Ask yourself a question…whats the worst functioning unit on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Answer Quickly! Odds are you either said Special Teams, but more than likely, Offensive Line. Well words like “Best” and “Worst” are subjective and hard to prove, but without a doubt offensive line is one of the worst the Bucs have ever […]
The 2003 Bucs let the Panthers block a FG and a critical extra point that would have won the game, and still it wasn’t this bad. You’ve seen the old footage of Bucs kicker Neil O’Donoghue trying to kick the ball out of bounds but wiff on the ball as it goes nowhere but kicker […]
By now you’ve heard the one line former Bucs head coach John McKay quipped in his first couple years coaching Tampa Bay when he was asked about his Offensive Line’s execution. He replied “I’m all for it”! The Bucs O line continues to be a horrid unit that seems to be made up of backups […]
Two Videos to start your day off on Bucstop.com; Vincent Jackson’s catch and replay which shows he was down, and Mike Evans extending his TD streak to now 4 straight games.
Before we start a “the Bucs are undisciplined, Lovie is not coaching them” theme, lets understand the two transgressors of this are both rookies. No, its not ok to do if your a rookie, but when your 22 years old, you tend to understand a little more. If this happens next season, there is a problem.
Vincent Jackson is correct, he needs to just hold onto the ball and take the officials out of the equation. But lets be realistic, its raining out, and VJax has fumbled the ball twice in his career. TWICE, and that includes this one!
The real issue here is the officials and this whole “lets send the call to New York” so a committee can look over a video and all get it wrong. He is clearly down, his elbow is clearly down, and even Fox guy Mike Piera agreed it was down, but cautioned us that New York hasn’t overturned anything. Well it shouldn’t matter what the call is on the field. The whole reason you have replay is to CORRECT bad calls on the field. This one didn’t even appear to be close. Clearly Jacksons elbow touches the ground before the ball even moves.
Make no mistake, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played inspired defense; no Lavonte David, down Mason Foster at one point, down Major Wright, but still held the Chicago Bears to 200 yards of total offense. Jay Cutler, who was being Booed off the field by the Bears fans at half time, was 17 of 27 for […]
Make no mistake…yes the Bucs have only won one game in a row, yes they only have 2 victories, but MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, this is a team on the rise. And if they are a team on the rise, and the NFC South is a division on the fall, things could happen. By Monday night […]
As long as I can remember, my family has been a St. Pete Times (now Tampa Bay Times) subscriber, every day I would go out to the curb to grab the paper, pull it out of the bag, grab the sports and pass the rest on! Of course the newspaper is going the way of […]
The Bucs offense performed as good as it has all season, save maybe the Buffalo game in preseason, the last game Jeff Tedford coached as Offensive Coordinator before abandoning the Bucs due to his health concerns. I say abandoning after reading Scott Reynolds telling article last week on what really happened with the Bucs former […]
FORMER BUCCANEERS Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman was the Buccaneers’ quarterbackscoach for one season (1987). Bears Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer spent three seasons(2005-07) as the senior offensive assistant with the Buccaneers. Bears Assistant Special Teams Coach Dwayne Stukes spent a combined eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent two seasons (2002-03) as a […]
In the immortal words of Jim Mora: “Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Play offs? …were lucky just to win the game”!! How well put Mora, but as most Bucs fans were happy enough to not know what to do with themselves as the clock started counting down after the last Mike Evans TD celebration, the basic fact remains, […]
The Bucs have played two memorable games in Chicago the last two times they’ve been there. In 2008 Tampa Bay played comeback with Brian Griese and we’ll show you those clips later in the week.
Today it’s the 2006 trip Tampa Bay Buccaneers took to Soldier Field, and it was one for the ages. The Bears were a Super Bowl team that year, and the Bucs were in between two division championship years, and collapsed from losing too many defensive coaches at once. Raheem Morris, Mike Tomlin, Rod Marinelli, all gone at once. Chris Simms ruptured his spleen, and Jon Gruden went with the rookie who was hot in preseason, Bruce Gradkowski. But after a few games, the Polish Popgun started to backfire.
With the season all but done, Gruden had enough and put Tim Rattay in for week 14. It was amazing to see.
It started at the top with Mike Alstott getting a TD run. Then the Bucs decided to tempt fate and kick off directly to DEVIN HESTER. Check it out.
In the end, the Bucs forced overtime, but couldn’t move the ball as Lovie Smith’s defense tightened up and the Bucs turned the ball over in OT and the Bears took advantage. But it was fun to watch as the Bucs who were inept all season, suddenly caught fire and almost beat one of the best teams in football.
The game has clearly passed Lovie Smith by. The comedy of that statement has never been funnier, problem is the young fans who say it haven’t been football fans long enough to see Lovie’s 82 Wins since 2004 is the 4th most wins by a Head Coach.
Turns out the Bucs just needed the Wright combination to be a Major winner! By game ten, the defense has put aside players who are not buying into the system. At least 4 of Sundays starters were on the bench or farther away from the starting line up when the Bucs played the Panthers opening day. Here’s the list.
- Jonathan Casillias Danny Lansanah
- Mark Barron Major Wright
- Adriane Clayborn William Gholston
- Alterraun Verner Crezdon Butler
S Bradley McDougald, CB Isaiah Frey, DE TJ Fatinikun, DE Jacquies Smith all have been
getting involved in recent weeks to bring youth, energy, and more importantly, obedience to the roster. More important than just being a star, the Tampa Two requires players to be reliable to their fellow Buc.
LB Orie Lemon, CB Brandon Dixon, LB Dane Fletcher, and LB Brandon Magee are all young underrated players contributing on special teams, on special occasions, and helping Lovie’s defense make a difference.
BUCS Coach to be Fired?
