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It’s been a fun ride…

Some things hit you when you least expect it. The past two weeks have shed some light on life in general and with what is most important. With that said, I have decided to shut the doors of TBC, ending my Bucs coverage through the site. I started this adventure of covering a sport I truly love back in 2010 when I got into the “journo game” writing nationally about the game of...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Smith brings coaching to the Bucs

The Buccaneers have had coaching issues. Hence the reason why they have had three different coaches in five seasons. Players haven’t been put in position to succeed and instead have been forced into roles/schemes they don’t excel in. Enter defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who promises the team will examine each players strengths and weaknesses and put them in position to succeed...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs players recognized for stellar seasons

Although the 2015 season was filled with disappointment, several players were recognized for their play by the Pro Football Writers of America. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin earned both All-NFL and All-NFC designation. In 2015, Martin started all 16 games for Tampa Bay this past season, recording 288 carries for 1,402 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with 33 catches for 271...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs add a secondary coach

The defensive secondary was horrid at best for most of the 2015 season. Whether you want to blame it on the players or the previous coaches with their dysfunction, the problems were apparent. After gutting former head coach Lovie Smith’s coaching staff, the new regime has slowly put together a staff and on Saturday added another piece to their defensive puzzle, according to Alex...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Trust will allow Koetter to succeed

Head coach Dirk Koetter is no stranger to the NFL. His time in the league has allowed for relationships to grow and trust built along the way. Koetter will no longer be able to spend as much time as he once did with the quarterbacks on the roster. It will have to be someone he has faith in and during his introductory press conference, Koetter referenced quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Koetter is the coach, but Bucs aren’t done yet

News broke early Thursday evening that the Buccaneers were close to completing a deal that would make offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter their next head coach. The news became official Friday morning. The process dragged on a little longer than it should have. For whatever reason, it just did. But along with the head coaching search comes building a staff and although the team has...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Why is the head coaching search dragging?

Finding the right head coach to lead a group of men is a challenging task. Ask the Glazer family, who have struck out three times since firing former head coach Jon Gruden. But they have given control to general manager Jason Licht to lead the charge and find the right man for the job. There have been so many quickly pointing to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as the next head...
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January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Bucs aware of what happened with Koetter at ASU

A decade old story made its rounds last week surrounding Bucs’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and problems that occurred under his watch as head coach at Arizona State University. The issues surrounded several players ranging from death threats to sexual assault. It first popped up following their November 22 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on social media before it...
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January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Dirk Koetter and the Bucs coaching search

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are well into their coaching search with interviewing Carolina’s defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Arizona Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had his own interview, but not with Tampa Bay. On Saturday, Koetter interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy and all...
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January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

JoeBucsFan.com » Blog Archive » It Is A Good Day In Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Big fan of Bucs GM Jason Licht. For those 25 percent Source: JoeBucsFan.com » Blog Archive » It Is A Good Day In Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

SR’s Fab 5: Bucs Came Out Flat In Saints Game Due To Smith; Glazers Empower Licht | Pewter Report

Lovie Smith killed the Bucs’ pre-game buzz prior to the Saints game, the Glazers have empowered GM Jason Licht and more in this week’s edition of SR’s Fab 5. Source: SR’s Fab 5: Bucs Came Out Flat In Saints Game Due To Smith; Glazers Empower Licht | Pewter Report
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Roster questions heading into 2016

The 2015 Buccaneers season ended with plenty of questions surrounding the roster. Every player with the exception of a few have concerns whether it’s their play, contract or roster status. TheBayCave.com will briefly look at the concerns of some of those players. Note: This was altered to reflect the firing of head coach Lovie Smith. OFFENSE RB Doug Martin – It has been reported...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Lovie’s team was not competitive enough

We watched two seasons of Buccaneers football under Lovie Smith that were painful more often than not. Registering a losing record of 8-24 through the fist 32 games of his tenure with Tampa Bay, the Glazer family had seen enough. There was a lot of speculation swirling this afternoon on what exactly sealed Smith’s fate. As general manager Jason Licht said during his press conference Thursday...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Glazers simply expeditied the inevitable

