Category: Football

Tennessee Recruiting Former Tampa Bay Football Coach

The Tampa Bay Bucs former coach Greg Schiano maybe headed to Tennessee. The Tennessee Vols are working on finalizing a deal with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano to be Tennessee’s new coach. Tenneessee has been searching for a new coach and was temporarily focused on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Mullen was waiting to see what happened with the coaching position at Florida. Greg Schiano previously coached at Rutgers and delivered them a 68-67 record over 11 seasons. Despite that record, he brought one of the nation’s worst football programs and turned it around with six bowl appearances in his last seven seasons.

Schiano was previously sought after by high-profile colleges including Michigan but decided to go to the NFL after the 2011 season. Schiano was fired in 2013 and returned to college football with Ohio State. Schiano is Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. Tennessee athletic director John Currie fired Vols coach Butch Jones with two games still to be played. Schiano was later implicated as a witness in the Penn State child rape scandal. Schiano worked at Penn State University from 1990 to 1995 in a variety of roles, first as a graduate assistant and later a defensive backs coach. He then later worked for the Chicago Bears and then the University of Miami as a defensive coordinator. Schiano has never coached in the Southeastern Conference.

Should this deal be official, it’s unclear if Greg Schiano will be coaching Ohio State’s defense in the Big Ten Championship or in a possible bowl game or playoff chase. Schiano has turned Ohio State’s defense into one of the nation’s elite defenses in the last two seasons. He’s produced multiple first-round draft picks in the defense side of the game. Ohio state fans are waiting to see what happens, while Volunteer fans are excited.

Bucs Beef Up Offense in 2017 Draft:

Jameis Winston certainly performed better in his sophomore season, connecting for 28 touchdown passes, 12 of them to Mike Evans. That helped Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record, its first season above .500 since 2010. However, they still missed out on the playoffs, as they have every year since 2007.


Despite the success of Winston and Evans, the Buccaneers offense overall was lackluster. Their 354 points scored was the fewest in the NFC South Division. Only five other teams in the entire conference put up fewer points in 2016.


But Tampa Bay coaches and staff believe this year’s draft helped them bring in the players needed to give their offense a much needed boost. It all starts with the team’s first selection (19th pick overall) in O.J. Howard. While Alabama came up short in the national title game against Clemson, Howard did all he could for the Tide cause with 106 receiving yards and a touchdown. Considered the top tight end in this year’s draft, he is not only an excellent receiver, but a top notch blocker.


Another target Tampa Bay got for Winston is Penn State receiver Chris Goodwin in the Third Round (84th overall). Some might wonder how other teams passed over him as he garnered over 2,400 receiving yards in three seasons with the Nittany Lions along with 18 touchdowns, 11 of them last season. Bucs coaches like Goodwin’s maturity and the way he can adjust on the fly. He also shined in every bowl game he played in for Penn State, with more than 130 yards in the 2014 Pinstriple Bowl, the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl, and last season’s Rose Bowl, where he recorded 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns against USC.


With their Fifth Round pick, the Bucs got a running back, they hope, can compliment Doug Martin. Jeremy McNichols of Boise State scored 43 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. Along with a great ground game, McNichols also has great hands, reeling in ten touchdown catches and recording 934 receiving yards in two seasons for Boise State.


Should all these picks pan out, coupled with quality returners in the backfield, the Bucs could have one of the top offenses in the league.




Four Tampa Bay Buccaneer Players Receive Injuries After Last Week’s Game Against the Cardinals

Last Sunday’s NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ad Arizona Cardinals left Buccaneer players Doug Martin, Robert Ayers, Cecil Shorts III and Donovan Smith with injuries. During the first half of last week’s game, Martin injured his right hamstring which will leave him sidelined over a three-week period. Other players received bodily injuries, including Ayers and Stocker ankle injuries and Smith injury to his hip. The players maybe injured but the Buccaneers Coach Dirk Koetter is confident in the team and believes they have what it takes to win this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Yahoo Sports reported Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to replace Martin for the next three weeks or until he fully recovers.



