4:16 PM EDT, Thu October 19, 2017
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Daily Bucs Links: Fitzmagic

Daily Bucs Links: Fitzmagic

On the Bucs’ backup quarterback, and more. Titans vs. Browns: DeShone Kizer wins Browns’ starting QB job again - SBNation.comKizer won the starting job back after Kevin Hogan’s three-pick day in Week 6. NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 7: Life after Aaron Rodgers begins for Packers - SBNation.comThe Falcons and Patriots aren’t nearly as good as they were last year. And why do the 49ers keep losing close games? Andy Reid on not kicking field goal: ‘I do what my gut tells me to do’ - SBNation.comGramatica Errors Week 6: Toe Boy’s Lament Saints DE Cam Jordan is even more impressive...
23 hours ago
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...
23 hours ago
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....
Oct 18, 2017
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...
Oct 18, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: Quarterback relief

Daily Bucs Links: Quarterback relief

On Jameis Winston’s status, emergency quarterbacks and more. Animals on football fields: The absolute funniest moments - SBNation.comFrom mascots running wild to animals just showing up. Chiefs vs. Steelers: Andy Reid made biggest coaching mistake of NFL Week 6 - SBNation.comReid fell back into old coaching habits in the Chiefs’ first loss of the season. NFL rejects rule change that would force players to stand for the national anthem - SBNation.comOwners met with players on Tuesday and discussed ways they can work together for positive change on social issues. Are the Browns worse in...
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...
Oct 17, 2017
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...
Oct 17, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: We suck again?

Daily Bucs Links: We suck again?

On the Bucs’ fortunes, and more. NFL Week 6: Giants win, Adrian Peterson looks good and 7 other surprises - SBNation.comNot even Tony Romo could predict everything that happened this week. Read the Congressional Black Caucus’ letter to the NFL about police brutality - SBNation.comMonday morning, the Congressional Black Caucus — the federal government’s black arm — sent Roger Goodell a letter supporting protesting athletes. Saints' invigorated defense makes the NFC a more interesting place - SBNation.comPlus, a different Packers team with Brett Hundley, and exciting young QB in...
Oct 16, 2017
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...
Oct 16, 2017
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)...
Oct 16, 2017
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...
Oct 16, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: Recapping the weekend

Daily Bucs Links: Recapping the weekend

On this weekend’s games, and more. Steelers vs. Chiefs: Antonio Brown's one-handed catch isn't even fair - SBNation.comPhillip Gaines deflected a touchdown pass off his face and into Antonio Brown’s hands. Well, hand. Steelers vs. Chiefs: Le’Veon Bell gets his carries, carves up Chiefs - SBNation.comBell wanted more touches. Turns out that was a great idea. Chargers FINALLY won on a game-winning field goal - SBNation.comIt had to happen eventually. Colin Kaepernick files grievance against owners for collusion - SBNation.comKaepernick’s filing the grievance under the CBA. Giants vs....
Oct 15, 2017
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...
Oct 15, 2017
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...
Oct 15, 2017
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...