Defense to be Buccaneers' identity

TAMPA, Fla. -- After an offseason of evolution, after trades and early cuts and strategies formed for the future since January, coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht have shaped their first roster as the men leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Final cuts made Friday and Saturday produced few surprises, aside from the team parting ways with veteran kicker Connor Barth and...
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Buccaneers finish up cuts, let Major Wright go

Safety Major Wright was supposed to be one of the guys to help spread Lovie Smith’s message in Tampa Bay, but he won’t be doing that now. The veteran safety was one of the final eight roster cuts made by the Buccaneers, as they reached the 53-man roster limit. Wright was signed in April after spending three years with the Bears, three as a starter. His last year under Smith...
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What are the odds for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opener vs. Carolina?

Real football is just eight days away and we couldn’t be more excited. This year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their season at home against the division rival Carolina Panthers. Last year the Bucs got off to a woeful 0-8 start that made it clear major changes had to be made. So in the offseason the team underwent a major overhaul. There’s a new head coach in Lovie Smith, a new...
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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Eagles, & Lions

  Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith mentioned that CB Mike Jenkins is close to returning to practice after missing time with a hamstring injury. (Tom Krasniqi) Cowboys According to Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, “there’s nothing all that close” between the Cowboys and WR Dez Bryant regarding a contract extension. Owner/GM Jerry Jones mentioned that he’s ruled out the idea...
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Lovie Smith Selling North Suburban Home for HOW MUCH!?!

Lovie Smith may be earning nearly $25 million with Tampa Bay, but the Chicago market is still paying the former Chicago Bears coach. Smith recently put his Lake Forest home on the market for $2 million. Smith’s former home was built in 2002, and Lovie purchased it for $1.63 million in December of 2004. Celebrity Real Estate: Former Bears Coach Lovie Smith Lists Lake Forest Home...
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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht won’t rule out signing Richie Incognito

A while back we reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be interested in bringing in troubled offensive guard Richie Incognito. At the time head coach Lovie Smith sounded like the wasn’t particularly interested. After this week’s big trade for Logan Mankins, you might think that the Bucs would be set on the offensive line, but you’d be wrong. In a press conference yesterday...
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Smith confident he has Buccaneers on the rebound

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lovie Smith spent a year away from the NFL preparing for the challenge he faces in trying to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The Bucs have missed the playoffs the past six seasons. However, the former Chicago Bears coach is confident he has the team headed in the right direction after eight months of overhauling the roster and implementing...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Meet With Richie Incognito

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if Richie Incognito is a good fit for their struggling offensive line. Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday he was going to meet with one of the central figures of the bullying scandal that engulfed the Miami Dolphins last season, but also cautioned the ”visit” might not necessarily end with the free agent guard resuming his...
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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford has medical procedure Monday, misses practice

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford missed practice Monday because of an undisclosed medical procedure performed that morning and will be out for what coach Lovie Smith is calling a ''short period of time.'' ''So we will of course keep Jeff in our prayers and all of that, and he should be OK,'' Smith said. There is...
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Bucs fans get what they want: Tampa Bay Buccaneers look good in win

So far this preseason reminds of  Tony Dungy era preseasons. There must be something to the formula, because the Bucs would always lose and look below average in the first two games, but look improved in the 3rd game. Of course we know how the regular seasons went. Bucs players have reiterated Lovie Smith’s desire to have players just come out and show coaches what they have in...
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Clinton McDonald already paying dividends for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A lot of ink has been spilled over the changes that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made this offseason. Most of it has been focused on new head coach Lovie Smith and his hand-picked quarterback Josh McCown. One guy who has mostly flown under the radar is defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who the Bucs signed away from the Seattle Seahawks in March to a four-year, $12 million deal. Seattle...
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Bucs beat Bills

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith hasn’t been all that happy with his defense this preseason. Oh, he likes that they went into their preseason game against the Bills on Saturday ranked 11th overall in total defense and first overall against the run. But that’s not good enough for Smith. He wants more and he spent the past week asking for it. In particular, he asked his defensive...
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Doug Martin Looks Ready To Take On Full Workload

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had 12 carries for 38 yards with a touchdown and two catches for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game.Fantasy Spin:Head coach Lovie Smith said this week that Martin was going to be his "bell cow" and he was on Saturday. Martin touched the ball 14 times before half and Bobby Rainey was mostly used only on third downs. Through three...
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Up-tempo is plan for Bucs' offense

