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View from the golf cart: Arians sad about Luck

August 26, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Andrew Luck is the man who is hurting. But Bruce Arians can feel his pain. Arians, who was Luck’s first offensive coordinator in the NFL, was watching the Florida-Miami game when he heard that Luck had retired. In their only season together, Luck completed 54.4% of his passes for 4,374 yards with […]

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Looking Back at the Bucs’ victory over the Browns

August 25, 2019 general

5 Thoughts 1. Before there was a mosquito in Florida, before there was a sale on suntan lotion, there have been problems with the offensive line of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Well, they’re still here. It’s like Charles McRae had returned, and he’s brought Todd Steussie with him. The Bucs were manhandled Friday night. Don’t […]

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Bucs win, but offensive line beaten badly

August 24, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Forget the quarterbacks. What we need around here is an offensive line whisperer. And, failing that, a shouter. Bruce Arians, the head coach in charge of hushed tones for the Tampa Bay Bucs, should know this. His Bucs won their second preseason game in a row Friday night, beating the Cleveland Browns […]

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10 Things to Watch Along With Arians

August 23, 2019 general

Friday, 3 a.m. It is practice. It is a dress rehearsal. It is a little football in the middle of stretching. But in the NFL, the third week of the preseason is the closest the league gets to actual football. In other words, if you want a clue as to what these Bucs will be, […]

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View from the golf cart: Awaiting the Browns

August 22, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The first team that Bruce Arians flirted with this off-season was the Cleveland Browns. The one he married was the Tampa Bay Bucs. Those teams get together Friday night. Arians, for one, believes the hype about the Browns. “I think (it’s) totally justified, yeah, (because of) what they did in the offseason,” […]

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White looking forward to playing more

August 21, 2019 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. He just got here. Still, Devin White thinks he is ready to make an impact. White doesn’t think he’ll need extended time in the third preseason game to get ready for the season. “Not really — football is football, but I would like to play because it’s fun,” White said. “It isn’t […]

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Miller Needs to Impress Bucs in a Hurry

August 20, 2019 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Scottie Miller needs to recover on the fly. Miller, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, has missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, meaning that other receivers have passed himon the depth chart. With two preseason games left, Miller has to get noticed in a hurry. Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians said […]

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Rays find Choi in another walk-off win

August 19, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Rays have a long way to go in this American League Wild-Card race. At least they’re walking off in the right direction, however. The Rays ended a victory with a walk-off celebration Sunday afternoon, coming back to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, on a one-out single by Ji-Man Choi […]

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Winning is good, and other Bucs’ lessons

August 19, 2019 general

Monday, 3 a.m. It doesn’t matter who the coach is. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is. It doesn’t matter what time of season it is. Winning is never a bad thing. Just ask new Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians, who recorded his first win with the team on Friday night against Miami. “(It was a) […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ win over Miami

August 18, 2019 general

5 Observations 1. As much as Bruce Arians wants to keep Cairo Santos in the argument, Matt Gay has his kicking competition won. Santos was an insurance policy in case Gay Aguayoed, but unless the team finds an injury with Santos, it’s over. 2. Maybe it’s just me, but I would consider Ryan Griffin in […]

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