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Sunday NFL Games Schedule: Teams in the playoff hunt

December 17th, 2017

Everything you need to know about today’s games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t playing today, but plenty of other NFL teams are. None of them really matter for the Bucs, unless you’re really invested in their draft position—they certainly can’t reach the playoffs anymore. The Bucs, of course, play the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, with Jon Gruden in the commentary box. The Bucs have been repeatedly linked with Gruden as their next head coach, though there’s nothing more than vague rumors there. Dirk Koetter will certainly want to win that game, if only to protect his... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Dungy vs Gruden

December 17th, 2017

On the best coaches in Bucs history, and more. Chargers vs. Chiefs: Kareem Hunt’s would-be TD was ruled incomplete – SBNation.comThe NFL catch rule strikes again. NFL playoff picture 2017: How the Patriots can miss the postseason – SBNation.comThe Patriots will inevitably make the playoffs, but it’s fun to imagine the doomsday scenario that leaves them out. Chargers vs. Chiefs 2017 live results: Score updates and highlights from Saturday night football – SBNation.comThe Chiefs completed a season sweep of the Chargers on Saturday night, taking sole possession of the AFC West. Lions-Bears... Read More

Buccaneers vs. Falcons injury report: Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Tevin Coleman ruled out

December 16th, 2017

The injury report for the Buccaneers and Falcons is out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out three starters for Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Flacons. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps), linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) will not suit up for the game with various injuries. That’s a pretty hefty blow to the Bucs’ defense, which will be missing its two best players, including the only one capable of mounting any kind of consistent pass-rush threat this season. David has also been key in producing turnovers, the one thing that gave... Read More

How good is the Buccaneers’ head coaching opening?

December 16th, 2017

The answer depends on how much you believe in Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may need a new coach this offseason. The likelihood of that happening seems to be increasing every week, as the Bucs keep on losing. But there will be many firings this offseason, as there are every year, and the Bucs don’t necessarily have the best opening—so if they need to find a replacement, who will they be able to get? If you like Jameis Winston, the Bucs have a great job opportunity. Quarterbacks are everything in the NFL, after all, and Winston was a first-round pick just three years ago. He’s... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Winston and Koetter

December 16th, 2017

On the quarterback-head coach relationship, and more. Panthers investigating Jerry Richardson for alleged workplace misconduct – SBNation.comFormer White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will oversee the investigation of Jerry Richardson. Seahawks players fined, not suspended, for fight with Jaguars – SBNation.comSheldon Richardson, Michael Bennett, and Quinton Jefferson all avoided suspensions. NFL playoff picture: How Chargers’ turnaround got them in AFC West hunt – SBNation.comAfter shaking off an 0-4 start, the Chargers have figured things out, right in time to get in... Read More

Bucs OC: “You know what the strain is? The frustration of being 4-9”

December 15th, 2017

Todd Monken makes things clear. Folks have been talking about the reported strain between Jameis Winston and Dirk Koetter for a week now, and no one’s having any of it—at least not on the record. Today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken joined the chorus of folks who are denying any real problem in that head coach-quarterback relationship. “I want to talk a little bit about what we’ve had to deal with in terms of talk about relationships. I’ve been here almost two years and from a coach-player relationship, I have never seen anything close to what is being talked... Read More

T.J. Ward cleared to play against Falcons, but does that matter?

December 15th, 2017

Ward has barely made an impact this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get one Pro Bowler back today: safety T.J. Ward has passed the concussion protocol, head coach Dirk Koetter said today. Too bad this Pro Bowler has barely made an impact in Tampa this season. Ward was signed at the start of this season, after the Denver Broncos cut him. The Bucs hoped he’d make a quick impact, but have refused to let him play full games. Perhaps rightly so: while he’s made some splash plays, he was also responsible for some obvious busts, and he’s really only a fit as a strong safety. In all, Ward... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Injuries up and down

December 15th, 2017

On the Bucs’ injuries, and more. Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota can get back on track — just probably not this season – SBNation.comTwo of the game’s most exciting young QBs a year ago are struggling this year. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains why. Brandon Williams injury: Colts TE released from hospital after scary injury – SBNation.comWilliams was on the field for several minutes and taken to a local hospital. He was diagnosed with a concussion. Which player can each NFL team least afford to lose to injury? – SBNation.comToo many teams have learned this lesson... Read More

Lavonte David is the first linebacker to force and recover five fumbles in a season

December 14th, 2017

He’s only the fourth player to do so since at least 1989. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be having another terrible season, but Lavonte David is having an outstanding one. Aside from the losing, of course. Defensive coordinator had a bit of a moment gushing about David’s performance today, and I just wanted to quote the thing in full. “Oh gosh, having Lavonte as healthy as he has been this year has been a big plus. He’s got a knack for taking the ball off of the receiver or off of the ball carrier. A couple of them he has not only taken it off, but he has recovered it. There are certain... Read More

Gerald McCoy won’t need surgery on that biceps injury

December 14th, 2017

He may even play again this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got lucky for once this season: it seems defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s biceps injury isn’t as bad as feared, and he may even be able to play again this season. #Bucs DT Gerald McCoy says he’s “blessed,” his biceps injury wasn’t worse and he will avoid surgery. But he’s not sure about his status for MNF. — Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 14, 2017 Monday Night Football might be a little early, but it’s good to see that McCoy should recover relatively quickly. Not just so he can help the Bucs... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Gruden hype

December 14th, 2017

On Jon Gruden, and more. No, Washington’s NFL team didn’t change its name. Here’s the elaborate scheme that made it seem that way. – SBNation.comThis stunt was so convincing the team had to deny it Aaron Rodgers’ return: what you should expect from Packers QB – SBNation.comRodgers is healthy enough to play after fracturing his collarbone in Week 6. What is Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell’s favorite movie? – SBNation.comWe might have an actual answer. Drew Brees built an incredible inclusive playground for all kids – SBNation.comBravo! New York... Read More

