Charles Tillman ready for another season with the Bears

There was some doubt during the offseason as to whether long term veteran and Pro Bowl corner Charles Tillman would return to the Bears. After flirting with his former head coach Lovie Smith down in Tampa, Tillman decided to return to Chicago on a one-year deal. Tillman is also coming off a series of injuries that caused him to miss all but eight games last season. Questions are...
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NFC South primer: Rivals will offer a tall challenge for Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' hire of coach Lovie Smith is movement in the right direction, but rivals in the NFC South will make a climb toward the top of the division difficult. Yes, it's hard to predict in July how standings will look come late December given the NFL's parity, but it's fair to assume the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints should...
Via Fox Sports Florida
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the turnaround team of 2014?

There’s a growing excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming into the 2014 NFL season. The closer that the Bucs Week 1 showdown with the Carolina Panthers gets, the outlook by analysts and fans just keeps getting rosier. The latest to add his voice to the growing bullish-on-the-Bucs contingent is Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks. In an appearance on WDAE over the...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

Out with the out, in with the old but very new. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the days of Greg Schiano and his militant college style of coaching are gone. Welcome Lovie Smith to the fold – the former member of Tony Dungy’s staff and hopefully the savior of the Buccaneers franchise – one that went 4-4 over its last eight games after losing the first eight of the season and...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind, breaking down the Bucs offense, what is fact or fiction and what are the top headlines

Training camp is getting ready to open and the staff here at Cover32 has started breaking down the Bucs position by position. In case you missed it, here is what we think of the Bucs offense. Is Josh McCown really going to be the Bucs starter? Click here and find out. Just how improved is the Bucs wide receiver corps?  Is Mike Evans the only player to watch at camp?  Click here...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith: Bucs got 3 good players for same price as Revis

Photo from Pro Football TalkAccording to Pro Football Talk, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saved themselves up to $16 million when they released cornerback Darrelle Revis. With that money, the Bucs have been pretty active, adding several players that could be key in 2014. Bucs coach Lovie Smith said releasing Revis allowed them to get 3 really good players.Per Pro Football Talk:“It was...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

4 hopeful headlines: can Lovie Smith with coach of the year?

The 2014 NFL season is exactly six weeks away and we’re ramping up our speculation machine to full throttle here at cover32. If you’re curious to find out what will happen this year and don’t want to go through that whole messy business of waiting to find out, we’ve got you covered. So dim the lights, turn your fog machine on and gaze into the crystal ball. Yoda said it best...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

What if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers DON’T Turn Around in 2014 or beyond?

There was a time when everything looked great for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They went to the playoffs regularly, had a proven coach, strong running back, and a number one defense. Most important, they had a great owner , revered by the community and his fellow ownership group. Surely I’m speaking of Malcolm Glazer right? Why No, It would be Hugh Culverhouse! Worst Mistake for...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 14) Detroit Vs. Tampa Bay: Not The Same Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers will visit Detroit for week 14, but it is not the same group the Lions faced last year. In 2013, the Bucs were pathetic. The offense ranked dead last in yards and only slightly better in points. Combine that with a defense in the bottom half of the league and it isn't too hard to see how the Bucs finished the season with a 4-12 record. What is amazing...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 most underrated players in the NFL

After causing quite a stir by listing the ten most overrated players in the league, it’s only fair that we share players that are not put in the spotlight but deserve to be, as well. When a player is put on a pedestal by the media, part of it is marketing, part of it is personality, and of course there usually has to be an outstanding skillset to go with it. When a player doesn’t...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers release 33,000 word longform about Lovie Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers If theres one thing I hate its Longreads. As a proud modern American and NFL fan I dont have the time or attenton span to read a neighbors lower back tattoo from out my window with my binoculars much less a freaking essay on a firstyear coach.  Thats why I was dismayed when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped a 33 thousend word garden hose on us this afternoon...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman in NFL power rankings

Posted to In Trestman we trustIn Trestman we trust, right? NFL.com released their power rankings based on, well, I’m not quite sure on what. Now-second-year HC Trestman was ranked #24. Granted, Trestman made a couple of questionable calls during the year but he completely revamped an offense that had been remarkably bad in recent years under previous head coach Lovie Smith. Lovie...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp Preview – Who is really going to start at QB

Free agency acquisition Josh McCown (and NFL journeyman) is expected to start at quarterback this season. I am making that bold prediction because that is what head coach Lovie Smith announced before the draft. After his dream run for the Bears last year, he signed a lucrative contract with the Bucs. He didn’t sign that contract to hold a clipboard. Second year signal caller...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Could the Bucs Be the Surprise Team in 2014?