Good chance it will happen this year, but it won’t be the one some KooKoo fans want. Instead of Lovie, Special Team coach Kevin O’Dea is on the hot seat. Have you ever seen worse Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams? Some credit has to be given, because special teams are usually made of backup players. Well the Bucs have a very poor roster depth to begin with talent wise, so it’s just natural to expect poor coverage units to some extent. But Punter Michael Koenen has fallen apart, FGs are getting blocked (they are NOT low trajectory), punts being blocked, and Tampa Bay has had more punt returners than wins. The only bright spot on special teams is placekicker Patrick Murray who has been awesome on 50+ yard FGs, even his misses have been close ones that ‘DONK’ off the crossbar.
McCown QB of the future?
Isn’t it amazing what a win does for you? Not only did Josh McCown look better than any Bucs
QB since 2012, but he benefitted from the best pass blocking this offensive line has done all year. The Glennon Mob won’t give up, but lets just say many of their membership have looked into paper/card shredder prices for black friday. This was what the Bucs saw when they brought McCown in from Chicago.
PLAYOFFS? Playoffs? PLAYOFFS???
It is absolutely ludicrous for an NFL team who won its 2nd game a week before Thanksgiving to be talking about playoffs. It’s also NUTS that the division leader is 4-6 and 1-5 in the last 6 games.
But the truth is, with the Bucs playing a dominating game, and feeling like perhaps the team could be on the rise, is it really that crazy to think the Bucs couldn’t turn this into a playoff race in 2014 when your only 2 games out of first place?
TO examine this fairly, the Bucs have a major disadvantage in the “race”; they are 0-4 in the NFC South while Atlanta is 4-0, also, the Falcons have swept the Bucs this season, so in truth, the Bucs are 3 games out of first place at this moment with 6 games left. But thats only if the Bucs go head to head against Atlanta. What if it’s New Orleans the Bucs end up in the race against? The Saints can finish with the same 2-4 division record the Bucs conceivably can. Then there is Carolina who’s got a half game Advantage/Disadvantage with their tie and could wind up 1-5 in the division. The Bucs still have a game at Carolina, and also one game (last week of the season) against the Saints at home.
For those who say “whats the use..why would you want to be a 7-9 or 6-10 division winner”? the answer is easy: You get a home game- see Seattle 2010 who at 7-9 won the division and HOSTED an 11-5 Saints Wild Card team, and BEAT THEM. Tell me THAT wouldn’t build momentum into next season??
TIME TO CRY
Want to shed a tear? Just think, if the Bucs are this close to the playoffs, imagine if Tampa Bay had one JUST ONE OF THOSE CLOSE LOSSES!!! Just one! The Bucs would be one game out of first place. Go farther… pick two games, the Carolina game, and the Saints win, with double digit lead in 4th QTR, and Tampa Bay would be 2-2 in the division, and actually the division leader.
Woulda Should Coulda. It’s fun though…until you cry!
Draft or Win?
Yes the Bucs put a slight damper on their draft status. Players don’t think this way, but as fans we have to think..do you want a win? Or a good draft pick? I’ll Take a Win any day. Wins, especially when you know a young team will have players coming back next year, are more infectious than draft pics. Players don’t celebrate draft picks. And please tell me which player in the 2015 is guaranteed to make the Bucs better next year, that a winning streak won’t do.
DRAFT RESULTS- What do you get in the draft? The Bucs drafted Mark Barron 7th overall to compensate for the ills of 2011. Winning 4 games down the stretch would have saved the regime and Ensuing roster turnover. Meanwhile 2013 2nd round draft pick Jonathan Banks continues to grow and produce more, something Barron never did.
Draft History vs Win History
If drafting higher is better than wins, why aren’t the Bucs in better shape? What team has more losing over the last 3 decades? How many Trent Dilfers, Vinny Testaverdes, Gaines Adams, and Eric Currys do the Bucs need to draft before we realize its not a sure thing. In all the years, perhaps only Lee Roy Selmon (1976), Martin Gramatica(1999), Warren Sapp/Derrick Brooks (1995) and Davin Joseph (2006) were really worth the losses the year before, Selmon not withstanding.
Michael Clayton, Maurice Stoval, Danny Peebles and many others have been drafted in an attempt to bring the Bucs a home grown offensive talent at Wide Receiver. Decades later, it seems the Bucs finally got it right with Mike Evans.
Regan Upshaw and Marcus Jones were the Bucs top draft picks under Tony Dungy, both defensive ends. It was obvious what Dungy wanted to do with his first team. Lovie Smith spent his first draft on offense, taking Mike Evans and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Expect next year to be all defense. I have news for all Bucs fans: Tampa Bay will not take a QB with the top pick in the draft. Ive put that in ink right here. QB will be addressed at a later date. Lovie will put a good team around his QB of the future.
More later, but here is Video HD of Mike Evans record TD catch, Evans became the 4th Buc ever to have 200 receiving yards in a game. Also became first WR since Randy Moss as a rookie to have 3 straight 100 yard games.
With The Saints loss today at home, and the Bucs playing like maybe they’re getting it, the Bucs are 2 games out of first place with games vs Carolina and New Orleans coming up before the end of the season.
Next week Bucs play at Chicago.
Bucs at Redskins is really not a rivalry, nor has it ever been one in Bucs history. There were times when the Bucs would play the Skins often, sometimes twice a year, back during the NFLs old scheduling system. Then there was the 1999 playoff game that featured […]
We’ve heard it from the under 25 crowd: This is NOT your father’s NFL. This is passing game now, and you need a top QB to win in the NFL. Sounds like 1999 when the Greatest Show on Turf was stopped by the Bucs. As Tampa Bay Bucs fans, we should know better! Yes new […]