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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.
   
Gruden Discusses Job, Quarterbacks
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden discussed the rough end to the 2008 season, and his job status with Tampa Bay on Monday. Gruden also talked about the Bucs offense, and the quarterback position. Starter Jeff Garcia and Luke McCown are free agents and may or may not return next season.
  
2009 Bucs Draft Prospect: Massaquoi
Do the Buccaneers have a need for a polished wide receiver they could draft after the first round but still impact the team as a rookie? Do the Bucs need a receiver with good combination of size and speed? If so, they could consider drafting Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi.
  
Chat Transcript - 12/30
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 Scott Reynolds, who answered questions regarding the 9-7 Bucs and looks ahead to the 2009 offseason.
  
Flynn's Focus
Several areas of Tampa Bay's defense need work, but upgrading one particular aspect could go a long way in helping to remedy the defense's other problems. The Bucs could have the opportunity to upgrade their defensive line in free agency and the draft, writes Pewter Report's Jim Flynn.
   
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Super Bowl XLIII
The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will clash in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Cardinals and Steelers to raise the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday? Get their picks in this article.
   
Bradley To Interview For Seahawks DC Job
Tampa Bay linebackers coach Gus Bradley will reportedly interview for the defensive coordinator job in Seattle. That news comes on the same day Bucs defensive coordinator Raheem Morris spent in Denver interviewing for the Broncos head coaching job.
   
Morris To Interview With Broncos For Head Coaching Job
In a move that has to surprise and dishearten the Bucs, the Broncos have asked for permission to interview new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris for Denver's vacant head coaching job. The 32-year old Morris was named as Monte Kiffin's replacement on Christmas. ALSO: Larry Coyer won't be back.
  
PI Quick Hits
What revolution could take place on offense under head coach Jon Gruden? Is the 19th overall pick a good spot to be in the NFL Draft? How will Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 fare at Tennessee? How did the a potential Bucs draft pick fair in the matchup at the Cotton Bowl? Find out in this Insider article.
   
Dominik A Candidate For Chiefs G.M. Position
Bucs director of pro personnel Mark Dominik, who grew up in Kansas and graduated from KU, has emerged as a candidate for the Chiefs G.M. position. Dominik has spent the last 14 years in the Bucs' pro scouting department. ALSO: Raheem Morris interviews in Denver for the head coaching job on Monday.
   
Pewter Report Ambassador Sweepstakes Winner Announced
The winner of the Pewter Report Ambassador sweepstakes program is James Kolovelonis, who won a 42-inch LG LCD television from Buddy's Home Furnishings just in time for the holidays. Pewter Report congratulates Kolovelonis and thanks Buddy's Home Furnishings for sponsoring this promotion.
   
Dates To Remember
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2009 offseason is underway, and Pewter Report has a list of key NFL dates and events in ‘09 that Bucs fans will want to mark on their calendars.
   
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Divisional Playoffs
There are four teams left in the NFC Playoff race. Which teams did the Pewter Reporters picked to advance to the AFC and NFC Championship Games? Find out in the Pewter Report weekly staff picks.
   
Join Pewter Report At AT&T Westshore Plaza Location On Saturday
Pewter Report will be on hand at the grand opening of the AT&T store at Westshore Plaza at Tampa from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday to talk with Bucs fans and give away prizes, including tickets to the "Big Game" in Tampa on Feb. 1. Bucs fans that stop by will also receive a FREE copy of Cheerleader issue.
   
No Football, No Problem Sunday
Pewter Report Bucs beat writers Scott Reynolds and Jim Flynn will host "No Football? No Problem!" Sunday on WMOR TV32 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 25. Read more about the TV32 special programming in this article.
   
Tickets Still Available For The NFL Experience, Presented By Bank Of America
Fans are encouraged to participate in the ultimate football experience, The NFL Experience, presented by Bank of America, which will run off and on from Jan. 24 through Jan. 31. The fan-friendly event, which is located adjacent of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, benefits YET. Ticket prices range from $12.50 to $18.50.
   
Morris On The Broncos Interview: "It Went Really Well"
Raheem Morris, who has only been Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator for two weeks, spoke with PewterReport.com about his interview for the vacant head coaching position in Denver. Morris said that the interview went "really well." Find out what else Morris had to say about Denver and the St. Louis coaching vacancy in this article.
 
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