Category: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

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.

Jameis Winston Is Bucs Air Apparent

If it seems like Jameis Winston’s throws are in the air a long time, the numbers bear that out. The Tampa Bay qb has thrown for 3,364 yards this season, and 66.1 percent of these yards have been airborne.

 

Sometimes passing yard stats can be confusing, because a one-yard pass that’s carried for 20 yards will be considered a 21-yard pass. But there is also a stat called air yards. Air yards are calculated by subtracting yards after catch from a quarterback’s total yards sportingcharts.com. Sixty-six point one percent of Winston’s total yardage has been air yards. This is the highest percentage of any starting quarterback in the NFL this year.

 

In total air yards this season, Washington’s Kirk Cousins leads with 2,418 to Winston’s 2,225. However, Winston’s air yard percentage is still higher than Cousins.’ Cousins’ percentage is only 59.1 percent of his 4,045-yard total.

 

Among NFL quarterbacks this season, after Cousins and Winston, Drew Brees comes in with 2,216 air yards and Matt Ryan has totaled 2,105. Next are Andy Dalton at 2,053, Carson Palmer at 2,029 and Andrew Luck with 1,999 sportingcharts.com.

 

Key to Winston’s performance has been wide receiver Mike Evans, his favorite target. Going into Week 15, Evans led all NFL receivers in yards at the time of the catch, snagging 957 of his 1,100 receiving yards out of the air. Evans has caught 80 passes averaging 13.8 yards per reception and has also scored 10 touchdowns, the most of any Tampa Bay receiver.

 

Next after Evans is tight end Cameron Brate, who’s had 51 receptions for 575 yards and a very respectable 11.3 yards per reception. Brate, who’s been with the Bucs since 2014, has scored 6 touchdowns buccaneers.com.

 

The Bucs offense is humming right along with Winston, Evans, Brate and more great offensive stats. The Bucs have 283 total first downs to their opponents’ 259. They have 79 of 178 third down conversions to their opponents’ 53 of 155. In time of possession, they average 2 minutes more than all their opponents buccaneers.com.

 

Could the Bucs make it to the Superbowl this year? It might be in the air!

 

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 Poised for Playoff Push

The holiday season is upon us, and as we inch closer to Christmas each day we are also inching closer to one of the most exciting times of year for sports, the NFL playoffs. As usual this year’s NFL season has been full of injuries, disappointments, and surprises, and as we enter week 15 with the playoff picture starting to take shape there are few teams in better position to give their fans a surprise Christmas gift than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

As a team that most NFL analysts overlooked as “in development”, the Buccaneers improved over the course of the first 14 weeks and currently sit at 8-5 and in position of the second wildcard playoff spot. The team is now heading into a showdown with the equally surprising Dallas Cowboys in prime-time this Sunday night, and does so with their playoff destiny in their own hands.

 

Tampa Bay’s surprising season got off to a rocky start, going 1-3 in the first four games and giving up more points per game, on average, than any other team in the league. While the offense was firing on all cylinders, led by second year quarterback Jameis Winston and star receiver Mike Evans, the defense was among the league’s worst. However that same defense has managed to turn things around over the last four weeks and allowed the Buccaneers to pull themselves back into the playoff picture.

 

In the last four weeks Tampa Bay has found a way to improve the amount of points per game that they allowed from 29 down to 12.8 which, if they continue on this track, will be a record for defensive improvement over the course of the season. The team has also scaled back the defensive playbook allowing their players to focus more on the fundamentals of the game and resulting in 25 takeaways this season, which is a tie for the league lead, and a +6 turnover differential after starting -9 in their first 4 games.

 

Such a quick turnaround is impressive for any team, but the Buccaneers newfound success becomes even greater when you consider the fact that just two years ago the team drafted Winston in the first round, following a season of having the worst record in the league. In that short time they have laid the groundwork for a winning franchise and put themselves in position to be a real playoff threat.

Tandy Was Handy for the Bucs

A great outing against the Saints in Week 14 has led to safety Keith Tandy being nominated for the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week Award. This Buccaneer meant business as he snagged a late-game interception, deflected three passes, one of which resulted in an interception, and recorded nine tackles.

 

Tandy is a fifth-year player from West Virginia, and his late-game heroics have led fanragsports.com to call him the football equivalent of a “closer.” On Sunday, with 57 seconds left to play, he jumped in front of Saints receiver Willie Snead and grabbed Drew Brees’s pass. The result was a 16-11 win for the Bucs, preserving their first-place tie with Atlanta in the NFC South.

 

Not only that, but two weeks ago, Tandy picked off Philip Rivers with three minutes left in the 4th quarter to ensure a 28-21 win over the Chargers fanragsports.com.

 

Tandy has played for Tampa Bay since he was drafted in the 6th round in 2012. Before that, he had an impressive career at West Virginia, starting all 13 games for the Mountaineers in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he notched 64 tackles, 50 of them solo, and four interceptions, the third most interceptions in the Big East. He was also a three-time Big East academic All-Star.

 

With the Buccaneers, Tandy has had a career total of 90 tackles, 70 solo and 23 assisted. He’s also had 4 interceptions, some of them very timely en.wikipedia.org.

 

Three other Bucs have been nominated for the Clutch Performer Award this year. Quarterback Jameis Winston was nominated twice, including in Week 14, and kicker Roberto Aguayo won the award in Week 5.

 

Also up for the Week 14 award are Washington running back Chris Thompson, Jets running back Bilal Powell, Detroit qb Matthew Stafford and Miami kicker Andrew Franks. The winner of the award is determined by fan vote. Tampa Bay fans can vote for Tandy at www.buccaneers.com.

 

With players like Keith Tandy coming through for them, the Bucs’ prospects for the post-season are looking dandy as candy.

 

 

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 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.