PHOENIX — It has been 15 years since the Bucs won their only Lombardi Trophy, which also was their last playoff victory. Co-chairman Joel Glazer said maybe the team and fans were fooled into the belief that they could do it without an elite quarterback.
"We were one of the rare exceptions," Glazer said Tuesday. "Us and the Ravens, who really did it with phenomenal defense and not necessarily elite quarterback play. And I think that experience may have clouded what it really takes to get to the Super Bowl, and it doesn't take long to realize it's the great quarterbacks who are generally there in the end....
Joel Glazer says the Bucs were spoiled by winning a Super Bowl without an elite quarterback. Now they have one. "The season can't start soon enough.'03/28/17 Blog
It’s been 15 years since the Bucs won their only Lombardi Trophy, which also was their last playoff victory. Co-chairman Joel Glazer said maybe the team and fans were fooled into the belief that they could do it without an elite quarterback.
“We were one of the rare exceptions,’’ Glazer said Tuesday. “Us and the Ravens, who really did it with phenomenal defense and not necessarily elite quarterback play. And I think that experience may have clouded what it really takes to get to the Super Bowl and it doesn’t take long to realize it’s the great quarterbacks who are generally there in the end....
The NFL will have a centralized replay system beginning next season. Instead of referee going under the hood on the sideline to watch a replay monitor, he will watch on a tablet and communicate with the league’s head of officials Dean Blandino and his staff, who will make the final call.
It’s one of several measures adopted by owners Tuesday that the NFL believes will speed up the game and improve player safety.
The league passed a rule Tuesday that calls for an automatic ejection of any player who commits an egregious hit to the head. It’s not dissimilar to the rule in college football where players can be called for targeting, leading to ejection.
A year ago, NFL owners passed a rule that triggers an ejection for any player committing two personal fouls in a game.
The league also agreed to prohibit players from leaping over offensive linemen during field goals and extra points. The change was backed by the NFL Players Association as a player safety measure.
"I would say it's going to go as far as it needs to from a player safety standpoint," said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We're not going to put players in a position in which we think there is an unreasonable risk of injury.''...
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston started all 32 of his games since coming to the NFL. He's durable, and that's a good thing, since he's only the most important player on the team.
But what if something were to go wrong, if he got hurt? Would that make the backup quarterback the second most important?
You don't think about the airbags in your car until you have an accident. That's pretty much the plight of the No. 2 signal caller....
DeSean Jackson played his first five NFL seasons with the Eagles under Andy Reid, who drafted him in the second-round out of California.
Jackson had 23 receiving touchdowns during that stretch and averaged 17.6 yards per catch during that stretch as one of the league’s best deep threats.
Jackson is 30 and Reid now coaches for the Kansas City Chiefs. He says Jackson shows no signs of slowing down and should be very successful with the Bucs under Dirk Koetter....
The Bucs plan to lock up receiver Mike Evans for the long-term and he is eligible for a new contract after completing his third NFL season with a combined 3,578 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns.
But that doesn’t mean a new deal is likely before 2017. In May, the Bucs will pick up Evans’ fifth-year option.
It’s rare for players, even first round picks such as Evans, to be given long-term deals after only three seasons in the league....
PHOENIX — Two years ago, Bucs general manager Jason Licht had a trail of microphones and reporters chasing him through the NFL annual meeting at the Biltmore resort. That's the kind of attention that comes with owning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
"I'm glad I'm not the popular guy this year," Licht said Monday. "Usually that means you're doing something right. We're picking 19th this year and our goal is to be picking a lot later in the future."...
At the NFL annual meeting at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach in 1996, Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer was desperate for a stadium deal to keep his franchise from moving from Tampa Bay and time was running out. Roger Goodell, who held various positions in the league before becoming the league’s commissioner, was in charge of things like stadium financing and assisting in franchise relocation.
Glazer was known to tap his watch and turn the heat up on negotiations, which was the case at this meeting and again weeks later when he sat with city and county leaders facing a midnight deadline during a contentious battle for a stadium lease....
TAMPA — You don't see too many ties in the NFL anymore, except for the ones worn by the suits in the league office.
But ties come in many stripes. For instance, had the Bucs tied the Raiders instead of losing 30-24 in overtime last season, they would have made the playoffs at 9-6-1. Instead, they played nearly five complete quarters, then four days later they played a Thursday night game and lost to the Falcons 43-28....
You don’t see too many ties in the NFL anymore, except for the ones worn by the suits in the league office....
In the season opener last year, the Falcons had the football near midfield trailing 24-13. On first down, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sacked quarterback Matt Ryan for a six-yard loss.
Excited by making such a big play, McCoy swayed his hands above his head and was joined in the motion by linebacker Kwon Alexander. The whole demonstration took only a couple seconds. But McCoy was flagged and the Bucs penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct in what was considered a choreographed celebration....
She called him the ’love of her life.’ Jameis Winston’s grandmother, Myrtle, was his biggest fan. And the feeling was mutual.
Although she suffered from Type 2 diabetes and was in a wheelchair, she made the 4½ hour drive from Bessemer, Ala., to New Orleans two years ago to watch him get his first NFL win against the Saints.
She was the reason Winston stayed home from the NFL draft in 2015 even though he was the No. 1 overall pick by the Bucs. His grandmother couldn’t travel and he wanted to share the experience with her....
There’s been some discussion about how serious the Bucs are about potentially replacing struggling place-kicker Roberto Aguayo after dealing third- and fourth-round picks to move up 15 spots and take the Florida State star in the second round last year....
TAMPA — Doug Martin is used to getting knocked down as a running back, but this time he needed some help getting back up.
Suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy in December, one week after he was benched for a critical game at New Orleans that the Bucs lost, Martin voluntarily sought help at an undisclosed rehab center and completed his stay in February....