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NFC Playoff Watch
The 9-6 Bucs have lost three straight games, and if the playoffs started today they'd be out of the post-season. Tampa Bay can still make the playoffs by defeating Oakland, and with the help of the Philadelphia Eagles, who must defeat the Dallas Cowboys at home next Sunday.
Bucs Down, But Not Out
The 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three straight games, but they're still alive in the NFC playoff picture. A Tampa Bay win over Oakland and a Philadelphia win over Dallas on Sunday would give the Bucs their 10th win of the season and send the team to the playoffs for the second straight year.
Playing Days Coming To An End For Garcia, Others?
If Tampa Bay doesn't make the playoffs, Sunday's game could be the last for several veteran players, including QB Jeff Garcia, who said he'd like to return to Tampa Bay but will weigh his options, including retirement, during the offseason. Plus, injury news from One Buc Place.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will clash with the Oakland Raiders in Week 17 of the 2008 regular season. What happened the last time these two teams met? How did the Raiders fare last week? Pewter Report has a preview of Sunday's Bucs-Raiders contest.
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Week 17
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Oakland Raiders in the regular season finale on Sunday. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Bucs to defeat the Raiders at Raymond James Stadium? Get their picks for this week's games in this article.
PI Quick Hits
Other than Luke McCown, which other Buccaneer should be disappointed that Brian Griese started in Atlanta? What front office move could be a big loss for Tampa Bay? Which Bucs practice squad player was close to being called up to the active roster? Find out the answers to these questions in this PI Quick Hits.
SR's Fab 5
What went into the decision-making process that led Jon Gruden to start Brian Griese ahead of Luke McCown last Sunday at Atlanta? Is Griese the best option for Tampa Bay? Why hasn't McCown gotten a shot this year? Get the answers to these questions plus inside scoop and some season-ending observations in SR's Fab 5
Clayton, Bryant and Stevens Talk Free Agency
Tampa Bay's offense could have a much different look in 2009 without starting WRs Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant and TE Jerramy Stevens. Clayton and Stevens said they will test the free agent market before considering re-signing with the Bucs. Bryant may do the same, which could force Tampa Bay to use the franchise tag.
Pewter Pre-Game Show: Week 17
Watch the Pewter Pre-Game Show now! Pewter Report's editorial staff tackles Game 16 against the Raiders at Raymond James Stadium with "Keys To Victory," "Matchups To Watch" and three "Stats that are for Winners!" See predictions for the upcoming game as well!
Line Play Under Scrutiny
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden weighed in on his team and what has contributed to losing three straight games. The offensive line and the running game were highlighted on offense, and the pass rush was discussed for the defense. Plus, notes on QB Jeff Garcia and re-signing WR Antonio Bryant.
There are plenty of negative things to write about the 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have lost three straight games and are fighting for their playoff lives. However, with 2009 just around the corner, Pewter Report's Jim Flynn shares 10 things Bucs fans should celebrate heading into the New Year.
Chat Transcript - 12/23
Did you miss the Pewter Report chat session on Tuesday night? Not to worry. PewterReport.com provides the full chat transcript in this article. The chat session was hosted by Pewter Report Buccaneers beat writer Charlie Campbell, who answered questions regarding the 9-6 Bucs.
Players React To Morris Promotion
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players reacted to the news that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will replace long time defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Plus the official injury report after the Bucs second practice of the week, and Jon Gruden explains what is a successful season at the NFL level in his opinion.
Morris Signs 2-Year Deal To Be Bucs' Next Defensive Coordinator
UPDATED: The Bucs made news on Christmas, as defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was named the Bucs defensive coordinator for the 2009 season. Morris signed a two-year contract with the team. Bucs legendary coordinator Monte Kiffin is leaving at the end of the year to coach with his son at the University of Tennessee.
Down And Out
UPDATED: Another fourth quarter collapse led to Tampa Bay's fourth-straight loss in December as Oakland prevailed 31-24 and eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention. The Bucs end the season with a 9-7 record. Adding injury to insult is the knee injury sustained by Cadillac Williams in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest.
Bucs Players Want Lake To Replace Morris As DBs Coach
With Raheem Morris' promotion to defensive coordinator starting in 2009, the Bucs will have to search for a new coach to run the secondary. The veteran defensive backs lobbied for former assistant DBs coach Jimmy Lake on Friday. Find out what they had to say and what Morris thinks of Lake in this Pewter insider article.
Gruden, Bucs Ready For Raiders
The Buccaneers look to be reasonably healthy entering their final game of the regular season. Head coach Jon Gruden discussed playing his former team, and coaching some of players for the last time. ALSO: QB Jeff Garcia was named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Man of the Year, and the injury report for Sunday.
PI Quick Hits
What is holding the Buccaneers back from being a legit Super Bowl contender? Does the NFL have less respect for Tampa Bay fans and the franchise? Who has not stepped up during this season? What young players need to become more professional? Find out the answers to these questions in this edition of PI Quick Hits.
Game Grades: Defense
The Bucs lost to the Raiders at home on Sunday, 31-24. Which defensive players stood out in the Bucs' stunning loss to the Raiders? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this article.
Game Grades: Offense
How did the Buccaneers offense grade out in their 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders? How did QB Jeff Garcia, WR Michael Clayton, WR Antonio Bryant, and TE Jerramy Stevens do in perhaps their final games for Tampa Bay? Find out in this Pewter Insider.
Pewter Report Roundtable
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their fourth straight game of the season on Sunday. Their 31-24 loss to the Raiders ended their playoff hopes. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' costly loss to the Raiders? They sound off in this article.
Bucs' 2009 Opponents Determined
Tampa Bay's 2008 season came to an end with its 31-24 loss to Oakland at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. While the 2009 regular season schedule will not be released until April, the Bucs' '09 home and away opponents have been determined. Tampa Bay also owns the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Cadillac Sidelined With Another Knee Injury
Tampa Bay lost to Oakland on Sunday and lost running back Cadillac Williams to another devastating knee injury, which he sustained in the fourth quarter after a 28-yard run. The knee injury is not the same as the one he had last year, but it is believed to be serious.
Kiffin Reflects After Final Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers legendary defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin his last game for the Buccaneers on Sunday. After the 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Kiffin talked about coaching the Bucs for the final time. Kiffin said he is too blame for the Bucs loss, and late season collapse.
Bucs Post-Game Quotes
Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia addressed his future in Tampa Bay after the team's 31-24 loss to Oakland. Find out what Garcia said, in addition to post-game comments from middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, nose tackle Chris Hovan and head coach Jon Gruden.
Kiffin: "I Don't Know If It Was The Right Thing To Do"
Monte Kiffin, the man who has run Tampa Bay's defense since 1996, is leaving to coach with his son, Lane, at the Univ. of Tennessee. In his last media huddle, Kiffin said he didn't know if telling the defense he was leaving at season's end was the right thing to do. Kiffin also talked about the run defense, Raheem Morris and Gaines Adams.
Cadillac's Torn Patellar Tendon Not As Severe This Time
The bad news from Tampa Bay's 31-24 loss to Oakland on Sunday was not just being eliminated from playoff contention, but also losing RB Cadillac Williams to another torn patellar injury. The good news is that this injury, which occurred in his left knee, appears to be much less severe than the one he suffered to his right knee in 2007.
Brooks Plans To Play In 2009
Bucs 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks intends on playing in 2009, which is the final year of his contract with Tampa Bay. Brooks will turn 36 in April. Plus, free agency, salary cap and other news from One Buc Place.