Rodgers showcased his skills during the game against the Cardinals by breaking a 24-yard run and finishing with 29 yards on two efforts, the best for the Buccaneers. Sims also proved his abilities by rushing 529 yards and gaining another 561 yards on 51 receptions that gave the team a huge push. The Buccaneers worked hard the whole week to face the Rams on Sunday. Coach Koetter admitted he has some concerns involving offense now that Martin is sidelined for a few weeks.



Doug Martin received recognition as the NFL’s second leading rusher when he ran for 1,402 yards and scored six touchdowns. He recently signed a five-year contract in the amount of $35 million during off-season. While Martin heals from his hamstring injuries, it is obvious the Buccaneers may encounter some challenges during this Sunday’s game against the Rams.



Rodgers and Sims had to prove themselves during practice, but who will officially replace Martin is unknown. Coach Koetter is careful about disclosing information about the upcoming game against the Rams. The Buccaneers and Rams share the same record with one win and one lost each.



The Buccaneers and Coach Dirk Koetter are self-assured the team players are prepared to overcome challenges when playing against the Rams. The injuries of the leading rusher, defensive end, receiver and left tackle players will not leave the Bucs helpless. Other team players have their backs and plan to defeat the Rams this Sunday’s game.



College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 through 8, 2017, will be the dates; and Tampa, Florida, will be the place for this exciting family-friendly multi-day fan festival. Thousands of fans will enjoy the many varied special activities, some of which are outlined below, as well as mini pep rallies for each participating team, appearances and performances from institutions’ bands and mascots, special celebrity appearances and exhibits, youth sports clinics, interactive activities, entertainment, and more.


AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 – 8, 2017

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park


FREE outdoor concert series featuring a variety of national recording artists including Usher, Gavin DeGraw and Jamie N Commons on Sunday.


Extra Yard 5K and Family Fun Run

Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Downtown Tampa’s Championship Campus


This official Extra Yard 5K road race at 8:00 AM is 3.1 miles down a scenic route of a portion of Bayshore Boulevard. A One-Mile Family Fun Run at 9:00 AM will also be held along a portion of the course.


There will also be a post-race awards ceremony, live entertainment, activities with race sponsors, and many benefits along with the registration fees. Proceeds will benefit Extra Yard for Teachers that goes the “extra yard” by celebrating, honoring, empowering, and inspiring teachers.


Championship Tailgate

Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium


FREE for all championship game ticket holders.


This ultimate game day tailgate will feature ESPN broadcast sets, interactive games, concessions, sponsor activities, and more. Dierks Bentley will headline the Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage.


Media Day

Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Amalie Arena – 9:00 AM

FREE event


Attendees will see their favorite players and coaching staffs and listen to interviews as over 1,000 media members preview the national championship game.


Taste of the Championship

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Florida Aquarium

7:00 to 10:00 PM


Attendees will get to sample gourmet food and beverages from different geographic regions throughout the country presented by a variety of Tampa-area restaurants. Proceeds from the $250 general admission support the College Football Playoff Foundation..


NASL Tampa Bay Owners Seeks To Bring MLS Soccer to Saint Petersburg

William Edwards, owner of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Tampa Bay Rowdies is proposing a privately financed soccer stadium in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The Saint Petersburg entrepreneur seeks to construct an attractive, contemporary style stadium, for a possible Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. The site, where the historic Major League Baseball Al Lang Stadium sits, overlooks Tampa Bay, in Saint Petersburg.


Edwards, at a team rally/news conference, indicated that he is in preliminary talks with the MLS to bring a franchise to the Florida Gulf Coast, in an 18,000 seat stadium. The Al Lang site renovation and expansion includes 12,000 additional seats. The site is adjacent to the fine arts venue, the Mahaffey Theatre, which Edwards runs for the City of Saint Petersburg. Initial estimates peg the stadium expansion at $80 million. Architectural renderings show the stadium will not expand into Tampa Bay nor go beyond the confines of its property boundary.


The site came to the attention of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays 10 years when they were seeking a site for a new stadium. Unlike Edwards private financing proposal, the Rays baseball club demanded public funding and expansion into the surrounding streets and into Tampa Bay.


