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Bucs have to make Mayfield look like a rookie

October 19, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. They didn’t stop Drew Brees. They didn’t stop Matt Ryan. They didn’t stop Ben Roethlisberger. For crying out loud, they didn’t even slow down Mitch Trubisky, Five weeks into the NFL season, and frankly, the Bucs’ secondary hasn’t stopped anyone.  They’re last in the NFL in yards allowed per games, last in […]

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Duffner hopes to make a difference for Bucs

October 18, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. As the mire has spread for the Tampa Bay Bucs, he has been a voice in the room. He was part of the coaching staff that has led to an abysmal defense over the past two seasons. He was part of the planning that failed to stop opponents. He was part of […]

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Looking back on the Bucs’ loss to Atlanta

October 16, 2018 general

5 Observations 1. The first thought I had upon hearing that the Bucs had fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith was simple. “… and who else?” The Bucs won’t get better merely by firing their coordinator, but how in the heck could you justify keeping him? If Smith was a player, he would have been cut […]

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Sizzle turns to fizzle as Bucs lose third game

October 15, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. It was exciting, all right. That much is obvious. It was wild, and it was wacky, and it would have made all of the highlight shows. It had razzle, and it had dazzle, and it had the derring-do born of desperation. But was it really the Bucs’ best chance to win? Really? […]

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Ask Gary: Cash is more secure than Maddon

October 13, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Can Bucs withstand Atlanta’s passing attack?

October 12, 2018 general

Friday, 1 a.m. I know. Let’s do something for the quarterbacks! Why, just last month, someone made a tackle. Someone else forced a fumble. I know. Let’s pass a few more rules. We’ll legalize holding, and we won’t allow defensive backs to beat up receivers, and we’ll throw a flag if anyone gets within five […]

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Ranking the all-time Bucs by their positions

October 10, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Around here, excellence may run fast. It does not, however, run deep. Frankly speaking, the Tampa Bay Bucs have had only a smattering of stars in its history. For every Brad Johnson there is a Josh Freeman. For every James Wilder, there is a Doug Martin. For every Jimmie Giles, there is […]

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Fresh start: Winston re-enters the lineup against Falcons

October 9, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The running game is in quicksand. A month into the season, and it’s going nowhere. For the most part, however, that’s staying the same. The secondary is running in circles. Four different teams have taken their turns shredding it. Still, while the playing time might be re-disbursed, that’s staying the same. The […]

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Bombs-away. Bucs can’t figure out a forward pass

October 8, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. A horror show never changes. You watch it through your fingers. Your palms get sweaty. You brace for the next bloody scene. You prepare to scream. And so it goes with the secondary of the Tampa Bay Bucs. For a decade, they have been a nightmare. It doesn’t matter who plays. It […]

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Random thoughts: Welcome back, Lightning

October 7, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. I don’t know about you, but I thought it was cool to see the Lightning return Saturday night. Let’s see: Kucherov scored the winner in a shootout. Vasilevskiy was solid in goal. The team won a comeback. Yeah, those were the Lightning, all right. — Now that Richie Incognito is a memory, […]

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