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Bucs Nation 12 hours ago
Breaking down the Buccaneers’ offensive failures against the Cardinals

Breaking down the Buccaneers’ offensive failures against the Cardinals

There were many. Game 5, Ari: Offensive Drive Analysis Preview stats What transpired: Just looking at the box scores, it appears the Bucs threw well and scored well. The totality does not paint the correct picture. Pass Plays: 42 (67.7%) Run Plays: 20 (32.3%) At the half, it was Cards 24, Bucs 0. At the end of the 3rd quarter, it was Cards 31, Bucs 6. The Bucs were able to put up 27 points in one quarter, trying to come back from behind a huge hole. A strip-6 by the defense gave the Bucs 8 points (2 point conversion made)...
Bucs Nation 13 hours ago
Can Kwon Alexander fix the Buccaneers defense

Can Kwon Alexander fix the Buccaneers defense

The Bucs defense was awful against Arizona. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked horrible against the Arizona Cardinals, at least early on. So what happened? Preview stats What transpired The most identifiable differences in the Cards offense were the run production as well as the scoring. Tampa Bay boasted a top 10 rush defense, but could not stop the Cards’ run game. In this game, the Cards had their starting left guard and left tackle back into the fold along with trading for RB Adrian Peterson earlier in the week. How does one try to explain the shellacking of...
NFL Trade Rumors Oct 18, 2017

Buccaneers Designate QB Ryan Griffin To Return From Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that they’ve designated QB Ryan Griffin as one of their two players to return from injured reserve. This officially opens a three-week window of time for the Buccaneers to add him to their active roster or he would remain on the injured reserve list for the duration of the season. … The post Buccaneers Designate QB Ryan Griffin To Return From Injured Reserve appeared first on NFLTradeRumors.co.
What the Buccaneers wish they would have done this offseason

What the Buccaneers wish they would have done this offseason

The Bucs could have used some extra defensive talent. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a pretty disappointing start to the season. At 2-3 and with poor performances in the majority of their games, they’re wasting what should have been their breakout season. So what could the Bucs have done differently this offseason to prevent that? Should they have invested even more in the offense, or added better defensive talent? I tend toward the latter—there’s a long list of holes on defense right now, and the Bucs failed to do much to address them. Number one on that list has to be...
Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander return to practice

Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander return to practice

The Bucs quarterback did not throw the ball, though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some good news today: linebacker Kwon Alexander practiced in full, which presumably means he’ll be able to play on Sunday when the Bucs face the Buffalo Bills. Alexander has been out since the middle of the team’s first game this season, so that’s a pretty big boost. Of course, everyone’s more interested in Jameis Winston. To which we can say: there is no real news. Winston was at practice and participated, but did not throw. This was expected—he’s likely to pass up throwing tomorrow as well....
The Buccaneers defense is awful, but the offense is good

The Buccaneers defense is awful, but the offense is good

You wouldn’t expect this watching the games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been awful on defense this year, if you ask Football Outsiders. In fact, they rank them the second-worst defense in the entire NFL so far. That’s despite holding the New England Patriots offense to just 19 points—but giving up 38 to the Arizona Cardinals. Outsiders’ statistics are derived from the play-by-play statistics, but the traditional stats tend to agree. The Bucs are ranked 22nd in points given up, 30th in yards given up, 30th in net yards per pass attempt given up, and eighth in yards per carry...
Bucs Nation Oct 17, 2017
Jameis Winston needs more help from his coaches

Jameis Winston needs more help from his coaches

Dirk Koetter could do a lot to put Winston in a better position. Today’s video is about the adjustments and techniques that different defenses use to help cover up their passing weaknesses. As stated in the video, these adjustments are often what separate good passing defenses from great passing defenses. This is because the great defenses limit what I like to call “easy” or sometimes “manufactured” yards for the offense. As a defense, we want the offense to have to line up every play and do several things right to get yards: they need to protect the quarterback, get receivers...
Latest NFL Power Rankings say the Bucs suck again