Shocked. Surprised. Those are the popular adjectives used to describe how people have felt about the firing of head coach Lovie Smith. But the move was going to happen eventually. Smith’s pride and joy was his defense and it is no secret it under performed all season. I have made constant reference to that throughout 2015 and ESPN’s Josina Anderson made reference to that Thursday...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Problems within Bucs staff perhaps main issues for struggles

As Bucs head coach Lovie Smith prepares to meet with his staff this week, he will need to figure out why there has been such a disconnect in his defense’s secondary. Sources have told TheBayCave.com that trouble has been brewing for some time among the secondary coaches: Cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd, Lovie’s son and safeties coach Mikal Smith and nickelbacks coach Larry Marmie...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Eagles have eyes set on interviewing Dirk Koetter

Possibly the biggest acquisition of the 2015 offseason is getting looked at for a potential head coaching vacancy. Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is being considered as a candidate by the Philadelphia Eagles for their head coaching vacancy. Report comes via Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Not sure if out there but another name I'm hearing on @Eagles HC radar for an interview...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Future of Bucs success will revolve around young blood

Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has had enough. So has rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander. After Winston lashed out against teammates with no heart following Sunday’s season finale, both Alexander and Winston took to Twitter to share tweets regarding the 2016 season. Both have the fire and leadership quality pure leaders look for and traits Tampa Bay has lacked in quite some time...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Bucs, Lovie go from “relevant” to embarrassing

Remember when Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs were relevant again following their victory against the Atlanta Falcons November 1? Remember when I suggested to those on Twitter to not buy in and Smith should pump his brakes? Well you now see why. The team that dropped their final four games when they were sitting within a game or two of a playoff seed is the same team that...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Has Jackson played his final game with the Bucs?

Veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson has played a huge role in Jameis Winston’s rookie season. He was a reliable target on the field and you see him on the sidelines and in practices always communicating with the 21-year-old gun slinger. He’s also been important to the growth and maturation of wide receiver Mike Evans. But all that may come to an end soon. Jackson is due...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Conte ends Bucs season on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have placed safety Chris Conte on Injured Reserve and promoted linebacker Darius Eubanks from the practice squad to the active roster. Conte has started 13-of-14 games that he has played for Tampa Bay this season, totaling 78 tackles, six tackles for loss, six passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one special...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

JoeBucsFan.com » Blog Archive » Tough Love Needed? – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier not happy with mentality of defense lately. Source: JoeBucsFan.com » Blog Archive » Tough Love Needed? – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Evans looks ahead to a promising 2016 season

The Buccaneers offense has been a breath of fresh air throughout the 2015 season. Although young, the unit flourished under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. The offensive side of the ball consisted of starter that featured two rookie linemen, a rookie quarterback and rookie wide receivers often. Despite the inexperience, Tampa Bay has managed to become a seventh ranked offense...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

McCoy reveals his favorite moment of 2015

The 2015 season has been a challenging one for the Buccaneers. More so for the defense. All week, fans and media have debated on Lovie Smith’s future while pointing at his flawed defensive structure. But that hasn’t stopped one of the defensive captains from reliving one of his greatest moments of this year. Speaking on his weekly radio show Wednesday night, defensive tackle...
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Bucs send Jackson, Wright to IR; Announce signings

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have placed wide receiver Vincent Jackson and safety Major Wright on injured reserve and promoted safety Kimario McFadden and tight end Tevin Westbrook from the practice squad to the active roster. Jackson played in 10 games this season, catching 33 passes for 543 yards and three touchdowns. Wright played in nine contests, totaling...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Lovie admits his failure without admission

When Lovie Smith took over a Tampa Bay team with a player like Darrelle Revis on the roster, you could have assumed it would have been an easy transition for the ol’ ball coach.  Boy was that wrong. I too thought the same. Seeing a Revis, a Dashon Goldson, a Mark Barron with a Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, you were not wrong in thinking a defensive minded coach like Smith can...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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