Last year the Kansas City Chiefs, hot off a putrid 2–14 2012 season, pulled off the ultimate turnaround, finishing an unexpected 11–5 and making the playoffs. They did it by bringing in veteran quarterback Alex Smith to stabilize an offense that had been over-relying on a star running back Jamaal Charles, keeping together a young and talented defense, and tabbing a veteran coach...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears 2014 NFL Season Preview

Quarterback The Bears fired Lovie Smith after the 2012 season after years of disappointing offensive performances, replacing him with Marc Trestman, a well-regarded offensive mind, who had previously been a quarterback guru, a Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator, and a successful Head Coach in Canada. It clearly made a significant impact on their offense as they moved the chains...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Tampa Bay Buccaneers rated as a top-5 potential Super Bowl host

In early February, Super Bowl XLVIII was played in the New York / New Jersey area, the first time the big game had been played outdoors in a cold-weather market. This opened the window for every NFL city to throw their name into the hat as a possible host for future title tilts. Currently, less than half of the league’s markets have hosted a Super Bowl, as only 15 metro areas can...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears are ready to take your money

The Bears have announced single-game tickets will go on sale this Thursday, July 10 at 11am (CT) through Ticketmaster.  Tickets are priced at $81-$405 for preseason games. There is no limit on how many preseason tickets may be purchased. Regular season tickets are priced at $106-$430, with a limit of four tickets per customer per game. The season will kick off Sept 7 against the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Snubbed? Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith not ranked top-10 in NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Change it up: How 7 new coaches are shaping tone

From the smooth, almost laid-back approaches of Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell to the fiery passion of Mike Zimmer, new NFL coaches are reshaping the environments of their teams. Some have much bigger chores than others. Bringing in a new coaching staff usually means the previous one did too much losing. That's true times seven this year as Smith takes over at Tampa Bay, Caldwell...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Anatomy of a Projection: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New OC Jeff Tedford’s Pass/Run Splits Last 9 Years as HC at Cal: 2012: 366/451 2011: 440/484 2010: 332/428 2009: 393/471 2008: 397/435 2007: 443/441 2006: 413/427 2005: 321/483 2004: 331/509 Total: 3436/4129 (45.4%/54.6%) New HC Lovie Smith’s Pass/Run Splits as HC of Bears: 2012: 485/470 2011: 473/456 2010: 466/414 2009: 563/373 2008: 528/434 2007: [&hellip (Visited 1 times...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

32 in 32: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32 in 32 - The wait through the offseason of the National Football League can seem like ages to say the least. If the minicamps, OTAs, training camps and all other summer activities are not enough to whet your appetite, well, we know exactly how you feel. We can’t wait until August and we don’t think that you should have to either. We are going to be bringing you a preview of...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tampa Bay Bucs are not happy with Fox Sports Live

July means plenty of ample, empty time for sports networks to fill when it comes to talking about the NFL.  Fox Sports Live is taking the occasion to rank every NFL team from 32-1.  Well, someone has to be ranked #32, and that someone is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Apparently the good people at Fox aren’t big believers in Lovie Smith and Josh McCown. The @TBBuccaneers are #32...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offseason review

TAMPA, Fla. -- It's almost here. Before you become too comfortable with summer's pleasures, realize this fact: Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp is less than a month away. Soon, beach days will give way to the gridiron grind. Before long, new coach Lovie Smith's vision will gain more focus. Almost everything about these Bucs seems different. There's the new coach...
Via Fox Sports Florida
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Trestman could have a Lovie problem

There’s no denying Lovie Smith was a good coach for the Bears. He guided them down paths the team hadn’t seen since the mid 1980s. Ultimately, it was a failing offense that got Smith fired and current head coach Marc Trestman could have the same problem on defense. Under Smith’s tenure in Chicago, he had some mediocre people run his offense. Names like Mike Tice, a washed...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Five big questions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014

Late June brings plenty of fireworks shopping, vacation time, lazy days at the pool, and NFL writers scrambling to find something to write about. Of course any news is usually bad news once players finish organized team activities and are left to their own offseason devices until training camp. Until 2014 camp breaks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let’s hope the next few weeks remain...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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