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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Season Recap

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 season can only be seen as a bit of a letdown. Expectations were definitely high following the team’s 2015 campaign. On the surface, 2016 does not seem that bad. The team finished with a 9-7 record. That record may not seem very impressive. However, it is important to note that the Bucs have been around for 41 years and have only been able to compile 12 seasons with a winning record.

 

Jameis Winston played his second season in the NFL after being the number one selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He still has a ways to go. Like most young quarterbacks, he is still prone to making critical mistakes in key spots. Fumbles and interceptions by Winston cost the Buccaneers dearly in a number of games in 2016. However, there is no question that he is a rising star in the league. Another season or two of experience and Winston could very easily be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

 

One of the biggest reasons the Bucs missed the playoffs was the injury to the ACL of receiver Vincent Jackson. The team needed him to be healthy because top receiver Mike Evans was being forced to take too much of the load himself. Many people are expecting the Bucs to go after a receiver in the draft to give Winston another weapon. However, it is unclear who the Bucs will be able to draft at the position they will have in the first round. It is always possible they could decide to trade up.

 

The future looks bright for this young team that came only one win away from making the playoffs. A playoff birth in 2017 is definitely a reachable goal for the Buccaneers. Obviously, they will need to avoid any key injuries.

Buccaneers in the National Spotlight

Having once set a National Football League record for playing 12 straight seasons with 10 or more losses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now drawing national interest. Their Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys scored high in the ratings. NBC reported a 15.3 overnight rating and a 25 share. This is nearly a 47% increase in ratings over last year’s week 15 game. Though the Buccaneers ultimately lost to Dallas 26-20, they are by no means out of the running for post season play.

 

In combination with the Atlanta Falcons not very shocking defeat of the San Francisco 49ers, the loss pushed the Buccaneers just out of the top six teams in the NFC. The Buccaneers, however, still have several avenues to the play offs. This possibility creates a tension and excitement that resonates with the national fan base.

 

Preseason analysis did not give the Bucs much of a chance of making the post season. The firing of three key offensive coaching staff members, the offensive coordinator, quarterback coach and head coach, left analysts wary of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston’s chances. The defensive coaching staff was almost completely replaced. The Bucs also haven’t been in the playoffs since their 2007 wildcard loss to the New York Giants. With 8 losses and 6 wins this season, they are not shoe-ins for a playoff spot.

 

It is precisely this uncertainty that makes following the team’s last few games of the season so appealing. Sports fans love the underdog. The discussions at the end of any season focus on the myriad possibilities of the last teams standing, with special attention devoted to the least likely teams. The sports discourse becomes intricate if this team beats that team scenarios. Fans get to flaunt their knowledge of NFL standings as the results of almost every game restructures the puzzle.

 

The Buccaneers face the Saints and the Panthers for their last two games. They have won both of their previous match ups with these teams this season, but not by large margins. Winning against their division opponents would go a long way toward clinching a place in the playoffs. With luck, the Bucs will make it and the nation will be watching.

 

Tampa Bay Defense Is On the Tear

Gerald McCoy and Tampa Bay Defense are on a Real Run

 

It’s wise to never underestimate the usefulness of a good defensive tackle in any level of football. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy.

 

Before becoming an NFL star, Gerald McCoy was voted as an All-Big 12 defensive tackle in 2009, as was another tackle, Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska. With both of them being well acclaimed defensive players primed for the 2010 NFL Draft, Suh was selected by Detroit as a second overall pick and McCoy ended up going to the Bucs in the very next selection. Suh notched ten quarterback sacks in his first season and ended up with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, while collecting another twelve in his next couple of seasons and even going to the Pro Bowl twice.

 

McCoy, on the other hand, was a bit of a slow starter in his first few years, notching only nine sacks in his first three years. However, things have a way of changing because in the last four years, McCoy has done better than Suh, notching a total of thirty-three and a half sacks in that time span and making four Pro Bowls. McCoy also still remains with the Bucs while Suh left to Lions and was signed by Miami in 2015.

 

McCoy and the Tampa Bay defense as a whole have been an incredibly solid force as of late, by holding other opponents to just under thirteen points per game in the last five weeks. A very notable example includes the last game where they hosted the New Orleans Saints and prevented Drew Brees from throwing any touchdowns in the game, ending with a 16-11 win for Tampa.

