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GAME DAY! Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins GameDAY PDF available!

  DOWNLOAD THE FULL PDF HERE!! Niko’s Take: As far as excitement level goes, this last preseason game goes right up there with watching lead paint peel and attempting a conversation with a door knob. Actually if it were time lapsed the Paint peeling could be more fun. If the NFL really wants to take […]

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Getting to know Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin is in his fourth season as Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins, and in his 13th season in the NFL. Philbin was hired as the 10th coach in Dolphins history on January 20, 2012. Prior to being hired with the Dolphins, Philbin served as the Offensive Coordinator of the Green Bay Packers since […]


MIAMI vs TAMPA BAY Preseason matchup has a place in History

This season, 2015, the NFL will go without blackouts in an attempt to check out its impact, but as we get ready for yet another Bucs/Dolphins preseason game, its worth reminding football fans how important this series was in the history of Blackouts. To understand you have to go back to the heart of the […]

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NOTE: The Bucs released Michael Koenen this morning 9/1, releasing the only free agent signing of the 2011 season. Coming off the heels of a 10-6 season in which the Bucs had the youngest roster in the league, coining the term YOUNGRY (Young and hungry) in the race to 10 in which the Bucs actually […]


Jameis Winson’s Ankle Injury should be fine by Week 1 game

As far as injuries go, Josh Freeman’s injured thumb was far more serious and game concerning than the newest injury afflicting our current Bucs QB Jameis Winston: Ankle injury.   Bucs OC Dirk Koetter said as much at his press conference, that Winston is suffering from a sprained ankle. It can be painful, but rest […]

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NIKO’s TAKE: This is it, game three in the preseason is as close to regular season as were going to get until the opening day, and a far cry from what we’ll see on Thursday of next week. All around the league the starters will play at least the full first half and may come […]

AUDIO & VIDEO VAULT: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Cleveland Browns Series Highlights

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.04.08 AMThe Browns scored 17 second half points to break a 7-7 halftime tie in a 24-7 victory at Tampa Stadium (11/21/76)… Cleveland QB Brian Sipe rallied from a sluggish start to become the first quarterback ever to throw for more than 300 yards against the Buccaneers defense in a 34-27 win at Cleveland (9/28/80)… Sipe’s 318-yard, three TD performance enabled the Browns to overcome a 13-3 deficit and overshadow a 343-yard, three TD effort by Bucs QB Doug Williams… The games wasn’t decided until the end as the Bucs scored late and attempted this onside kick…

Sadly the Bucs would fumble inside the 20. Mike Pruitt scored on touchdown runs from one-yard out in both the first and second half as Cleveland blanked the Bucs, 20-0 in Cleveland (11/13/83)… Tampa Bay also lost star RB James Wilder for the season when he broke a pair of ribs after being tackled by Cleveland’s Eddie Johnson…

The Browns returned two Vinny Testaverde interceptions for touchdowns in the first half of a 42-31 victory at Tampa Stadium… Testaverde did pass for more than 300 yards for the third consecutive week and James Wilder rushed and received for 130 total yards for the second straight game (11/5/89)…Here is one of his many Touchdowns as a Buc scored that day through the air!

A dominant Buccaneers defense only allowed Cleveland to gain 194 total yards and 11 first downs en route to a 17-3 victory in Week 6…

FB Mike Alstott averaged 7.4 yards per carry on 17 carries, accumulating 126 yards of rushing and scoring each of Tampa Bay’s two touchdowns (10/13/02)…Those words do no justice to the actual run..must see Alstott highlight clip here…

A stout Buccaneer defense intercepted Browns QB Derek Anderson four times, including LB Derrick Brooks’ 21-yard INT returned for a touchdown as Tampa Bay defeated the Browns by a score of 22-7 in Cleveland (12/24/06). RB Michael Pittman ran for 86 yards and a score as the Browns offense could only muster 215 yards of total offense…

The Buccaneers opened the 2010 season with a win, topping the Browns 17-14 on a fourth-quarter touchdown (9/15/12)… Buccaneers CB Rondé Barber returned a pass 64 yards, helping set up a Buccaneers touchdown late in the first half… Listen to that call by Gene Deckerhoff right HERE!!2010BarberAudio

WR Mike Evans catches seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, but Cleveland scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to win (11/2/14)… With two sacks, DT Gerald McCoy led a Buccaneers defense that recorded four sacks and two interceptions.

VIDEO- Now that Money is right, Put K CONNOR BARTH back as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Placekicker before its too late!

In what may be looked back on as a critical move, Lovie Smith and Jason Licht have brought back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers most accurate placekicker in its history Wednesday, just two days after the guy who replaced him missed an extra point, a Field Goal, and went 1 of 2 the week before! Now cut your ties with Murray and thank your lucky stars; you got lucky the last time to cut a succesful placekicker after a year of misery.

Mind you I was a big supporter of the move to go to Murray last year, and Murray was Money. But something is wrong this year!! He missed a FG in first preseason game, then missed another one last week. More inexcusable, he missed an extra point when the NFL is going all GaGa over extra point kicks. They’re 32 yard  FGs now!!

In case your lost, or just joining us, lets catch you up to  “As the placekicker’s world turns”…

Last season Barth was coming into a camp where he did not kick the year before because he was rehabbing an injury from playing a pick up basketball game (for a good cause mind you, a charity event). The Bucs had spotty kicking in 2009 when they let go of established kicker Matt Bryant who set Bucs and some NFL records with the longest FG of 62 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. I mean I still have to celebrate

You mean you don't still celebrate Matt Bryant day every October 23rd?

You mean you don’t still celebrate Matt Bryant day every October 23rd?

