Bucs Central

Good Bad & The Ugly

Even though the Bucs beat the Dolphins, one of their in-state rivals 13-17 the dress rehearsal left more questions then answers. Third-year pro Josh Freeman, who looked razor sharp in training camp has had an inauspicious pre-season completing just 56.5% of his attempts (26 of 46) for 255-yards a far cry from how he finished… Read More

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 –… 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

On the road, under the rain soaked skies at RFK Stadium, behind a porous first half defense and a sub par offense the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to right the ship in the second half. Trailing most of the game, second year quarterback Josh Freeman managed to bring the Bucs back late in the fourth… Read More

Playing Atlanta, a divisional foe, in Tampa with playoff implications’ at stake and a chance to truly establish an identity fell by the wayside in the fourth quarter as the Buccaneers squandered a 10-point lead behind shoddy special teams play and ill time penalties dropping the Pewter Pirates to 7 dash 5 and on the… Read More

The Buccaneers traveled out west, and struck gold as they soundly defeated the San Francisco 49ers 21-0 behind the play of its defense. The defense held the 49ers offense to 219 yards. But more importantly they accounted for six sacks, two turnovers (1 interception & 1 forced fumble) while surrendering 71 rushing yards (Gore 12… Read More

In a game that saw the Tampa Bay  Buccaneers jump out to an early lead, thanks in large part to Legarrette Blount’s 17-yard TD run on an impressive helicopter hurdle like spin, in to the endzone and one of the most proficient games by quarterback Josh Freeman, as he completed 75% of his pass attempts… Read More

The Bucs fall behind early, rally late but fall a yard short in the end to the Falcons. In what resembled, the start of a heavyweight fight against a severally over matched opponent the Falcons landed a bevy of knockout blows early, that seemingly only staggered the young Bucs. In the end the Bucs formula… Read More

Bucs win wild back and fourth contest. After taking a 31-14 lead, the young Bucs fell behind late in the fourth quarter to the Cardinals 31-35 but ultimately behind some spectacular plays by rookie running back Legarrette Blount, rookie receiver Arrelious Benn and second year quarterback Josh Freeman the Bucs rallied with just over five… Read More

In a game that quickly turned in to a showcase of futility, for both the offense and defense during the first half for the Buccaneers, somehow they managed to keep the game close enough so that their half time adjustments allowed them to steal a victory in front of a less then sell out crowd… Read More

Young Bucs throttled by veteran Saints team 31-6 as youth every where was exposed. Whether it was miscommunication between quarterback Josh Freeman and his corps of young inexperienced receivers or the Bucs young defensive tackles being driven out of their gaps and totally washed out of plays it should not surprise anyone just how out… Read More

After a pedestrian performance throughout three quarters by the Buccaneers offense against the Bengals, in Who Dey Nation, Josh Freeman and his cast of young receivers made enough plays to capitalize on two Carson Palmer interceptions late in the fourth quarter to escape the hostile confines of Cincinnati with a 24-21 victory. Good Cody Grimm… Read More

After the debacle that was the 2009 season, who would have thought the Bucs, with that of the lowest payroll in the NFL would be sitting at 2-0 after two games.  Behind a stellar performance by Josh Freeman, who carried the offense and improved his recorded as a starter to 5-6 beat the Panthers 20-7… Read More

In what many considered an ugly win, but a positive sign the Bucs as a team in the second half played with a physical presence. After allowing the Browns to rush for 87 yards in the first half. A suspect run defense held the Browns to just 17 yards on the ground in the second… Read More

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to build some positive momentum but the football gods were not on their side. As kickoff approached, South Florida was hit with a mid summer down pour. That lasted all of about five minutes, but turned the field at Sunlife Stadium into a muddy mess. The Buccaneers starting offensive… Read More