8:18 AM EDT, Wed June 28, 2017
13 hours ago
Kwon Alexander makes the NFL Top 110

Kwon Alexander makes the NFL Top 110

The Bucs linebacker came in at #109. Right after the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list was done, the NFL decided to turn it into a top 110 by listing the 10 players who just missed out on the top 100. And one of those ten players is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not, surprisingly, cornerback Brent Grimes, who led the NFL in passes defensed last year and notched four interceptions. Instead, linebacker Kwon Alexander was listed at number 109. That’s pretty deserved. Alexander took some steps forward this year after a promising rookie season, improving in every aspect of his game....
16 hours ago
Will Jameis Winston be a top 10 NFL player?

Will Jameis Winston be a top 10 NFL player?

The Bucs’ quarterback is slowly improving every season. The NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list finished last night, with a top ten that featured three quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan—with Derek Carr listed, somewhat amazingly, at number 11. That player-voted list isn’t the greatest measure of which player is actually the best, but it’s a neat indicator of overall respect among players. Which brings me to my question: will Jameis Winston ever make it to that top 10? So far, Winston’s more or less on the right track to get there. He’s had two promising...
18 hours ago
Dirk Koetter is the Bucs’ first coordinator-turned-head coach since the eighties

Dirk Koetter is the Bucs’ first coordinator-turned-head coach since the eighties

They’ve had many assistants leave to become head coaches, though. Here’s a weird tidbit dug up by Chase Stuart of the always awesome Football Perspective: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had a coordinator leave and turn into a head coach since the eighties—unless we count Dirk Koetter last year. The Detroit Lions are the only other team not to have a coordinator turn head coach since 2006—and they had that happen in 2004 and 2005, not in the eighties. Stuart finds that only Wayne Fontes and Joe Gibbs went on to become head coaches. Both of them coached under John McKay, Fontes...
23 hours ago
Daily Bucs Links: Future Hall of Famers

Daily Bucs Links: Future Hall of Famers

On Tampa Bay’s possible Hall of Famers, and more. Nick Fairley will miss 2017 NFL season after Saints place him on NFI list with heart condition - SBNation.comA third opinion on his heart condition didn’t bring better news for the 29-year-old. Why the Chiefs fired general manager John Dorsey - SBNation.comDorsey’s communication and management style were factors in the team’s decision. Julio Jones was a confused bystander to the Migos-Joe Budden beef at the BET Awards - SBNation.comThis was too funny. Michigan had a 2017 draft pick in damn near every professional league -...
Jun 26, 2017
Will Mike Evans be the best receiver in the NFL?

Will Mike Evans be the best receiver in the NFL?

He’s already close to being that good. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a really good receiver. Mike Evans, the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft, is one of five receivers ever to start their careers with three consecutive 1000-yard seasons—the other four being Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green, Randy Moss and John Jefferson. Pretty good company. Evans was also Pro Football Focus’ second-best receiver last season, behind only Julio Jones. Nice. Only two wide receivers saw an elite PFF grade of over 90.0 in 2016. They both hailed from the NFC South. pic.twitter.com/qwVZeUaqvJ—...
Jun 26, 2017
The Bucs’ indoor facility costs $20 million and will seat 3,500

The Bucs’ indoor facility costs $20 million and will seat 3,500

The facility should be done by September. It’s a bit of a mystery why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers never added an indoor practice facility when they built their shiny new and still state-of-the-art facilities a decade ago. But, well, they didn’t—until now. The facility should be done by September, too late for HBO’s Hard Knocks and training camp, but ready for the regular season. That’s in part because this facility will have some ridiculous features. According to the Tampa Bay Times, those will include 4K video boards, camera’s, a massive outdoor plaza and 3,500-person bleacher...
Jun 26, 2017
Don’t worry about sophomore slumps for the Buccaneers

Don’t worry about sophomore slumps for the Buccaneers

There’s no reason to believe this is even a thing. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be relying on second-year players to fulfill key roles this season. Most of the team’s edge rush will have to come from former second-rounder Noah Spence, while Vernon Hargreaves will start at cornerback. And then there’s Roberto Aguayo, who may or may not hold on to his kicking job this year. That reliance on second-year playersmakes one think of a very specific NFL story: the dreaded sophomore slump, the bane of all hyped-up second-year players. Be afraid, the myth says. But SB Nation’s Jeanna Thomas...
Jun 26, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: Optimism