Matt Bryant day because of that! Tampa Bay got Mike Nugent who had a good record kicking long FGs in the NFL, but instead was inconsistent in his first few weeks in Tampa. He missed a kick in the 30-39 range, then missed  all three of his kicks in the 40-49 range, the whole reason he was brought in.

He was replaced with Kicker Shane Andrus who was cut after missing his only attempt, also in the 40-49 range. Then the Bucs gave kicker Connor Barth a chance who quietly made a FG in his first game, but in his second game at Miami, Barth connected on a 51 yard attempt in 1st Qtr, a 50 in the 2nd, and a 54 yard FG in the 3rd quarter, all but cementing himself in as the Bucs new permanent Placekicker. That season Barth hit 4 of 6 in 30-39 range, 5 of 7 in 40-49 range and most importantly, 3 of 4 in the 50+ category, which was the main reason for replacing Matt Bryant to begin with!

Barth continued to be the centerpiece of special teams on the Bucs, but just before the 2013 season Barth announced an offseason injury to which he would be lost for the year because of a pick up basketball game for charity. It was the beginning of a string of bad news the jinxed Bucs of 2013 would experience, including  losing one kicker and eventually a pro bowl Guard to MRSA, Josh Freeman exposure and release, but when Lovie Smith was named new in bound  Head Coach he had competition for Barth in the name of undrafted rookie Patrick Murray, who beat out Barth mostly due to his substantially lesser contract price. Barth was making close to 3 million dollars a year, added to Kicker/Punter Michael Koenen and those two were commanding enough money to bring in several players. Plus, Murray kicked well, and it appeared to be even steven so Money made the difference.

Fast Forward to now, and just when placekicking becomes a critical part of the offense now in the NFL with 32 yard extra points, Murray misses one, on a team that is not offensively developed enough to go for 2 point conversions on a regular basis to overcome losses of extra points.

The Denver Broncos had another kicker in camp and thanked Barth for his awesome kicking in the last few games of 2014. Now Barth is onboard for just over a million a year, so will he return the favor and unseat Murphy?

Barth’s current Bucs records;

    • 4th Most points scored 123, 131 Matt Bryant’s record
    • T3rd most points placekicking in a Game, 14 vs Saints 2011 (16 from Gramatica 01)
    • Best FG Percentage 92.9% 26 of 28 2011
    • Most Extra Points in a game Barth No.1 @ Oakland 2012 w/6
    • Longest FG made Barth’s 57 harder vs Redskins 2012 ties Husted’s same distance vs Redskins 93 (Bryant’s 62 is NO.1)
    • Most Consecutive FGs made Barth is NO.1 w/25 10/2011 to 9/2012 (Husted and Gramatica are ties 2nd 16)

How good is Barth? He makes 53 yard FGs for Breakfast (in voice of Arnold from “Commando”)

Onside kick anyone? Barth has mad skills!

Currently the longest FG in Barth’s Bucs career.



Saturday’s Tampa Bay Bucs vs Bengals game was DEJA VU and RETRO all over!

Someone tell the Bucs Doctor Who doesnt begin its new season until September, because they took a page from the old Time Lord’s book and went all retro on us. No it wasn’t a Throwback game, although a lot of fans still want to throw the new uniforms back on NIKE’s shelves for new ones […]

Special Teams still need SPECIAL care

Lovie Smith said with Defense he can win 8 games, and Special Teams even more. But so far the Special Teams have been a mixed bag of tricks.

Kenny Bell set up the defense with great field position by downing the ball with an acrobatic, athletic  move to leap into the end zone and throw the ball back into field of play to be downed at the 2 yard line.

The net result was field position, because Andy Dalton threw the ball up to  AJ Green who                                                              coughed it up and turned that play into a Pick 6 for points. Even the next possession resulted in a kickoff and a Bradley Mcdougald interception.

To which time came for bonehead special teams play: A missed Extra point attempt! It wasn’t by much, it was a foot maybe, but imagine the Bucs down by 14 with 8 minutes to go, score a TD, make the 1Pt conversion, get the ball back and with 10 seconds left score a TD to go down by one, then THIS…

We’re all going to be sick to our stomachs and wanting to find the home of Bill Belichick to THANK him for bringing this rule up oh great King Deflator.  NOTE: Listen to Jon Gruden’s Thoughts on the new EXTRA POINT CONVERSION RULE…!

How a player does in Special Teams shows his value to the team, and that player can start at other positions. Right now, your seeing that with Russell Shephard, who is catching on at Wide Receiver and pressuring the starters.



THOUGHTS from the BUCSTOP: Tampa Bay Turns many things 180 degrees

D Stands for Domination. 216 total yards for Tampa Bay in the first half, against a playoff defense, while Cincinnati gained only 49 yards against a 2-14 defense. M is for Mismatch; but its also for McCoy, as in Gerald, who collapsed pockets yesterday allowing George Johnson and Larry English to get to the Quarterback. […]

VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Starting Defense gets the sacks done

Last season free agent Michael Johnson was expected to come in and  get double digit sacks. Instead he was a bust and went back to Cincinnati no where to be found on the field.

Last night new Free Agent George Johnson who is expected to break the Bucs decade long streak of not having a double digit sack edge rusher showed a preseason crowd that maybe, just maybe, Tampa Bay could have finally found someone to give Gerald McCoy relief on the Defensive Line.

At the end of the first Quarter the Bucs put on the pressure en route to a dominating first half depression of the Bengals starting offense.

Stay tuned later for todays BUCSTOP Breakdown of the Game.


GAME DAY: Preseason Week 2 Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  The home debut of Jameis Winston happens tonight as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers return home to play Preseason scrimmage game no. 2 at Raymond James Stadium at 8pm on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. (NOTE: Bucs media art has a cover photo showing Bucs at Bengals. The game is in Tampa, not Cincinnati.) Lets dig […]