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Position review: Bucs on the clock for a game-changing QB

There can be no more following a direction that leads to nowhere. There can be no more acceptance of folly behind center, of a gaping hole when a true answer must be found. It's time for change. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you're on the clock. Another season passed with more failure at quarterback. Josh McCown was sold to the fan base as a calm, collected veteran only to unravel before...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith is a Race-Baiting Troll ... and a Dumb One at That

ESPN has fooled some with that race-bating troll Stephen A. Smith. Move him around and let him appeal to those that can't dissect his racist stupidity. Today, the Post did. Smith loudly recycles familiar ‘racism’ claimMoved by Denver’s hire of former longtime assistant and backup quarterback Gary Kubiak as head coach last week — in December Kubiak, white man, was fired by...
Via Bob's Blitz
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers hire Mike Bajakian as quarterbacks coach

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to revamp their offensive staff, adding Mike Bajakian as quarterbacks coach on Thursday. Bajakian spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, where he also mentored quarterbacks under coach Butch Jones. Tampa Bay ranked 25th in passing, 29th in points scored and 30th in total offense while...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers hire Mike Bajakian as quarterbacks coach

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Mike Bajakian as their quarterbacks coach Thursday. Bajakian, previously the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, worked with Bucs coach Lovie Smith from 2004 to 2006 as offensive quality control for the Chicago Bears. Before he joined Tennessee for the past two seasons, Bajakian also had notable college coaching stints...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee loses OC to the NFL; Arkansas gains one

Tennessee has lost its offensive co-ordinator to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to SI.com, while Arkansas has gained an offensive co-ordinator. Mike Bajakian, according to the report, has verbally agreed the move with Tampa Bay's head coach Lovie Smith, although there has been no financial agreement signed. Arkansas, however, has signed Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos as...
Via SEC Football Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs have their QB coach

The Buccaneers are no longer without a quarterbacks coach.  After reports earlier on Thursday surfaced that Tennessee Volunteers offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian would be the next Bucs’ quarterbacks coach, several outlets called the report premature. But as the day went on, the reports were accurate as Bajakian and Tampa Bay have come to terms. Bajakian is no stranger...
Via The Bay Cave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Tennessee OC Mike Bajakian leaving Vols staff

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is leaving Knoxville to pursue other coaching opportunities, multiple sources told FOX Sports Thursday morning. Bajakian, a one-time NFL assistant with the Chicago Bears under Lovie Smith, had spent the previous eight seasons working under Butch Jones at CMU, Cincinnati and Tennessee. In 2014, the Vols, the youngest team in major college...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Franchise Quarterbacks? Oil and Water; They’ve never mixed!

Call it another Oxymoron like Jumbo Shrimp or Military Intelligence….Tampa Bay Buccaneers Franchise Quarterback; Its just like Oil and Water-   you’ll never get it together. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht will attempt to change that culture in a place where NO BUCCANEER QB has ever made it to their second contract. EVER. Each time its been a different...
Via Buc Stop
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangio Brings Hope to Chicago’s Defense

When NFL fans think of the Chicago Bears, they usually think of a defensive squad that leaves opposing teams black and blue.In recent years, the Bears have lost all credibility on the defensive side of the ball after former head coach Lovie Smith, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and pro bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher were removed from the team in 2013. The defense lacked leadership...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2014 Final Report Card

2014 was nothing short of a disaster for the Buccaneers, many including myself predicted the Bucs to be the NFL’s most improved team and challenging for the NFC South crown. In reality they sucked and finished with a league’s worst 2 – 14 record. This article will look at all phases of the Bucs and rate how each performed. As you will see there was a consistent trend, the Bucs...
Via Football Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason

There may not be a more important move this offseason than the one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already made when they hired Dirk Koetter away from the Atlanta Falcons.The Buccaneers know all too well how good the Atlanta Falcons offense can be, having surrendered 56 points to them in one contest early in the season.The team and head coach Lovie Smith are hoping Koetter can bring...
Via Football Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs, Arroyo part ways

The Buccaneers and quarterbacks coach/interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo have parted ways. Here is the statement released by Arroyo via Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo.  “I just want to thank Lovie Smith, Jason Licht, the Glazer family, and the entire Buccaneer organization. I appreciated the opportunity to come in as a QB coach and I accepted the additional work and responsibilities f...
Via The Bay Cave
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Arroyo won't return in 2015 as Bucs' QB coach

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo on Friday. Arroyo, 34, came to the Bucs to work under his mentor Jeff Tedford, who was hired as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator when Lovie Smith was named the Bucs' coach last January. But Arroyo, who was a quarterbacks coach at California and the offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Be Under Center for the New York Jets in 2015?

