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McCoy Says Bucs Need To Change The Culture In The Locker Room To Reach The Playoffs

1 comment 📅December 23, 2014 9:12 pm

Gerald McCoy is signed through 2021 – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs star defensive tackle was honored to be named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, but despite being pleased by the recognition from his peers and the fans, there is one thing missed and that is playing in the postseason. Tuesday evening McCoy talked about the coaching staff and front office but said ultimately the change will have to come from within.

“Coach Smith has a great vision and a great plan, Mr. Licht is a good GM and has a great vision as well,” McCoy said. “And those guys are going to get together and get this thing turned around. But what really is going to have to happen, is we are going to have to decide in that locker room and finally change the culture [of losing]. We can’t allow this to keep happening. Five years straight for me that I have missed the postseason and quite frankly I am tired of dealing with it. So we are going to have to pick it up as a unit and a team and get this thing moving.

“This stuff is great (postseason accolades) and I extremely honored and I am going to try and do it over and over every year – continue to hear my name. But you guys know me. I am all about my team. I would give up the Pro Bowl any day to be in the playoffs to be able to compete for a championship.”

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Arroyo Says The Tedford Situation Was The Hand The Bucs Were Dealt

6 comments 📅December 23, 2014 6:31 pm

When the 2014 season mercifully comes to an end next Sunday around 4 p.m. the general consensus is the Buccaneers will post a sign on the front lawn in search of a new offensive coordinator. Speaking on Tuesday, acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo made no excuses for the Bucs offensive performance, but thinks like all rookies, he has done some stuff well and other things he would like to have a re-do on.

“The situation is what it is. The cards – we deal with [the hand we’re dealt] and that’s the way it goes,” Arroyo said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ve mentioned early on I’ve been through a lot of stuff personally and that’s just the way it is. You’ve just got to get through it. You’ve got to be – obviously have a good attitude, make no excuses for it, really look yourself in the mirror and see if you can have a chance to get up and say that you’re proud of the way you worked and went forward and had a great attitude working with your guys and working together and finding ways to get better. I think obviously as a competitor and someone who’s really trying to get things done and really finding a lot of the things you do and trying to get things exactly right, you’re disappointed in the way that you handled some situations, you’re excited about the other way that you did some things. But I’m no different than any other rookie in my opinion. I’ve got a lot of things on my list that I know I want to really make really well. There are some things that I really like that I’ve done. But those things are really the last thing I’m thinking about.”

The Jeff Tedford debacle has been written and discussed to the point of over-saturation, but quarterback Josh McCown said on Tuesday he has admiration for Arroyo’s work ethic and attitude during a rough transition.

“I’ll tell you what, I have so much respect for him because, just what you said, he’s taken on a lot,” McCown said. “He’s never complained once. He’s kind of wearing two hats and he is working his tail off and spends a lot of time up here and does so many little things that people don’t know about to try to help us. As a player, it hurts you that we don’t get the results, because you want to play for guys like that, you want to see positive things happen for people like that. I believe that will happen for him at some point and I know he has learned a lot. But I have so much respect for him and I’m better for being around him this year and getting to watch him handle what he’s handled and he certainly has grown, no doubt about it, from Week 1 to now. To be in that situation and to take two receivers over 1,000 yards, that’s kind of a cool thing for him, all things considered. But, more than anything, just his attitude has been so encouraging. It’s been cool to be around him.”

 

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Bucs Make Practice Squad Addition

1 comment 📅December 23, 2014 5:27 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that they have signed safety Shelton Johnson to the practice squad.

Johnson (6-0, 195) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Oakland Raiders last season. He spent the first 13 weeks of the 2013 season on the Raiders’ practice squad, before being promoted to the active roster for the final four games of the season, where he notched one tackle, one fumble recovery and three special teams tackles. Johnson, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, spent this past offseason with Oakland before being released on August 14. He will wear No. 26 for Tampa Bay.

 

 

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Dotson On Bucs’ Offensive Line: “This Is Poor, Real Poor”

5 comments 📅December 21, 2014 5:56 pm

With just 109 yards of total offense on Sunday against Green Bay, the Bucs put out their eighth-worst offensive performance in franchise history. With the inability to run (16 yards on 14 carries), and a failure to protect the quarterback (seven sacks), the first place the fans will look is offensive line. Bucs left tackle Demar Dotson said he can’t disagree.

“I mean it is tough when you don’t get the opportunity to work on continuity with a guy,” Dotson said. “[But] you can’t use that for an excuse. A lot of times when things happen it is one-on-one, guys just getting beat one-on-one. You can’t blame that on continuity. There are no excuses. It is five guys, including tight ends, working as a whole offensive line. We just haven’t gotten the job done all year. It has been a poor season as an offensive line. This is poor, real poor.”

