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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Bucs Beat: Smith lost games but not his players’ respect

- Lovie Smith brought with him to Tampa a reputation for being one of the most well-liked, easy-going and highly respected coaches in the NFL, one of the few things he didn't lose this season.

Bucs hire Mike Bajakian as QBs coach

- Tampa Bay hired Mike Bajakian, a 12-year college coaching veteran, to be its quarterbacks coach. Bajakian’s only experience in the NFL came as a quality control coach with the Bears from 2004-06.

Kiper: Mariota NFL-ready ... in the right system


— Contrary to an opinion that appears to be growing across the league, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper says he believes Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is indeed NFL ready.

Bucs WR Jackson recognized for helping military families

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen are the finalists for the NFL’s 2014 Salute to Service Award.

Ex-Bucs QB: ‘No wrongdoing’ with treated Super Bowl balls

- Former Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson told the Tribune he neither cheated nor acted maliciously when he paid two ball boys $7,500 to prepare the balls for Super Bowl XXXVII.

Bucs Beat: Koetter expected to make offense more potent

- Put quite simply, the Bucs are in better shape now with Dirk Koetter running their offense, because he has two things Jeff Tedford didn’t: experience and success as an NFL coordinator.

Bucs part with interim play-caller Arroyo

- The decision to let go quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo came a week after the Bucs hired former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as a replacement for Jeff Tedford.

Tedford told return to Bucs would have disrupted ‘continuity’

- Jeff Tedford was ready and willing to resume his duties as Bucs offensive coordinator with five games to play this season, he said, but was persuaded not to by coach Lovie Smith.

New Bucs OC Koetter sees talent, opportunity

- Dirk Koetter is eager to get to know the team's personnel, and sooner or later, he will know whether Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota is the better fit for a Buccaneers team arguably in need of a new quarterback.

Mike Evans named to All-Rookie team

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was named a member of the 2014 Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team on Tuesday.

Source: Marinelli could become Bucs’ defensive coordinator

- Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is trying to bring Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli back to Tampa Bay, according to ProFootballTalk.

Bucs Beat: DE Johnson’s offseason goal is getting healthy


— When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ worst season in 28 years finally came to an end two weeks ago, no one was more eager to move on from it than right defensive end Michael...

Bucs offense will look to pick up pace under Koetter


— Coming off an NFC championship game appearance in which they fell just four points shy of advancing to the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons expected to do great things in the 2...

Bucs hire former Atlanta offensive coordinator Koetter

- The Bucs took what Smith said was the first step necessary in reshaping one of the weakest offensive attacks in the NFL when they named Dirk Koetter their new offensive coordinator.

Bucs mum after Winston declares for NFL draft

- Whether jameis Winston winds up wearing Buccaneer pewter and red remains to be seen, but with the Bucs in possession of the first overall pick in the draft and seemingly in need of a quarterback, it is certainly a possibili...

Bucs’ McCoy reacts defiantly to second-team All-Pro selection

- One year after being named a first-team All-Pro selection, Gerald McCoy suggested that being voted a second-team member of the 2014 squad has inspired him to be a better player.

Bucs’ McCown endorses former Bears coach for offensive coordinator

- Josh McCown threw together the best season of his career and earned himself a starter’s job in Tampa while playing for Marc Trestman at Chicago last season.

Report: Falcons OC Koetter may interview for Bucs' post

- Dirk Koetter, who has spent the last two years orchestrating the Atlanta Falcons' offense, will interview for the Bucs coordinator's job on Friday, Fox Sports' Alex Marves reported.

Bucs' Smith: QB draft talk premature without offensive coordinator

- First-year coach Lovie Smith wrapped up the Bucs' worst season in 28 years in much the same way he wrapped up each of their two wins and all of their 14 agonizing losses: By emphasizing the positive.

Despite disappointments, Bucs again to target free agents


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t exactly hit the jackpot in free agency last offseason.

Bucs secure No. 1 pick with loss to Saints

- Thanks to their 23-20 loss to the Saints, Tampa Bay has the opportunity to pick first overall in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mason Foster among Buccaneers inactives versus Saints


— Mason Foster won’t get another chance to impress the Buccaneers before they have to decide whether to re-sign the free agent middle linebacker this offseason.

Jackson, Evans on the verge of making Bucs history

- Though the Tampa Bay offense has plodded its way through another forgettable season, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans stand poised to make some positive Bucs history.

Bucs Beat: Amid disappointment, some surprises and stars


— If Lovie Smith could use only one word to describe his first season as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it would be this: disappointing.

TE Myers restructures deal to stay with Bucs through 2016


— At a time when a lot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers players might be justified in plotting their exit from the team, at least two have taken the steps necessary to remain a part of ...