 

Because of this defense, the Bucs have been able to consider themselves a legitimate playoff contender for this year for the first time since 2010. They were in the bottom of their division for the last several years and now are running a defense that ranks 12th in the NFL in run defense and also rank 12th in the NFL for sacks, having a total of 30 for the year. McCoy has been a major factor in all of this and defensive coordinator Mike Smith can be thanked.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Josh Huff Is Back in the NFL

Josh Huff is an American Football Wide Receiver. Huff was born on October 14, 1991, and grew up in Houston, TX. His expected salary is $615,000. Moreover, originally draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. This 200+lb, 5’11” assigned wide receiver played his college years in Oregon.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Huff Is Picked Up for Another Fantastic NFL Season

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team remains strong enough to compete in today’s NFL. With Jameis Winston years of NFL experience mounting, the team’s other scoring positions require big players to make the Bucs a winning team for the long haul. Currently, the Bucs are running:

– WR Adam Humphries

– TE Cameron Brate

– WR Mike Evans

– Luke Stocker

– RB Jacquizz Rodgers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 – 5), 3rd in the NFC South

 

Josh Huff and His Bright Future

As a continuance to his career, Huff looks forward to marking the movement with former FSU QG Jameis Winston. Surprisingly, this prize wide receiver has experience with champions. During his first years at the university level, Huff played his role while the Oregon Ducks ruled the PAC-10 Conference in 2011.

 

Unfortunately, Josh Huff is on the rebound from bad events during his stay with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to sources, Huff received three tickets (DUI/speeding – 25 mph over the speed limit)/too dark of tint on his vehicle), two warrants (possession of a firearm), and a criminal summons after being stopped by the authorities.

 

To the surprise of many, Josh Huff was picked up “off of the street”. Also, this considered a desperate measure for the Tampa Bucs, however, their team is continuously looking for younger and stronger players, and luckily, Josh Huff fit the bill to start as a wide receiver on any giving Sunday. Finally, Josh Huff didn’t quite apologize to his former Philly team, conversely, his spirit is on the rise. Reports mention, “Obviously I made a mistake … I put myself in this situation. But, I am ready to move on.”

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Looking Forward to Another Win

The Buccaneers are refreshed for the upcoming battle with the Chicago Bears. Currently, the Bears sit with a 2 – 6 losing record for the season. However, today only marks the middle point of this competitive schedule. On the side of the Chicago Bears, several starters – Josh Sitton, Kyle Long, Eddie Royal, and Eddie Goldman – plan to return to the football field at hopes to issue the Buccaneers a loss.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – QB and WR

 

Despite earlier troubles in the 2016 season, Jameis Winston remains alongside other wide receivers to gaining control of the situation. Contrary to Winston’s first year in the NFL, his numbers have reduced. Last year, the first round draft pick threw 15 interceptions for the year. Now, Jameis Winston sits at a reduction of nine interceptions to stay out of the double-digits.

 

In addition, WR positions are being replenished with fresh legs. Josh Huff has been picked up, after his release from the Philadelphia Eagles, and Mike Evans has recovered from concussion protocol. Moreover, although Josh Huff has had detrimental issues in the past that relate to law violations, the fans are frozen in time as the Buccaneers recover Huff from the streets.

 

Earlier last week, on Tuesday, WR Josh Huff was cited and arrested on charges of DUI, possession of a firearm, and possible possession of an illegal substance. However, the Buccaneers recently made the decision to capture the fast running, young wide receiver, and add him to the family. Thus far, Huff has accumulated 13 catches for 72 yards and one receiving touchdown. Plus, Huff managed to score on a 98-yard kickoff return during the Eagles game against the high-powered Minnesota Vikings defense.

 

Finally, WR Mike Evans’ future is looking promising, after the previously mentioned scare of a concussion. Mike Evans still is the top wide receiver in the NFL. Mike Evans is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR in his third season with the Bucs. Evans is known for his 6-foot-5 frame, as he continues to come down with the football in order to score BIG. Today, WR Evans is ranked second in the league as the best NFL wide receiver. Overall, the Bucs are staring at a 3 – 5 record, however, the Bucs QB and WR roster can turn this season around for the rest of the season’s schedule.