Lovie Smith is a slow-talking Texan, but he wants his teams to play fast. That's always been true on defense and special teams, where hyperspeedy athletes fill his roster and swarm to the football. But this season it also could apply to the Bucs' offense, which would like to run a no-huddle, up-tempo, blur attack. "It's a little like in basketball," Smith said...
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With RB Depth Dwindling, Lovie Smith Now Goes Martin "Bell Cow"

Coach Lovie Smith called running back Doug Martin his "bell cow".Fantasy Spin:It is a little curious why Martin's ADP has slipped to the early third round as Martin is going to be the focal point of a run heavy offense. There are still questions about the Buccaneers offensive line but Martin provides tremendous value at where his ADP is right now.
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Buccaneer’s Doug Martin’s Fantasy Football Value Rising

According to the Associated Press, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has come out and issued some terminology for his premier running back Doug Martin, “Bell-Cow.”   He’s had a good camp, hasn’t missed a beat. He’s going to rush for a lot of yards for us this year.” – Coach Smith on RB Doug Martin. As Smith says, “With Mike James (shoulder) going down...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith, Dietrich-Smith forge bond over classic cars

Within a five-month span, Lovie Smith and Evan Dietrich-Smith have forged a classic connection. The new head coach of the Buccaneers and Tampa Bay’s free-agent center share a passion for vintage automobiles and physical football. Dietrich-Smith, who signed with the Bucs from Green Bay in March, just purchased his first classic car, a 1957 Bel Air that caught his eye at a Clearwater...
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Da’Quan Bowers understands he is on the bubble in Tampa

Yesterday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith called out Da’Quan Bowers because he has missed quite a bit of camp with health problems.  Lovie said that Bowers spot could be in danger because he has missed a lot of time.  Well today Bowers responded, and agreed with his head coach.  “Everybody’s on the bubble,” […] The post Da’Quan Bowers understands he is...
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Chiefs Trade G Rishaw Johnson To Buccaneers For S Kelcie McCray

  Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith announced Thursday that they have traded S Kelcie McCray to the Chiefs in return for G Rishaw Johnson, per the Pewter Report. Johnson, 25, signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of  California University of Pennsylvania back in 2012. He later signed to the Chiefs practice squad in September of last year and wound up appearing...
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Snag Lovie Smith’s House With A Custom Library For $1.99 Million

As one of the NFL’s “good guys,” Lovie Smith earned universal acclaim when he landed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job to mob up...
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Buccaneers DL Da’Quan Bowers In Danger Of Being Cut?

  Buccaneers DL Da’Quan Bowers is dealing with a groin strain and, according to HC Lovie Smith, it’s hurting his chances of making the team. “I think every day you don’t practice you’re huring your chances (of making the team),” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Tribune. “We’ve seen enough to like Da’Quan a lot. But all the reps that he’s not getting, someone...
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Lovie Smith Not Sure Da’Quan Bowers Will Make Bucs Final Roster

When Da’Quan Bowers was drafted in 2011, there was no questions about his talent, but many wondered if his body could sustain the physicality of the NFL. Three years later and those questions are still circling around Bowers. Currently, Bowers isn’t practicing with the team due to a groin injury, and many at Bucs camp, including Lovie Smith, are voicing their concerns about how...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bowers injury could hurt his chances of staying with Bucs

Da'Quan Bowers' disappointing career with the Bucs could be nearing an end. Bowers, the oft-injured defensive lineman, is nursing a groin strain that's now hurting his chances of making the team, coach Lovie Smith said. Bowers, who had three tackles (including one for a loss) and a quarterback hit in the preseason opener at Jacksonville, did not play last Saturday against...
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Offensive Line no longer OFFENSIVE on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 NOTE: Check out the “TEAM INFO” menu on the site, it   is now a Drop Down menu. Team  Info now has three new pages:  CURRENT (2014)- Here you will   find the Current Roster and current  Depth Chart and current Schedule with Standings. TEAM RECORDS- Here you will find the top 10 career leaders in offensive, defensive and special teams categories. ALL TIME HONORS-Is a new...
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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cardinals, Chiefs, Seahawks, & Titans

  Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith announced that the team’s top-three receivers are: Vincent Jackson, rookie Mike Evans and Chris Owusu. (Roy Cummings) Pat Yasinskas projects the Buccaneers to keep four running backs and a fullback on their roster following the injury to rookie Charles Sims. Despite having a strong training camp, WR Tommy Streeter could be left off the team’s final...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss
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