Latest NFL Power Rankings say the Bucs suck again

The Bucs are plummeting like a rock in these rankings. Whelp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suck again. They’re 2-3 after an embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and no one thinks they’re good anymore. Certainly no national writer who covers the NFL. That’s what we see in today’s power rankings, at least. SB Nation’s Adam Stites ranks the Bucs 24th, and that’s about where every other writer has them ranked, too. ESPN has them 25th, for instance. The Buccaneers have the most difficult remaining strength of schedule in terms of opponents' winning percentage. But factor in that...
Dirk Koetter: Jameis Winston is day-to-day

Dirk Koetter: Jameis Winston is day-to-day

The Bucs quarterback has an AC joint sprain. Head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed today what had been reported earlier: Jameis Winston sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, but the injury shouldn’t keep him out for too long. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach characterized Winston’s status as day-to-day rather than week-to-week, and from the sound of it he’s likely to play on Sunday. Koetter didn’t expect Winston to throw on Wednesday or Thursday, so don’t read too much into his practice absences. If Winston can’t go, the Bucs will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who actually...
Jameis Winston may play through shoulder AC sprain

Jameis Winston may play through shoulder AC sprain

The quarterback’s injury isn’t too serious, it seems. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got lucky with Jameis Winston’s shoulder injury, it seems: Ian Rapoport reports he has an AC joint sprain, which is what most already expected. The injury is painful, but it’s something quarterbacks can play through. #Bucs QB Jameis Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, source said. It may be something he’ll be able to play through— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2017 Winston suffered the injury yesterday against the Arizona Cardinals, and was able to play (poorly)...
These same old Buccaneers can’t make the playoffs

These same old Buccaneers can’t make the playoffs

The Buccaneers lost another game against a weak opponent. Same old Bucs. I can’t escape the feeling that I’m rewatching the same movie every year. One where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some hopes early on in the season, pick up a few wins with ugly play but glimpses of good play, before falling into either mediocrity or bottom-of-the-league performances. Yesterday, these Bucs put up one of the worst first-half performances I’ve seen, and I’ve seen them put up some absolutely absurd stinkers. And they did so against a team that Football Outsiders ranked as the number 30 team in...
Why Dirk Koetter’s repeated decisions not to kick were correct

Why Dirk Koetter’s repeated decisions not to kick were correct

Dirk Koetter passed up many opportunities to kick field goals and extra points. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost an ultimately close game to the Arizona Cardinals, 38-35. And that happened after Dirk Koetter had passed up a field goal at the end of the first half, and tried to go for two points after touchdowns repeatedly—he managed only one two-point conversion, and the passed-up field goal led to 0 points. Naturally, that led to a lot of criticism. Had he kicked a field goal and a few extra points, the Bucs would have had enough points to win! And yet, Koetter was, by and large, correct...
Jameis Winston says he’ll be back soon

Jameis Winston says he’ll be back soon

Winston injured his shoulder against the Cardinals. Jameis Winston injured his shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals, which forced him to leave the game. He did not return, but it seems that injury may not be all that serious: Winston told reporters that he’d be back “soon”. Bucs QB Jameis Winston on his shoulder injury: “I’ll be back. Soon.” No details but said he wanted to play in game today.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 15, 2017 Winston landed awkwardly on his shoulder early in the game and was able to play for a little longer before having to leave. He was seen...
Bucs lose in Arizona as Jameis Winston injures shoulder

Bucs lose in Arizona as Jameis Winston injures shoulder

The Bucs got blown out by the Arizona Cardinals in an embarrassing and potentially costly game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a bizarre game to the Arizona Cardinals—one of the worst teams in the NFL prior to this game. The Bucs lost 38-33 to XXXXX, but they were down 31-0 at one point in the game. Somehow they almost managed to claw back and win it—but they ultimately fell short. Jameis Winston had to leave with a shoulder injury and did not return. It’s not clear how serious that injury is—Winston played one drive after injuring his shoulder before leaving, and he was shown...
Jameis Winston could play in an emergency with injured shoulder

