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Patriots at Bucs: The Preseason Peak

by Erik Sabol on August 24, 2012

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 […]

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Titans at Bucs: Positive Energy, People

by Erik Sabol on August 17, 2012

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.  […]

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Bucs at Dolphins – Postgame Ruminations

by Erik Sabol on August 10, 2012

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 […]

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Peyton Manning would look good in pewter

by James LoPresti on March 7, 2012

Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison; Manning to Reggie Wayne; Manning to…Arrelious Benn? Hey, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. After 14 seasons as the face of the franchise, the Indianapolis Colts have decided to release the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. By doing so, Manning immediately becomes one of the biggest attractions on the free […]

Posted in NFL Draft,Opinion

Why the Bucs should draft OT Matt Kalil

by James LoPresti on February 29, 2012

The NFL combine is now underway and I can already hear Bucs fans clamoring for GM Mark Dominik to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, or Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Bucs currently hold the 5th pick in April’s draft, and it is expected that at least one […]

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Bucs Hire Mike Sullivan To Run Offense

by James LoPresti on February 14, 2012

Mike Sullivan was a catalyst for Eli Manning’s transformation from an average quarterback into an “ELIte” one. Now let’s see what he can do with Josh Freeman – a bigger, faster, more mobile version of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Sullivan, who spent six years as the New York Giants wide receivers coach, and the past […]

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Greg Schiano – Is he the answer for Tampa Bay?

by James LoPresti on January 27, 2012

If you have turned on a radio, watched local news or ESPN, or read a newspaper recently,—yes, some people still do that—then you have undoubtedly seen the news of the Buccaneers latest head coaching hire, Greg Schiano. College football fans might remember his Rutgers team as the one continually ripping away the Big East title […]

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Fantasy Football All-Undrafted Team

by James LoPresti on January 24, 2012

Fantasy football championships are won with good drafting, some luck, and those one or two roster transactions that give owners the edge that propels them to the top of the standings. Congratulations to everyone who won a league title this year. If you won while having at least one Bucs player on your active roster, […]

So ends the season, one of the most disappointing in team history. THE GOOD It’s over.  It’s blessedly, mercifully over.  Ten straight losses, five straight blowouts, and the end of a sixteen week torture session.  Rejoice fans, you get a whole eight months without having to watch Jeremy Trueblood whiff on blocks, Kellen Winslow draw […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly,Opinion

The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Only two weeks to go

by Erik Sabol on December 18, 2011

The Good General manager Mark Dominik has absolutely nailed some rookie acquisitions over the last couple seasons.  Mike Williams in the fourth round has already paid for itself; ditto Preston Parker.  Undrafted running back LeGarrette Blount is on his way to being one of the greatest Buccaneer runners ever, and Cody Grimm is proving to […]

Blain Gabbert?  Jarett Dillard?  A 41-14 loss to the Jaguars?  Really? The Good It took 13 games, 12 plays, and a fourth down conversion, but the Buccaneers finally recorded a first quarter offensive touchdown.  Greg Olson’s fourth down call — a playaction option bootleg — was what Tampa fans have been screaming for all season; […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Rock Bottom

by Erik Sabol on December 4, 2011

It’s official.  The Buccaneers are the worst team in the division, and after a 38-19 blowout loss to the Panthers, they might be the worst team in the conference.  They’re losers of six straight, and outside of a few flashes of competence, are a shell of the near-playoff team we saw a year ago. The […]

No excuses. The Titans aren’t the Packers.  They aren’t the Saints, or the Texans, or the 49ers.  They’re not a Super Bowl contender, an elite offense, or a stifling defense.  They’re a team with problems: no offensive playmakers, an underachieving defense, and a crippling inconsistency that threatens their chances at the division crown. They are, […]

It wasn’t a game they were supposed to win.  And pundits relax – they didn’t.  The Buccaneers fell 35-26 to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay machine, but Tampa left Lambeau with more than a tally in the loss column; they played with more confidence and passion than they had all year, and delivered a […]

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Bucs fall to Texans

by Erik Sabol on November 13, 2011

The Good Head coach Raheem Morris promised “changes” in his post-game press conference.  Believe it when you see it, but it’s something.  The normally level-headed Buccaneer figurehead seemed visibly perturbed by the 37-9 loss to Houston — which was appropriate — but it was a far deviation from his normal, cliched, passive responses to reporters […]