7-15-14: A running theme in Tampa Bay this summer has been a lessened workload for star running back Doug Martin. The Muscle Hamster is fully expected to remain the team’s lead back and should see the bulk of the carries, but he also will be involved in some type of rotation. It isn’t yet clear just how much of a hit his total touches will see, but running backs Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James could all be in the mix to help keep Martin fresh. While Tampa Bay looks to settle their pecking order in the backfield, there shouldn’t be any discussion as to who is under center in 2014. Josh McCown has been named the official starting quarterback and shouldn’t see any real competition for the job over the summer.
6-5-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some unfortunate news in the past few weeks. Long time owner Malcolm Glazer passed away at the age of 85. Glazer purchased the Bucs in 1995 and oversaw their lone Super Bowl appearance and win in Super Bowl 37. On a lighter note, Tampa Bay is hoping to use rookie running back Charles Sims in a passing down role, while he could combine with the likes of Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Mike James to form a formidable committee approach in the backfield. Martin was a stud rusher as a rookie in 2012, but an injury-plagued season last year has prompted new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford to consider working away from the one-back system.
5-19-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the 2014 NFL Draft with a new coaching staff and questions surrounding wide receiver and quarterback. Johnny Manziel to Tampa Bay was a popular rumor, but in the end the Bucs backed Mike Glennon as their long-term option under center and aimed to improve the roster around him. Here’s who they drafted:
Round 1. Pick 07 Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Round 2. Pick 06 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Round 3. Pick 05 Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Round 5. Pick 03 Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee St.
Round 5. Pick 09 Kevin Pamphile, T, Purdue
Round 6. Pick 09 Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
We didn’t know the Bucs were content with Glennon, but since they were, it has to be the grand opinion that this draft went just swimmingly. Tampa continued to add basketball player-type talent to their passing game, as they added absolute studs in Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins at wide receiver and tight end. Josh McCown will throw to them first for the next season or two, but long-term this is a deadly arsenal for Glennon.
Tampa even added a balanced running back in Charles Sims, who rounds out an extremely deep backfield behind starter, Doug Martin. Sims will specifically offer his expertise as a receiver out of the backfield, giving the Bucs another reliable third down option.
5-9-14: After trading away wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a clear need at wide receiver entering the draft. Some thought they could just take the best player available or perhaps make a splash with a quarterback, but they ultimately wanted to make sure they had enough talent for Josh McCown to work with in the passing game. That’s where Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans came in, who will pair up with Vincent Jackson to give the Bucs one of the most imposing wide receiver sets in the game. Tampa Bay will look to add some defensive pieces and possibly a tight end moving forward in the draft.
4-28-14: Lovie Smith takes over as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, which means at the very worst the Bucs will have great leadership and a clear direction. Tampa already has made some major moves, which have helped clear the draft picture up for them. They still have some needs on both sides of the ball, but few massive holes could easily lead them to drafting a franchise passer in round one. They’re clearly not high on Mike Glennon, while the 34-year old Josh McCown is a 1-2 year bridge starter. That could lead them to making a huge splash with a guy like Johnny Manziel. They probably won’t though, and instead they could grab a stud receiver like Mike Evans to pair with Vincent Jackson. Tight end could be attacked here, too, as Eric Ebron would be a dramatic upgrade over their current options. Tampa will also look to add a talented pass rusher at some point, while they’ll also search for depth in their secondary.
4-14-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep it inside the state in week one of preseason action, as they travel up to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Week two is another date in Florida, albeit against stiffer competition, as the Bucs head back home to wage war with the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay will likely ease star running back Doug Martin in slowly this preseason, but if he’s ever going to see major action, it will almost certainly be in week three when Tampa takes on the Bills in Buffalo. The Washington Redskins will come to town one week later to help the Bucs close out a hopefully productive 2014 preseason.
Love Smith took over as head coach as the Buccaneers entered 2014 and wasted no time upgrading over Mike Glennon at quarterback by bringing in veteran Josh McCown. Part of Tampa Bay’s forward movement had to do with some loss, though, as they shed the troubling Mike Williams via trade and also let go of the costly Darrelle Revis due to schematic concerns. The Bucs did somewhat make up for the loss of Revis by bringing in Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins, however, and also beefed up their pass rush with former Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson.