Jameis Winston could play in an emergency with injured shoulder

The Bucs quarterback hasn’t been ruled out entirely, but he’s not playing. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost Jameis Winston to a shoulder injury, but it seems he’s not entirely done for the day. Head coach Dirk Koetter told radio sideline reporter T.J. Rives that Jameis Winston would be available in an emergency only. Dirk Koetter told @BucSidelineGuy that Jameis Winston (shoulder) will only be avilable in an emergency. #Bucs— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) October 15, 2017 That’s fairly weird. Is being down 24-0 not an emergency now? Or did Koetter give up on trying to win this...
This Ryan Fitzpatrick flip sums up the Buccaneers’ game

This Ryan Fitzpatrick flip sums up the Buccaneers’ game

The Bucs are getting blown out by the Arizona Cardinals. Well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suck again. They’re down 24-0 to the Arizona Cardinals, their defense has allowed points on every drive and their offense hasn’t scored on any drive. To make matters worse, Jameis Winston had to leave the game with a shoulder injury (it’s not clear how serious it is, but it’s keeping him out of this game), so that means Ryan Fitzpatrick is in. And he does Ryan Fitzpatrick things, of course. Ryan Fitzmagicpic.twitter.com/wxluN1byC0— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 15, 2017 I can kind of see...
Jameis Winston injures shoulder against Cardinals

Jameis Winston injures shoulder against Cardinals

Winston was forced to leave the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have suffered their most significant injury of the season: Jameis Winston suffered a shoulder injury against the Arizona Cardinals, and was forced to leave the game. The Bucs announced his return as ‘doubtful’, which is harsher than the usual ‘questionable’. Winston appeared to injure his shoulder at the end of the team’s second possession, when he landed awkwardly. He came back for one more series and threw a couple of balls, but apparently that shoulder injury is serious. He’s on the sidelines with his helmet...
Adrian Peterson dominated the Bucs in his first drive with the Cardinals

Adrian Peterson dominated the Bucs in his first drive with the Cardinals

Four carries, 54 yards and a touchdown. Well, that’s not a good start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a very good one for Adrian Peterson. Four carries, 54 yards and a touchdown to cap the game’s opening drive and the Arizona Cardinals lead 7-0. Yo Adrian! pic.twitter.com/40Es3FXNHH— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 15, 2017 Adrian Peterson looked pretty good and made a few people (mostly Vernon Hargreaves) miss, but this was also a run-blocking win. Not in physical dominance so much as getting greater numbers in the right spot, and getting two men on Gerald McCoy on...
Buccaneers and Cardinals hope to rescue their seasons

Buccaneers and Cardinals hope to rescue their seasons

The Bucs and Cardinals play at 4:05 p.m. today. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Arizona Cardinals today, as the Bucs hope to get back into the NFC South race and the Cardinals hope to rescue what remains of their season. The Bucs are two-point favorites, but have been pretty disappointing so far this season. A win, especially a dominant one, would go a decent way toward restoring some hope in the Bucs fandom—especially if Patrick Murray manages to actually hit all of his kicks. With T.J. Ward and Lavonte David returning today, the Bucs are only missing one significant player to...
Inactives: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward return

Inactives: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward return

The inactives for the Buccaneers and Cardinals are in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Lavonte David and T.J. Ward back today against the Arizona Cardinals, after injury kept them out for the previous two games. That’s two Pro Bowlers and a big boost to a very inconsistent defense, which could be just the boost the Bucs need. Unfortunately, starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander isn’t ready to return yet. Kendell Beckwith will take his place, as he has for the past three games. Keith Tandy is also absent with an injury, though he likely would have lost much of his playing time to...

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