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!
The Governor's Press Office announced Friday that former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy and linebacker Derrick Brooks will be presented with the State's prestigious "Great Floridian" award before the Tampa Bay Storm game Saturday evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Governor Rick Scott will be presenting the Bucs greats with the awards.
From the press release:
The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida. Only 67 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, artists, writers, civil rights activists, philanthropists, educators, athletes, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and other elected officials.
The Secretary of State selects no fewer than two “Great Floridians” from nominees made by a committee representing the Governor (1), each member of the Florida Cabinet (3), the President of the Senate (1), the Speaker of the House (1), and the Florida Secretary of State (1).
After 16 years in the NFL, Ronde Barber decided it was time to retire. Tampa and all Buccaneer's fans will surely miss Ronde. The fans aren't the only ones. Buccaneer's Head Coach Greg Schiano joined the Big Dog on Thursday at the 2013 Sneaker Soiree and discussed Ronde and his offseason evaluations of the Bucs.
Schiano said not only will he miss Ronde on the field but also on the sidelines. Ronde's experience and knowledge was a helping factor for Schiano's first year. Schiano commented it wasn't just his sideline coaching but he said Barber was still making plays out on the field.
With the departure of Ronde, Schiano said there is a lot to be excited about with this Buccaneers team including new additions Jonathan Banks, Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis. Schiano was also very optimistic about his defensive line. The head coach praised and said he was impressed with Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy.
To hear more of Coach Schiano and how he is keeping his Bucs on the right path during the offseason, check out the podcast below.
(Via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Press Release) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft pick CB Johnthan Banks to a four-year contract.
Banks (6-2, 185) was selected in the second round (43rd overall) out of Mississippi State University, where he started 45-of-51 games for the Bulldogs, recording 221 tackles, 26 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble and 16 interceptions, including three returned for a touchdown. His 320 interception return yards set a school record and rank fifth on the SEC all-time list, while his three interceptions returned for touchdowns are tied for the second-most ever in SEC history and tied for the most in school history. Banks also returned 30 punts for 289 yards (9.63 avg) and one touchdown.
As a senior, Banks was named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the best defensive back in college football. He was also named first-team All-America by Walter Camp, was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and Conerly Trophy (Best College Football Player in the state of Mississippi), and a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player) and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy.
During his junior season, Banks earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated press and The NFL Draft Report, while also being named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. During his first season at Mississippi State, Banks was named Freshman All-SEC and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors following the game against Florida, where he had interception returns of 100 and 20 yards for touchdowns.
A native of Maben, Miss., Banks attended East Webster (Maben, Miss.) High School, where he was a three-sport star, helping lead the baseball team to two Class 1-A state championships, while also playing on the basketball team.
Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network made it out to the Buccaneers' practice facility and caught up with Derrelle Revis, who sounded confident about returning to health soon.
Revis told Kremer he's been given clearance to make cuts on his surgically repeaired knee.
"The first time I step out there I'll be fine," Revis said.
Go HERE for the full video which includes Greg Schiano's thoughts.
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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