Category: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

Will Mike Glennon Back Up or Back Out?

Jameis Winston is the quarterback of the future for Tampa Bay. But the Bucs have offered backup qb Mike Glennon a truckload of money to stay on.

 

Glennon, who’ll be a free agent soon, could make about $8 million a year if he remains Winston’s backup. The deal the Bucs offered him is expected to exceed the contract Chase Daniels got from the Eagles, which was three years and $21 million to back up Carson Wentz.

 

But Glennon seems to be weighing all his options, and might want a chance to be a starter somewhere else. The Jets have shown some interest. In 2015, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan wanted him before they acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now ESPN reports that the team is once again considering Glennon, because he’s only 27, has shown potential, and besides, they’re “desperate for a quarterback” espn.com.

 

It remains to be seen if Glennon really has the stuff to be a starter, though. He hasn’t started a game since 2014. He entered the NFL in 2013, and in his first two seasons he started 18 games and went 5-13. His qb rating for those years was 57.6, and he had trouble with accuracy and often caved in to pressure. And some observers think there’s no market for Glennon bucsnation.com.

 

On the other hand, Glennon was 10 for 11 and 75 yards resulting in a touchdown last season against Atlanta. His lack of experience is largely due to Winston’s good health. And it appears that he’s looking carefully at the starting opportunities available, with no intention of joining a team he can’t succeed on. An unstable coaching situation is out, as well as no protection from a poor O-line.

 

So will it be money and security with the Bucs, or high risk, high reward as a starter somewhere else? It will depend on a few things, but mainly, on what opportunities come up.

 

Bucs Not Yet Ready to Commit to Doug Martin

Bucs May Not Keep Around Doug Martin for Much Longer

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot to consider when it comes to their running back Doug Martin and his potential future.

 

There is a very strong feeling in the air that suggests that the Bucs are looking for someone else to become the starting running back for their team in the 2017 season, because they have readily admitted that they aren’t fully committed to him for this upcoming season.

 

Martin did not dress for the week 16 game at the New Orleans Saints and then found himself suspended for the next four games for violating an NFL policy. Because of this, the Bucs are no longer obligated to guarantee he plays for them next season when he is due for a $7 million salary. Head coach Dirk Koetter, who just finished his first season with the team, noted that Martin was in town the past week, stopped by the office and looked to be completely healthy. After that he is scheduled to go back to California to train until other players return in April.

 

What makes things easier for the Bucs in terms of what to do with Martin is the fact the NFL Draft this year is stocked with several impressive running backs, including Leonard Fournette out of LSU, Dalvin Cook from Florida State and Christian McCaffrey out of Stanford. The team will be looking at all possible options but it is very likely they’ll reach a final decision after the draft.

 

Martin has not been the same player over the course of his five year career. He was drafted out of Boise State in 2012 and ran for over 1,400 yards that year and scored eleven rushing touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod at the end of the season. Since that time, he has struggled to stay healthy and at the end of the 2016 season he only played in eight games and had a career low of 2.9 yards per carry.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Runningback Doug Martin Returns To Action This Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to get a boost on offense this Sunday when they welcome back Runningback Doug Martin to the lineup. Martin had been sidelined for almost the entire first half of this season due to a hamstring injury suffered in week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. His status was listed on this week’s injury report as questionable since his recovery was a day-to-day process, but Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter says he’ll be cleared to play by this Sunday’s game. Filling in for Martin had been Mike James and Peyton Barber, the latter of which had led the team in rushing last week in their loss to Atlanta.

The Buccaneers enter this week’s game at 3-5, tied for third in the NFC South with the Carolina Panthers and facing a 2-6 Chicago Bears team that is fourth in the NFC North. The offense was not the biggest issue in last week’s 48-23 loss to Atlanta, as their defense surrendered a net of 461 yards and 43 points, but still their offense overall only managed 70 rush yards while quarterback Jameis Winston dropped back 48 times. Thus far on the year, the Buccaneers have averaged 108 rush yards per game, good for 16th in the league, while the Bears have averaged about 96, good for 24th in the league.

Doug Martin adds quite a bit of power to a running game that despite having some decent statistics, has lacked the potency that Martin has provided over the last few years. Martin finished the 2015 season 2nd in total rushing yards with 1,402, surpassed only by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, a huge step forward from two setback seasons in 2013 and 2014. Starting this Sunday he’ll look to get back to last year’s form against a Chicago Bears defense that has given up about 100 rush yards per game, and is ranked 12th overall against the run. The Bears themselves are coming off a big upset win against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense, against whom they rushed for 158 yards as a team.

Tampa Bay Bucs Look Strong to Beat Bears

Heading into the 2016 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were considered by many football experts to being on the verge of turning into a perenially winning team. The main reason for the optimism was due to the success of quarterback Jameis Winston, who ended up being one of the top offensive rookies in the NFL last year. While the Buccaneers only ended up winning six games and losing ten, the team looked poised to take a step forward.

 

While the Buccaneers were expected by many to take a step forward this year, the team has gotten off to a slower than expected start. Through the first half of the year, the Buccanners have a record of just three wins and five losses and are three games behind divisional leader, the Atlanta Falcons. Part of the struggles have been due to injury, particularly because of the loss of star running back Doug Martin.

 

While the Buccaneers have not had a good start to the season, many are optimistic that the team can have a stong second half and even compete for a place in the playoffs. The start of the second half of the season starts this Sunday afternoon when the team will host the Chicago Bears. According to a recent article (http://thespun.com/nfl/bears-vs-bucs-prediction-preview-spread-channel), many expec that the Bucs will be able to beat the Bears and get the second half off on the right foot.

