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Saturday, Nov 01, 2014

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Bucs notes: Smith still not giving up on first season

- Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith, though, has yet to give up on his belief the Bucs can make something special out of his first year at the helm.

Hot Reads: Hits can deceive, Bucs QB Glennon says

- Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon was sacked five times each in the past two games. But many of the hits the second-year pro absorbs look worse than they really are, he said.

Bucs rookie WR Evans gaining comfort at NFL level

- Nearly half-way through his first season in the league, receiver Mike Evans is starting to get a feel for the speed and intensity of the NFL game. He can tell, he said, from his work in the running game.

Bucs pass protection not keeping QB Glennon safe

- In the past two games, losses a mostly veteran line allowed first Baltimore and then Minnesota to sack quarterback Mike Glennon five times each.

Bucs notes: McCoy’s work ethic wows

- Jason Licht spent nearly 20 years climbing the NFL ladder to the post he now holds as general manager of the Bucs. In all those years, few players have wowed him as much as DT Gerald McCoy.

Lovie Smith: Change at QB not in Bucs’ plans

- Though second-year pro Mike Glennon has now lost as many games as opening-day starter Josh McCown, a change of quarterbacks does not seem to be in the offing for the Bucs.

Bucs lose in sudden agony

- The Bucs continue to invent ways to lose, this time on a defensive touchdown on the first play of overtime in a 19-13 setback to the Vikings that dropped their record to 1-6.

Bucs McCown will dress but not start against Vikings

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TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown will be back in uniform today for the first time since he tore ligaments in his thumb in a loss at Atlanta last month.

Slow starts equal bad endings for Bucs

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— Former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden had a maxim. He repeated it so often it became fixed in his players’ subconscious.

Bucs Beat: Offense not even close to humming

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— When the Buccaneers finally removed the shroud they tried so hard to wrap around their new offense, it appeared to have a sleek, modern look.

McCoy, Bucs agree to $95.2 million contract

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— It was only a week ago, in the wake of a sub-par performance against the Baltimore Ravens, that Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy denounced his status as a two-time Pro ...

Hot Reads: WR Jackson wants to stay with Bucs

- Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has heard all the trade rumors involving his name, but hasn’t heard anything from Bucs officials to suggest there’s any truth to them.

Bucs notes: QB dilemma is whether to activate McCown

- The biggest decision Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has to make regarding QB Josh McCown this week is not whether to start him, but whether to activate him.

Bucs' McCoy: We're playing soft, just have to be tougher

- The leader of the 32nd-ranked defense in the 32-team NFL said the Bucs have not played tough enough either mentally or physically, and that it’s on the players to change their image.

Bucs have reasons for deferring at coin toss

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Like many of his NFL rivals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith places a premium on ball security. That’s why it’s odd that he usually gives the ball away the first time he has a chance to possess it.<...

Lingering ankle injury frustrates Bucs DE Johnson

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— The tip of the spear has not been sharp. And the right edge has a nick in it, one that’s been there almost since the spear was pulled from its sheath.

Bucs take weekend off, gain ground in NFC South

- The 2014 NFC South title is still a prize the Bucs can win, because even at 1-5, the Bucs aren't out of it yet.

Smith faces QB decision as McCown returns to Bucs practice

- It appears Bucs coach Lovie Smith must make a decision at quarterback with Josh McCown returning to practice, possibly opening the door for him to start over Mike Glennon on Sunday vs. Minnesota.

Smith optimistic Bucs will get the ship sailing

- Though their 1-5 record suggests the Bucs are far out of the division title race, Coach Lovie Smith believes there's a lot more than pride left to play for this year.

Bucs fire player development director after DUI arrest

- The Bucs are on the lookout for a new director of player development after they parted ways with Isaiah Harris following his arrest on a DUI charge Thursday morning.

Bucs sign CB Frey, eye change at nickel corner

- As Lovie Smith promised, it’s more of a tweak than an overhaul, and there’s no guarantee it will happen immediately. But all indications are the Bucs are contemplating a change of nickel cornerbacks.

Bucs notes: 'Get over it,' McCoy says of criticism over sportsmanship

- Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Tuesday shot back at detractors who say he’s wrong for helping opponents up off the ground after a play.

Bucs look to make changes, but have few options

- Changes are coming. After stumbling through a 1-5 start heading into their bye week, which includes two of the worst blowout losses in franchise history, the Bucs have no choice.

Bucs' blowout loss matches worst day ever at Ray-Jay

- Tampa Bay trailed 38-0 at HALFTIME and dropped to 1-5 after a 48-17 loss, matching the Bucs' worst defeat ever at Raymond James Stadium.

Buccaneers without two starting defensive backs today against Ravens

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without two of their starting defensive backs when they take on the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium today.