 

Buc Coach Koetter Irritated by Gruden Comment

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden lashed out at current Bucs coach Dirk Koetter during the Monday Night Football broadcast of their game against the Carolina Panthers. The former Super Bowl-winning coach, now a color analyst for ESPN, offered sharp criticism of a fourth quarter play call.

 

Gruden opined that Koetter had no confidence in Tampa Bay’s young quarterback Jameis Winston after a running play was called on a critical third down and long yardage play. The run failed to gain the nine yards needed for a first down, imperiling the Buccaneers’ fading chances of victory in the crucial intra-division game.

 

Gruden cited Winston’s poor judgment in attempting a dangerous pass against double zone coverage by the stout Panthers defense on a previous play. The pass fell harmlessly as an incompletion, but a fourth quarter interception on that part of the field might have sealed Tampa Bay’s fate.

 

The Bucs managed a late game-winning drive with Winston still at the helm. Gruden’s scolding still stung a clearly angered and resentful Koetter in the post-game press conference.

 

PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook reports that Koetter attempted to dismiss Gruden’s criticism as empty words tossed out by a color commentator simply filling air time. Koetter also characterized the cutting remark as thrown out in ignorance, as Gruden has not been on the Bucs payroll in years, and is an outsider.

 

However, Buccaneers management had given Tampa resident Gruden unusual access to the team for several days leading up to the game. ESPN viewers may have given added weight to his in-game observations of the Tampa Bay players and coaching staff.

 

The Bucs have invested their future fortunes in Winston, now in his second year in the NFL. The 2013 Heisman trophy winner is expected to match, if not exceed, the phenomenal success of 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton of the Panthers. It is widely perceived that Koetter was hired as head coach primarily for his track record in developing quarterbacks.

 

Koetter asserted that he has complete confidence in Winston.

Bucs Stun Division Rival Panthers and ESPN

Buccaneers Beat Panthers in Win and Climb in ESPN Rankings

 

Football teams move up and down every week in terms of how well they played in their last game. There are often power rankings on sports site that mention this.

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are just one recent example of how these power rankings play out over the course of a typical NFL season. The Bucs manage to pull off a stunning upset of the division rival Carolina Panthers during a Monday Night Football game, winning by a score of 17-14 and tightening the NFC South division race, now with a 2-3 record.

 

Notably absent from the game was Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who had previously suffered a concussion and was now on the league’s concussion protocol, forcing him to sit out the game. Derek Anderson, the backup was now thrust into the starter position and it was noticeable, due to the fact that the Panthers now sit at 1-4 for the season and last place in the division.

 

ESPN definitely took notice of this, moving the Bucs up six spots due to the win, from 29th place last week up to 23 after this win. A necessary move for them to jump several shots, given that the Bucs had already lost three straight games prior to Monday Night and were sitting in the basement of rankings across all sports boards, ESPN included. The Bucs’ defense did give up lots of offensive yards and big plays but ultimately made a game-changing play to keep them alive, that play being a well-time red zone interception of Derek Anderson. Roberto Aguayo, the rookie placekicker, made the game-winning field goal to give the Bucs their second win.

 

The Buccaneers are around other teams like the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions in terms of rankings because like the Bucs, they also came up with wins when they needed them, however theirs were more impressive. At the same time, power rankings on any site, be it ESPN or the NFL, don’t determine the final record for the season or how well everything plays out but does right now. The goal of any team should be to try for that number one spot in all power rankings.

Tampa Bay Looks Forward to Coming Weeks

As they entered the 2016 NFL Season, fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were very optimistic about the new season. In 2015 the team was considered one of the most improved in the NFL as they increased their win total from just two to six. Due to the strong play of quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Doug Martin, it appeared that the team could be ready to take the next step forward.

 

While there was a lot of promise to the upcoming season, the first four weeks of the year did not go as planned as the team lost three of their four games. However, according to recent news (http://thepewterplank.com/2016/10/11/buccaneers-win-changes-seasons-outlook/), the team played very well this week on Monday Night Football and defeated the defending NFC champs, the Carolina Panthers. After winning the game on a last-minute field goal, there is suddenly a lot of optimism about what the team could accomplish the rest of the way.

 

After winning the game, the Buccaneers are now 2 and 3, which places them in third place in the division and two games behind the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers clearly have the talent to win the division, as they are the only team in the NFL to beat the Falcons, which they did in the first week of the season. During week 6 the team will be on a bye week and they will begin to focus on the rest of the year.