Todd McShay’s 2018 NFL mock draft has the Buccaneers picking a new name

December 13th, 2017

The Bucs need a pass-rusher, but we haven’t seen this name before. Draft season has truly started when ESPN’s big names start chiming in. Today, Todd McShay put out his first 2018 NFL mock draft, which has the Buccaneers picking Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell. Todd McShay’s first Insider mock draft is out. Full first-round here: https://t.co/OyFejX4VA8 pic.twitter.com/rN7NkUeKYY — ESPN (@espn) December 13, 2017 I haven’t seen him mentioned for the Bucs before, but it makes sense: the Bucs need a pass-rusher, as is very well known, and Ferrell is nothing if not that. At... Read More

The Buccaneers can’t afford to lose Noah Spence this offseason

December 13th, 2017

Jameis Winston is the easy answer, but there are other players too. Which player can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers not afford to lose this offseason? The easy answer is Jameis Winston, because the easy answer is always the quarterback. It’s true, of course, but not particularly interesting. I know some Bucs fans are souring on Winston, but he’s having a better season than he did last year, statistically, despite the injury and ruinous offensive line performance. Winston’s certainly still on track to be a very good NFL quarterback, and the Bucs aren’t about to find a better quarterback on... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Playing McCoy

December 13th, 2017

On Gerald McCoy’s injury, and more. Josh McCown injury update: Jets QB out for the season with broken hand – SBNation.comMcCown will need surgery to repair the fracture. Aaron Rodgers injury update: Will the Packers QB start this week? – SBNation.comRODGERS BACK! (Maybe). Adam Vinatieri could lose $500,000 for angering the Snow Gods – SBNation.comGramatica Errors Week 14: The Iceman Toeth Sports stopped making sense in 2017The sports world turned upside down this year. Cam Newton and the zone read is impossible to defend. Here’s why. – SBNation.comRetired NFL offensive... Read More

Buccaneers promote LB Riley Bullough to the active roster

December 12th, 2017

Gerald McCoy sticks around for now. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are promoting linebacker Riley Bullough to the active roster, the team announces. Bullough made a name for himself during the preseason, when he was one of the stars of Hard Knocks. Looking good on camera and getting a reputation for hard work and leadership wasn’t enough to get Bullough on the initial 53-man roster, but he’s getting his chance now. He’ll mostly have to make an impact on special teams. To make room for Bullough, the Bucs waived cornerback Deji Olatoye, who’d been on the roster for a week. Surprisingly, Gerald... Read More

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Pass rush for the Bucs

December 12th, 2017

The Bucs a pass-rusher, that much is clear. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suck, and they’re 4-9 right now. They’ve been eliminated from the playoffs, and the main question remaining is whether Dirk Koetter is going to be the head coach next year. The other question is where the Bucs will pick in the 2018 NFL draft (they’re slotted eighth overall right now), and who they’ll pick. Dan Kadar has the easy (but probably correct) answer in his latest mock draft for SB Nation: North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb. This is one of the bigger no-brainer choices in the top 10. The Buccaneers... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Explosive plays

December 12th, 2017

The Bucs are sruggling to produce explosive plays, and more. 2018 NFL mock draft: Blockbuster trade could shake up first round – SBNation.comWhat happens if the Bills make a big leap into the top five? Snow football: What’s the perfect football weather? NFL players respond – SBNation.comIt makes for a sloppy game, but it’s a lot of fun to watch. Patriots vs. Dolphins 2017: Wow, New England really got owned – SBNation.comIt’s not often we see the Pats thoroughly outplayed, but that’s just what happened on Monday night. Carson Wentz injury update: Eagles have a plan, but... Read More

Gerald McCoy had an MRI for his biceps injury today

December 11th, 2017

It seems likely that he’s done for the season. Gerald McCoy may have torn his biceps yesterday, which would mean end-of-season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star defensive tackle. For now, that’s just speculative: Dirk Koetter said that he had an MRI today, but that the outcome is still unclear. “He did have an MRI and Gerald – we had a meeting at 1:20 p.m. – he was not back from that yet. I don’t have the report on that. It was a bicep injury. He was getting an MRI on it and we will know more later today.” That ‘later’ hasn’t yet arrived, but most indications are that... Read More

Dirk Koetter still has three weeks to save his job

December 11th, 2017

The Bucs haven’t fired him, and no one knows what the Glazers are thinking. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may need to go looking for a new head coach this offseason, but that’s far from certain. Dirk Koetter certainly isn’t doing himself any favors with all these losses—nine this season, now, including the last three games, but he’s still here—and he has three weeks to make his case to stay. You wouldn’t know that from reading some commentary, like that of Tom Jones in the Tampa Bay Times, for whom Koetter’s firing is basically a done deal. But the Glazers have never fired a coach... Read More

Daily Bucs Links: Another loss

December 11th, 2017

On yet another Bucs loss, and more. NFL playoffs 2017: How Eagles clinched NFC East title after turnaround – SBNation.comPhiladelphia becomes the first team to clinch a spot in the NFL playoffs. Carson Wentz injury: Eagles QB played these 4 snaps after getting hurt – SBNation.comWentz got his team a score before he had to leave the game with a knee injury. Tom Savage concussion: NFL looking into Texans’ handling of QB’s injury – SBNation.comThe Texans QB suffered a bad hit in the second quarter and suffered a concussion that doctors missed the first time. Ravens vs. Steelers:... Read More