The New York Jets have too many question marks to count going into this off season. Arguably the most pertinent of those, who would be running the team, has been answered: Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles. We have covered those hires in depth and with the rest of the coaching staff rounding out, the topic of conversation turns to the quarterback. Questions surrounding the signal caller drive the...
Via Turn On The Jets
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 12 Recap: Bears Out-Lovie the Bucs

The Bears’ win streak improved to a whopping two games Sunday, with a 21-13 win over former head coach Lovie Smith and the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the win, the Bears improved to 5-6 on the season heading into a big divisional showdown on Thanksgiving day against the Detroit Lions.  In Lovie Smith’s highly anticipated return to Soldier Field, the Bears summoned one of...
Via In The Neutral Zone
11 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Falcons, & Jaguars

Buccaneers Former Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford told JoeBucsFan.com that he was ready to return later on in the 2014 season, but HC Lovie Smith felt it would have disrupted continuity. “I was ready to [return to coach] with about five games left,” Tedford said. “I wouldn’t say that there was friction, it was a situation where I think when I let [Lovie] know I was ready to...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Local media sure could use Bears coach with something to say

My latest Chicago Tribune column focuses on the media component in being a head coach in the NFL. The Bears beat reporters hardly have been blessed with quote machines with the team’s recent coaches. You can access the full column at my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report. An excerpt from the column: ******* Peggy Kusinski made a conscious decision during the end of the Lovie Smith...
Via Sherman Report
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt Doomed?

When Tennessee Titans owner and CEO Tommy Smith elected to retain head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster, I supported his decision. Firing a head coach after only one season is not necessarily a good decision, and I believe that Whisenhunt was not in a situation to succeed with an injury-prone quarterback, an under-performing offensive line, and a defense that...
Via Pro Football Spot
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Gallery: Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders are all worthy of the No. 1 pick

The season on the field couldn’t have been much worse for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lovie Smith’s squad was probably the most disappointing team in the NFL. The good news is their 2-14 record means the Bucs will get the first pick in the 2015 draft. Whoever they select will have a lot of expectations and hype to live up to. You know who does live up to the hype in Tampa? Their...
Via cover32
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce former Falcons OC Dirk Koetter as new offensive coordinator

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their offensive coordinator. The Bucs announced Thursday night that they have agreed to terms with Dirk Koetter, who served as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2012-2014. The development ends the team's brief search to fill the position, which began in full after Tampa Bay finished its first season under coach Lovie...
Via Fox Sports Florida
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fab Five (Four): Ranking the games for the NFL’s wild card weekend

The playoffs are here. After 17 weeks of jockeying position, the NFL field is cut to 12 teams, with eight in action this week. As a result, every game on the slate is good. But that doesn’t mean all of them are created equal. With that as the backdrop, here are the “Fab Four” – the best games on the docket – for wild card weekend: GAME NO. 4 Neither of these teams has...
Via cover32
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith says the Buccaneers did not tank in order to get number one pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially the worst team in the NFL this season. The consolation prize is that they may get the best player in next year’s draft. But if you hear head coach Lovie Smith tell it, the Bucs did everything they could to avoid having the worst record in the league this season and fought to the bitter end. According to a report by Pat Yasinskas of ESPN...
Via cover32
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie has been well into the search for OC

The Buccaneers face several different challenges now that the season has concluded. One of them of course is the search for their next offensive coordinator.  Head coach Lovie Smith talked at lengths last offseason on how he and former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford envisioned the offense. Now, a season later, Smith is in the same spot he was then. But this time is different...
Via The Bay Cave
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: Saints Beat Tampa, Ruin Draft Position, End 7-9

The boys recap the Saints meaningless season ending win in Tampa, plus Special ‘Serial’ Open Ralph wonders how spectacular the Tank Job by Lovie Smith was Sean Payton didn’t fire anyone today, will he do so later? Marques Colston returning in 2015 Zach Strief comments on players late to meeting and flights Who had worst year on Saints in 2014? Will Drew Brees renegotiate?...
Via The Saints Nation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Signs of a tank job?

The Buccaneers were in command of their game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon. If they won, they would at worst be picking second in next year’s draft. But the way they lost is raising a lot of eye brows.  Head coach Lovie Smith played the majority of his starters through the first half of the game. They got out to a 20-7 lead and looked to be in full control...
Via The Bay Cave
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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