Many see Edwards stadium proposal an ideal fit for the downtown Saint Petersburg. It taps into the downtown aura without an intrusion and further elevates Saint Petersburg, Florida as a “major league sports town.” The proposed soccer venue would compliment the picturesque waterfront of the burgeoning Tampa Bay metropolis.


While William “Bill” Edwards plans for the waterfront stadium is ambitious, it requires voter approval. Edwards, working with community leaders indicated he will not pursue a referendum on the project until he receives final approval for an MLS expansion team.

Sports finance analysts estimate Edwards shelling out $150 million to the MLS for an expansion team. The figure could balloon even higher as the MLS Orlando City franchise currently holds territorial rights to the Saint Petersburg location. If everything falls into place, Williams envisions the Saint Petersburg MLS franchise beginning play in 2019.


MLS sees the Tampa Bay region as a viable market given the rave reviews the region gets for lifestyle, culture, and weather. A voter referendum would occur in August 2017, at the earliest.


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.’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.

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 Loses A Close One To the Rams

According to Tom Jones, the sports writer for the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have got to get it together because “You can’t lose to a team like the Rams.” He went on in his observation to ask “If the Bucks can’t win this game, which games will they win?” Clearly, he has more than an unbiased view of Tampa Bay’s football team which you would assume from a local sports writer. His column goes on to describe Tom’s disappointment at Tampa’s losing season last year. However, he fails to disclose that losing seasons are just another part of the game. That’s just a fact.

I can remember quite clearly that when Tom Landry was coaching the Dallas Cowboys in the 70s, the cowboys were a smoking hot football team. They could do no wrong and almost no one could beat them. The years when they had Roger Staubauch as quarterback, Emmitt Smith as their running back and Michael Irvin was their wide receiver they dominated the league. If you ever saw them play it was actually watching perfection at work. They were, to say the least, amazing to watch. Did it last? Of course not. After Staubach retired, the cowboys went into a long, long drought of not being able to win squat. In fact, there was a period of time when a group of girl scouts could have probably whipped them in a game, at least that’s what many of the fans thought. But, that’s just the way it goes in the world of sports. Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down.

When asked about their loss to the Rams, Tom writes that Tampa’s coach, Dirk Koetter, quipped that it was something in the team’s culture. Koetter then went on to explain that he’s seen teams that had it – I suppose he meant the desire to win- and just wouldn’t let go of it and he’s seen teams the didn’t have it. Tom Jones took Koetter’s statement as the coaches admission that the team just wasn’t mentally there yet. But Tom decided to take it a step further by letting his readers know that the game pitting Tampa Bay against The Rams last Sunday was a perfect example of a team snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. This observation may or may not be correct, though, because it always comes back to this fact, any time there is a football game, any bad team can beat even a good team anytime. How bad is Tampa? They’re not that bad really. According to Vegas oddsmakers, Tampa has an 80 to 1 chance of winning the super bowl. How about the Rams? According to the bookies, they have a 125 to 1 chance.

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Outlook for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For the past five years one NFL franchise that has struggled the most has been the Tampa bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have had several consecutive years with losing records. However, according to one recent news article (, this could be changing in the near future.

As we head into the 2016 NFL season the Tampa Bay buccaneers are considered by many to be poised for the most improvement of all teams in the league. Last season the team surprise to many experts around the league with the amount of growth and improvement they saw. Much of this was due to the success of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston was arguably the best offense of rookie in the league last year and put up a very surprising stat line. Much of the 2016 season will depend on whether Winston is able to take another step forward and become a dominant player in the league week after week.

While the Buccaneers will rely on the improvement of their quarterback, they still have many other strengths on their team. One of the top players on their team last year was running back Doug Martin. Last year Martin surprised many people across the league by finishing second in the NFL in rushing. This surprised many people because just one year before he suffered a major knee injury.

Another reason for excitement about the team is that the Buccaneers had a very good draft class. They ended up making several selections of offense of an defense of players that should be able to start in contribute for the team right away. While this should make them better in the forthcoming year, it will have even more of an impact in the years to come.

The biggest concern that people have regarding the Buccaneers chances of making the playoffs is the strength of their division. The Buccaneers will continue to have to play the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons. All of these teams could be very competitive and will fight for playoff spots.