Oh, the lessons the Bucs learned against the 49ers

October 21, 2016 general

Friday, 5 a.m. There among the redwoods and the sourdough bread, there are universal truths. It is there, in the shadow of the 49ers, that the Tampa Bay Bucs have found out so much about their history. Twenty-one times, the Bucs have played the 49ers. Seventeen times, the 49ers have won. They won with greatness, […]

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Bucs have had bad moments vs. Jaguars

August 19, 2016 general

Friday, 5:30 a.m. In the moments before a football game starts, there are a thousand things to do in an NFL press box. You schmooze. You go over your notes. You watch the teams practice. What you never do — absolutely never — is read the game program. So there I was, in the Jacksonville […]

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Accepting blame is a part of sports

October 16, 2015 general

Friday, 6 a.m. A great many players will fight you to their last drop of blood. A great many players will injure themselves in the effort. They will twist and contort and expend their last drop of energy. What they can not do is admit their shortcomings. Ever. For some athletes, there is no mea […]

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Can Winston learn from Freeman’s failure?

July 27, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. To Jameis Winston, he is just another quarterback who didn’t measure up. No one to think twice about. No one to consider. Yes, he used to work here. Yes, he was once the hope for the future, too. Yes, he was loaded with potential and laced with promise. But Josh Freeman failed, […]

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What’s fair to expect out of Winston in Year One?

July 14, 2015 general

At the risk of spoiling the party, I will say this. At some point this season, on some rainy afternoon when the winds are gusting, in some game where the ball slips out of his hand, Jameis Winston may throw an interception. Just warning you: It could happen. Around here, of course, there is never […]

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Could McCown be the latest Tampa Bay regret?

May 27, 2015 general

Wednesday, 11:35 p.m. It could not happen. Not again. Not here. You close your eyes, and you remember Josh McCown, running for his life, heaving the ball in whatever direction. You remember him losing. You remember cobwebs on the offense. No way that he will succeed. Not in this career. Not with the Browns. And […]

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Can the Bucs really develop Winston?

May 4, 2015 general

Now that the Bucs have him, do you trust the franchise to do the right thing with him? Jameis Winston is young, even for a rookie. He is immature. He will be surrounded by a lot of ordinary. He is coming off a season when he didn’t take enough care of the ball. He has […]

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Random Thoughts: Old Buc Qbs Advising Winston?

May 3, 2015 general

Hi. I’m Floyd Mayweather, and in Laila Ali, I finally seem to have found a woman who can fight back. — Advice to Chip Kelly: In the NFL draft, you don’t trade up using Monopoly money.  I know you read the reports, but no one likes magic beans these days. — I wonder two things: […]

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Asking again: Is Winston the right man for the Bucs?

April 14, 2015 general

Tuesday, 8:16 p.m. Now  that you have braced for them to zig, might they zag? Now that you are ready for them to razzle, might they dazzle? Not that you are ready for them to anoint this quarterback as the future, might they anoint that one? With the Bucs, the mysterious smarter-than-the-world Bucs, anything is […]

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Smith isn’t the first Bucs’ coach to love a QB

April 1, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. At this rate, the Bucs might not just draft Jameis Winston. At this rate, they might adopt him. The Bucs appear to be completely into Winston, lock, stock and cannons. They might put his face on stadium bucks. They might put it on the Content beyond this point is for members only.

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