3-21-14: New head coach Lovie Smith made it no secret that he wasn’t fully endorsing Mike Glennon as Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future. What the Buccaneers did in free agency said it loud and clear, too. Smith dug into his pockets to pay former Chicago Bears passer Josh McCown to come to Florida on a two-year deal, quickly stating that McCown would be the unquestioned starter. The Bucs didn’t stop there when it came to retooling their offense, as they also upgraded at tight end with the addition of Brandon Myers. Things got a little interesting on defense, as the Buccaneers dropped arguably the game’s best corner in Darrelle Revis thanks to his salary and schematic issues, but successfully turned around and added another quality corner to take his place in Alterraun Verner. Tampa Bay needs to still plug a few holes on the offensive line and find some more pieces for their defense, but appear well on their way to turning things around in 2014.
12-31-13: Mike Glennon put up 219 yards and two touchdowns to help keep the Buccaneers close early, but nothing could slow down the New Orleans Saints with the playoffs on the line. Drew Brees put up four first half touchdowns and Tampa Bay never recovered in a 42-17 road loss.
12-24-13: Bobby Rainey scored a touchdown and Vincent Jackson put up 98 receiving yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Buccaneers fell to the Rams in St. Louis, 23-13. Mike Glennon had a Rams defender in his face all day, as he was taken to the ground seven times and lost a fumble in the loss.
12-17-13: Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns and had the Buccaneers in their week 15 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers late, but Tampa Bay couldn’t close in a 33-14 loss at home. Tampa Bay pulled within six points early in the fourth, but two field goals and a fumbled kickoff return doomed the Buccaneers in the end.
12-10-13: Bobby Rainey busted off an impressive 80-yard touchdown run to get things started in week 14 and the Buccaneers defense harassed Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel all day in a 27-6 win. Tampa Bay was dominant on defense, picking up an insane seven sacks and registering four interceptions in their fourth win in their last five contests.
12-3-13: Mike Glennon and the Bucs did their best to keep things tight with the Panthers in Carolina in week 13, but they simply were no match. Cam Newton had his way to three touchdowns and Mike Glennon coughed up two costly turnovers as the Panthers ran away with a 27-6 win at home to give them their eighth straight win.
11-26-13: Tiquan Underwood burned the Lions for over 100 yards and two touchdowns (one for 85 yards) in week 12, as they earned their third straight victory following an 0-8 start, 24-21. The road win was aided by Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who helped make this a nice shootout, but also threw four costly interceptions.
11-19-13: Tampa Bay built a huge lead and never looked back in week 11, as they earned their second win in a row (and second of 2013) with a big win over NFC South rival, the Atlanta Falcons, with a 41-28 win at home. Backup running back Bobby Rainey carried the offense to the tune of 160+ yards on the ground, as well as an incredible three touchdowns.
11-12-13: Mike Glennon did what was asked for him and nothing more in week 10, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned their first win of 2013 over the Miami Dolphins with good defense and hard running. Mike James was ripping off impressive run after impressive run on a steady opening drive, only to see an ankle injury force his exit. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey joined together to make up for his departure, however, putting up 100+ yards and a score to help the Bucs get off a season-long schneid, 22-19.
11-5-13: The Buccaneers entered week nine still searching for their first win of 2013. Again an unlikely opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, it appeared they just might get it with a commanding 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter. The Seahawks responded with an offensive surge and stifled the Bucs on defense the rest of the way, however, as they forced overtime and knocked in a field goal in the extra period to take the win, 27-24 and keep the Buccaneers winless at 0-8.
The 2013 season continued to go exactly the opposite way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted it to in week eight, as they couldn’t get the running game going and fell to the Carolina Panthers at home, 31-13. Head coach Greg Schiano got one step closer to being fired in his second season, while rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was highly ineffective through the first three quarters. Even the Buccaneers defense couldn’t put forth a passing grade in this one, as the Panthers did as they pleased in the dominant win.
10-22-13: Mike Glennon lost as fumble that was returned for a touchdown in week seven and the Buccaneers fell into an early 14-0 hole that they could never recover from in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, however, as Glennon targeted stud receiver Vincent Jackson an insane 22 times as they two made things interesting, hooking up for 138 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay lost Doug Martin to a shoulder injury mid-way through this one and couldn’t muster enough offense late to complete the comeback.
10-15-13: It appears rookie quarterback Mike Glennon isn’t so inept, after all. A week after folding under the pressure with two bad picks in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Glennon responded with two touchdowns and kept the Bucs in contention until mid-way through the final period. Unfortunately, Glennon did throw an interception and Tampa Bay’s ineffective ground game didn’t do the offense any favors as it stalled in the final quarter of a 31-20 home loss.