 

While the Bears are the favorites in Las Vegas, many people are not properly estimating the impact that the Bucs will have in the game. Star quarterback Jameis Winston has seemed to found his stride in the past few weeks. In the last week he was able to finally connect with Mike Evans, the star receiver, on a consistent basis. While the team lost to the Falcons in a shootout, it is unlikley that the Bears will be able to keep up with the Bucs on a regular basis during the four-quarter game.

 

 

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.

 

 

Tampa Bay Continues Team Development with Win

In the 2015 NFL season one of the more surprising teams in the NFL were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the team finished with a record of just 6 wins and 10 losses, it was a big improvement over the 2014 season when they won just four games. Much of the improvement was due to the success of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who was the former number one pick in the NFL draft and quickly showed that he belongs in the NFL.

 

After a good year in 2015, many people expected that the Buccaneers would take another step forward and potentially compete for a spot in the NFL Playoffs. However, the team did not get off to a great start through the first quarter of the season, which saw them start with a record of 1 win and 3 losses. The early season losses included a few blowout losses including those to the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

 

 

While the Buccaneers looked like they were heading towards another losing season, a recent news article (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfl/2016/10/tampa_bay_buccaneers_vs_caroli.html) pointed out that they did a good job redeeming themselves earlier this week on Monday Night Football.

 

 

In front of a national audience, the young Buccaneers team took on the Carolina Panthers, which went to the Super Bowl last year. The Panthers were also off to a poor start this year and were missing their star quarterback, Cam Newton, and starting running back, Jonathan Stewart. Despite the losses of key players, many expected the Panthers to win the game.

 

 

The Buccaneers quickly showed during the game that they were not a team to be overlooked. Their defense was very strong and continued to hold the Panthers who had a tough time moving the ball down the field. Winston looked strong and efficient throughout the game as he finished with 219 yards passing and one touchdown without throwing an interception.

 

 

In the end, the game came down to special teams play. With the score tied up with no time left on the close, the Buccaneers kicker made a 38-yard field goal to win the game by a score of 17-14. The victory helped Tampa Bay to stay in competition for the NFC South Division, which is currently led by Atlanta.

 

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 (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/chuck-mills-2016-predictions-no-120149143.html), 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.

 

 

Buccaneers Reveal New Team Helmet

The Buccaneers are back for another action-packed season in the NFL, but when they hit the field this year, they’ll do so sporting new and improved helmet and logo designs. Revealed on the NFL Network by Warren Sapp and Gerald McCoy, the new helmet and logo haven’t changed considerably from the old design. Instead, that design was enhanced, bringing forth the highlights of the high-flying Tampa Bay Buccaneers flag and enhancing them to appeal to the eye of the audience. What is new is the chrome facemask, something only this NFL team has.

 

 

Some of the re-design highlights include:

 

 

– More vivid flag

 

 

– Distinctive pewter on the helmet

 

 

– Intimidating-looking skull, cross and sword

 

 

– Larger logos

 

 

Thanks to the use of a hand-painted shading technique, the helmet provides immaculate attention to detail, providing an overall pleasing appearance that catches the eye even when unintended. No other NFL team has a helmet with such eye-popping, dramatic features. The revamped helmet is a part of a grander scheme, as the Buccaneers want to give themselves a new image and start off the season winning games and attracting more fans to the Tampa Bay side!

 

 

The Last Uniform Update

 

 

It’s been 17 years’ since the team has updated their uniform. The Buccaneers traded their orange and white uniform for the current pewter and red color at this time. Fans were excited to boast their teams’ new colors and have already expressed their delight in these great helmets. Undoubtedly it feels good to support a team with the creame le croup of uniforms!

 

 

More Changes in the Future

 

 

More uniform changes are still in store for this season. In less than two weeks, the entire Buccaneers uniform ensemble will be revealed. Watch out for the Buccaneers this season, though you’ll likely be unable to miss them in these eye-catching new helmets!

 

Tampa Bay Bucs Reach Agreement with Defensive Coordinator

Mike Smith, the Buccaneers defensive coordinator, appears to be staying put in Tampa. He and the management have agreed to extend his contract. Details of the deal have not been released, but it’s a sure bet that many people are happy to hear about his plans to remain with the team.

 

Smith was the Atlanta Falcons head coach from 2008 – 2014. He took the Falcons to the playoffs in multiple years, including 2008 when he was also named the NFL Coach of the Year. Before that role, he was the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he also held various positions at the college and pro levels.

 

He joined the Bucs in January of 2016. He works under head coach Dirk Koetter, who was once Smith’s assistant in Atlanta.

 

Smith recently considered going back into head coaching. He was a candidate for vacant positions in San Diego and Jacksonville. The Jaguars ultimately went with another coach, and Smith ended up withdrawing his name from consideration for the Chargers job.

 

In the early half of the 2016 season, the Buccaneers’ defense was lackluster. They ranked poorly across all aspects of defense. In the second half, they improved to 13th in yards allowed and fourth in points per game. During this period, they also ranked first in takeaways, with 18, and with their third-down conversion rate, which was 32%.

 

Mike Smith is known for being able to develop close relationships with his players. He has experience, an extensive knowledge of the game, and great instincts which allow him to draw up effective plays. The team is looking to keep its momentum going after finishing 9 and 7 in 2016. In 2014, they only had two wins all season.

 

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.