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Bucs players still don’t understand the defense

With all the debates surrounding the Buccaneers on the reasons for their struggles, many have suggested the players just don’t understand the defensive concept. Well we now know that is the case.  Players have sounded discouraged during open locker room sessions and not as upbeat as they did during the offseason and throughout training camp heading into the regular season. Some...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sapp blasts McCoy, says Buc ball is dead

A lot has been said about Gerald McCoy‘s sportsmanship after he was seen helping up Ravens’ players during Sunday’s debacle. There is no question that the Bucs’ 2013 All-Pro defensive tackle plays with pride and shows it, but his quiet and good-sport behavior has not done well with some.  Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is one of them. Appearing on 98.7 The Fan with Anthony...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce the signing of CB Frey

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed cornerback Isaiah Frey.  Frey (6-0, 190) originally entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick (184th overall) of the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending the 2012 season on the Bears’ practice squad, Frey played all 16 games for Chicago in 2013, making six starts at nickelback. This season, he...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: NFL suspends Bucs FB Lane

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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerald McCoy offers up harsh criticism of himself

After Sunday’s embarrassment on their own home turf, the Buccaneers are once again searching for answers. As they find those answers they begin self-evaluations.  Team captain Gerald McCoy was one who had a tough game. Practically facing a double team throughout the entire game similar to what he has faced all season, McCoy was not satisfied with his performance. He took sole...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith’s admission to not getting team ready

The frustration seems to be mounting but reality has set in. This Buccaneers football team is far from being good any time soon.  Following the Bucs loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, head coach Lovie Smith said that all the struggles start with coaching — reminiscent of his words following the Week 3 loss to Atlanta. On Monday, when asked about the talent on the football...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs owned at home by the Ravens

This was yet another game that dug deeper into the hearts of the Buccaneers faithful. The Baltimore Ravens came into town — along with their fans — and completely dominated Tampa Bay on their home turf.  Baltimore came out with authority as they scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game. The Bucs had no answers on defense as their secondary, who was down...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Gameday Capsule: Ravens at Bucs

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-2) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-4)  SERIES   RAVENS BUCCANEERS SERIES LEADER Series tied, 2-2 STREAKS Past 2 COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 1-0 Smith: 1-1 LAST WEEK L 20-13 at Colts L 37-31 (OT) at Saints LAST GAME 11/28/10: Buccaneers 10 at Ravens 17. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws for 289 yards & 2 TDs, including 65-yard TD to TE Todd Heap. Ravens...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs keys to the game against the Ravens

The Buccaneers had an impressive showing against the Saints in New Orleans but fell short of victory in overtime. Here are some keys to the game that Tampa Bay must do to head into the bye with a win at home against the Baltimore Ravens. Limit The Penalties The Bucs committed 15 penalties last Sunday. But it wasn’t necessarily the amount of penalties that is an extreme concern...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s not all Doug Martin’s fault

No question the Bucs have struggled to run the football. The difficult thing is to determine the reason behind the struggles.  Interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo came out earlier this week and said that it takes a total effort to be successful running the football. Left tackle Anthony Collins then said that the team is very close to putting a good running game together...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs vs. Ravens injury report and game status

TAMPA BAY           Player No. Pos. Injury Fri. Participation Game Status Johnthan Banks 27 CB Neck Limited Participation Questionable Jonathan Casillas 52 LB Hamstring Did Not Participate Out Evan Dietrich-Smith 62 C Illness Did Not Participate Questionable Larry English 57 DE Hamstring Limited Participation Questionable Mike Evans 13 WR Groin Limited Participation...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Losing record due to undisciplined football team

To say that the Buccaneers are an undisciplined football team is pretty spot on. There could be several reasons why a team has a 1-4 record and penalties are definitely one of those reasons.  Tampa Bay committed 15 penalties in New Orleans on Sunday, increasing their average to 8.4 a game. In the last three contests they have averaged over 11 penalties per game after committing...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nothing ‘half-full’ about being 1-4