Bucs notes: WR Murphy signs three-year extension

- An ankle injury brought WR Louis Murphy’s first season with the Buccaneers to a premature finish, but it didn’t bring an early end to his tenure with the team.

Bucs notes: OLB David faces tough comparison

- Lavonte David, who was voted a third alternate, plays in a 4-3 scheme that emphasizes coverage and run-stopping over pass rushing. Lovie Smith believes that will always put him at a disadvantage in Pro Bowl balloting.

Bucs Hot Reads: Smith torn between present, future

- Bucs coach Lovie Smith has had just about all he can take of the 2014 season. Even with his defense surging, he’s ready to begin working toward the 2015 season.

Bucs Hot Reads: Smith puts Bowers on notice

- Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith all but placed Da'Quan Bowers on notice, suggesting that Sunday’s game against New Orleans could be Bowers’ last as a Buccaneer if all he can do is show flashes of his talent.

If Bucs lose Sunday, they’ll get No. 1 draft pick

- The Bucs have good reason to get an early jump on the draft process. If they lose to New Orleans Sunday, they’ll pick first come draft day.

Punchless Bucs lose to Packers, 20-3

- Josh McCown orchestrates the Bucs’ worst offensive performance of the season during a 20-3 loss to the Packers, dropping Tampa Bay to 2-13 with one game remaining.

Bucs scratch Collins from lineup versus Packers


— The question the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be asking themselves now is whether they even want to keep left tackle Anthony Collins on their roster anymore.

Bucs defense has come long way, but stiff test awaits

- If you’ve missed the rally, you are not alone. Tucked away as it has been, deep inside this near season-long losing streak, it has been rather hard to detect.

Tedford: Was healthy enough to coach Bucs in October


— Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford indicated Friday that he was healthy enough to resume his coaching duties with the team as far back as October....

Bucs notes: McCown makes most of long-distance family time

- Josh McCown admits there have been times this trying season when the distance between him and his family has made playing easier. His wife and children are living at their North Carolina home during the season.

Bucs DT Bowers may get more time but readiness a concern

- Da'Quan Bowers, who lost a starter’s job because he was out of shape during training camp, is still struggling with his conditioning and that could cause him to lose valuable playing again this week.

Is Glennon still the Bucs’ quarterback of the future?

- Mike Glennon remains convinced he is Tampa Bay's long-term solution under center. His coach doesn't seem so sure anymore.

Bucs put DT McCoy, two others on injured reserve

- The Bucs placed Gerald McCoy on injured reserve with a knee sprain, making this the third time in five years that injuries prohibited him from finishing a season. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Louis Murphy were also shelved f...

Bucs’ LT Collins believes benching was due to health not play


CHARLOTTE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said the surprise benching on Sunday of starting left tackle Anthony Collins was a coach’s decision.

With loss, Buccaneers will finish last in NFC South

- If you thought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had already exhausted all the whacky ways there are to lose a football game this year, you thought wrong.

Injuries mean new look for Bucs offensive line against Panthers


CHARLOTTE— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to tinker today with an offensive line that has struggled all season to open holes in the running game and protect its quarterback.

Bucs insist plenty remains at stake


— Judging by their reaction, you would have thought Josh McCown and the Arizona Cardinals had just won the NFC championship. Clearly they had not.

Bucs Beat: It’s never too early to start talking draft

- Yes, they need a quarterback. But coach Lovie Smith has never drafted one higher than the fourth round and never shown a great willingness to play a young one.

Bucs notes: Team still focused on winning in 2014

- Many Buccaneers fans have already turned their attention to the 2015 season. Out of respect for his players, Bucs coach Lovie Smith can’t do that.

Bucs Hot Reads: DT McCoy honored for fundamentals

- Bucs DT Gerald McCoy was named this week to the USA Football Sixth Annual All-Fundamentals team, which honors players who exhibit exemplary football techniques.

Bucs ‘tough’ QB McCown keeps showing fight

- On Wednesday, Josh McCown trotted out to the practice fields without a limp and showing no ill-effects of the pounding he’d taken three days earlier at Detroit. Coach Lovie Smith says McCown will start at Carolina.

Winning games still Bucs’ top priority

- Though he admits the goals for the final three games are different now that the Bucs have been eliminated from the playoffs, Coach Lovie Smith still isn’t ready to start changing out veterans for prospects.

Same old story as Bucs wither before Lions

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t break out of this season’s bad tendencies at it fell to 2-11 after a 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Collins, McDonald among Bucs missing today’s game


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will once again rely on several reserves to step up as starters when they take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field today.

Bucs’ Martin confident he can turn it around


— For the better part of two years, his legion of detractors has grown. Surely, there are more of them now than there are believers. Their voices have certainly become the lou...