This team is clearly lacking something. Two losses where we were outscored by 73 total points show that. While we’re not there yet, the results of the coming weeks’ games may find us calling this season a wash and looking forward to next season. Where will we be, personnel-wise, at that point? What positions will we be looking to fill? Right now, it looks like any and every position with no one immune to the chopping block, including self-proclaimed team leader DT Gerald McCoy (#93). Continue reading
Sunday’s game marks the second matchup against an AFC North team, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens, coming off of a loss to the hated Indianapolis Colts, will surely not take this game sitting down. With a dangerous wide receiver in Steve Smith (#89) and an aggressive defensive line, this opponent isn’t going to make the Buccaneers job easy. Continue reading
The injury report going into the Saints game does not look as dire as previous weeks for the Buccaneers. As expected, the team will have to do without the following:
Watching the game on Sunday, it seemed pretty obvious that we did not win the game so much as the Steelers lost it. With 13 penalties for 125 yards, a number of dropped deep passes to wide open receivers, and a missed field goal, the Steelers looked like they could not wait to hand us the game. Continue reading
The Buccaneers are coming off their first win. The Saints are coming off an embarrassing loss. The Saints, no doubt, are looking to redeem themselves and what better opponent than a division rival? Will the high from the Buccaneers first win be enough to carry us to another victory? Perhaps. Here’s how: Continue reading
The Bucs this week are hoping for redemption after last week’s embarrassing loss and a shoddy season overall. The team seems optimistic about playing the Steelers. However, we think this game will be just as ugly as the first three as we meet up against our most dangerous opponent yet. Here’s why: Continue reading
“Moving forward” has been the mantra at One Buc Place as of late, and it is happening in more ways than one. Two key pieces of the offense are out of commission: Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford and QB Josh McCown. Tedford, who has taken a medical leave of absence from the Buccaneers after undergoing a medical procedure last month, will have his duties taken over by QB Coach Marcus Arroyo. Arroyo has been calling plays all season with the help of the offensive staff. Continue reading
The Buccaneers lead the league in one thing: we have most transactions in the league with 223 as of September 23. Five transactions were made yesterday, including the waiving of WR Chris Owusu (#80) and the re-signing of WR Louis Murphy in his place. Murphy played with the team behind WR Vincent Jackson (#83) all preseason only to be released the day before the team’s first regular season game.
Additionally, the Buccaneers released three from the practice squad: LB Ka’lil Glaud, DE Adrian Robinson and S Kimario McFadden. All had been on the practice squad for less than a month. The move leaves three vacancies on the practice squad. What the front office plans to do with the void is unclear. With our current number of roster moves, it is probably safe to assume it will not take Lovie & Co. long to fill those spots.
Updated: September 25, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. EST
And it didn’t take long. The three practice squad spots have been filled. DE T.J. Fatinikin, LB Shane Skov and TE/FB Ian Thompson. Both Fatinikin and Thompson played with the Bucs during preseason but were released before the start of the regular season. Skov was an undrafted rookie but signed with the 49ers in May. He was signed to the 49ers practice squad August 31, 2014 and subsequently released September 15, 2014.
We may finally have an answer as to when Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford is expected to return: not any time soon. Tedford has taken a medical leave of absence from the Buccaneers following an medical procedure he underwent at the end of August. The medical procedure was later reported to have been to place two stents in an artery near his heart, per Ian Rapoport.
Tedford has been an inconsistent presence at One Buc Place since his surgery, and the timeline for his return has been ambiguous from the get-go. QB Coach Marcus Arroyo has been calling plays in Tedford’s stead. Tedford assisted the team from the box in both home games this season, but stayed home when the team traveled to Atlanta last week. He was not at practice on Monday, where Head Coach Lovie Smith reported Tedford’s “still got an extra day.”
After the abyssmal performance by the Buccaneers last week, the fanbase has been dreading this very public matchup against division rivals the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. The good news is we always play Atlanta hard and the games are usually close. The bad news is after watching and analyzing all of our division rivals’ 2013 seasons (keep an eye out for our Know Your Enemy series), we believe the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the division. Continue reading