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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Improved Effort from Running Game, Defense to Right the Ship

October 24th, 2014 at 9:56 AM
By Michael Compton

It’s safe to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first season under head coach Lovie Smith hasn’t gone as expected. The Buccaneers have an opportunity to get back on track on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Buccaneers are in the NFC South cellar with a 1-5 record. Even more surprising is the fact that the Buccaneers rank last or near the bottom in all of the key statistical categories. Injuries haven’t been kind to the Bucs, but the “next man up” maxim hasn’t translated to results on the field for Tampa Bay.

Last in points allowed (34), total yards (422.8) and passing yards (294.5) and only a few notches from last in rushing yards allowed (128.3), the Bucs have plenty of work ahead to execute cleanly on defense.

The offense hasn’t fared much better. The Bucs average 20 points a game (26th in the league), 306.8 total yards per game (30th), 217 passing yards (24th) and just 89.8 yards per game (28th) on the ground. The rushing game has been nearly nonexistent with Doug Martin hampered early on by an injury. Bobby Rainey has stepped in and performed admirably, and he leads the team in rushing with 262 yards on 54 carries.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy: ‘We’ve Just Got to Be Tougher’

October 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return from a bye week eager to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. In an attempt to light a fire under his teammates, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on Thursday that the Buccaneers must toughen up on defense.

“If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said Thursday. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men.”

McCoy put the responsibility on the players and not head coach Lovie Smith.

“He prepares us well every day,” McCoy said of Smith. “He comes in optimistic regardless of what happened, every day. You don't ever hear him raise his voice but when he speaks everybody listens and you feel what he's saying. For us as players, we just have to have a much more of a killer mentality. When that whistle blows and you step across those white lines, you've just got to turn into something else and we've got to do it across the board.''

Smith responded to McCoy’s comments at his afternoon press conference.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Wide Receiver and Kick Returner Trindon Holliday

October 21st, 2014 at 10:40 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the signing of wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday.

Holliday originally entered the league as a Houston Texans' sixth-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve, Holliday spent the 2011 season and part of the 2012 season with Houston before being waived and signing with Denver, where he played the remainder of the 2012 and the 2013 seasons. This past offseason, the former LSU Tiger signed with the New York Giants, who placed him on Injured Reserve on Aug. 30 prior to releasing him on Oct. 6.

In 31 regular season games, Holliday has returned 80 punts for 752 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 49 kick returns for 1,327 yards and two touchdowns.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Da’Quan Bowers Suspended Two Games

October 21st, 2014 at 4:37 PM
By Michael Compton

Da’Quan Bowers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for the team’s next two games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the Buccaneers announced on Tuesday.

Bowers’ suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday, Nov. 3 following the team’s Nov. 2 game against the Cleveland Browns.

This latest suspension follows on the heels of Jorvorskie Lane’s suspension, which was announced on Oct. 15.

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Lovie Smith: ‘One Good Play at a Time’ Key to Turnaround for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

October 20th, 2014 at 10:20 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to practice at One Buc Place on Monday eager to get back on the field and attempt to turn their season around following a bye week. Remarkably, if the Buccaneers are able to string together some wins, an NFC South title is not out of the question despite a disappointing 1-5 start to the season.

While the Bucs rested and got healthy on Sunday, the three other teams in the NFC South—the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers—all lost, keeping the Bucs in the hunt for a division title.

“What our record is – I watched all of the games this week, I know what happened in our division, I realize how many games we’re out of first place, we’re in it as much as anyone with our record,” said Lovie Smith at his Monday press conference. “That’s what we’re focusing on. Again, there’s life when you take a little bit of time off to not play a game and end up in a better position than when we started the Sunday, we’re in a lot better of a position now. We’re excited about that.”

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