Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Buccaneers and Colts Mourn Dungy’s Loss

Tony Dungy’s son James died a few days before Christmas. The Indianapolis Colts and Buccaneers teams are mourning the beloved Dungy family’s loss and many attended the funeral proceedings. Both in Tampa and Indianapolis, Dungy is considered a great man, who treated his players as equals and encouraged them to be good role models through their actions. James was often seen attending practices his father coached and was sometimes even mistaken for a player because of his size. James was often called a gentle giant and many have expressed he will be sorely missed.

There is no word on when Dungy will return to coaching but he has gone public thanking everyone for their support and expressing his belief that his son is in a better place now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Too Much Talent, Too Few Spots

Let’s not waste our time talking about possible playoff scenarios. Even Jon Gruden is asking for his players to focus on the most important challenge facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the battle against the Falcons and QB Michael Vick. If we can’t get this win we could be sunk so its time to prepare for Atlanta. Everyone has been complaining about our decreased intensity and the youth of the players. I don’t think its inexperience that is keeping the Bucs from being a better team. I believe that there are just too many talented ball clubs out there this year.

Monday, December 12, 2005

McFarland Injured – May Miss Patriots

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the New England Patriots next week without defensive tackle Anthony McFarland who was injured in their 20-10 win over Carolina on Sunday. John Gruden has said he’s doubtful for the game but the official injury report hasn’t been posted. According to the coach, his status will depend greatly on his response to treatment. Players like Chris Hovan and Jon Gradley will be performing in McFarland’s place as Ellis Wyms played for McFarland after his injury in Sunday’s game. Wyms racked up a sack, a forced fumble and two tackles in his time on the field. Should we be worried or will McFarland’s absence go unnoticed with Wyms on the field?

Monday, December 05, 2005

Cadillac and Barber Go Buc Wild

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Bucs defense managed to allow only one field goal and no touchdowns. On offense, it was running back Cadillac Williams who made this game interesting. He had almost one hundred yards rushing, 33 of which were on one drive in the fourth quarter that ate up lots of clock time and left New Orleans little time tie the game. Of course we must mention Ronde Barber and his three interceptions. Williams wouldn’t have had all those opportunities without Barbers shrewd defense.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bears Beat Bucs, Simms a Target

Well if a game or two didn’t get by us, we would be the Indianapolis Colts. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t play their best game against the Chicago Bears and Chris Simms took a beating for it. Simms was sacked four times and the Bears forced a turnover that kicked off their lead. Basically our offensive line crumbled and left Simms to scramble and make snap decisions with no time. Chris Simms made very few mistakes and some good plays against the top rated defense in the league. All in all it was a great effort on his part and everyone is saying how he has grown this season. He’s ready for this three game road trip and will lead this season to great things this season, and hopefully next.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Last Minute Chores: Bucs Clean Up.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the Atlanta Falcons Sunday for a close 30-27 win. The game was decided in the last minutes as the Falcons came into scoring range and Derrick Brooks forced Michael Vick to fumble the ball with a minute left in the game. The Buccaneers scored the game winning field goal in the ensuing drive. Players on both sides made amazing plays as these two equally matched opponents battled for the win. Running back Carnell Williams was the brightest star of the game with 116 yards rushing and one touchdown against the Falcons. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now tied with the Carolina Panthers for first place in the NFC South.

Headed for home to battle the Chicago Bears who beat our rival Panthers, can we beat this team with our passing game suffering as it did against the Falcons?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Alstott Runs Up the Score

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Washington Redskins 36-35 with a dramatic final quarter that just went our way. Edell Shephard made the final touchdown with a 30 yard catch. This brought the game to 35-34. Initially the Bucs lined up for the field goal but the Redskins jumped the gun and fouled twice. Doing it over just isn’t John Gruden’s style and he proved it by calling for the team to go for two in the final seconds. He chose the play that had scored twice already: Alstott up the middle!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Game Over

How many chances can you give a player?

Akili Smith was a top five pick several years ago by the Bengals when they were the ‘Bunguls’. After back to back disappointing season Akili Smith kind of disappeared and became the third or fourth stringer at certain times. The Buccaneers where Smith’s last team to give him chance as they allocated him to NFL Europe this past season. Yet he did not impress anybody when over there and was just recently released. I don’t see a career in the NFL for Akili Smith anymore.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cutting Ties

We already know about the salary cap issues surrounding the Buccaneers. And in a move to make more space, I would expect the Bucs to release running back Charlie Garner, guard Matt Stinchcomb, and tackle Todd Stuessie. It is a shame to see Garner go; he is a hard, up hill runner. It is quite possible that his career will come to and end. If money is still an issue there could be a surprise cut among McFarland, Rice, or even Brooks.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Money Issues

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be in a tight money spot this year. So the front office is trying to reconstruct the contracts of several high profile players. Simeon Rice, Derrick Brooks, and Anthony McFarland are the players the Bucs are trying to target to get out of salary cap trouble, but these players were said to mock at the notation of reorganizing their contracts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

In Response

This is for John F…

John I am not joking about Pittman. You said it yourself, Gruden has a fetish for a multipurpose back and Pittman fits that very well. With Garner, Pittman, and Alstott on the roster; at least one of those guys will remain to at least block for Williams. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruden kept two of the veterans though. You know as well as I that Gruden loves vets. I see Garner leaving, that is just my opinion, but when next year comes around I would expect the Bucs to feature Williams.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

It's Happening...

from foxsports.com
Cadillac Williams is already on Michael Pittman's tail and he'll keep gaining on him if Pittman doesn't do a better job of holding on to the ball. Pittman lost six fumbles last year, but because he lost seven the previous four years combined the team doesn't believe the problem is chronic. Most of Pittman's fumbles last year were lost in the open field, well beyond the line of scrimmage.

