Archive for May, 2014

Doubting Josh McCown

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
How long with the leash be on Josh McCown if he and the Bucs struggle out of the gate?

What’s the length of Josh McCown’s leash if he and the Bucs struggle out of the gate?

Broiling Bucs training camp starts in less than two months at One Buc Palace. Yes, football season will be here before you know it.

Despite what Bucs fans want to believe, Joe is suspicious of Jeff Tedford’s offense. Why should Joe be confident? No one has seen the full monty, much less anything in a game situation.

Sure, it appears the Bucs have pieces for a decent offense, so long as you ignore the offensive line. But the quarterbacks? Well, Joe will be polite and say they are a work in progress. (more…)

Here Comes The Stench Of Cheese

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


Joe’s been around these parts long enough to remember how the massive “Packer Backers” fan club used to pack the now defunct Turtle Club in Clearwater (what a fun place that was) wearing goofy gear to cheer their favorite team and share memories of all the beautiful women they knew on cheese farms outside of Green Bay. (more…)

“Cannon” Investigation

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

YosemiteBucs general manager Jason Licht remarked recently how Mike Glennon has displayed a “cannon” of an arm.

New starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith said the same thing — “a freaking cannon” — to a national radio audience this week, and Josh McCown has talked about Glennon’s velocity, saying “he can really spin it.” (more…)

Devaluing Fullback

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Seems like the days of having a vicious blocker like Lorenzo Neal on the roster are a thing of the past.

The days of having a vicious blocker like Lorenzo Neal on the roster are a thing of the past.

It wasn’t that long ago the fullback position was almost as important to an offense as a quarterback. The fullback was the lead blocker, and in some cases, the battering ram in short yardage situations.

Of course, Mike Alstott sort of blew apart the concept of fullback. As he grew older, he improved as a blocker, but make no mistake, he was a runner first, a pass-catcher second. And damn, when he got rolling it was beautiful football. (more…)

It’s Lovie’s Show

Friday, May 30th, 2014


Bucs fans always want to know who calls the shots at One Buc Palace. Was it ex-commander Greg Schiano? Was it former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik? Was it Team Glazer? Is it Jason Licht? Is it Lovie?

To listen to the words of the “Custodian of Canton,” the wizard of words, eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, let there be no mistaking who runs the show at One Buc Palace these days. (more…)

Freeman Is Cut By The Giants

Friday, May 30th, 2014

josh freeman 1224aJosh Freeman’s freefall has another notch on its belt.

This afternoon, the Bucs’ former franchise quarterback was cut by the New York Giants. (more…)

Demar Dotson: A Future Star?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Joe knows this angers fans, but one reason Joe is very suspicious of the Bucs’ front line is because right tackle Demar Dotson has holes in his game.

He’s not bad, not bad at all, and the Bucs’ new braintrust of general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith seem to have seen enough to keep Dotson as a starter. (more…)

A Marinelli Look

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Lovie Smith hardly has a coaching staff full of throwback Buccaneers like himself, but there are plenty of connections.

As hardcore Bucs fans know, defensive line coach and equal-opportunity screamer Joe Cullen is a disciple of former Bucs defensive line coach and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, who was Lovie’s defensive right hand in Chicago after he ousted Ron Rivera. (more…)

Glennon’s A “Not Contact” Standout

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Former Bucs QB Shaun King offers a take on the where the Bucs stand at the quarterback position and under what scenario Mike Glennon could take over as the starter

Former Bucs QB Shaun King offers a take on the where the Bucs stand at the quarterback position and under what scenario Mike Glennon could start

What stands out most in underwear football, aka spring NFL practices without pads, is body type, mechanics, technique and execution.

It looks especially good when you’re a 6-7, smooth-footed quarterback. (more…)

Joe Talks O-Line, OTA Impressions, Cannon, Herron, Top Battles, D-Line Depth & More

Friday, May 30th, 2014

joemugshotJoe had some rapid-fire fun this morning with Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi of WDAE-AM 620 and former Bucs guard Ian Beckles.

All kinds of topics were on the table. (more…)

Did Lovie Find Another “Prototype?”

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Blade-in-the-back rookie Chaz Sutton

Blade-in-the-back rookie Chaz Sutton

It’s getting extra sweaty and claustrophobic for Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn these days.

With height, length, speed and explosion, defensive end Steven Means earned the “prototype” label from Lovie Smith. Now there’s another young guy in the mix with nearly the exact same measurables as Means. (more…)

“He’s Got A Freaking Cannon”

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Bucs C Evan Dietrich-Smith loves the big gun that backup QB Mike Glennon possesses.

Earlier this week, Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith dropped in to discuss all things Bucs with Vic Carucci during a segment of “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

EDS is excited about the upcoming season and thinks the Bucs have a good shot of winning the division. But he got very excited when the subject of backup quarterback Mike Glennon came up. EDS could barely contain himself. (more…)

Underwear Football

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Joe gets a lot of emails, Twitter messages and just plain ol’ comments on this here corner of the Interwebs asking about “How is [insert name] doing?” It is really hard to tell.

The Bucs, and all NFL teams, are in the underwear football season. Outside of seeing quarterbacks throwing to receivers, there is not much you can glean from underwear football.

There is no hitting, only a modicum of blocking, and zero tackling. (more…)

Mason Foster Tough On QBs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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For reasons unlclear, some Bucs fans just have never warmed to Mason Foster as an inside linebacker.

Now as a rookie, Foster, who was an outside linebacker in college, was part of the worst linebacker unit in the NFL, flanked by then under-performing Quincy Black and erratic Geno Hayes. Starting as a rookie and getting zero help on either side of him, not to mention the big guys up front, Brian Price and Gerald McCoy, were hurt, Foster was simply lost. Overwhelmed.


Hope Index

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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“Don’t you dare talk to me about hope.”

One of Joe’s all-time favorite sports personalities is none other than “The General,” Robert Montgomery Knight. Bob Knight, the greatest basketball coach Joe has seen.

When he was coaching at Indiana, when Joe was growing up in the Midwest, Joe never, ever missed a game. Appointment television. At his height, Knight’s teams were what Joe called perfect basketball, not this schlap pro ball that BSPN assaults people with and uses to brainwash and indoctrinate innocent viewers’ senses. It was beautiful basketball.


McCown Was “Great Athlete, Bad Quarterback”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Shaun King was a teammate of Josh McCown

The man who led the Bucs to the NFC Championship game after the 1999 season, former Tampa Bay QB Shaun King, also spent a season alongside Josh McCown in Arizona.

McCown was “the guy” for the Cardinals back in 2004, and it didn’t go too well for him. (more…)

McCoy Says Cummings Has Quiet Drive

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

EuclidCummingsGerald McCoy is the unquestioned vocal leader of the Bucs defense, but it seems his likely 2014 backup won’t take after No. 93.

Joe talked to McCoy this week about undrafted rookie Euclid Cummings, the likely Bucs undertackle of the future. (more…)

Malcolm’s Hunt Of Bill Parcells

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The late Malcolm Glazer made plenty of relentless power plays as the Buccaneers’ owner.

Joe surely remembers all the drama of the sealed bids to purchase Tampa Bay from the Culverhouse estate. (more…)