From the monthly archives:

August 2011

Posted in General News

Slow Starts Debilitating Too Young Bucs

by Roland Johnson on August 21, 2011

Under head coach Raheem Morris the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have compiled a record of 13-19 since 2009 and have been outscored in the first quarter 181-77. It breaks down to an average of 2.41 points scored in the first quarter of football games compared to the oppositions 5.66. But digging deeper, past just the first […]

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Mason Foster’s Hit on Chad Ochocinco

by Roland Johnson on August 20, 2011

There’s been plenty of fretting over the hit Mason Foster delivered to Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco Thursday night in the Bucs second pre-season game. During the first quarter Tom Brady threw a pass over the deep middle of the field intended for Ochocinco where Foster seemingly launched himself at a defenseless receiver and was flagged […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Patriots

by Roland Johnson on August 18, 2011

Two pre-season games in to the 2011 exhibition season and the Bucs have taken on a Jekyll and Hyde complex. After drubbing the Kansas City Chiefs on the road the team returned to the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium only to be shellacked by a veteran laden Patriots team. Good P Michael Koenen – […]

Posted in Game Previews

Game Preview: Pre-Season Week 2 Bucs vs Patriots

by Roland Johnson on August 18, 2011

The Buccaneers and Patriots have met eight times in the preseason, with Tampa Bay winning each of the last seven contests. This year’s meeting is the seventh in Tampa, with the Bucs owning a 5-1 mark at home in the series. During the regular season, New England leads the series 5-2. The Buccaneers won, 21-16, […]

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P Michael Koenen’s Contract Breakdown

by Roland Johnson on August 17, 2011

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed punter Michael Koenen away from the Falcons, many fans and pundits groaned at the thought of a punter getting a deal worth $19.5 million over six years with $6.5 million guaranteed. Well after seeing the money breakdown. The deal is structured in such a way that Koenen is being […]

Posted in NFL Stats

Bucs Front Four To Face Stiffer Challenge Thursday Night

by Roland Johnson on August 17, 2011

Lost amidst the drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs  is the the tiny little fact that the Bucs managed to get pressure 77% of the time, the Chiefs quarterbacks dropped back to pass. In fact the Chiefs tried to pass a total of 22 times (counting sacks and pass attempts) and the young Buccaneers defense […]

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Bucs vs. Patriots – Positional Battles To Watch

by James LoPresti on August 16, 2011

There is a lot to like about the preseason. Some people love finally being able to watch the starters in action. Some enjoy seeing which draft picks make a name for themselves. Others use the preseason as a way to gauge their fantasy football prospects. Or you’re like me: thrilled to have something other than […]

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Bucs Continue To Tweak Roster

by Staff Report on August 16, 2011

In an effort to strengthen certain positions and over come injuries at others, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have made the following transactions: Since Aug 10, 2011 they have signed four players, released three players and placed one player on injured reserve. SIGNED TE Collin Franklin WR Aundrae Allison WR Maurice Price CB […]

Posted in Game Reviews,Good Bad & The Ugly

The Good, Bad, & The Ugly

by Erik Sabol on August 13, 2011

THE GOOD Josh Johnson exists somewhere in that gray area between first and second string.  He struggled as a starter in 2009—throwing to Michael Clayton and a gimpy Antonio Bryant—and didn’t do much to dissuade Josh Freeman’s ascendancy, but in the preseason, he’s been an athletic, reckless, yardage-eating dynamo.  The Chiefs didn’t have an answer; […]

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Game Preview: Pre-Season Week 1 Bucs @ Chiefs

by Staff Report on August 12, 2011

Chiefs host the Bucs, marking the fifth time that the two have squared-off in the preseason. The teams last met in 2010 when they faced-off at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers lead the series 4-1, as Tampa Bay has won the last three meetings. The first preseason contest between the two teams was on August […]

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Wyche: Bucs On The Rise Have Chance To Win The South

by Roland Johnson on August 11, 2011

Filed under a Buccaneers camp confidential report, NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche who visited practice had some morsels of information that shed light on the thought process of how general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris are building a bigger more physical team that’s on the rise with a legitimate chance to win […]

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Sapp Visits Training Camp Talks Talib, Bucs Playoff Chances

by Roland Johnson on August 10, 2011

Former legendary Buccaneer defensive tackle and current NFL Network commentator Warren Sapp was at One Buc Place Wednesday to take in the sights and sounds of what he believes is a team destined for the playoffs behind third-year signal caller Josh Freeman. Sapp who is a straight shooter and very opinionated person spent time with […]

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Bucs Hedging Bets On Black

by Roland Johnson on August 10, 2011

Starting strong-side linebacker Quincy Black was the first player re-signed this off-season, by the Bucs. To the tune of $29 million over five years with $11.5 million guaranteed, even though he seldom saw the field on third downs. The Bucs are betting everything on Black, as he will play a position all too familiar to […]

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Plethora Of Receiving Options

by Roland Johnson on August 10, 2011

The Bucs were able to re-stock their receiving corps in short order. After spending a seventh round pick in 2009 on Sammie Stroughter, a second round pick in 2010 on Arrelious Benn and a fourth round pick on Mike Williams, pilfering Dezmon Briscoe from the Bengals, signing Preston Parker as an undrafted free agent and […]

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Josh Freeman: After His First 16 Starts

by Roland Johnson on August 10, 2011

They say you can’t truly judge a quarterback until after he’s started 16 games. Well, in the case of Josh Freeman, the proof is in the pudding. Through his first 16 starts that encompassed his rookie season and parts of his sophomore season. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder has been on a meteoric rise. His first 16 […]