Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie Smith’s goal of “Destination Phoenix” for the 2014 Buccaneers proved to be a far-fetched notion, but the upcoming Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks features a distinctive Tampa Bay flavor.
NEW YORK — NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts.
Plagued by turnovers and outplayed much of Sunday by Green Bay, the Seahawks staged an improbable comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson, who struggled until the final minutes, hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into the extra period to end the game.
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.
Before you criticize the Bills and Raiders for making safe, uninspired choices, be aware of a trend. In the past 17 years, 11 coaches have won Super Bowls with teams other than their first employers — including Jon Gruden’s 2002 Buccaneers and Tony Dungy’s 2006 Colts.
The season began with the defending champion beating the Packers. Today, Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay are back in Seattle with the NFC title on the line. Meantime, Andrew Luck tries to take a big career step when his Colts travel to New England for the AFC title.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
TAMPA — Jameis or Marcus?
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.
TAMPA — It has been 20 years since Malcolm Glazer invited national ridicule by purchasing a downtrodden NFL franchise for $192 million.