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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs QB McCown says defense deserved better fate
Josh McCown, left, is sacked by Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea on Sunday. McCown’s 4.4 percent interception rate is tied with Washington’s Kirk Cousins for the NFC’s worst mark and his 2014 passer rating of 77.9 is the lowest in the NFL among veteran quarterbacks. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
For Josh McCown, the worst part of Sunday’s loss at Chicago came when he had to look Tampa Bay defensive players in the eye.
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
Bucs’ Mike Evans named NFC offensive player of the week

Bucs’ Mike Evans named NFC offensive player of the week

The NFL announced today that Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Published: 11/19/14
Bucs notes: RB Forte is key to Bears offense

Bucs notes: RB Forte is key to Bears offense

Veteran RB Matt Forte is keeping some pretty good company at the top of the Chicago Bears record book.
Published: 11/19/14

Bucs Hot Reads: Passing success could help running game

The struggling Bucs ground game could get a boost by the emergence of rookie Mike Evans into an elite receiver.
Published: 11/19/14
Bucs Lookahead: Tampa Bay at Chicago

Bucs Lookahead: Tampa Bay at Chicago

Coming off their most complete effort of the season, the Buccaneers head to Chicago, where the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota. Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s matchup.
Published: 11/19/14
Ira Kaufman’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 12

Ira Kaufman’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 12

Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Here is Kaufman’s ballot.
Published: 11/19/14
Lynch, Dungy getting another shot at Hall of Fame

Lynch, Dungy getting another shot at Hall of Fame

TAMPA — Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy, key contributors in the emergence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an NFL power in the late 1990s, both took a major step forward Tuesday in their quest to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame....
Published: 11/18/14
Updated: 11/19/14
Steelers release ex-Buc LeGarrette Blount

Steelers release ex-Buc LeGarrette Blount

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday released former Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount, less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
Published: 11/18/14