When the Bucs took the field Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, they were underdogs against the high-powered Saints offense. No one expected what would transpire as the game progressed but what matters most is the end result — a loss. It’s understandable why many would say the Buccaneers played well and nearly matched the play of New Orleans. But there are no moral victories in...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Defense is still finding it’s way.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers run multiple looks on defense like all teams in the NFL. The base of this defense is built around the “Tampa 2″ concept and in order to run the defense effectively, there are some key roles that each position must undertake. When we look at the team as it currently is constructed and look at the results through the first quarter of the season we see...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs at Saints Wednesday Injury Report

TAMPA BAY         Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Mark Barron 23 S Abdomen Limited Participation Larry English 57 DE Hamstring Did Not Participate Mike Evans 13 WR Groin Did Not Participate Mason Foster 59 LB Shoulder Limited Participation Dashon Goldson 38 S Ankle Did Not Participate Michael Johnson 90 DE Ankle Did Not Participate Josh McCown 12 QB...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs sign a receiver and tight end to the practice squad

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed wide receiver Kevin Cone and tight end Taylor Sloat to the practice squad.  Cone (6-2, 218) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2011. The Georgia Tech product has spent the past three seasons (2011-13) with the Falcons, playing in 29 games with one reception for 12 yards,...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs’ veteran says there was a complete breakdown

Not to state the obvious here, but the delay of game penalties committed by the Buccaneers on Sunday during their 27-24 win on Sunday is a problem.  During his post game press conference on Monday, head coach Lovie Smith said that the coaches didn’t do a good job getting the plays in. On Tuesday, a veteran player hinted towards a player or players being at fault as well. ...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Evans to miss 2-4 weeks

Not all went well for the Buccaneers in their 27-24 victory on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  When Mike Glennon threw a pass downfield that appeared to have been to no one resulting in an interception, intended receiver Mike Evans let up on the play due to a leg injury. It was later reported...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs’ late rally secures first win of season

The Buccaneers rolled into Pittsburgh as underdogs Sunday against the Steelers. But a late go ahead touchdown with under :10 seconds remaining gave the Bucs a 27-24 victory.  “It was just a great team win,” said quarterback Mike Glennon. “The defense did a great job of getting us good field position at first. We struggled for a little bit but we came back, never gave up...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Gameday Capsule: Bucs at Steelers

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-1)  SERIES   BUCCANEERS STEELERS SERIES LEADER 8-1 STREAKS Past 4 COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-1 Tomlin: 1-0 LAST WEEK L 56-14 at Falcons W 37-19 at Panthers LAST GAME 9/26/10: Steelers 38 at Buccaneers 13. Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall rushes 19 times for 143 yards (7.5 avg.) & TD. Steelers WR Mike Wallace...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs keys to the game at Pittsburgh

The Buccaneers are coming off of one the worse losses in history but bouncing back won’t be so easy. They travel to Pittsburgh to take on a tough Steelers team that is coming off of an impressive Sunday night victory. Here are some keys to the game that Tampa Bay must do to make sure the fans at Heinz Field don’t get the chance to pull out their terrible towels. 
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs at Steelers injury report and game status

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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith eager to see how the team bounces back

By now, the Buccaneers have been focused on their Week 4 opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s not to say though that the team’s performance from Week 3 is forgotten. With the team set to fly to Pittsburgh for Sunday’s game, head coach Lovie Smith said is eager to...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

McCown’s taking thumb injury day by day

It was not that much of a secret, but quarterback Mike Glennon was essentially and finally named the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback for this week’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  What remained unknown was the status of veteran Josh McCown’s thumb injury who could possibly miss about a month or so (if not more) as he is opting out of surgery for the moment. It’s...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs promote Kafka from the practice squad

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have promoted quarterback Mike Kafka from the practice squad to the active roster and waived guard Rishaw Johnson.  Kafka (6-3, 225) signed with Tampa Bay this past offseason, playing with the team during the preseason before joining the Buccaneers’ practice squad for the first three weeks of the season. He has played in four...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss
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