 

One of the greatest opportunities that the team has coming up is the return of their star running back, Doug Martin. Martin was hurt early in the second game of the year and has yet to retune, but he is expected by many to be back after the bye week. This is an area where Tampa Bay has struggled, as the backup running backs have not been able to completely replace all of the production that Martin left behind during his absence over the past few weeks.

 

With several divisional games still on the schedule, the Buccaneers have a great chance to gain ground on the Falcons and the rest of the conference. As Winston continues to mature and develop, he will be tough to stop by the end of the year.

The Field Goal Kick That Landed a Win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday’s night NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers started with both teams holding one and three records. By fourth quarter Business Insider reported the teams were tied 14 and 14 until Buccaneers’ rookie kicker, Roberto Aquayo kicked the football straight down the middle of the field landing a win for the team. It was the best play performance for the rookie who had missed two previous kicks in the second quarter and fourth quarter.

 

Aquayo never missed a kick while playing for Florida State University inside 40 yards, but is struggling on the Bucs team. His struggles turned into victory after his team players provided him support on the sidelines right before the winning kick of the day. Thus far Aquayo has a field goal kicking record of four of eight for the season.

 

Preseason was difficult for the rookie kicker in the beginning after missing two field goals and an effort to kick the extra point field goal in the first and second week. By the end of the final two weeks of preseason, Aquayo was five for five. He finished the preseason with eight of 10 field goals.

 

Buccaneers coach, Dirk Koetter spoke to ESPN and said that he has concerns about the rookie kicker when most kickers are able to make goals inside of 50 yards when the weather permits. The first missing kick Aquayo made was during the second quarter which was 33 yards out. This happened at Carolina 30-yard line after Russell Shepard recovered Ted Ginn Jr.’s punt. The second missed field goal happened in the fourth quarter after Brent Grimes made a touchdown interception in the end-zone.

 

Coach Koetter applauded the Buccaneers team players who encouraged Roberto Aquayo on the sideline before the field goal kick. The team support and power actions of defense to get the ball back and Jameis Winston leading the offense gave him another opportunity to make a field goal. Koetter continues to have concerns about the rookie after a loss to Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago. He missed a 41-yard field goal which would have given the Buccaneers the lead. Koetter is pleased with the overall performance of the NFL team and the winning field goal.

Tampa Bay Buckles Down for Win Against Carolina

Going on the road against the Panthers didn’t look promising, especially since Carolina was last year’s Superbowl runner-up and Tampa Bay had lost the last six games with them. Injuries had also pirated Bucs starting running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

 

But the Buccaneers set the never-say-die tone early with a 58-yard Jameis Winston drive and a field goal by Roberto Aguayo. The rookie kicker and two-time ACC champion had struggled in the NFL with a field goal percentage of 50 but came through with a 35-yarder and put the Bucs ahead early. Aguayo hit another 35-yard goal in the second quarter. With Cam Newton sidelined due to concussions, the Tampa Bay defense was able to keep Carolina from scoring, and the Bucs went into halftime ahead 6-0.

 

Things heated up quickly in the second half. Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson lead an 11-play drive in the third quarter. It culminated in a one-yard touchdown run by rb Cameron Artis-Payne and brought the score to 7-6. Another Artis-Payne run for 12 yards pushed the score to 14-6. But Tampa Bay wasn’t done yet. Winston’s 26-yard pass reached Mike Evans in the end zone, and the Bucs completed the two-point conversion to tie the score at 14 all.

 

Late in the fourth quarter, Winston and the Bucs went 66 yards down the field in 11 plays. Then at literally the last second, Aguayo booted a 38-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay the win 17-14. Of all the happy Buccaneers on the field, Aguayo was no doubt the happiest.

 

Key for the Bucs as well as Aguayo was running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who was filling in for starters Martin and Sims. Rodgers, little used in stints with the Falcons and Bears, rushed for 101 yards with 30 carries and caught 5 passes for 28 receiving yards espn.com.

 

It wasn’t altogether a pretty win, since Carolina tight end Greg Olsen was allowed to rack up a career-high 181 receiving yards. Aguayo missed two field goal attempts as well as clinching the win. And Tampa Bay was short three defensive line starters, who they replaced with undrafted rookie free agents. But still, there was the happy feeling that the Buccaneers had righted the ship.