News of OL Richie Incognito‘s presence in Tampa quickly ignited a barrage of speculation regarding the future of the controversial player, as well as the state of the Buccaneers under-performing offensive line. The “visit”, as Head Coach Lovie Smith has emphasized that is all it is, entailed Incognito undergoing a physical and meeting with Smith on Monday evening.
Head Coach Lovie Smith addressed the media Monday, revealing that OC Jeff Tedford underwent an unidentified “medical procedure” Monday morning.
“He’s resting comfortably right now, but he’ll be out for a short period of time,” Smith said. “We’ll of course keep Jeff in our prayers and all of that, things should be okay.”
While a timetable for Tedford’s return is unknown, Smith anticipates it will only be “for a short period of time.” The Buccaneers offensive staff will help fill the void left by Tedford while he is recovering.
“Our offensive staff will come together and do that,” Smith said. “This is how this thing goes. We have a coordinator, yes. From there, there’s always a backup plan.”
Tedford’s surgery comes at a time when controversial former Dolphin Richie Incognito is visiting One Buc Place. The Buccaneers offensive line has struggled this preseason and the organization is clearly looking to shore it up, despite the media circus that has come along with it.
Starting strong-side linebacker #52 Jonathan Casillas did not travel with the team on Saturday to Buffalo, the consequence of an undisclosed team rule violation.
The NFL deadline for clubs to reduce their roster to 75 members does not close until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but the Buccaneers have already gotten a jump start, cutting 12 players on Sunday. These cuts bring the roster down to 78. The players cut include:
QB Alex Tanney – Waived
FB Ian Thompson – Waived
WR Tommy Streeter – Waived
So what are we looking for in this game? Well, again, we are going to watch the lines. We played the Bills week 14 last year and it was a blow out. We had 7 sacks and 4 interceptions. The offensive line for the Bills got man handled by McCoy and crew. Even Revis got in on the action with a sack in this game. So it is going to be interesting to see how the Bills offense handles having to play us again.
The final outcome of the game was the Dolphins 20 and the Buccaneers 14. The first team scores reflected a different game with Miami only able to tally 3 points to the Buccaneers 7. That lone touchdown by the Buccaneers came from a short field offensive touchdown from McCown to Jackson. McCoy strip sacked Henne which was picked up by Johnson giving the Buccaneers the ball in scoring range. The Dolphins eventually ran up a score of 20-7 but a late touchdown from the third stringers made the final outcome appear closer than it was. The Dolphins won this game convincingly.
Boom! goes McCray.
The Buccaneers traded backup safety Kelcie McCray to the Kansas City Chiefs for their guard Rishaw Johnson. McCray played in 11 games for the Buccaneers last year and recorded 7 tackles, one for a loss, one defended pass, and one fumble recovery. He single handedly won the Buccaneers the game against the Detroit Lions in 2013 when he hit Calvin Johnson causing him to fumble the ball straight into the hands of Jonathan Banks for a game winning interception. Those are all pretty impressive numbers for a back up safety who only played a handful of plays.
The offensive line problems with the Dolphins was well documented last year. With a scandal midway through the season that saw a lineman quit the team and another suspended for being a meany, the Fins are another team like us and the Jaguars who have retooled their front five. Unlike the Bucs and Fins, who decided to populate their line with inexperienced lineman, the Dolphins went with tried and true veterans. Continue reading
In most preseason games, especially the first one after months of no football, fans are eager to see their team’s shiny new weapons in action. In the case of the Buccaneers, fans wanted to see Mike Evans and our humongous new TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins jump over cornerbacks for circus catches. Alas, it was not meant to be. What was hoped for quickly became a faded memory replaced with painful-to-watch offensive line play. Continue reading
Critics have shredded the fluff piece that is The First 100 Days of Head Coach Lovie Smith quite thoroughly, so I’ll spare you (and writer Scott Smith) my opinion on the novella. What can be garnered from the 32,000-word article is an insight into the new regime and what can be expected of it in the short term. Fortunately for you, I have read the article for you so you do not have to and will summarize the high points in 500 words or less. Continue reading