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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Paul Spicer as Assistant Defensive Line Coach

February 26th, 2015 at 5:39 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have named Paul Spicer assistant defensive line coach. Spicer will work with defensive line coach Joe Cullen.

Spicer entered the league as a player with the Detroit Lions in 1999, before spending the majority of the next eight seasons (2000-08) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including being named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2005. He earned a Super Bowl XLIV championship with the New Orleans Saints in his final year (2009).

During his playing career, Spicer played in 115 games with 63 starts, totaling 259 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Spicer also spent time with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1998-99) and the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2001-02).

After his playing career concluded, Spicer spent one season (2010) as assistant defensive line coach for Bartram Trail High School (Saint Johns, Florida), before joining the Jaguars, where he worked as the assistant defensive line coach under Joe Cullen for two seasons (2011-12). Spicer has also worked as a coach for the East-West Shrine Bowl from 2012-14.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Contacted Florida State About Jameis Winston

February 25th, 2015 at 8:58 PM
By Michael Compton

Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher appeared on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Wednesday morning and said that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have contacted FSU about Jameis Winston.

The Buccaneers have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and the fact that the organization reached out to Fisher comes as little surprise. The Bucs are certain to perform their due diligence in building a snapshot of Winston’s character ahead of the draft.

When asked how many teams he has spoken with about Winston, Fisher said, “Not as many as you’d think right now. It’s just now starting, and our pro day is in another month (March 31). I think this month, we’ll get bombarded. But we’ve got quite a few (prospects).”

In addressing Winston’s off-field issues, Fisher expressed confidence that Winston is mature enough to become the face of a franchise.

“James’ problem, if you really research and really get down to the nuts and bolts of what actually went wrong—with him standing on the table and the crab leg incident—when you walk out of a place with a deputy sheriff beside you, it was not intent,” Fisher said. “It was a mental lapse.

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Former Buccaneer Josh McCown to Visit with Cleveland Browns

February 24th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
By Michael Compton

Free agent quarterback Josh McCown, who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is reportedly spending the next two days visiting the Cleveland Browns, according to league sources. John DeFilippo is the new Browns offensive coordinator, and McCown was 2-5 as a starter for the Oakland Raiders in 2007 when DeFilippo was the Raiders quarterbacks coach.

McCown, a 12-year NFL veteran, started 11 games for the Buccaneers last season, completing 184-of-327 passes for 2,206 yards. He threw 11 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions, compared to 13 touchdowns to just a single interception for the Chicago Bears in 2013. Since his release, McCown has visited with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

With Johnny Manziel’s off-the-field issues impeding his progress (Manziel has been in rehab since Jan. 28), the Browns are in search of a quarterback who could also serve as a mentor to Manziel. Brian Hoyer won seven games for the Browns last year, but struggled late in the season. There is speculation that Cleveland is also interested in current Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon.

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Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota Bolster Their Stock at NFL Scouting Combine

February 22nd, 2015 at 12:10 AM
By Michael Compton

With Tampa Bay Buccaneers general Manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smtih watching closely, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both looked sharp at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Widely considered the top two picks in this year’s draft, the quarterbacks went through their paces at Lucas Oil Stadium where they were tested on nine different throws. While both prospects routinely delivered on-target passes, Winston’s stronger arm was especially evident on the deeper routes.

"It was really cool to see both of the consensus-right-now top two quarterbacks lay it all out there and do everything for the world to see," said Licht on Buccaneers.com. "They continue to show how competitive they are. They have an inner drive that's pretty amazing actually.

"One has a little bit better [certain] traits than the other; the other has better certain other traits. They both have their strengths and they showcased those strengths."

Mariota impressed before the passing drills commenced, topping all quarterbacks with a 4.52-second 40-yard dash. Winston’s best 40-yard dash time of 4.97 was not among the fastest runners, but his strong arm lived up to his scouting report.

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Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota Set to Impress at NFL Scouting Combine

February 20th, 2015 at 6:35 PM
By Michael Compton

With the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have much to learn between the NFL Scouting Combine, which kicked off today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the April draft. Will it be Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? That is the commonly asked question when it comes to the future face of the Buccaneers.

With head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht in Indianapolis for the combine, the Buccaneers had their first face-to-face meetings with both top quarterback prospects on Wednesday night. Multiple visits are likely with Winston and Mariota, both Heisman Trophy winners, ahead of the draft.

“We’ll spend time with both of these quarterbacks this week,” Smith said in the Tampa Bay Times. “But the 15 minutes, we don’t even count that. We’re going to spend a lot of time with both of these guys.”

While the Buccaneers are certain to keep their options open, Licht indicated that the front office currently has a favorite in what promises to be a difficult projection.

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