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Months ago, when the Glazers chose coach Greg Schiano to inherit the ruins that Raheem Morris left behind, we assumed their selection was based on Schiano’s character and method — a roughshod drill sergeant who was, for all intents and purposes, the exact opposite of Morris. We weren’t wrong in that assumption.  In fact, the… Read More

Thank God the preseason doesn’t count, because the Buccaneers were just shellacked 30-3 by Washington’s second-stringers.  Tampa’s depth chart has all the depth of an inflatable kiddie pool.  Seriously, is there any position with adequate backup?  The Redskins’ second and third units absolutely wrecked Tampa Bay, and created some serious questions about the unified strength… Read More

It’s been a year and a half since Josh Freeman looked comfortable throwing long routes.  The gargantuan passer showcased improved footwork and decent timing, but the nagging inaccuracy from a year ago still pulls his throws off course.  It’s preseason, and as fans, we’re privy only to the superficial workings of Mike Sullivan’s offense… but… Read More

Turnover rates are high in professional sports.  Coaches and players are fired and replaced weekly, and a plethora of fresh talent and innovative instruction is tossed into the machine, where it either succeeds or gets gnawed and digested to make room for the next man up. It’s a nasty, unforgiving process.  But it’s also exciting. … Read More

There’s never much to glean from the first preseason game.  In four weeks, after cuts and injuries whittle down the roster, we’ll be analyzing a different team with different goals and different setbacks.  But despite the turnover, every team displays subtle tendencies in the preseason — like tells at the poker table — that forecast… Read More

The Bucs and Redskins have met ten times in the preseason and all but one of those encounters was in Tampa. The series is tied, 5-5, and the two teams split their last two matchups. In 1999, the Bucs secured a 16-13 win at then-Redskins Stadium to cap their first unbeaten preseason in 16 years… Read More

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… Read More

The Buccaneers have won four of the last six meetings, including five of the last seven road contests in the series. New Orleans leads the all-time series 21-15 while the teams are tied at 8-8 as NFC South rivals. The teams split the series last year, with New Orleans winning in Tampa in Week 11… Read More

The Buccaneers lead the all-time series 6-3, including victories in five con­secutive contests. Tampa Bay won the previous meeting at Raymond James Stadium in 2006, 14-13. This week’s game marks the seventh of 10 meet­ings played in Cincinnati. The two teams first met in 1976 in Cincinnati during the Buccaneers’ inaugural season, with the Bengals… Read More

The Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 7-1, including wins in the last three meetings. Pittsburgh defeated the Buccaneers 20-3 at Heinz Field in 2006 and also prevailed 17-7 in 2002 on Monday Night Football in Tampa. In 2001, the Steelers won 17-10 in Tampa. Tampa Bay’s 16-3 defeat of the Steelers in 1998 was the… Read More

The Glazer clan, consisting of Bryan, Joel, Edward & Malcolm, the father & son hierarchy and owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could squash all the rumors and speculation for debate with regards to Raheem Morris‘ future in Tampa, with one well thought out sentence to the local and national media backing their current head… Read More

The Jets lead the all-time series 8-1, including wins in each of the last six meetings. The last meeting was a 14-12 win in New York by the Jets in 2005. In 2000, the Jets took a trip to Raymond James Stadium and won 21-17. In Tampa Bay’s visit to New York in 1997, the… Read More

Tampa Bay has won seven of the last 11 meetings, including three of the last four contests played at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans leads the all-time series 20-14, but the series is tied at 7-7 as NFC South rivals. The teams split the series last year, with New Orleans winning at home in Week… Read More

The Packers lead the all-time series 29-20-1 but Tampa Bay has won six of the last nine meetings and six of the seven games played at Raymond James Stadium, including a 30-21 win last season. The Bucs and Packers have played at least once in every year except 1976, 1982, 2004, 2006 and 2007 since… Read More

Tampa Bay leads the all-time series 8-7 in the regular season, including wins in four of the last five meetings. In 2007, Tampa Bay posted a 19- 13 victory at Raymond James Stadium, and also prevailed with victories in 2005 and 2006. The early part of the series was marked by streaks, with the Redskins… Read More