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Thursday
Mar262015

Lovie Smith Is a Fan of Jameis Winston

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has no problem with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Smith believes that the former Heisman Trophy winner has moved past his off-the-field issues and thinks he's doing his best to mature.

"What do you want a quarterback to do? Well, you want him to be able to win and get people to believe that you can help be the reason why we win every game," Smith explained. "I think he's done that. He's got a track record -- he's got a Heisman behind him. He's got a national championship."

"You start talking to his teammates and they all say the same thing," Smith continued. "You talk to coaches that have been around him in the room. You put him on the board, you start talking about his football intelligence. You let him sell himself. He can sell himself."

Smith is confident that Winston can be a leader and represent the NFL shield in the right way.

"I said it [at the NFL combine] that with the information I had, I was very comfortable with him," Smith said. "Since then, we've had a chance to spend a lot more time with him and nothing has changed. It's even grown a little more now that I know him better.  If we decide to go that direction, we're very comfortable with Jameis being the face of our franchise and the quarterback on our football team."

Smith also did not rule out drafting former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.


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Thursday
Feb122015

Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.


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Saturday
Dec062014

Buccaneers Part Ways with Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeff Tedford's short tenure as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator has come to an end, as he and the Buccaneers have parted ways.

Tedford was hired in January by first-year Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, but had been on an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons and was released from his contract over the weekend to "pursue other opportunities."

After having heart surgery prior to the start of preseason, Tedford hasn't called a play for the team since the third preseason game.

"When my health issues arose, I simply tried to ignore them, and then I made the mistake of twice trying to come back too early," Tedford said in a statement. "At that point, the organization proposed, and I agreed, that an indefinite leave of absence would allow me the proper amount of time to rest and rehabilitate myself. I am happy to state that I'm healthy now and feeling great."

Without Tedford, the Buccaneers have the 26th-ranked offense in the NFL.

Tedford was the head coach at California from 2002-12.


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Saturday
Nov292014

Andy Dalton's Not Looking Past Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will play at Tampa Bay on Sunday as the season heads into December.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is trying to guide his team to their fourth straight playoff appearance.

"We know every week is important," Dalton said. "So you don’t want to have any slip-ups, because if you do, you can go from first to last really easily. We know every week is so important so it just brings that extra focus to the game."

Dalton is coming off two big games against the Saints and Houston.

"They’ve been playing well," said Dalton of Tampa's effort in their last few games. "Some of those things, they’re really sound in what they do. Whether it be the drops that they’re taking – they know what they’re doing, they know how to play certain routes. You’ve got to be sharp."

Despite their 2-9 record, the Buccaneers go into Sunday's game only two games behind the Saints and Falcons in the NFC South.

"Realize how important this game is," Tampa head coach Lovie Smith said.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Gerald McCoy Signs Mega Deal With Buccaneers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Gerald McCoy is now the highest-paid defensive tackle in NFL history.

The Buccaneers signed their 2010 first-round pick to a seven-year, $98 million-dollar contract extension, with $51.5 million in guarantees.

McCoy struggled with injuries in his first two seasons, but has proven to be one of the most dominant nose tackles over the past two. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named a 2013 All-Pro.

Despite McCoy's individual success, the Buccaneers continue to struggle. The team is currently 1-5 and coming off a 4-12 record in 2013.

Now with a new contract in hand, McCoy can maintain focus on bringing the Bucs back to postseason prominence.

"That's eating away at me, man," McCoy said earlier this season. "I do all this training and preparing, trying to do what I can for my team for us to get to the playoffs. I just want to experience it."

 


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Monday
Oct132014

Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Joe Flacco tossed five touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Baltimore Ravens went on to win 48-17.

Flacco threw four of his touchdowns in the first quarter, putting up a lead that would prove too much for the Bucs to remain competitive. 

"It was very enjoyable. You don't get those too often in this league. ... It was pretty crazy," Flacco said. "It happened so quickly. It was such an awkward situation, but it was definitely fun for us."

On the receiving end of those passes were Torrey Smith, who caught the first two, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith.

Baltimore returns home to host the Atlanta Falcons next week.

 


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Monday
Jan062014

Buccaneers Welcome Lovie Smith To Tampa Bay

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced Lovie Smith as their new head coach on Monday.

The 55-year-old Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who was fired last week after compiling a record of 11-21 over the past two seasons. He inherits a team that began the 2013 campaign with eight straight losses before finishing the year 4-12.

This will be Smith’s second stint with the Bucs. He previously served as their linebackers coach under Tony Dungy from 1996 through 2000.

“There’s a certain brand of football that you expected from us,” Smith said during his news conference. “You knew we’d be relentless, we would play hard, physical, but there was a brand of football that you did get from us each week. At Raymond James Stadium, it was hard for opponents to come in and win. We have gotten away from that a little bit, and it is time, as we go to the future, for us to become a relevant team again.

From 2004 through 2012, Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears, where he went 81-63, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

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Wednesday
Jan012014

ESPN: Lovie Smith Reaches Agreement to Coach Buccaneers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lovie Smith has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their new head coach, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports the deal is for four years, with a fifth-year team option, and is expected to pay Smith in excess of $5 million a year.

Smith was a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay for five seasons under Tony Dungy.

"Congratulations to the Bucs,'' Dungy tweeted. "I think they made a very good choice in hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!''

Smith coached the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, compiling an 81-63 record. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2005 and also led the Bears to three NFC North titles  and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl.

Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who went 11-21 in two seasons as the Buccaneers' head coach.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Bears Hire Trestman As Coach

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears have found their head coach.

The Bears have hired the CFL's Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman to the same position. 

Trestman will take over for Lovie Smith, who coached the team for nine seasons and was fired after a 10-6 season did not result in a playoff appearance for Chicago. 

 Trestman will be introduced at a Thursday morning press conference. The Chicago Tribune first had the story.

The 57-year old Trestman is a noted offensive mind and has tutored numerous NFL quarterbacks, including current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. He has also worked with Steve Young, Rich Gannon and Bernie Kosar.

He is coming off an 11-7 season in the CFL, and won back-to-back championships in the league in 2009 and 2010. He recently signed a contract extension with the Alouettes, but is expected to be allowed to leave to coach the Bears.

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Monday
Dec312012

Bears Fire Head Coach Love Smith

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a 10-6 record in 2012, the Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith.

Even though the Bears started 7-1, the Bears wound up missing the playoffs for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Usually 10-6 is good enough to make the playoffs, but the Packers and Vikings finished ahead of the Bears in the NFC North while the team dealt with injuries to key players.

In nine seasons, Smith went 81-63 and took the team to the Super Bowl in 2006. He was 3-3 in the playoffs during his time with the Bears.

"I think it's going to be a sad day at Halas Hall," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "I have a lot of respect for the guy. He's made friends with a lot of the players. He's a player's coach. I think right now I'm a little surprised, a little sad. Wish I could have done more offensively to help him out."

While the Bears seemed to always start the season hot, they would also fade away as the season went on. The team went 17-19 in December under Smith.

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