Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

April 7, 2016 general

Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected. Thursday, 6 a.m. Greg Hardy went into damage control […]

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Can Smith be the next Monte Kiffin for Bucs?

January 21, 2016 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. We don’t want much from Mike Smith. Just everything. Or, for the opposition, nothing. No yards. No points. No hope. It would help if Smith would talk in a loud whisper. And if his hair had a mind of its own. And if he crossed the field looking like knobby knees and elbows. […]

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Random Thoughts: Belichick picks a winner

January 17, 2016 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hello, I’m Bill Belichick. And it would be much easier to believe that I was a genius if I didn’t have my finger up my nostril. – Doctors are going to examine Lawrence Phillips’ brain. My guess it’ll be in great shape, having never been used. – Wow, Two thoughts about  last night’s Cardinals-Packers […]

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If the Bucs hire Koetter, are they better off?

January 8, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. On the afternoon of October 25, no one thought Dirk Koetter was the solution to the Bucs’ problems. The Bucs had just had a meltdown against the Washington Redskins. The offense, which had come so far under Koetter, had blown a late first-and-goal situation from the five that could have iced the […]

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Bucs start over, fire Lovie Smith as coach

January 7, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. The move smacks of desperation. It cries out of impatience. It was sudden, and it was shocking, and it was dramatic. But, in the echo of Lovie Smith’s firing, is any of that really wrong? For the Tampa Bay Bucs, these are desperate times. Shouldn’t the team be impatient? Doesn’t the situation […]

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For Bucs, how many keepers are there?

January 5, 2016 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. You are Lovie Smith. You have a fresh hand and not nearly enough aspirin. You are Lovie, and you have won eight games in two seasons. Chip Kelly won 20 in his first two, and 26 in his first three, and he’s gone. But you started with very little, and you added […]

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Smith’s losing speech sounds way too familiar

January 4, 2016 general

 Monday 6:00 a.m. For the 32nd time in his time as coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Lovie Smith approached the lectern slowly. He talked about disappointment, and he talked about not playing well, and he talked about how he expected to play better, although almost no one else did. It was the 26th time […]

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Were the Bucs really a better team in 2015?

December 27, 2015 general

Sunday, 6:45 p.m. It was all a dream, right? At one point, I imagined the Bucs were 6-6. I imagined they had clobbered the Eagles. I imagined they had swept the Atlanta Falcons. I saw improvement all around. I blame my medication. Was any of it real? Or was it a mirage, a freak of […]

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Bucs lose a crucial game against Saints

December 13, 2015 general

Sunday, 6:50 p.m. In the middle of December, a football team is supposed to show how much it deserves to be in the NFL playoffs. Sadly, the Bucs did. They are supposed to show the mettle of their defense, and the efficiency of their offense, and show how they match up against the lesser teams […]

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Do you realistically believe the Bucs have shot?

December 1, 2015 NFL

Tuesday, 6 a.m. Forget about mathematically. How about realistically? And so at this point of the sentence, we type “Bucs,” and at that point we type “playoffs,” and we look around the room to see if anyone is grinning. It has been that way forever —  not an appearance since after the 2007 season, not […]

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