As a result, Pittman is working harder on securing the ball after he's broken free of the pile and when he's going down. Some balls were simply stripped from Pittman's arms last year so you're likely to see him cover up more as he runs in the open field and possibly even go down more quickly when his run is clearly nearing an end. The team is practicing stripping the ball from Pittman to help him secure the ball more instinctively.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Out of the Garage

Some one has a brand new ‘Cady’ in RB Carnell Williams. That team would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. More than likely as the season progresses expect Williams to take carries away from work horse Mike Alstott in the short- yard game.

Williams might not be as big as Alstott or as big as Pittman but his work ethic is and besides at Auburn Williams did just that. He handled most of the short yardage situation in college.This is just a plus for the team. Now both Pittman and Alstott can block for Williams down at the goal line. This will be a good way to keep opponents guessing on who is going to have the ball.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Filling in Needs

The team has decided to make 2004 third-round draft pick Marquis Cooper the heir apparent to WLB Derrick Brooks. Cooper worked mostly at MLB and SLB during his rookie year, but the plan now calls for him to work almost exclusively on the weak side. Cooper lacks the size and strength necessary to play SLB, and with Barrett Ruud slated to succeed Shelton

Quarles as the starting MLB, there's no need to play him there. Cooper has excellent speed, and he's a hard hitter. He moves fluidly into his tackles and takes good angles. He's a bit of a 'tweener who could play SS, but the team believes he'll develop into an excellent LB. . . .

Monday, April 18, 2005

QB Shuffle

The Bucs have 12 picks in this year’s draft. They have two in the third, two fifth and two sixth round. With all the talk about what quarterback is going where the Bucs jumped in and decided their interest in Alex Smith has defiantly gone up.

With all those extra picks don’t be surprised if the Bucs trade away some for a veteran quarterback. For example; Tim Ratty from the Niners would be a start. It just wouldn’t make any sense to spend this much time around a QB when Greise was signed to a long term contract and Simms is still a young ‘buck’.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Return

When DT Anthony McFarland went down last season it was Ellis Wyms, Greg Spires and Dewayne White that filled the void that McFarland left. It is funny because McFarland can man the tackle position very well but might be better at a Nose Tackle position.

The team does expect McFarland to participate in the off-season workout program and is supposed to make a complete recovery in time for the mini-camp camps in July.

More than likely he will to spend the better half of the summer getting back in to tip top football condition and that means a lot of strength building in his upper body. Since his position will require a lot of upper body strength.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Drafting a Plan

from Foxsports.com
The team has all but ruled out trading up or down in the first round. The plan is to stay at No. 5 and take the best player that falls to that spot. The team is hoping WR Mike Williams is available when its turn comes, but the team will gladly take a RB or WR Braylon Edwards. The team continues to suggest it may even take a QB, should Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers fall. . . .

The team has 12 picks overall, including two picks in the third, fifth and sixth rounds, and three in the seventh. There's a good chance the team will trade some of those picks to acquire more picks early in the draft. The team desperately wants to add a RB who can eventually replace Michael Pittman as the feature back, and it needs to add depth and future starters along the offensive front. To achieve that objective, the team will probably need to acquire more picks in the first three rounds.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Getting Offensive

from Foxsports.com
Paul Hackett will do a lot more for the Bucs than coach their quarterbacks. The former Jets offensive coordinator will also assist Coach Jon Gruden with the development of his game plan and he will likely have a hand in calling the offensive plays. Gruden likes to surround himself with experienced offensive-minded coaches, and he considers Hackett one of the best. Gruden is hoping Hackett's knowledge of the West Coast system will allow the Bucs to develop a more potent attack that is well disguised. . . .

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Hard Truth

Since the break out success of Willis McGahee, Travis Henry was giving permission from the Bills to seek a trade.

This got the attention of several teams such as the Panthers, Dolphins, Raiders, Cardinals, and of course the beloved Bucs. Job Gruden is fond of veteran players and feels he has the best chance to bring Henry to Tampa.

With Alstott fading out of the picture, and Pittman being fumble prone, Henry seems to be best suited for Tampa. O yeah, there is also Charlie Garner but he always gets hurt…

So the only viable option here is Henry to compete for the starting job against Pittman. To be honest, Henry would win the position, simply because he is more off a featured back as to where Pittman could have potential as a great 3rd down back.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Needs and Wants

Something was a miss in 2004 for the Tampa Buccaneers. This once mighty defense stands nothing but a shadow of what it used to be. The Bucs defensive isn't, I wasn't saying it was, I am saying that it isn't up to par with the this age of quaterbacks that are coming out of the woodworks.

It might be because the defense is always out on the field. I got it. The Bucs really need improvement up front with the O-line to upon lanes for Pittman. I think Pittman is a little better than average. He has the power and intensity to be good, real good.

Draft some O-line Gruden...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

What Happened?

One has to wonder what happened to the Bucs season.

Rookie receiver Michael Clayton was one of the only bright spots this year for the Bucs. In his first season he had 1,000+ yards with 7 TD catches.

Might have found a better quaterback, excuse a more consitent quaterback in Bob Griese. Pittman almost had a 1,000 yard season, but Alstott and Galloway really didn't contribute the way Gurden expected them too.

The Bucs finished 5-11 on the season.