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On October 24th, 1993, a 39-year-old Steve DeBerg became the oldest player in the history of the franchise.  On the other end of the timeline, can you name the youngest player ever deployed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? - In 1997, with hopes of energizing one of the league's poorest offenses, head coach Tony Dungy… Read More

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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

What a difference a week makes.  Seven days after the worst loss in team history, the Buccaneers defended Raymond James Stadium against the surging Saints.  They sent the fleur-de-lis back to New Orleans with a division loss and a maimed coach, earning the first quality win of the Raheem Morris era. THE GOOD Welcome back… Read More

5. Joe Jurevicius has two all-time catches against Philadelphia (2003) On January 19, 2003—with three minutes remaining in the conference championship game—Ronde Barber intercepted a pass intended for Antonio Freeman and returned it 92 yards for the game-clenching touchdown.  It was the last game the Eagles played in Veterans Stadium; Barber’s pick shut down the… Read More

Fantasy football has become a religion. Not the kind where people go to a place of worship just on the holidays, but an every-week commitment. Rather than studying bible verses, we study cheat sheets, expert mock drafts, and player projections. We make friends with leaders in the league in hopes they will be late-season trade… Read More

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… Read More

We all love to see LeGarrette Blount hurdle defenders, Mike Williams leap over the entire secondary and watch Josh Freeman's air attack. However, none of that is possible without a solid front. When Jeremy Trueblood went down in week seven, third year player James Lee stepped in at right tackle -- and never stepped out… Read More

According to Pro Football Reference, there have been two quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for 25 or more touchdowns in a season, while throwing six or less interceptions. One of those players is Tom Brady – whether you like him or not, you can’t deny his 36-to-4 touchdown to interception ratio last season was… Read More