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NFL Draft Bluffs: Know When to Hold 'Em

I am not an expert poker player, but I know enough about the game to understand that bluffing is instrumental in winning at cards.  When it comes to the NFL Draft, bluffing can be just as important as it is in the card game.  Drafting a player you've targeted too soon - or concerns about who else might take him if you don't - drive decisions at this time of year.  When information...
Via Football By Football
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In Depth 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay started the 2014 season seen as a sleeper playoff team by some, including Tony on this site. But things unraveled quickly – and more brutally in Lovie Smith’s first season as head coach than even the most pessimistic could have expected. So what went wrong? And what does it take to get the ship heading in the right direction again? Nick Houllis, a Bucs historian and...
Via Zone Blitz
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie puts Winston’s character concerns to rest

So many folks were appalled when publications like this very one were writing stories that referenced Florida State’s quarterback Jameis Winston‘s character as being a non-issue for teams. When Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith met with the media on Wednesday, those same folks were floored with his comments.  When asked about Winston’s character and if he would be fine with...
Via The Bay Cave
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith: Buccaneers Won’t Use Jameis Winston’s Off-Field Issues Against Him

It’s looking more and more like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seriously considering using the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Speaking at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith indicated that the team is not going to use Winston’s off-field issues as an aspect of the evaluation...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith Comfortable With Jameis Winston As Face Of Buccaneers

Lovie Smith is reportedly comfortable with Jameis Winston being the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Via Gamedayr
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith is 'comfortable' with Jameis as franchise QB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, and it is no secret they’re expected to select a quarterback. The debate continues on whether the team should take Oregon’s Marcus Mariota or Florida State’s Jameis Winston.  The biggest concern surrounding Winston is his string of off-the-field issues, but today, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said that...
Via College Spun
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs offense had no direction, says Dietrich-Smith

This shouldn’t come as a shocker, but the Buccaneers were offensively challenged throughout the 2014 season. Yes, you all are fully aware of that. The difference now is a current Tampa Bay player described how bad it truly was.  “We were really trying to find ourselves all year and I don’t think we ever really got a foothold on that,” said Bucs’ center Evan Dietrich...
Via The Bay Cave
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs lose another assistant

Just over a week again, the Buccaneers made some changes to their offensive coaching staff as they added a couple assistants. Seems like they will need to do the same for the defensive side of the ball.  According to a report from The News-Gazette, Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Mike Phair is expected to be named the co-defensive coordinator for the University of Illinois...
Via The Bay Cave
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prefer Jameis Winston To Marcus Mariota

Twitter/@J5TakeOver The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and a serious need at quarterback. Two Heisman winners, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, are the two highest rated quarterbacks available, and while Mariota was long considered a prohibitive favorite to be drafted first, Winston is picking up serious momentum...
Via College Spun
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs prefer Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, “early indicators” are that Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Buccaneers. Sources tell Yasinskas, that Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith prefers Winston over Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. “From what I have gathered, Smith chose Dirk Koetter as his offensive coordinator over Marc Trestman,” writes...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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