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Pewter Prospect: RB Toby Gerhart
Do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a need for a power running back that reminds many of Buccaneer great Mike Alstott? Do the Bucs have their running backs of the future to take pressure of QB Josh Freeman? Find out in this prospect profile.
   
Bucs Want Graham More Involved
A day after losing 38-7 to the New Orleans Saints, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris addressed a number of topics. He answered questions on the usage of RB Earnest Graham, the status of RT Jeremy Trueblood, and the Bucs last ranked run defense.
   
Morris Expects Freeman To Grow From Rough Outing
Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Freeman had his worst outing as a pro during Tampa Bay's 38-7 loss to New Orleans. On Monday, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris talked about how the team is attempting to win games while developing its first-round pick.
   
Bates Demoted, Morris To Take Over As Defensive Coordinator
Tampa Bay has demoted defensive coordinator Jim Bates and handed playcalling duties over to first-year head coach Raheem Morris. Bates, who was hired in the offseason, has overseen a Tampa Bay defense that ranks 27th overall and has allowed a league-high 168 yards rushing per game.
   
Bucs Make Several Roster Moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves Tuesday, signing QB Rudy Carpenter and WR Terrence Nunn from practice squads in Dallas and New England, respectively, to their 53-man roster. QB Byron Leftwich was put on injured reserve. CB Mike Mickens was cut to make room for Nunn.

   
Bucs Sign Olson To Contract Extension
While Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator position remains unsettled heading into 2010, PewterReport.com is reporting that Greg Olson will return as offensive coordinator. The Bucs have extended Olson's contract, which was set to expire at season's end. The Bucs want QB Josh Freeman to have continuity in the same system.
  
Inside Morris' Takeover Of The Bucs Defense
What really caused Raheem Morris to assume play-calling duties from Jim Bates this year, and will he also serve in that capacity in 2010? Yes, Morris is expected to return as Tampa Bay's head coach next season despite a 1-9 record and two bad coordinator hires. Get the inside scoop in this Pewter Insider article.
   
Bucs Players React To Bates' Demotion
Buccaneers defensive players discussed the demotion of Bucs coach Jim Bates, and head coach Raheem Morris taking control over the Buccaneers defense. CB Ronde Barber, LB Barrett Ruud, DT Chris Hovan, DE Stylez G. White, DE Jimmy Wilkerson, LB Geno Hayes, DT Roy Miller, DE Kyle Moore, and CB Torrie Cox react.
   
Morris: "We Just Didn't Get Better Every Week"
Raheem Morris fielded questions from the media Tuesday regarding his decision to demote Jim Bates and take over as defensive coordinator. Morris said progress needed to be made on defense and that he and Bates were attempting to work together moving forward. There's a chance Bates will not remain with the team.
   
Freeman Gets Perspective From Dungy
Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman talked about the advice he gets from Tony Dungy, and the stability of the Bucs organization. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson discussed how things would change with head coach Raheem Morris taking over the defense, and RT Jeremy Trueblood said he would play this week.
  
Pewter Report Draft Blitz
Give thanks, Buccaneer fans. Help is on the way in the form of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to have four picks in the top 70 selections. Pewter Insiders can check out this draft blitz with some info on a top pass rusher the Bucs are interested in, and the first PR Bucs mock draft for next April.
   
Ruud, Winslow Limited In Practice
Bucs MLB Barrett Ruud and TE Kellen Winslow were limited in practice Wednesday due to their respective injuries. Ruud is nursing a rib injury while Winslow is dealing with a knee ailment. Both players are expected to play vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Plus, other news and notes from One Buc Place.
   
Morris Ready For The Challenge Of Calling Defensive Plays
Raheem Morris said he is up to the challenge of caling plays, even though he joked that he may lose his mythical title as the Bucs' "best defensive coordinator" on Sunday. Morris disclosed the injury report, which saw LB Barrett Ruud and TE Kellen Winslow return to practice and FS Tanard Jackson and WR Antonio Bryant sit out.
   
Bates Could Accompany Bucs To Atlanta
Raheem Morris indicated Friday that Jim Bates, who was demoted as the team's defensive coordinator earlier this week, "probably" would accompany the team to Atlanta. In other news, the Bucs are fairly healthy heading into Sunday's NFC South division showdown. The same can't be said for the Falcons.
   
Defense Improves, But Not Enough To Hold Off Falcons In 20-17 Loss
UPDATED: Tampa Bay's defense notched six sacks against Atlanta, but allowed Falcons backup QB Chris Redman to engineer a game-winning drive which ended with a fourth down TD pass to WR Roddy White. Atlanta improved to 6-5 while Tampa Bay fell to 1-10 despite two TDs from QB Josh Freeman.
  
Game Grades: Offense
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 on Sunday. How did the Bucs offense grade out? How did quarterback Josh Freeman perform in his second road start? Find out in this insider article.
  
Game Grades: Defense
The Bucs fell to 1-10 on the season by losing to the Falcons in Atlanta Sunday, 20-17. Which defensive players stood out under Raheem Morris? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this article.
  
Pewter Report Roundtable
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, 20-17. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' 10th loss of the season? What about the play of quarterback Josh Freeman and the effort of Tampa Bay's defense? The Pewter Reporters sound off in this article.
   
Bucs-Falcons Post-Game Quotes
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and some of his players talked after their 20-17 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta Sunday. Find out what they had to say in this article.
 
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