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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs offensive line not living up to expectations
The Bucs devoted a large part of the offseason, and money, to what Coach Lovie Smith called a “re-tooling’’ of their offensive line. He admitted those efforts have been in vain.
NFL column: Bears’ players-only session yields positive results

NFL column: Bears’ players-only session yields positive results

CHICAGO — Like their counterparts in Tampa, the Chicago Bears might have found a defensive identity last week.
Published: 11/22/14

Hot Reads: Bucs have choices at running back

For the first time this season, Coach Lovie Smith likely will have to choose from among Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims when deciding who should get the bulk of the carries.
Published: 11/21/14
Updated: 11/22/14

Bucs notes: Defense looks to keep turnovers coming

Two early interceptions last week at Washington sparked the Bucs to a 10-point lead, and there figure to be more chances for takeaways Sunday when Tampa Bay heads to Soldier Field.
Published: 11/21/14
Updated: 11/22/14
After long road to Bucs, Smith making most of his chances

After long road to Bucs, Smith making most of his chances

Two years ago, linebacker Jacquies Smith was side-stepping snowdrifts in the CFL. But after disappointing turns with the Jets and Bills, he is becoming a key cog in the Bucs' defense.
Published: 11/22/14
McCown returns to Chicago after another comeback
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McCown returns to Chicago after another comeback

TAMPA — Before the season, he was supposed to be the bridge to the future. Then the season began and he was the bridge to nowhere. Then an injury — more waiting, then more backing up, like most of his NFL life. Then he was back. Then he...
Published: 11/21/14
Bucs’ McCown to face familiar opponent

Bucs’ McCown to face familiar opponent

At 2 and 8, the Bucs are coming off one of their strongest performances this season against Washington as they prepare for Sunday’s match-up against the Chicago Bears. Last season Bucs quarterback Josh McCown played for the Bears where he had ...
Published: 11/20/14
Bucs Hot Reads: QB McCown recalls Chicago freeze

Bucs Hot Reads: QB McCown recalls Chicago freeze

Bucs QB Josh McCown has mostly good memories of the two seasons he played for the Bears in Chicago. One of them is virtually frozen in his brain.
Published: 11/20/14
Bucs notes: No plans to abandon run-first philosophy

Bucs notes: No plans to abandon run-first philosophy

Coach Lovie Smith's preference is to move the ball on the ground, but the Bucs have struggled to do that over the past eight weeks.
Published: 11/20/14

Bucs Bonus podcast: Lovie and Bears reunion

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...
Published: 11/20/14
Bucs rookie WR Evans setting records, but still learning

Bucs rookie WR Evans setting records, but still learning

Mike Evans became the first Bucs receiver to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, yet he didn't start playing football until he was a high school senior.
Published: 11/19/14