We eat a little crow on our initial analysis of the Steelers game. Ryan Griffin and our defensive line depth may have been better than we initially gave the guys credit for. The Dolphins join the Buccaneers at camp this week in advance of our Friday matchup. Which former Buccaneers make a return to town? With the decimation of our secondary, particularly the safeties, Buccaneers work out veteran safeties this week, signing former Bronco Darian Stewart. Plus, we discuss Ralph’s secret fantasy file (fantasy football, that is).
Bucs fans everywhere rejoiced when the team acquired Bruce Arians as its new head coach. I’ve never seen optimism this high in my ten years as a fan. I’ve never felt this much optimism myself. However, there’s still a healthy amount of skepticism amongst the fanbase. I can’t say I blame them; we’ve all been burned before. But I’m here to tell you, Bucs fans, we’ve never seen a head coach like Bruce Arians.
The charisma. The style. The foul mouth. What’s not to love? But none of that compares to BA’s sexiest attribute: he’s a winner.
Preseason Week 1 at the Pittsburgh Steelers was characterized by penalties, penalties, penalties. The youngry secondary was a no-show. First team offense moved down the field efficiently. Evan Smith has a terrible game. We question how Ryan Griffin has a job. Bucs return to practice this week, where they’ll compete against the Miami Dolphins. Bucs make some roster moves due to injuries and performance. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake passes away at the age of 62. Drake coached at Arizona for BA from 2013-2017 and was currently with the Steelers. Chandler Catanzaro “retires”.
Preseason is upon us! Molly breaks down the upcoming matchup against the Steelers. What’s Bruce Arians expecting out of this game? Who are the Steelers watching on their squad? What players will we be watching? Plus, Bucs announce country superstar Tim McGraw will perform before the Week 1 game. Injuries continue to be a storyline this training camp for the Bucs. This week, we lose S D’Cota Dixon and OL Michael Lietdke. Could Vita Vea be the next casualty? We’ll find out Friday. Bucs sign S John Battle and re-sign DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu. Will they be the next men up? Around the league: Duke Johnson gets his wish. Morris Claiborne finds a home. San Francisco loses another starter for preseason, increasing our chances Week 1.
Molly and Ralph go over the depth chart. Vita Vea is hurt. Lavonte David update. We discuss the turf at training camp and whether it contributes to these injuries. Ralph’s milquetoast response to towel holders. The offense is almost the exact same. Will the production be the same or better? And Ralph rants about Jameis Winston and Noah Spence.
Bruce Arians appears on HBO’s Real Sports and we learn nothing new. Jacqizz Rodgers signs with the Saints. Bucs invest in sports science this off-season. Will it pay off? Is the emphasis on analytics on its way out? Could Drew Bledsoe be the modern day Wally Pipp? Injury news from camp: Lavonte David’s “little knee”; Donovan Smith’s Achilles. Can Caleb Benenoch lose his job to Alex Cappa? We preview our preview of preseason game 1. The murals are up at RayJay. The state of defensive backs in today’s NFL. The kicking competition is hot in Tampa. Who has the edge? OJ Howard’s parents buy an ice cream truck.
The Hall of Fame game kicks off the start of preseason and the Bucs play in a few days! The Bucs made some roster moves to get ready for it. With Trent Williams apparently wanting out of Washington, did the Bucs make the right move by signing Donovan Smith to such a large contract? We predict what the roster might look like and how the preseason games are going to determine who starts. Hint: Ralph does not think Justin Evans is going to make first team.
Kwon Alexander and Jimmy Garappolo won’t see any action in the preseason. Does this bode well for our Week 1 matchup? Jack Cichy returns while Orion Stewart says goodbye to the 2019 season. Kangol hats are now available for pre-order. Donovan Smith has a bone to pick with Pewter Report. Positivity abounds as training camp progresses, including from a surprising source. Keith Tandy begins his life after football. Ralph has a list of forgotten Bucs. Mike Evans gets carted off the field (he’s fine!). Mike and Chris Godwin appear on the side of RayJay. Coordinator press conferences: Who is Molly’s favorite coaching personality? A tidbit from Byron Leftwich leads us to contemplate the Patriots formula. What’s the current state of the offensive line? We look forward to our preseason matchup against the Steelers.
Training camp is upon us! We discuss our favorite plays of practice. What’s the reaction to practice from our local media? The kicking competition heats up. The first injury of training camp occurs Sunday. Ralph researches the origin of the ‘kangol’. Donovan Smith sits out during the first day of pads. It’s reported his pride was injured. Can Justin Evans keep his job while sidelined? Ralph recants all the receivers that looked good catching for Drew Brees. Can we beat Drew Brees this season?Ralph reviewed 2018 film and shows Vita Vea some love. Donald Penn works out with the Washington Redskins. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: Cam Newton. Predictions for Bruce Arians v. Carolina Panthers. What’s the difference in Jameis this season? Ralph’s prediction for Noah Spence. Mike Evans make the NFL Top 100. How will BA use OJ Howard and the rest of our tight end class? Do the Bucs have a cohesive message this offseason? Bucs sign the young Vinny Testaverde.
As training camp rapidly approaching, a change of pace as Bucs players earn their jobs. Could those on the PUP list be on the bubble? Devin White gets paid and we get the details of his contract. Our current salary cap situation: abysmal. JPP gets put on the NFI and the NFL top 100. We continue watching All or Nothing: Carolina Panthers edition. Molly’s review is in: the inmates are running the asylum. We discuss the most cringeworthy moments. Ralph speaks his truth to the Carolina Panthers fanbase. Can Ralph could get through an episode without talking about Gerald McCoy? Bonus: Tom Bassinger/Tampa Bay Times griping. Another division rival misses a #1 receiver in training camp as contract negotiations linger. Arians’ final decision on music in practice. Mark Sanchez retires and we recount the infamous butt fumble.