The Packers defensive was a nightmare for the Bucs on Sunday and Dotson said it came down to poor execution.

“I have to watch the game but I am sure it came from guys just getting beat, it is just that simple, guys got beat,” Dotson said. “If he took that many hits and that many sacks – and it wasn’t anything we didn’t see. Everything that happened was just a breakdown of a guy.

“More individual breakdowns, I don’t think they did anything we didn’t see. We watch enough film, a lot of film. It wasn’t anything different. It was just individual breakdowns, guys just getting beat.”

 

 

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Bucs Release CB Butler, Add DL Help With Sidbury

3 comments 📅December 17, 2014 12:55 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday that they have released cornerback Crezdon Butler and signed defensive lineman Lawrence Sidbury. The team also signed defensive back Varmah Sonie to the practice squad.

Sidbury (6-3, 269) originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick (125th overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 NFL Draft. Sidbury spent four seasons with Atlanta (2009-12), playing in 48 games and tallying 14 tackles, 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. He also played in the Falcons’ 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the New York Giants, tallying one tackle. In 2013, Sidbury signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but spent the season on the Injured Reserve. He spent the 2014 preseason with the Houston Texans. Sidbury – who played collegiately at Richmond – will wear No. 77 for the Buccaneers.

Sonie (5-9, 166) joins Tampa Bay after spending the 2014 season with the Portland Thunder of the Arena League, where he earned first-team All-Arena honors after logging nine interceptions and a franchise record 86 tackles in 17 games. Sonie played collegiately at Northern Iowa, and was named second-team All-Missouri Valley following his senior season. He will wear No. 23 for the Buccaneers.

 

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Bucs Send Three To IR, Add New Players To Roster

2 comments 📅December 16, 2014 12:35 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday that they have placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (ankle) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted wide receiver Tavarres King, tight end Evan Rodriguez and defensive tackle George Uko from the practice squad to the active roster.

King (6-1, 210), who has spent the past seven weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad, originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent time with Denver and the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and was with Carolina for this past offseason and preseason before joining Jacksonville’s active roster where he was inactive for five games prior to being waived. King played collegiately at Georgia.

Rodriguez (6-2, 239), who signed with Tampa Bay’s practice squad on November 25, originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards

Uko (6-3, 284) originally entered the league this season as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Uko, who played collegiately at USC, spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with New Orleans, before being waived on August 26. Uko has spent time on the Buccaneers practice squad throughout the 2014 season.

The team also announced they have signed wide receiver Chandler Jones to the practice squad.

Jones (5-9, 185) originally entered the league as a college free agent this past offseason with the Cleveland Browns, before being waived on August 4. Jones, who played collegiately at San Jose State, has spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad this season. Jones will wear No. 85 for Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (ankle) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted wide receiver Tavarres King, tight end Evan Rodriguez and defensive tackle George Uko from the practice squad to the active roster.

King (6-1, 210), who has spent the past seven weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad, originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent time with Denver and the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and was with Carolina for this past offseason and preseason before joining Jacksonville’s active roster where he was inactive for five games prior to being waived. King played collegiately at Georgia.

Rodriguez (6-2, 239), who signed with Tampa Bay’s practice squad on November 25, originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards

Uko (6-3, 284) originally entered the league this season as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Uko, who played collegiately at USC, spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with New Orleans, before being waived on August 26. Uko has spent time on the Buccaneers practice squad throughout the 2014 season.

The team also announced they have signed wide receiver Chandler Jones to the practice squad.

Jones (5-9, 185) originally entered the league as a college free agent this past offseason with the Cleveland Browns, before being waived on August 4. Jones, who played collegiately at San Jose State, has spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad this season. Jones will wear No. 85 for Tampa Bay.

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Smith: Collins Was Benched On Sunday; Dotson Now Starter At LT

3 comments 📅December 14, 2014 5:10 pm

Bucs free agent tackle Anthony Collin has been a disappointment in his first season as Tampa Bay’s starting left tackle, frustrating Bucs fans who watch his inconsistent play this year. It appears the Bucs coaching staff has also seen enough for now, as following Tampa Bay 19-17 loss to the Panthers,  head coach Lovie Smith made a revelation that was a bit of a surprise, saying the team wanted to play their best offensive tackle, Demar Dotson, on the left side and bench Collins.

