Bucs Central

February 2009

While one of Bucs Centrals’ blogging brethren can’t make heads or tails of why Warrick Dunn was released even though he was a productive back last season. The first reason is, Dunn no longer hits the hole with much aggression, he dances or in his case prefers to spin behind the line before turning north… Read More

Bates’ new defensive scheme, calls for big athletic quick linebackers to attack gaps, force the action back towards the inside while also providing a legitimate pass rush when the team brings what many feel will be a myriad of new wrinkles when it comes to blitzing opposing offenses. It will be hard to fathom the… Read More

With reports surfacing that the NFL will bump the cap by nearly $4 million from $123 million to $127 million in 2009, the Buccaneers are flush with nearly $70 million in available cap room with the start of free agency looming. The team used what many describe as the LTBE loophole, to roll unused money… Read More

Derrick Brooks, has stated he will speak to the media on Thursday regarding his release. It is not clear if the decision by the Bucs to cut Brooks, will lead him to finally hang up his cleats, but my guess is that he is kicking the idea around with his family rather then up rooting… Read More

Pat Yasinskas, the ESPN.com beat writer for the NFC South, was on live radio today with The Fabulous Sports Babe on ESPN 1040 AM, discussing among other things the direction the Buccaneers are believed to be headed regarding free agency. Yasinskas disagrees with the stance that Peter King is taking about the Bucs not being… Read More

Brad Briggs, of the Chicago Suntimes.com is reporting that an NFL source has said, that Mark Dominik, has blocked, atleast two moves that would have allowed QB’s coach Greg Olson the chance at a promotion. The source states new Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, attempted to bring Olson aboard as the assistant head… Read More

Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune is reporting the Buccaneers have slapped the highest qualifying tender on restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn. Penn who has been a starter since week five of the 2007 season has started in 28 consecutive games. Penn, 26, will have a base salary of $2.792 million in 2009… Read More

Monte Kiffin, who was reached via phone, by Ira Kaufman, of the Tampa Tribune gave a brief statement after the initial shock wore off that the Bucs had released 11-time pro-bowler Derrick Brooks. “Derrick Brooks is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, an awesome, awesome player and person,’’ Kiffin said. “I consider it a privilege that… Read More

After reviewing the current actions of new General Manager Mark Domink and Head Coach Raheem Morris it is very clear the team is “rebuilding” even though Dminik doesn’t like to use the word an prefers the word “reloading” either way a message was sent loud an clear today that the team is basically starting from… Read More

With free agency scheduled to kick off at 12:01 am on the 27 Feb 09, we here at Bucs Central have whittled down the list of potential free agents who were not with the team in 2008, to just 21 potential players that would look good in red & pewter, plus five other free agents… Read More

According to the teams website, there is a press conference scheduled for 3:00 pm eastern time, today. The team officially released a statement through it’s website. Announcing they have  released 14 year veteran OLB Derrick Brooks, along with receivers Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, running back Warrick Dunn and linebacker Cato June. “Our family and the… Read More

If you are one of the fans hoping the Buccaneers draft a running back come this April, you might want to head over to FootballOutsiders.com as they have their Speed Score for the crop of 2009 running backs in. Bill Barnwell, last season wrote an article about combine stats not being created equal. Here is… Read More

Mike Mayock, breaks down prospects in these audio interviews from the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. Mayock gives detailed reports on what he is looking for when it comes to prospects solidifying there draft stock or what could potentially cause  a prospect to drop down draft boards league wide. Mike Mayock Audio part 1 Mike Mayock… Read More

The diminutive Warrick Dunn is the only player ever in the NFL listed at 180 pounds to rank among the top 20 in all-time rushing yards. In 12 seasons, Dunn, has rushed for 10, 967 yards on 2,669 carries for an average of 4.1 per carry and 49 rushing touchdowns. Dunn, has also caught 510… Read More

Stephen Holder, of the St. Pete Times, writes, that Michael Clayton is willing to return to the Bucs for less money elsewhere. Clayton said, “There’s a thin line between taking less money and trying to be a part of this organization and what they’re building, and leaving millions on the table. But I love and… Read More