The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
By Tom Krasniqi
For the first time this offseason, the entire Buccaneers team was out on the practice field as the OTAs (Organized Team Activities) got underway Monday at One Buc Place. Well, almost everyone.
Head coach Greg Schiano says the attendance was perfect. Every player was at the facility but not everyone was practicing. Schiano says Monday’s practice was “sloppy” and filled with penalties but that’s to be expected for the first practice.
The big controversy (if you want to call it that) was a story from the National Football Post over the weekend that made some headlines. Schiano was quoted by Dan Pompei as saying that rookie QB Mike Glennon could be ready to challenge Josh Freeman for the starting job this season.
On Monday, Schiano reiterated that Freeman is his man. “I believe in competition but also Josh Freeman is my starting quarterback”, says Schiano. The coach says Freeman and Glennon both know the deal. Glennon says he’s still learning the playbook and that his head is still spinning. Doesn’t sound like a quarterback competition right now, does it? Freeman will not be threatened by Glennon anytime soon.
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Russell Athletic’s Taylor Vernier (L) joins “Always There Award” winners Mark Davis and Helen DeSantis, and All Pro Dad Ambassador Coach Tony Dungy, at a ceremony in Tampa, Fla. The “Always There Award” honors two Floridians that go above and beyond to support high school athletics.
In town to speak for his foundation former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy shared some time with Ron and Ian on Monday, and had plenty to say about the current Tampa Bay squad.
Dungy said he "loves" what the Bucs did to improve the secondary and said the team has the makings of "something special" if it can come together.
He was asked if the Bucs have the makings of a playoff team.
"To me Training Camp always determines that," Dungy said on WDAE. "The Buccaneers are very, very much improved on paper, but I think you saw with the Philadelphia Eagles, that doesn't always translate. You gotta get that talent to come together, you gotta get them to buy into the way the coaches want to do it. And you gotta work together as a team."
Click below for the full conversation.
Dungy spoke at a luncheon Monday to award this year's "Always There" winners from his All Pro Dads foundation.
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft pick DT Akeem Spence.
Spence (6-1, 307) was selected in the fourth round (100th overall) out of the University of Illinois. He started all 38 games he played for the Fighting Illini, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures in only three years. Spence was a member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior, while also earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele. Spence was selected first-team All-Big Ten by The NFL Draft Report after his sophomore season and earned Freshman All-American honors from College Football News, the FWAA, Phil Steele and Rivals.com.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Spence attended Fort Walton Beach High, where, in addition to his football prowess, he was a state weight-lifting champion.
(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers News Release) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft selection DE William Gholson.
Gholston (6-6, 281) was selected in the fourth round (126th overall) from Michigan State University, where he played in 36 games, recording 142 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 30 tackles for loss, the 10th-most in Michigan State history. Gholston earned second-team All-Big Ten honors following both his sophomore and junior seasons and was a quarterfinalist for the Lombardi Award (lineman of the year). As a junior, led all FBS defensive linemen with 10 passes defensed and set a Michigan State school record for passes defensed by a defensive lineman.
A Detroit native, Gholston was a high school All-American at Southeastern High School and participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.