewhere, Roger Ailes is chortling. [Variety]

Getting a little handsy at a Phillies game. [Busted Coverage]

Hue Jackson claims Browns rookies are out of shape. [NFL]

Forget ISIS. Forget the North Koreans. California is being invaded by crabs! [WTSP]

Dwight Freeney begging for work. [CBS Sports]

Las Vegas heavy-hitter Sheldon Adelson, who is trying to lure the Raiders to Sin City, offers to drop $100 million on Donald Trump. [New York Times]

This caused Joe to drink heavily this weekend. [JoeRaysFan]

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Will Dirk Koetter Get More Creative?

May 15th, 2016

KoetterJameisOne might be a bit troubled by a new film-heavy analysis of NFL playcallers from Matt Bowen, via BSPN.com. [read more]

Under The Radar

May 15th, 2016

radarYes, it sure seems unless Vernon Hargreaves screws up royally in preseason, at worst he will play nickel cornerback. [read more]

Chucky: “I Think They’re A Playoff Team”

May 15th, 2016
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Chucky takes a stand on the Bucs’ 2016 season

Fans wonder why Joe has stated repeatedly that Dirk Koetter has at most two seasons — yes, two — to figure out how to turn the Bucs into a team that wins at least nine games a year — you know, like Chucky did in his final two seasons before getting fired in 2008. [read more]

Barber’s Record May Stand Forever

May 15th, 2016
May hold two unbreakable Bucs records.

May hold two unbreakable Bucs records.

OK, it is a Sunday morning in mid-May. Not exactly the height of football season. [read more]

“Shape Of A Linebacker”

May 14th, 2016

WonderTwinsJoe confesses to being a very little dude obsessed with baseball, basketball, the NFL and the Wonder Twins’ powers back in the late 1970s.

And yes, this ties to the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [read more]

Mike Smith’s Master Of Disguise

May 14th, 2016
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Reason to drool

Repeatedly, defensive coordinator Mike Smith cracks the beginning of a sinister smirk when he talks about confusing opposing quarterbacks with multiple looks.

[read more]

The B1G Loves Lovie

May 14th, 2016
No B1G respect.

No B1G respect.

Time to check in and see how things are going in the Illinois cornfields for Coach My Scheme, otherwise known as Lovie Smith. [read more]

Refreshing Honesty From Nerds

May 14th, 2016

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Regular readers know Joe is not much of a stats guy. Oh, stats can enlighten, but Joe is hardly a slave to stats. [read more]

Team Glazer, Simeon Rice & Unfinished Business

May 13th, 2016
Tampa Bay's iconic Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman, offers insight.

Tampa Bay’s iconic Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman, offers insight.

Many questions are swirling when it comes to iconic Buccaneers and their chances of landing in the Hall of Fame. [read more]

Kwon-Smith Battle Looms For Playing Time

May 13th, 2016
It's inevitable that defensive coordinator Mike Smith will struggle to keep all his linebackers happy.

It’s inevitable that defensive coordinator Mike Smith will struggle to keep all his linebackers happy.

Mike Smith wants 16 defensive starters and big-time flexibility in his system to confuse quarterbacks.

And a good problem brewing results from Smith having three legitimate three-down linebackers. [read more]