The Tampa 2-Year Process

In hiring head coach Lovie Smith before the 2014 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signaled a return to the organization’s signature style of football: a zone-based defensive scheme known as the “Tampa-2” that was made popular in the NFL by Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and John Lynch.Smith, a linebacker coach under Tony Dungy when the defense was created, would...
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Best and Worst Moves of Tampa Bay's Offseason

A 2-14 season by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spurred head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht into action this offseason, resulting in large-scale roster changes for the second consecutive season.Here’s a look at the team’s best and worst decisions of the offseason so far.Best: Drafting a quarterback No. 1 overallThis is a given.Last year’s starter, Josh McCown,...
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Are more NFL players hoping to jump on the Dallas Cowboys bandwagon?

Everyone is getting on the Cowboys’ bus. Forget a bandwagon, we are riding in style on the Elegant Lady.” Gone are the days of December collapses and Tony “Oh No”. Those are being replaced by December to Remember and Mr. Clutch Romo. Everyone wants to be a Cowboy and the rush is on. When was the last time that happened? Coaches who could have been promoted by going to other...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Winston's roommate says Jameis is working 14 hours a day

Jameis Winston's off-field issues were well-documented during his time at Florida State. But one thing that was never questioned was his work ethic. Well, it looks like this year's No. 1 overall pick hasn't lost that love of the game. Winston's roommate, fifth-round pick wideout Kenny Bell, says he's working more than 14 hours a day to get up to speed with the NFL game. "He's the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn things around in 2015? Yes; and here is why-

To really answer the question if the Bucs can turn things around in 2015, we have to take a look back to 2014 (from afar, I promise! We won’t get too close to that train wreck) and compare what we see so far from 2015 to what we knew. Some things stand out right off the bat:  Even if Mike Shula or Clyde Christiensen (both of whom have found a measure of success after leaving...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith Disappointed in Bobby Bowden’s Comments Regarding Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith came out quickly to defend Jameis Winston after former Florida State head man Bobby Bowden called the young signal caller an embarrassment to the university. In defense of his quarterback, Smith had this to say to the Tampa Bay Times: “I’m disappointed. To say that the young man is an ’embarrassment’? That’s pretty strong. I just...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith disappointed by Bobby Bowden’s comments

Lovie Smith stood up for his new quarterback in response to some negative comments Bobby Bowden made about Jameis Winston Tuesday. In an interview with Paul Finebaum, Bowden said Winston was at times an embarrassment to Florida State. He’s not wrong in his characterization of Winston’s time at Florida State, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...Read More
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith Has Strong Response To Bobby Bowden’s Comments On Jameis Winston

Lovie Smith had a strong response to Bobby Bowden's comments that Jameis Winston was "an embarrassment."
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Buccaneers Claim D.J. Swearinger, Khaseem Greene

In an effort to infuse head coach Lovie Smith’s defense with more potential playmakers, the Buccaneers claimed safety D.J Swearinger and linebacker Khaseem Greene off of waivers from the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, respectively. Both players have their faults, but each has the ability to be an impact player under Smith and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier if they are...
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Lovie Smith heaps praise on Winston for remaining focused on football

The focus of Jameis Winston is purely on the football field. Regardless of what's going on away from the field, Winston is apparently doing the right things in Tampa. After a strong showing on the second day of the rookie minicamp, Lovie Smith had some praise to throw in the direction of his rookie quarterback.According to Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune, Smith said Winston has...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Young offensive talent give Buccaneers hope for future

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay expects to be much better offensively, and the arrival of quarterback Jameis Winston is just one of the reasons why. The Buccaneers have used 13 of 14 selections over the past two NFL drafts to upgrade a sputtering attack that coach Lovie Smith is confident will benefit from the infusion of young talent. ''It's good to be drafting low for a couple of years...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Buccaneers' Post-Draft Offense

The NFL Draft has come and gone, and seven selections resulted in six more offensive pieces for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster.Seeing as how the team sported one of the most anemic offenses in the league last season, all of those pieces should have the opportunity to contribute immediately. Combined with returning veterans, here’s a look at what the Buccaneers starting lineup...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Grading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Now that we’ve removed ourselves from the draft madness for a full 24-hours, it’s time to look back on what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did over the three day process. Of course, we all knew what they were going to do with the number one overall pick, but how did the rest of their draft shakeout? Here is their round-by-round grades:   Round One – Jameis Winston, QB Florida State...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