Daily Bucs Links: Optimism

On the optimism season, and more. Guest Monday Morning Quarterback: NFL's optimism season | The MMQB with Peter KingOur guest columnist checks on some positive vibes emanating from New Orleans, Buffalo and Minnesota, among other places. Plus a closer look at David Carr’s contract, a former player gets sweaty in retirement and more Travelers Championship fan yells 'deport Roger Goodell' after Boo Weekley takes a swing - SBNation.comWell then! GMFB: Bucs Offseason and Draft ReviewNFL Network's Mike Garafolo talks about the offseason and draft acquisitions of the Buccaneers.
Jun 25, 2017
Jameis Winston got pressured a lot, but handled it well

Jameis Winston got pressured a lot, but handled it well

Winston was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when pressured. Jameis Winston faced pressure a lot last year. In fact, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was noticeably affected by a pass rush on 31.7% of his plays, according to Football Outsiders, with only six qualifying quarterbacks being affected more often than Winston. It’s tempting to lay the blame of that pressure at the feet of the offensive line, and they certainly need to get part of it, but Winston himself also controls a lot of the pressure he gets with the speed with which he goes through his reads and gets rid of the ball. And...
Jun 25, 2017
The most important Bucs player not named Jameis Winston

The most important Bucs player not named Jameis Winston

Should we focus on the positives or the negatives? The most important Tampa Bay Buccaneers player is Jameis Winston. That’s an uncontroversial, obvious statement, so not a particularly interesting one. But despite a general sports writing affinity for the obvious, Sports Illustrated still decided to rule out quarterbacks when they polled writers to ask them about the most important players on each team. So that’s why they conclude that Mike Evans is the most important Bucs player right now, even though none of their writers gave Evans a number-one vote on those most-important-player...
Jun 25, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: O.J. Howard’s home town

Daily Bucs Links: O.J. Howard’s home town

On O.J. Howard, and more. Derek Carr plans on giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line - SBNation.comThe Seahawks are never going to live down that Super Bowl interception, are they? Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect | Tampa Bay TimesTampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.No respect The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane | Tampa Bay TimesTracing the new Bucs tight end's path from Autaugaville to Tuscaloosa to Tampa Bay.
Jun 24, 2017
Daily Bucs Links: Safety starters

Daily Bucs Links: Safety starters

On the Bucs’ safeties, and more. Derek Carr is excited to spend his $125 million contract on Chick-fil-A - SBNation.comDerek Carr will spend his new mega contract on one of the best lunches $5.95 can buy. The video board at the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium is halo-shaped - SBNation.comAnd it is dope. Bucs' 2002 Team Among NFL's Best in Past 30 YearsThe Buccaneers' championship team has been selected as one of the top teams of the past 30 years. Bucs Beat: Fan of the YearTeam Insider Casey Phillips wraps up a busy day at One Buccaneer Place. Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 15: BJ And...
Jun 24, 2017
Warren Sapp says he wants to shut down youth football

Warren Sapp says he wants to shut down youth football

The Bucs great is really concerned about the effects of football on the brain. Warren Sapp is on a mission to fight the damaging effects of football on players’ brains. The Hall of Fame defensive tackle has started to notice gaps in his memory, and wants to put it on the agenda more than it is now. Sapp first talked about that for The Players’ Tribune, saying he’ll donate his brain to concussion research after his death. Yesterday, Sapp called into the Rich Eisen Show to discuss the effects of football on the brain and his concerns with Rich Eisen and Marshall Faulk. Most of what he...
Jun 23, 2017
Relying on Doug Martin isn’t that big of a risk

Relying on Doug Martin isn’t that big of a risk

The Buccaneers have more options than the Muscle Hamster. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a few risks this offseason, as they always have to do. Many think that one of those risks was not addressing their offensive line, I would suggest that they could have done more about their pass rush. Bleacher Report’s Sean Tomlinson, though, thinks their biggest risk is relying on Doug Martin carry their running game this season. The Martin of 2015 ran for 1,402 yards while averaging nearly five yards per carry. If that Martin does indeed return, the Buccaneers offense is ready to blast off after...
Jun 23, 2017
The 2016 Bucs defense was awesome, when pressuring quarterbacks

The 2016 Bucs defense was awesome, when pressuring quarterbacks

Without pressure, the Bucs defense was awful. Everyone knows that the key to a quality defense is the ability to pressure the quarterback. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a Super Bowl based on that fact alone, after all, and the Bucs have struggled to put together a good defense since then, mostly because they can’t find good, consistent pass rushers. That was true last year, too. The Bucs were outstanding when pressuring quarterbacks. In fact, according to Football Outsiders they were the second-best defense when they got pressure, and the gap between their defensive results when getting...