10-1-13: A desperate quarterback change couldn’t keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from sinking further into an 0-4 hole in week four. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon offered promise with an early touchdown strike to wide receiver Mike Williams, but was ineffective the rest of the way as Tampa Bay nursed a narrow 10-3 lead over the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay tried feverishly all game to control the clock with running back Doug Martin, but found it incredibly difficult to find any success on the ground, with Martin gaining just 45 rushing yards on an incredible 27 attempts. With the Buccaneers in control late, Glennon showed his inexperience with two costly interceptions that lead to 10 unanswered Cardinals points and an eventual 13-10 home loss, sending the Buccaneers to 0-4 and the bottom of the NFC South division.
9-20-13: In what was hyped up as a high-scoring, explosive offensive affair, the division rival Saints and Buccaneers combined for just 30 total points in a game that was delayed for quite some time due to lightning and rain. Drew Brees and the Saints were the ultimate victors here, despite a terrific effort on defense by Tampa Bay. Despite throwing two picks and absorbing four sacks, Brees lead a final drive late in the game that was capped by kicker Garrett Hartley’s 27-yard field goal to steal the 16-14 win as time expired. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin put forth a valiant effort with 144 rushing yards on the day in this one, but Tampa Bay ultimately couldn’t overcome an ineffective and inaccurate Josh Freeman, who connected with his receivers on just nine passes on the day, while also being responsible for two costly turnovers. Next week, the Buccaneers head to New England to take on Tom Brady and the Pats.
9-10-13: With the Buccaneers up 17-15 and under 40 seconds to go the Bucs had a win in their hands and wrapped up, but literally gave it away their week 1 game against the Jets with a silly penalty by linebacker Lavonte David, which helped the Jets get into field goal position. Josh Freeman was OK; completing 15 of 31 passes for 210 yards, a TD, and an interception. 154 of those yards went to WR Vincent Jackson who caught seven balls on the day. Doug Martin ran the ball 24 times for 65 yards and a score. Next week, Tampa hosts the 1-0 Saints in their home opener.
9-5-13: Here's a list of the Buccaneers final roster cuts: S Cody Grimm, DT Gary Gibson, WR Jordan Norwood, OG Roger Allen, S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, OT Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, WR David Douglas, LB Ka'lial Glaud, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, WR Chris Owusu, OT Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson, G/C Cody Wallace.
8-20-13: The Buccaneers traveled to New England to take on the Patriots. Tom Brady and company were just too much and defeated the Bucs 25-21. Josh Freeman didn't play much and completed two of only three passes thrown on the day for 8 yards. Rookie Mike Glennon took most of the snaps at QB and completed 12 of 22 passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. One of the two TDs were caught by Kevin Ogletree and the other by 2nd year man David Douglas. The Bucs had an impressive day on the ground, racking up 158 rushing yards, 81 from rookie Mike James, and 73 from Peyton Hillis. Tampa will travel to Miami next week to face the Dolphins.
8-11-13: Tampa opened up their preseason schedule by getting hammered by the defending champion Ravens The Bucs turned it over 4 times en route to their 44-16 loss. Josh Freeman was 4 of 7 for 34 yards, while Doug Martin carried it just twice for zero yards. Former Cowboy receiver Kevin Ogletree caught 5 passes for a total of 65 yards, the most on either team.
Next Friday, the Bucs will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.
7-10-13: While the lack of a backing for quarterback Josh Freeman is odd, the Buccaneers still boast a strong offense lead by Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson, and may have a defense that can match their talent level. They've vastly improved a terrible secondary as well. If Freeman can take care of the ball better and rely more on his ground game and defense, he just might earn a new deal, as well as help the Bucs get back to the playoffs in 2013.
6-25-13: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some solid strides last year under rookie head coach Greg Schiano, but enter 2013 in a mixed bag of optimism and pressure.
Schiano has made it known that contract-year quarterback Josh Freeman needs to put up or shut up in 2013, while rookie passer Mike Glennon will be waiting in the wings if Freeman fails. On the flip-side, while the offense has it’s back against the wall, Tampa Bay’s young defense will have to make the leap from rising with optimism, to one that strikes fear into the opposition. The off-season additions of safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Darrelle Revis should put the Buccaneers on the map, but it’s anyone’s guess if being back on the map will translate into a trip to the playoffs.
Buccaneers 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 2, Pick 11: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 11: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Round 4, Pick 3 (from Oakland): Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
Round 4, Pick 29 (from New England): William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Round 5, Pick 14: Steven Means, DE, Buffalo
Round 6, Pick 21 (from Minnesota): Mike James, RB, Miami
12-4-12: Two weeks ago the Tampa Bay Bucs were sitting at 6-4 under new head coach Greg Schiano. Since then they have lost two straight and are now a .500 team on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. After a tough loss last week in Denver, the Bucs will come back home to face the reeling Eagles. This is definitely a must win situation for the Bucs. Currently in second place, the Buccaneers have a good chance if they can win three of their next four games.