Posts tagged ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’

January 16, 2009

Bucs fire Gruden and Allen

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE IV: Buccaneers.com announces a news conference for 3 pm ET (3:30?)

UPDATE III: The St. Petersburg Times reports that Morris will be head coach, Mark Dominik the General manager and possibly Gary Gibbs as defensive coordinator.

UPDATE II: Just as I updated, a tweet from TBO.com posted a story that not only Glazer but Peter King of SI.com and ESPN.com’s John Clayton are also citing sources that Morris will succeed Gruden.

UPDATE: FOXSports’ Jay Glazer reports Buc sources say that Bucs Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris will replace Gruden. Morris had been rumored as a candidate for the Denver job.

From the St. Petersburg Times Tampa Bay Online web site,

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

The team made the announcement in a two-paragraph statement on its Web site after 5:30 p.m. Friday. No successor has been named for either job.

The move had been talked about since the Bucs lost 4 straight games and fell out of playoff contention.

Gruden was 57-55 in seven seasons as head coach with the Bucs, but was only 45-51 after his initial season. His record still ranks second among seven all-time Bucs coaches. Tony Dungy, the head coach Gruden replaced, was 56-45 in six seasons.

In 11 seasons as a head coach, including four with the Oakland Raiders, Gruden compiled a 91-77 overall record and his teams won four division titles.

Bucs players contacted by the Times were surprised by the firings. Fan Opinion, on the other hand leaned in favor of the firings.

He will no doubt catch on at one of the other teams looking for coaches as will Bruce Allen.

I’m not sure what I think of this. I’m still a little upset with Glazers for firing Dungy. But “Chuckie” certainly hasn’t shown much since the Super Bowl season, although it’s a little unfair to blame him completely for the fade at the end.

But the buck (Buc?) stops with the coach.

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December 16, 2008

Tampa Bay Buccaneers control playoff destiny

by thoughtfulconservative

My Tampa Bay Buccaneers can still make the playoffs because, wait for it, “the Rams stink a little bit more than the Seahawks.”

Three cheers for parity.

In any three-way tie for a wild card, the reigning law is to use division tiebreakers to whittle down teams from the same division. So, in this case, the Falcons and Bucs would essentially go to the judge’s cards for a decision.

Since their schedules are the same except for two dates (Tampa Bay had the Cowboys and Seahawks while Atlanta had the Eagles and Rams), the Bucs and Falcons could end up with nearly identical cases. And that means the first four tiebreakers (head-to-head, division record, record in common games, record in the conference) would solve nothing.

Which could bring them to the fifth tiebreaker: the coin flip known as strength of victory.

This involves adding the records of all the opponents you have beaten and figuring out who beat better teams. If the Falcons, Cowboys and Bucs finish 11-5, the strength of victory tiebreaker would come down to the records of the Seahawks (3-11) and Rams (2-12).

Go Seahawks.

November 20, 2008

John Lynch retires

by thoughtfulconservative

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer John Lynch retires.

A third-round pick by the Bucs in 1993, Lynch began a core of players that turned the laughingstock of the NFL into perennial playoff contenders and eventually Super Bowl champions.

Surrounded by former teammates such as Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, Mike Alstott, Warrick Dunn, Shelton Quarles and Jermaine Phillips, Lynch revealed some of the private moments he enjoyed in his career.

Lynch retires ranked second among safeties with nine Pro Bowl selections. Hall of Famer Ken Houston had 10. He amassed 1,277 tackles, 26 interceptions, 13 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 100 passes defensed.

Lynch was known more for his tackling than his pass protection. He was a hard hitter and a sure tackler.

I remember as a Buc fan watching these guys with Lynch and starting to think, “Now if we can get an offense.”

October 19, 2008

A great day for Tampa Bay

by thoughtfulconservative

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Seattle 20-10 Sunday night, a night on which they honored retired fullback Mike Alstott.

And more importantly, the Devil Rays defeated Boston 3-1 to win the American League pennant. They will face the Phillies beginning Wednesday in St. Petersburg.

I have a soft spot for the Phillies, since they have spring training in my home town along with a Florida State League team. I watched Jimmy Rollins (and others) at an FSL game I attended in Clearwater several years back. But my heart will be with the Rays.

March 5, 2008

Warren Sapp officially retires

by thoughtfulconservative

Two of my favorite players retire the same day (a tip of the conservative ball cap to grumps, who as a Packer fan, obviously doesn’t think as highly of Sapp as we Buccaneers fans do).

Warren Sapp’s 13-year NFL career officially ended when his retirement was posted on the Oakland Raiders’ Web site.

Sapp said immediately after last season that he was through playing, but did not file the paper work. The posting on the team’s site was the first official word that the star defensive tackle was done.

In January, the 35-year-old Sapp posted a two-word message on his Web site: “I’M DONE!” He had told teammates and coaches his plans after the season finale against San Diego.

Packer fans are understandably upset at Sapp for what they consider a cheap hit that injured tackle Chad Clifton.

But when the Bucs were in the “Black and Blue” division, I enjoyed watching Favre and Sapp trash talk back and forth.

The game will be duller without these two great players.

January 11, 2008

Mike Alstott: No plans to play in 2008

by thoughtfulconservative

The St. Petersburg Times website

reports that Mike Alstott, known as the A-train and very popular in Tampa Bay and was not used to the fans satisfaction,  probably not be back in 2008.

Bucs fullback Mike Alstott is known for his straight-ahead running style and he didn’t dance around a question about his future Wednesday.

A more formal announcement may come later, but Alstott gave every indication his 12-year career is likely over.

Alstott, a six-time Pro Bowler had neck surgery in 2003 and more problems the beginning of the year.