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Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Bucs Report

A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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Bucs Bonus podcast: Lovie and Bears reunion

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2014 at 01:23 PM
By Ira Kaufman

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer, Ira Kaufman and Olivia Stacey discuss the Bucs victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, standout players from week 11, and the upcoming match-up in Chicago. On Sunday, the Bucs will face the 4-6 Chicago Bears, the team that let Lovie Smith go two years ago.

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Bucs Bonus: Is Lovie in trouble?

Published:   |   Updated: November 14, 2014 at 05:31 PM
By Ira Kaufman

In this week’s Bucs podcast with Ira Kaufman, we discuss if Coach Lovie Smith’s job is on the line, preview Sunday’s match-up in Washington, and how the Bucs can return to relevancy.

Other topics we address include Josh McCown’s performance back at starting quarterback and the spark that rookie wide receiver Mike Evans has brought to a rough 1-8 season.

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Bucs Bonus podcast: Glennon benched for McCown

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Host Olivia Stacey sits down with Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Ira Kaufman to talk about anything and everything that is going on with the Bucs this week.

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Podcast: Bye week a welcome break for Bucs

Published:   |   Updated: October 22, 2014 at 01:22 PM

In this week's Bucs Bonus Podcast, Ira Kaufman and Olivia Stacey discuss where the Bucs stand as they return from their bye week, Coach Lovie Smith's quarterback decision, and take a look around the NFL.

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NFL podcast: Bucs’ issues entering bye week

Published:   |   Updated: October 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman discuss the Bucs’ struggling defense heading into the bye week, Tampa Bay’s home woes, the Cowboys’ upset in Seattle, and the shaky situation in the NFC South.

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Bucs coaches laud Glennon’s surprising mobility

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By Roy Cummings

— 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 of One Buc Place.

Though somewhat in jest, Glennon’s mobility on that play earned him a comparisons to Michael Vick from Bucs coach Lovie Smith and another to Johnny Manziel from acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo.

On a more serious note, though, Arroyo pointed out this week that Glennon possesses a lot more mobility, both in and out of the pocket, than he’s usually given credit for.

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History repeats: Bucs’ McCoy says enough is enough

Published:   |   Updated: October 2, 2014 at 01:31 PM
By Roy Cummings

— 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 stood together and said “enough.”

Almost 20 years later, DT Gerald McCoy, the closest thing the Bucs have to another Sapp, stood last week and said the same thing to LB Lavonte David, the closest thing the Bucs have to another Brooks.

“I told Lavonte and some of the other guys that story about (the Bucs) going on the road to San Diego and what Sapp and Brooks said, how they made that decision that day,’’ McCoy said. “And so I told them, that has to be us.

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Glennon’s late heroics could sway Smith’s decision

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By Roy Cummings

— 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 concerned with what they did late.

“You do judge quarterbacks on what they do late (in games),’’ Smith reiterated on Monday.

Given his criteria, it’s no wonder Smith was hesitant to name a starter one day after Mike Glennon replaced an injured Josh McCown and led the Bucs to their first victory of the season.

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

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By Roy Cummings

— 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.

An 0-3 start that includes one of the most humiliating losses in franchise history is enough to alter the demeanor of even the most stoic of coaches, but Smith’s players say he has yet to lose his cool.

Or his optimism.

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Schiano sighted at Berkeley Prep practice

Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2014 at 09:07 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — Wonder what former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano is up to these days? You might be able to ask him yourself if you stop by Berkeley Prep’s varsity football practice.

Schiano stopped by the ‘other’ Buccaneers afternoon practice Wednesday and chatted with head coach Dominick Ciao for a minutes until he became engaged in a drill and helped coach the players.

Schiano, who was fired by the NFL’s Buccaneers following two losing seasons in December of 2013, worked primarily with the high school team’s secondary Wednesday during a passing drill, instructing the players on proper ways to defend a receiver and cover deep passing routes.

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