13 of 14 Draft picks used on Offense for Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Where are the Lovie haters going to hide this year? He drafted the most dynamic quarterback of the last 10 years, he spent 13 of the teams 14 draft picks over the last two years on offense instead of defense, but yet still Lovie Smith is said to have had the game “pass him by”. The only thing being passed by are the footballs at Raymond James Stadium, and you can best believe...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Add a Linebacker, Wide Receiver in Rounds 4,5

After taking their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston at first overall, as well as two protectors for Winston in second round picks OT Donovan Smith and OG Ali Marpet (guard), the Buccaneers kicked off Day Three of the NFL Draft by continuing to build a team that needs more young talent. In the fourth round, the Bucs traded up four spots with the Oakland Raiders, also giving...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft Puts Spotlight on Buccaneers Veterans

As many have expected all along, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Jameis Winston out of Florida State University with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.In the second round, Tampa Bay picked offensive tackle Donovan Smith out of Penn State and guard Ali Marpet out of Hobart to round out their offensive line.Barring any trades in the backfield, it is likely that Tampa Bay...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs go O-Line strong in Day 2 of the draft

Talk about protecting your investment. After selecting Jameis Winston first overall, the team drafts two offensive linemen in the second round.  Tampa Bay selects Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith with pick No. 34 and Hobart College offensive tackle Ali Marpet with pick No. 61 after trading up four spots. Both picks may have been a surprise for some, but they were both...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers trade up with Colts, select Ali Marpet

The Buccaneers moved up four spots with the Indianapolis Colts by sending them their third-round pick and flipping fourth-round picks. They selected offensive lineman Ali Marpet. This is another effort to shore up the offensive line and is a phenomenal pick by the Buccaneers. Colts trade 2nd-RD (61) & 4TH-RD (128) to Tampa Bay for Bucs 3rd-RD (65) & 4th-RD (109). #ColtsDraft...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers select OT Donovan Smith in second round

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Drafting Jameis Winston is just part of Tampa Bay's plan to improve a sputtering offense. Now, the Buccaneers are in the market for players who can help the young quarterback be successful. Hours after signing the first overall pick in the NFL draft to a four-year, $23.35 million contract, the Bucs selected Penn State tackle Donovan Smith in the second round on...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers use second pick on Donovan Smith

In a bit of a head-scratcher, the Buccaneers used the 34th overall selection on Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith. With Jake Fisher and T.J. Clemmings still available, I don’t understand this move at all. Charles Davis and Mike Mayock praised Smith on NFL Network, speaking about his long arms and how much of a “people mover” he is. Well, I would argue that so is T.J...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Confirm Speculation, Select Winston at No. 1

The pirate ship finally has a captain. After weeks of speculation, chatter and insider reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally confirmed what almost everyone, including our very own writers here at Pro Football Spot, had thought they would: General manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith selected Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston goes No. 1 overall to Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has been searching for a franchise quarterback for decades (especially after the recent struggles of Mike Glennon and Josh Freeman) and on Thursday night Lovie Smith believes he landed his guy. As expected, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was selected number one overall by Bucs. Winston has all the tools, both physically and mentally, to be a fantastic Pro...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Players Texted GM to Draft Jameis Winston in 2013

If you think the Tampa Bay Bucs like Jameis Winston because they have the No. 1 overall pick in tonight’s NFL Draft — think again. According to SB Nation’s Tomahawk Nation, the Bucs’ players were high on the former Florida State quarterback before last season. An article on the site quotes NFL.com’s Judy Battista as saying, “Bucs players were texting [Tampa Bay GM Jason...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick

It was reported tonight that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Jameis Winston number one overall tomorrow night. Gil Arcia of BucsBlitz.com and TheBayCave.com was the first to report it. And if there is one person to trust with Buccaneers connections, it’s Gil. Gil Arcia was also the first to confirm the report we had here at End Zone Score on the hiring of Buccaneers’ offensive...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Final Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-Round Mock Draft

The time is finally here.It’s the eve of the NFL Draft, and it’s an event that’s shaping up to be full of unpredictability outside of the No. 1 overall pick. That selection belongs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and all signs point to a certain signal caller being the pick.Outside of that, the team still has plenty of needs, but in what order will they address them, if at all...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss
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