Gameday Tampa Bay Week 16

December 21st, 2008

Chargers (6-8) at Bucs (9-5)
Week 16
1 p.m.
TV: WTSP Channel 10, DirecTV 707.
Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (in Tampa WFUS-FM, 103.5 and WDAE-AM, 620); Sirius Channel 126.
Weather: Per, the game will be played in near-perfect conditions. Temperature at kickoff is forecast for 78 under partly cloudy skies. The only potential issue is that wind speeds are expected to pick up as the game progresses with gusts maybe reaching 20 mph. Temperatures will slightly dip into the lower 70s by the end of the game.
Odds: Per, Bucs -4.
Outlook: This game will be interesting from several angles. First, who will play quarterback?

Chucky has said Jeff Garcia is “expected to start,” but we know how that goes. Chucky also said that Luke McCown would be the backup. Rather than speculate, Joe will just wait and see. But if Son of Bob starts, God help us all.

Don’t hold your breath on Garcia starting.

The Bucs rush defense has been giving up way too many yards but most of that was because tackles Jovan Haye and Chris Hovack were dinged up. They seem to be healthy now so that should help a great deal.

Even with LaDainian Tomlinson the Chargers haven’t been running the ball well. Instead, they are going more to the passing attack which just might play right into the Bucs hands as the Bucs pass defense has been lights out. Of course, the Bucs will miss Jermaine Phillips who is out for the year. Joe does like his backup, Sabby Piscitelli, a great deal. But Piscitelli is prone to making some bonehead mental errors.

Another advantage the Bucs have is that Norv Turner is the Chargers coach. How this guy continues to get head coaching gigs in the NFL Joe cannot fathom. How many worthless coaches are still collecting paychecks thanks to the coattails of Jimmy Johnson?

In short, Garcia needs to suck it up. If he plays, the Bucs should be fine on offense. With Haye and Hovan somewhat healthy, the rush defense should be improved. Unless Son of Bob starts, Joe can’t see the Bucs losing unless they completely melt down.

With a win, by the end of the day, the Bucs may be in the playoffs.

Also, Joe has press credentials for the game so check back later in the day for some unique insight from behind the scenes as well as some player interviews.

On an unrelated matter, Joe is hoping somehow WTSP can work in the talents of Heather Van Nest and Tammie Fields on its pregame show.

4 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay Week 16”

  1. John Says:

    Minor correction: The game airs on WTSP (Ch. 10) rather than WTVT.

    The visiting team’s network carries the game. The Chargers are an AFC team and CBS is that conference’s network.

  2. John Says:

    Serious question: Does your getting credentials mean that the Buccaneers and the NFL recognize as a legitimate news outlet?

    Otherwise, how did you finagle a press pass?

  3. admin Says:

    Good catch John, you are right about WTSP.

  4. admin Says:


    As you can read in the link above “About Joe,” he is an award-winning, veteran journalist with over two decades of experience. Per NFL guidelines, the Bucs cannot credential blogs unless they are affiliated with an MSM operation (print or electronic media).

    However, Joe occasionally freelances for out-of-town papers and today is one of those days. When Joe does this, he uses the opportunity to also gather information from Bucs players and officials to use in future features and stories on

    We hope you enjoy the stories and features that will come out of the CITS, some shortly after the game.