Bucs still learning intricacies of Lovie’s Tampa 2

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— Major Wright was lost. Most rookies are, but this was different. Wright couldn’t figure out whether he should turn left or right, go backward or forward.

Bucs notes: Smith sees 1-4 team finding its way

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— Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn’t trying to debate what his team’s 1-4 record says about the way the Bucs have played. He admits it’s an accurate baromet...

Bucs notes: QB Glennon’s moves the talk of team

- Acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo pointed out that Mike Glennon possesses more mobility, both in and out of the pocket, than he’s usually given credit for.

Hot Reads: Bucs DC Frazier likes bird’s eye view

- Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier called plays the past two weeks from the press box, rather than on the field.

Bucs coach Smith absent Thursday for family funeral

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will prepare for their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday without the aid of coach Lovie Smith on Thursday.

Bucs coaches laud Glennon’s surprising mobility

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— That roll-left, throw-right touch pass that Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon delivered to Vincent Jackson for a 34-yard gain against the Saints last week is still the talk...

Bucs sticking with RB Martin in ground game

- Though he has yet to provide even a hint of the form that made him a Pro Bowler as a rookie two years ago, Doug Martin will remain the Bucs’ “bell cow’’ back, Coach Lovie Smith says.

Inconsistent Bucs see good, bad in overtime loss

- Bucs coach Lovie Smith doesn’t expect everyone to agree with him. But even at 1-4 and in the wake of a 37-31 overtime loss to the Saints, in which they committed 15 penalties, he says, the Bucs are steadily improving.

Bucs notes: QB play not on list of concerns

- Though he still doesn’t want to discuss his short-term plans for the position, Bucs coach Lovie Smith admits he’s been happy with the play of backup Mike Glennon, who started the past two games in place of inj...

Bucs lack finishing touch in 37-31 overtime loss

- Seldom-used second-year running back Khiry Robinson finished off a 37-31 Saints victory with an 18-yard game-winning touchdown run on the first possession of overtime.

Bucs still searching for running game

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— Winning can do for a football team what makeup does — cover up a lot of blemishes.

Hot Reads: Bucs spread word about Superdome

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— Bucs NT Clinton McDonald has played the Saints only once at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. C Evan Dietrich-Smith, like many of his teammates, has never played them there.

Surgery still an option for Bucs’ McCown

- Tampa Bay’s Josh McCown said his injured right thumb is steadily improving, but the veteran quarterback has not ruled out surgery.

History repeats: Bucs’ McCoy says enough is enough

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— The year was 1996. The Bucs were 2-8. And when they heard ESPN’s Chris Berman refer to their team as the Yucks instead of the Bucs, DT Warren Sapp and LB Derrick Brooks...

Bucs notes: QB Glennon wants better red-zone throws

- The way he finished the game was what the Bucs liked most about QB Mike Glennon’s performace in the 27-24 victory over the Steelers last week.

Hot Reads: Bucs QB McCown not able to throw yet

- Bucs QB Josh McCown continues to recover from an injury to his right throwing thumb, but isn’t ready to reclaim his starter’s job.

Glennon’s late heroics could sway Smith’s decision

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— When it comes to judging quarterbacks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith doesn’t concern himself too much with what they’ve done lately. He’s more c...

Bucs notes: DT McCoy adjusts to broken hand

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— With his broken left hand wrapped in a protective cast that greatly limited its usefulness, DT Gerald McCoy had to modify his game a bit during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’...

Bucs stun Steelers to secure first victory of Lovie Era

- Quarterback Mike Glennon gets the start and the Buccaneers get their first win of the season, beating the Steelers 27-24 in Pittsburgh.

Mike Glennon will make first start of the season today

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PITTSBURGH — As expected, second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will make his first start of the season today when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Bucs notes: MLB Fletcher making scheme transition

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— A backup for the majority of his five-year career, Bucs MLB Dane Fletcher has grown accustomed to being tossed into the fire with little or no prior notice.

Bucs notes: QB McCown says thumb surgery not needed

- Bucs QB Josh McCown is confident he won’t need surgery to repair his sprained right throwing thumb. In fact, he has yet to rule himself out for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Hot Reads: Bucs RB Martin eager to play again

- RB Doug Martin is eager to prove he’s still the player who churned out more than 1,900 all-purpose yards as a rookie three years ago.

Smith’s demeanor unchanged after Bucs’ 0-3 start

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— If there is even an ounce of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano inside the body of current Bucs coach Lovie Smith, this is the time when it would start to show.

Bucs add QB Kafka from practice squad to back up Glennon

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— The unlikelihood of injured quarterback Josh McCown starting or even dressing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday grew stronger Thursday when the team added quarterback Mi...