“I thought it worked out okay,” Smith said. “We made that move at Wednesday’s practice that you all were at. We put him [Demar Dotson] over there. We just thought that first off, for him in general as our best tackle – can he play the left side? We’re trying to win football games, but thought he would be able to handle that. We felt like it was the perfect time to do it. Our initial thought is that he did a decent job.”

Smith was asked if Dotson would continue to start on the left side.

“You can’t think that far ahead,” Smith said. “We know right now he’s it and that’s all we can say.”

Smith also commented on why Collins was made inactive against the Panthers.

“Coaches’ decision. He was, just like he was listed last week. Coaches decision to keep him down.”

Collins suffered an elbow injury two weeks ago that might have kept him out of action last week, but he participated in practice all week and was a healthy scratch.

Oniel Cousins replaced Dotson at right tackle and got abused by Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson, who had four tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, half a sack and a forced fumble that led to a third quarter touchdown to give Carolina a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Collins signed a five-year, $30 million dollar free agent last March, a large sum for a player who came to Tampa Bay with just seven career starts. Collins has missed four games this season, notching 10 starts in the Bucs’ 14 games this season. Collins, although is still believed to be owed $3 million in guaranteed money, could end up being released as Tampa Bay is expected to make an overhaul of the offensive line this season. It is also possible Collins could be moved to guard or right tackle this offseason.

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McCoy Has Hyperextended Knee, According To Smith

2 comments 📅December 14, 2014 2:15 pm

For the second week in a row Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went down with a first half injury to his right knee. Last week at Detroit, McCoy suffered what the Buccaneers said was a knee bruise, disputing a report from Pro Football Talk that claimed that McCoy suffered a dislocated kneecap.

In the first quarter against the Panthers on Sunday, McCoy’s right knee appeared to give during a pass rush, and McCoy was in obvious pain staying down on the turf for a considerable amount of time before walking off gingerly under his own power.

After the game Bucs head coach Lovie Smith talked about McCoy’s injury.

“Gerald McCoy hyperextended his knee,” Smith said. “It was the same knee but it’s not related [to last week’s injury at Detroit]. Totally different injury. We hung in there, but we’re different without him.

McCoy, who leads the Bucs with 8.5 sacks is just one away from tying a career high and the Bucs’ $98 million star appeared destined to hit the double-digit sack benchmark before the latest setback.

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Report: Teford Close To Becoming Head Coach Of B.C. Lions Of The CFL

7 comments 📅December 11, 2014 10:27 pm

The Buccaneers and former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford “mutually” agreed to part ways less than seven days ago. Now it appears he may not be unemployed for long.

Arash Madani of Sportsnet.ca is reporting that Tedford is close to becoming the head coach of the B.C. Lions in the Canadian Football League. Tedford played quarterback in the CFL from 1983-89 and then coached in the league before moving to the coaching ranks of the NCAA in 1992.

Tedford was hired by Lovie Smith to be the Bucs offensive coordinator last January soon after Smith took the Tampa Bay job following the firing of Greg Schiano. Tedford fell ill during the preseason and after a heart procedure was placed on an indefinite leave of absence.

Last Friday the two agreed to move on, and Tedford was released from his contract by the Buccaneers.

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Week 15: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅December 11, 2014 6:04 pm

osh McCown struggles continued in the Buccaneers’ week 14 matchup with the Detroit Lions. The veteran signal caller threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, which totaled less than 15 fantasy points in most formats. Over the last three weeks, McCown’s fantasy totals have been 15, 14 and six. This week he gets the Carolina Panthers on the road. Owners should stay away from Buccaneers quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.

Mike Evans bounced back from a poor week 13 performance against the Bengals and scored caught two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions, one of the league’s best defenses. Evans has been phenomenal this season and is an every week starter in fantasy.

Vincent Jackson had his best fantasy performance of the season against the Lions in week 13. The veteran was targeted a whopping 17 times and he caught 10 of those for 159 yards. It was a positive sign for fantasy owners, but everyone knows the true fantasy threat for the Buccaneers’ passing game is Mike Evans. Jackson is just a WR3 moving forward.

Doug Martin reverted back to his old fantasy ways just one week after a nice performance against the Bengals. The third-year back ran for just 22 yards on five carries against one of the league’s best defenses. The Tampa Bay running game has been a disaster all season long and doesn’t look like it is going to be fixed by seasons end. Martin, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims are not recommended fantasy starts as the fantasy playoffs move forward.

Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed the last two game with a back injury, but he looks to be on track to start against the Panthers this week. However, the second-round pick isn’t a recommended fantasy start. The rookie has totaled just 221 yards and two touchdowns this season and hasn’t had enough targets to warrant any fantasy consideration.

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