|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Sept. 8||At Jets||
|Sept 15||Vs Saints||
|Sept 22||At Patriots||
|Sept 29||Vs Cardinals||
|Oct 13||Vs Eagles||
|Oct 20||At Falcons||
|Oct 24||Vs Panthers||
|Nov 3||At Seahawks||
L 24-27 OT
|Nov 11||Vs Dolphins||
|Nov 17||Vs Falcons||
|Nov 24||At Lions||
|Dec 1||At Panthers||
|Dec 8||Vs Bills||
|Dec 15||Vs 49ers||
|Dec 22||At Rams||
|Dec 29||At Saints||
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Buccaneers opened their locker room following practice on Wednesday. Click below to listen to what players and coaches had to say.
Head Coach Greg Schiano
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan
Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan
Quarterback Mike Glennon
Linebacker Lavonte David
Cornerback Johnthan Banks
By Darek Sharp / 620wdae.com
From the jury being still out, to Rookie of the Year candidate. That's what a good month can do and in Mike Glennon's case November was so good he's been named the best of all the league's rookies.
On Wednesday Glennon learned of the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors. Also Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David was tabbed as the NFL Defensive Player of the Week.
Here is the press release from the Bucs:
The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for the month of November and linebacker Lavonte David was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week. During November, Glennon helped lead the Buccaneers to a 3-1 record, while posting the third-highest passer rating in the NFL (119.7), the third-highest yards-per-attempt (8.92), the fourth-highest completion percentage (70.5) and tying for the fifth-best touchdown-to-interception ratio (7 TDs-1 INT).
Glennon recorded three games with a passer rating of 123 or better, the three highest passer ratings ever recorded by a Buccaneers rookie. Additionally, he posted passer ratings of 137.5 against Atlanta (11/17) and 138.4 against Detroit (11/24), two of the seven-highest marks by a rookie in NFL history. Against Atlanta, Glennon completed 20-of-23 passes (87.0), the highest single-game completion percentage in the NFL this season, and the second-highest mark in team history. Glennon is the first Buccaneer to win Offensive Rookie of the Month since RB Doug Martin in 2012 (October).
David, earned his first career NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, by posting 12 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defensed against Detroit in Week 12. David has five sacks and two interceptions, making him one of only six Buccaneers with at least 5.0 sacks and two interceptions in a season (DE Gaines Adams, 2008; CB Rondé Barber, 2000; DE Simeon Rice, 2003; DT Warren Sapp, 2002 and LB Broderick Thomas, 1992). David is the first Buccaneer to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors since DB Rondé Barber won the award in Week 1 of 2012.
Last season, David was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. With RB Bobby Rainey’s Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 11, this is the first time the Buccaneers have had back-to-back Player of the Week award winners since 2010 (CB Aqib Talib, Defensive Player of the Week – Week 8; QB Josh Freeman, Offensive Player of the Week – Week 9).
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Tiquan Underwood says the mindset in the locker room is the same in their three-game winning streak as it was in their eight-game skid.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Buccaneers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood says there's no difference in the locker room between the time he and his teammates were suffering through their eight-game losing streak and now in their three-game surge.
"To be quite honest, we haven't changed anything," the fifth-year wideout told Jay Mohr Sports, heard weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM. "Guys are still coming into work, working hard and believing in each other. The difference is we're playing for each other and playing for Coach [Greg] Schiano."
Mohr also asked Underwood, who had three catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win in Detroit, if he knew early that Mike Glennon was a better quarterback than his predecessor, Josh Freeman.
"I can't really call it," Underwood said. "Our offense played very well [in 2012] and we were led by Josh Freeman, and this year, for whatever reason, decisions were made and now Mike's our quarterback. No matter who the quarterback is, you have to follow their lead and just go from there, and that's what we've been doing."
Listen to the entire conversation, which includes his thoughts on being cut by the Patriots the night before the Super Bowl and his choice of haircut, below!
By Tom Krasniqi
For the first 8 games, the Buccaneers couldn’t get out of their own way. Players were grumbling. The coaching staff came under intense scrutiny.
Now, the Bucs are surging. Three straight wins and counting after Sunday’s 24-21 win at Detroit. The players are having fun again. The fans are jumping back on the band wagon. Head coach Greg Schiano’s job appears to be safe for now. What a difference three wins a row can make.
“As we move forward, I think there’s a foundation here. We got to keep going,” said Schiano during his Monday press conference. “We have to take advantage of some momentum right now because we’re going to face a team [Carolina] that has tremendous momentum.”
The beauty of Sunday’s win at Detroit is that some lesser known players stepped up--- namely defensive backs Kelcie McCray and Danny Gorrer--- after Darrelle Revis went down with an injury and Dashon Goldson serving his 1-game suspension.
“You never would’ve known that we had a Darrelle Revis by how our secondary played,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on Monday regarding McCray and Gorrer. “It wasn’t that much of a drop-off if there was a drop-off at all. They all stepped up and made some big plays for us.”
With the running game slow to get going and wideout Vincent Jackson getting most of the attention from the Lions defense, the Bucs got big contributions from receiver Tiquan Underwood and tight end Tim Wright. Underwood had his best game as a pro with three receptions for 108 yards and two scores, including an 85-yard bomb from rookie quarterback Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter. Wright owned the middle of the field with 8 receptions for 75 tough yards.
“I thought overall, the guys played a tremendous team football game,” Schiano said. “Playing off each other, all three phases.”
So, how did it get to this point? How does a team start 0-8 and make such a quick turnaround?
“Don’t listen to the naysayers and stay away from the ‘dream killers”, I like to call it,” McCoy opined. “People who tell you ‘you can’t do it’ or ‘you don’t have it’ or ‘this team isn’t this’ or ‘this team isn’t that’…..that’s all from the outside looking in. [The team] inside of those four walls, we’ve never stopped believing and we haven’t stopped believing.”
Are you a believer yet? All of a sudden, the Bucs are on a winning streak heading into Sunday’s game at Carolina. Who would’ve guessed it? Not many outside of One Buc Place.
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by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Buccaneers opened their locker room following their film session Monday. Click below to hear what the players and coaches had to say.
Head coach Greg Schiano
Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood
Safety Kelcie McCray
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy